If love is the universal glue that holds all of creation together and unites us to All That Is, then fear is that substance which dissolves all connections and separates us into factions, severing the very ties of life that seek to heal and sustain us. In a world filled with fear, love is needed more than ever before. This is the not the red heart Valentine kind of love. This is the Mother Teresa, Jesus, and Buddha, love. A kind of love that gives from the heart for the uplifting of humanity. A kind of love that is willing to get dirt under the fingernails and can give until it is felt.
A gratuitous love will never accomplish what needs to be done. What the world is hungering and thirsting for is a love that goes to the bone, which cuts straight to the heart of things and holds nothing in reserve. We need to love as if our lives depended upon it, for indeed, our lives do depend upon it.
We are currently on a path of self-destruction. Our politics, our policies, and too often, our personal practices involve knee-jerk reactions of fear. We inadvertently allow ourselves to be put into camps of them and us. Right wing, left wing, Democrats, Republicans, male, female, white, black. The list is long and we can become alienated from our neighbor before we are conscious of what has happened.
An open heart is one of the greatest treasures in the Universe. To have an open heart is to see each aspect of creation as sacred. When we look at the other, we see another aspect of ourselves. However distanced or remote another may look to us, if we search deeply enough, we will see that at the core lies the essential threads of humanity, linking us to our original origins, for truly, we have all come from the same creative hand.
All of nature, in fact, is related to us and we are a part of it. The Sacred Web of Life connects us all. We are a beautiful, complex eco-system of life and together we rise or fall.
More than ever, we need the courage, the fearlessness, the daring to love. To set aside fear is the key to moving us forward in our evolution. We simply must learn to ‘say no’ to fear. We need to see propaganda and fear mongering for what it is—an attempt to create separation and to assert control over us.
The only antidote I know of to fear is love, in copious, outrageous amounts—and the best place to start is with me. For as the Great Master once said, “You are to love your neighbor as yourself.” Sounds like a pretty good place to start in order to love one another.