Universal Love Jul 24, 2022 19:44:07 GMT -8
Post by Susan Peabody on Jul 24, 2022 19:44:07 GMT -8
Universal love is a concept I picked up from the Quakers. It means that, spiritually speaking, you love everyone. This does not necessarily mean that you like them or condone what they do. It does not mean that you don’t stand up to them. It is more complicated that, and something you have to learn slowly as you develop spiritually.
It might be easier to explain universal love by what you don’t do. You do not shun, judge, condemn, hate or seek vengeance on anyone. You do not find fault in everything they do. You do not criticize them constantly. Instead, you focus on their strengths and not their weakness. You find one, or many, traits that make them likable, or at least acceptable to take up space on the planet.
Of course, this is easier said than done, especially for co-dependent love addicts. So be careful not to get close to some people even though you may accept them the way your Higher Power does. For instance, I used to love my abusive husband unconditionally. I thought I was being a good person. Well, in recovery, I learned that there are some people you have to love from a distance.
In recovery, use boundaries to avoid being co-dependent with a fellow human being. On the other hand, do not trash them or try to hurt them. Let God handle their transgressions.
Universal love is not easy, and it is only a suggestion. As with everything I write and teach, take it with a grain of salt. Take what you want and leave the rest as they say in 12-Step programs.