Five Simple Words – Part II©
Last month’s newsletter introduced a series of five simple words I received in meditation. In particular, “Love is all there is,” and, “That’s why you are here.” The entire message is an expression 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 your Higher Self, the soul’s direct connection with Source Energy, God, All-That-Is—whatever you choose to call that energy.
Quoting some of my wisest teachers (and supported by my own experience), I shared my belief that God is unconditional love. But I can think of many people I know who are ready, more than willing, and quite able to question how a God of unconditional love could allow such things as war, natural disasters, pestilence, etc.
I believe that it is arguably the case (again supported by some of my wisest teachers) that it is we, mankind as individuals and as communities, who attract “bad things” to ourselves. This occurs not always because we intend to do so, but because we (mankind) created such events and conditions by virtue of the decisions we have made. In short, we are in vibrational alignment with such situations far more than we focus on aligning with our own Higher Self (unconditional love). Those who argue that “God is responsible” are only denying and explaining away their own culpability for those situations. More on that a little later.
I embraced the proposition (first expressed in the Vedas of ancient India) that if “‘Love is all there is’ and if ‘God is love,’ then God is YOU.” By extension, God is each and every one of us individually and collectively. So then, if God is us and we attract “bad things” into our lives, just how does all of this work? On the surface, it just doesn’t seem to make any sense, does it???
I have always been a quiet radical, a pocket revolutionary, and sometimes maybe a bit of an outward rebel. What I am going to say next will surely arouse not only astonishment but also fierce disagreement and antagonism among many people, but hear me out. I offer it as a different (perhaps unconventional) perspective for your consideration only as a possibility of what might be the case—if only we didn’t insist that “I/we know better” about something that, on the basis of little or no evidence, we only assume. So here goes. Consider the following: Every war, every heinous crime, is ultimately an act of (unconditional) love, God’s love. So is global warming, the Covid-19 pandemic, and many others. They are instances of “tough love”, but Love (with a capital “L”) nonetheless.
How could I dare to even suggest such a thing? At best, that’s got to be just short of blasphemy!!! Or is it?
Several months ago, I wrote a newsletter entitled “In Defense of the Lower Self” in which I suggested that most natural-born human beings (us) would likely sit in our little comfort zones until things got so bad that, in desperation, we cry out “Enough!” and beg Spirit for help, a way out. The primary purpose of life on the earth plane is to grow ever closer to alignment with Higher Self, but most of us have little motivation to do so until life gets to be “just too much.” That is the job of the Lower Self, to kick-start our choosing to become a better version of ourselves (aka “soul evolution”). The key word here is “choosing.” I’ve written about “Free Will” in a previous newsletter, and it is at the heart of this seeming contradiction. So again, just how does this work?
Assume for a moment that we (whoever we are) go to war either as the attacker or the attacked. Both sides attempt to invoke Divine sanction for their own cause. Sometimes the “good guys” (often determined well after the fact by “history”) win and sometimes they don’t, but both call upon “God” (or their favorite label for that energy) to intervene on their behalf. Do you think that God actually “plays favorites”—especially when the “bad guys” win? God is all of us, both “good guys” and “bad guys.” God doesn’t go to war, mankind goes to war because we have the free will to do so. The question is whether that “free will” is guided by wisdom (alignment with Higher Self) or ego (alignment with the Lower Self). And sometimes the “bad guys” (motivated by the Lower Self) win in the short run so as to motivate the (supposedly) “good guys” to try to make life on the earth plane better in the long run.
How about heinous crimes? Less than two weeks ago, former American police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd (a black man) by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. Millions of people of all races around the world were riveted to their television sets for days, awaiting a verdict. Why? Because the issue of racism simmers on the back burner of many nations around the world including (some might say especially) the United States. Clearly the good guy “won” the trial—even though he died before the trial began. Was there past-life karma involved between these souls? We don’t know and it isn’t our business to know (leave that to the Universe). Could it possibly be that both men were simply playing out a soul-agreement (free will) made between them before they incarnated in order to motivate communities and nations around the world to finally begin making meaningful inroads to the problem of racism? Maybe the “good guy” is both men—if their joint efforts (and sacrifices) actually do motivate meaningful cultural change. Sound far-fetched? How about another example: the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth nearly 2,000 years ago. We are told that Jesus willingly chose to play his “role” in the event, uttering eleven simple words that define unconditional love: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”. The result certainly motivated many changes to human society over the centuries—a better (not yet perfect) society in the long run.
How about global warming? The geological record indicates the planet has experienced many episodes of warming and cooling over the past approximately 4.5 billion years. Those changes took place at an evolutionary pace over hundreds and even thousands of years. But the temperature increase in just the last hundred years is a revolutionary event caused primarily by mankind’s overuse and misuse of fossil (carbon-based) fuels during that time. Scientists have been warning the rest of us of the eventual consequences of this misalignment with Higher Self for decades, but no formal agreement among nations to try to control atmospheric carbon succeeded until the Kyoto Protocol of 1997. It was too weak to be effective, so another attempt was made with the Paris Agreement of 2016. President Trump withdrew the United States from the accord in 2017 citing “unfair” terms of implementation across countries. Was he a “bad guy?” Perhaps. President Biden brought the US back into the accord in 2021 in dramatic fashion by doubling the nation’s carbon reduction goals and challenging other countries to do the same. Is he the “good guy”? Perhaps. Were they both “good guys” (similar to the Derek Chauvin and George Floyd example above)? Only time and the future decisions made by mankind will determine the eventual, long run outcomes of climate change.
And how about the Covid-19 pandemic? The evidence available thus far suggests that it originated in some wild species (perhaps bats?) and “jumped” from there into a human host. The pandemic has clearly been devastating to mankind, but who/what is at fault? I heard a portion of an interview on Public Television a few weeks ago with an expert on species extinction who believes that we will see more such pandemics in the future because of the pressure on animal habitats by humans. The habitat space for thousands of species continues to be decimated by mankind’s destructive practices for the sake of profit. Inevitably, animals—many with exotic (to human) viruses and other vectors—are forced to live closer to people. Who is at fault? The animals? Could it be that individuals and nations will begin to cooperate for the common good of all in order to control the pandemic? We’ve begun to see some evidence of this recently. Might we hope (better yet work) for protecting the environment for the benefit of both animals and humans? It is ultimately up to “us” acting as agents of “God” by choosing to align our individual and societal efforts with Higher Self … or not. It is our choice.
So, why is “tough love” unconditional Love? Because in the long run it provides the opportunity to eventually learn to choose the higher path, the path of alignment with Higher Self. Every painter knows that trying to paint the sun on a white canvas just doesn’t work: it takes darkness to really see the light. Even the brightest stars disappear without the dark background of the night sky. Ultimately, deciding fault—who is the “good guy” and who is the “bad guy” is just judgment; it is also a moot point. Maybe we should heed the words of Maitreya: “There are no ‘rights’ and there are no ‘wrongs,’ only decisions and learning opportunities.” The only question is how we freely choose to use those opportunities.
Abraham tells us that there is only a Source of well-being—Allowing, and that is our free will choice: “We want to speak about freedom: This is a Vibrational Universe. The only Source that flows is the Source of Well-Being. And, physical and Nonphysical, we are all free to allow that Well-Being to flow to us and through us or we can pinch it off. It is our call—every time.” ~ Abraham (San Francisco, CA, February 28, 2004)
And what does this have to do with love, especially unconditional love? Think about it. Love cannot be commanded. Love without free will is really no love at all; it is impossible. That is why God’s love is unconditional, and God is us. But that also makes us responsible for the choice of whether to act in alignment with Higher Self or not. I call it Conscious Living, both the substance of and the subtitle of my three Dancing with the Energy books.
Earlier this week I was again meditating on “Love is all there is,” and, “That’s why you are here” for this newsletter. I received another five simple words: “Today is all you have.” Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may be too late. But everything today is our choice, our free will.
I am reminded of five simple words from Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948; Indian ascetic, leader of Indian freedom movement, & apostle of non-violence): “Be the change you want”—and another five simple words—“to see in the world.” There is an inner part, the change you want (your internal world), and an outer part (the context, your external world, seeing that change in the world). But it all begins with your transformation, consciously and intentionally changing yourself. When you start to think it until you believe it, then you start to do it, you start to become it. And somewhere along the way a miracle happens. That is when the world begins to change. … Just five simple words. Think about it. …
Have a great month!