Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love is all There Is

"Every loving thought that the Son of God ever had is eternal. The loving thoughts his mind perceives in this world are the world's only reality. They are still perceptions, because he still believes that he is separate. Yet they are eternal because they are loving. And being loving they are like the Father, and therefore cannot die. The real world can actually be perceived. All that is necessary is a willingness to perceive nothing else. For if you perceive both good and evil, you are accepting both the false and the true and making no distinction between them." ACIM text pg. 210, para 2

"Do not . . . be deceived in your brother, and see only his loving thoughts as his reality, for by denying that his mind is split you will heal yours." ACIM text pg. 213, para 9, line 2

"Perfect love casts out fear.
If fear exists,
Then there is not perfect love,
Only perfect love exists.
If there is fear,
It produces a state that does not exist.

Believe this and you will be free." ACIM text pg. 14-15

Today, on Valentine's Day, is a good time to write about Jesus' teaching that only love exists. This is not the imperfect kind of love that we celebrate when we run out and buy our lovers chocolates, flowers, or a stuffed bear. The love that is all that exists is God's Love and it is not totally comprehensible by us in our time-and-space existence except through loving thoughts.

Loving thoughts exist forever. They make people do more than purchase cards, chocolates or jewelry. They are the force that stirs a mother to stay up all night with a sick child, a neighbor to bake a cake for someone who is hurting, a person to open up their home to a family who lost theirs in a fire, or someone to take in a stray puppy. Loving thoughts are eternal. They exist in God's World - our world, when we choose to see only our brother's loving thoughts. That is how we can go Home. Think only loving thoughts; SEE only loving thoughts. See what is real, what is only real: perfect love - the Love of the Father.

Loving thoughts are what made one man willing to be crucified, unwilling to see himself as persecuted, because all that he saw in his tormentors were their loving thoughts.

"The message of the crucifixion is perfectly clear:

Teach only love, for that is what you are.

If you interpret the crucifixion in any other way, you are using it as a weapon for assault rather than as the call for peace for which it was intended. The Apostles often misunderstood it, and for the same reason that anyone misunderstands it. Their own imperfect love made them vulnerable to projection, and out of their own fear they spoke of the 'Wrath of God' as His retaliatory weapon. Nor could they speak of the crucifixion entirely without anger, because their sense of guilt made them angry." ACIM text pg. 94

"As you read the teachings of the Apostles, remember that I told them myself that there was much they would understand later, because they were not wholly ready to follow me at the time. I do not want you to allow any fear to enter into the thought system toward which I am guiding you. I do not call for martyrs but for teachers." ACIM text pg. 95

Teach only love - that is our mission in this world, our calling. Not to be crucified in order to fulfill our role; that was Jesus' lesson for us.

Teach only love for that is what we are! God is Love. We were made in the image of God. Our essence is Love. We are only fulfilling our role when we are loving. When we think loving thoughts and see only other's loving thoughts, we are acknowledging our own reality and that of our brother.