Sunday Homily: What Is Spiritual Love?

Wolf Respect & Love

Respect & Tolerance

The Love Of Tolerance

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. ~ Dalai Lama

Spiritual love is the exercise of love, compassion and respect for all things, seen and unseen throughout the Divine Universe.

It is taught in all religious and spiritual paths. It is shared as the utmost character to achieve. We know this, we hear it, we talk about it and perhaps even preach it. But do we practice it?

In times of disaster people don’t ask what religion do you practice, what sexual preference do you favor before they hold out a helping hand. We see the plight of others who have been devastated by storms or earthquakes and we rush to their aid out of compassion and care.

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. … We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. ~ Albert Einstein

Humanity has its moments of great love and desire for peace on special occasions. Sadly that unity fades when people forget they are all connected and interconnected to each other no matter what their differences maybe. And it is those differences that create the angst and hate, providing a foundation of fear against anything different.

I’m a firm believer that anyone can learn about others and gain insight into their own views even if they don’t agree with what they have learned. Learning about another path or way of life doesn’t mean your views will be replaced or lost. It doesn’t mean you will be converted to what you believe is an opposing spiritual belief or way of life. But rather it will enhance your understanding of others and expand your knowledge and perspectives.

The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves “inside the skin” of the other. ~ The Buddha, Quote #279.

Those who feel reluctant to learn about others, are allowing their fear of our differences to rule their path. Or perhaps they don’t fully believe in what they say and are afraid to step outside the bubble to find their own truth. Fear is a powerful force that can trick and control the subconsciousness. Fear created from guilt or of not fitting in can create anger towards others with little reason or justification. If we blindly follow that fear, we become easy pray for those who want to control our actions and thoughts.

It provides an opportunity for those who live on fear to manipulate us into walking a path that takes us away from the core beliefs of our chosen spirituality. We put our understanding of love and compassion aside, or place fences around it to limit those we express those caring emotions toward. In doing so, we walk in a shadow of hate and negativity that slowly overwhelms our day, week, month and eventually our life.

People who walk this path of anger and fear never find self empowerment because they’re told self reflection is nothing more than a hippy’esque act designed to brainwash your thoughts of right and wrong. To lead you astray and down a path of darkness. They don’t want you to question what you’re told or taught. If you question, you threaten their reality, their ability to control you or change what they have come to know as normal.

Walking with compassion creates understanding for others and generates peace through tolerance and the expression of spiritual love. ~ Springwolf

When we express our beliefs with love, for the beliefs themselves and for those we talk to, we open opportunities to also learn from others. We may discover ways of looking at something that widens our own view of a subject that we have long held in stagnate or narrow view. Or we may shed light on a topic that has long been unclear or filled with misconceptions. We may even discover new perspective that simply give us an inspirational view that takes us down a totally unrelated road or that we have never thought of or heard before.

Putting your spiritual beliefs into practice and implementing acts of love and compassion, creates an energy of tolerance and respect. We can still hold different beliefs, or views. But the hate and anger subsides because we learn that the truth another holds is not threatening to our own truth. We can walk side by side and share the paths where they do cross or  intertwine in harmony or commonality in peace. All because we have expressed love, compassion and respect from within and toward all those we share this time and space with here on Earth.

© Springwolfs Hanko

© 2012 Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D. Springwolf Reflections / Springs Haven, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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