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How can we learn more love? At least four ways; by increasing the intensity, frequency, and duration of the emotion as well as including more unwitting subjects. One day the frequency and duration may combine to form “All of the Time” and then we’ll have arrived. Here's how:
Let's start at the beginning by imagining all the love by, and for, our parents. Take your time. The slower contemplating all of this the better. Add to that the love for a dog, or dogs, cats, or other pets that you may have had and then combine with it all of the affection that we’ve ever had for our friends from childhood up until the present day. Now let’s add to this already immense feeling, the love for all of our romantic loves, from our first puppy loves until our current and greatest love, (greatest because it’s now). Add in the love for our children… and stir. Express and impress this for a while. Hold the feeling, Then, while still maintaining the thought of all of this love add in all of the love that we’ve ever felt for mankind, and all of the love that we’ve ever felt for God.
Overwhelming? …We’re just getting started.
How many have tried genuinely loving everyone within a room, for example, or everyone in the city or town, the overall region, the state or province, the country, the continent, and on the entire planet. What have the loves of those people been?
Imagine all the love that has ever been felt by human being. How long can this thought be sustained? A minute? Two minutes? Fifteen? An hour? A day? More? Now add to that all of the love that will be felt by everyone in the future into perpetuity. Add to this all the love ever felt by every living creature (starting with dogs?) and add to this every particle of love that ever will be felt by all creatures in the future until the end of time... and hold that thought. How long can it be sustained?
Earth is but a drop in the immeasurable cosmic ocean so now let’s multiply this earthly feeling of love exponentially to begin to reflect the all of the actual love extant in the universe, past, present, and future in every possible world in every possible dimension.
Now double it. How long can we that thought be held? Now double it again… and hold. Now multiply it by a factor of ten... and hold. Multiply this by a hundred, and hold, then a thousand times more, and hold. Now make it the intensity of a sun going supernova... ...then billions of suns going supernova in an ever eternally increasing passion of immeasurably expanding white light.
A mind, once stretched to accept a new thought or idea, never regains its original shape. As our love begins to include every living thing everywhere, with almost unbearable intensity, every waking moment, then perhaps we’ll be on our way to learning to love the way that God loves.
Gramercy All the Love in the World
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