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Finding peace in the midst of horror

Like so many others I listened with horror recently as a French prosecutor, his hand shaking at times, told the world how a young German pilot intentionally crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 with 150 people aboard in the Swiss Alps.

The news was unbelievable, and yet in a way believable, such is the toxic climate of fear, rage and confusion sweeping our world.

As I was thinking about the terrible notion of a planeload of people plummeting to their death in a sickening descent I looked out of my study window and saw a bunny lying motionless on a grassy rise not twenty yards away.

There was lots of nice fresh grass all around him (or her) but the bunny wasn’t paying any attention to the grass. With his front paws tucked beneath him and his eyes partly closed, he was quite content to lie on the grass in perfect peace facing the rising sun.

As I communed for a few moments with this four-legged creature I thought to myself, not for the first time, what a paradox life is.

When we look at the world around us – perhaps even at our own lives—we see a world that is obviously in a state of tremendous flux. Huge changes are taking place. Events both terrifying and awe-inspiring are occurring in every moment.

And yet in the midst of all the change, violence and upheaval—kind of like the wild bunny taking a few minutes to relax in the morning sunshine – there exists within you and me that which nothing can disturb or destroy: the timeless peace of our own being; the timeless truth of our eternal spirit.

No matter what occurs or doesn’t occur in our lives let us seize the opportunity that is always present with us to remember the peace of the eternal in our own heart, and listen to its words of wisdom. “Love never faileth,” it has been said, and the words are true.

I’m sorry I haven’t written for a while. I’m still very busy getting my new book, The Upside of Cancer, launched and on its way.

I send you greetings and love. How are you doing? I’d love to hear from you.

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neil salka March 26, 2015 at 2:32 pm

a wee bit nippy but feeling too housebound. paid close attention to soil around deck and sure enuf, some flowers were just peeping their heads up out of the earth. neighborhood has snow on many patches of lawn, some sidewalks were still unshovelled, and there were a few St. Patrick day ornaments up. but the BEST harbinger of springtime has always been the appearance of the red breasted robin. there was one to gladden my walk. where will he get a worm now? and there were a couple of birds chirping and welcoming the robin.

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

Neil, how great to hear from you. I really appreciate you sharing some of the highlights of your walk with us and with me. Right on, man. When I see the first robin of the year I know my favorite season has arrived. Any week now the cottonwoods by the creek will begin turning green and that will be another proclamation of Love’s enduring nature. Blessings.

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Lori March 26, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Thank you for asking how I am. It’s my first time writing to you. I live in Buffalo NY. It’s snowing but i too hear the birds chirping, sure sign of newness! My friend lost her husband suddenly to a heart attack this morning. 50 yrs old. It’s hard to see any light today. Just needed to get this out there. I’m in constant prayer and that truy is giving my best to my friend.

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 11:20 am

Thank you for writing and sharing some of your news, Lori. My condolences to your friend. You certainly are giving her your best, and that is all any of us can do. I send blessings and love and I’m with you in your journey. Again, thank you for writing.

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Evan Griffith March 26, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Christopher —

Can we get a TV channel of you? I feel the planet would be much better served!

With gratefulness in my heart for your presence in the world —

Evan
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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 11:22 am

God bless you Evan. I am very thankful for our friendship. How can you put a price on something like friendship? Take care and hope to see you again one of these days.

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Carina Spring March 26, 2015 at 3:20 pm

I am so glad I found this blog. Very beautiful.

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 11:23 am

Carina, thank you, I’m glad you found my blog too. Blessings from Colorado.

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Sandra Pawula March 26, 2015 at 5:25 pm

That is so inexplicable, isn’t it, Christoper? Yet we have to find our own way to make peace with what occurs in the world and live with people within ourselves. Thanks for inspiring encouragement.

I’m doing well, but feel a need for more quiet time on my own.

Hugs and love to you!
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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 11:40 am

Thank you Sandra. I treasure your comments and your support. You mention feeling a need for more quiet time, and I think this is such a natural and appropriate response in these wild and uncertain days. The crazier things get, the greater the need to cherish and seek out and lust after the pure, pristine stillness that in my experience is the doorway to peace and fulfillment. Every time I do take time to be still I realize yet again one of life’s great secrets, that in the stillness of eternal presence there is no fear.

On another note, this paradox I was talking about is inexplicable, in one sense, but in another sense, I don’t think it is. Truth is coming to the surface in each one of us — and as it does come to the surface it pushes aside what doesn’t belong and the results aren’t always very pretty. Needless to say, truth is going to win. Love to you Sandra and enjoy those times of stillness.

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Anthony Palombo March 26, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Your words, Chris, convey the atmosphere of peace found only at the calm center of Being. Thank you for touching the chaos of horror currently in the news. I am also in the midst of publishing my third book, Attunement with Sacred Sound, with Laurence Layne as my editor-publisher. All is well. God bless you.

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

Anthony, thank you for your words. It’s always a delight to hear from you. I’m proud of the work you are doing and wish you much success with your new book. You couldn’t have found a greater guy to help you than Laurence, please give him my love. Much love also to you and Bonnie.

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Nadeja Gerasimow March 26, 2015 at 7:24 pm

With you and the bunny in stillness and radiant love in the midst of “horror”.
Good to see your post. Blessings and love to you Chris.

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 11:46 am

Thank you Nadeja. It’s always a joy to hear from you. I hope all goes very well. Love to you.

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Lucille March 26, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Thank you so much for your beautiful expression in words and in Spirit, Chris. You conveyed something of a simple and peaceful bunny nestled in the grass nearby, and opposite to that the horror of world events such as the recent plane crash we saw and heard about on TV News. In the midst of all the chaos we can let “the Peace of the eternal in our heart—at the center of our Being—calm the atmosphere. (Quoting Anthony and your words, Chris.) And we can let peace in our hearts do the same in our own little worlds.

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 11:57 am

Right on Lucille. Thanks for sharing. Some very distressing events are going on and of course we can’t help but feel the impact of those events. But we really do have the ability to move our attention away from the horror to the peace that is calling to us in every moment in our heart. Blessings to you.

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Keith Anderson March 27, 2015 at 9:55 am

Thank you Chris for that wonderful message there is nothing more precious than the present moment it is the doorway .

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 11:57 am

Keith, great to hear from you. Thanks for your comment and I send a ton of love your way.

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Michel Vaillancourt March 27, 2015 at 10:15 am

Dear Chris,
Thank you for your ongoing Love radiation. To see things in the light of the Divine makes any situation an avenue for blessing.
One with You,
Michel

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Bless you and thank you Michel. You’re a true friend. You sum things up beautifully. Love to you.

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Elizabeth Nunn March 27, 2015 at 11:13 am

So many questions these days…governments in turmoil, people blowing out in shocking ways, climate changes, oh, you know the list. In a recent gathering, people spoke of lives in flux. I thought, “Yes, but we’re all flux capacitors.” (Homage to Doc in “Back To The Future.)
A capacitor has two prongs…one receives positive currents the other negative and they create a field. Just like life today. We know of happenings in the world yet are receiving the current of Love which together bring forth creativity in living. Stillness, silence, emanations of Love because we remember.

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Christopher Foster March 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Elizabeth, Hi, it’s great to hear from you. What a beautiful and pertinent analogy you have shared with us. In all honesty, I didn’t know what a capacitor was, but now I do. As you say, we see and feel all kinds of impacts that are transpiring in our world–but always that current of eternal love is flowing to us and within us, a stable presence calling to be given expression through us. It’s quite a responsibility, isn’t it. Love and blessings to you Elizabeth.

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scott franklin March 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Very insightful words again. The older i become the more i reflect om the beauty that is within us and all around us. The news is full of catastrophic events which could send us ever spiralling downwards into despair but while recognising these and sending blessings for all those involved, i continue to reach into myself to touch that eternal light and love that is in us all. Thank you for your insight and compassion and my prayers go out to all those who died in the plane crash and all the loved ones left behind.

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Christopher Foster March 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Beautiful words Scott. I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to share in this way. Thank God that that eternal light of which you speak is always present in us, just as you say. It’s good to be sharing this journey with you.

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Maureen Moeller March 28, 2015 at 8:39 am

Hello Christopher , it’s wonderful to see this post. I deeply appreciate your addressing our world’s most recent tragedy. I find myself thinking about those poor innocents who endured many minutes of realizing life as they know it is about to end. And then I wonder what could have possibly provoked the young co-pilot to take so many lives along with his own. There are really no answers; it is an unexplainable event and we can only wish for the families solace and love during this sad time. Then we look for the beauty (your neighborhood bunny) and peace still before us. So much is out of our control, in fact, most things are. Our part is to love, support and exude inner peace out into the world. Miss you much Christopher; love and peace to both you and JoAnn.

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Christopher Foster March 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Thank you Maureen, it’s a joy to re-connect with you in this way. I had been wondering what you were up to and how you’re doing and now I know you’re trucking along just fine. You put it so well. Yes, we live In a world in which so much is out of our control. But in a sense it doesn’t matter, because our job remains the same, to love, support and express the inner peace that we came into this world to give. Love and blessings to you Maureen and perhaps you’ll come this way again one of these days:-)

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Sally Sinden March 31, 2015 at 9:56 am

Chris,
What a lovely metaphor. Your posts are always so timely in my life such that it is. To tie into what you wrote about, a very close girlfriend of mine came by my house for a visit last night and we got to talking about what’s going on in America and how frightening some of those things are for people our age (I turned 65 this past December) to be living through.

Everyday I read something about how the republican congress is gerrymandering the map across the states, how they’re making it harder for people of color to vote, how economic inequality is getting worse and is wiping out what was once a healthy stable middle class, how they’re trying to privatize Social Security and Medicare…on and on…It’s a fearful mental and spiritual climate to live in as we stare into the bleak face of America after Citizens United…the absurd ruling declaring that corporations are people which put government up for sale to the highest bidders and what that means for the rest of us.

So my friend and myself found
ourselves discussing our fears and trying to think of how one goes about staying connected to the good persons, places and things out in the world. We found ourselves talking about how to be aware of what’s going yet stay on higher ground. We recognized that this state of fear and bitterness makes us useless to ourselves and to those around us and that spending time thinking about what’s going on which takes us to that angry helpless place where things are being “done” to us is a place we need to discipline ourselvses to steer clear of because it leads to spiritual paralysis. We discussed ways to remember that it’s okay to be aware but it’s not okay to use that personal awareness to become hopeless and helpless. It’s a highly contagious attitude that becomes a big chip on our shoulders which ultimately ends up affecting everyone we come in contact with.

These things are what we ended up discussing rather than all the big bad things surely out to get us. We both decided that knowing this, we would rather live in the peaceful place knowing the power of the greater good is watching over us ever reminding us that the most important things like greatfulness and a joy for life and the natural beauty still left in our world are things that no person or thing can take from us. By the time she left my house we both felt that we had a really lovely evening.

The trick is staying focused on those things which bring contentment. As always Chris, thank you for your thought-provoking post. There is some of that sweet little wild rabbit in all of us when we stay perfectly still when there is danger all around us.

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Christopher Foster April 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

It’s lovely to hear from you Sally. Thank you for your kind words and your interesting thoughts. How true your words are about this strange affliction we call fear; it’s part of our daily experience in this present world-state but as you so clearly say, we can choose where we put our attention. Our mind, if we let it, will probably be happy to get us all worked up about this, that or the other thing. But we do indeed have some say — a lot of say — over where choose to place our attention.

It does take some discipline. It does take some persistence. But we really do have the power, just as you say, to stay focused on those things which bring contentment. When our attention wanders back to all the things that are wrong, which it will, we take a moment to be still and remember that place of perfect peace that is always present in our heart. My love to you Sally.

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Marisa March 31, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Christopher,
Once again your words have surrounded my spirit. I often find my journey here is filled with sorrow, for all that is around me. That is when I find my spirit/soul needs to “hibernate” to welcome back the beauty of every living person, critter, plants etc. back into the essence of all I believe. Tears fall silently, and at the same time they cleanse, allowing me to see the wonder of all the magnificent elements in our existence. I treasure the community we all share, every aspect, and truly believe the energy, love, caring, and hope we share far outweighs the horror, we can’t allow our lives to be filled with darkness when there are rainbows, sunsets, oceans, bunnies,and above all else, each other!

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Christopher Foster April 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Your words are always such a blessing, Marisa. So thankful for my connection with you. I agree. Sorrow is never too far away in this world. But what a lovely thought. When the need arises, we can take a few moments and “hibernate” — hibernate in that place of perfect stillness which is the gift of the universe to each one of us. Hurray for rainbows. Hurray for sunsets. Hurray for oceans and bunnies and — as you say- for each other. Blessings to you Marisa. Take care.

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Julia Ditterich April 2, 2015 at 3:26 am

You have provided such a timely answer to such a vexing question Christopher. It’s such a hard thing to reconcile the deaths of all those innocent people and not be angry. But in the end, as you so movingly write, we can only determine our own response to tragedy, and reach out in affection and friendship to those closest to us.
Many tragedies, unknown and uncounted, averted by the extension of a loving hand. And an appreciation for the fragility and intransigence of life.

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Christopher Foster April 21, 2015 at 10:31 am

Julia, I’m so sorry. I completely missed your wonderful comment. Thank you so much for your words, you sum things up beautifully. I note that you are a subscriber and I send my thanks to you for your support. Be well, and please keep commenting. You add an important voice to what is going on.

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Jessica May 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Thank you for another insightful piece. I just recently found your website and am really glad that I did. I have been struggling all my life with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and have never been able to really have a moment of peace. Your words give me hope that I will be able to eventually stop living in a constant state of fear and be able to experience peace and fulfillment.

Good luck with your book ans thank you,
Jessica

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Christopher Foster May 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Thank you for your comment Jessica, it’s good to hear from you. I wish you all kinds of success in your journey. I’ve known a lot of fear in my life too. Peace truly is stronger than fear and in my experience it’s never too late to take a moment and listen to that sweet, calm voice of peace calling to us as long as we live. Good luck.

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Melinda May 25, 2015 at 1:30 am

The very first thought everyone has when bad things happen, is that it’s a reminder that life is short. But I feel like in times where there are outside forces where you have absolutely no control over, it’s also a reminder to let go and embrace it.

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Christopher Foster May 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

What a lovely thought Melinda, thank you so much for sharing. Love and best wishes to you.

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