Friday, January 2, 2009

Humanity's Hope

It is hard to believe that the year 2009 is upon us! I’m still trying to figure out what happened to 2008! In this new year, we have the most glorious opportunity to make the choices to be the grandest vision of who we can be…as a nation, as a world, and as a people.

We are in a state of miraculous transition, and it is our choice as to how we want to see our future unfold. Yes, it is our choice…and each of us as individuals can be a part of the collective consciousness that makes the choices and the changes for a better tomorrow. It is time for us to take personal responsibility for our welfare and for our future.

We can no longer go on expecting others to do the work for us. Not our government, churches, schools, businesses, banks, the wealthy, medical community, etc. It will take each of us, individually, to be the change we wish to see in the world. Gandhi said that and he was right on.

We can also no longer continue to hate others and be intolerant just because they may be different than we are, or have a different belief/religion, different skin color, nationality, race, or have a different view on their sexual preferences. It’s time we come back to unconditional love for our fellow man, our animal brothers and sisters, and for our Mother Earth.

The greatest spiritual leaders and teachers throughout history have taught unconditional love. Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Mohammed, Lao Tse, Joseph Campbell, the Dalai Lama, Ram Dass, and many more all the way up to the present time. Somehow, though, from the beginning of the human race and throughout the ages, people began to argue, fight, and even go to war over who had the only true religion, whose God was better, and who was right and wrong. We’ve forgotten all about unconditional love and put an unlimited number of conditions on our love. Every religious teaching in existence teaches that unconditional love is the number one rule.

So what is unconditional love? I looked to Wikipedia on the Internet to see what it had to say and I found the following:

“Unconditional love is a term that means to love someone regardless of his actions or beliefs. Unconditional love separates the individual from his behaviors. The individual is loved unconditionally as a "perfect" child of the Higher Power. Harold W. Becker, author and founder of the Love Foundation, Inc., defines unconditional love as "an unlimited way of being." From his book of the same title, Becker goes on to say that "the greatest power known to man is that of unconditional love... As humans, we searched endlessly for the experience of love through the outer senses…We, the people of this planet, may have missed the simplicity of unconditional love. Simply stated, unconditional love is an unlimited way of being. We are without any limit to our thoughts and feelings in life and can create any reality we choose to focus our attention upon. The qualities of love are endless and the expressions are infinite. The power of unconditional love is within each of us."”

How do we have unconditional love for others? It begins by loving ourselves unconditionally. Wikipedia continued to state: “Unconditional love of self is the concept of loving yourself regardless of external conditions. If a person is looking outside him or herself for love they may never find unconditional love or even enough love to be happy. Unconditional love of self is considered the foundation for unconditional love because of this. Once a person is able to love him or herself without condition they will be able to love others without condition. Some gurus/teachers would describe this as an overflow effect as if the person is overflowing with love or agape. Unconditional love of self is most often used in conjunction with self-acceptance as a way to bring the self to a place of well-being and self understanding.”

The challenge is that not everyone is experiencing the awareness that we have the power to control our thoughts, our beliefs, and our reality. Not everyone is on a spiritual journey or even cares to learn that there is more to us that meets the eye. We get so wrapped up in the problems of our lives that it becomes our identity and we lose hope that it can be any different so we don’t even try.

Everything we know, think, and believe is just that…our belief system. Beliefs change all the time, but many of us get caught up in a certain belief system, and we think that’s just the way it is. People think in terms of black and white…it is or it isn’t. If you think about it, everything we believe was either taught to us, or we learned from our experiences and our perspective was based upon those beliefs.

One of the greatest things I learned is to keep an open mind in ALL things. To learn to love ALL people regardless of our differences. That doesn’t mean I have to condone their actions, though. To know that there is always a bigger picture and even that picture may not be as it seems.

There are times when I feel such an overwhelming sense of love for my fellow beings (human, animal, and that of the earth) that I feel like I’m just going to burst into a ball of love energy. I get it! We really are a part of each other. Quantum physics is proving this over and over. We really are all made of the exact same stuff, but we just appear in different forms. We are all made of pure, unconditional, perfect love. (That doesn’t mean that I’m in this feeling all time. I still have to constantly work at it myself and I have my moments were I could just smack the smithereens out of someone; with love, of course…grin.)

So, who or what is humanity’s hope? WE ARE! Each and every one of us. Don’t worry about what the next person is or isn’t doing. Just be concerned with yourself. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Be the example. Be the miracle. Work on your own love. We may not always get it right, and we’ll still have our moments of intense negative feelings toward someone or some thing. And remember that what anyone else does or doesn’t do has nothing to do with you. Imagine if we could get enough people to work on adding to the collective consciousness of unconditional love….just think where it could take us?

I’d like to leave you with a quote I found in “The Divine Matrix – Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief” by Gregg Braden (which I highly recommend you read to learn more about our Quantum world): “When we understand us, our consciousness, we also understand the universe and the separation disappears.” (Amit Goswami, physicist).

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