Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc. – Love in Extremes: Lacking It or Being It
Who can deny that loving is life’s greatest experience, except those persons who, from lack of it, turn to substitutes, such as an obsession for power over others through force, intimidation, manipulation, and fear? Yes, the tyrant, the terrorist, and their followers are so empty of love in their consciousness that they go to extremes to fill the vacuum within their minds. Those who commit the greatest atrocities are those who lack the vibration, the energy, and the presence of love in their lives.
Moreover, those who lack love’s presence in their lives are those who lack God’s Presence in their lives, making them easy prey for the leader who uses the name of God to give credibility to his rallying cry. The recruits are plentiful, for the underworld—those more hellish, lower astral planes—houses souls ready to incarnate and lash out from the lack of love or God in their lives.
These souls harbor an anguish that feels, “If I hurt so much, I will hurt others.” And, mystically viewed, the lack of love or God’s Presence is the greatest of all hurts. Those who suffer the most from it are those who are most unaware of the actual cause of why they are hurting, or why they wish to lash out at others under the veneer of a cause that God supposedly favors.
God being love can never, of course, condone anything that is anti-love. For a leader to suggest heavenly rewards for living and expressing the opposite of love or God—through the commission of atrocities—only demonstrates the total antithesis to love or God’s Presence and the great void of love or God that exists in such levels of consciousness.
To speak of the value of love is to know something of the Presence of God. Only in Oneness is love or God possible in one’s life. Mystically, there is but One Life in this Universe; everything that exists, seen and unseen, in the physical dimension or other dimensions, in this universe or multi-universes, is the same One Presence. Love is the experience of Oneness, whether for an individual within one’s family or the family of humankind. The Biblical quotation, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” could be mystically expanded to, “Love thy neighbor as thyself, for thy neighbor is thyself.”
Mystically, every time you feel love, you are feeling God’s Presence. When someone feels love—whether it be in a personal love relationship, toward a family member, toward a friend, or in an expanded version to the entirety of humanity—that person is experiencing God’s Presence. When mystics through the ages have tried to express what they experienced as being God’s Presence, they could only describe it as Oneness with All and, in that Absolute Oneness, Absolute Love.
It is very apparent then that the personal ego, which produces a consciousness of division, is the inner barrier to love or God; the less personal ego, the more Presence of Love or God. When the personal ego has been replaced with God’s Love or Presence, then a person is the embodiment of Love or living God’s Presence. One’s life then is the expression of Love, or God—not confined to only a small select circle, but for the greater good of all humanity.
When this is achieved, one has even bypassed wisdom and its delights, and instead lives beyond words or thoughts, for words or thoughts pale in their value and are not even necessary when there is the Presence of Love—or God.
To the degree that one lives without ego is the measure of Living God’s Love Presence.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ Book, “Mystical Insights: Knowing the Unknown,” Pgs. 140–142.
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Intro and ending music © “Night Radiance” by Maxim Kornyshev