“Live righteously and love everyone; you will build up around you an aura of light and love.” Unknown
I’m a seeker…a seeker of love and truth. I don’t know why I was put on this path, but for most of my adult life, I’ve been on this incredible spiritual journey always looking for answers to life’s greatest mysteries. I went from believing in a religion which said that if I questioned what they told me then I was a bad person, to opening my heart and mind to learning everything the Universe (or by whatever name you use) has for me to learn. I may have come a long way, but I still have a long ways to go. In fact, I usually say that in the realm of everything there is to know, I still don’t know anything. Yet I keep learning. I keep learning from these amazing people who have learned before me. And I also learn by going within to listen to that still small voice that never steers me wrong and always speaks with a voice so full of pure, unconditional, perfect love.
One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that unconditional love really is the answer. Love not only for others, but for ourselves as well. If we lead with this kind of love in our hearts and lead from our souls, then that love will guide us into some of the most remarkable experiences; experiences that will not only change our lives, but the lives of those around us. Is it easy to have this kind of love? Not always. The more we work on it, though, the easier it becomes.
It’s the reason I became an ordained interfaith minister. I love to love and I’m not ashamed of it. I’ve taken some hits for teaching people to love and to be kind to one another. It’s hard to understand how anyone can find fault with teaching love, kindness, and compassion, the same things that Jesus and so many other masters have taught before us. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 even states, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
The Prophet Muhammad said, “There is reward for kindness to every living thing.” He also stated, “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it.” Anita Moorjani claimed, “Unconditional love is our birthright, not judgment or condemnation, and there’s nothing we need to do to earn it. This is simply who and what we are.” And Alphonse de Lamartine declared, “To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.”
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper May 19, 2017.