Another tragedy has occurred. All around the world, people are experiencing anger and sorrow and confusion, all normal reactions to a tragedy.
And from my brethren in Centers all around the country come the beautiful loving responses.
From Rev. Jeff Anderson, CSL Healdsburg, a call to express love, because love is all there is.
From Rev. Petra Weldes, CSL Dallas, a call to choose personal responsibility and unity.
From Rev. David Alexander, New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, a call to prayer, compassion and empathy.
And so today, here in Lake Tahoe, I call to you, dear reader. I call for you to remember that there are only two states of being: love and fear. I call for you to remember in your grief and dismay to take the time to stop….and breathe….and go to that place where you can always find Love….and then in that place, ask for the appropriate response, and then listen.
Is the response to assign blame, or perhaps might it be ask yourself where you can take personal responsibility? Maybe you can send a donation to an organization in Newton Connecticut that is helping with grief counseling. Maybe you can volunteer here, in Lake Tahoe, at an organization working to prevent violence. Maybe you can stop the violence in your own heart by asking for help if you need it.
Is the response to create separation between you and your fellow human beings by judging and assigning labels, or can you perhaps find a way to unify yourself with every human being you encounter today? Maybe you can stop judging others and love everyone, even the person who dresses differently than you. Even the person who believes differently than you. Maybe you can try and love without conditions. After all, that’s what God does. Maybe you can live as the child of God that you are, knowing that you are part of a whole, and that what you think and express DOES affect that whole.
And maybe you can retreat to your own personal prayerful space get to that place where you can be, do, and know empathy and compassion….for yourself and for every other human being.
Love is truly all there is. Go there now. Feel it, be it. Then come out and do it.
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