Monthly Archives: April 2022

This Is True Love

Will Someone Please Tell Me What Love Is?

Recently a reader wrote in stating that no writer actually tells you what Love is. “They write,” she says, “lots of words about Love, but something is always missing.” The writers tell you to be more loving. They even quote the Holy Bible which tells us to love God and love your neighbor as yourself, but the writers never tell you what Love is. In this post, let’s examine Love and get a clearer sense of what Love is, and be better Lovers.

Here’s a certainty: Everyone wants to Love and be Loved. Have you ever heard anyone say that they don’t want to be Loved? To love and be loved, according to Psychologist Abraham Maslow, is one of the basic “human” drives. A spiritual principle underlies this drive.

An Expression Of Love Is Not Love

Take a moment to think about the many expressions of Love. It can be anything from a young child hugging his nana to a couple making love. Perhaps a picture comes to mind of a mother breastfeeding her baby, or a daughter changing her elderly mother’s diaper. These appear as loving acts, but none of them are Love. They are expressions of Love seen through the filter of a seemingly relative world. More simply, they are expressions of Love seen through the lens of dualism.

God Is Love

The Holy Bible clearly states “God is love” (1 John 4:8). This fact moves us in the direction of understanding Love for what it is. God is one Infinite, Indivisible Presence. The important word here is one. Love is Oneness. Love is Living Oneness. Seen through the lens of dualism, Love appears as kind and loving acts. Seen as it Is (Illumined Seeing), Love is seen and experienced as One moving, living Presence.

You’ve heard it said that your neighbor is your Self. You’ve also been counseled to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Doesn’t this verse from the Holy Bible make more sense when you consider your neighbor is your Self? To Love is to first understand how your neighbor is your Self.

The Ocean Of Love

Just as the wave is the ocean and the ocean is the wave, so it is that You and God is one – the same One. You are not merely a wave in the Ocean of God; you are the Ocean Itself. This is true of your neighbor and all the Identities walking the face of this planet. Each is the Infinity of God.

Each wave is distinctly that wave yet is inseparable from every other wave. Your Identity is distinctly your Identity but is inseparable from every so-called other Identity.

You may count a thousand waves in the ocean, but each wave is nothing but the one ocean. Each Identity is the one Ocean of God. The Infinity of your Identity includes (or is) the Infinity of your neighbor’s Identity. You are the same One.

The Ocean of God is a living Presence. The Ocean of God is an active Presence. In human terms, this living, acting One is called Love.

How To Be A Better Lover

It’s time to get busy Loving. Below are three (3) suggestions for living the Love life:

Your Identity is Infinity
When you first open your eyes in the morning, remind yourself that you are Infinity Itself – that your Being is all Being. (You can’t say this as a human being – but you already know that.)
I AM that I AM
As you go about your day, look around you. Randomly pick something or someone and know I AM that I AM.
Switch It Around
Look at someone or something and know “That I AM is the I AM that I AM.”

Take these suggestions to heart and you will move beyond the duality of “one with,” to the reality of just One. Follow these suggestions and life will be a thrilling adventure in Love.

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Should You Watch What You Eat?

Is watching what you eat duality? Would that (watching what you eat) be taking the body to be a body of matter, which it is not?

The Many Diets

Years ago, we touched on the answer to this question, but let’s look at it again with fresh eyes.

Right now there are a gazillion diets promising optimal health. The most popular are the Mediterranean and Paleo diets. Plus there are many others. There’s the DASH diet for optimal heart health and the MIND diet for optimal brain function. Peeking over the horizon of popularity is the Breatharian diet. With this diet, you don’t have to watch what you eat. You don’t eat – or drink.

All of these diets have one thing in common: they omit foods allowed on the other diets. For this one reason alone, you have to watch what you eat. Yet this kind of “watching” is not what the questioner is asking about.

In all of the aforementioned diets, some foods are believed to be healthy for the body while others are deemed to be unhealthy. Those watching what they eat are making sure they eat health-inducing foods. Watch them at the buffet table as they skirt around the deep-fried foods and reach for the steamed broccoli florets. They pass over the cupcakes with mile-high frosting and fill their bowls with strawberry quarters drizzled with a touch of honey. Is this duality?

Health Is God

If you believe that Health is separate from you and can be attained and maintained by the foods you eat, how many concerns do you have? I counted three (you, health and food). It’s more than a duality: it’s a triality (made up word). In matters of the Spirit, which is all that matters, more than one is too many.

Here’s the Absolute Truth. God is All; God is Health; All is Health. As one writer put it, “Health is the one Power and Presence in the universe.” You can’t get out of Health and you can’t get into Health. Health is your very being – no matter what you eat.

Considering This, What Foods Are Bad Foods?

Nutritional therapy argues against this and states that some foods are good for you and others not so good. Drinking a green smoothie every morning is better than drinking a Dr. Pepper. But is this true? To answer this question, I turn your attention to the words of Christ Jesus: “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.”

In these words (Mark 16:17-18), Christ Jesus taught an important spiritual lesson: There is only one Substance – God. The so-called deadly thing would have no effect because its Substance is God. God is the Substance of all Form. Everything you eat is constituted of the Substance that is the Presence of God.

When all food is understood to be God-Substance, there will be no more ill effects from eating food. One particular statement of Truth was hard for me to grasp until Revelation clarified it. It sounded wonderful, and I understood it to be the key to so-called instantaneous demonstration, but I just couldn’t grasp the concept. Here it is: All of God is equally present at every point of Existence at the same time.

Reviving Grace

This being true and understood, no food is more beneficial than another. Reader, consider what you have just read in the three preceding paragraphs and answer for yourself if some foods are better for you than others.

Rather than follow the advice to watch what you eat, it’s better to be mindful when you eat. Do you remember when your parents made you say grace before you ate? Do you also remember when you wanted to skip grace and dig into those sauce-smothered meatballs? For many people saying grace, if it’s said at all, is a mindless prelude to filling the belly. Let’s revive and revise the “prayer” before each meal.

Before you put the first forkful in your mouth, take a moment to be mindful that God is the Substance of the food you are about to eat. Be mindful that the Substance of your food is the very same Substance of your Body. By doing so, you eliminate the false sense of materiality associated with the Body and eating. And if you are about to eat a vanilla-glazed donut topped with sprinkles, remember you cannot get into or out of Health. Health is your Being.

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Getting Rid Of Toxic Relationships

The Question

As I scroll through emails and social media, I am bombarded with articles and quotes on eliminating toxic relationships/people. Is it true that, in order to have a fulfilling life, we have to actively remove toxic people from our lives?

Wouldn’t it be nice, if once a year, a big sweeper-like machine came through and swept toxic people out of our lives? Something similar to this does exist. I call it C.A.R. – Conscious Awareness of Reality.

To get into C.A.R., you have to go back to these basics. There is only One Presence. This Presence is Life, Mind, Activity and Identity. This One, which you are, is indivisibly One, and there is no other. There is no toxic other.

You’ve heard it said that people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Can you recall someone who came into your life for just a season? Do you remember the good times, the laughter, the moments of encouragement and emotional support? It was wonderful, wasn’t it? Then, like a smoke ring, it vanished! No harm done.

Relationships (of any type) tend to sour when the season is over and one party clings like a finger monkey to a thumb. It’s over. Let go!

However, I can’t leave it here without addressing the harebrained notion that God brings people into your life to teach you valuable lessons. You’ve heard the theory before. For just a second, think about it. Did you notice that this theory is riddled with dualism? God (Indivisible Oneness) is not a professor or a Life Coach. God does not use illusion to teach Truth. Furthermore, God (Indivisible Oneness) does not know of an other that needs to learn spiritual lessons. God is not aware of an unenlightened Identity – and neither are you.

“But, Allen, I’ve got to do something to get these people out of my life. What do I do?” Here’s what you don’t do. Don’t block their phone calls. Don’t move. Don’t avoid them. Do not take one single human step to detoxify your life. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).

Remember the big sweeper – C.A.R.? It has to be by Conscious Awareness of Reality. Yes, you must realize that this so-called toxic other is the One Infinite Indivisible Presence of Truth, Life, Light and Love. This is not a matter of mental gymnastics where you hurl affirmations at the person. Affirmation without realization is like a car without an engine. True realization makes affirmations unnecessary. The thing is to get a clear realization that the seeming toxic one is just the One. In a flash, what appeared to be a toxic person is swept out of your life. The person may remain, but only as the One.

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