The truth of our being is love. Love is a component of our life force. It connects us with our source of being as well as others. Over the centuries, many writers have attempted to clearly define love. For example, many years ago there was a popular song called "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing." A high percentage of songs we sing deal with the subject of love because it is a compelling subject. Love is a broadly used word to describe something one likes very much. Some biblical scripture refers to God as love. Some understand God as love because it is the substance that keeps everything in harmony. Thus, the logical conclusion is for each of us to become more God-like in thought and action.
Love is the one common principle of the prominent religions of the world.
Forgiveness of self and others is fundamentally connected to unconditional love. If one cannot forgive oneself, it is difficult to love one's self. If one cannot forgive oneself, it is even more difficult to forgive and love others.
At the core of being human is our desire to love and be loved. It is all about connection and living in harmony as one. To the degree that a person functions (in mind and body) with love, their truth in reality will be proportional. Any separation from love is a misalignment with our true Self. The spirit of love continuously calls to us, regardless of our worldly distractions. Human conflict is merely a symptom of functioning outside of our true, loving nature.
Love is a compelling and connecting energy that sustains and enriches one's life. This is part of the reality of oneness and is innate in humans. The definition of true love used here includes a state of being without any expectations to be realized.
Babies or young children who are isolated from vital human contact will mature with many nonhuman characteristics. They tend to be socially inept and do not act or respond to their environment with human normalcy. Each cell of our body requires nourishment, just as the DNA of love flourishes with nourishment.
True love moves without an agenda.
When love of money, acquisition and greed predominates in our activities, our true nature is ignored. Human separation is created. Love is not just a concept. It is an integral aspect of our life force. It is the power that creates and holds our reality together. Failure to understand love's value and our relationship to it generally results in human suffering.
Love can express itself in many different ways. Connecting from one's heart to another can add to our sense of interconnectedness. Clarity of understanding can be harmonic and exhilarating.
Although there are times when conversations appear to be on different wave-lengths, there is always a chance for re-alignment. It is important to offer respect for different opinions. If a conversation is not connecting in a good way, try to ascertain the context from which they are speaking. If I am addressing an issue more comprehensively and my counterpart is focusing on a specific part of the issue, our deliberation may not have a satisfying conclusion. This could be a good time to explore the other person's perspective. Deep inside each of us there is a need to be heard and understood. This is one of the most loving and important gifts we can extend to each other. Stand for love and be at peace with yourself and the world.
Charles "Al" Huth, M.Ed. is the author of "Living an Extraordinary Life —The Magic of Oneness and Living Harmoniously with Yourself and Others." He lives in the Rogue Valley and is an inspirational speaker and magician. Website: http://JoyAl.org.