by Robert Sidell, Rev., J.D.
It has been said that a contented mind is
the greatest blessing a person can have in this world.
How true this is! Without peace of mind everything else
is meaningless. I have a friend who has a young son who
constantly creates havoc wherever he goes, upsetting his
family, his sisters, his teachers, even to the point of
being thrown out of school.
Why does he do this? Ultimately, it is
for one reason only, he has not found peace of mind.
Because he is inwardly unhappy, he reaches out in anger
towards everyone around him seeking to upset them as
well. Likewise I know people that constantly upset their
work relationships, their romantic relationships and
never know long-term stability. Again, the reason is
lack of inner peace.
On the other hand, if you can find
inner peace, then everything else in your life will
naturally move into harmony. Your friendships will
become stronger. Your work life will be happier, more
prosperous, and more secure. Your marriage or bonded
relationships will be much more enduring and loving.
So how do you find this miraculous
state of mind, called "inner peace", and what
is it? In this article I suggest a three-step formula
for you to enhance and magnify your peace of mind:
1. Peace of Mind Test. There
are literally countless choices that we make every day
that have major consequences in our lives, affecting our
relationships, our work, and everything that is
important. You can dramatically improve your peace of
mind if you get in the habit of asking yourself this
simple question: Will this choice increase my peace
of mind, or diminish it?
If you are honest with yourself you
will almost always know that one choice will take you to
greater peace, while a different choice will bring
conflict into your life. If you consistently ask this
question, and examine your choices and behavior in light
of this question you will find that you begin to steer
your life into happier, calmer, more peaceful waters.
Example: As a lawyer I represent
people who have had many different types of difficult,
traumatic experiences. They are often angry and want to
pursue extensive lawsuits. My job frequently is to get
them to ask the question whether engaging in a long term
suit will really give them peace of mind. Or will the
lawsuit simply add aggravation, stress and upset to
their lives? In the vast majority of cases people are
actually better off resolving their cases peacefully,
out of court, rather than getting involved in a
long-term conflict where their integrity, and legitimacy
will be challenged. But only when they can look at the
big picture and make the decision that their peace of
mind is actually their most important asset will they
make the correct decision.
So it is with you! You must become
sold on the idea that your peace of mind is your most
precious asset, your greatest possession, and make
choices that work to protect it, rather than jeopardize
it. So start today by making choices that place your
peace of mind as your #1 goal in life, and you will be
pleasantly surprised as your move towards greater inner
2. Let Go of the Past! If we wish
to know inner peace, we must be willing to let go of the
past, and begin anew today!! There is no person
alive that has not made many mistakes in this life. We
have all hurt people we love, let down friends, and
failed in many different ways. We are human beings
living, learning each step of the way. We learn to walk
by falling thousands of times, and so it is with every
part of life. Every failure is simply a step towards
greater success. As Thomas Edison said, each failure
simply teaches one more way that won’t work, and
guides us one step closer to success.
So whatever has passed in your life
let it go today! Open yourself to the idea that you are
exactly where you are supposed to be and that that there
is a great and wondrous miraculous power that can make
any and all things possible. Put your faith in that
vast, loving presence of God, and trust that the right
doors will open for you exactly when they should,
exactly there they are supposed to.
Example: I was married very young and
my marriage did not succeed. I could not move forward
until I released that experience, and began to trust
that my life was moving according to its proper plan. By
releasing the past, I was able to renew my trust and
faith in life, and I ended up meeting the wonderful
woman to whom I am currently married. I now have 4
children who never would have been born if I had stayed
rooted in the past.
3. Build up Your Faith Power!
Almost all upset comes from lack of faith, lack of trust
in God, in good in life! If you examine your life
closely you will discover that almost every upset you
have, almost every fear, every worry derives from one
thing: your doubt that good is coming to you. If you
truly could develop an awesome faith in the unlimited
power of God to resolve all things, to heal all
adversities, to correct all problems, then most of the
stress of your life would fall away. Then when any event
occurred in your life that you didn’t like or expect,
you could respond with faith that good would come from
that as well.
Although we may not understand how it
works, when we respond with faith, with trust in good,
we release an amazing power of transformation that can
make all things possible. Just as Jesus through faith
could heal the sick, raise the dead, and transform
poverty into prosperity you, too, can if you will learn
to cultivate your own faith power.
We must all take responsibility for
our own reactions, our own faith, and our own beliefs.
Look closely. What do you really believe in? Do you
believe that your life is going to have a happy ending?
Do you believe that God is greater than anything you
could encounter in this world? If you have some doubts
that is completely normal, but nonetheless you must
learn to cultivate your spiritual power.
I suggest to you that when our friend
Jesus said that we could do greater things than he
could, he really meant it! I believe that same seed
potential exists within each human being waiting to be
awakened, to be developed, to be demonstrated in this
world. And when you begin to stretch your spiritual
wings, and develop mountain moving faith, then you will
really be creating a wonderful, peaceful life, and you
will also be making an enormous service to God.
So I challenge you this day to develop
your faith. Give up regrets, negative thinking, anger,
attachment to the past, and boldly move into a
wonderful, faith filled, happy, peaceful future. Dare to
become what you know you can be: the very incarnation of
divine freedom, happiness, prosperity and fulfillment. You
can do it!!
© 2000 Robert Sidell.
Robert Sidell, Rev., J.D., is an
internationally published author, motivational speaker,
attorney and minister. He is the author of A Rare
Opportunity, Your Key to a Miraculous Life. Shortly
after becoming a lawyer, Robert had a spiritual
awakening that caused him to see the world through new
eyes. He realized at that time that this world has
unlimited potential and dedicated the rest of his life
to sharing the truths that are contained in his book.
His book may
be obtained at Amazon.com
and bookstores nationwide (ask for it if not on the
shelf). You may contact Robert Sidell by email at email@example.com.
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