If you have been following me, you are aware that Jesus called me to serve with him as part of a spiritual team. FYI, he is eager to co-partner with anyone who says “Use me.” Jesus is now my Spiritual Mentor/Guide and I’m blessed to receive Divine messages that are meant for everyone in order to help us all with our daily lives.
The following is one of my favorite messages I received when asking him how we can even consider loving our enemies!
IN SEVERAL MEDITATIONS, I received visions about the interconnecting web, stressing the importance for us to understand that we are all connected to everything else.
Then one time Jesus said what I thought is surely impossible.
“The greatest action you can send along this web is unconditional love and non-judgment.”
What? Unconditional love? Non-judgment? I didn’t understand how to do that, and I told him so. (Never be afraid to question; that merely means you don’t yet understand.) I admitted that I really didn’t even know what unconditional love and non-judgment meant. I mean, it would be easy, afterward, in spirit form, but as a human being living with other humans who don’t think alike or have the same value systems, I confessed I’m just not that good.
During the meditation, I continued to express my dilemma to Jesus:
“As a human being living on this earth, how can I express unconditional love and non-judgment to everyone everywhere all the time? That’s just not realistic,” I argued.
I sought to prove my assertion with opinions of how such a task is unattainable, getting more agitated and feeling more inadequate with each example:
“How can I love unconditionally people who are mean and hateful? When I see people slaughtering others because they disagree, perpetrators who claim they will not stop until we all believe as they do, I’m hurt. I’m angered. I don’t want to love those who seek our destruction. I’ll never be that perfect. Or people who kidnap children and abuse them, those who enjoy torturing people and animals, and—and politics!” I mentally shouted. “How can I love people who—”
“Start, with yourself” his voice whispered into my tirade,
I gasped. “Love myself? Without judgment?” Is that even possible?
I mulled about what he said. I thought of how many mistakes I had made and continue to make in life, and how I had unwittingly hurt people’s feelings, and that I was so far from perfect. Could I really love myself unconditionally, without judgment? To be honest, I wasn’t sure I could, but after thinking about what he said, I finally decided that with concentration and determination and some self-forgiveness, I could learn to love myself unconditionally and without judgment. That when I procrastinate, or unintentionally hurt someone, or let someone down, or don’t listen to the Divine as I should, I could love myself anyway.
Then immediately the vision in the meditation shifted.
I was in a dark void like in space, and I saw a sheer red silk fabric rippling in a growing and spreading circle away from my waist area and into the blackness—silk, like love, fragile, and yet, like love, surpassing the tensile strength of steel. As it spread, the fabric of love merged with other red silks rippling out from other beings—I knew they were people, but they appeared as sources, individual sources of love, their red silk fabrics rippling outward, melding, becoming one, then there were so many sources, unifying, filling in the void until the sea of love almost covered as far as I could see, shimmering with light, spreading further, reaching into deepest space . . . .
“We are all one,” he said. “If you first love yourself, that love changes the vibration of the interconnecting web from where you are and ripples outward into the universe. Love yourself, unconditionally. Be compassion. Then you can love your neighbor—as you love yourself. And in so doing, you change the world.”
Meaning: The meaning is clear. First, love yourself. The trick is in actually taking the time and the determination to follow through, and yet I’m sure you understand that it is vital to your happiness. Whatever you are feeling about yourself and others is all swirling around inside of you. What do you want swirling around inside of you? Love? Or hate? God-confidence? Or insecurities? Faith? Or fear? The answers seem obvious, but it is in convincing yourself of those qualities that can be the challenge.
To love unconditionally means to love anyway. That means you don’t set conditions on whether or not you love yourself and others. You embody the same kind of unconditional love you first receive from the Divine.
Again, that is not the same as condoning. Condoning behavior that is ‘not loving’ contributes to the problem. Condoning is a form of enabling. Loving yourself and others means saying ‘no!’ when behavior is damaging, unloving, or hateful. The challenge is to do so without judgment, as you are loved.
That is when you follow Jesus’ teachings and start with yourself, always asking for Divine help to accomplish what is impossible on your own. All is possible with God.
Your thoughts, words and actions reflect how you feel about yourself. If you don’t love yourself unconditionally and without judgment, I suggest you make out two lists:
- What do you love about yourself, and why. How does that make you feel?
- What it is about yourself that you don’t love, and why? Then write suggestions of how you might change those negatives into positives. Any time you think of another reason, add it to the list, with an action to take to shift it from the negative to the positive.
In working on your blockages, always ask for Divine help, knowing, without doubt, you will receive that help. This exercise will change you and your life and how others and the world respond to you. Do not allow fear or guilt to talk you out of completing this mission. Have faith and trust.
“Love yourself, unconditionally. Be compassion. Then you can love your neighbor—as you love yourself.” ~ Jesus
Excerpt from Divine Messages from Jesus for a magnificent life. p. 135-139. Cathey, Carolyne. 2015