December 27      

Today's quotation:

The 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 for another, must come. For this is the generation of the one true Light, and this true light is that of love.

White Eagle

Today's Meditation:

I like the idea of a gentle love, one that allows me to see the world "with understanding and compassion and respect."  It's something that I aspire to, but not something that I can say that I have-- or show-- all the time.  I think my goal is to simply continue to show it more each day.  If I'm able to show such a gentle love for ten minutes today, then perhaps I'll be able to show it for fifteen tomorrow, and twenty the next day.  Or perhaps not.  I just know that I'll keep trying to show it as much as I can.

Love is what we're here for-- to give it and to receive it.  Love is a part of ourselves that we can share with others in an effort to lighten the burden on others, to give them hope and to make them feel a connection to other human beings, to make them feel loved and lovable.  As recipients of love, we have the opportunity to allow others to give in a loving way, an action that helps them to know that they're contributing to the positive side of the world, that they're giving the best they can to others who are willing to accept it.

Of course, we're not talking "romantic" love here.  We're talking about the love of person for person or animal or other living thing, no matter what, the unconditional love that heals and makes stronger.  "Romantic" love is something different, a sort of connection that isn't simply love, but something more.  And that's part of our problem with finding this gentle love for others-- we expect love to be something different than it is, so we're often disappointed, or we sabotage it with unrealistic expectations that simply can't be fulfilled.

So our goal, if we want love to be a priority in our lives, is to love.  To love gently, to love truly, and to love without condition or expectation of anything in return.  Anything less than this is simply not love, and we want to love truly and completely and bravely.  We want to share the "love that is real," and if we wish to do so then we must put that love out there as well as accept it when it comes our way.

Questions to consider:

What do you consider to be true love?

Why do so few people strive for that gentle love that will cause them to see the world differently?

Do you agree that there are "no different categories of love"?

For further thought:

There are no different categories of love.  There isn't one kind of love between a mother and child, another between lovers, and another between friends.  The love that is real is the love that lies at the heart of all relationships.  That is the love of God and it doesn't change with form or circumstance.

Marianne Williamson

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