“Love the Being You Are” written by Rev Mykal Amaré

What are we talking about when we say ‘love’.
Webster has many definitions of love; such as a strong affection for another, attraction based on sexual desire, warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion.

There are millions of songs written about Love, My favorite song these days is by Josh Groban, “You are Loved (don’t give up).

There have been countless studies on what is the greatest need for people and that seems to be the need to be loved and accepted.

The Love I am speaking of is that “Ultimate Love”. That love that goes beyond the physical. It is the love that permeates every cell of your body. That “Agape Love” “The self-sacrificing love of God for all humanity…ALL humanity, not just a chosen few.

So what is the nature of love? Here is one definition; it is from a reading written by Dr. Robert Jaffe:
“This is the true nature of love. It is beyond the heart and the soul, and lives within the reality of God. This love is from where the peace that surpasses all understanding emanates back to God through the heart and the true love.”

The Bible references love in many places, a couple of these quotes are, “God so loved the world that he gave…” and is still giving. And Jesus said that “We are to love our neighbor as ourselves”. My interpretation is that Jesus was all about Love.

In Religious Science we declare God is Love!!!

Ernest Holmes speaks of love in one of his writing “The Only Reality” he says of Love…
Love is a synonym for God; and God is love, the universal outpouring of the Spirit through law, wisdom, life and action. God knows us in love: we know God only through love. When we love humanity we are loving God, in and through others. It is impossible to enter a state of peace without love. Love is the only reality there is.

So then is God is Love and we are each the individualized expressions of God then aren’t we also that Love that God is, Yes!!! I have this image of love being like a golden thread and this golden thread is woven in around and through all of life, connecting each of us to the other. I believe that we are all connected with this love, which is God and as it is woven in and through me it then moves on to the next person and to the next and out to each person in the universe.

We each are that expression of God, individualized yet connected. So does God have any favorites, I think not. God is expressing through each of us so how could God have any favorites. I am a firm believer that we are conceived with that Good-God within us and I believe that we leave this world with that same Good-God. I also believe that there is even Good-God-Love with in what we might conceive as the worst of us.

I don’t believe that Good ever leaves us, no matter what the appearance.

“Defying Conditions” written by Rev Mykal J. Amaré

In the song, “Defying Gravity”, from the musical “Wicked”, “Elphaba”, aka wicked witch of the west, is taking a firm stand. Elphaba is tired of following others rules, of being told she can’t do one thing or another because of her color, her social status and just being who she is.

In our own lives, how many limits do we allow others to put on our lives and how many limits to we put on our own lives?

Ernest Holmes states “Never limit your view of life by any past experience.”

Just because we grew up under certain conditions does not mean that we cannot have the good that we each deserve. There is plenty to go around, because the universe has an unlimited supply of good.

I had this belief that because of the economic condition of the family I grew up in, I would never have much of anything in my life. That is not true, I know that now. I also had the belief I would never “be” anything because I was told as a child that “you will not amount to a hill of beans”. That is not true.

We have choice in this life, we can wallow in our “stuff” and keep crying, “woe is me”, being the victim or we can choose to move beyond our conditions. We can reach out and grasp that ‘golden ring’ that is there for each and every one of us. We are born with divine right to all the good that we can accept in our lives. However we first must open to that good, expand our mental equivalence to receive all the Good God has in store for us.

Choice is such a powerful word, such a powerful way to change your life. I invite you to choose to release all the old conditions that are holding you back, holding you down. Rise up and take charge of your life and your destiny. You are the magnificent expression of God here in human form. Make the most of it, this is your life!

I support you in saying yes to your Good right here and right NOW!

Below are some of the lyrics from “Defying Gravity”

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

I’m through accepting limits
”cause someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love
It comes at much too high a cost!

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately:
“Everyone deserves the chance to fly!”
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am
Defying gravity
I’m flying high
Defying gravity
And soon I’ll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!