There is a blessed relief that washes over us when we feel loved. A blue jay recently bounced onto a flimsy oak branch outside my window with an acorn in its beak. It flew to the ground and hopped around the garden looking for just the right place to store it. A few minutes later it was sitting in the pear tree, sans acorn. I know it is storing food for the future but it is also taking care of my little yard and our planet too. I feel loved and I appreciate its beautiful blueness. I see its actions extending beyond its everyday duties for the good of everything. Maybe tomorrow I won’t feel loved, but if I can stop and recall the blue jay, and the goodness inherent in you and all living things, the love will return. I am reminded of love’s presence daily if I look for it — rather than the opposite.
We see the bitter struggles and the aching sense of being on the outside looking in when we watch the news and the Middle East refugees trying to find a place of respite for themselves and their families. But there are struggles here as well: addictions, homelessness, combat PTSD, suicides and the campaign Black Lives Matter. Every one is a worthy cause and everyone needs love, acceptance and peace. If we can let a thought of pure joy fill our mind, for just an instant (respite is, peace is!). We care, we weep, but weeping doesn’t help. A thought of LOVE does. It has recently been proven that a mind can “pick up” thoughts and we have sense perceptions we are not aware of. But just because we are unaware does not mean they are not there.
In the book “The Source Field Investigations,” author David Wilcox calls it consciousness transfer (page 33). He describes it thus: “Dr. Charles Tart of Berkeley, Calif., conducted an experiment where he gave himself electric shocks and then attempted to 'send' his pain to another person who was the 'receiver.' The other person in another room was wired up to measure heart rate, blood volume and other physiological signals. Tart found that the receiver’s body did indeed respond to the shocks through such things as an increase in heart rate and a decrease in blood volume but the receiver had no conscious knowledge of when Dr. Tart was sending them.”
Many spiritualties speak of the "One Mind." In the spiritual, psychological book, "A Course In Miracles," it says, “You are being blessed by every beneficent thought in any of your brothers anywhere. You should want to bless them in return, out of gratitude. You need not know them individually or they you. The light is so strong that it radiates throughout the Sonship and returns thanks to the Father for radiating His joy upon it.”
Your mind is very powerful. Send loving beneficent thoughts out into the world, to people we want to help, to our neighborhood and town — they can be “received” on some level. Can the sunbeam be separate from the sun? Can an idea be separate from the mind that thinks it? Peace is giving beneficent love and in so doing, we also feel love and know we are not separate or alone. The cure for loneliness: Send love to someone. Use it to go to sleep at night.
Be cognizant of the ego part of the mind that does not believe we could possibly be connected, could want peace (or love, for that matter). It loves to exclude, separate, condemn and judge. Watching politics is proof enough. However, the ego does not represent Truth. Love and forgiveness is as close to Truth as we can get in duality. Let the world “go” and realize its whims or yours do not last for long. Identify with your true Self/ Spirit/Soul /Mind that is connected to everyone. God/Love is not distant, but found within. There is a blessing in Unity churches which ends with the words "Wherever I am, God is." You can also say “Wherever I am, Love is.”
Ashland resident Sally McKirgan facilitates the Inner Peace column. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more, go to www.innerpeaceforyou.me.