true Light is a gentle love which, rising in you,
causes you to look on the world with understanding
and compassion and respect. When you respect the
souls of your brother and sister, you respect their lives
in every way. This gentle spirit, this respect one
another, must come. For this is the generation of
the one true Light, and this true light is that of love.
love for one another. Compassion and respect.
Can I show that to others each day of my life? Am I
able to be a loving person, compassionate and respectful,
every day? And if I am able to be so, how will that
affect the lives of the other people that my life
touches? If I show them respect and compassion and
love, will I enrich their days, even if they don't notice
it at the time, even if they never acknowledge the fact
that I've given something to them, no matter how small my
gift might be?
would it be like to live a life of gentle love? What
could it mean to be loving at every moment? I
wouldn't judge any longer, and I wouldn't criticize unless
I was trying to be constructive. I could look for
the light and the love and the grace in others and do my
best to nurture that part of others, to encourage others
to be the best they can be--on their terms, not on
mine. I wouldn't try to control others, and I
wouldn't hold them up to my expectations. I would
show them love, and love only, and let them be free to
find their own ways in life--to make their own mistakes
and learn their own lessons on their own terms.
I respect the soul of another, I respect its uniqueness
and its need to express that uniqueness. I respect
its right to take life on its own terms and to be as
it wishes to be, not how I expect it to be. While
the word "permission" sounds almost
control-oriented, when I do respect another, I give that
person permission to be exactly who he or she is without
any conditions attached. People appreciate that
permission, for then they feel more comfortable around me;
they know there's another soul on this planet that will
treat them as they deserve to be treated.