“Practice love until you remember that you are love… …we talk about loving others… but who are you really loving? You’re only loving yourself. So it’s good enough if you can at least cause no harm to others. Be within yourself and learn to love and perfect yourself. If you spend enough time loving yourself and the Jesus inside you, or the Ramakrishna inside you, or the Buddha or the Allah inside you, then that love will grow and blossom within you. Then it’s very easy to love others. So you think, so you become.” ~ Swami Sai Premananda
“We know in our deepest heart of hearts that unconditional love is somehow more true – more fundamental, more real, more radical (at the root) – than hate, which always seems to be confused, deluded, reactive, divisive and false. Love breeds love, and hate breeds hate. We all experience this.”
The Espirational topic for this month is Divine Love. Experiencing the love of God is easy compared to extending that love to others, but it is what we are called to do. It is also the first step to healing our world.
As our quote for today says “love breeds love.” If we want to bring positive change and healing to our world we must think, speak and act from a place of unconditional love. It’s time to stop thinking of fighting for or against things and instead start loving a world that works for all in to being.
So how do we do this? A good place to begin is to take a good look at our thoughts, words and actions. Do they come from a place of kindness and unconditional love or something else, like fear?
Is this difficult for you to put into practice? I hope someone else besides me said yes. But if we are going to heal the great divide in our world the only way to do it is to live within the unconditional love of God and extend that love to others, letting “love breed love.”
It all starts with changing the way we see and relate to one person. Who is one person you can offer the unconditional love of God?
Love’s greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred. Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could. It makes all it touches sacred.”
~Barbara De Angelis
“We are made of Love and made to Love.”
Many people go through life searching for their calling. We might see this as our perfect job or career. We might see it as a cause or whatever makes us feel alive. Some think of this is religious terms, as in being called to “the ministry.” Some people seem to find their calling in this life, while others continue to search.
Let’s look at the idea of being called from a different perspective. We are all called. Called to what? Called to be. Called to be what? Light, love, peace, goodness, grace, joy, forgiveness, wisdom, beauty and other attributes of God in whose image and likeness we are created.
We come into this world knowing this but as time goes by we begin to forget and eventually our true nature goes to sleep. But there is good news. We can wake up. When we awaken to our true nature and our call to express it in this world our lives begin to fall into place as we begin to live our true purpose.
It is not always easy to live as awakening beings in a world where there is much darkness and many are sleepwalking through life. We may be ridiculed, harassed, even verbally or physically attacked. We may not even be able to see that we have made a difference. But we may catch occasional glimpses of change that will encourage us to continue on our journey. We may trip and fall and find ourselves not being true to our calling but once we know our calling to be the presence of God in the world, there is no turning back.
We no longer want to be a part of the darkness. We can do nothing but continue to shine our light, as tiny as that light might seem at times. We walk through life shining our light and living in the warmth of the light of God.
As you awaken, you will come to understand that the journey to love isn’t about finding “the one” the journey is about becoming “the one.” — Creig Crippen
“Awakening is not changing who your are, but discarding who you are not.” — Deepak Chopra
“The sun shines down, and its image reflects in a thousand different pots filled with water. The reflections are many, but they are each reflecting the same sun. Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people.” ~ Ammachi
“It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful. ”
You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of you at any age. And best of all, love can happen at any age. Life can just start to get exciting when you’re in your 40s and 50s. You have to believe that. — Salma Hayek