July 31

We are all collectively
bonded to each other while
on Earth, united in this
one supreme purpose: to
learn to love one another.

Betty Eadie


Today's Meditation:

Unity is such a frightening word for some of us.  And Betty throws another frightening concept our way:  that of loving one another, even those whom we consider to be "unlovable."  But the simple truth is that our lives are tied together in many, many ways, and the only way that we'll ever get humanity to reach its wonderful potential will be to develop the love that we show each other--not just feel for each other, but actually demonstrate and allow to affect our actions.

Most of us feel innately that there has to be a reason for us to be on this planet, an underlying purpose.  If that purpose is to love one another, then I think that all in all, the job that we're doing isn't all that great--maybe a two or a three on a scale of ten.  That isn't necessarily our fault, of course--after all, who among us grew up being taught that our main purpose in life is to love the other human beings and living things on this planet?--yet it is something that we can, at any time, make our highest priority.

The illusion of separateness that we live under, though, keeps us from seeing the bonds that connect us with others.  It's simple to love our siblings, for we often grew up together in the same house, in the same family.  But that guy across the street--I'm not connected to him in the same way.  How can I possible show him the same love that I show my brother and sister and daughter and father?  It's an important question to keep in mind, for the simple fact is that the person across the street has been living on the same planet as you for a very long time, and has been affected by many of the same things that have affected you--most of us have much more in common than we realize, or ever take the time and make the effort to find out.

You and I have a bond.  We both have a bond with the woman at the checkout counter in the tiny supermarket in central Kansas, and the waiter in the large restaurant in New Delhi.  We don't need to know the source of that connection to be able to love those people who are in our lives, because the chances are that those people are in our lives for a reason, and if we never show our love and caring, there's a very good chance that we'll never find out just what that reason is. 

Questions to consider:

Why do most of us shy from the idea of showing love to "strangers"?

What are some of the bonds that keep us connected to our fellow human beings who are here on this planet?  What about our bonds with the plants and animals?  (Think about oxygen, for example!)

How might we safely show love to others without putting ourselves at unnecessary or undue risk?

For further thought:

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space.  We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical illusion of our consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.  Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and foundation for inner security.

Albert Einstein


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