Love stirs something in us. Love opens us up and fuels our creative spirit. Love generates synchronicity.
There is no greater feeling than being loved for who you are.
When we are in the flow of unconditional love, it is powerful and limitless. We are empowered to step into our greatness as well as to help others do the same. In this love, we see the highest and best around us. We see the Divine in all expression.
Real Love Has No Conditions, No Requirements
“The nature of love is to always call forth that which is unconditional,” Unity minister Rev. Jacquelyn Hawkins says. “When conditions are placed on love, it is not love, it is a transaction.”
People who love us unconditionally exemplify the divine nature of God in themselves. Unconditional love expresses itself through many channels: family, friends, self-acceptance, divine love—the trust and affection of a partner.
Unconditional love that comes from the Divine isn’t earned, it is in our spiritual DNA. When we live in this love, everyone around us benefits. By seeking and working to practice unconditional love, we change lives.
Practicing Unconditional Love in a Community
Every moment we spend time with others, we have the chance to practice unconditional love. We can acknowledge love’s ever-presence in the warmth and light of our friends, family, and strangers.
Even in hard times or when other people challenge us, seeing through the lens of love helps to acknowledge each person’s perfect imperfection. As Rev. Eric Butterworth said, you can become the “center of love” for your community.
In the presence of others, work to be guided by the still, small voice within, to fully embrace events, people, places, and things around you. Love is the underlying principle that moves, binds, heals, and harmonizes.
Practicing Unconditional Self-Love First
Loving others is impossible until we love ourselves.
Too often, however, we consider ourselves unworthy of love. When we feel empty of love, we look for someone to love us and "fill the void." It is only when we release the love we have accepted for ourselves that we experience love.
True self-love is not ego-centered. It is anchored in the greatest of humility because self-love reflects the divine nature in each of us.
Without a love of ourselves, there is no baseline to measure other love. Without a love of ourselves, we feel unworthy of any other love. After all, we reason, if I can't love myself, how can I expect anyone else to love me?
Only when you can love yourself can you remove the obstacles to the expansion of yourself.
Fall in Love With Loving
The apostle Paul spoke eloquently about love. He said: "If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”—1 Corinthians 13:1
In other words, no matter what I say, unless it resonates through the channel of love, it's only noise! It is meaningless.
“Love is the single most important faculty we have,” Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla, former Daily Word editors, said. “It is the hub of all good that is in us. Nothing else matters in our lives if we are loving.”
Even with life’s hurts and disappointments, it’s crucial to recognize the presence and mystery of love.
“In my most clear and authentic moments I know that love is not a commodity, a thing to be bartered, borrowed, given, or taken away,” Rev. Kelly Isola said, “but rather it is a process moving through us in our attitudes, our words, and our actions.
Recognize God’s Unconditional Loving Presence
“The power of unconditional love is God power,” says Rev. Hawkins. “There is no other power.”
Through prayer and meditation, we can recognize the source of divine love in ourselves. That unconditional love of Divine Spirit expressing through each of us blesses every facet of our lives.
“Unconditional love always here,” says Rev. Frieda King, “in every human being and every situation, available to bless and prosper.”