Message of Self-Mastery: Concern for the welfare of others; empathy; maturity; nurturance; consideration; compassion; sensitivity to the needs of others; giving from wholeness instead of neediness.
Pattern of Disharmony: Selfishness; self-involvement; thoughtlessness; “looking out for Number One”; constrictiveness; exploitive nature; inability to relate to other’s realities; a tendency to smother; those who sap the energy of their listener; inability to receive love.
With friendship and compassion, I embrace my fellowman. In Spirit, I am one with all!
|Genuinely interested in others
|Secure in self
|Does tasks well
|Pure of motives
|Talking about self
|“Me first” attitude
|Martyr state of mind
|Unable to see the bigger picture
|Disinterested in others
|“Strings attached” attitude
Expansive love and thinking of other’s needs before one’s own are the hallmarks of Peach. Here we see the mother who feeds her children before sitting down to eat her own meal. Her nourishment is derived from nurturing others. In the positive Peach state, we discover a love that is given freely without condition and with no strings attached.
Some years ago, a young man we’ll call Jon who had recently started a jewelry business, came for a consultation. He explained that he’d been struggling financially and was basically frustrated by the numerous difficulties involved in being self-employed and beginning a business. It seemed that he needed to get more in touch with his true motives for the work that he had chosen, and so I suggested Peach. A week later, Jon called to say that his business had picked up, along with his interest in genuinely serving his customers.
Peach is excellent for teachers of students of all ages, for caregivers of the young and for mothers. It is also of benefit to people starting out in business, for individuals who are self-employed and for those in managerial or leadership roles. People in sales professions who are good at their jobs have an abundance of Peach traits. They understand that their success is dependent upon befriending their clients, holding their best interests in mind and helping to meet their needs.
The negative Peach state expresses itself in an unmagnetic and unpleasant manner. It embodies the qualities of giving with selfish or ulterior motives that pollutes an otherwise pure energy. An individual manifesting negative Peach traits is more concerned with “what’s in it for me” than in offering quality work and truly helping others. Self-involvement, egocentrism and a basically selfish nature are all symptomatic of the negative Peach state. These unflattering qualities repel others and tend to create a sense of loneliness through the inability to cultivate enduring and endearing friendships.
Depression is the fruit of negative Peach’s “poor me” attitude. Focusing on the unfulfillment of one’s own needs to the exclusion of the larger picture is a guaranteed source of unhappiness. “I was sad that I had no new shoes,” the story goes, “until I saw someone without legs.”
Do volunteer work, especially helping those less fortunate than yourself.
Work with children. If you have friends who are single mothers, offer to spend time with their children.
Donate money to worthy causes and tithe on a monthly basis.
Have pets and learn to sensitively care for their needs.
Give gifts to family and friends, not only on birthdays and holidays. Give for the sake of giving in ways that stretch you.
Springtime is only a day—no, a breath—away from blossoming into summer. You are standing in the middle of a sparsely populated forest with patchwork sunlight scattering across the underbrush.
Begin to watch your breath. Become each breath. As you inhale, you find yourself growing in height. As you exhale, your feet become transmuted into roots, drawing in nourishment from the rain-drenched earth. Your hands are now many branches, housing both bird and squirrel. Imagine your body as a tree—sturdy and well-formed.
The earth, the sun and the rain have all treated you well. How can you thank them in return? Simply by being the most loving, caring tree you can be. Any deer seeking shelter from the wind will find it by nestling at the base of your trunk. Any bird needing rest will discover it in your leafy arms. Why, the very sun itself reserves a resting place in your highest branches when, at dusk, it wearies.
Inhale this attitude of selfless love and loving concern for others. And now, repeat the following affirmation.