Tuesday, February 22, 2022


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 connections that we encounter–the little groups of people that 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 or dress.
For instance, a person may fall in love with another because of their many wonderful qualities, and wind 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 others 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.

by Mary Elizabeth (Leach) Raines
(c) 2022
All rights reserved

To Our Readers:
You might enjoy reading Mary Elizabeth Raines' nonfiction books, including
The Laughing Cherub Guide to Past-Life Regression: A Handbook for Real People
How to Help and Heal with Hypnosis: An Advanced Guide to Hypnotism


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Mary Elizabeth (Leach) Raines is the author of a collection of quirky short stories ("The Man in the GPS and Other Stories"), novels ("UNA" and "The Secret of Eating Raspberries"), and nonfiction ("How to Help and Heal with Hypnosis: An Advanced Guide to Hypnotism" and "The Laughing Cherub Guide to Past-Life Regression: A Handbook for Real People.") In addition to writing, Mary Elizabeth teaches hypnosis as the director of the Academy for Professional Hypnosis Training. She is a columnist for an international hypnosis magazine, and in the past she was a newspaper reporter and features writer. She has won a number of awards for her writing. Mary Elizabeth attended New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in the 1960s as a piano performance major. Later she pursued independent film studies at UW-Oshkosh. In her free time, Mary Elizabeth plays the piano, creates fractal art, cooks, paints, dabbles with computers, acts, gardens organically, and keeps bees.