I Remember Now – You Are Love – Pastor Tim Tengblad – Post 3
I look at you all, see the love there that’s sleeping…
I don’t know why nobody told you, how to unfold your love…
I don’t know how someone controlled you
I don’t know how you were diverted, you were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted, no one alerted you.
I look at you all, see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, George Harrison
In the last article of “I Remember Now” I wrote that the essence of Jesus’ message was to live from our inherent Oneness with the One within us and all around us. What would that look and feel like in real life?
It looks and feels like love. God, Universe, Source, the One, Spirit (whatever name you give it) is infinite, unconditional, perfect, and pure Love. Every living thing is made of the substance of its Source.
Now that’s often a hard sell. After all, when was the last time you told yourself that you are love? When was the last time someone else told you that you are love? When was the last time you told someone else? If you have any history with the church or religion in any way, do you recall anyone ever telling you there that YOU are Love?
Isn’t it incredible that we and all living things are made out of the essence of life (Divine Love) and we’re not talking about or affirming it among ourselves? What else could be more important to talk about?
Why is that? I think there are at least a couple of major reasons:
First, we have such trouble telling ourselves we are love because we all know we experience so much within us that doesn’t feel like love at all.
As The Course In Miracles teaches, we live at all times from either the energy of fear or the energy of love. Everything that comes out of the energy of our fear sure doesn’t feel like love: anger, resentment, judgement, anxiety, worry, self criticism, shame, embarrassment, confusion, despair, depression, and so on. How can we say we are Love when all of that can be so much of our experience as human beings?
Second, as I mentioned earlier the Christian Church will not tell you that YOU are love. If you’re fortunate the Church has told you that God is love. However it also has a long history of telling humanity that God operates the same as humans and is a judging God who will punish you for your sins. The Church will tell you that you SHOULD love. What the Church does not tell you is that YOU are Love!
Think about that for a moment. For 2,000 years the Christian Church has failed to tell countless millions of people the very essence of what they are!!! My heart aches when I think of it. No one can overstate the devastating effect that has had on humanity and the unimaginable loss of potential growth!
Just imagine if for the past 2,000 years billions of children within the Christian Church (and everywhere else) grew up being told they are Love! Take a moment and imagine if YOU had! Follow your imagination and your soul’s stirrings to the differences it would have made.
Actually, babies and small children are the ones among us who come knowing at an innate level that they are love. They come attached to varying degrees to their essence. The older the soul the longer the attachment to their essence remains. Conversely, younger souls leave their essence more quickly. Much depends on the circumstances (family, etc.) the soul chooses to be born into, as children are greatly affected by the energy they are receiving.
I know in my heart of hearts that is why we are so attracted to these little ones. We see them, weary from our trying to be adults and all the forgetting that brings us, and we’re drawn to those little ones as to a campfire on a cold night. Around a little one, people who wouldn’t normally connect with one another become a little community.
They warm our hearts don’t they? Still relatively attached to their essence of Divine Love, innocence, and their trusting and vulnerability, the little ones help us remember our own inner Truth. Our own Truth is seeing itself in the mirror of that little one, and our soul loves it. After all, it rarely gets recognized or affirmed!
We want to say to the little one, “Thank you for the reminder of what I am. I got so busy and overwhelmed being an adult and I forgot. I remember now. Now I can go out and do this adult thing a little better for awhile, until my next reminder. By the way, will you be here tomorrow?” Yes. Babies R US.
So at the age of 67 I walked into a Tattoo Parlor for the first time; Identity Tatoo in Maple Grove, MN and got the words you are love tattooed on my right forearm. It’s a reminder for me and a reminder to everyone who sees it about what we really are: Divine Love energy. That’s my identity and yours and all living things. Our Golden Retriever, Shadow, mirrored that to us every day for 15 years.
Everything is energy. Ask yourself when do you feel most alive? When does it feel like you’ve come home to your natural habitat? Is it not when you are loving or are being loved?
Divine Love does not only belong to someone else (Jesus), or a God who is separate from us. Neither is Divine Love a should. Divine Love is our true nature and essence. In the Truth and energy of you ARE Love, Love flows naturally.
After all the programming and conditioning of the Church (and our culture) drives us away from our awareness of our true identity, how do we find our way back home? For now, how about we start saying “you are love” to ourselves first, and then to someone else. How about we be intentional about getting a reminder from those little ones among us. Let’s see what happens together. Let me know how it goes.
As always, please send me your comments or any questions or experiences you have regarding the Church, the Bible, what I’ve written here, or whatever is on your mind and heart.