What is â€œLOVEâ€?. I believe that LOVE is Spirit, an Idea, an eternal STATE OF BEING. LOVE is God, I AM. God is LOVE. It is not something one can achieved or developed. It can also be called Godâ€™s Grace, given in Creation. It is always maximal. It is LIFE itself, it can be denied but not changed or attacked or destroyed. It can ONLY be shared or seen through the total relinquishment of the double edged sword of JUDGMENT. I was Created in Godâ€™s Image!. Any judgment that I think I need to change what God Created will cause me to suffer the feeling of weakness and guilt. The Seven deadly sins, including pride, arrogance, grandiosity, selfishness, and/or holding resentments, grievances, or secrets will hurt me, because in reality they are just inappropriate judgements and in one way or another, will keep me feeling separated from God.
I am reminded of Lesson 68, ACIM, â€œLove holds no grievancesâ€, which states:
You who were created by love like itself can hold no grievances and know your Self. To hold a grievance is to forget who you are. To hold a grievance is to see yourself as a body. To hold a grievance is to let the ego rule your mind and to condemn the body to death. Perhaps you do not yet fully realize just what holding grievances does to your mind. It seems to split you off from your Source and make you unlike Him. It makes you believe that He is like what you think you have become, for no one can conceive of his Creator as unlike himself.
Shut off from your Self, which remains aware of Its likeness to Its Creator, your Self seems to sleep, while the part of your mind that weaves illusions in its sleep appears to be awake. Can all this arise from holding grievances? Oh, yes! For he who holds grievances denies he was created by love, and his Creator has become fearful to him in his dream of hate. Who can dream of hatred and not fear God?
It is as sure that those who hold grievances will redefine God in their own image, as it is certain that God created them like Himself, and defined them as part of Him. It is as sure that those who hold grievances will suffer guilt, as it is certain that those who forgive will find peace. It is as sure that those who hold grievances will forget who they are, as it is certain that those who forgive will remember.
LOVE is recognized it in this world only through a universal EXPERIENCE of seeing everything through a vision of forgiveness which is without condemnation or judgments. For some examples, looking and melding into your loverâ€™s eyes, a babyâ€™s smile, an artistâ€™s painting, a rainbow or many times in nature itself. Actually just a remembrance of what was denied.
Only in a materialistic world, where love is denied, can the idea or illusion of separation, special relationships, suffering, hatred, bodies, DEATH and time APPEAR to exist. Therefore my goal is to seek ONLY how to remove the obstacles to Love and not to get lost in any theology trying the explain how the impossible did or could have happened.
God is LOVE, My belief is that Jesus realized He was Godâ€™s Son (The Christ) and therefore ONLY LOVE â€“ â€œIf you see me you see my Fatherâ€. His commandment â€œ Love your neighbor as yourselfâ€ is the means to recognize the divinity in your neighbor and if that is true there then it must also be in you, and THAT vision can only be obtained in a state of ONENESS or Love. Complete acceptance, without condemnation. This is the path I believe He taught and walked, to demonstrate the way to Enlightenment, Salvation and Godâ€™s Eternal Peace â€“ REALITY.
This is my experience, strength, and hope which I share that it may help others eliminate their suffering and find a more lasting relationship with God.
God Bless Ciao