The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. - Galatians 5:22-23
In class 39
- assess where your emotions and relationships are on the path to
- take steps to repair your branching relationships with divine love
The tree of love
We each are unique. There is not one of us that is not
treading a path different to the next. That is what is so perfect and so
interesting about our journeys.
Having said that, our experience of love has some
It might surprise you to realise, for example, that along
the path to real unconditional divine love, for many of us there may also be
fear and mistrust.
Whether we realise it or not we are all growing into a state
of perfect and unconditional love for all things and every one. This is how we
evolve and grow and perhaps the only thing in our lives that we really have no
choice about. We have no choice because that is what we actually are. The deeper
we dig, the more we find our real nature is that of an unconditional flow of
To come to this realisation might take many life times, many
years but eventually we must all realise that there is an inevitability about
our journey and that is that we are all growing into becoming unconditional
That is the nature of the universe, the nature of God, that
is the nature of us because we are the creators of the universe, we are God and
we are all one.
Now if we can come to terms with this – we must also come to
terms with the notion that everything that is not the highest love in our lives
is inevitably on a journey to becoming the highest love.
Fear is the lowest love there is.
We feel separate and disconnected. What do you fear? How did you arrive there?
Do you not trust someone or something, or do you not trust God? Fear is a step
down from mistrust.
Mistrust mostly arrives when our expectations or conditions
are not met. It might be someone that we have liked or trusted that, in our opinion,
has betrayed our trust. We might not trust fate or the universe because we hoped
for something and it did not appear. We might not trust God because we cannot
find proof or evidence of Gods existence helping our life.
Fear and mistrust in every form they present themselves in
our lives have to evolve into trust, then faith, love and finally unconditional
and divine love.
When we start our lives the little infant is loved without
condition or expectation. We love unconditionally. The child responds with faith
and trust and love for its parents. As time passes the love from the parents
begins to become conditional. With conditions, so too does the child begin to
lose the perfect faith in the parents. Perhaps it felt that no matter what the
situation the parents would always be there with the perfect answer or remedy.
As evidence appears to the contrary, the child loses faith and in some
dimensions of this love actually mistrusts the parents. Nearly all parents abuse
the trust they are offered, and almost universally the child understand this,
mistrust grows and the foundations for unconditional love are shaken even more.
Usually by the time the child is a teenager, their trust is
so badly shaken and their mistrust is so high that they can barely listen with
any faith to the parents. The child has regularly
responded extremely critically to the smallest of what they perceive to be,
their expectations not being met. There is no-one to blame here. As the child matures and they realise that
their expectations were impossible to meet, then reconciliation and real divine
love has another opportunity.
This spiral continues in many experiences of the individual.
We desperately crave real unconditional love but for many people over and over
again we love with conditions, and in doing so, we wrap our love in all the
dimensions of failure.
Ponder for a moment the things that you do not trust in your
life, the people you mistrust, fate, the universe, God - and realise that you
cannot be complete until all these experiences evolve into unconditional love.
For a moment, perhaps see yourself as a teenager putting
impossible to meet demands upon the universe or God. Take a moment to just be
and contemplate the ultimate reality that you are being loved unconditionally and
infinitely more than you imagine every moment but you are not opening yourself
to that love because you are stuck in mistrust and lack of faith.
I would like you to picture yourself as a tree. All around
you is perfect unconditional love, a glowing energy that feeds and nurtures your
tree. Every branch on your tree represents all the dimensions of love in your life.
Every branch is inevitably trying to reach that glowing energy, to grow into
perfect unconditional love.
Look at each branch. One might be a relationship with a
parent. Is there love and gratitude or mistrust or worse still, fear?
Look at another branch, perhaps it is a sport you play. See
how much trust and faith and perhaps love you have for that sport and how it
makes you feel and experience love.
Another branch might be a relationship with a work mate. Is
it trust and faith you feel?
Look at another branch that reflects your relationship with
what might be an addiction of yours. Do you feel the highest love or only conditions
Reflect for a moment about every branch. Perhaps your tree
would be stronger if some branches were just pruned off, because right now their
fear is killing the tree, whilst perhaps it would be more and more glorious
should it have millions more branches.
Look at your relationships with your children or sisters and
brothers, uncles and aunties, mother and father, grandparents. Do they mistrust
or love you? What can you do to help them have more faith? Do you trust and love them?
Believe it or not – there is a secret to all this. It will
benefit you greatly to be aware of your tree and all your branches and to see
how you can help make your tree more magnificent. But the secret is really much
more powerful than just being aware.
The secret is not to love from the tree at all but from the
perfect unconditional love that surrounds and nurtures the tree. Not to love up
but to connect with the unconditional love that is surrounding the tree and
flowing down in what some might call, grace.
The branches of the tree ultimately evolve to unconditional
love, so why not go straight there. While we love with conditions, then we will
find that we will never be happy. The world, God, our parents, our children, can
never meet all of our conditions and when they don’t our branches will die
back. We will mistrust, perhaps even fear.
Using conditional love we bind our expression of love to
others actions, in effect, we have to wait until everyone else loves us
unconditionally before we can love. How else can they meet all our conditions?
This is important. Using conditional love we bind our expression of love to
others actions – whilst we love like this we will be the last person in the
world to move on.
Love with conditions nearly always results in the spiral of
mistrust and fear whilst unconditional love always results in the highest
happiness. Conditional love is bound by time and the ego, it is a slippery slope
until eventually it becomes divine, unconditional love anyway. If we can start
with unconditional love in this moment, now, we will recognise our actions as
those of the highest actions of ourselves, one God.
Whilst we tie our love down with conditions, we will see
each of our branches spiraling through mistrust and fear. Look around you will
see, just as we discovered in class 37 that many people are filled with mistrust
and fear, and find solace only in addictions.
The spiritual causes of depression, anxiety and many other
illnesses come from this spiral of conditional love, mistrust and fear. The
answer, as usual, is simple but requires practice. Unconditional love is very
simply the highest action, the highest practice we can focus on. Also as
usual, the universe will help us the more our intention is to practice
unconditional love, the more effortless it will become because the more the
universe will power it.
In every branch of our lives - evolve. Evolve and grow.
Please take a moment to breathe more slowly and
deeply. To feel your thoughts slowing and deepening with your breath.
Look within your heart and see a golden light that
is radiating through every element of your being. As you gaze into that
light reflect gently that this is the light of the entire universe that
you are looking at. The divine light upon which all divine qualities are
contained. It is real divine love and within it is infinite joy,
infinite peace and infinite power.
Within you also is the tree of love that is reaching
into this radiant light. This tree represents the journey of your soul
into complete and utter divine light.
Every branch of your tree is reaching into that
light. Every branch is destined to become immersed completely and freed
by that light.
Recognise all the branches of your life in this tree
See how you must evolve and feed each branch with
the light, the unconditional divine love, that surrounds it.
Join the light around the tree and be the source of
the light that feeds your tree.
Feel yourself unconditionally loving each branch of
your life. No expectations, no conditions just unconditional love in
every branch of your life.
Spend time here. Reflecting and lifting and
immersing yourself in the highest, divine unconditional love.
Try this exercise often. Feeling with each breath,
that you are transforming any mistrust or fear in your life into love,
In every action, in every thought - all to
be lifted to their highest source.
During this 39th class you will have;
looked at your relationships
and how they relate to divine love
recognised the easiest way to
progress is by offering love