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“Where There Is Hate, I May Bring Love”

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In light of recent events in my area of the country (and perhaps yours, too) I feel a strong personal inner call to extend love, be more loving, and think in loving ways about people who have committed unloving acts.

No one that I know ever repented for past ugly deeds, or lifted themselves up to a higher vibration because a whole lot of people hated them into loving.  I do not see people change because others rail against them.  Rarely do people understand the power of love because enough hate was aimed at them that they suddenly saw the light. 

We could be talking about a mass shooting, or great grizzly greed or what we consider to be an ugly or non-inclusive political viewpoint.  Or we could be talking about the now locally infamous coffee shop owners in Asheville, NC, who clearly have no idea who they are, let alone who women are.  Each situation reminds me that it’s a really good time to be wide-awake-aware of the power of love and the inspiring and uplifting cosmic flow-through available to all of us.

What do we want to create more of — hate or love?  Disapproval or acceptance?  Rejection or understanding?

Throwing myself out of love because someone else is out of love

yields yet another person who has fallen out of love. 

But, Hey, I’m Not Mother Teresa

I might say to myself, “I can’t help these people who have hurt others.”

I’m not Mother Teresa. 

I’m not Buddha. 

I’m not Jesus. 

Or am I? 

Maybe loving is simpler than we imagine.  Consider the following invitation from St. Francis of Assisi given by Mother Teresa on December 11, 1979 during her Nobel Peace Prize lecture:

“…where there is hatred, I may bring love; that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness; that, where there is discord, I may bring harmony; that, where there is error, I may bring truth; that, where there is doubt, I may bring faith; that, where there is despair, I may bring hope; that, where there are shadows, I may bring light; that, where there is sadness, I may bring joy.”  — quote provided by the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.

I love that the quote says, “I may bring love.”  It doesn’t ask the question “May I bring love?”  And it doesn’t say “I will” or “I must” or “I should.”

It simply invites us. ” I may bring love” opens the option.

Love Is Powerful

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”  Actually, who are you not to be?   … as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  — Marianne Williamson

Dr. Hew Lin and the Practice of Ho’oponopono

Dr. Lin was assigned to a state hospital for the criminally insane, a place which housed murderers and rapists — people who had done truly brutal things.  Being employed at this facility was intense and dangerous.  Patients attacked staff nearly every day and nobody wanted to work there. 

When Dr. Hew Len was assigned to this hospital, instead of looking for ways to fix what was wrong with the patients, he began pondering the following question:  “What is out of alignment in me that I have attracted these people into my life?” 

He pored over one patient file at a time, reading the details of their crimes, and one by one, made peace within himself about what each person had done.  He didn’t judge or look for ways to correct the person.  He did not try to rehabilitate them.  In fact, he consciously expressed gratitude for the opportunity they provided him to examine himself. 

When he made peace with one person’s deeds, and with their life story, he closed that file and went on to the next one.  And then the next.  And the next.  It was a slow process. 

The most amazing part of the story is that Dr. Hew Lin never once visited the hospital or saw the patients.

Miraculous Changes

Startling changes occurred. 

Patients improved, for no apparent reason.  Some began to get off their medications.  Others stopped fighting.  The place got happier.  Patients began to wake up. 

It took about 4 years, but one by one, the patients were declared well enough to leave.  In fact, at the end of 4 years, there were two patients left.  They were transferred to another facility and the hospital was closed due to lack of business. 

When we change our perspective of the world around us, the world around us changes.  Light or dark?  Empty or full? Love or hate?  We get to choose what we see and what we experience.

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Intimacy Is Everywhere

Hello Everyone,

Today, intimacy.

Love to you all,

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Friday Love: Bam! Gate Breaking, Anyone?

Good Friday, Everyone!

Today, I’m sharing a story about how I accidentally accomplished something on my bucket list. I ran through an exit gate while looking the other way. The hood of my car is scratched up, and one windshield wiper is a mess, but let’s have a good laugh about how we never expect what “getting what we want” includes!

Let me know if you relate…

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Enough with the Name-Calling

It seems to be a growing fad these days to call someone a narcissist, or declare they are toxic.
Political name-calling is similar—we assign politicians and voters to categories, and brush them off as if they are unintelligent, inferior, or even worthless.
By labeling others, we miss their humanity. We gloss over their struggle, their best effort at dealing with life. We dismiss them.
We do to them what we believe they are doing to others.
Look past a label, and in the soft light of day, there stands a person like you or like me, coping as best they can. At the end of the day, no friend, parent, or lover making conscious choices intends to be mean, or to ignore, or to embellish. There is always more to the story.
If we label others, then for sure we label ourselves. We trap ourselves into believing we are less than. Or not enough. Or we don’t give ourselves the time and forgiveness to work through our “stuff.” Maybe, if we stopped accusing others of narcissism, we could forgive ourselves for those moments when we were narrow-minded, inconsiderate, or afraid.
When it comes to labels, nobody wins.
So, my dear people, I suggest we peer a little deeper into ourselves to investigate a need to separate ourselves from others by tacking them with a label filled with disdain or scorn.
It is my wish that you view this video and take it to heart.
Much love,

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