Harmonious. Balanced. Tranquil. They are but three of the many modifiers of peace.
Let’s see the question. Is there an equation for peace? Let’s seek the answer.
Now, let’s raise the basic question. Are complex answers necessarily born from complex questions?
Reality is both simple and complex because all realities have their truth woven into its own reality. Therefore, simple can be perceived as complex by lack of understanding, as much as complexity can be made simple by acceptance. But there is a simplistic tone to this difficult reality. Because no one knows everything. Because knowledge is sought first before understanding sets in. Since understanding is layered on experience, acceptance will always be, initially, conditional. Such conditionality becomes the purpose upon which we seek the answer from questions we raise.
We raise the needed question. Whether we actively pursue the answer or not, we will always deliberate when and how to journey towards enlightenment. Remaining in the dark is also a choice, albeit temporary. Because we always want an answer to our question. Only in raising questions that we will seek answers. Answer that is achievable. Achievement of which will determine our level of acceptance. Acceptance that will determine the degree of peace we can experience.
Complete acceptance is always born from complete understanding. Such understanding is achieved when rational comprehension is thorough and is completed by the congruence of perception and reality. Understanding is increased, enormously, by faith. If you have faith in God but do not have faith in yourself, the journey to enlightenment, becomes more challenging.
The level of understanding a person possesses can be observed, physically, psychologically, spiritually and socially. Understanding becomes obvious when the manifested peace is achieved and enjoyed. Because understanding is the psychological barometer of peace. Understanding is the emotional yardstick of balance where harmony is housed. This affirms that understanding is the precursor of acceptance.
Acceptance is crucial to the achievement of harmony and balance in all human experience. Experiences are laden with opposing realities. There is joy and pain to every challenge. Challenges where our questions are rooted from and where answers are drawn from . We always endeavor to be happy. In the same context, we are pained, in wanting to be happy. That paradox has to be accepted or we, forever, live in despair.
Acceptance has to be complete to aide in the healing of a painful experience. Conditional acceptance is sometimes adhered to in order to arrest the deterioration of a person with a fragmented belief system. Complete acceptance must be decidedly embraced, to secure the wounded person from disintegrating beyond recognition.
Acceptance is needed to avert possible spiritual deterioration. If acceptance is conditional, equilibrium is affected. Disharmony, always gives us reason to raise questions. Therefore, answers become apparently needed and sought. Without answers, problems become prevalent and disorienting. When problems arise, then seeking peace becomes necessary. Peace, defined, is the happiness of soul. Acceptance, to be considered complete, should become the wounded person’s secure sanctity which can withstand outside attacks or self-destructive attempts to diminish its healing power.
Healed we will be because we purposely sought PEACE. WE can have peace because we are inherently equipped to KNOW, UNDERSTAND and ACCEPT. Human beings are, by nature, made to know millions of information. But our mortal limitation will dictate that only a fraction of such information will be understood, as real and true. We continue to seek knowledge because knowledge gathered from conception to death is the core of our understanding and the source of our acceptance.
Our thirst for knowledge is commensurate to our yearning for PEACE. The expounding frequency in our acquisition of knowledge also increases the magnitude of our understanding. Such magnitude optimizes our achievement of peace. While learning, we try to understand life as integral to our self and others whose lives intertwine with ours.
We continue searching for knowledge about our reality. At the same time, learning to accept the true self who is wanting to understand and aching to be understood. In our yearning for acceptance, we seek to find internal balance or attempt to maintain a semblance of external harmony despite the gaping divide between the obvious inconsistency of our reality and the truth we are seeking. Knowledge is raw while understanding is reflective. Knowledge is acquired that empowers the seeker. While understanding empowers the recipient, both the seeker-giver and the giver-recipient.
Understanding goes through intense scrutiny of reality that matters to us. The needed spiritual reflection make the seeking of PEACE, long and tedious. The quest for peace never ends because we have limited power to fully understand the reality of life. Therefore, the need for understanding is the reason for our continued knowledge-seeking. The search for knowledge stops only when the mental faculty is dead. As humans, we are limited by our own mortality. But with unyielding desire to be happy and peaceful, we defy our limitations and we go on striving to know and understand. Because understanding leads to acceptance. Acceptance brings peace. Peace is the happiness of soul.