On this beautiful Sunday morning, I savour the brilliant green of newly opened leaves. I breathe in the heady perfume of the lilac blossoms and smile at the sweetness of the birdsong. I thrill at the warmth of the sun’s kiss on my skin. Witnessing the beauty of God’s creation that surrounds me, I am moved to write about love.
I have come to understand that love is not a word or a feeling. It is a way of being… it is being an expression of God. Love is living from a holy space within each of us — a space through which God’s eternal love is experienced and expressed in this world.
Love is opening ourselves up to what is always here for us — even when we lose our way and feel completely lost and alone — and that is God’s Love. When we recognize who we are as God’s children and open within to the Love that waits for us to remember our true identities, we become a channel for God’s Love in the world.
Several years ago, I made a conscious decision to live from my heart… to live from the love that I felt so strongly within me. That was the only authentic way for me to be me. I realize now that I was really making a decision to express my truth as a loving, spiritual being… as an extension of God’s pure, unconditional Love.
As I experienced life through the lens of love, I realized that the more I loved, the more love I had to give. There was no limit or quota. I was taking baby steps toward learning about the infinite power of God’s Love. I was finding my purpose, my reason for being. I understand now that, in deciding to live from my heart, I was beginning to open to who I am as a child of God and the reason that I am here on this earth.
I am here to remember who I really am and to remember that every other human being is also a child of God. Yes, we have lost our way. We have forgotten who we are as we are deceived by the manipulations of ego. Beneath all of the outer manifestations of the individuals we thought we were, we remain children of God. We remain spiritual beings who are expressions of God’s Love. And that Love waits patiently for us to remember.
Love is being who we are. Love is being. Love is. Our egos try to make it something else… a way of possessing or controlling another; a way finding completion in another; or simply a way of trying to make ourselves feel better. Our egos do not know love, nor can they ever know love. Our egos are all about making us individual and separate from others… and who we really are as God’s children.
I am here to learn to see God in every living being and to learn to love unconditionally. I am finding that this is a process. Often, I am misled by the outer behaviours of others, and I find myself judging them. In those judgments, I am forgetting who I am and who they are. I am a work in progress, but I know that I am moving in the right direction. I know the grace of God’s Love, and I know that I can experience that Love whenever I go within to that holy space within me. I know that I am a child of God and that I am an expression of his boundless Love. I am in the process of stepping into who I am. Love isn’t a feeling. Love is being.