Five Simple Words – Part I ©
Several years ago, I took an advanced Master of Metaphysics course from Margaret McElroy that included participants from four continents. Over the course of the week, every day included a meditation period of 20-30 minutes, after which each of the attendees, one-by-one going around the circle, described their meditation experience. I remember some students reporting inspirational messages with many others describing vivid swirling colors, starbursts, and various other visual and auditory phenomena. Frequently, others around the circle chimed in with their assents and reports of similar experiences.
I also remember a lady sitting next to me muttering, “I never see anything!” to which I whispered “Neither do I.” Often I felt a bit (okay, quite a bit) inadequate compared to some of the other students, and one particular day was exemplary in that regard. The only thing I experienced that day was the soft whisper of an unknown voice in the middle of my head repeating the same five simple words, “Love is all there is.” That was it; nothing more. The longer I meditated on that phrase, the more uncomfortable I grew sure that, once again, my meditation experience was somehow deficient or substandard.
As it came my turn to report, I was literally dumbstruck; I had nothing more to say than those five simple words, “Love is all there is.” There was only silence from the group (probably lasting all of five or six interminable seconds) before I looked to the lady sitting next to me and nodded for her to begin. She did, and the room once again became alive with comments and smiles of approval. I felt really alone and embarrassed that I could say nothing more than those five simple words. It didn’t occur to me that perhaps others might silently be contemplating their profound beauty and simplicity as well.
I have thought about that incident a number of times in the years since, and gradually realized that what I felt that day was nothing more than my Lower Self poking me with supposed inadequacy and failure. I knew that meditation experiences are all over the proverbial map, but that was of little consolation at the time. Everyone’s experience is different and while there are some similarities, they are not really comparable at all. Each of us receives what we need that is suitable for and supportive of our own soul evolution at that moment. Comparing meditative experiences is not only meaningless, it can be quite detrimental if one does not understand what is happening and why.
My first interpretation of “Love is all there is” focused on the somewhat obvious declaration in the New Testament that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). That seemed simple enough. After all, if the Creator, Jehovah, Allah, God to others is love, then everything must be love. That certainly felt much more satisfying than the dogma-laden and somewhat convoluted theological explanations I read online. But more satisfying is not necessarily satisfying enough; I still felt that there was more to be understood about those five simple words. As Deepak Chopra frequently responded to Wayne Dyer when asked a deep question, Chopra simply advised, “Meditate!” And so I did.
My own understanding of meditation and its importance in enhancing soul evolution slowly evolved over the next few months. One day that now-familiar voice once again whispered those five simple words, “Love is all there is,” and immediately followed up with another five simple words, “That’s why you are here.” I was a bit stunned not only by the addition, but also by the profundity of its implications. I don’t understand why I didn’t see it before, but the entire message is just a re-wording of Maitreya’s teachings (channeled by Margaret McElroy) as well as those of Abraham (channeled by Esther Hicks). The purpose of life on the earth plane is to grow ever closer to alignment with Higher Self, the soul’s direct connection with Source Energy, God, All-That-Is—whatever you choose to call that energy. Ultimately, that became the basis of my three Dancing with the Energy books.
Man “makes,” or perhaps I should say “interprets” God in his (man’s) own image. We are creatures of perception far more than creatures of logic. Two Nobel Prizes recognize decades of research attesting to that fact. Metaphysics tells us that our thoughts create our reality, and physics (especially quantum physics) demonstrates exactly the same thing. Science tells us that whether light is a particle or a wave depends upon the observer (human observation). If so, how is man’s “knowledge” (actually “perception”) of God any different? Your God and my God are based on the nature and quality of our own personal experience (perception) of God. That is why there are so many different religions!
I really do feel that there is more to be understood about those five simple words. People often complain bitterly about God, questioning how or why “He/She could allow terrible things to happen. If God really is love, it is inconceivable, so how can God actually be love? A loving God would not allow that.”
The God I have come to know is unconditional love, whereas most of the world’s religions are enmeshed in doctrines confining their God to conditional love based on judgment, retribution, and the like. The latter was the God I was reared with (conditioned with) until my personal experience and study outside of my conditioning changed my mind completely. Now I agree with both Maitreya and Abraham:
• “War is often cited in the name of God. Yet God is love—pure, simple and unconditional love, nothing else. It is time for humanity to stand up to their governments and those in authority, and to let them and the world know that war is not the answer! If the earth plane is to survive and move forward in vibration, there can be no justification for war.” (Maitreya Newsletter #167, November 2, 2005)
• “And even when you don’t know it, even when you feel bad, even when it feels like things aren’t going well, Source Energy is still flowing to you as unconditional love.” ~ Abraham (San Diego, CA, February 8, 2014)
So, what is going on when bad things “happen” if “Love is all there is” and God is unconditional love? Abraham tells us that it is all about allowing your life energies to flow freely, unhindered (without resistance), one of the three most important concepts in my Dancing with the Energy books. For example:
• “You have your hand on the switch. You are the allower or the resister. And your emotions tell you which you’re doing right now. It’s easy once you understand the formula: When you feel good, you’re allowing good. When you don’t feel good, you are not allowing good. We didn’t say, when you feel good you are allowing good, and when you feel bad you are allowing bad (although it, may translate into your experience in that way). There is only a Source of Well-being-which you are allowing or not.” ~ Abraham (Ashland, OR, July 20, 2002)
• “There is not a stream of badness and a stream of goodness, or sickness or wellness. There is only a Stream of Well-being. The question that you’re wanting to ask yourself is, ‘In this moment, am I letting it in or not? Am I allowing it or am I not?’” ~ Abraham (Cleveland, Ohio, July 11, 2000)
• “Source Energy or what some call God is not a punishing God. You are not handed hardship or struggle, you do this by thinking contradictory thoughts to your own desire, which causes resistance in your vibration.” ~ Abraham (Abraham-Hicks: Inspirational Quotes)
Maitreya concurs, frequently expressing it along these lines:
• “In my travels I have often been asked, ‘Maitreya, why does God make us suffer?’ I reply, ‘God does not make you suffer. You create that situation yourselves.’ Whether you know God as the Creator, Mother/Father God, Divine Soul, this energy is with you, all around you, and all embracing. It would never want to hurt you because it loves you unconditionally. … It is you who does not love yourself!” (Maitreya Newsletter #309, April 9, 2010)
In short, if “Love is all there is” and if “God is love,” then God is YOU. If you do not love yourself unconditionally—warts and all (God does not expect perfection so you shouldn’t either)—then you are resisting the natural flow of “well-being” in the universe. Giving-in to the Lower Self denies your natural birthright by accepting the lies of guilt, low self-esteem, and self-worth. As my teacher and dear friend, Margaret McElroy, frequently said, “God don’t make no junk!”
So yes, I absolutely believe there is more to be understood about those five simple words, much more than I have space to relate in just this short newsletter. I’ll have more to share for your consideration next month in “Five Simple Words – Part II.” Until then, I will offer these five simple words spoken by Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol: “God bless us, every one!”
Have a great month!