Divine Love


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“Wherever I go, thou art my companion.

Having taken me by the hand thou moves me.

I go alone depending solidly on thee.

Thou bearest too my burdens.

If I am likely to say anything foolish, thou makest it right.

Thou hast removed my bashfulness and madest me self-confident.

O Lord, all the people have become my guards, relatives and bosom friends.

Tuka says, I now conduct myself without any care.

I have attained divine peace within and without.”

—Book of Prayers, M. K. Gandhi

 

What makes up Divine Love

What makes up Divine Love

 

“All things in creation and manifestation, even all things in existence, are held together by Ishk. This is Divine Love. It is difficult to express it in such a limited way, but we know that sunlight contains electricity, magnetism and numerous other forces or aspects of cosmic force.”

—From Spiritual Brotherhood, Samuel Lewis

 

“Gravitation, light, attraction, adhesion, and cohesion are all aspects of this Divine Love in the physical world. But even these aspects extend far into the unseen, and it cannot be said that Divine Love is limited or qualified by its mental aspects and characteristics…Behind all mysteries, behind all activity and behind all life is Love or Agape or Karuna which holds all things and persons together, which creates the beauty and harmony of this cosmos.”

—Samuel Lewis

Desire

 

“I desire you

more than food

or drink

 

My body

my senses

my mind

hunger for your taste

 

I can sense your presence

in my heart

although belong to all the world

 

I wait

with silent passion

for one gesture

one glance

from you. ”

—Rumi, The Love Poems of Rumi

 

 

Open up your heart

Open up your heart

 

“In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

 

You dance inside my chest,

where no one sees you,

 

but sometimes I do, and that

sight becomes this art.”

—-The words of Rumi

 

 

You are a child of the Universe. Get out there and shine.

You are a child of the Universe. Get out there and shine.

 

“Love is the greatest component of life. It unifies everything. It attracts and draws to us all that is good. Through love we become more aware and responsive to the needs of humanity. We see the oneness, commonality, and the spark of God in each person. We can begin with our family, friends, and coworkers. We can love them even if we think they have done something wrong. We can be there for them, with compassion, kindness, gentleness and acceptance. That is how we demonstrate our human love.”

—James Van Praagh

 

Divine Love is everywhere.

Divine Love is everywhere.

Just What do we Really Need?


For those of us on a spiritual path, it often comes to a conversation of what we need and what we want. What do we need? We need things to help with our physical survival. We need things for our basic emotional, mental, physical and spiritual needs. We needs things that our hearts and souls desire for fulfillment, self-expression, purpose and happiness. There are things that we really want or desire. The last category is things we would like to have or experience.

 

I really want to go back to the French Quarter again. It is one of my very favorite places. Do I need to do this to be happy? Do I need this for my physical well-being? We could take the position that I need to go to the French Quarter for my physical and mental well-being. I could say that but I would be deluding myself. My basic needs are fulfilled with a roof over my head, an income, a support system made up of family and friends who I matter to. I need food, health care and clothes to warm/cool me.

 

If prosperity is an expression of having what we think we need, how do we know when we have enough? When are our needs met? When could more prosperity mean nothing but “more”?

There are many philosophies about what we need or just desire. They also differ on what we could desire and what we desire that may be bad for us in the long run.

 

There are two scenarios I have experienced in life. One is that I have gotten what I desired and thought I deserved. So was I happy and fulfilled? Truth be known, only for a short span of time and then I wondered why I had wanted it so much. Has this happen to you? I bet it has. We develop a fixation on a person or a thing that we are sure will make us happier than we have ever been. Of course, sometimes God has a sense of humor and gives us exactly what we want. So then you have it. There it is and you don’t feel at all happy and might even feel like sending it back.

 

So the materialistic viewpoint is that we should learn how to handle our desires. We should try to satisfy all our desires such as amassing wealth, possessions, power and status. The Western Religions tell us that wanting things is sinful and we could go to hell. In some of the New Age philosophies , we can have all we want in life as long as we are open to having it. So, do we cherish our possessions or do we let go of what we perceive will make us happy? On the other hand, we have all experienced not having what we want or giving up our desires and wants. If we shut ourselves down, we block the life force from moving through us. We then can become depressed and numb. If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we have all been here in this position. We need to relate to our needs and desires to bring us true prosperity.

 

The needs in our lives are what is necessary to our physical well-being. There are needs on all of the levels, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental. Our true desires are our yearnings for the things we feel will enhance and enrich our lives. First, we must meet our physical basic needs. If they aren’t met we move through the items in the first paragraph.

 

There is another kind of desire, which is false craving or addiction. We think we want this thing, but we get it and it doesn’t enhance our lives. We pursue a desire to a point where we become obsessive and out of control. This happens because the obsession becomes an addiction. Anything that we do habitually to avoid the pain of not having our real needs met can be an addiction. Addictions can cover the pain in our lives and numb your ability to feel.

 

Now, our true desires come from our heart and soul, and we need to honor and trust them. We just need to understand the difference. Our desires move us along our path through life and keep us learning, growing, and developing our creative expression. All of us here, are developing and increasing how we express ourselves through our creativity.

 

 

 

 

 

Accept your abundance.

Accept your abundance.

John Lennon                                                                                                                                                      Accept your happiness with gratitude

Be blessed with prosperity

Be blessed with prosperity