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Peace Is a Choice

<em>Edit Article</em> Peace Is a Choice
I started doing yoga and diving into mystical practices at the age of 12. I also was a Methodist. The combination of these Eastern and Western practices fueled my desire to know God more fully. I was obsessed. But after a decade of fervently praying to understand what I was doing here, the voice of my guidance seemed to disappear, and I attempted suicide. Deep down, I wanted to go home.Then a teaching came in the form of a small book called First Thunder. It is the tale of a depressed guy who meets monks and learns techniques that give him an internal experience of something more — a swift path to inner peace. Yet halfway through the book, I threw it across the room. I knew the teaching highlighted in the story was part of my own path, but I didn’t believe that it could happen for me. It seemed too perfect, too simple — and too much of everything my heart was yearning for.The story, however, was based on a real teaching called the “Ishayas’ Ascension” and on real monks known as Ishayas. I called the training center in North Carolina to inquire about courses that taught the techniques, but it wasn’t unti …

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