Peace… it is a word whispered in hope, even an icon for a way of life. Some describe peace as stillness, as the absence of movement or change, as stasis. But through the lens of the Great Unfolding, peace is the outcome of right relationship.
The fire of life must burn. Its light activates the darkness, awakens potential into becoming. The fire also offers warmth to invigorate and vitalize. Its flame sparks the dance that is the Great Unfolding. Like a cook fire for a pot of stew, should the flame burn too hotly, the stew will cook too fast, become scorched as the liquid is consumed and the contents toughen. Should the flame burn too little, the stew will never cook, the ingredients remaining raw and cold. When the flame burns just hotly enough to offer the right amount of heat to cook the contents of the stew – this is the place of right relationship.
The Norse tradition would call this Jera, the act of doing things in the correct order and at the appropriate time that yields beneficial bounty in harmony with self, nature and Sacred. Jera means doing only what is needed, no more, no less. It means consuming only the needed amount, no more, no less. Jera is a way of Ahimsa, of doing no harm, of acting in harmony with the Great Unfolding. Some call it being in the flow. Others call it peace… Peace is the outcome of right relationship.
Verse 37, “The Second Book of the Tao”
by Stephen Mitchell
Though the Master does nothing,
her not-doing is the opposite of inaction.
Because she acts without effort,
each task does itself, in its own time.
Her body may move or not move,
but her mind is always at ease.
Peace and long life… Jennifer