LOVE, a Higher
-- ©Deborah Barr,
2000-17. All rights reserved.
Webster’s defines love as “the fatherly concern of God for
man; brotherly concern for others; unselfish concern that
freely accepts another in loyalty and seeks his good; the
attraction based on sexual desire; the affection and
tenderness felt by lovers”.
Many Spiritual philosophies define love as an invisible force
that connects all life forms on the planet to each other, and to
a higher power (which some call God, Source, All That Is). Love
is your essence, your innate spiritual perfection which is at
your core, and is your truest nature. It is the place from which
you can access answers and solutions to all of your challenges.
You are equipped with an innate guidance system that is pure,
perfect, spiritual Love. Some call this Soul, Spirit or
Higher Self. This aspect
knows no limits and only knows qualities of Love.
in this context is the essence of life, of God, of Spirit and
not the emotional love that most relate to. Love is
joy, goodness, acceptance, kindness, compassion, empathy,
connection or unity with all, including the Divine. This kind
of Love is at the core of everyone. Love, Light, God,
the Divine are all interchangeable words
Spiritual Love embraces everyone, excludes no one, never dies,
knows no fear, and will always lead you in the right direction.
It is not the same as emotional love which is conditional.
You experience spiritual love in many ways in your day to
day life. It shows up in acts of loving kindness; a warm smile
to or from a stranger; giving when and where you see a need; and
having the ability to receive freely. Expressing compassion,
empathy, understanding, and forgiveness are acts of spiritual
love. Doing so allows your spiritual perfection to emerge.
This kind of Love can be found everywhere in the beauty
and perfection of nature, and in all people if you have the
vision to see it. Love is seeing the good in everyone and
everything, including yourself, rather than focusing on the
negatives. Spiritual Love means understanding the oneness
of all of humanity. You are not separate from anyone.
Often it is easy to extend kindness, compassion, empathy and
forgiveness to others. However, for many, bestowing this
spiritual love upon oneself is a difficult task. Are you
quick to judge yourself, make yourself wrong, when you are not
living up to your self-imposed perfection expectations? Do you
tell yourself that when you get it “right”, or achieve
perfection, you’ll love yourself?
Or, worse yet, do you love yourself based on your
accomplishments, weight, looks, bank account, success in the
world, and what others think and say about you. Some are waiting
for the right person to make them complete and whole by loving
them and validating that they are lovable. This is a backwards
approach to having what you want. Authentic self love and
acceptance is a tool to bring you all that you want.
Negative self-judgment is the opposite of love. It is one of
the most demoting factors in your ability to deeply know
yourself, to change and grow. It creates non-action. Why are you
so hard on yourself and so unwilling to accept that you are a
great human being just as you are? You are worthy and deserving
of all the goodness life has to offer by your birthright.
Your view of life and of yourself is often learned from your
role models, the media, and religious and cultural conditioning.
Unfortunately, our culture does not often support
self-acceptance and self-love without accomplishment. Your
degree of self value is too often based on tangible,
material things, rather than spiritual qualities.
Loving and respecting yourself is the most direct route to good health,
happiness, prosperity, loving relationships, and fulfillment
from life. Many say that they love themselves; however, their
lives do not reflect self love. Love heals because love
is everything that is good and positive. When absolute,
unconditional love is present, it means there is no fear, doubt,
control, guilt, anger, or judgment, all of which are the
opposite of love, and
Building Your Love Quotient
is first and foremost – know
what you want and why you are choosing it. Intention is not the
same thing as wishing and hoping. It is a spiritual quality and
is definite. Get relaxed and join with the energy that creates
worlds and focus on your intention.
Forgive yourself for everything. If you have
guilt, forgiveness is necessary. There are no mistakes.
Everything you’ve done has always been the best choice you could
have made based on the amount of wisdom, experience, and
knowledge you had at the time. What’s important is how you’ve
If there is any anger or resentment towards another, figure out
what the positive is from the experience, forgive those
concerned, and let it go.
Acknowledge yourself everyday for something. Even better,
acknowledge yourself to others daily. Likewise, compliment,
acknowledge, and express love to others daily.
Say no when you mean no, and yes when you mean yes. Do you
commit to things because you think you are the only answer? Trust
that life has unlimited answers to every problem. When you honor
yourself by not over-committing, you open the door for the
universe (God, Higher Power, etc.) to take over.
Engage in daily activities that make you feel light and joyful.
Laugh every day.
Perform loving acts of kindness regularly—anonymously.
Engage in activities that help you remember your spiritual
perfection. This could be any creative activity that
keeps you in the moment; any activity that gets
you out of your head; being in nature; meditation or prayer
(there is no right or wrong way to pray); journaling, quiet time
for self-reflection and communication with your higher self or
When negative feelings emerge from or toward another, try to get
inside their shoes and feel what they are feeling. If you truly
understood a person’s history, it would be easy to replace
judgment and criticism with compassion and empathy, both of
which are qualities of Love.
Become the person you are trying to attract. That’s right.
Define the qualities of someone you would like to have in your
life and live those qualities. Like attracts like. You will
become a magnet for the kind of love you are seeking.
It is not selfish or narcissistic to engage in self-love as many believe; it is
actually arrogant to not love oneself.
It does not mean that you are better than anyone else.
or lack of it affects everyone and everything in the universe.
Being respectful and loyal to yourself, your ideals and values
will not only positively change your life, but also contribute
to world peace.
Can you imagine what life would be like if everyone came from
spiritual love? We would create a peaceful world for ourselves,
our children and generations to come, a humanity based on Love
and Respect rather than Fear.
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