Who are you? “I’m a doctor.” No, that’s what you do. Who are you? “I’m a lawyer.” No, that’s what you do. Who ARE you? “I’m the Pastor of Confusion Assembly.” No, that’s also what you do! Our identity has become so wrapped up in the things we DO that we have forgotten who we ARE. Some may diagnose this as spiritual amnesia. Others may call this an identity crisis. We can be healed of our spiritual amnesia and realize our true identity. Do you know WHO YOU ARE? It’s time to wake up to the realization that you are so much more than the sum of your feelings and actions.
If we look beyond the things we feel and do, we will find our true identity. Unconditional Love is more than a feeling. If it was a feeling, it would only exist if we felt something. Unconditional Love is more than an action. If it was an action, it would only exist if we are doing something. So what IS Unconditional Love? Unconditional Love is a state of being from which acts of love flow naturally such as kindness, compassion, tolerance and acceptance of those that are different from us. In this truth, we realize that WE ARE Unconditional Love!
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.
“Love is patient, caring. Love is kind. Love is felt most when it’s genuine. But I’ve had my share of love abuse, manipulated, and it’s strength misused.” (Hezekiah Walker, God Favored Me)
The STRENGTH of Love can be seen in the Light of all that is good; but it can also be seen in the devastation of it’s dark misplacement. Hate. Evil. Cruelty. These are words to describe “misplaced love”. Hate only happens when people do not choose love. Hate has no power because hate doesn’t exist on it’s own. Only LOVE. Therefore, we say that only the Strength and Power of Love exists, even when it is carelessly misused. Think of this concept like fire. Fire provides us with warmth and light. It is used to remove impurities from our gold and food-poisoning bacteria from the food we eat. But that same strength and power, when misused, can also melt the skin off the body and burn away all that is precious to us. When we choose to love unconditionally, the hardest hearts soften and the wounded hearts heal. Those who find Unconditional Love find the peace and goodwill of that which we call heaven. Likewise, by the same measure, love abuse, misuse, and neglect can cause the soul to fall into the endless depths of despair, grief and heartache that we call hell.
What shall we say then? We have two paths we can go down. Each path leads to destinations that are as far away from each other as the east is from the west. One path is the path eastward to Unconditional Love and peace and the other is westward to the hellish pain and grief of misplaced love. Each direction is as powerful as the other; one that gives life and one that brings heartache and death. May we all choose the way eastward . Choose Unconditional Love!
There is a great misconception that one has to die to go to heaven or hell; but the truth is that heaven and hell are products of the way we LIVE. Hell is as dark as heaven is light. Hate is as evil as Love is good. Hell is the ongoing creation of hate. Heaven is the ongoing creation of Love. The more we HATE, the more HELL we create around us. The more we LOVE, the more HEAVEN we create around us. We can live to “raise hell” or we can LIVE to pull heaven into earth! Hate is simply misplaced love and leads to the dark death of the soul but unconditional love is LIFE more abundant. Get the “hell” OUT of your filter!!! May our filters be fully saturated with the things of love, kindness, and compassion.
What are we looking at? How do we SEE the world we live in? Do you feel the urge to FIGHT 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 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)
Welcome back to another Change the Filter. Our “Change the Filter” series will expose and deal with divisive issues that get in the way of Unconditional Love. We were born with Love and it’s still in there; the unconditional kind. In fact, it is easier for us to love unconditionally than it is for us NOT to love unconditionally, for THAT is our true nature. What frustrates this and makes it challenging are the issues and divisive doctrines that pollute our hearts and separate us to take sides against one another.
“it is easier for us to love unconditionally than it is for us NOT to love unconditionally, for THAT is our true nature.”
The easiest way back to unconditional love is by SIMPLIFYING our belief system (change the filter). Faith and Truth is what we choose to believe in. Like the song asks, “Do you believe in love? Do you believe it’s true. Do you believe in Love, cause your making me believe it too.” I can’t think of a better thing to believe in than Unconditional Love. If we can all get on the same page with this, Unconditional Love would solve every world problem. There would be no poverty because the wealthy would have compassion for the poor. World hunger would be eradicated from the face of the earth because everyone would have more than enough food to eat. Love would see to it! Crimes would be replaced with acts of kindness and prisons would become schools and day cares, because Love violates no one.
Love is the answer! But it starts with a willingness to admit that not everything we’ve been taught, as sincere as it may have been, has been from the realm of Unconditional Love because Love unites and validates everyone. Ask yourself the question, is there any person I do not feel like I could love unconditionally? Then explore the question, “Why?” People are different in race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation. Can you love everyone with the same measure of love? If your answer is no, then it is time to free yourself from what is clogging your filter. What you are willing to walk away from will determine what Love will bring to you. Love will see your courage and reward you with the peace and happiness that you have been craving in your frustrating conditions. Walk away from divisive doctrines and affiliations and simply just disagree with anything that doesn’t look and feel like Unconditional Love. Let’s make it our choice to walk in Unconditional Love.
If possible, we should try to live peaceably with everyone because we are all connected in the “corporate consciousness” of LOVE. WE are alive so LOVE is ALIVE. Every living thing on the planet gives Love it’s unique expression and together we give Love it’s full expression. We are all connected by it thus creating a oneness in Love. That makes us all an extension of the same source. When we show Love, we become part of the ongoing creation process of Love. Love cannot express itself by itself. We are all channels of Love’s expression. Each one of us displays a unique side of Love that only we can show. That truth makes each one of us essential and special and unique. We would never know that side of Love if it wasn’t for YOU so be YOURSELF, shine and BE LOVE(d)!
Welcome to our new blog, 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 must decrease so that Love can increase. Our filters that we process things through need to be pruned 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!”
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 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’s a declaration of WHO YOU ARE!