Springtime! Ah, love is in the air, and because it is, let’s talk about it. Well, I will write about it, but not the romantic, sexual attraction type — at least not today.
I have been thinking about the power of love. Perhaps appropriate for this weekend are the words of Jesus in Matthew 18 when he is asked about the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. …The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Think one step further with me. It is also said in I John that God is love. Love is an entity, and we, being made in the image of God, are love, too. Notice that God is to be loved, we are to love ourselves, and we are to love our neighbors. Then, God is love — we are love. We emanate from and embody Love. Wow! That kind of sums it all up.
Extend this thought a bit more, though, and consider the place from which love comes first: “with all your heart.” If we know our hearts, that core self, we know that the motivation for making Self known to the world is to seek connection, because we love — bottom line. We can’t love properly until we know and love Self.
By the way, don’t try to prioritize love — God, neighbor, self. That is not healthy nor reality. Reality is that when we awaken to Self and know the Source of all is love and that we are one with that Source, then it all works together — no one better, more important than another.
We at the level of core self are love, and we seek relationships and connections because love must do that; there is no reason for love if it does not have an outlet. We all, though, have a personal identity that is different from everyone else on the face of this earth. What makes us stand out, what others notice, what gives excitement, zing, and significance to everything we say and do — That is Love. Love seasons everything. Those vibrations of love from our core self, those waves of love radiating from our own unique Self, are sensed and known by others. When we are acting according to heart and not ego, our motivation, intent, and energy behind our expressions of self, i.e., our actions, carry a distinctive quality.
The waves of love from us produce experiences that can be seen, heard, tasted, felt, and even smelled (think Momma’s fried chicken made with love!). Love can be sensed in all of its various expressions in every facet of our life. Love begins with the awakened Self, and we infuse all we do with it when we follow our hearts. May you experience the joy, hope, peace, and significance of loving and being loved, the blessing of walking according to your heart and not the ego. Love — that essential ingredient in the recipe of expressing You!
“All you need is Love.” Thanks, John!
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!