Discovering Inner Peace
People engage in spirituality or the inner path – the
search for spiritual awakening and enlightenment – at
different levels and for different reasons. Often the entry
level is a simple interest in the purpose of life, asking
Who Am I? What is Life?
– or as a result of a life-changing situation. The motivation
lies in the exploration of the outer world with all its ups
For many seekers the engagement can remain an
interest: like reading, exploring different spiritual
teachers and their practices, attending retreats or
workshops. When, and if, interest becomes a passion,
there is a shift from information and interest to personal
engagement on a far deeper level than knowledge
and understanding, extensive philosophical debate or
the knowledge of exotic or foreign words.
The shift asks for a turning inward and exploration of
one’s inner reality. With guidance from those who have
advanced on the path, seekers are initially pointed to
developing inner awareness, exploring the two inner
modes of life; that of ego-mind and suffering (lower
consciousness) or that of inner peace and flow (higher
Once inner stillness is discovered, this ability allows the
student to release the attachments to those things we
find so important in life. Only when we have released
attachment to the body, mind, personality and life
situations can we fully be available to an existence
beyond the suffering and fear of lower consciousness.
In time, and with dedication, one’s inner transformation
begins to translate across all other activities of life and
the ability to live one’s inner greatness is realised.
by Dr Desré Coertze
Wisdom Circle Teacher –
Transpersonal Psychologist, Consciousness Coach,
Spiritual Teacher, Author and Mystic.