are a special creation of God, and only in you can God fulfill Himself.
You are a living soul, original and unique, wonderful, and strange. ...
Do you think that the wind-tossed, cloud-piled sky is vast and moving?
Your life is no less vast and moving. Do you think that the sun is
splendid and necessary? You are as splendid. You are as
necessary. ... You are one with the God who fashioned the human soul and
made it so wonderful and strange that even you who possess it cannot see
its full extent or meaning. You are one with the God who made
life, and made it so interesting that He Himself enjoys the living of
it. As the leaves are a part of the tree, as the sands are a part
of the earth, as the cells of your body are a part of you, so you are a
part of the Spirit of God." –
James Dillet Freeman, Be!
new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have
loved you, that you also love one another. By this everyone will
know that you follow me, if you love one another."
As the great Louise
Hay reminds us, "if we are willing to change our thinking, we
change our life." It is a simple process, but a process
nonetheless. It often doesn't happen quickly for there are
thoughts that we have that we are conscious of and there are thoughts
that are so habitually a part of us, that we are unconscious of them.
And, for the most part, the culture in which we live supports so much of
our thinking that separates us from each other and in turn separates us
from the Spirit of G-d within us. But, within us is a victorious
spirit, and a power to choose that G-d honors in us through Love and
Law. It is up to us to be committed to making the changes that
will bring us ever closer in mind, heart and soul, to that which is G-d,
No one can teach us to be grateful and no one
can teach us to "love thy neighbor as thy self" ... both of
these arise from the spirit of G-d within our soul. There are many
people who will never experience genuine gratitude or genuine love for
their neighbor for they have imprisoned themselves in the beliefs of the
world. For us to try and teach them these things would be a waste
of our time and an annoyance to them. Jesus gave the
"commandment" over 2,000 years ago to "love one
another" and he said this would be evidence of following his
teachings and beliefs. In this commandment he is instructing his
followers to see the Spirit of G-d in everyone ... in other words, love
them without conditions or exceptions. What he meant by this
"love thy neighbor as thy self" can be found in the Parable of
the Good Samaritan; to love our neighbor, we must first realize that
everyone who comes into our experience of life is our neighbor.
And then we must be willing to support them in whatever good they seek
to experience or whatever their need may be at the point where we meet
To the Master Mind Jesus this commandment was a
call to expand our own consciousness, to realize that whatever we do for
others, we do for ourselves. As Louise Hay so often states, our
every thought is an affirmation ... our thought of
"indifference" to the needs of others is registered in our own
consciousness, and we will realize the consequences of this
indifference. Most likely not from the person who we were
indifferent to, but in some aspect of our life we shall experience
When we have the realization that we are one
with the G-d who created us, then we shall also realize that everyone is
one with G-d, and in the Spirit, we are all connected and subject to
Love and Law. And so to love our neighbor, is truly to love our
self in a more deeply meaningful way. When we have a "deep
and abiding love" for our self, we shall seldom be challenged to
love our neighbor as our self. This "loving thy
neighbor" has less to do with what we do, but more to do with what
we "think" of others.
From Dr. Frank Richelieu [The Art of Being
Yourself]: Say to yourself:
longer seek after love. I no longer try to love. I know that
Universal Love is within me and is the core of my being. I do not
create it, manufacture it, force it or find it. The only thing I
can do is to realize that love is what I am and what divine Mind
[Spirit] is, what others are and what the world is. I let myself
be love in expression today, for this is the natural expression of my
Soon, we will be celebrating Valentine's Day.
It is a day devoted to love and romance, but it can also be a day
devoted to "loving thy neighbor as thyself" ... and in doing
so, we shall find that the love we feel for our self shall also be
enriched and enlivened. There is not one person reading this
message, that when a thought arises within our mind, knows whether it is
of G-d or of the world. If our thought is not one that identifies
with love, we can drop it and let the thought of love enter into our
mind. I suggest that we do this especially when thinking about our
self. No one is perfect ... no one ... but
we all can be "perfect for a moment" ... and it is love that
will give rise to "a perfect you" in those moments that it is
important that we be so.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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