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Receiving Love

Receiving Love

Few who have attempted to release every demon and doubt, every painful memory and negative energy have succeeded without the aid of spirit.

Here is something useful to write down as a reminder:

“Spirit is always with me. It wants to lift my pain. It does this not by abolishing painful memories but by putting me totally in the present, where the past doesn’t exist.”

The spiritual answer to any problem is immediate. It’s our own perception that is slow to catch on. God’s ability to love us is limited only by our ability to receive that love here and now. Since our loved ones represent manifested portions of God in our lives, the same could be said for them. To receive God’s love we need only increase our ability to receive the love being reflected back in our intimate relationships.

If you’re getting stuck in negativity, you’re likely to assume that other people feel the same way about you, and mostly that’s not true. People who really love you keep on loving you, even when you’re not loving yourself. The love you get is limited only by your ability to receive it.

It’s amazingly easy to shut someone else down. Without thinking about it we let pass countless occasions during the day when love makes a tentative appearance – in other words, we turn our backs on spirit.

Your beloved may start to say something nice or give you an affectionate touch or ask how you are feeling. Notice how often this seed isn’t allowed to grow, how quickly you simply cut the gesture off or take it for granted. In this way you limit the love you are receiving, rather than nurturing its faint beginnings.

Being shown a gesture of love is like being offered a portion of God.

Look into the eyes of your beloved and learn to believe that love is really there.

Adapted from The Path to Love, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1997).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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5:18PM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Beautiful. Thanks :)

10:41AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

“Spirit is always with me. It wants to lift my pain. It does this not by abolishing painful memories but by putting me totally in the present, where the past doesn’t exist.”

This is profound...something I will always remember!

1:02PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

thanks

12:24AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Interesting article! Thanks!

12:07PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

good reminders

11:58AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

thanks

7:42AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Absolutely lovely. Thanks you.

10:41AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Love doesn't exist. There is nothing to receive.

8:18AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Great article! thanks

12:24PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

wonderful article and one I need.......it is easier for me to give than receive.

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