This is a continuation of journal entries:
So the trick is to remember that all we have to do is turn within, all we have to do is be filled with love and joy and everything else will come to us and fall into place. And in fact, the happier and stronger sense of all these radiant, Godly, qualities that we embody the faster things will come to us. Conveniently, thoughts and feelings more aligned with unconditional love and positivity are far more powerful and stronger than thoughts of fear and negativity. So in other words the more in line we are with love and harmony the greater our lives will be as well as the lives of others. What a perfect ‘system’ of experiencing life and Love. It perpetuates itself, as more people get on the frequency of Love the world will start changing extremely fast since love is so powerful. Many have already purposed that this is happening which I definitely can agree with. More and more of us each day are finding the truths of life, true Happiness, and peace of mind.
The greatest truth that we can learn is that we are eternal extensions of Divinity as Perfect Love. However, we can only truly begin to enjoy the blessings of life and Godliness once we realize the truth of Love and that it is within us. We are Love. Love is our source, most religious teachings mention that God is Love and Love is God, and since we are all extensions of God/Spirit/Essence/All that Is, whatever you choose to name it, we must therefore be Love as our purest form. The more we realize this and move closer towards Love notice how amazing it makes us feel. That’s because it’s Who We Really Are. Here are some examples from religious texts:
Hinduism: The individual soul is nothing else in essence than universal soul. Deep within abides another life, not like the life of the senses, escaping sight, unchanging. This endures when all created things have passed away.
Judaism: Love is the beginning and end of the Torah. God created man in his own image and likeness. I AM that I AM.
Christianity: God is Love, and he who abides in Love abides in God, and God abides in him. I and my father are one… You can be as I… Greater things than I have done, ye shall do. We are all sons of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. I am the vine and you are the branches. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Buddhism: Be lamps unto yourselves. Be a refuge unto yourselves. Seek not for refuge from anything but the Self. Desires and tendencies pass away. Only the Self abides. He that loves not, knows not God. For God is Love.
Islam: On God’s own nature has been molded man’s.
Sikhism: God is concealed in every heart; his light is in every heart. [Excerpts from the book Mindful Loving]
It is interesting to notice this theme running throughout the world’s major religions that God is Love and that we are the same essence of God. Yet we seem to overlook this, it is blasphemous even to say that we are the same as God, but it seems very clear to me that it is all connected and the religious teachings themselves also agree. As we think about it for ourselves and go within ourselves for the answers rather than letting someone else tell us how things are, we find Truth waiting to be revealed as Eternal Love innate to us existing. It is only the limited ego that fights this, that calls it blasphemous. Why? because if we were to see how powerful we really are the ego would lose all power. The ego loves the narcissism of suffering and therefore the essence of humility and love is its primary enemy.
Recall that the ego is ultimately an illusion and that our true power is the opposite of what the ego thinking says. It may be helpful to think of the ego as an animal fighting for survival and think of what would happen as we start taking its strength, its food, its water, and so forth, it becomes more and more desperate. Its life is in controlling our life and basically keeping us unhappy. However, the cunning of it is, is that we think it’s actually in our interest. We think these thoughts coming from the ego mindset are actually beneficial when in reality they are anything but. We would know this if we remained conscious of our thoughts and monitored them to see where they were coming from, mainly, Love or Fear. The ego is Fear… however we, who we truly are, is Love.
We must therefore find the Love for all life’s joy which is contained within us as an eternal spring. All the happiness in life is within us. All the gratitude, passion, excitement, bliss, joy, and any other state we want and desire, is within us. And with that being said so is all the pain and hardships. We create it all from within, although we often project it externally through blame. Thus we can see two sides here if it helps us think in these terms. Most important part to remember regardless though is that it’s all internal. Everything is created from each one of us, not something outside of us. We should therefore exercise extreme caution before blaming an outside circumstance and should strive to never give our power to be happy or satisfied away to an external reality otherwise we end up stuck again in ego suffering and victimization.
Lets look again into this dichotomy of thinking. The ego essentially feeds the negative emotions of life if you will, it creates greed, pride, violence, force, selfishness, lack, hatred, pain, misery, depression, etc. All extending from three main thoughts, fear, separation, and lack or we could simplify it to Fear. On the other side of the spectrum we have our true Self, which is pure love (which is all we and the whole universe, is made of). Our authentic Self is where all true joy comes from, all things in harmony with love, such as, happiness, selflessness, compassion, empathy, joy, bliss, abundance, radiance, fun, gratitude, etc. extend from three main thoughts, Love, Oneness, and Abundance or we could simplify it to Love.
Now ultimately from the perspective of the Absolute/Nonduality, love is all there really is since even the seemingly negative come from love since nothing is inherently lacking love, all are filled and created out of love. To clarify, fear stems from a cry for love since we feel lacking, but this doesn’t change the fact that we always have all the love within us. Fear (the ego) however, projects our power out onto an external source thus separating us from what it is we desire. It is like a water droplet crying out to be connected to the pond, stream, lake, or the ocean, and failing to see that it is the pond, stream, lake, or ocean. It is all a matter of perspective.
We are born knowing of our abundance and our infinite supply within, it is only once other influences push and pull on us with a lack of love that it diminishes our faith. An example of this is when our parents are unloving towards us and don’t show us enough affection or don’t tend to our emotional needs and we start to build up feelings of lack and thus the embedding process of the belief system has begun. However, even in the case of a murderer, rapist, thief, etc. he/she is still at their core Love, and made out of the same God essence as everything else. The criminals just live from an immature, narcissistic ego mindset that began as mentioned above, from past experiences and belief systems that keep them buried in thoughts of separation and lack of love. But still love is all there is.
In fact, the good way to think of it is to be filled with even more compassion for negative, ego minded people, because they are inevitably miserable and childish. It is extremely clear to psychologists now that all violent people for example, have violent histories and it was learned one way or another. Whether that means they were abused as a child, they were exposed to a lot of violence in the home, they grew up in a violent neighborhood, or they witnessed violence regularly through media it doesn’t matter, the point is it always stems from something they learned. Ironically, ignorance is learned/inherited. Thus we can have absolute compassion for others because always their behavior can be traced back to an original destructive programming that the ego then reinforces.
The ego’s perspective can never comprehend true eternal happiness, bliss, love, and peace of mind. Ego thinking is always wanting us to keep searching, always looking for more, and always looking for happiness somewhere else than within us. When we start to realize this we can’t help but be overwhelmed with compassion for others. This perspective will allow us to move into a Christ/Buddha consciousness where we can love all and serve all, no matter what. By understanding this concept of Love, we begin to understand the greatest unconditional act of love, loving our enemies. We have to remember that we are all born wanting to love and be loved.
It is my firm belief that anyone can be rehabilitated with the proper ‘loving care’. I have seen it personally and know that anything is possible if we approach situations with the right education and thus the right contextual perspective and remember that all truth is only relative. The only way to fix any situation is to move into a field of unconditional love. Love is the only healer and solution there ever was. This makes perfect sense when we truly understand what was just discussed above, in that, love is all there is to begin with. Since there is only love, love is the only solution by default since it’s the only choice. But more so, because all “problems” are created from a lack of love… Love would then seem to be the most appropriate way to fix a lack of love don’t you agree?
However, it is true that the person must want to change, that is their right and their free will. And I believe if everyone was properly educated on how their mind works and truly knew how they were creating and choosing their lives they’d choose happiness instead of suffering. It is only because we become so deeply invested in limited ego perspectives that it becomes too undeniable for us to turn back. The ego becomes so enamored and attached to its perspective of narcissism and suffering and ultimately feels that happiness is just around the corner but never present. (this of course, we must realize, is not true and never will be).
Christ’s experience is a perfect example of this unconditional love mentioned. He let his accusers persecute, torture, and kill him, not because he couldn’t change the situation, of course he could have avoided it or not let them but that would have defeated the point and not demonstrated His transcendence (I have overcome the world). His lesson was that of true unconditional love and that everything is as it should be according to our power to choose and thus create our realities. He allowed his killers to have their own choice and to learn and grow from it instead of forcing them to do one thing or the other. He was a pure example of unconditional love, even at His death he asked for the forgiveness of all His tormentors. This is such a beautiful perspective to have, a Godly perspective to have, and we are all capable of this perspective. We are joint heirs with Christ, hence “Greater things than I have done, ye shall do.” We can accept this truth and embrace our amazing Self shining within us waiting to be noticed and brought out from behind the ego’s illusions.
Can’t we see, we are all capable of Christ like level of consciousness that is all He ever taught anyway, yet we seem to overlook it. That is what we are moving towards, that is our future. Our world is rising in frequency, rising in love everyday, and we are each a part of that. Everyday is progressive and everyday is a beautiful blessing of divinity given to us, created through us, and by us. The question then becomes how would we like to contribute?
For now may we ponder this message, meditate on these things if you so choose and come to your own conclusions. I love you no matter what you choose. I would obviously love to see you happy and full of love for life but that is your choice. It truly is our choice, we must accept this fact and move forward creating our lives consciously from a place of empowerment and love.
Peace and Love always-
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