There are five basic manifestations of the path of spirit: love, joy, peace, abundant life, and light.
Today, let’s examine the manifestations of love.
The basic nature of humans and most animals is love.
Manifestation #1 is Kindness
The first step consists of the golden rule: if you wouldn’t want unpleasant things to happen to you don’t create them for others. If we don’t want disparaging remarks made about us, then don’t make them about others. If we don’t want someone responding in irritation and anger, then don’t respond that way. If we don’t want rejection and betrayal, then don’t reject or betray others.
Give away to others only what you are willing to receive for yourself.
This is the practice of holding up all of our actions to examination. How would I feel if someone said, looked, acted in that way to me? All of these practices are difficult to establish. Expect to make mistakes. As long as we still feel disempowered, unaccepted, unappreciated, belittled, betrayed, angry, or frustrated, we still have that negativity inside of us. What we feel is ours! It’s us having the experience.
Once we have accepted that what we feel is ours we can develop the practice of thanking those who allowed us to experience our negative emotions that create suffering. Once we understand that we are the cause of our suffering we can develop mind habits that free us from suffering. If we are one with Divine Spirit it doesn’t make any difference what anyone else is doing.
Manifestation #2 is Devotion
This is a rule of Love because awakening to passionate admiration for a great being, saint, spiritual teacher, or other representative of Divine Spirit allows one to emulate and model our behavior on someone we respect and hold in high regard. The All Spirit doesn’t require us to adore or worship. We perform these practices because they awaken love inside of our hearts. A true spiritual teacher doesn’t need or demand your devotion. Is Great Spirit diminished because we decide not to pray? No. Does it matter to us? Absolutely. Devotion changes our relationship to love, kindness, and awakening consciousness.
Manifestation #3 Compassion
Compassion is the willingness to feel and experience the pain of another without needing to fix it, heal it, or do anything about it. We are the gentle, warm-hearted listener allowing another to express their suffering without benefit of our advice. Compassion is the practice of seeing a loved one’s face in the face of all other beings. It’s the ability to truly rejoice in the good that comes to another even as a parent rejoices in the accomplishments of their child without envy or self-interest. Compassion is the ability to see everyone as worthy.
Rule #4 Sacrifice
Sacrifice is the willingness to take an active role in relieving suffering.
Here are some ways that might happen: speak for those whose voices are not heard; give to charities; conduct a clothing or food drive; spend time praying for the benefit of all beings each day; if good things happen for you, dedicate the merit of that good for others. Walk barefoot and let the pain, shame, and rejection you experience be an energy you carry for those who bear great suffering. Bless the food you eat that all beings, everywhere, shall be full and content. When cleaning dedicate that energy so that entities will be freed from their inner pain and feelings of unworthiness. When in pain, say, As I have and feel this pain, and as it is healed, may it do good for all the people of the world who are in pain.
The practices of love are liberating us through conscious awareness. To truly practice being love means there is no vacation, and no time off to be human, judgmental, depressed, unworthy, limited, or a gossip. Constant vigilance of our thoughts and behaviors will reap the reward of feeling and knowing love all of the time. Why would we want to do anything else?