Betty W. Phillips, Ph.D., Psychology
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IF NOT FOR LOVE!

 

 

 

                                                                        IF NOT FOR LOVE

 

What would our world be if we all loved unconditionally, ourselves as well as all others? Or what would our world be without love? I hope you CARE, and assuming you care, tune into the song entitled If Not For Love by Karen Taylor Good. And let me tell you how I first heard it. I’ve written articles about Suzanne Giesemann and Sanaya. This song is always played at the conclusion of Sanaya’s beautiful words by this group of very high-level spirits who have chosen to send their wisdom to our troubled world.  You will likely feel tears of joy as the song concludes, listening by yourself or feeling the love and joy shared by a listening audience.

 

Let’s listen to the impassioned words spilling out from this lovely singer:

 

He sits on a sidewalk and holds up a sign

Please help me I’m hungry, but we just walk by.

And it’s colder than ever, the cold of the heart,

That builds up the stone walls, that keep us apart.

 

                                                       Chorus:

                              And what are we here for, if not for Love?

                              If not for each other, how can we be enough

                              To get through the darkness, and still rise above.

                              What are we here for, if not for Love?

 

                        I don’t know the reason we can’t get along.

                        Seems like everyone’s fighting about who’s right and who’s wrong.

                        Maybe you wear a gold cross and I wear a star,

                        Just to keep us from seeing how connected we are.

 

                                                     Chorus:  

                              And what are we here for, if not for Love?

                               If not for each other, how can we be enough

                             To get through the darkness, and still rise above.

                             What are we here for if not for Love?

 

                        And must we wait until the world all goes to hell,

To love our neighbor as ourselves?

 

                                                     Chorus:

                              And what are we here for, if not for Love?

                              If not for each other how can we be enough,

                              To get through the darkness, and still rise above.                  

                              What are we here for if not for Love?

 

As I read these words I can hear the song rising into my head and heart. The thoughts and concepts embedded into the song are important for all of us. The words of the song are important! You can download the song and keep it with you. (A confession: I downloaded the song and then copied it nine times on a CD so I can play it as often as I want. Another confession. I don’t listen to the song that often as I have taken the words to heart and try to live according to the beautiful commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself!)

 

Karen Taylor Good is not the only singer who has put her passions of love and altruism into song, nor is this the only time I have been inspired to write about this most important topic, the Golden Rule.  Last year I wrote about Pete Seeger’s song, “When Will We Ever Learn?” in an article by that title and now found in the Advice Line section of my website. The Golden Rule, so important we can trace it to the year 1300 BC: “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18, Tanakh.)   In other words, we must always live following the principle of reciprocity: you should treat others as you would like them to treat you; and you should not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated.

 

Karen Taylor Good asks us how can we get through the darkness of our souls?  Her answer is to describe this Golden Rule in the language of love. Minimally you can apply the Golden Rule following only your thoughts of reciprocity as you think in your head. And that is great and wonderful and will always ensure you an important place in Eternal Life when you travel there as you leave this world behind. But the song has a very important message for us: heartfelt love as an important part of the Golden Rule. This is not just the boy/girl type of love, it’s the eternal love for all, for everything and all that exists not only in this world but in all of reality. Yes, thoughts are an important part of that love, but even more is an open hearted approach to love and life.  Please listen to this song. The words may ring true only in your brain unless you can put them to the music of your heart.  As you think of the beggar, you may just go into your brain to condemn the man for laziness or poor habits or alcoholism. Your brain may remember that you made a donation to a charity last year and reassure you that you are a fine and worthy person instead of the beggar.  Or your brain may fear that you could lose your pension or social security or retirement if these crazy politicians keep passing stupid laws. Nowhere in this succession of thoughts do you approach a positive feeling of love or empathy or altruism. Those feelings are the prerogative of the heart. And the heart brings together our love for ourselves and others “to get through the darkness and still rise above.”

 

If you feel like you are already living in love, wonderful!  As we are human beings living an earthly existence now, we may not always rise to the occasion. We all find ourselves in that situation sometimes, tired or sad, wishing to “get through the darkness and still rise above.”   You can find heartfelt love in many places. I’d like to point out two sources particularly useful in rising above the selfishness of human existence. Sanaya is a collection of spirits from the highest levels who speak to us through the medium of Suzanne Giesemann.  You can read their helpful words found on her website Love@TheCenter.com.  Sanaya has been speaking through Suzanne for many years and all of their advice can be found carefully collated on her website. You can even listen to the words of the spirits and or read the transcripts for yourself.  Another source of advice can be found in the new book “Liberating Jesus” by Roberta Grimes (Anderson, 2015) as written, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  The enduring goals of unconditional love and forgiveness are presented to us carefully and with love to tear down “the stone walls that keep us apart.”

 

We are not the only beings in this world needing and deserving of love and care.  Let me mention our neighbors: the animal world and the natural world.  If you think about it, mankind has not usually been kind to our friends in the rest of our world.  Yet we cannot exist here without them!

 

We will someday rise toward the beauty of heaven to find a peaceful and joyous reunion there with our family and angelic spirits, perhaps even with that beggar you saw suffering in the streets of life. I write these words as did Karen Taylor Good and Pete Seeger to help us all realize the power of Unconditional Love, now and forever!

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