This second week of Advent the focus is on Peace — understanding the true meaning of peace.
Peace in Greek is eirene — from the primary verb eiro, which means ‘to join.’ In Hebrew it is shalom — signifying wholeness. Joining that which is not joined and making whole that which is not whole.
Peace is used many times in sacred texts, and it is certainly one of the most frequently used words in our modern vocabulary. Isaiah referred to Christ, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas as “the Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6.
The inner esoteric meaning — the information that can be found behind this Christian festival — is revealed when we look more deeply and translate it energetically.
Its meaning is purposefully hidden for human beings to cause us to search for life’s purpose — leading us on a spiritual pilgrimage.
This time of the year we often hear the phrase, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” Luke 2:14.
Without understanding the true nature of peace these words can be misleading.
A more accurate translation of Luke’s words is, “Glory through the highest God, and on earth peace among men of good will.”
Peace then is not a gift - nor is it a right. Indeed, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” Matthew 10:34.
It becomes clear that this most prized state of being is one of human achievement. There is an intricate relationship between peace and the power of our will.
The truth of this is revealed when we consider that there are different kinds of peace.
In John 14:27 we find the words, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” The word leave here means ‘to send away’ showing us two kinds of peace — one that has departed and one that is offered in a different way.
We cannot experience the new peace unless we divest ourselves of the old peace. Shattering the old self to make ourselves whole — by joining the pieces back together.
This can only be achieved through the human will — not the ego bound will, but the higher will awakened by the I Am.
The old will is pushy and selfish — motivated by self-survival. The new will is gentle, approachable, and always applied inwardly rather than directed towards others.
The use of this new will was made possible for the first time through the birth of Jesus Christ which we celebrate every year at Christmas.
It is the task of Advent to awaken in all of us the guiding spirit of goodness that flings open the doors of hope and allows peace to enter into our lives.
Happy Holidays to all!