"Start the day with love, spend the day with love, fill the day with love and end the day with love. That is the way to God." ~ Sathya Sai Baba
As I sit in silence and allow my focus to turn inward and upward, I discover a beautiful peace that starts in the heart space and expands upward as if drawn by a magnet. In the silence, I find God. I know that word is not very popular with a lot of people based on your experience with it. Trust me, I have also had times in my life where I was not fond of it either. I blamed what I perceived to be “God” for all my woes in life. Whenever something was not to my liking and struggles came, God made it happen. When I got sick, I raged and ranted to this being I saw as something external who pulled strings and made things happen both good and bad. I have yelled at this being, cursed at him, been so angry I refused to acknowledge him and feared him. That was before I became silent and listened to the still small voice that only said one thing to me. I love you. With every angry word I spoke, every tear that fell from hurt and pain, every attempt to bargain with God, the only response was “I love you.” Of course I couldn’t understand or trust that because my twisted view of what love was always included conditions. So I thought I had to be good, to stay within the lines, to memorize scripture, and a myriad of other things that were requirements and restrictions. This “God of my understanding” was not sustainable. Trying to walk that straight line of perfection was misery and the fear of what might happen if I failed was overwhelming. I remember the day I let go of the strings and the illusions. A friend had invited me to a one-day retreat. I had never felt such acceptance and love in my entire life. It was the first time I had shared openly and honestly what a mess my life was, how I perceived myself as a failure and felt totally unlovable. I think I spent the entire day in tears and with each “I love you” that was given out, I began to understand what it meant when God spoke those same words to me every time I would rebel against him. It was love without strings, pure, nonjudgmental, beautiful.
Dear Angels, sometimes we can be so stubborn in our beliefs, especially regarding love. Any insight would be welcomed.
Dear Ones, owning up to the thoughts inside of yourself can be so freeing. Your perception of your Creator is developed from what you learn in life from caregivers, experiences, spiritual teachers and family. When you take time to examine your beliefs, you can then sit in holy silence to hear that which is important for you to understand – the only thing real is love. The one thing that keeps you separated from that love is fear. You fear what you do not understand. Unconditional love is hard to understand when you have lived a life of restrictions and limitations. Because a fellow human demanded something from you in return for their “love” you started attaching a definition to the concept of love that included having to do something to earn it. Dear Ones, there is nothing you can do to earn God’s love. It is freely given to you. When you experience it, it transforms you such that you have a desire to be a better person. Go into your hearts, Dear Ones, sit in the silence within your temple and let the peace that passes all understand engulf you.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to be still and listen for the words that my heart yearns for – I love you. I know I will hear it in the silence of my beingness.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. www.angelspeakers.com
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