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If We All Only Understood, God Simplified the Practice for Us. The Practice is Love.

Updated on January 6, 2014

Concrete Forms of Love

Jesus Christ as an Infant
Jesus Christ as an Infant

Love God, Yourself and Your Neighbor

I am Syncretic. I believe in One Love. My belief in One Love stems from my previous training in my early belief system of Christianity. I currently read Protestant and Catholic Scripture (and truly any sacred Scripture---Eastern or Western) with a focus on loving information and guidance. If I read something that feels or seems fear-based, I review the information with a fine tooth comb. Fear is commonplace in the first half of the Bible. The time of its creation was saturated with the "eye for an eye" mentality. It is what people knew and did. Consciousness was very limited.

Below in the bold font is the Scripture that guides me daily. I have left Christianity to seek the God my heart desires...the God called LOVE.

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

[Matthew 22:36-40, NIV]

The Protestant and Catholic Old Testament was written for mankind's old consciousness and its development. The testament is very specific in nature. It emphasizes spiritual and religious law. The point of it was to help people in the time of antiquity to be able to navigate through their mundane as well as their spiritual lives. It created "bones and muscles" for the Living Yahweh. It is very important to understand that there are a number of types of books in that Old testament: Law, History, Poetry, the Major Prophets and the Minor Prophets. Moreover, the entire Old Testament was written as foreshadowing for the coming of the Messiah. This foreshadowing now presents a foundation for how Christ Consciousness came into being.

It is stated that "All the Law and Prophets hang on" Christ. Why Christ? Because Christ is the physical embodiment of Love. "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord." [Mark 12:29] It is stated plainly in Matthew 28:19 that the one God is contrived of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

1 John 4:8 states that, "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." If God is love and the one God is contrived of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then Jesus is love in the flesh and blood.

The New Testament serves a much more personal purpose. It contains four gospels---each distinctly different in context but similar in subject matter: the Christ. The gospels detail the life of Jesus and how that life connects to all people through Jesus' Passion. There is one book of history, several didactic epistles and a book of apocalyptic prophecy. The entire New Testament makes Christ Consciousness available to every living human being [But one does not need to encounter the Bible to experience Christ Consciousness. One merely needs to be open to Love].

I have come to know this journey as very intimate and unique. Churches/Ministers/Priests/Christians often want to make the journey a cookie cutter process. Rather, I perceive it to be absolutely original rather than a spiritual formula. I believe most people are truly afraid to embrace a life outside their religious training. I understand why people fear going out on their own (especially viewed in the fear-based context of the Old Testament) but I feel bad for them because there is such joy and creativity in originality (especially in terms of spiritual growth and development).

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."

[2 Timothy 3:16]

As much as I believe that Scripture was inspired by the Living God, I am, also, flagrantly aware that mankind has bastardized the Word of God throughout history in order to satisfy its own selfish desires. Whole wars have been fought to decide which Scriptures stay and which go. In addition, the Word was never updated to root out insignificant information that specifically related to the time of Christ but does not need to relate to contemporary life (e.g.,1 Corinthians 11:4-16 specifies that women wear head coverings in church). Therefore, a lot of material is inaccurate and the latest translations are purely inadequate.

Furthermore, the book of Revelation has been interpreted outside its overall truth---outside its apocalyptic context. Scripture indicates in Proverbs 3:5: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Mankind has heavily invested in its own understanding. It is what makes our lives comfortable. The unknown can be terrifying. People have incessantly spoken of "end times" prophecies since almost the beginning of time. Ironic! If one views pop culture books and movies over the course of history, one will locate a plethora of doomsday scenarios.

But how do we trust in Source and not lean on our own understanding? We work with our heart.

Our heart has God embedded in it. ["For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." Romans 5:5] So each and every day that we have life, we must look at our spiritual heart. To do this, we find a quiet spot and get quiet. Then we learn to listen to the Christ within, the Spirit of the Divine, our Highest Self. ["Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?" {1 Corinthians 3:16}] No outside temple can define our life. Only the inside temple can do that.

In the beginning, we must learn to still our mind. The easiest way to do this is to sit up straight, focus on a point in front of you, watch your thoughts come in and go by just like you are watching a movie screen, and then allow for the stillness to come. The more you practice, the better you become and the easier it gets. Eventually, the silence introduces you to the observer within. The observer links you to the Highest part of yourself: Christ Consciousness.

In Christ Consciousness, there is a soft and gentle knowing. You transcend the many dimensions of existence. You locate the Akashic Records [According to the website, ,The Akashic Records are an energetic imprint of every thought, action, emotion, and experience that has ever occurred in time and space. The Akashic Records can also be understood as the imprint of all experiences of all lifetime in all realities. They are an etheric, holographic repository of information for human consciousness for the past, present and potentials for the future.]. In other words, you experience the Collective Consciousness. You know Oneness or One Love.

This is the place we are all from and we are all going. It is simple and beyond words. And yet, it is one word in every sense: LOVE. The quicker we learn this, the quicker heaven on earth will be. It is not only possible, it is plausible.

If we LOVE God, we expand and grow exponentially. If we LOVE ourselves, we become capable of loving others. God is our Source. We cannot run out of energy to give LOVE if we pursue relationship with Source above all other relationships. It is not difficult. It is quick and to the point. Just check in with the heart and connect to the Sacred. You can't do it wrong if you do it with love. Trust. Love is the person, place and thing. Love is the verb. Love IS.


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