“My appointed work is to awaken the divine nature that is within. This is my calling, to open doors of truth and make people think to arouse others from their apathetic and lethargic state, and get them to seek out for themselves the inner peace which dwells within. This is the extent of my undertaking, I can do no more. The rest I leave to a higher power.– Peace Pilgrim
Mildred Lisette Norman Ryder also known as “Peace Pilgrim” was a pilgrim for peace. After a 15 year spiritual transformation she spend 28 years walking 25,000 miles. She did this with no money and no organization behind her, “fearlessly calling for international as well as personal disarmament.”
Her message was of “overcoming evil with good, hatred with love and falsehood with truth.” This would be accomplished through stages of maturity. First we must find inner peace; “then peace among individuals, the community, the nation and the world” is possible. She also believed in the power of the mind and that we create our world with our thoughts. Does any of this sound familiar?
Are you ready to be a peace pilgrim? You don’t have to actually go out and walk 25,000 miles. Walking through life with your own inner peace is the way we start. We can all become peace pilgrims.
Information from http://www.peacepilgrim.org/ was used to research this post.
Peace Pilgrim handed out copies of her pamphlet Steps Toward Inner Peace on her journey. You can download a copy from the website.
The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being
that places harmony in one’s life. – Peace Pilgrim
“Life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you.”
“There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace? If they have not, there is something wrong with them — so keep seeking! If what you do has brought you inner peace, stay with what you believe is right.” — Peace Pilgrim
“And so I went into the second phase of my life. I began to live to give what I could, instead of get what I could, and I entered a new and wonderful world.” — Peace Pilgrim [Source: Steps Toward Inner Peace http://www.peacepilgrim.com/steps1.htm]
“This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”…. Peace Pilgrim [Source: http://www.peacepilgrim.com]
“You are within God. God is within you.” Peace Pilgrim
For more information on Peace Pilgrim visit http://www.peacepilgrim.org/