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I had just formally renounced Christianity, citing an inability to believe in a God who would create humans only to sentence the majority of them to an eternity of pain and suffering – among other issues I have with traditional Christian beliefs. I knew in my heart that love was the most important thing in this world, and the only thing worth pursuing. I was reading everything I could find on eastern and pagan religions, and searching for anything else that emphasized respect for the natural world and love. I was trying to fill the void that leaving my religion of 30+ years had left. One by one I tried to fit myself into each of them, but for one reason or another, none of them felt right.

Then one day when I was desperately searching the internet for something else to try, I heard a still, small voice say:

Stop looking everywhere else; everything you need is inside you.

And that’s where I found peace. I instinctively knew this was my answer. I don’t need to be part of an organized religion or belief system. I can simply choose to walk in love and compassion toward all things, and listen to the Source (the Divine, the Great Spirit, my higher self, or whatever else people may call it) for guidance. So I’ve been doing this for the past 6 months or so – watching for synchronicity, reading books that have jumped out at me, trusting my intuition. And I have found a greater peace than I have ever known. My life is full of the joy of Being and I am growing in compassion toward all things. This is my Path.

English: Detail view on the Great Buddha, Chan...

English: Detail view on the Great Buddha, Changhua, Taiwan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am frightened by the power I feel when I am angry. I know that I have the potential to do tremendous harm – emotionally, spiritually, and physically – if I were to harness the power available to me. For this reason, I have made it a priority to learn how to control my anger.

I truly wish to do no harm.

The study of zen practices has helped so much in learning how to control my emotions, and I am currently listening to an audiobook by Deepak Chopra entitled “The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire” which has some wonderful exercises for letting go of anger, along with tools to help understand our inherent power in the universe.

I am learning how to harness all the power in the universe to focus on love, compassion, and healing.  This is my intention. This is what I desire. This is living in love with all things. This is who I will be.

I will be the embodiment of love and compassion.

Nature heart

Nature heart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Love is the basis for any power that I have in this world and all others. It is the greatest power available – and the purest form. All those who are aligned with Love are also aligned with me.

Love seeks peace. Love seeks harmony. Love respects and honors all things: great or small, strong or weak, living or dead, young or old, person or animal, rock or tree, mountain or river.

When you come from a place of love, you are able to understand, or step into the shoes of, another person or thing. You have compassion, even for those who seek to do you harm or cause you to fail. You cannot wish negative things for any entity, knowing that what you wish for them also affects you. You desire to see everyone succeed in life and find Love.

There is a kind of bittersweet suffering that continuously remains with someone who has accepted the call to Love all things. The perception in another of any act or thought that comes not from Love is painful to the Lover. For they realize that all negative actions and thoughts come from some pain that the Other lives with or has experienced. It is a continuous, unmet desire to see everyone filled with the Love that is available to them, but that they cannot see.

I am Love. I seek to Love all things at all times. I weep for the pain that is caused by Not-Love. But I cannot ask for the pain I feel to go away, because with it also comes the greatest feeling of love and compassion I have ever known.

 

“Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you’ll come to realize how unnecessary it was to drag those burdens along with you. You’ll see that no one other than you was responsible. The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival.”

~Osho

Darkness beckons over Lake Michigan

Darkness beckons over Lake Michigan (Photo credit: kevin dooley)

I am on a journey.
To where, I do not know.
But I will go with love and light,
Beckoning all to follow.

For this journey ends
In peace and love,
Where all are welcome.
Where All are One.

A Call to Love

We are all hurting, broken people doing our best. Some of us are less broken than others, so we are able to overcome the pain, and soar to heights barely imaginable. Others of us are so broken and twisted by life’s sufferings that we are barely recognizable as human beings.

But all of us are doing the best we can to survive this life.

I’ve been ill for nearly a week and a half. Tonight I was in meditation, visualizing and feeling a deep love for all the cells that make up my body, thanking them for the work that they do in service to the whole that is Me. As I passed through the cells in my skin, that feeling of love began to extend outward from myself to envelop the entirety of the human race – past, present, and future. I was seeing faces passing before me, when suddenly they stopped, and I saw only one face clearly with all the others in the distance.

It was Adolf Hitler.

Immediately I heard a voice asking, “Can you love him too?” I waited for a moment, then felt a compassion flowing through me to him, which I can only describe as the love a mother feels for her child when she sees him broken. As I felt this, the faces began moving again and I saw the most cruel people in history passing by, taking in the flow of unconditional love that was extended to them.

I loved them all. My heart broke for them, for their unbearable pain and suffering that caused them to inflict such suffering on others.

Then I wondered what would happen if we all were able to feel that unconditional love toward everyone, all the time.

I feel like when the majority of us finally understand that we ALL are doing the best we can in this life, we will extend each other compassion. We will stop being adversarial, and we will become partners on our journey – a journey toward peace.

May it be soon.

Namaste and Blessings,

Anya

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