Choosing Love or Fear?

From my Meditation Cards
From my Meditation Cards

When I think of the greatest spiritual teachers this world has known, be it Jesus, Buddha, and our present day leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, The Dali Lama, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, The Pope, they all preach Love. I use a capital "L" in Love, because to my perception they are not talking about one aspect of love, which is the one enjoyed in friendships or relationships, but of a love that keeps one's heart and mind open to seeing the interconnectedness between us all.

This love does not always mean we feel wonderful feelings; it means we empty ourselves of prejudices, misconceptions, our ideas and see others for what they are; another brother and sister, experiencing the journey in life, and who also experiences the sun set and a new day arise. Even in our uniqueness, we share human similarities such as loss, aging and death, and the ability to experience the wide range of human emotions between love, joy, despair and hate.

 

Everyday, is an opportunity to choose love or fear. When we see the plight of the victims of Haiti who have been buried alive for days, even if I believe there is a reason for everything, my compassion does not go away. Do we see someone who does not share our beliefs or religion as a threat or something that needs to be fixed? Or do we accept that there is diversity in this Universe?

We may think one act of kindness, of keeping our hearts open, sending positive thoughts, or prayers does not make much of a difference, but it does! It takes one person at a time to be like the flame of a candle that brings light into our world's consciousness. Ironically when we reach out, we are helping ourselves as well, as stated before, we are all connected. Statistically it has been shown that when a group meditates to bring crime down, it had a significant effect in the lowering of the crime in that particular area, much to the surprise of the local police who participated in the experiment, it even can have an affect on terrorism.

Today, I had a love lesson on what I talk and write about. It involved my judging and feeling sadness for what I perceived a new Christian hubber spreading fear and making unkind remarks to me (my very first negative experience in Hubpages!). She had the kindness to remove it, without my saying anything. The Hubpages community blends in so many folks from diverse religions and nationalities, and we generally (there are a few exceptions) allow each other to be who we are, even when we are not at our best, and I treasure this. I felt judged, but buy the same token, I now realize I too was coming from a place of judgment regarding the writer's beliefs; I was not angry, thinking of her as being a "bad" person, she is actually an outstanding writer and passionate about her beliefs. I was just feeling very sad to see a message of what I perceived as divisiveness. In retrospect, I don't think this is her intention even if I do not agree with certain beliefs.

We keep our heart open by releasing ourselves from ALL judgments, "I am right, you are wrong", "how could you think this way?," why are you spreading fear?"; we all, including myself, are doing the best that we can with our level of awareness; it is in this diversity that keeps us learning from one another and above all learning about ourselves. It is easy to be loving and kind when the way is smooth, but when tested, how do we react? Do we lash out in order to hurt? Or do we introspect and grow from the experience? When we step down from the elevated platform of judgment, the tightness that judgment places in one's heart and overall energy, simply leaves, and from this state of being, we can take action, be it inspiring another, extending healing or being an agent of change.

I am happy to announce, I learned lessons today and I am grateful.

I would like to share a beautiful Youtube  that I added to one of my websites as I found it inspiring.

Enjoy the video and may we all choose Love.

Disclaimer: These are my musings, and not necesarily the Truth. I am a work in progress.

"I Choose Love"

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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina

VioletSun...Marie, what a heartfelt expession of a difficult lesson in love and choice. Life is our mirror and I appreciate you sharing as you saw an image reflected back and learned from it. Recognizing it is your image and lesson, not someone elses. A very humbling experience you have shared! This is one I have been working on for sometime and I am gratedful as you shed more light on how to step away from any judgements including of oneself and stepping into the pure oneness of the universe. Still seeking to see what a judgement free world really looks and feels like and how to "Be" there, your sharing helps my journey. Love and Light, ( X ) as you seek so much more in your journey and to light the way for others. Sue


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Sue: Yes, isn't life a mirror? This was a sort of purification for me, as I am writing a book on these subjects and need to do a lot of clearing. :) I have been having some amazing experiences lately, don't know if I will write a hub, but yesterday, I had an out of body experience which further changes my perceptoin to reality.

Thanks for being a sister in Light!


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina

Marie....do write, as we are open to them, amazing experiences are becoming more prevalent. Would love for you to share this experience and the perceptions you have been able to shift. If not here, please share that experience, very interested as my experiences are becoming more diverse in these ways as well. I like that, a sister in light, yes, you do shine so brightly and we truly are sisters in Light...Much Love....Sue


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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

Very touchy hub. Thanks for sharing. Will check the site out.


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Marie, military training and experience in a leadership position therein had instilled in me both discipline and self-control. Yet, not too long ago, I came close to going off on someone in one of the forums. I had to back out quick as I found my self right there! Ready to light that person up bigtime. Jesus backed me out because I hate to say it, but if it were up to me, I would have said some things that would've gotten me more than banned for a long time.

Even though none of it was actually said, I knew I had a serious problem on my hands. I thought it. I contemplated it. I even planned the way I was gonna walk that person right into a corner and rip their throat out. The Bible tells us that just like coveting thy neighbor's wife, if you think about it, it's as bad as actually doing it. I'm just glad it never went there.

My point? I as well came away feeling self righteous and extremely judgmental. What's worse? I allowed words on a screen get to me. After all I been through. Can't fight a spiritual war with weapons of carnality. I tried, though. Didn't work. Jesus pulled me out of the battle before it got started and sat me down hard. That in itself is love.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Sue: Thanks for the encouragement! I appreciate you very much, thank you for being a friend.

Philipo: Good to see you here, thank you for reading!

Unchained Grace: Its interesting, I also didn't say anything offensive, just backed away, but I backed away like you, into introspection. Wow, I needed to listen to this lesson of love, it was quite humbling, I am still judging. Your words touched me, you live from the heart.


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ASHWINSPGA 6 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

You can see in the religion forums Miss Violet, the postings about who is the true God and etc. And if someone argues back they proceed to bash them black and blue. Its the same as what those religious extremist are doing only that they use guns and bombs to force their point and these people use hurting and insulting words to force theirs. Im sad that it must happen to you. Im really sorry Miss Violet.Great job on the hub by the way.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Ashwin: We didn't have any angry exchanges, except for the words she wrote that were mocking me, but she took them off, so I give her credit for this. It was a lesson for me on acceptance. I stay away from religious forums, its too disturbing to see all that anger, and name calling and such, sometimes its insane. So nice to see your comments again. :)


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Universal Laws 6 years ago from UNIVERSE

Great hub and so honestly written. I reckon the testing will continue for some time for all of us..... just to show us who we really are and what we are capable of. I had a very appropriate note in my email box this morning from tut.com, mike dooley sends these little notes out each day to wake you up with a thought...this mornings was always to address the highest in the person you are talking to or corresponding with, good point.

Namaste

Linda at UNIVERSAL LAWS


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Universal Laws: I used to subscribe to tut.com's messgages, will do so again, and yes, the message is a wonderful reminder to connect to others from a higher level. Thanks for sharing!

Namaste~


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muley84 6 years ago from Miami,FL

This is a very inspirational hub! I agree with all you said especially the need for all of us to judge others less. (actually we should not judge others at all). Keep up the positive teachings!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Really good hub. You are so right about not judging and opening ourselves up to learning new levels of loving


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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

Hi Marie: What a wonderful expression and interpretation of love! I don't know if I should call it a coincidence that I read somewhere on the internet yesterday.."Humility does not only mean keeping yourself on a low pedestal but recognizing the status of the other person and the contribution he makes to run this universe."

You gave the same definition of love; I believe love and humility go hand in hand. Speaking for me, its easier for me not to judge someone but very difficult to control my emotions when I'm being judged. I try not to say a word but that possibly isn't enough. That negativity does remain inside for a while. But then... may be thats whats possible in the real world. Someone has rightly said..."we die learning." Thx for another awesome hub.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

How beautifully you put your humility! VioletSun, I agree wholeheartedly that judgement is the ultimate danger when living with others.

Sometimes I feel 'wishywashy' but I know that is actually another term for openness.

Thanks for this wonderful writing.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Muley: My weakness is when I see folks spreading fear and getting others drawn into it, but I have to accept all is perfect as is, we all are doing the best we can, including me! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Alexhouse: Yes, you got the gist of my message, its the different levels of loving that I try to keep myself open to and encourage others to do this. Its a never ending learning experience.

Anjali: Oooh, I like the words you shared about humility, its not a coincidence, its a wonderful confirmation. Thank you for sharing this! I also find it difficult to control my emotions when I am being judged, I actually cry sometimes, hehe, but, then I release it and move on.

Lorlie: Wishy Washy, I like this. LOL. I understand what you are saying, not holding on to tightly to anything, be it perceptoins, opinions and the like does create an openeness. I often find that I often change what I believe, my perceptions, and its part of the ever evolving nature of being human.

Thanks everyone, for your comments and encouragement, its always appreciated!


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Jackwms 6 years ago

This was a truly inspirational hub. I love your objectivity and straight forward communication. Best wishes for more of the same.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Jackwms: Its always good to see you in my hubs. Thank you for your kind words! :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I really liked the message of this hub, VioletSun. If anything, you are spreading positivity throughout HubPages and abroad simply by having written this. I liked that Love or Fear is a choice that we have to make. It really is that simple. People get into the falsehood that none of us can stop change and stop hatred, but it really is embedded in each of us to make a change. It's not hard, if only we BELIEVE.

Thank you so much for sharing such a positive and enlightening message!

Dohn


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Dohn: Folks do get into falsehood and now that you mention it, its is true that it is imbedded in each of us to make a change, its part of our evolution. Glad you added this comments as it enhances the message of this hub. Thanks, Dohn, for your insights!


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TheAllSeeingEye 6 years ago from England.

The secret is to live life through the heart and not the mind. The mind is always at war with both polarities of emotion and physical expression. Understanding polarity helps with spiritual growth, but the power and creation stems from the heart, the Love, the eternal source.

Enjoyed this. Keep spreading the word!!!


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Marie, this hub resonates deeply within me. Words affect us most especially since we can actually feel the energy that carries with it. You have so beautifully written your experience and the wisdom that came along with this that I am inspired all over again. :) Thank you very much.

It also brought into my memory a recent experience when a hubber emailed me harshly during Christmas. I wrote about that experience in an article in our website. May I share it with you? http://www.lovingabundance.com/2009/12/25/transfor...

Thank you for the joy and inspiration you share. I love the video and the meditation card.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Theallseeingeye: Yes!!! I guess I am speaking too loud, LOL, but that's the key, to live from the heart as the mind spins and lives in duality- the heart is not just mushy, it has a high intelligence. I am still learning to do this, to not always let my mind get in the way. Thank you for this confirmation with your comments, its appreciated.

Michelle: Oh, yes, I can feel the energy, I know you do too, and it can be difficult when I can almost "see", the person. Will check your link right away, I always love to read you! :)

Thanks for your support, its always appreciated.

Love you,


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Kimberly: Thanks for adding your comments, good to see you in Hubpages! :)


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Dottie1 6 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Marie, I love the topic you chose for this hub 'Choosing Love or Fear'. I have read that the greatest fear of all is the fear of our own power and so we respond from that fear to our life situations. If we would just take the time to see through this fear for the hoax that it is to keep us in its grip then perhaps choosing love will become a more spontaneous act. What a great lesson, and one that we are all learning. It's good to know we are not alone! Thank you for sharing your insights with us!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Dottie: Yes, I have heard the same thing, I think it was Marianne Williamson who said this in the speech she wrote for Nelson Mandela; I am glad you shared this as it adds to the message of this hub. Thanks for reading and adding your insights.

Good to see you! :)


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Tadeusz598 6 years ago from Florianopolis/ London/ Aberdeen

What a load of hokum!

What we really want are beer, loud music and girls with loose morals!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Tadeus: LOL!!! Interesting perspective!


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ASHWINSPGA 6 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

Just came back home from work and saw that you were online. So just dropped in to say that i love you Miss Violet. Very very much :=)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Ashwin: Aaaaw, thank you! You made me smile, you are always such a sweetheart! :)


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Marie...hahahaha okay I now see what you mean :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thanks for stopping by, Michelle. :)


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

This hub has a very calming effect, at least to this reader. And I agree with you as I believe that life is about the choices we make. And just recently, after reading Michelle's (ripplemaker) hub on reacting to mean comments where I said I haven't received one, I actually got one. It's not downright mean or dity but I was called a closet racist. And I chose to just laugh it off, telling the "commentator" that if that was his opinion so be it. I could've made a "conversation" out of it but decided to just accept the fact that we perceive things differently. I'm not one to impose a change on somebody as I believe it should come from within - a choice.

I didn't mean to say a lot but I guess I just did! Haha Thanks for sharing, you are a ray of light. :D


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Cris: I so agree with you, we cannot change anyone, and its the other's perception that has nothing to do with who we are; I find it interesting that you, me and Michelle have experienced the meanish comments for the first time, LOL! as we dont' write about controversial subjects. I can understand a different view, but to be rude pretty much says what is going on inside the person, and as helpful as I like to be, its not my job to try to change anyone, this would be intrusive.

Thanks Cris, for your thoughtul reply, it added to this hub. I like it! :)


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

We are all works in progress, as you so aptly put it, Marie...why then should any of us stand in judgment over another? None of us is perfect or complete, much as we may like to believe so...if more of us understood that maybe we'd be able to live and let live. :)


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

This is a great hub with a powerful message; Love is an open door not only to self-acceptance and tolerance, but also to find God and the peace that comes from it.

Fear in the other hand is just the opposite, a permanent break we put to our potential and a close door that is suppose to "protect" us from others and our vulnerabilities.


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Run Down Battery 6 years ago from UK

yes it's all about making a difference and not being charmed by indifference... gret hub


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Feline Prophet: I so agree, we are all works in progress. I like to live and let live. Good to see you! :)

Petra: I had little chills of confirmation when I read your words, when we let go of being busy with jugdgments, the space to "hear" God is opened, as there is then a silence within that comes from peace. Guess, I am rephrasing you and thinking out loud. :)

Run Down Battery: Good point!

Thank you for reading and adding your comments. This hubpages writer appreciates it!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Beautiful website (and finally first step in self-marketing)...Well done, Marie.

I love your Hub!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Tatjana: Thanks for visiting and encouragement! I am not very good at self marketing, but I am learning, its about time. :)


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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

VioletSun, thanks for a great Hub; it spoke to me … as well as it seems many people. I think we are all guilty of poor judgement at times. Whether it be a knee-jerk reaction, or a deep-felt conviction that has just been assaulted or challenged, or perhaps we sometimes judge in an empathyless way. Nevertheless, we all are judgers of our surroundings. I do agree, however that we must try to practice empathy and to try to be introspective, so that we may not offend.

James 3: 2 “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”

We are however, again each entitled to create surroundings that are comfortable for ourselves. This could mean defending our borders (especially RELATIONSHIP borders, as this is basically how we each sustain our own individual sovereignty and principles, be that what they may). Or it could mean choosing to exercise our authority in our own houses, or it could mean to vigilantly keep our nations under the Christian God we believe helped us constitute our lands of freedom.

Another concept I have recently come to understand a little better is the notion of how we operate through our HEARTS and MINDS, and which is which. For those of us who believe in the Holy Ghost, I would like to suggest that AS we consider the promptings of this Holy Spirit (after discerning that said promptings originate from God - or the Divinity that we all share, even if just from time to time), that we ALLOW Him into our minds by conscious choice. Moreover, when we allow a place in our hearts for this Spirit to DWELL (instead of just visit), we would not have the fearful defensive actions you suggest; this (fear) being that which may cause us to offend.

1 Jn. 4: 18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

Let me say this rhetorically: Let us not torment each other with offence, BUT allow us our discernments and practical judgements to defend the inevitable affronts on our sovereign hearts and minds. While free speech is critical to share intelligence and edify our neighbours, it must be tempered and governed with compassion and empathy, but not necessarily tolerance. This is because our devoted intolerance to things that may harm us (collectively or individually) sustains order. When something has been written in our hearts, it is there as a lighthouse - immovable, to refer to in our minds as required - to navigate through the hazards of chaos - safely.

VioletSun, I have benefited nicely from this Hub which you have brought forward, including the thread following it. It has made me realize there are some things under my circle of influence that not only that I should have done better, but that I should correct. Thank you for this. Peace.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you, Timothy for sharing your thoughts. It food for thought on my end, especially your comment on tolerance. Just today I was pondering/feeling on how love casts out fear, even my own fears and I feel how shall I put it? balanced and deeply grateful.

Once again,thanks for reading and adding your thoughts!


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donotfear 6 years ago from The Boondocks

I'm glad I ran across this hub. I can't believe I'm not already a fan of yours, but I am now! Tolerance is a big thing, learning patience it bigger. Thanks so much.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Donotfear: Just became your fan. I took a peek at what you write, and they are articles I know I will enjoy! Thank you so much for reading and becoming my fan. :)


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Indeed, this is a beautiful message of truth. I love reading through sharing like this! More power to you VioletSun, my friend.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you Teresa, your commetns are appreciated; nice to see you here. :)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Love is the thing - how we express it is sometimes the difficulty. I love this Hub, thank you.

Love and peace

Tony


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Tony: Yes, the expression of love, depending on the circumstances, can at times be difficult. Good to have you stop by! :)


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Greenheart 6 years ago from Cambridge

Thanks VioletSun for this wonderful hub.

You say a lot of heart-felt and true things here.

We are always tested about love.

To love or not to love.And if we cant give love,not to withdraw our energy from some-one,in effect 'damning' them or de-humanising them.And a crucially important lesson is that what we do to others is what we do to ourselves.We ARE CONNECTED!.In more ways than we are aware.And maybe one of the human lessons is to become aware of how we ARE connected,to one another,to every-thing and perhaps most importantly,to The Divine.

All the best.And much Love!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Greenheart: Your words totally resonated with me, its was music to my ears and soul. It's very true, we are all CONNECTED, and we often see this, when there are events that causes suffering to others, such as the recent quake in Haiti, it brings out the best in many, and it comes from that soul awareness we are One.

Thanks for adding your comments to this hub!

Namaste


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hollywoodjames 6 years ago from USA

Excellent write!! Love is one of the hardest things in life to get a handle on because it's unseen and very elusive.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Yes, love is hard to describe but its very real. Thanks for reading and adding your comments.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

Yes we should stop and consider that certain religious posters may make certain comments because of their faith, but I also believe some of the more aggressive Christian posters lack tact and respect for others. They often post things that are a little too abrasive, and to be honest I like the way you view the world view better.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Sweetiepie: The Christians who live by example, are better messengers of their faith than the nasty, rabid ones. When I struggled after the 9/11, it was the Catholic Church that helped me, so I am forever grateful, but, neither the priest or parishioners who helped me, did any preaching whatsover; they just extended their kindness.

Thanks for reading and adding your comments!


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Love is the essential theme of life - when you are lost in love you feel like losing life...


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

I agree that love is essential to life, as a matter of fact I just paused at the moment a psychological video about this subject of love, and it talks about how love even shapes our brains during childhood development, amazing stuff. Thanks, Moulik for reading and your comments.


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susanlang 6 years ago

Violet Sun, I sent you an e mail explaining that I did not receive any comments notice on comments you may have sent to one of my stories. I hope you got the email. I asked you if you would please send your comments again. Also, I was wondering about something, I now have to type in a capchula code which I find hard to desifier most times. And I must do this inorder to get into my profile page. I didn't receive any notice from hub staff on this, it's just something that showed up on my sign in page about 4 days ago. Please, if you dont mind me asking, is that something you or anyone else is having to do before you can sign into your hub profile...?

Violet, moving on now. I think much of your story here has fit into my world so often through out the years in my life. Every aspect of what you speak of "Love" has indeed played a role in several of my life occurrence's thus far in my journey.

The good, the bad and the ugly of "Love" I'm such a little one in the whole relm of things to come. This.. I am sure of. The powers to be know my heart has broken from the pain, not of my own. But for that of my son's. It leaves me forever humble as I remember how and why he suffers today. And yet, I'm so very thankful for the happiness I have with Mark..my husband of 25 years. There are only a few people in my life I view as my rock and he is one of them. Thank you for sharing this Violet. It was written with seasoned skills you certinly have displayed! Warm wishes.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Susan:

I had just finished replying to your email.

So glad that you could identify with I wrote in this Hub. You have come a long way in your journey and now you help others, that indeed is noble. Thank you for your comments!


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susanlang 6 years ago

your welcome.. keep the good stuff comming :)


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my-success-guru 6 years ago from Upstate NY

Hi VioletSun!

"Everyday, is an opportunity to choose love or fear."

" When we see the plight of the victims of Haiti who have been buried alive for days, even if I believe there is a reason for everything, my compassion does not go away. Do we see someone who does not share our beliefs or religion as a threat or something that needs to be fixed? Or do we accept that there is diversity in this Universe?"

"It takes one person at a time to be like the flame of a candle that brings light into our world's consciousness."

"It is easy to be loving and kind when the way is smooth, but when tested, how do we react? Do we lash out in order to hurt? Or do we introspect and grow from the experience? When we step down from the elevated platform of judgment, the tightness that judgment places in one's heart and overall energy, simply leaves, and from this state of being, we can take action, be it inspiring another, extending healing or being an agent of change."

How true it is that we can all be loving and kind when the sun is shinning but when in the mist of a storm it's much more challenging. It's not easy but by recharging our batteries be it meditation, a walk with beautiful scenery, spending time with loved ones, what ever it is for you -- we can strengthen our patience and understanding. But don't just recharge, allow this to be the time to reflect on our thoughts, our inner dialog and let go of anything that isn't serving our higher purpose. Practice -- practice and in time we will all feel more peace. I bet you already do this. Let me know how it's making a difference in your life.

Peace,

Jim


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Jim: I enjoy reading your hubs as well as your comments. :) And, yes, when I feel unbalanced, I listen to inspirational meditation music, or connect to nature, especially water, and I find that as I do this, I don't stay stuck in a negative frame of mind for very long, and this has created more peace and harmony in my life. The brain as you know responds well to healthy thoughts, as well as the body, and of course the spirit. Its all integrated. One day, I will write about how a higher focus has changed my life.

Thanks for stopping by!


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my-success-guru 6 years ago from Upstate NY

Hi Violetsun,

Inspirational music and connecting with nature has made a BIG difference in my life too. When I connect with nature I feel totally peaceful like I am one with nature and anything is possible. I would like to discover how a higher focus has changed your life.

Bye! :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

violetsun - This article was beautifully done. All inspiring and written from the heart. I love it when you can draw upon your experience and gain wisdom from it.

The video was absolutely beautiful and I absolutely love your site. Your work is a deep reflection of your inner beauty.

Sage


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Sage: I am so glad we connected through Michelle (Ripplemaker); thank you so much for your kind words, they are appreciated. :)

Marie


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

As always, a hub that lifts us up and let's us see better. Thank you VioletSun! I wish more people would, like you, have the self-awareness that one needs the love that is a state of being. Somehow, with a love like that, life with all its blips just rights itself too, doesn't it? Loved the videos - the one here and the one on your hub too :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Shalini: Yes, its humbling what the state of being love can do for one's life, even with its blips here and there. Thanks for stopping by and your comments; its always good to see you! :)


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AntoineAllen 6 years ago from New York City

I love it.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

AntoineAllen: Thank you! Checked your profile and you are from Queens, NY; I lived in Queens for most of my life until I relocated to Oregon 5 years ago. :) Congrats on your company, way to go! Your website is awesome!


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

I choose love Violet today, yesterday and for every-day I shall continue to walk upon this planet. You did a great job here was uplifting to read. :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Blondepoet: I shall do the same as you, as long as I am on this planet I shall continue to choose Love. Thanks for your uplifting comments! :)


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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

thumbs up for you, i always believed that sometimes we just have to agree to disagree. variety is the spice of life and we would short change ourselves if we expected everyone to view things as ourselves.why can't people see the richness in our differences and our right to be that way as well.i love learning a point of view other than my own, i do not always have to agree with it to see some truths in it......be well


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

thank you for the reminder about love. I read your hub and especially enjoyed the vid and your personal experience story! Thank you! Your writing is from the heart - believable - I am a native Oregonian BTW! ;-)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi mtwatkins: I remember seeing you in one of the hubs I made a comment on and thinking "this writer lives in Oregon!", but I can't remember which hub it was, but do remember you. :) Thank you for adding your comments. I have become your fan too!


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rosariomontenegro 6 years ago from NEW YORK

Hi Violet Sun, you left me a kind message about the Ho'oponopono hub. Thank you so much. And thank you for this hub about universal love.

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Rosario,

Yes, I remember your hub. I have been wanting to write about Ho'ponopono but its hard to explain and you did a great job. Thanks for visiting and adding your comments! :)


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rosariomontenegro 6 years ago from NEW YORK

Marie, I suggest that we do a big effort and try to use some love to answer a hub that Philipo just wrote about female mutilation. I only answered with known facts. I wonder how love should be expressed in this case to bring some positive change ...

I don't know if it's allowed but the url for the hub is

http://hubpages.com/health/Why-Female-Circumcision...

Could you please think what to do in this particular case having this your hub as a frame of mind?


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Rosario: Was thinking Love does not mean condoning everything that happens in the world, its understanding that everyone is doing the best they can at their level of awareness, even the ax murderer, but it reminds us to each be the best we can be so we contribute to the change of the level of conciousness in our world. We are all connected, so one change affects everyone.


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rosariomontenegro 6 years ago from NEW YORK

I agree, only personal change brings change to the world, only personal change changes institutions and habits that seem impossible to uproot. We are all connected no doubt. In this case, thank you Marie for the direct connection you kindly established.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you, Rosario!


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susanlang 6 years ago

Marie, even now it's nice to come back to this hub and reflect on it leaving you another comment here. When can I buy your book?


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Susan: I so appreciate your coming back and asking about the book. I am still writing it but your question motivates me to keep writing. :) I hope to have it completed this year.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

I agree VioletSun, true love is looking pass one's own prejudices and doing the right thing to our fellow man. So many religious people are quick to say that they love everyone, but if you examine their statements it is "conditional" love (do what I say and do). Whereas the true spiritual leaders are willing to give selfless "unconditional" love (that embraces and accepts despite differences). Thanks for sharing! :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

MG: I so agree with your comments. Guess sometimes folks who are overly religious forget to be spiritual. Thanks for stopping by! :)


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Bilaras 6 years ago from Earth

Another Wonderful Hub VioletSun...

Only love can bring us all together, we just need to clear our hearts and love will work it's magic. There was something about female circumcision in above comments and i would like to add my point of view. Female circumcision has nothing to do with religion. Its purely a cultural thing. I my self have some knowledge of many religions and haven't found any thing on female circumcision that is consistent in all parts of world. For example Muslim clerics in Asia have completely ruled against this practice.

But i think topic was about global unity and love, so we should avoid discussing differences.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Bilaras: Thanks for your comments! :) Yes, I now realize female circumscion is a cultural thing.

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