By Stacy Steel
“My passion and dream is to have real peace in my lifetime and in this
— Brother Ishmael
Dwelling within you is the spirit of peace and it is always crying for free
expression. Peace seems to be elusive because no one has had a clear and
workable definition for it. If you cannot see and feel it within, you cannot
manifest it without; you cannot give what you do not have.
Definition of Peace
Peace is the identification and free expression of one’s inner divine
If you don’t know your full potential and you see someone else living up to
theirs, you feel cheated and lost. This causes internal confusion, which gives
birth to external confusion and war. Again, if you realize your potential but
are not able to express it, you feel hemmed in or chocked; and once again, this
gives birth to internal confusion, which results in external confusion and war.
Common knowledge tells us it is fear and anger that makes people hurt and maim
others, and develop and manufacture
weapons of mass destruction, even if there is no real threat of war. Fear
and anger are symptoms of the sense of loss of uniqueness. So, if we want real
and lasting peace, we must address the fundamental causes of fear, anger and the
loss of the sense of uniqueness.
Here is a scenario that illustrates some of the common, yet mostly unknown
factors that destroy our sense of uniqueness from a very young age. When a
two-year-old child comes up to you in your shoes or dress, most parents
mistakenly tell them how cute they look in their parents’ items. But in doing
so, what they don’t realize is they have destroyed the child’s sense of
When a child takes on the belief that he or she gets recognition, or is somehow
viewed as better by being like mommy or daddy, they stop striving to be
themselves. When this occurs, the child loses their hope for peace forever.
Humanity is one being, and we all long to feel connected to each other. We want
to feel like we belong, and are noticed in our communities and families. When a
child gains the attention of their parents or adults by stepping into their
“shoes,” it reinforces the child’s belief that he has to be somebody else to be
seen or noticed. In that moment the child negates his or her own identity in
preference for someone else. We call this second image or the practice of
spiritual suicide. To feel accepted, the child wants to be somebody else; he
grows comparing himself with others as a means of evaluating himself.
Consequently, fear and anger set in along with a sense of inadequacy.
Check your life and you will see areas where you have been trying to be like
somebody else, and your desires are based on what you perceive other people may
consider as appropriate. Lost to yourself, you are dissatisfied, afraid and
Peace treaties signed by our world leaders who are filled with fear and anger
are nothing but signed time bombs, which will eventually explode. Our energy and
efforts would be better used to study the fundamental causes of fear and anger
and how to eliminate them.
Here is a positive solution to the common child-growth issue we just discussed.
When a child walks up to you wearing your dress, ask him or her to bring their
own dress and to put it on for you. Then affirm, “You are beautiful and
wonderful in your dress.” The child realizes that he or she is appreciated for
who they are. Never say, “Your dress is beautiful.” Such will make the child put
value on their possessions rather than themselves. Instead say, “You are
beautiful in your dress.” It is the child who is beautiful, not the dress.
Simple as this is, you can imagine the difference this would make if known and
practiced by mankind.
Through prayer and meditation, I have discovered this and many more practices,
for a life of proactive peace.
To make peace happen, I have developed simple spiritual and social tools
that may be used to bring you into harmony with yourself and life... Tools that
work in harmony with Nature. These include:
1. Path of Pure Potential (PPP) — shows you how to connect with Nature and
discover your divine potentialities. With that, peace is possible.
2. Growing the Empowered Child — is one of the programs that helps children grow
without fear and anger and restores them to their sense of uniqueness.
3. The Marriage Enterprise — gives couples the tools necessary to have
purpose-driven, successful marriages. We learn finance, business management and
accounting so we can have great and successful businesses. We have purpose
statements for our business. But when it comes to marriage, a union that raises
human families and communities, most people have received little if any training
on how to succeed.
4. Sacred Divorce — cleanses you from past relationships and assists in
discovering the gifts of each relationship in your life. It is a necessary
program for people who want to enter into marriage, or those currently in
marriages or committed relationships who want to deepen them. It is also
excellent for those individuals wishing to attract the right relationship into
With these programs, peace is possible. Please take a stand with me by
affirming: “Peace is possible in my lifetime!”
Peace must always start with the individual. A drop of water from the ocean is
the entire ocean. That drop of water can choose to remain a drop of water,
reduce itself into a molecule of water, or expand itself to become a wave, a
typhoon in the ocean, or become the entire ocean itself; a drop of water can see
its connectedness with the entire ocean and thereby have a real sense of being.
When you consider the vastness of the universe made up of our planet and other
planets in the Solar System, stars that constitute the Milky Way, and billions
of discovered and undiscovered galaxies, how significant are you?
Your significance in the universe depends on your connectedness with every other
part of the universe. Whether you realize it or not, you are connected to
everyone and everything.
The time comes that we call death, when you will realize that nothing in the
world is yours except what you are. What are you? When that time comes, you will
realize your parents and children, friends and lovers, wealth and properties,
and even the beautiful body you are wearing, is not yours. What are you? All you
have (knowledge, wealth, properties, friends, connections) is to be used to
expand what you are.
A Journey into Enlightenment
Now I’ll take you into a master program that connects you to the goodness
of the universe. I call it Sacred Remembrance.
Sacred Remembrance enables you to discover what you are and links you with the
goodness of the whole world.
Sacred as defined by The Merriam Webster dictionary says — dedicated or set
apart for worship or service of a deity;entitled to reverence or respect.
Remembrance is an act of recalling to mind something of value.
Sacred Remembrance restores you to the value of your True Self which you have
ignored for so long. There is a Self, the true part of you that deserves
All through life you are consciously or unconsciously being programmed to look
down on yourself. You are programmed to focus on little wrongs you do and use
those to describe and label yourself. As we discussed earlier, such internal and
external descriptions are met with resistance.
Your image of perfection will not accept anything short of divinity or
perfection. This results in internal confusion within yourself. You live your
whole life fighting to be good or to be seen as good when in essence, you are a
fountain of goodness.
Sacred Remembrance will bring you to this remembrance. When you are good, and
you know that you know you are good; you will not fight for your good to be
recognized or appreciated. The awareness of the good that is you is its own
satisfaction. The sun does not cry out that it is bright, it just shines.
Fully conscious of the good that you are, you just radiate it. All evil, all
internal and external fights will cease when you wake up to the magnificent good
that you are. You are goodness itself and instead of being that, you are
fighting for that good to be seen and there lies the confusion and disease of
Sacred remembrance is a journey into your magnificent good. It is a gift to
yourself as well as the planet. It involves a recall of the good you have done
and been, that reached out to more than the initial recipient, rippling through
that individual to several other beings. The multiplying effect of each act of
good continues through your lifetime and beyond, and this enlarges what and who
For instance, if that good involves saving someone’s life, every moment that
person lives is an expression of gratitude to your single act, and if such a
person bears a child or does good for somebody else, you continue to realize the
effect of your good through the child and the people who have benefited from him
and this continues ad infinitum.
Sacred Remembrance is simply recalling the good you are until you come to the
truth that you are a fountain of goodness. Run your own citations (feel what
that feels like), read your own testimonies and tributes of the good that you
are (feel what that feels like). Really know this as the truth of who you are.
If you can count these blessings that reach you and bring to mind your moments
of reaching out to life, you will become conscious of how rich and magnificent
you are. Cosmic good journeys through time, energy, space and circumstance to
reach you; and your single act of good has a rippling effect on life. Allow
yourself to step into cosmic experience and awareness. As the first recipient of
the good you send out to the world, your life becomes a living blessing and a
Brother Ishmael Tetteh is a Great Spiritual Master from Ghana, West Africa. His
international presence and message of World Peace has empowered lives all over
the globe for the past 30 years. His teachings come from the very heart of
Mother Nature and are a modern reflection of the ancient, sacred teachings of
the shamans and mystics of Africa.
Brother Ishmael will be visiting Southern
California for only a short time, so please contact Conscious Humanity, a
501c3 for additional information. Visit:
www.ConsciousHumanity.com or call (760) 633-1033.
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