Love is an emotion that makes us feel happy; especially when we feel loved but what about being able to love everyone else and everything that we encounter? It may seem like a difficult task yet it is possible.
There are many categories for love. We call these categories fraternal love, courtship love, friendship love, and so on. In any of these categories we may mistake love with other kinds of feelings. For instance, it may feel sometimes that jealousy may be needed in order to feel that we care. When love is mistaken by dependency to a physical form or belief, we may find ourselves in relationships that use manipulating measures to keep each other close by. We see all kinds of manipulation in religion, politics, even from our parents and partners. So it is quite possible to find ourselves now and then mistaking love with fear and/or obedience.
Real love is to honour each other’s presence and the life consciousness within each being, recognizing their life form and seeing them as equally valuable as ourselves, being aware that others are ultimately ourselves. When we identify others as the universal source that is the same essence within us, we honor them and so we love.
Life consciousness can be sensed in every form: human beings, animals, plants even objects. The difficult part is when we identify ourselves completely with the physical form. We may measure love through such things perceived as physical appearance, monetary success, social status, history, knowledge and so on. The more we ignore the life consciousness in each form, the more we reduce and limit our self-worth.
Just for today, I will honour the presence and the life consciousness that is you and is me.