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“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 19:37-40

"Love ye one another and thus fulfill the law of God, for God is love." (524-1)

Know that your God is law; that law is love. (254-101)

There can be no question about the importance of love in our spiritual life. If you were to search the Edgar Cayce readings on the word “love,” you’d probably get over half of the readings. The two great commandments are to love God and love your neighbor as yourself.

I believe that the second commandment is as important as the first. I say that because it is impossible to love God and not love your neighbor. There are a lot of people who think they love God but do not think that loving God has anything to do with how they treat other people.

Jesus said that all of the law and the prophets rest on these two commandments. I would say that the two commandments are co-equal and interdependent. It is impossible to obey just one commandment. You either obey both or neither.

All of us want to be more loving in our daily life, more loving of others and more loving of ourselves. In my quest for being more loving I have found that it is helpful to have metaphors or frameworks that help me understand what it means to be more loving.

My understanding of the nature of God and the nature of creation helps me to understand love. One of the most important verses in the New Testament is “God is love.” The nature of God is love. It is one thing to talk about loving another being, human or divine. It is another to recognize a being that is essentially made out of love.

With that as my foundation, I move on to an assumption. My assumption is that God made the creation out of the only “material” that was available. That was God Himself/Herself/Itself. So the Creative Forces created all that exists out of itself. Ergo, we are also made out of love. If God is love, then we are love. If God is light, then we are light.

This means that all of creation is made out of love (made out of God), so there is nothing and no one in our existence that is not composed of the pure substance of Love/God.

My suggestion for helping us to be more in touch with our love of God/Neighbor/Self is not to think of love as an emotion, a feeling, but to think of love as the very substance of our being, the substance of all being. Therefore, as we move through time and space every day, we are love moving through love.

Instead of trying to remember to be more loving throughout the day, a worthy practice, try to recall that you are love, and everything and everyone you come into contact with every day is love. Love is the fundamental stuff of the universe. We breathe, eat, and drink love. Nothing else exists.

This way of looking at our daily experience can be helpful because it doesn’t require that we attempt to achieve something as difficult as loving our neighbor and ourselves. There is nothing for us to accomplish because the reality of our existence is that we are already love. Everything around us, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful, is made of love.

Love and God are as close to us as our breath because God/Love is our breath. We cannot escape from love or from God. We can deny the essence of our being. We can repress or distort love. We can repress or distort God. But we can never escape the reality of who we are.

Our spiritual growth, then, can be seen as a journey of opening to the present and eternal truth about ourselves. We can learn to experience this self more fully day by day. We can learn to express this self more often and with less distortion. But we can never improve on our fundamental being. As we were in the beginning, we are now, and will always be.

We are not simply loved by God. We are the love of God. And we are the vehicles for expressing God’s love in the physical creation. To love God is to love our neighbor. To love our neighbor is to love ourselves. To love ourselves is to love God. There is only God. There is only Love. There is only Light.

Anything or anyone that appears to be not-God is an illusion. When we feel that we are not-God, we are not seeing clearly. When our neighbor appears to be not-God, we are not seeing clearly. I am Love. Thou art Love. All is Love.  ∆

 

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