With every post on social media, every comment made to a friend or stranger, and every word we choose to express our feelings is either spreading love or spreading fear. It is our task, and our responsibility, to be conscious of what we’re contributing to in the world.
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi
In the midst of a raging storm that’s outside of ourselves, we can either cloak our dreams for positive change in fear, or we can dress ourselves in love. How we choose to respond to the world is a catalyst for how we experience the world; we can either be a catalyst for love, or fear.
The internal environment influences the external environment; the peace on earth we wish would come true must begin with each of us first.
A Course in Miracles teaches that only love is real, and nothing else exists. Fear is not so much a thing as it is the absence of something.
We’re either crafting a path with the love we infuse into our words, or with the fearful energy that seeps through our speech. The key is our own self-awareness of where we’re coming from in the first place. Without recognizing that we’re either going to be spreading love or fear, we’ll stand and wonder why on earth our fiery battles are not being met with peace.
When we catch ourselves in that fearful energy–a space of rallying rage, resentment, bitterness, judgment, defensiveness, rejection, or fierce internal turmoil–it helps to remember that on the spiritual plane, only love exists, and everything else is nothing at all.
We’re Either Spreading Love, or Fear
The following is a heartfelt message I recently posted on Aim Happy’s Facebook page. It’s something for us all to think about (including myself)…
There’s a difference between unfriending someone and unfollowing them. There’s a difference between inviting someone over for tea and smiling at them when you see them. There’s a vast difference between speaking our truth and being rude. Everything is either an act of love or a call for love where it’s absent.
We may not mean to be rude, and we do need to express our views, but we can first look at where our desire to speak up is coming from: a place of love, or somewhere else? We have the power and the responsibility to spread peace, and we can’t do that if we’re unaware of our power to do that through what we make public.
It is our task, our spiritual assignment even, to speak our truth with love so that we can incite positive change for the highest good of all, instead of fueling more resentment in the world. We can be heard without yelling. In fact, it’s the gentle voice of love that guides us all into a lightened way of living. The world needs our light, not more faith in fear.
- How can you spread love instead of fear today?
- In what small ways can you prioritize and promote peace in a chaotic world?
- When has choosing love, joy, and unity eased your sense of separation and helped you, and others, feel better?
Please share any loving thoughts, words of encouragement, helpful practices in letting go and forgiving, how you find peace inside in the midst of fear outside, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments. Someone may really need to hear your positive perspective.
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Peace is my function as a light of the world, and so it is yours. The way to peace is forgiveness, continual and undying forgiveness.
Free texture by Lost and Taken; lettering by Aim Happy.