Leading with love can be tough when our adolescent country and even our own state brings events up close. One wakes up and heading to work, checks in with National Public Radio, NPR, and hears the following news example (paraphrased from CNN): There was a shooting of more than one person at a sweet 16 birthday party in Alabama. 32 people were injured.
This was just one of the 165 mass shootings that have occurred in the United States in the first quarter of this year. It’s important to know what is going on but not give power to the headlines. Sometimes, after a flood of emotions pass through me, I remember to say NO to them and move on. It’s important to acknowledge them and not ignore or stuff them because they will eventually come out at an inopportune time. Carl Jung, known psychologist, writes about this in his Shadow work.
Applying ‘Leading with Love’, for example, one can visualize covering all of them, even the perpetrators with a blanket of love. Sending Love, prayers, or positive thoughts out into the Universe acts like a magnet and attracts others like it. This creates an energy vortex of love when quantum physics is applied. Quantum physics is the study of atoms vibrating at different frequencies every second of the day and that “like attracts like.” We and everything else are made up of these energy particles. All of this has been proven.
*Abdu’l-Baha spoke in 1912 at the Green Acre Baha’i School in Eliot, Maine.
“When we observe the phenomena of the universe, we realize that the axis around which life revolves is love, while the axis around which death and destruction revolve is animosity and hatred. Let us view the mineral kingdom. Here we see that if attraction did not exist between the atoms, the composite substance of matter would not be possible. Every existent phenomenon is composed of elements and cellular particles. This is scientifically true and correct. If attraction did not exist between the elements and among the cellular particles, the composition of that phenomenon would never have been possible. For instance, the stone is an existent phenomenon, a composition of elements. A bond of attraction has brought them together, and through this cohesion of ingredients this petrous object has been formed. This stone is the lowest degree of phenomena, but nevertheless within it a power of attraction is manifest without which the stone could not exist. This power of attraction in the mineral world is love, the only expression of love the stone can manifest.”
Referring to the metaphysical definitions in Part I of this multi part series, the Unity teachings say that Love is another name for God. Therefore, Love is the foundation for everything. God existed in the very beginning and all of us have the Divine spark within us. A Love that is eternal and pure.
I know of a woman, I will call her Jane, whose home is now a room in a nursing home. Right after she moved into her new home, she knew she would be living with another woman who would be her roommate. Sure enough, a woman I will name Anne, moved in the next day. Jane is always in a good mood and sees things from a positive perspective. She is a little forgetful, yet her mind is still sharp. Anne, however, is often in pain and her meds make her sleepy. So, she whines and groans from the pain sometimes and has trouble sleeping. She also has some dementia and according to Jane, gets anxious and confused in the early evening.
Jane has learned to be patient with her because Anne can’t help what is going on. It occurred to me to suggest to Jane that she try coming from love and compassion because love lays a foundation for what can follow. She said that she will try that. Jesus still looked at Peter with the eyes of love, even after he denied knowing him.
Leading with love isn’t always easy but if one looks for it and focuses on it, more love will be seen, and more will be expressed by each of us. I certainly prefer to focus on love, and it doesn’t give me a negative vibe like other things that can be emotionally upsetting. This doesn’t mean that we insulate ourselves from the news by ‘living under a rock.’ We need to be aware of what is going on in the world. One of my mentors said, “We are how God gets around.” We can see things rightly, not feel like we have to set them right.
Endeavoring to lead with love or come from love,
*In the early years of the 20th century, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—the eldest Son of Bahá’u’lláh—was the Baha’i Faith’s leading exponent, renowned as a champion of social justice and an ambassador for international peace. https://www.bahai.org/abdul-baha