Within each of us, in our hearts and in our minds, there lives a special kind of light. In truth, it is everywhere. We can look at our thoughts as particles suspended in this silent, illuminated space. But, instead of seeing the beautiful stillness -- the source of that which reveals the movement of these passing thoughts and feelings -- we grab onto each thought that passes through it. Why would we do this?
One reason why negative states sneak in so easily to steal our peace is that we have been conditioned to believe in their right to punish us. We do not have to yield ourselves to such meaningless states, nor live the life of the sorry self that revels in them.
We have within us a new, higher vantage point -- a very special part of ourselves within which we may be at peace regardless of what goes on around us. This yet-to-be realized state of ourselves may be called conscious self-awareness. Through its power, instead of being pulled down into painful identification with the passing shadows of life, we can discover a life in a peace far above the reach of any fear.
Learn to look past the familiar forms around you, including those reactions in you about them. Don't think about the moment unfolding before you, see it; Be the whole of life in the perfectly present moment. This Now is where the Spirit of Peace resides. Drop the minutiae, the too-familiar sense of self found in sorting through the particular. Place your attention in the awareness of your thoughts instead of losing yourself within them and what they tell you is happening.
As you make these interior efforts you will no doubt hear your own thoughts tell you that what you ask is impossible, that you can't hope to succeed at separating the darkness from the light. To disarm any such disturbance in you, you need only ask yourself one thing: what else would you expect bats to tell a farmer who intends to pull down the dark and useless barn in which they live?