Last week, as most of you know, we had some technical problems with our mailing list. The result was the link to our blog post, The Politics of Tragedy, wrongly redirected you to an earlier post titled Love.

Briefly, The Politics of Tragedy talked about how US President Obama and Mitt Romney, his opponent in the upcoming presidential election, temporarily put aside their bitter, personal, negative attacks on each other in the wake of the mass murders in Aurora, Colorado.

As the president said, the murders reminded us “of all the ways that we are united.”

Why, I wonder, does it take such an event to remind us of our oneness? Why does love have such a low priority in our lives?

Was the “bad” link for that blog post the mistake it appeared to be? Or was it Spirit reminding us of what really matters?

Spirit

Love and politics do not seem to go together very well, do they? Especially the harsh, hostile brand of politics the United States is experiencing now.

We have defined love as the choice to see the divinity in all beings. To truly love you cannot be selective. You cannot love only those of a certain nationality, only those who agree with you, only those who support you, etc.

When we say “all” beings, we mean all that is, even what you might call “inanimate” things. And we certainly include all humans, animals, plants. Most of all, we include you. Until you fully love yourself, you cannot truly love another.

Either God, or divine energy, exists in all creation or in none of it. As we said, you cannot be selective.

When you get selective you have problems. When you create the hateful energy, the polarization you see so much of today, you also create an environment where such events as the Colorado murders can more easily happen.

Every deed you do and every thought you think have profound ripple effects, not only on you and your immediate surroundings, but on the entire world, the entire universe. You never act or think in isolation. You cannot — because you are all connected, you are all one.

Until you accept that, not just in the wake of human tragedies such as Colorado, but in your daily lives, you will not have the peace, the love, the unity you say you want.

Every hateful thought you think contributes to the wounding of your world. Every loving thought you think contributes to the healing of your world.

Your thoughts, your words, you deeds can either kill or heal. That is how much power you each have. Use your power wisely. Use it in the name of love.

Love is all there is. The rest is illusion.

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What are your thoughts about the harshly adversarial presidential campaign? Is that negativity adding to the hostile environment and energy that makes murder possible? Please share with us below.

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