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02/22/2012 by John Smallman
The Divine Light of God’s Love shines more and more brightly upon you as you intensify your practice of behaving lovingly, and as you work to release any attitudes or behaviors that are less than completely in alignment with those that will lead you home. Opening your hearts and offering love, compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness to all with whom you interact are the most effective ways to bring yourselves home to Reality, as the fully conscious and fully awakened Divine beings that you have always been. Your arrival is assured because there is nowhere else that you can go! Focus on this truth and allow it to lift your spirits in joy as your awareness that it is indeed true bubbles up into your consciousness, even as you continue to experience the illusion and the problems and issues with which it presents you while you continue to wend your way homewards.
All of humanity is making this journey even though enormous numbers of them seem to be utterly unaware of the fact that they are Divine spiritual beings lost in the illusion. They may well feel lost, but it seems to them that that is humanity’s natural state and so they accept it reluctantly and work with it as best they can. Needless to say, when they awaken and discover the truth of who they are, their joy will be boundless. And your job is to assist them in this momentous task of which they remain unaware. By your loving behavior you spark a ray of light, or sound a gong within them, and that causes these temporarily lost ones to pause momentarily in their headlong rush for worldly satisfaction (completely unattainable, as it is) as they wonder “what on earth was that?”
After this has happened to them a few times they begin to consider the possibility that there may be more to living than just chasing the various carrots that the illusion seems to hold out for them to grab hold of. And initially that is a very unsettling thought which mostly they dismiss as irrational and try to forget; but it does not work, because they keep meeting loving behavior for which there seems to be no reasonable explanation, as those offering it are obviously not gaining any benefits, hidden or disguised, from being so open and honest. It confuses them and worries them, and finally they make a move to investigate what is causing these unsettling experiences – why are loved ones, people they know, and even complete strangers behaving in these unfamiliar and unexpectedly loving ways.
Slowly but surely they start to discover that their own attitudes and behaviors are far less than generous and this they find very disturbing, making them question their motives, which until then had seemed to be totally reasonable (”just like everyone else’s”) but which now leave them with a sense of regret, sometimes bordering on disgust. Realization is uncomfortably dawning that the virtues of honesty and integrity, which they had assumed were of a most impractical nature and therefore necessarily avoided in the “real world,” are essential behavioral traits that have to be embraced, lived, and demonstrated if they are to live at peace with themselves. And that is a shocking realization, one they would rather not have had.
Nevertheless, they find that there is no going back when this realization breaks into their awareness, and from wanting to dismiss it or ignore it they progress to seeking further information to validate it. And when they do they have to change themselves so that their lifestyles match their new understanding. At first it is quite difficult for them because they feel uncomfortable at being seen to have become, perhaps rather suddenly, understanding and compassionate individuals. But as they become more familiar with their new selves they find their previous high stress levels – stress of which they were often almost completely unconscious – falling away and being replaced by a feeling of peace and satisfaction that they had never before experienced. And all their relationships show a marked improvement.
These ones are discovering themselves through the loving behavior that all of you demonstrate. You will have very little, if any, sense or knowledge of the effect you have had on them, but, like them, you will be experiencing reduced levels of stress, improved relationships, and a new-found peacefulness and satisfaction with life even though you remain within the illusion. That will indicate to you that you are firmly established on your path to awakening, and enable you to remember that your homecoming is Divinely assured. You are fulfilling your sacred contracts beautifully and have every reason to feel content and satisfied, so release any remaining needs for self-judgment or disparagement because they are completely misplaced and inappropriate.
With so very much love, Saul.