be. When we went to dinner afterward and talked about it, we all had enthusiastic statements. And even though we had some critical statements, they weren’t negative. When the actress told us that the film was going to be re-edited, one of us said, “The guy’s finger was cut off the right hand in one scene, but when they showed another scene, the finger was cut off the left hand.” To say that was to make a critical statement, but it wasn’t a negative, criticizing one. Critical statements aren’t necessarily war statements; they’re along the lines of: here’s how to make this better. Criticizing would be, “Look how terribly they did the fingers.” Making a critical statement is to say, “To keep continuity in the position that no matter what movie, you need to have the hands match up from scene to scene.” inside is never disturbed.” I used to work in Salt Lake City as a police officer. A sergeant once said to me, “A peace officer’s peace can’t be disturbed.” I liked that. I thought, “Boy, I’m a peace officer. And if they get in my way, I’ll shoot them.” He said, “Our peace cannot be disturbed.” I thought, “Yeah. If they disturb our peace, we’ll throw them in jail.” I was making war statements. Then the sergeant looked over at me and said, “What do you understand by `a peace officer’s peace can’t be disturbed?’” I said, “I’d rather hear your answer.” He said, “We must always be in the position that no matter what anybody does, our peace inside is never disturbed. That way, we become fair in fulfilling the law with people.” It woke me up inside. I had been off base—enthusiastically, sincerely, and lovingly off base, but still off base. This sergeant brought me back, and then I was enthusiastic, sincerely, lovingly on base. From that day on, I never gave a ticket for anything because nobody could disturb me enough. I stopped people and talked to them. If they went through a red light, I’d say to them, “That light was red.” Someone said, “It was yellow when I went through.” “In that case,” I’d tell them, “watch real carefully because you can get hit on a yellow light, too.” And they’d say, “Oh, yeah. You’re right. Thanks.” They learned and they left. I wasn’t into penalizing. They drove away feeling more peaceful, having been spoken to carefully. Staying present is the key. I think that’s what I’ve told people most often over the
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m i n d s t a t e s years: be loving and stay present. Right here, now—this is the place to accomplish and get everything. If we go back to the past, we’re usually going to punish somebody or be punished by somebody. And if we’re going toward the future, we’re in fear of somebody or we’re going to intimidate somebody. All we do by doing those two things is get ourselves in a state of war. Then we get sick. We pay the price now, or sometime later, and it’s great to know that the law of God is just and impartial. But sometimes, we say, “No, I want a break.” I think God should give me a break. Enter into the grace of now, and then God gives you the break. So all the breaks are in our hands and in our control. Knowing that can bring an inner peace. A teacher and lecturer of international stature, JohnRoger, D.S.S. is an inspiration in the lives of many people around the world. For over four decades, his wisdom, humor, common sense, and love have helped people to discover the Spirit within themselves, and to find health, peace, and prosperity. With two co-authored books on the New York Times Bestseller List to his credit, and more than four dozen self-help books and audio albums, Dr. John-Roger offers extraordinary insights on a wide range of topics. He is the founder and spiritual adviser of the nondenominational “Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA)”, which focuses on Soul Transcendence; founder, first president, and now chancellor of the “University of Santa Monica”; founder and president of “Peace Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy”; founder and chairman of the board of “Insight Seminars”; founder and spiritual adviser of the “Institute for Individual and World Peace”; and founder of “The Heartfelt Foundation”. Dr. John-Roger also co-produced and co-wrote Spiritual Warriors, an award-winning movie inspired by John-Roger’s book, Spiritual Warrior. For more information on the movie, please go to: www.spiritualwarriors.com. Dr. John-Roger has given over 6,000 lectures and seminars worldwide, many of which are televised nationally on his cable program, “That Which Is”, through the “Network of Wisdoms”. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and been a featured guest on “Larry King Live”. An educator and minister by profession, John-Roger continues to transform lives by educating people in the wisdom of the spiritual heart. For more information about Dr. John-Roger, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may also visit www.johnroger.org
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