About This Thing Called Love
As we embark upon this New Year 2005, let us place a high value on our journey into spiritual growth and expand our consciousness of love. The Master's new commandment "to love one another as I have loved you" is now over 2000 years of age. However, this teaching can yet be considered NEW simply because we have not been able to fully understand it -- nor live it.
It implies a love whose nature is spiritual and unconditional. Yet we live in a world of conditions, some of which can easily cause within us a reaction of anger, resistance, and condemnation.
But don't you suppose such reactions are common and normal? The problem is not our reaction, but remaining stuck in our reaction forever and ever. Such resentment breeds more and more of the same, accomplishing nothing of true value in our lives.
The truth is that we regularly travel through the 'grieving process' tunnel each time we experience hurt or loss. But have we learned how to effectively move beyond the anger (which may become our sadness) to the final stage called acceptance?
"He drew a circle that shut me out,
Heretic rebel, a thing to flout,
But love and I had the wit to win,
We drew a circle that took him in."
This poem by Edwin Markham suggests that love is all-inclusive and unconditional; that love embraces a willingness to forgive and release; that love embodies an acceptance of that which already is.
1. It does not promote the idea that you approve of
another's actions; rather, that you are not in the
business of making that judgment call.
2. It does not promote the idea that there should be no
consequences for another's actions; rather, that you
are not in the business of dishing it out to them.
3. It does not promote the idea that you should be a
passive doormat; rather, that you are in the business
of proactively forgiving the unforgivable.
4. It does not promote the idea that you should change
that which is; rather, that you are in the business
of generating something new which is not.
5. It does not promote the idea that you should love
unconditionally through an understanding mind;
rather, that you are in the business of expressing the
love that you are through the heart which knows how
to forgive, release, accept, and integrate into an
harmonious and coherent wholeness ... all that is.
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
January 1, 2005