Valerie Sheppard

Valerie Sheppard

Welcome back. I trust that you have explored holding the energy of Ease and that you’re finding it serves your feelings of happiness to do so. Let’s continue with how being in Ease helps you experience Peace.

Ease is but the surface layer of this deeper inner state. Peace is your State of Being beyond resistance. A place we all strive to get. Peace is within your Essence, it’s a space of trust and openness, the unmistakable knowing that everything is exquisitely right, regardless of appearances. In the story above of praying over a dead pelican or gull, ease is accepting that this particular walk includes a dead pelican (certainly not something I want to experience), and Peace is trusting that however it died, ultimately all is as it should be —even while the judging self might be looking for something or someone to blame for its death.

Peace comes from choosing to transcend the situational aspects of a moment, while allowing those aspects to be exactly as they are. As Mahatma Gandhi taught:

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”

All your fears, anxieties, anger, and sadness are not the opposite of Peace. When they grip you tightly and you feel like you can’t break free, they are essentially reminding you of your disconnection with Peace.

When a lamp gets unplugged, its light goes out. But the power to light it is still there waiting for the lamp to be plugged back in. Inner Peace is still waiting for you to plug back in when you’re facing a struggle, experiencing pain and sadness, dealing with your fears. Just because there’s momentary darkness in your life, doesn’t mean your inner Light is not there. Remember to stay connected to the Source within; trust that you have safety, stamina, guidance, endurance, and comfort even in the midst of a beach walk with hills, rocks, debris, dead creatures and big unknowns.

And finally, Grace. When you feel like something amazing happened that you’re not sure you deserve, what do you call it? I call it Grace. Grace is what Divinely plugs your lamp back in when you couldn’t even reach for the plug. Grace is experiencing the presence of God when you least expect it to, because you are barely connected to that aspect of you within.

Grace is a gift bestowed to you when you’re trapped in the appearances of lack and limitation, when you’re seemingly out of time and out of options – yet abundance and opportunity show up anyway. Grace is what calls to you asking, “what do you really want?” Grace shows up to remind you that you can choose how to experience what is happening, right when you may be at your absolute worst place for remembering and choosing.

In the midst of situations that make you ask “Where did this come from?”, Grace helps you take responsibility and love yourself anyway, without judgment, guilt, or shame. It shields you when you realize that sometimes you cannot claim the Divinity within, and that you’re attached to the limited ideas of your human self, experiencing fear, sadness and loneliness. As the poet Rumi says:

“Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore.”

So now, you can see why I love to affirm Ease, Peace and Grace in my life always. I offer this mantra to you, and intend that it elevates your vibration so you can experience everything it is in your life now.


* This post is a revision of my original two-part article that was published on on April 11, 2014.