“Love is a better teacher than duty.” ~Albert Einstein
We tend to put limits on things. Limits can be very good. I limit the amount of soda I drink to about 16 ounces a year. What can I say? I like Root Beer. We would do well to limit our food intake. It would probably be wise to limit our alcoholic beverages and our pot smoking. We can limit our time spent in front of the TV and reading trashy romance novels. We should limit our time working. There are things, though, that we should not limit, simply because they are infinite. We should not limit our circle of love.
When we limit our love to only those who we know then we are doing ourselves and the world a grave injustice. When we give love to everyone our love only continues to expand. When you see a person who may cause you to feel uncomfortable, such as a mentally ill homeless person, and you extend love to them suddenly you feel better. Not just about that person, but about yourself as well and the next person you see will benefit from your expanding capacity to love. When I say extend love to them I don’t mean buy them a sandwich or give them some change, I simply mean to feel love for them and send it to them. See them as perfect beings of love, as you are.
Many people, I have found, love only those with whom they share a blood tie, others love only those with whom they share a national tie, others love only those with whom they share an ethnic tie, and so on. Why is this so? If you put twenty-seven toddlers in a room, each of them a different race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic group, or political party (we’ll give them the party of their parents for this hypothetical!) will they isolate themselves, will they distrust or dislike the others? I kind of doubt it. All of our likes and dislikes are learned. All of our prejudices and politics are learned. All of our isms are invented to divide and conquer. As long as we see ourselves as a world of differences, then we are a world of separation. As long as we distrust those who we perceive to be different we are acting in fear. Fear of attack based completely on an ignorance of the other’s life.
We tend to be insular and distrusting. That is what we are taught as children, generally by our religious dogma and our government’s propaganda. There is a priest who says there is no such thing as hell. He says it was made up by the church to give them power over the people. He states that there is no God that would condemn a person to an eternity of torture. Our governments tell us that there are terrorists. These same governments support political coups, terrorist cells, and wars based on economic profit from the natural resources of countries. People aren’t born with hate in their hearts. They are born with love and trust.
Unshackle your heart. Open your mind. Love All. Back in the 1970’s, I believe, after years of the Cold War, when Russia and the United States were supposed to be enemies, Phil Donahue did a show in which he had one audience of Americans and one of Russians. Not politicians, not government spokespeople, not corporate heads, but just your average everyday citizens. They all stated that they didn’t hate each other. Who was doing the hating here? Who was imagining this great divide? And why? It doesn’t matter. But, whoever it was, they were misguided. The Cold War was an era of hate and mistrust based on nothing but propaganda.
Today we have the same misguided notions being delivered to us by the media. A not so independent media. Don’t listen to it. Listen to your heart, the one you were born with, the one that knows only love. Don’t hate the misguided souls who preach division. Send love to them, too.
Don’t limit your love to your family, or your small circle of friends, or your race, or you ethnic group, or your socioeconomic class. Open you heart to love all. Whenever you see someone, anyone, send them love. Forgive everyone. Know that we are all doing our best. If we could do better we would, right? So would they. Remember, it’s fear that crowds out love. Don’t let fear of others keep you from enjoying a life filled with love.
Never limit what is infinite. Your capacity to love is infinite. When you love someone you help them to love themselves and you help you to love yourself. It’s another win-win situation. Go ahead, live life unlimited!
- I love all beings.
- I extend love to all I see.
- I am love.
- I am part of the infinite energy of love.
- I love myself.
- I forgive all.
- My life is perfect.
Imagine that you are at a meeting in the United Nations. Suddenly everyone stands up and starts to walk around the hall, hugging everyone and telling them they love them. Isn’t that what a group of little children would do? See it and enjoy the vision.