On Peace Day, Sept. 21, choose an ego-free day

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on Sept. 21. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples, according to Wikipedia.

This year the theme is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks of Peace,” a worthy goal  — however, in 2017 or the near future, the theme could be: “The Sustainable Individual: Take Your Peace Temperature.”

The UN could lead the way in encouraging the practice of personal peace and promote the daily “hygienic” practice of taking one’s peace temperature everyday, just like brushing teeth or combing hair. Are you a peacemaker or a trouble maker?

We know global warming is heating the planet with dire predictions of its effects, but something that we can do something about is the temperature of our mind. For example, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being peaceful, what is your temperature today?

If encouraged to perform the task of accessing our daily inner temperature we would look inward: happy or sad; upset; what can I forgive or accept?; what do I need to do? (take a walk in the park, write an apology or thank you?); what am I thinking and should I believe it?; what I am judging and projecting and can I find it also within myself so I can let it go?

In taking my temperature, I am responsible for looking at my thoughts and changing them if they cause pain, grief or misery of any kind. Who or what part of my mind is running the show that translates into my judgments and thoughts? Unless I choose differently it’s the ego.

I don’t have to believe every thought or the drama attached to it that can escalate to a war pitch in my mind. When we are aware of the escalation and how we feel and think, we can say: “Do I want this thought; is it true? Can I refuse to believe it or see it another way?” Question every thought and, when a judgmental thought crops up (and it will), say: “Oh there’s the ego again – no big deal” — merely look and let it go.

If I take the time to look within and name the annoyance or the judgement and acknowledge it is also in myself, it has to be — otherwise I would not see it out there, then I can let it go or see it another way. All condemnations are from the ego, a master in projection, if we let it be chairman of our thoughts.

Salvation from the ego is within your powerful mind. You are the decision maker and can put the controls on the ego; switch channels. Go to the sanity within and say “I choose peace; I want to see this differently.” Find the “mute” button and turn off the ego insanity. Maybe carry a small symbol as a reminder in your pocket to choose peace. This practice of watching the mind will reduce the ego. It is imperative for inner peace.

The ego is not your friend. You are a loving mind, a higher Self, a Spirit, and you have done nothing wrong. As we become less identified with the ego, the quiet truth will emerge from the Love within the One mind we share. We live in a world that screams of distraction and misery, especially with the current war in the Middle East, refugees flooding Europe and the general election.

But there is always something screaming at us. A mind at peace will find the loving thing to do when called upon and — if we don’t buy into ego doom and gloom — we will see clearly what the right thing is. No longer living as a puppet of the ego, we take our inner peace temperature daily, allowing the love within to be projected outward to do the good it will.

Take your inner peace temperature next Wednesday, Sept. 21, and have a nice day!

Sally McKirgan facilitates one of several "A Course In Miracles" study groups in the Rogue Valley and the Ashland Daily Tidings Inner Peace column and community blog. Contact her at innerpeaceforyou@live.com



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