Four of the Most Powerful Words Ever!
Dr. Marcia J. Hootman

There is a phrase in the New Testament of the Christian Bible that says it all. “As within, so without.” Thousands of years ago, Gautama Buddha rephrased the concept. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Contemporary spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama repeated the thought in different words, “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

We live in a time where, because of technology, the world is so interconnected. News is instantaneous. Ten minutes after a plane crashes, we can read about it on Twitter and Facebook, or watch the drama unfold on television. Almost immediately after a shot is fired at a person, or a country, the whole world is aware of the incident. We sit, we watch, and we wonder, “What can I, one person, do about any of this?”

The greatest sages of the world did have the answer. Peace begins from within. Ask yourself if you are at peace with all the ups and downs of your life, with your family, with your co-workers, even with your appearance. Do you look into the mirror and focus on those parts of your body you wish looked different? This is where your work can begin – with yourself.

What kind of energy are you creating in your inner world? Are you practicing self-acceptance? This is a good start. To paraphrase the contemporary mystic, Osho, once you being to accept all parts of yourself, you will release judgment of others. Where does conflict get its roots? From non-acceptance – of another’s beliefs, religion, politics, lifestyle, etc. Only acceptance creates an energy of peace – a peace that stays with us always. That peace radiates like ripples in a pond – out to everything and everyone we meet.

“As within – so without.” These four power-packed words describe everything that goes on in our world. That’s because beliefs, thoughts and ideas as well as actions are energy. Everything in the universe is energy. Not only is this true according to spiritual teachings, but to scientists as well. “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”…Albert Einstein

Commit to doing your part today. Accept yourself as the divine human you were created to be. Allow others to be who they are. When enough people develop peace within themselves, the world will live in peace. “Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr