Inner Peace: Are you the Creator or the Spectator?

    A banner made for the Peace Fence in 2007 that is now on a tile in front of the Ashland library.

    We create our lives either by intention or by default.

    Sounds simple doesn’t it? The creative power of the Universe is imbued in us as we were created by the Divine becoming us. What we focus on, where we place our consciousness, and where we place our energy is what we experience.

    Consciousness and Energy create the Nature of Reality. — Ramtha

    We can create our lives consciously or unconsciously. Either way we are the creator of our life. When we do not set an intention as to the way we want our life to be, we usually focus on “what is.” So we re-create the past, what we have already experienced over and over. I call this creating by default. If we place our attention on what we what to achieve, then a new experience comes into our lives.

    Is this easy? Yes!

    Is it simple? Yes!

    Does it take practice? Absolutely!

    Most religions, most cultures, our media, our schools, do not teach this. They teach us to focus on “what is,” analyze it and find out who’s to blame. And then we wonder why we keep experiencing the same thing over and over. I call this re-cycled ignorance.

    To shift our consciousness to what we want, spiritual practices can help. Meditation, contemplation, affirmative prayer, mantras-chats, etc. can all help us to re-focus.

    Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals. — LL Cool J

    We are great storytellers. I’m sure you can think of many examples. You see a familiar face walking up to you or perhaps a call on the phone and you already know what they are going to tell you. It’s the same story they have been telling over and over. Does the story change? Maybe a little. Does their experience change? Not really, it’s the same essential experience they have had all along, and maybe now it has grown worse.

    We have to ask ourselves “What story am I telling? Am I telling the same old story of “what is”? Or am I telling a story of what I want to experience? Telling a story is a very powerful tool, a way to focus our consciousness. If we look at it, talk about it, write it down, we are using energy to focus our consciousness.

    As we move down our spiritual paths, as we develop greater awareness through our spiritual practices, when we quiet the mind we start to see our own mental patterns. Inner dialogues and boundaries and thought structures that are a result of experiences, environment and people around us all of this forms our personality. As we start to look at these things we more and more cultivate the “Observer.” As the “Observer” develops, the patterns and structures of thought start to dissolve simply by observing them. This is the path to Peace this is the path to enlightenment.

    The World is not broken, Be in Peace .

    Jim Hatton is the author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life,” available on Amazon or at

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