by Mary Elizabeth (Leach) Raines, (c) 2021
In all situations in life, our sole bottom-line purpose is to love.
We humans are often limited by circumstances. We sometimes bump into the frustration of being unable to do what we would most want to do.
But regardless of limiting circumstances, there is not one single aware moment when we cannot love.
We can be stuck in a traffic jam.
We can be lying in bed in pain.
We can be broke and homeless.
But no matter what else is or is not going on in our lives, opening our hearts to love others unconditionally is always available.
The the little pods that we form–the little groups of people we are surrounded by at work, at home, or even at the store–are nothing more than opportunities to radiate love.
The people we pass on the street or bump up against, are nothing more than opportunities to radiate love.
Personalities, those we like and those we don’t, are all just temporary shells. Regardless of what qualities one displays, at all times our mandate is to hold one another in love.
Society thinks it loves. As a group, we cherish and adore select people based upon their personalities and successes in life...even on how they look.
A person falls in love with another because of their many wonderful qualities, and winds up disappointed when they turn out to be different from the initial image they projected.
None of these things are unconditional love. Rather, they are demonstrations of temporary affection and approval based upon very strict conditions, conditions which nearly everyone will fail to be able to uphold.
Such love is a frail and absurd imitation of love. This is not the unconditional love we are called to generate.
Do not mistake unconditional love for the acceptance of wrongdoing. There are certainly people and circumstances that can and will exasperate and trouble us. We are all going to become involved in these life situations at different points in our lives.
Loving unconditionally does not mean that we avoid protesting harmful behavior in another, or avoid defending those beings, whether human or in nature, who are unable to defend themselves.
Unconditional love, however, has nothing to do with personality, which is impermanent, or the temporary games played in the material world, which will fade.
Instead, unconditional love means noticing the core of Light that is within every being, and sending love to this core.
This Light is the only aspect of us that is eternal.
In some, the inner Light seems to be buried and hidden behind personality...but it is there, no matter how dim it appears to be. Such Light is present within all living beings and it is sacred. It is this inner Light that connects us.
And it is this Light in all that we are asked to love.
There is no place and no circumstance, when we are awake and aware, where we cannot broadcast love.