Day 34: March 4
The thought for today is LOVE.
“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear… We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” 1 John 4: 16-21
Conquering our ‘enemy’ through Love is the basis of nonviolent philosophy. While most of the major religious traditions have some form of the teaching “Love your enemy,” the Truth is there is no enemy except the one in our mind. If God is One Presence and the only Presence, who then is my enemy?
God is Love itself. To surrender to God is to surrender to Love. To live and move and have your being in God is to do so in Love. There is no other way. If you cannot Love all, you do not know God. If you cannot see God in the face of another, then you cannot see God at all.
Challenging, eh? It’s easy to hate someone who physically attacks you or your family. I vividly remember a photograph of Pope John Paul II sitting with the man who tried to assassinate him. He was visiting his would-be killer in prison in an act of forgiveness and compassion. It was a simple act. Was it easy? I don’t know the answer to that. But I think when you maintain a daily awareness of Love’s Presence, it’s easier than trying to do it by your own power. Ego-self isn’t so quick to forgive.
What about someone who constantly pushes your buttons like the antagonistic guy at work or the public official who always votes contrary to your political beliefs? How about that neighbor who is always trying to ‘shove her religious beliefs down your throat’?
“But I don’t really hate them,” you reason, “I just don’t like them sometimes.” Yet, what thoughts go through your mind when you think of them? What feelings are there within you? A strong dislike for them? Anger, maybe? Unforgivingness? What about impatience? Suspicion? Bitterness, perhaps? How about the desire for revenge? Maybe you just wish they’d go away.
“You have heard it said ‘you shall not commit murder,’ but I say to you if you are angry toward your brother or if you say to your brother, ‘you fool!’ you are already guilty of murder in your heart” – Jesus
It’s all about intention. Jesus was laying out metaphysical principle to his followers. Everything begins in thought and when you put the force of emotion behind it, you set energy in motion on the spiritual plane. This is the genesis of creation – you think it, strongly feel it, and speak it thus giving form to your thought – and it’s a short step to action, even if it is a bit passive-aggressive.
“But surely,” you again reason, “I would never actually do anything. I’m just venting.” Perhaps, but it’s still an act of violence. Do you ever try to get to know the other person? To understand her? Do you ever try to start a genuine conversation with him? Do you ever do anything to reach out to her with kindness and Love?
Let Love be your guide. Listen to the voice of Spirit inside you for direction. Attune yourself to the Higher Mind and open your heart to Love, for in doing so you reveal Peace.
I let go of fear, for Perfect Love casts out all fear. As I surrender to the Sacred Oneness, I give myself to the transformative power of Love. I offer my life as a channel of Divine compassion. Peace reigns in my life.
breathe Peace ~