“I want the peace of God.”
“To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything. If you could but mean them for just an instant, there would be no further sorrow possible for you in any form; in any place or time. Heaven would be completely given back to full awareness, memory of God entirely restored, the resurrection of all creation fully recognized.”
You only need to mean it for just a instant! C’mon! That’s waaaaaaaaay too simple. So the nice thing that this instant does is set up a guide post, for me mentally. The Mind training helps me to be aware that anything short of true peace, inner peace, becomes a warning sign that I need to stop, take a moment to look in my mind and ask for help.
Just in case you are not sure if you are experiencing real peace, Jesus makes it very simple.
“Many have said these words. But few indeed have meant them. You have but to look upon the world you see around you to be sure how very few they are. The world would be completely changed should any two agree these words express the only thing they want.”
The truth is, that peace can only be experienced, NOW.
“First, how can the peace of God be recognized? God’s peace is recognized at first by just one thing; in every way it is totally unlike all previous experiences. It calls to mind nothing that went before. It brings with it no past associations. It is a new thing entirely. There is a contrast, yes, between this thing and all the past. But strangely, it is not a contrast of true differences. The past just slips away, and in its place is everlasting quiet. Only that. The contrast first perceived has merely gone. Quiet has reached to cover everything.”