When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others. This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love. The way of peace is the way of love. Love is the greatest power on earth. It conquers all things.~ Peace Pilgrim, mystic, spiritual teacher, and peace activist
I was introduced to Peace Pilgrim in 1993 while I was perusing titles at a bookstore. Her book, Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words, literally fell off a shelf and into my hands. Her example has provided me inspiration for living an authentic spiritual life ever since. I’ve heard her aptly referred to as a 20th century St. Francis of Assisi.
Born in 1908, Mildred Norman became disillusioned in her thirties with the materialistic focus of life. She legally changed her name to Peace Pilgrim and gave away her wealth and possessions. Then in 1953, her pilgrimage for peace began—penniless, walking on faith alone, carrying only a toothbrush, comb, and pencil. She found the Kingdom within and committed to bringing it to everyone she met as she made seven pilgrimages on foot across the United States, Canada, and parts of Mexico.
Peace Pilgrim lived as if she were the answer to someone’s prayer, cultivating the holy flow in her human experience, allowing it to flow through her to bless others. She was “all in” on her pilgrimage for 28 years until an accident took her life a few weeks before her 73rd birthday. Possessed by Love, she lived the truth that Love is always the answer.
While the specifics of our personal vision and mission may be entirely different, we all have the ability to follow Peace’s example and function like the sun, beaming love upon everyone and everything we engage without asking for or expecting anything in return. Peace continues to inspire me to engage the Divine Wow in my own unique way. I hope she has inspired you too. Imagine what sort of sacred uproar we might create if we all gave our best to follow Peace’s example!
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