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Unconditional love

Ashrams can be crazy places, similar to asylums. The residents, or inmates, are all working through 'their stuff'. Human rights advocacy can be rather crazy, also. At the assembly of the UN Human Rights Commission, in Geneva, one can rely on the fact that half the people in the room are the world's saviours and the other half killed hundreds of people, in order to get in that room.

At one time, I was the general manager of an ashram and a 'nutcase' set up a machine gun aimed at the guru's residence. I, being the only person with intense combat experience and being the 'manager', disarmed the guy and threw him off. Word got to the guru, who promptly called the man on the telephone, and invited him to lunch. I went beserk, screaming at the guru how I had risked my life to protect him. The guru explained to me that this was his form of revenge. He would drown the man in an ocean of love.

If one reads the charter of the United Nations, it begins with the words "we, the people of the world..." The intent was that the people of the world were the ones to prevent governments from engaging in war. However, the governments have usurped that power from the people and, in fact, only three times in history has a private citizen changed the charter of the United Nations. The person, who has changed the UN charter twice is now my wife. She first changed the UN charter with her work on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Following that success, she introduced the question of poverty, into the human rights arena. When she proposed the International Convention for the Rights of People Living in Extreme Poverty, every country in the world stood against her.

When asked how she could eventually get the convention passed, in the General Assembly, under threat of veto by the United States, she answers, "I decided to be Love. Power does not know how to combat Love. I also decided to act like water, be everywhere and be soft and fluid, because a wall of power was placed in front of me but water always gets through a wall." According to the misnamed US Patriot Act, she is now declared a terrorist and can not safely travel to the US.

Niether can I. For supporting the International Conference Against Racism, Xenophbia and Related Intolerance, by paddling my kayak down the Atlantic Coast of Africa, I am proud to say, I, too, am a terrorist, according to US law.

So, be careful, unconditional love creates powerful reactions in this crazy world.

Unconditional Love is a dynamic and powerful energy that lifts us through the most difficult times. It is available at any moment by turning our attention to it and using its wonderful potential to free us from our limitations. It requires practice and intent to allow this energy to fully permeate our daily experience. It begins with ourselves, for without self-love, we cannot know what true love can be. In loving ourselves, we allow the feeling to generate within us and then we can share it to everyone and everything around us! That which we send out, returns to us in greater measure. If you have not thought about how you feel towards yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally, or spiritually, do so now. Begin the journey that changes everything. Begin the journey of unconditional love...

May I suggest a resolution to love unconditionally? Within you is an unlimited supply of love and you hold the key to its release. Fear and doubt, anger and hate, have no more control over our lives than we allow. Can it be that simple? It really is. Loving is a choice, which we can make every moment.

Begin with yourself. Realize that you are a powerful being and can create with love. Take care of your thoughts and feelings and make sure they reflect the positive you. Also, observe your actions and ensure that they have a loving intent.

When your emotions get the best of you and the stress and concerns of life become a bit overwhelming, remember you have tools of forgiveness, meditation, visualization and letting go to assist us in overcoming the negative experiences encountered each day. Some things just are not worth worrying about or holding on to.

When you are clear and receptive to your own higher, loving nature, you can then direct this love to people and places around you. Your peace becomes the peace for others. Your love becomes the love other people feel.

Choose to live freely and joyfully. In doing so, you make this a better world, in which to live and love!

Any questions??