Below is an excerpt from my book, Authentic Freedom- Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy. Authentic Freedom provides a comprehensive path and protocol for supporting our inner spiritual development, integrating the contemplative practices of the Judeo-Christian tradition with knowledge of the chakras. Learn more HERE.
In the beginning and middle stages of spiritual growth, it is helpful to perceive God as intimately personal and human-like and as something distinct from us. At the same time, these personal images of God do not begin to touch the vast nature of our Divine Source. Eventually, to truly embrace the fullness of the truth of Oneness, and of love as our true nature, we have to look beyond these personal images to something more infinite. Looking to the deeper translation of the term Abwoon that Jesus so frequently used to address God, we begin to get a glimpse of the vastness of the Divine.
O Though from whom the breath of life flows and is present in all forms of vibration and light. (Prayers of the Cosmos, Neil Douglas-Klotz)
It is difficult to grasp the transcendent, indwelling and infinite nature of God with our human mind, and so we have to reach beyond our minds to the lived experience in order to grasp this truth. The writings attributed to John best express the fullness of this lived experience. It is clear through these writings that the author had a deeply personal and experiential relationship with the I Am. It is through this experience that the concept of God as love itself is most clearly articulated.
God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. We love because God loved us first. 1 John 4: 16b – 19
As the author of John experienced, God is love. Applying this expanded understanding to our existing relationship with God, it stands to reason that if God is love, it is in fact, love that created us. As such, the love that is God lives in and through us. In this way, not only are we loved, we are love itself. Love is, in fact, our rightful inheritance, our true nature, our identity. We are able to live out of this true nature when we remember that we are One with God and hence, one in love.
HOLY VIRTUE – Compassion
As we accept the truth that we are One in love with God we become content in the love that we are and we no longer feel compelled to seek that love outside of us. This love-filled contentment invites us to explore the rewriting of our fairytales. As we (the protagonist) come to know the love that is deep within ourselves, we exponentially increase our ability to live in the truth of this love. Knowing that we are comprised of love, we no longer need to build defenses around ourselves, and the fortresses around our hearts begin to disintegrate and we find that we can trust ourselves and others. Understanding that conditional love can never be a source of fulfillment, we no longer find ourselves compelled to seek the handsome prince or beautiful princess that will be able to give us our happily ever after. Love, we remember, is who we are. As we grow in this confidence, we are able to go out into the world reflecting the love that we now know within ourselves. It is here that we shall experience the truest expression of the virtue of compassion. It is here that we shall find our happily ever after.
Authentic Freedom is also available as an online course, facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby. Learn more HERE.