Amazing Peace w/ Poem – Maya Angelou

AMAZING PEACE by Maya Angelou

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft.   Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound.
We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war.   But true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, and comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace.  We look at each other, then into ourselves,
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation:

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.


I have been taking on a new practice each morning that is really transforming my day and energy. And it is deeply shifting my centeredness, wholeness, peacefulness, personal resonance for the day. I’ve learned to sit in front of my altar in my bedroom and do a sacred connecting exercise that my Cherokee teacher has taught me about connecting with the Creator and Earth Mother, and then I start chanting. I just make sounds that feel very resonant with me and with different parts of my body that are holding tension. And as I do these sounds, I can feel those muscles in the body that are caught with tautness subtly ripple into calmness. They can be deep sounds, or higher pitches but I just do them repetitively until my whole being starts to feel like an incredible clear bell that is evenly ringing all around me. It’s really a beautiful experience. And a super way to start my day.

So I have just come down from doing it and here I discover this poem by Maya Angelou on the Blogosphere. I think I’m finally, at age 50.5 starting to really understand what this peace in the soul feels like. Letting go. Ringing with the light. Being with the perfect ‘is-ness’ of all that is around me and within me. Being — a bell of peace. Hey-ho.

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-two years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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4 Responses to Amazing Peace w/ Poem – Maya Angelou

  1. kseverny says:

    A beautiful and really expressive poem

  2. thank you… I totally agree… ;~)

  3. indeed… indeed… ;~)

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