Agape meditation newsletter, supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church service for Sunday, September 7, 2014. The theme: LOVE
Brothers and sisters: Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, ” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.
Rom 13: 8-10
Ez 33: 7-9
Ps 95: 1-2, 6-9
Mt 18: 15-20
Love – the fulfillment of the law
As St. Paul observed, there is nothing else we need to learn in the human experience if we learn how to love. Coming to know the love that is our true and original nature, and then living as that love in the world, IS the “do-all, end-all, be-all” we are all looking for. When we know this love, we are happy, content, fulfilled and we know peace. When we live this love, we act accordingly. We no longer act out of our fearful and compulsive natures, instead acting only out of love. This is how we come to experience “heaven on earth” and how we show others to do the same. When we live out of the love that we are, we act as a mirror, causing the spark of love that lives within others to be awakened. Of course, they have to decide what to do with that spark of love. But even should they reject or turn away from that love, the love that we know within ourselves causes us to have compassion for those who are unable to accept the love that they are.
What would the world look like if everyone came to know the love that they are and then chose to live that love in the world?
How are you called to more fully embrace the love that is your true and original nature?
Spiritual Practices – Let’s Pretend
“Fake it ‘til you make it” is a helpful sentiment when attempting to remember the love that is our true and original nature. In embracing this sentiment, we are taking a leap of faith – entertaining the possibility that LOVE really IS our original nature….and not the fears and compulsions that tend to make up the human experience. For this exercise, you will be invited to momentarily set aside any doubts about love being your original nature and PRETEND that you believe. And if you already believe love to be your original nature, than this exercise will be even easier.
- Sit in silence.
- Believe that love is your original nature.
- Imagine this love as a source of bright green or fuschia light originating in the center of your chest, near your heart.
- While sitting in silence, draw your attention to this light of love in the center of your chest and rest there.
- When you find your attention straying, bring it back to the light of love in your heart.
- Believe that as you hold your attention on this source of love within you, that your believe in this love is growing stronger.
- Believe that as you hold your attention on this love, that you are being healed of any inner obstacles to believing more fully in this love.
- Believe that this love is cleansing and healing you of any places of past hurt or betrayal.
- Continue this attention and awareness exercise for 20-30 minutes.
- Record your thoughts, feelings and experiences of this exercise in your notebook or journal.
In Authentic Freedom, we acknowledge the heart chakra as the energy center that corresponds with love. It is through the heart chakra and its related physical, emotional, mental and spiritual correspondences that love resides, along with all of our life experiences which have been a denial of this love. The effects of grief, disappointment, loss and betrayal are all housed within the heart chakra, hampering our ability to love freely. In order to know more fully the love that we are and to live that love more fully in the world, we need to find healing for the past hurts that have hindered our ability to love. Healing comes through active grieving and through diligent attention to forgiveness practices. Being freed of these past wounds, we are more able to love – both ourselves and others with the unconditional love that is our original nature.
What past hurts, losses, betrayals, disappointments are you aware of that may be compromising your ability to know the love that you are and live that love more freely in the world?
How might you support yourself, or seek outside support for healing these past wounds?