Peace from Loss

I was reminded yesterday that I actually have a blog. Oops… I’ve been neglecting, and forgetting how nice it is to get my thoughts out on ‘paper’. Tons of reading lately but not much writing.

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One of the books I’ve started is “A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” – Eckhart Tolle. Reading through one of the paragraphs I got that ‘woah — ah, ha moment’ that just really explained things. Perfectly.

Page 56: The Peace that Passes all Understanding

There are many accounts of people who experienced that emerging new dimension of consciousness as a result of tragic loss at some point in their lives. some lost all of their possessions, others their children or spouse, their social position, reputation, or physical abilities. In some cases, through disaster or war, they lost all of these things simultaneously and found themselves with ‘nothing’. We may call this a limit-situation. whatever they had identified with, whatever gave them their sense of self, had been taken away. Then suddenly and inexplicably, the anguish or intense fear they initially felt gave way to a sacred sense of Presence, a deep peace and serenity and complete freedom from fear. This phenomenon must have been familiar to St. Paul, who used the expression ‘the peace of God which passeth all understanding.’ It is indeed a peace that doesn’t seem to make sense, and the people who experienced it asked themselves: In the face of this, how can it be that I feel such peace?

The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am.

So all you have to do is go through something tragic? No – but it explains a shift. A new way of being and seeing and that fearlessness. Peace.

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