Over the years I have been much inspired by Peace Pilgrim, who renounced her possessions and walked over 25,000 miles for world peace. Here is a sampling of her wisdom, drawn from the book of her writings that was published posthumously. To learn more, browse her book online.
Love is the greatest power on earth. It conquers all things.
One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.
You are within God. God is within you.
We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.
As I lived up to the highest light I had, higher and higher light came to me.
For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections.
A pilgrim is a wanderer with purpose.
Life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you.
Humanity has only scratched the surface of its real potential.
This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.
There is great freedom in simplicity of living. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one’s life.
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
Most of us fall short much more by omission than by commission. While the world perishes we go our way: purposeless, passionless, day after day.
Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.
I pray without ceasing now. Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
Peace Pilgrim in a nutshell: “Expressing her ideas about peace, she referred to herself only as ‘Peace Pilgrim.’ Peace Pilgrim’s only possessions were the clothes on her back and the few items she carried in the pockets of her blue tunic which read ‘Peace Pilgrim’ on the front and ‘25,000 Miles on foot for peace’ on the back. She had no organizational backing, carried no money, and would not even ask for food or shelter. When she began her pilgrimage she had taken a vow to ‘remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.’ ” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Pilgrim
1. Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words, Peace Pilgrim (published after her death by Ocean Tree Books, 1992). This is available as a book or online at http://www.peacepilgrim.org/book/index.htm.
4. The image is from the cover of the book Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words.