Peace on Earth,
Goodwill Toward Men!
Happy Holidays, Everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday Season, filled with love and joy! No matter which tradition or religion we follow, or which Holiday we celebrate, we are all celebrating the Return of the Light. After the Winter Solstice, the days begin to get longer as the Sun (Son), the Light, returns. The Light brings Life. It strikes a primal and instinctive cord deep inside us. That’s why there are so many religious celebrations overlapping in late December—we all join together to celebrate the coming of the Light.
At some point in the midst of celebrating, socializing, shopping, and generally rushing around, most of us pause to look at our lives and our world, and think about what we like and don’t like about it, and what we would like to change. It is no coincidence that the New Year's celebration follows close on the heels of the coming of the Light, and we have the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions and planning what we will do with those longer days in the coming year.
This year, the phrase, “Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men,” is floating through my mind, and I find myself thinking about Peace on Earth, and about peace in general. Everyone says they want world peace. It is a noble sentiment, a desire felt almost universally. But if that’s really the case, why don’t we have it? If over 6 billion people on the planet all yearn for peace, how is it that we haven’t created it yet? How do we continually create more of what we don't want than what we do want?
The same applies to violence. People universally decry violence and violent acts, yet we maintain a culture of violence. Violence is everywhere we look: television, the movies, video games, sports. We LOVE our violence! We glorify it and glory in it! Our language recreates it. We scream for our teams to “annihilate” the other teams. We “trounce” the competition in the work place. We even “kill” people with kindness. And yet, when we hear about a “random” or “senseless” killing, we collectively become outraged, seek vengeance and retribution, and demand gun control. We demand to know why someone would do such a horrible unthinkable thing.
But it’s not unthinkable! In our culture we think about it every day. Somehow, we believe that this violence in our competitive practices and our sports and entertainment can be kept separate from “real life,” that somehow we and our children know it isn’t “real.” But ask the neuroscientists and the psychologists: the subconscious does not know the difference between “real” and “pretend” violence. It just begins to know it’s okay. It’s okay to kill the “bad guys.” It’s okay to kill “them.” We are literally training our minds to find violence to be acceptable, overriding our innate, ingrained revulsion. And we start doing it at a young age.
It is easy to blame governments, politicians, and leaders, but our external reality is primarily a reflection of our internal reality. Those governments, politicians, and leaders are reflections of US! So I turn inward for answers. When we have tragedy, drama, violence, and lack of peace in our lives and in the world, it is likely because there are unhealed parts of us that resonate with and attract those situations. If we can seek out those dark pockets of stuck energy inside us, and heal and transform them, then we will stop attracting the drama and we will experience more peace. Ah, but do we really want to get rid of the drama? There’s a question to ponder! Peace or drama, it begins as an inside job!
How can we have peace in the world if we don’t have peace in our hearts? In our families? In our places of work? If we get home from work and kick the dog and yell at the kids, how can we expect an end to violence? If we haven’t created peace in our own lives, how can we talk about Peace on Earth?
I am happy to say that I enjoy quite a lot of peace in my little world. It has taken a lot of effort, a lot of changes, and a lot of healing and refocusing my attention—and there is still room for improvement. I don't get thrown off center as often or as badly as I once did, although it still happens, and I am able to rebalance and return to center much faster than ever before. As I began cultivating peace, I may have missed the adrenaline surge of drama, but I find I miss that less and less.
So this year, I resolve to cultivate more peace and love in my own life. I resolve to forgive past offenses, let go of grudges, and let go of the desire for revenge, knowing those need to stay in the past. And I resolve to let go of the need to be “right” and to choose collaboration and harmony, instead. And I will become aware of tendencies toward violence in my thoughts, actions, language, entertainment, and I will make appropriate changes.
What kind of life- and love-affirming Resolutions do you have?
Happy Holidays and a Magical New Year!
I wish you wonderful, loving, joyful Holidays, and a magical and joyful New Year. Next year, indeed, will be magical, a year that is “ripe” for manifestation, and all the planets are literally lining up to help us create meaningful change in our lives and in our world. We are all Divine Creators, so go out there and have fun creating what you wish to experience in your life!
All content copyright 2013, E. B. Dye
Beware of Holiday Let-Down
We put so much energy, so much focus, and so much attachment on the Holidays, that it is hard for them to live up to our expectations. We are all running around shopping and socializing, totally overloading our already busy lives, just when there is very little energy to renew us. It is very easy for people to feel depleted, exhausted, and let down.
We put so much emphasis on family and friends, and often family and social gatherings are fraught with unspoken resentments, unmet needs, and unfulfilled expectations. ALL of our boundaries are likely to be tested hard, and we often have many opportunities to practice love, kindness, and forgiveness.
If you are feeling alone during the Holidays—whether you are actually alone or feel alone in the crowd—it is especially important to take time for YOU. Do something special for yourself. Give yourself as much love and laughter as you can.
Remember: It's all an inside job! Our happiness is up to us. And always remember that you are never really alone at all. Every one of us—no matter how old, no matter what we've done or not done in our lives, no matter how we judge ourselves—each of us is always surrounded by a complete cheering section of loving guides and angels who are longing to comfort us. All we have to do is ask and then let the feeling of love surround and enfold us.
My Articles in the Sedona Journal of Emergence!
Change can be chaotic and frightening, but it can also provide great opportunities to change our minds and beliefs, our habits, and our actions, and create a world we like better.
In the article I wrote for the December “Predictions issue” of the Sedona Journal of Emergence, my prediction for 2014 is “continued change,” and I offer some ways of making those changes positive. This is exactly what the ongoing Uranus/Pluto square, supported by other powerful planetary aspects, is demanding of us.
You can read The New Has Arrived—And It’s an Inside Job, as well as my article in the December 2012 issue, which is still applicable, on my website.
For Holiday Gift-Giving:
My 2014 Enlightened Landscapes Calendars are now available! Check out my new Enchanted Ireland calendar! Save $5! ALL CALENDARS ARE STILL ON SALE!
My metaphysical fantasy novel, The Search for the Crystal Key, is an adventure for all ages about believing in yourself and the power of love, based on information I received during my NDE about how life works. Available now in paperback and EPub, and the new downloadable Adobe pdf e-book. Coming soon for Kindle!
Downloadable mp3s are now available of my Journey Through the Tunnel presentation and guided meditation to go through the Tunnel of Light and feel the unconditional Love of Home.
And free for your information:
The complete list of "What I Learned from Dying;" the video of "Creating Heaven from Hell," my presentation at the September 2012 IANDS conference, with details about the Great Shift and the astrological influences, what is happening, and what we can do to navigate through these times of radical and dramatic change; and Recordings of new radio interviews, with discussions about my NDE.
|I am an Intuitive Coach, Public Speaker, Author, Reconnective Healing® practitioner, and a Practical Mystic. A Near-Death Experience (NDE) in 1985 expanded my psychic abilities and created a link with some very loving—and humorous—Guardians of humanity and the ancient wisdom, who gave me a huge amount of information about life and the evolution of mankind. I bring this knowledge and connection to my clients and audiences, along with over 30 years’ accumulated wisdom and understanding of metaphysics, life on earth, and Who We Really Are.
I am the author of the metaphysical fantasy novel, The Search for the Crystal Key—an adventure about believing in yourself and the power of Love; and I am currently writing a new book, Creating Heaven on Earth... One Soul at a Time; A How-To Manual for Ushering In the Golden Age, from the Perspective of a Near-Death Experience.