Friday, July 3, 2015

Divine Love

“If we were to take all the love in every heart of everyone on earth, and add it to all the love of all those who ever existed throughout history, then add the love of all saints in heaven, and all the angels, seraphim and cherubim, and pour all that love into one heart, and direct that love on ourselves, it would still fall infinitely short of the love God is pouring out on each of us right now.  Because God is infinite, his love is not divided, with each of us receiving but a portion.  We each receive the totality, the fullness of divine love, twenty-four hours a day, every day of our lives.”  Father Joseph Langford (no relation) said this and it’s a beautiful quote!

The word “love” has become such a cliché nowadays, but do we really know what the word means when it comes to all things spiritual?  There are many things I understand on a divine level, but I do not have the words to put them into human terminology, and the pure, unconditional, perfect love of God, the Universe, of life itself, is one of those words that is hard to explain.  That love is so much greater and grander than we could ever imagine! 

We knew that love before coming to earth, but when we came here to experience being human, we forgot.  We have a very slight remembrance of that all encompassing love, and we spend the rest of our lives searching for it trying to find it again.  But as humans, we never do quite grasp the magnitude of that love.  It’s like trying to remember a name; it’s on the tip of our tongue and we know we know it, but we can’t quite remember it.

Most people believe that love is outside ourselves and that we will find it in other people and in other things.  What we do not realize is that we ARE that love!  Once we come to this awareness when we know we have all that love within us, then we realize we no longer have to go searching for it outside ourselves and we can instead share that love with ALL people.  We do so by being kind, compassionate, and…well…loving.

Of course, there are still too many who have not come to this realization.  Too many people are in so much pain that they can’t see beyond the way they feel about themselves.  When we dislike, or even hate ourselves, we project that outwards to those around us.  People who are in that kind of pain will either take it out on others, themselves, or both in either words or actions.  Buddha said, “If you truly loved yourselves, you would never harm another.”

The media, with very rare exceptions, only propagates the negative and people hurting each other, so much so that we think this is the norm.  It is not!  There are so many good, kind, loving people all over the world who are out there spreading the love and take care of each other!  They come from all colors, races, religions, politics, cultures, genders, and on it goes!  The problem is that unless we look for those stories, we’re not going to hear about them in mainstream media and that’s sad.

Is it easy to love ourselves unconditionally?  Personally, as much as I try, I still can’t say that I do, at least not all the time.  I tend to be my own worst critic and I can tear myself down quicker than anyone else.  But I’ve felt glimpses of that all embracing love so I know what that love is like to aspire to, and when I let Spirit lead, it’s a bit easier.  It’s a process that we have to keep working towards, but it can be done!  We can’t listen to those who are trying to tear us down and keep us feeling less than because they do so with an ulterior motive to control us.

Oscar Wilde stated, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”  The one person we spend our whole lifetime with is ourselves, so wouldn’t it make sense to become our own best friend, to love ourselves unconditionally, and to nurture and grow that most important relationship? 

Lucille Ball said, “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.  You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”  She’s right.  We need to fill ourselves up with so much love that we can’t help but let it spill over to others!  With unconditional love for all living beings, we can move forward into a more magnificent and amazing world! 

Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper July 3, 2015.

1 comment:

Don L. Hutchison said...

Thank you Karen, thank you . . .Don