25 “MUST READ” Motivating Quotes by Peace Pilgrim

Image  From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only “Peace Pilgrim” walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound.

To learn more about Peace Pilgrim, please visit http://www.peacepilgrim.com.

Here’s to Peace Pilgrim, literally, walking-the-walk!

  1. “There is another kind of possessiveness. You do not possess any other human being, no matter how closely related that other may be. No husband owns his wife; no wife owns her husband; no parents own their children.  When we think we possess people there is a tendency to run their lives for them, and out of this develop extremely inharmonious situations. Only when we realize that we do not possess them, that they must live in accordance with their own inner motivations, do we stop trying to run their lives for them, and then we discover that we are able to live in harmony with them.  Anything that you strive to hold captive will hold you captive – and if you desire freedom you must give freedom.”
  2. “If you really understood everything, all your wrong reactions would turn into compassion. Those who evoke wrong reactions in you are out of harmony, and especially in need of love. Yes, it is most important to be loving. Meet every situation with love and you will be able to handle it. If someone does the meanest thing to me, I feel the deepest compassion for that person and pray for that person – I do not hurt myself by a wrong reaction of bitterness and anger.”
  3. “Every experience is what you make it and it serves a purpose.  It might inspire you, it might educate you, or it might come to give you a chance to be of service in some way.”
  4. Question: What is the first priority of life? Peace Pilgrim’s Answer: Jesus said, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. All these things shall be added unto you.” This is true. All the blessings are beyond anything I could possibly describe in words. Health, happiness, inner peace, and always with you an awareness of the presence of God. A complete stability of unhurriedness. Fear is absolutely gone from your life. You cannot feel fear because when you know that God is right there, naturally you’re with God.”
  5. “There is a well-worn road which is pleasing to the senses and gratifies worldly desires, but leads to nowhere. And there is the less traveled path, which requires purifications and relinquishments, but results in untold spiritual blessings.”
  6. “Life is a mixture of successes and failures. May you be encouraged by the successes and strengthened by the failures. As long as you never lose faith in God, you will be victorious over any situation you may face.”
  7. “Any praise I receive does not change me, for I pass it right along to God. I walk because God gives me strength to walk, I live because God gives me the supply to live, I speak because God gives me the words to speak. All I did was to surrender my will to God’s will. My entire life has prepared me for this undertaking. This is my calling. This is my vocation. This is what I must be doing. I could not be happy doing anything else.”
  8. “There is a magic formula for resolving conflicts. It is this: Have as your objective the resolving of the conflict, not the gaining of advantage. There is a magic formula for avoiding conflicts. It is this:Be concerned that you do not offend, not that you are not offended.”
  9. “Pure love is a willingness to give, without a thought of receiving anything in return. Love can save the world from nuclear destruction. Love God: turn to God with receptiveness and responsiveness.Love your fellow human beings: turn to them with friendliness and givingness. Make yourself fit to be called a child of God by living the way of love.”
  10. “Live in the present. Do the things that need to be done. Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold”
  11. “Some people wish for a life of no problems, but I would never wish such a life for any of you.  What I wish for you is the great inner strength to solve your problems meaningfully and grow.   Problems are learning and growing experiences.  A life without problems would be a barren existence, without the opportunity for spiritual growth.”
  12. “Every good thing you do, every good thing you say, every good thought you think, vibrates on and on and never ceases.  The evil remains only until it is overcome by good, but the good remains forever.”
  13. “Live this day! Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Never agonize over the past or worry over the future. Live this day and live it well.”
  14. “There is no greater block to world peace or inner peace than fear. What we fear we tend to develop an unreasoning hatred for, so we come to hate and fear. This not only injures us psychologically and aggravates world tension, but through such negative concentration we tend to attract the things we fear. If we fear nothing and radiate love, we can expect good things to come. How much this world needs the message and example of love and of faith!”
  15. “I got busy on a very interesting project. This was to live all the good things I believed in… It took the living quite a while to catch up with the believing, but of course it can, and now if I believe something, I live it. Otherwise it would be perfectly meaningless. As I lived up to the highest light I had, I discovered that other light was given; that I opened myself to receiving more light as I lived the light I had.”
  16. “If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a defeatist or negative thought. Since we create through thought, we need to concentrate very strongly on positive thoughts. If you think you can’t do something, you can’t. But if you think you can, you may be surprised to discover that you can. It is important that our thoughts be constantly for the best that could happen in a situation — for the good things we would like to see happen.”
  17. “No one walks so safely as one who walks humbly and harmlessly with great love and great faith. For such a person gets through to the good in others (and there is good in everyone), and therefore cannot be harmed. This works between individuals, it works between groups and it would work between nations if nations had the courage to try it.”
  18. “Just after I dedicated my life to service, I felt that I could no longer accept more than I need while others in the world have less than they need. This moved me to bring my life down to need level. I thought it would be difficult. I thought it would entail a great many hardships, but I was quite wrong. Instead of hardships, I found a wonderful sense of peace and joy, and a conviction that unnecessary possessions are only unnecessary burdens.”
  19. “AS I LOOKED ABOUT THE WORLD, so much of it impoverished, I became increasingly uncomfortable about having so much while my brothers and sisters were starving. Finally I had to find another way. The turning point came when, in desperation and out of a very deep seeking for a meaningful way of life, I walked all one night through the woods. I came to a moonlit glade and prayed. I felt a complete willingness, without any reservations, to give my life – to dedicate my life – to service. ‘Please use me!’ I prayed to God. And a great peace came over me.”
  20. “It is through solving problems correctly that we grow spiritually. We are never given a burden unless we have the capacity to overcome it. If a great problem is set before you, this merely indicates that you have the great inner strength to solve a great problem. There is never really anything to be discouraged about, because difficulties are opportunities for inner growth, and the greater the difficulty the greater the opportunity for growth.”
  21. “When you come into this world your jobs in the divine plan are there. They just need to be realized and lived. If you do not yet know where you fit, I suggest that you try seeking it in receptive silence. I used to walk amid the beauties of nature, just receptive and silent, and wonderful insights would come to me.”
  22. “There are those who know and do not do. This is very sad. In this materialistic age we have such a false criterion  by which to measure success. We measure it in terms of dollars, in terms of material things. But happiness and inner peace do not lie in that direction. If you know and do not do, you are a very unhappy person indeed.”
  23. “In order to help usher in the golden age we must see the good in people. We must know it is there, no matter how deeply it may be buried. Yes, apathy is there and selfishness is there – but good is there also. It is not through judgment that the good can be reached, but through love and faith.”
  24. “The positive approach inspires; the negative approach makes angry. When you make people angry, they act in accordance with their baser instincts, often violently and irrationally. When you inspire people, they act in accordance with their higher instincts, sensibly and rationally. Also, anger is transient, whereas inspiration sometimes has a life-long effect.”
  25. “The darkness that we see in our world today is due to the disintegration of things out of harmony with God’s laws.  The basic conflict is not between nations, it is between two opposing beliefs. The first is that evil can be overcome by more evil, that the end justifies the means.  This belief is very prevalent in our world today.  It is the war way.  It is the official position of every major nation. Then there is the way that was taught two thousand years ago – of overcoming evil with good, which is my way, the way Jesus taught.  Never loose faith: God’s way is bound to prevail in the end.”

(All information in this post is provided via http://www.peacepilgrim.com)

11 thoughts on “25 “MUST READ” Motivating Quotes by Peace Pilgrim

  1. WOW! And we think we’ve done a wonderful job when we pray for our family and friends for five minutes. Peace Pilgrim is another person I’d like to have a conversation with when I get to heaven 🙂

    1. I couldn’t agree more! If you ever get a chance, you can look at videos of her on youtube and watch the documentaries about her. What a story her life is. I’d love to see a film about her on the big screen someday!

      1. A movie would be great! The thing is though, who would you get to play the lead role? Can’t think of anyone who could do a good enough job. Maybe one of the older actresses like Maggie Smith or Judy Dench. Someone pretty special 🙂

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