We might think that the greatest obstacle to experiencing profound lasting peace is the belief that it isn't possible in our current world of suffering.
An even greater obstacle is believing that it IS possible.
By believing in its possibility, we put it ever out in front of us, dangling like a very heavy carrot tied to a heavier stick. It places contentment in time. Since time is the mind's way of perceiving ever-presence, naturally this peace we might imagine in the future would also be a construction of the mind.
Now, if we take both beliefs, either that it is or is not possible, and set them aside even for a moment, we deprive the mind of working out our salvation. We fire our thoughts as chief interpreters of our intimate present experience.
The more we stand naked, devoid of belief, especially spiritual belief, the more available we are to seeing what remains.
Practical Wisdom for the Creative Journey
Joel Ripka is a Brooklyn-based actor with 20 years and over 30 professional stage credits from off-Broadway to regional theaters that span the country. He is a blog author and writes about a life lived creatively and in close connection with our deepest expressions of consciousness. He's committed to joy, teaching, sharing, and uniting. He inspires people to do cool things and live intentionally. He is a musician (guitar, piano) singer and also a skilled teacher and writer.