Have I given you too many things to do or not to do? Of course, all
guidance I give boils down to love, so, in actually, there is only one
thing I ask of you, and that is to love yourself. You cannot love
others more than you love yourself. I speak of loving and not
attachment, beloveds. I speak of loving yourself and not holding
yourself for ransom, as it were.
Love is not effort. Love is the natural state when you allow it to be. Hear this: Love does not have to look loving. It doesn’t have to round the bend like a herd of galloping horses. It doesn’t have to look a certain way. It doesn’t have to be bright colors. It doesn’t have to be notable. It just has to be and to be allowed to be.
Be still. Listen to the heartbeat of the universe. Listen to its love. Listen to how it enjoins you, this beat of love, this heartthrob that robs you of all that you have diverted yourself with. Love ta-tum ta-tum, love ta-tum ta-tum goes the beat of the universe. It reverberates in you. This beat of love. Set your heart to it. You set your heart to Mine.
From love arose more love. The initial sound of love continues, and so the manifest world was born. Love had to go somewhere. It chose to create. It chose to create you. You chose to be created. You also chose to create. There isn’t anything you can’t create, but start with good will. Start with peace. Start with love.
Consider all fears as simply ripples on the waves. They come and go, these ripples of fear. They ripple in, and they ripple out. Must you take these ripples of fear so seriously? Apparently, you must because you do. Sometimes fear hangs over you like a guillotine. Too often, beloveds. Once is too often.
If you did not ask yourself so many questions, if you did not weigh every thought and action so much, if you did not debate back and forth with yourself so much, you might even have peace. As it is, there is a tendency to disrupt yourself from peace.
At the same time as I tell you to enjoy the spectacle of the world,
to even be dazzled and overwhelmed by its beauty, at the same time I
tell you not to be dazzled, not to be overwhelmed, for this is how
magnificent the world is meant to be. Love the stars. They are
dazzling. Love them and uphold them and declare their beauty. Honor the
If you feel gloomy, you are thinking about yourself too much. Do not think you are an exception to this rule. No matter what is going on, no matter what upset, loss, pain, ennui you are experiencing, your reference point is off-center. My children are not centered when they think of themselves so much. So much is overmuch. Refrain from asking yourself the question: “How do I feel today?” It is not the question to ask yourself.
Say to yourself instead:
“Today I branch out in my life. How I feel is not a matter of concern. No matter how I may feel, I am here to serve. Whatever I have to grumble about, scream about, grieve over, I rise above. I am not here on Earth for myself. I am here to serve, and serve I will. As I look for opportunities to serve, I will find them. I will not ignore even one opportunity.