This has been some week. I can't even go into the details, but I want to make an observation.
Every single sadness that I've witnessed this week in the lives of the people I love involves some level of fear.
Fear makes us hold back. Fear makes us fight for what we think belongs to us. Fear makes us guard our hearts. Fear makes us strike out at others before they can strike out at us and fear makes us believe that they will, indeed, strike out at us.
I wish that I could take away all of this kind of fear for everyone.
Wars are based on fears. Crime is based on fear. Every negative that I can call to mind starts with fear.
If we can replace fear with love, things will look up! We can't replace that fear with love except within ourselves. But there is so much power in that and it radiates out and touches others.
We have to love ourselves and each other with no fear. We have to give ourselves wholly to it.
That doesn't mean that we have to spend time with people who make us hurt or who are toxic to us. But it does mean that we cannot hold onto negative energy about them.
It does mean that if we are in a relationship, we have to love without expectation. Just love for the sake of loving. It is so liberating to let go of that protective wall.
Getting hurt is always possible, of course. But love is always there and healing is always available.
The Source of all love gives abundantly and never withholds that love. If we can relate to others as a conduit of THAT love, the world can be healed.
It is difficult to sit back and watch those you love being hurt. It's hard to refrain from judging those who are doing the hurting. Why must they be so mean? Why make it so much harder than it has to be? Why be so hurtful?
Let fear go. Replace it with love. It's an amazing experience!