Learning to Love

In the Book of John, we read that Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.” That sounds pretty simple, but we human still have a hard time knowing how to do it. the strange thing is that even when we know the dictionary definition of the word, we still have a hard time doing it.

Wikipedia tells us that “love refers to a feeling of strong attraction and emotional attachment. Love is considered to be representing human kindness, compassion, and affection, as ‘the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.’ It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals. In its various forms, love facilitates interpersonal relationships. Love also is a function that keeps human beings together against menaces and to facilitate the continuation of the species.

So why is it so hard to do sometimes? Learning how to love is a lifetime challenge because we are so deeply controlled by our basic fight or flight mechanism that helps us stay alive. And therein lies the problem: we still depend on this biological power and are still learning about the inner power we also are born with.

When the wise people tell us that we are all one, it’s very hard to believe. Am I one with people like Adolph Hitler and Rasputin and Vlad the Impaler? How – and why – am I supposed to love them?

So here’s a theory. We are involved in the evolution of consciousness which is the ability of the mind to reflect upon its own experience. Robert Ornstein, PhD, an internationally renowned psychologist and author wrote the book God 4.0 which offers a fresh understanding of how the brain can produce a transcendent shift in consciousness that some have called “seeing God.” The book points toward a new unity of science and spirituality concerning a reality that people have sought forever. This higher consciousness is not something “out there,” but something in the brain that we can develop. Once unlocked it allows us to see and use vital connections that can help us unite around a common higher perspective.

So, my friends, we are still learning about who we are and why we’re here. Learning to love is one of the first lessons!