• We can all spend our lives going about doing
good. Every time you meet a person, think of some
encouraging thing to say—a kind word, a helpful
suggestion, an expression of admiration. Every time
you come into a situation, think of some good thing
to bring—a thoughtful gift, a considerate attitude, a
• There is a criterion by which you can judge
whether the thoughts you are thinking and the
things you are doing are right for you. That criterion is,
Have they brought you inner peace?
If they have not, there is something wrong with them—so keep
• If you love people enough, they will respond
lovingly. If I offend people, I blame myself, for I know
that if my conduct had been correct, they would not
have been offended, even though they did not agree
with me. “Before the tongue can speak, it must have
lost the power to wound.”
• To those who feel depressed, I would say:
Try keeping your surroundings full of beautiful music and lovely flowers. Try reading and memorizing thoughts that inspire. Try making a list of all things you have to be thankful for. If there is some good thing that you have always wanted to do, start doing it. Make a meaningful schedule for yourself and keep to that schedule.
• Although others may feel sorry for you,
never feel sorry for yourself—it has a deadly effect on
spiritual well-being. Recognize all problems, no
matter how difficult, as opportunities for spiritual
growth, and make the most of these opportunities.
• From all the things you read and from all the
people you meet, take what is good—what your own
‘Inner Teacher’ tells you is for you—and leave the
For guidance and for truth, it is much better to
look to the Source through your own ‘Inner Teacher’
than to look to people or books. Books and people
can merely inspire you. Unless they awaken
something within you, nothing worthwhile has been
• No one is truly free who is still attached to
material things, or to places, or to people. We must
be able to use things when we need them and then
relinquish them without regret when they have
outlived their usefulness. We must be able to
appreciate and enjoy the places where we tarry, and
yet pass on without anguish when we are called
elsewhere. We must be able to live in loving
association with people without feeling that we
possess them and must run their lives. Anything that
you strive to hold captive will hold you captive, and if
you desire freedom you must give freedom.
• The spiritual life is the real life—all else is
illusion and deception. Only those who are attached
to God alone are truly free.
Only those who live up to the highest light they have find their lives in
harmony. Those who act on their highest
motivations become a power for good. It is not
important that others be noticeably affected. Results
should never be sought or desired. Know that every
right thing you do—every word you say—every
positive thought you think—has good effect.
• All people can be peace workers. Whenever
you bring harmony into any unpeaceful situation,
you contribute to the total peace picture. Insofar as
you have peace in your life, you reflect it into your
surroundings and into your world.
• That which is received from without can be
compared with knowledge. It leads to a believing,
which is seldom strong enough to motivate to action.
That which is confirmed from within
after it is contacted from without, or that which is directly
perceived from within (which is my way), can be
compared with wisdom. It leads to a knowing, and
action goes right along with it.
• In our spiritual development we are often
required to pull up roots many times and to close
chapters in our lives until we are no longer attached
to any material things and can love all people without
any attachment to them.
• You cannot leave a situation without spiritual
injury unless you leave it lovingly.
• If you want to teach people, young or old, you
must start where they are—at their level of
understanding. If you see that they are already
beyond your level of understanding, let them teach
you. Since steps toward spiritual advancement are
taken in such varied order, most of us can teach one
• Physical violence can end before we have
learned the way of love, but psychological violence
will continue until we do. Only outer peace can be
had through law. The way to inner peace is through
• Concentrate on giving so that you may open
yourself to receiving. Concentrate on living according
to the light you have, so that you may open yourself
to more light.
• Sometimes difficulties of the body come to
show that the body is just a transient garment—that
the reality is the indestructible essence which
activates the body.
• After you have found inner peace, spiritual
growth takes place harmoniously because you—now
governed by the higher self—will to do God’s will and
do not need to be pushed into it.
• Nothing threatens those who do God’s will,
and God’s will is love and faith. Those who feel hate
and fear are out of harmony with God’s will and are
likely to have difficulties.
• All difficulties in your life have a purpose.
They are pushing you toward harmony with God’s
•There is always a way to do right!
• What we suffer from is immaturity. If we were
mature people, war would be no problem—it would
• Of course I trust the Law of Love! Since the
universe operates in accordance with the Law of
Love, how could I trust anything else?
• For Light I go directly to the Source of Light,
not to any of the reflections. Also I make it possible
for more Light to come to me by living up to the
highest Light I have. You cannot mistake Light
coming from the Source, for it comes with
complete understanding so that you can explain and discuss
• Judging others will avail you nothing and
injure you spiritually. Only if you can inspire others
to judge themselves will anything worthwhile have
• Never think of any right effort as being
fruitless—all right effort bears good fruit, whether we
see results or not. Just concentrate on thinking and
living and acting for peace, and inspiring others to do
likewise, leaving results to God’s hands.
• You cannot change anyone except yourself.
After you have become an example, you can inspire
others to change themselves.
• In a conflict situation you must be thinking of
a solution which is fair to all concerned, instead of a
solution which is of advantage to you. Only a
solution which is fair to all concerned can be
workable in the long run.
• Your motives must be good if your work is to
have a good effect.
by Peace Pilgrim