The Label & The Wine

Sometimes we get so caught up with the glitz and glamour of a label that we forget that it is about what’s inside the bottle that counts. When wine is ready for distribution, it is put into bottles with labels. The label isn’t the star of the show, the wine is! The label simply helps to identify the wine INSIDE the bottle. People are thirsty for the intoxicating wine of Unconditional Love! Some like the bottles with a cross on the label while others prefer the labels with the Buddha or a menorah or a pentagram. Nothing wrong with a label on the bottle as long as the so called wine inside is Unconditional Love.

Does the label your drinking from lead you to the wine of Unconditional Love? There’s nothing wrong with drinking wine from a bottle with a label, so to speak, but it’s an epiphany to know that one doesn’t need a label at all to drink the wine. YES! Unconditional Love IS a reality and we have direct access to it. Turn inward and find it for yourself. Sometimes our labels get in the way of our true purpose and that is to connect directly with our true identity of Unconditional Love.

“Through the Looking Glass”

What are we looking at? How do we SEE the world we live in? Do you feel the urge to RESIST or do you feel the urge to LOVE? Life is like looking through a lens or a pair of glasses. The “glasses” we are looking through change our PERSPECTIVE which in turn changes US! We are reactionary to the things we SEE because our thoughts and actions are motivated by our FILTERS. Our filters are the way we process things; and they were influenced greatly by teachings, doctrines and ideas. IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE FILTER! I don’t know how you SEE the world but I do know it has everything to do with the “glasses” you are wearing. Today, we have “red” glasses and “blue” glasses and Christian glasses and Jewish glasses. We have Wiccan glasses, and a whole slew of other glasses. What “glasses are you wearing? There are so many DIVISIVE ideas that tell us we can’t Love Unconditionally but they are wrong! We CAN Love Unconditionally!!! CONCEIVE IT, BELIEVE IT, RECEIVE IT! There’s a saying, “The eyes are the gateway to the soul.” The SOUL is the REAL YOU and it’s as reflective as a diamond. You may be a diamond in the rough but you are a diamond sure enough.

Our souls reflect the things our eyes are fixed on. What are you looking at? What lenses are you looking through? Racism, homophobia, religious intolerance, etc. are all divisive lenses we need to change because they are fear based and darken the reflection of our souls. Our souls are meant to reflect Love because that is our source. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE is like the sun and we are the rays that light the world. Don’t let divisive clouds darken your Light. Let’s get back to loving one another unconditionally. Are we looking through the Lens of Love? Are our eyes fixed on the unconditional kind? Only THEN will our souls reflect the attractive fire, and brilliance, and clarity that IS Unconditional Love.

I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) sunshiny day! (song by Jimmy Cliff)

It’s Time to Change the Filter!

Welcome to Change the Filter. Our challenge isn’t learning how to love but rather removing the obstacles that keep us from it. Change the Filter will help us identify those obstacles so that our hearts can breathe easy and love freely.

As a general rule, it is essential to replace your air filters in your car and in your home. The longer the filter is in place, the more dirt, dust, and allergens are trapped clogging the filter and thus decreasing efficiency. If you don’t change your filter, it will fail. It will no longer be able to filter the air properly, allowing dust and contaminants to get in to the AC. Dust jams the moving parts such as fan motors and valves. In other words, the AC begins to suffocate because it can’t breathe the way it was meant to breathe. In much the same way, so it is with our hearts and our ability to love unconditionally.

We were born with Love in our hearts; the all-inclusive kind. As we grew older, conditions were thrown into the filter of our hearts that caused our love to be conditional and our hearts were then not able to “breathe” the way they were meant to breathe. Whether it be a misinterpretation of something taught that caused division or an offense that caused bitterness and un-forgiveness, the heart has been limited in it’s efficiency. Our hearts are suffocating and we don’t even realize it. We have forgotten how free it is to “breathe easy” and “love freely”. IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE FILTER!

How do we change the filter of our hearts? You change it by SIMPLIFYING. We’re been decreasing by the things we thought were increasing us. We must decrease so that Unconditional Love can increase. It’s time to rid our filters of the “conditions” that weaken our love muscle. Let us put away our self-righteousness judgements and resolve ourselves to say, “My job is to LOVE… JUST LOVE!”

The Reduction: “Love…Just LOVE”

In cooking, reduction is the process of thickening and intensifying the flavor of a liquid mixture such as a soup, sauce, wine, or juice by simmering or boiling. In other words, you turn up the heat and stir things up. Reduction is also the act of decreasing or reducing something, a simplification or the act of reducing complexity. There are some things in life that are just so easy that you don’t have to think about it to do it. You just do it because it comes natural, such as breathing or feeling an emotion. One of those easy, natural things is LOVE. But Love is more than an action. It is a state of being from whence acts of love flow. So BE LOVE!

At birth, we were born with unconditional Love in our hearts. It was simple. There were no issues for us to take sides on. No criteria for judging someone unacceptable. We looked at everyone the same. It didn’t matter what color the finger was when it was extended to us; we grabbed it anyway. Love was in there when we were born and it’s still in there. Unfortunately, as we grew older, we became indoctrinated with faulty ideas of how to love through wrong teachings handed down to us from others. We were given conditions and were taught that we can love and accept others as long as they fall within “the criteria” to receive it. Our easy, natural and unconditional love was marred and smothered with obstacles such as racism, religious intolerance, or judgments against others who are different from us. So we say, the challenge isn’t learning how to love but rather removing the obstacles that keep us from it. Simplification is the easiest way back to unconditional Love.

The challenge isn’t learning how to love but rather removing the obstacles that keep us from it.

Allow your Love to be put into “the reduction”. Turn the heat up on the issues that separate us and don’t be afraid to stir things up in your reduction. SIMPLIFY! Shed the complications and free your heart to love the way it was born to love. Gardentopia’s motto is “Love … just LOVE.” It is the kind of love that’s been put in the reduction. It is the removing of conditions allowing our love to be free and more appetizing to the world around us. The ellipsis, also known as dot-dot-dot, is a series of dots that indicate an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text. Have you put YOUR love in the reduction? Is your love still suffocating with other people’s hang ups and misguided doctrines? It’s time for an intentional omission of anything that doesn’t look like your original love. See the wine in others and unsee the labels. YOU ARE ABLE to return to your FIRST LOVE and EMBRACE EVERYONE in spite of their differences. When we love unconditionally, it is NOT a declaration of who deserves it, it is a declaration of WHO WE ARE!

Love… just LOVE.