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Lesson 127: No Love but God’s

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There is no love but God’s – from last year’s writing. This is a beautiful reminder that a lot of what we call love isn’t love at all. “In other words, the ego’s definition of love equates with getting another to give up their free will.”

No Love but God's

Bless You, Brother

Perhaps it is the nature of being human to seek for ways to relate to what is in front of us – like reading a horoscope a day late and trying to match it to the previous day’s events.  Perhaps it’s that; perhaps it is that all of this a dream I’m making up anyway, but the Course continually blows my mind by the way it seems to correlate with the events of my life.  There is no love but God’s. Lately, I have been noticing all the ways that people act in the name of love that are NOT love, but manipulation.  “You hurt my heart,” the mom says to her son in an effort to get him to give her what she wants.  I notice how my own husband has been stoic lately, withholding affection to pressure me into getting us a place in the East Mountains (which sometimes works because fool that I sometimes am – I act like his happiness is my responsibility).  I watch TV and all I seem to notice are the countless ways characters interact with one another to try to solicit the responses they think will fulfill them.  (Silently I watch thinking, “Not love, but a call for love.”)

All these actions are not love.  They are deeds instigated by the ego that use declarations of “love” to exonerate what is not love, but control.  It is one of those twisted ideas that perpetuates throughout society that implies that if you love me, you will behave in a way I like.  You won’t disappoint me by demonstrating a lack of congruency with my desires.

In other words, the ego’s definition of love equates with getting another to give up their free will.

This lesson reminds us, “Love is one. It has no separate parts and no degrees; no kinds nor levels, no divergencies and no distinctions. It is like itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a person or a circumstance.”  That alone is enough to infuriate the ego which seeks to control the object of its so-called love by withholding love when circumstances displease it.

Love is unconditional.  It does not judge.  There is no love but God’s – it is a way of teaching us what love truly is and helping up to relinquish the ego’s shabby substitute that we’ve been brandishing in its place.

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 127

There is no love but God’s.

Perhaps you think that different kinds of love are possible. Perhaps you think there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving still another. Love is one. It has no separate parts and no degrees; no kinds nor levels, no divergencies and no distinctions. It is like itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a person or a circumstance. It is the Heart of God, and also of His Son.

Love’s meaning is obscure to anyone who thinks that love can change. He does not see that changing love must be impossible. And thus he thinks that he can love at times, and hate at other times. He also thinks that love can be bestowed on one, and yet remain itself although it is withheld from others. To believe these things of love is not to understand it. If it could make such distinctions, it would have to judge between the righteous and the sinner, and perceive the Son of God in separate parts.

Love cannot judge. As it is one itself, it looks on all as one. Its meaning lies in oneness. And it must elude the mind that thinks of it as partial or in part. There is no love but God’s, and all of love is His. There is no other principle that rules where love is not. Love is a law without an opposite. Its wholeness is the power holding everything as one, the link between the Father and the Son which holds Them both forever as the same.

No course whose purpose is to teach you to remember what you really are could fail to emphasize that there can never be a difference in what you really are and what love is. Love’s meaning is your own, and shared by God Himself. For what you are is what He is. There is no love but His, and what He is, is everything there is. There is no limit placed upon Himself, and so are you unlimited as well.

No law the world obeys can help you grasp love’s meaning. What the world believes was made to hide love’s meaning, and to keep it dark and secret. There is not one principle the world upholds but violates the truth of what love is, and what you are as well.

Seek not within the world to find your Self. Love is not found in darkness and in death. Yet it is perfectly apparent to the eyes that see and ears that hear love’s Voice. Today we practice making free your mind of all the laws you think you must obey; of all the limits under which you live, and all the changes that you think are part of human destiny. Today we take the largest single step this course requests in your advance towards its established goal.

If you achieve the faintest glimmering of what love means today, you have advanced in distance without measure and in time beyond the count of years to your release. Let us together, then, be glad to give some time to God today, and understand there is no better use for time than this.

For fifteen minutes twice today escape from every law in which you now believe. Open your mind and rest. The world that seems to hold you prisoner can be escaped by anyone who does not hold it dear. Withdraw all value you have placed upon its meager offerings and senseless gifts, and let the gift of God replace them all.

Call to your Father, certain that His Voice will answer. He Himself has promised this. And He Himself will place a spark of truth within your mind wherever you give up a false belief, a dark illusion of your own reality and what love means. He will shine through your idle thoughts today, and help you understand the truth of love. In loving gentleness He will abide with you, as you allow His Voice to teach love’s meaning to your clean and open mind. And He will bless the lesson with His Love.

Today the legion of the future years of waiting for salvation disappears before the timelessness of what you learn. Let us give thanks today that we are spared a future like the past. Today we leave the past behind us, nevermore to be remembered. And we raise our eyes upon a different present, where a future dawns unlike the past in every attribute.

The world in infancy is newly born. And we will watch it grow in health and strength, to shed its blessing upon all who come to learn to cast aside the world they thought was made in hate to be love’s enemy. Now are they all made free, along with us. Now are they all our brothers in God’s Love.

We will remember them throughout the day, because we cannot leave a part of us outside our love if we would know our Self. At least three times an hour think of one who makes the journey with you, and who came to learn what you must learn. And as he comes to mind, give him this message from your Self:

I bless you, brother, with the Love of God, which I would 
share with you. For I would learn the joyous lesson that
there is no love but God’s and yours and mine and everyone’s.

 

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The longer I study the Course, the easier it becomes to recognize the myriad ways that “love” is used by the ego to manipulate and control; the easier it is to notice that such conduct is really a call for love; it is really fear.  It is a statement that says, “I don’t trust you to give me what I want and so I am acting this way to try to get you to give me what I want.”

It is using love as a weapon.

That is not love.  There is no love but God’s.

I love the work of Byron Katie because she is expert at God’s love.  She recognizes that so much of unhappiness is people’s attempts to get others to conform with what we think they should be doing.

I could spend the day lost in her work – they are really the same message as the Course.  “Love cannot judge. As it is one itself, it looks on all as one. Its meaning lies in oneness.”

So as I go through this day, attempting to get what I want, avoiding the manipulation of others who are trying to get what they want, I return to this lesson and repeat these words:

I bless you, brother, with the Love of God, which I would
share with you. For I would learn the joyous lesson that
there is no love but God’s and yours and mine and everyone’s.

There is no love but God’s.  That other stuff is just the yearning to know that kind of love – God’s love – pure and unconditional.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste

Love is one itself

Love Cannot Judge

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