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Late Fall 2007
Number 50

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"Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, hatred with love" -- Peace Pilgrim

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Symptoms of Inner Peace - Peace Pilgrim in History - Peace Pilgrim Quote

by Saskia Davis, © 1984. All rights reserved.

Twenty years ago, in the fall of 1987, our first newsletter offered these “Symptoms of Inner Peace” garnered from an unidentified author.  When Saskia Davis contacted us a few months ago, we were delighted to learn about the source of that early article.  We find it as insightful and refreshing today as we did in 1987 and can now offer it to you again with an update and some background by the author.

    Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to inner peace and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

        Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:

 Star Bullet A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

 Star Bullet An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

 Star Bullet A loss of interest in judging other people.

 Star Bullet A loss of interest in judging self.

 Star Bullet A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

 Star Bullet A loss of interest in conflict.

Star Bullet A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious    symptom.)

Star Bullet Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Star Bullet Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

Star Bullet Frequent attacks of smiling.

Star Bullet An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

Star Bullet An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

If you have some or all of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition of inner peace may be so far advanced as to not be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.


     The epidemic predicted in 1984 in THE SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE, continues to spread exponentially!   It has crossed international borders and can be found thriving on every continent.  When the desire for peace strikes human hearts, its victims find themselves craving more and more. And, as its infectious stage seems to be indefinite, it is increasingly being spread quietly from heart to heart, continuing to threaten the international status quo of conflict.


     I wrote THE SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE in 1984, when I was the executive director of the Northwest Center For Attitudinal Healing.  Our center was founded on principles of Inner Peace as described in the book Love is Letting Go of Fear by Dr. Gerald Jampolski, and   modeled after the Center For Attitudinal Healing which he had founded in Tiburon, California.

     As a result of a promise to myself, made many years earlier, to ”follow my passion,” I found myself in the role of executive director.   The promise predated but was similar to the admonition by social anthropologist Joseph Campbell, to “follow your bliss.”  “Following my passion” meant listening carefully for an inner spark of excitement, then deliberately honoring whatever it pertained to, and allowing myself to be surprised by where it would lead.  This process had taken me on a journey which had prepared me quite uniquely and exactly for my role at the Center. 
     In 1984, as a nurse, and representing the Center, I attended a conference that focused on Inner Peace from a healthcare point of view.  I found it incredibly exciting to be in the company of Inner Peace-minded healthcare professionals; and I came away from that event with the hopes expressed in THE SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE.

     Upon publication, it became immediately apparent that “SYMPTOMS” would go far and I soon was being approached by others wanting permission to republish it.  As time went on, I received fewer and fewer requests, but occasionally heard of  “sightings” from the far corners of the earth.  As the years went by, I seldom thought about it anymore.  So, when I decided to Google the title a few months ago, it was quite a thrill to find it posted on hundreds, possibly thousands of websites. 

     Since that time, it has been a truly enriching and heartwarming experience to visit the range of websites and to be in correspondence with many of their owners.    That the desire for Inner Peace has infected so many has re-ignited my initial optimism for transformation of the world through transformation of the hearts of individuals. I have begun to perceive us all as a spontaneous, grassroots movement for Inner Peace.

“Spiritual blessings do not come until we desire them and relinquish desire for material things.  As long as we desire material things, this is all we receive, and we remain spiritually impoverished.”      Peace Pilgrim

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Peace Pilgrim in History        (top)

Pilgrim Urges an Inner Peace
from the Springfield, VT Times – July 13, 1972

     Speaking at the Springfield library, the Peace Pilgrim said that the peoples of the world must move toward finding an inner peace within themselves that would pave the way toward peace in the world.

     Urging people to be as concerned for their inner well being as they are for their materialistic desires, the Peace Pilgrim follows her own advice.

     Living a simple life in which she carries all her worldly possessions in the pockets of her tunic, the Peace Pilgrim noted that people dedicated to peace are no longer in the minority.

     Challenging people to fill their hearts with love, casting out hate and petty selfishness, the Peace Pilgrim said that rewards for these actions will be long lasting values that are the essence of life.

     She visited Springfield four years ago during another election year and at that time had walked some 25,000 miles.  She has lost count now, she said.


Peace Pilgrim in Canada

Peace Pilgrim Quote

“When we attempt to isolate another we only isolate ourselves. We are all God's children and there are no favorites. God is revealed to all who seek; God speaks to all who will listen. Be still and know God.”

Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Works in Her Own Words - Page 85


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