In this world of form, we have created different kinds of love: we think that the love we feel for one person can be different from the love we feel for another. We think that there are different ways of loving different beings, and that there are degrees to love. But love is one. Love is complete, perfect and all-encompassing. It never changes; it never falters; it never depends on any external circumstances.
Love is what I am because my creator willed it to be so. God, being perfect love, created me as an extension of that perfect love. My true nature and my only function, therefore, is to extend that love perfectly, just like my creator extended it to me. When I feel complete and unchanging love for anyone on this earth, I can rest assured that I am in my true self, at one with God.
We all have experienced love as the world defines it: I love you as long as you make me happy; I don’t love you anymore because you stopped loving me. That kind of “love” is a poor substitute for what love really is. Love under certain conditions is not love at all, but an ego attachment. If your love for someone varies depending on circumstances, know that you have chosen to replace love, which is something that is so natural to you because it is you, with a shabby substitute.
The love of a mother for her child, in its ideal form, may be what the world considers the ultimate expression of love: The mother loves her child unconditionally and will protect the child no matter what. But often we misplace the origin of such love by valuing the biological connection between the mother and the child, and explaining the love as a natural consequence of the biological connection. Does that mean that an adopted child can’t be loved unconditionally? Does it mean that a person can’t love an animal unconditionally? Of course not. Love is one, and has no degrees. Love does not depend on a genetic or any other physical connection. If it did, love would die as the physical body dies. Love is like itself, forever unchanged.
If love is forever unchanged and never depends on any external circumstances, then it must come from that part of you that is forever unchanged and that never depends on any external circumstances. What part is that? It is certainly not the body, since the body is born in time, decays with time and ultimately perishes in time. But since you have experienced love, even as you identify with this limited body, there must be a part of you that is beyond this body. That part is love. Love is like itself, forever unchanged.
The ideal version of a mother’s love for her child is the same love your creator has for you. You are a child of God. And because God is love, you are a child, or a creation, of love. Just like a literal child is an extension of her parents, so are you an extension of God’s love. You were created because love’s only function is to extend itself.
Love created me like itself. (A Course in Miracles, Lesson 67)
This calls us to redefine love; to leave the ego’s version of love, which is nothing but fear in disguise, and realize that we are included in the definition of God. Because God is love, and love created me like itself, I am like God. I am still as God created me.
We need to repeat these thoughts in our minds not because they are foreign concepts to us, but because we have taught ourselves false self-images. You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images. (A Course in Miracles, Lesson 67) Most of us will say that we have love inside us, but we don’t perceive ourselves as being love. We don’t have love, or feel love; we are love, and because we are love, we experience it when we choose to align with our true nature.
Love only knows how to expand, and since you are love, your only function is to extend love. Teach only love, for that is what you are. (A Course in Miracles, T-6.I) To teach love means to demonstrate love. Put in even simpler terms, to teach love is simply to love because we teach ourselves and others through our perception of ourselves and the world.
Have you ever wondered why it feels so good to give love? It’s because giving love means being yourself.
When we are not giving love, we are not in accord with who we were created to be, and this is why we suffer. We don’t realize that we suffer because we withhold love, and so we project our sense of unhappiness, lack and unworthiness onto others, believing that other people are the cause of our suffering. And our projections are not exclusive to others: we withhold love from ourselves any time we blame others or ourselves. Love created us as one, and in reality, there is only one of us because love is one; complete, perfect and all-encompassing.
Your only function is to extend love, and only when you extend love are you in perfect agreement with who you are. If you don’t feel absolute peace and limitless love, it is because you have forgotten who you are and have therefore forgotten that love is the only reality. Remind yourself often:
God is love, and therefore so am I.
Love created me like itself.
If I was created by love as love, then my only function is to love.