I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Virginia

Many years ago, I spent an idyllic summer at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The small city was home to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Both served as governors of Virginia and also United States presidents.

Charlottesville, known for its long and colorful history, is in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia.

Of course, after last weekend, the city is now known as the site of a violent standoff between white nationalist protesters and counter-protesters. Several people died, and many more were injured. Can these bloody demonstrations of hatred survive? They cannot if we understand what hatred truly is.

This week we’re once again featuring an article by my dear friend and brother, Ted Murray. Ted, you may remember, publishes Messages from the Heart, a free daily service. In this article, Ted speaks eloquently about the way—the only way—we can ensure hatred will not survive.

Messages from the Heart for August 14, 2017

How does true hatred develop? Hatred starts with the inability to love oneself. At first, hatred may seem like no one is so enamored with themselves that they think that everyone is inferior to them and their kind. However, this is only a sign of a huge ego, not of self-love. When all you can do is identify with the external aspects of the body and have no understanding of the soul, true self-love is impossible. Someone who has hatred for others most certainly down deep has a loathing for who they are also.

How can hatred be overcome? Only through love. The perpetrator of hate is calling out desperately for love. True love means being compassionate for where they are and creating an energetic field of love to help them. Instead of trying to counteract their violence with violent resistance the best thing you can do is express compassion for everyone playing their role and share your love consistently with everyone. Don’t give them your energy or allow them to connect with you, but just be love. When you have compassion for all instead of judgment then you are able to balance out the hatred with love.

Love and light,

Feel free to share Ted’s message with your friends. If you would like to receive his messages daily just email him at ted@tennisfromtheheart.com

Copyright © 2017 by Ted Murray

P.S. Ted has been a professional tennis player and coach for many years. If any of you are tennis fans or players, you’ll love Ted’s website. Visit it here.


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