Peace = The Absense of Hurt…

Can there be peace without hurt?

Is the ability to navigate the arising of hurt, peace?

Is [personal] peace enough; a prelude to global peace?


Like most, I’ve learned a lot about hurt and the relationship it has to the experience of peace.  Like most people, I’ve hurt and I’ve been hurt; violence is absence of peace and a substitute for hurt. Hurt is always inherent within the one who is hurting or has been hurt.

In my own life I have recognized the presence of hurt.  I have witnessed the one who was hurt, the one who is hurt, and the one who will potentially hurt or be hurt.  When I’m hurting, there is an absence of peace.  What is present instead is the memory of hurt: the hurt that arises from the past, the hurt that appears to be present in the moment, and the fear of further hurt in the future.

In these moments when [I] have lost [myself] to the perception of hurt: to the memories of my past, the experience of the moment or the fear of a projected future, what is recognized is the impact the story of hurt has on the potential experience of peace within the moment.

As long as we are in the story of hurt: the one who was hurt, the one who is hurting or the one who will potentially be hurt, there can never be peace; there will only be hurt or the fear of hurt.  The pain, struggle, fear, confusion, destruction and immense sadness that arise from the details of the story of hurt are debilitating.

Peace for most, is the absence of hurt, be it the story of hurt or the story of the search for peace that arises as a result of hurt.  As long as [you] are in the story of hurt, there can be no peace; there can only be hurt.  The root of all hurt is the [I] that imagines it can be hurt, was hurt, or will be hurt.  The [I] perpetuates the story of hurt itself.  The one who controls, the one who gathers, the one who hunts, will always be hurt.

All stories arise from the [I] who imagines it exists; the one who believes in the philosophy of separation and hurt, and the philosophy of peace.  When hurt arises [we] can focus on the story of hurt: the reasons, the justifications, the explanations, the actual details contained within the story of the who, the what, the where, the when and the why; or we can place our attention on the one who sees the arising of that hurt itself.

It’s not easy, but it is simple. [We] can focus on the hurt or we can notice the one who witnesses the story of the hurt that appears to be rising.  With a simple shift of attention, we can alleviate the subjective experience of hurt.  What is possible then; what can occur in that shift is space for peace to arise.

With the shift of attention there is a space, a wiggle, a movement from the perception and experience of being hurt to the perception and experience of being at peace.  In the midst of hurt, there can be the subjective experience of a being at peace, the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding.

We all hurt and we all have hurt.  Until we move beyond our [personal] story of hurt, we will continue to subjectively experience the results of its perception. Peace begins with the ending of hurt: the hurt that was, the hurt that is, and the hurt that may be.  Until we break the cycle of the story of our own hurt, we will not taste the sweetness of peace.


Can we celebrate peace when so many are hurting?


(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds.  All Rights Reserved Worldwide.



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