Becoming love is a necessary task right now, and finding the divinity in each other will help us get there.
Something I’ve come to strongly believe over time is that there’s a little bit of God (or however you understand divinity) inside of each of us.
As a Catholic-raised child who made it to Penance but never Confirmation… as someone who’s experienced great suffering in this life… and as someone who recognizes the hardships of the world more & more every day… I understand why some people cringe and balk at the word “God”. I used to be one of them.
But over time I’ve rebuilt a relationship with divinity that I can get behind. Recently this connection is growing deeper & deeper.
Becoming more loving & connecting with the love in others is not always easy.
It has taken me a lot of personal growth to connect with divinity in myself & others maybe 70% of the time, which is definitely a lifetime high for me.
It works in my favor that I’ve always had a strong, inherent belief in the infinite potential of people, and I engage with everyone from that place.
Through that practice I’ve witnessed over time how every single person has a lesson to offer me, regardless of their age, education, bank account, mental agility, emotional well-being, or any other part of their background.
But it hasn’t always been easy to forgive people when they don’t rise to the potential I see – especially with the people closest to me. I used to make myself and others wrong when my life experience wasn’t a perfect reflection of what I thought it should be.
Many of us learn to respond to mistakes, abnormalities, and anything “dark” or “negative” with shaming, suspicion, judgment, and ultimately repression. It takes a lot of intentional effort to interrupt that pattern, let go of our preconceived notions and get curious instead.
I’ve had to spend time with my own trauma to integrate it in healthy ways. I had to release my anger at God for creating so much pain in the world and learn how to love myself as is. I had to become willing to nurture myself back to wholeness after life broke me apart, as it does for all of us.
That process has included intentionally surrounding myself with a strong support system, intentionally connecting with other people, even when it feels really foreign and uncomfortable to me.
Recently this practice is becoming more spiritual, as I shift from engaging with people’s potential to engaging with their divine.
I’m taking my practice deeper as I remember that every time I’m in conversation with other people, I have an opportunity to talk directly to God.
Giving to others from a place of love is giving to God. I receive God’s love through the world & the people around me.
When we regard someone else with their divinity in mind, from a place of our own divine love, we experience our best selves & bring out the best in them too. We instantly change the tone of the entire room, the entire conversation, potentially that person’s entire life. I’ve experienced this time and time again.
People can feel when you’re respecting them on this level. There is no better feeling in the world, for everyone involved.
We can’t do this when we’re living scared and judgmental, when we’re playing out our lives based on unprocessed trauma. We can waste a lot of time on autopilot forgetting what’s right in front of us – the wonderfully important parts of this one life we’re living, with a very finite amount of moments to enjoy.
Becoming love is worth the time & effort it takes.
It might not always be the easy choice, but it always feels amazing… And for me, that’s the most important thing.
The FEELINGS of being alive are what make my life worth living. The feelings of love & connection. At the end of the day, that’s what I want & need in every moment… To feel something. Inspired, alive, peaceful, excited, terrified, deeply loving, deeply loved, eternally safe, irrevocably free. What I want and need specifically varies moment to moment, but my deep desire to feel somehow more or better stays the same.
That’s what I want in my life & that’s what I want for everyone around me – to simply feel better whenever you want to. So you can create the space you need to get in sync with life, and the divine in you can dance, laugh, play, & explore with the divine in me.
Conscious Wholeness offers me a staircase I can use to walk up to this higher perspective any time I want to.
Not in a way that ignores real sadness, hurt, violence and problems in the world, but in a way that helps me actually create the world around me with intention all the time. Regardless of how much money is in my bank account, what the world around me is doing, or what my situation is on any given day.
What helps you connect with divinity in others? Leave me a comment! I’d love to hear about it.
If you want more, consider checking out my first ever live stream on YouTube: Stay Safe, Spread Peace: Keep Your Cool in Moments of Conflict.
Sending lots of love, until next time.