Establish peace within and send peace to the world with this profoundly simple magical act.
After a year of collectively suffering through the pandemic, many of us have lost loved ones.
Others are experiencing COVID “long-hauler” symptoms.
Still others are confused by dangerous conspiracy theories, or worried about loved ones who are.
And in my country, the United States, baseless claims of election fraud and conspiratorial calls to action have added fuel to extremist, white supremacist, and antisemitic groups and ideologies.
In response to these challenges, all your feelings are valid. And it is natural to feel angry, frightened, and unsettled.
And, we can choose to channel our spiritual efforts toward establishing peace, harmony, and protection within, as well as in our community, country, and world.
When it feels like the whole world’s gone crazy, you can always light a candle for peace.
It sounds simple, but it will make a difference.
You will feel it instantly.
Remember that as you light your candle for peace, you are not alone: others around the world are doing it too. We may be isolated physically, but spiritually we can consciously unite our positive intentions. And when we do, those intentions are amplified.
Chances are good, you already know how to light a candle for peace. Still, here are some ideas to spark your inspiration while taking this positive spiritual action.
Choose Your Color
Truthfully, any candle color will do. Still, if you want to get specific with color choice, white is an all-purpose candle color that also promotes protection and purity. Black candles help establish inner silence and neutralize stress and frenetic energy. Pink candles open the heart and amplify love. Green candles create healing and bolster the heart. Blue candles bring serenity. Lavender candles help beautify thoughts and raise vibrations.
You can also find a candle crafted with peaceful botanicals (or make your own).
Create Sacred Space
Place your candle on your altar or somewhere else where you can sit quietly without being disturbed. Consider physically cleaning the area first, and then cleansing the space with incense smoke, sage smoke, or an aromatherapy mist. (If you’re lighting sage or incense, please be mindful of fire safety.) Perhaps play some serene music, such as New Age music or binaural beats.
Light Your Candle and Set Your Intention
Sit in front of your candle comfortably. Take some deep breaths. Then allow your breathing to be natural, but notice it: notice as you breathe in and out. Stay with this conscious breathing until your body relaxes and your mind settles.
Safely and mindfully light your candle.
Gaze at the flame or close your eyes and remember a time when you felt very peaceful. As much as you can, feel that feeling now.
Call on the Divine in a way that feels powerful for you and ask to be filled with even more peace. Imagine this peace as golden-white light, filling your entire body and cocooning you in a sphere, so that you are like a bubble of peaceful light. Breathe this light in and out.
Now, ask the Divine to help you send this golden-white light of peace to all beings. See, sense, or imagine it filling your home, your community, your region, your country, and the entire surface of the planet.
Feel even more peace. Breathe that peace in and out. Thank the Divine and open your eyes.
You can allow the candle to continue to burn for as long as you can safely attend it, or you can extinguish it and light it again next time you want to light a candle for peace.
Tell Your Friends
If you have friends who would be into it, you can coordinate peaceful candle lighting sessions for a particular time each day or week. Call them up or get a group text going! Or share this post on social media and see who wants to join you.
“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa
Are you going to light a candle for peace? Or do you have any questions about this practice? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
You may also like this Archangel Gabriel Spell for Peace, Love, and Understanding and this guided Loving Kindness Meditation.