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“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” 
Marianne Williamson

I am not yet at the stage where I love everyone all the time or see love in all things. I do perceive with the eyes of judgment from time to time.  If I were to see a mother terrorizing her toddler with blood curling screams, I would react with judgment and a desire to protect. I met such a situation years ago in New York and reacted with concern. Of course the mother snapped at me and told me to mind my business. Sadly, a few onlookers and I had to walk away as she was not beating up her child and had stopped the screaming.

Yet,  I am aware that partly what stands in the way of being love as a state of BEing are my thoughts, my self-identification where I think I am really this body, even if I have had a few spiritual experiences, the mental stories I created about life and still believe.  I am aware that it takes understanding and a willingness to shift from perceiving through the eyes of limitation (fear) to one of expansion (love).

I am fortunate I do not have issues with race, politics or religion. In that sense I  do see unity in all as we are from the same Source. My challenge is to let go of the idea the world is not a safe place and to continue to accept that the tapestry of life is perfect.  When something challenging happens in my personal space or in the world,  it’s meant to be.  I have known this for decades and seen the process of growth, yet when faced with a new challenge in my path, I realize once again there is more work to do in unlearning, and to accept that it’s not for my mortal mind to comprehend but for my heart to trust.

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