The symptoms of inner peace

I have a photocopied page with a numbered list of 12 items entitled, The Symptoms of Inner Peace. I can’t remember where or from whom I got it, but the page clearly shows a wooden picture frame that encased and protected the original from which it was copied from. The list of symptoms is centred nicely inside a simple, patterned border, with nothing else on the page.

I’ve always liked this description of Inner Peace, but now that a big part of my work is to help my clients awaken to the peace-of-mind that is our default setting, and often innocently hidden by all our personal thining (ego thinking or superstitious thinking), this list has become even more powerful for me. Not because I view it differently but because now I know it isn’t some illusive dream.

Before, when I used to read this list, it was more of an ideal or some distant goal to shoot for in my personal development. Thinking about how nice it would be one day to actually live life with these symptoms of inner peace as a natural and normal part of my day-to-day life.

My home as a child was often filled with many of these spiritual and inspirational sayings and quotes. Many of them I loved and agreed with, but often felt that even though their message was beautiful and “inspirational”, they were very difficult to achieve or to attain; I always believed it was, “easer said than done.”

Having come across the work of Sydney Banks and others in the Three Principles field, which I am very grateful to be a part of, I now understand that these symptoms of inner peace are not only NOT difficult to find, but they are easily achievable by everyone and not only reserved for the “enlightened” ones.

Inner Peace is not something to search for because it is who you already are, it is a part of all of us, regardless of who we are, our circumstances or our history. As I have continue to deepen my understanding of the principles that create my experience of life, I find it easier to get out of my own way and to live in my default state of well-being more often, with inner peace.

Giving an author credit for their work is very important to me, so I did a search online and quickly found that the original text was written by Saskia Davis in 1984. The author has a lovely description of how this came about, which can be found here. The original text is slightly different than the list in my photocopy, but the general meaning was unchanged. Here is the original text:

SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE
by Saskia Davis

Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many already have been exposed; and it is possible that people, everywhere, could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now, has been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Signs & Symptoms of Inner Peace

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment

A loss of interest in judging other people

A loss of interest in judging self

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others

A loss of interest in conflict

A loss of ability to worry

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation

Contented feelings of connectedness
with others & nature

Frequent attacks of smiling

An increasing tendency to let things
happen rather than make them happen

An increased susceptibility to love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it

WARNING
If you have some or all of the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of inner peace may be too far advanced to be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk. © 1984

 Until next time, may the four winds continue to help guide your way.

Lots of love,
Daniel