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My personal story: Spiritual pathways 101 Part 7: Practicing Love
When I was transitioning from Christianity to One Love, I was feeling so confused and frustrated. I went out dancing with some friends one night. We went to a local club. There were some racy dressed employees. A friend was a fundamentalist and he felt awkward amongst half-clad women and the dance style of another friend of mine. I asked him if he wanted to leave. Shortly thereafter we did. On the way home, I talked to him about his thoughts. He always had a tendency to be highly conservative and judgmental. As we spoke, I had an epiphany.
I said to my friend, "Take a single set of Scripture and put it into practice every moment of everyday. The Scripture I believe will do the most good is:
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]" New International Version (NIV)
This conversation changed me more than it changed my friend. Isn't that usually the case? It is with me.
I began my practice of learning how to love and I did it every chance I got. It transformed me on a powerful level. Every person I encountered became a person to love with kindness, patience and respect. Every second became a point to consider deeply.
I did not know One Love would be my destination. I just knew the process and the journey of loving. When you discover this practice and you begin to apply it, you grow and you give. You let go and let God. Eventually, I discovered we were all one through the highest vibrating light of such love.
I began to study energy and I learned that everything in the universe is energy. All that appears solid and physical is merely condensed vibration. I was influenced by readings about quantum physics. I saw a merger between science and spirituality.
I learned that Jesus was not only fully God and fully man, He was also pure consciousness otherwise called Christ Consciousness. He was the complete physical embodiment of LOVE. And I learned that energetic vibrations have frequencies and colors associated with them. LOVE is rose-colored and it is the highest frequency in the universe. It is that vibration level that causes healing.
I rediscovered a favorite artist that I intersected with in high school. His name was Alex Grey. This led me to Gregg Braden's concept of the Divine Matrix. Things began to make sense to me like they hadn't in years---especially those last three years of fundamentalist Christianity. I was not always such a right-winged believer. I grew up in the Lutheran Church. This was more intellectual first and spiritual second.
I began dissolving my ties with Christianity. I felt constricted by the title of Christian. I did not want to remain in the darkness of my physical reality. I wanted to grow exponentially. I took on a technique called syncretism. I blended belief systems, spiritual ideas, and practices. My life was now on a continuum. My love was now open and free. Every cell in my body became one with the cosmic Body of Christ. I was Christ-centered and Christianity relieved.
I resonated as "I AM" which I had been calling myself for years...which Christians found highly sacrilegious and inflammatory but I found as my personal truth. And suddenly, I discovered a whole group of people that also called themselves "I AM" from God's title, " I AM that I AM."
Love directs me. When I veer from loving, I always get a redirect from my Source. It is a beautiful ride.