Unity’s 2nd principle is that within each person is the Divine. It is easy to see that in the ones we love, but what about “those people” – the ones that just seem to either “bug” us or maybe have done something to us we think is unforgivable?
As difficult as it is to see the Spirit in certain people, it is often even more challenging to see it in ourselves. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40 that the First Commandment is that we must “love our God with all your heart and soul, and with all your mind and strength….’ And the second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Maybe there is so much violence, hatred, division, anger, and plain meanness to others because most people do not love themselves.
We are born into this world knowing the truth of our being – that we are children of God and therefore have the Divine within us. Soon after we are born, the world begins to tell us differently. It stays we are born of sin, that we are better than others, and that anyone different from us is terrible.
If we truly knew that God was within us (in other words, loved ourselves) and everyone else, we would not see “them” differently but would know that within them was the same God. Sometimes though it is so hidden, they have forgotten who they were.
It is up to us to remember who they are and who we are. That is how we make a difference in this life.
Quote of the Week
“Love thy neighbor as thyself because you are your neighbor. It is an illusion that makes you think that your neighbor is someone other than yourself.”