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It is important to remember that we all have everything we need now, and that the essence of our being is “love.” If we think we need to get something from another person we will love that person when we get what we think we want, and we will hate that person when we do not. We frequently have love/hate relationships in which we find ourselves trading conditional love. The “getting” motivation leads to conflict and expressions of hostility towards ourselves and others.

On the other hand, the “giving” motivation leads to a sense of inner peace and joy that is unrelated to time. “Giving” means extending one’s love with no conditions, no expectations and no boundaries. Peace of mind occurs, therefore, when we put all of our attention into “giving” and have no desire to get anything from, or to change another person.

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Lesson 16

Without condemnation I can be free of guilt and fear. If I believe that I can hurt others, I must also believe that they can harm me. Today, I will claim my own freedom by accepting forgiveness for myself and extending it to everyone, as I remind myself: I choose gladly to release myself and everyone I know from the prison of condemnation.

 

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Lesson 13

Not recognizing how limited was my vision, I thought it possible to pass judgment on the people and events in my life. Yet many of the experiences which I have seen as difficult or disastrous have provided me with major opportunities to shift my perception. Without these challenges, I could never see that each one gives me another chance to learn the very lessons that I most need.

Today, I will view without judgment everything that occurs, and will remind myself frequently: Everyone exists with me, to be loved, not judged.

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Lesson 11

I was mistaken in believing that I could give anyone anything other than what I want for myself. Since I want to experience peace, love, and forgiveness, these are the only gifts I would offer others. It is not charity on my part to offer forgiveness and love to others in place of attack. Rather, offering love is the only way I can accept love for myself.

In all situations and encounters today, say: All that I give is given to myself. Am I now giving what I want for myself?

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Lesson 10

Whenever I see someone else as guilty, I am reinforcing my own sense of guilt and unworthiness. I cannot forgive myself unless I am willing to forgive others. It does not matter what I think anyone has done to me in the past or what I think I may have done. Only through forgiveness can my release from guilt and fear be complete.

Today I choose to let go all my past misperceptions about myself and others. Instead, I will join with everyone and say: I see you and myself only in the light of true forgiveness. 

 

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Lesson 9

Giving and receiving are one and must occur together. I can only receive what I give. This is true in all situations and relationships in my life.

Since I want to receive peace and love throughout this day, I will say silently or directly to everyone I meet: I offer you peace and love, and accept love and peace for myself.  

 

 

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Lesson 7

The world transformed through my loving vision shows me there is nothing to fear. It is impossible for me to experience love and fear at the same time. It is also impossible for me to experience peace when I am fearful.

Today, I choose to experience only love by reminding myself: There is nothing to fear.

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