God’s Love: Ask a near-death experiencer about love, and we are liable to talk about the best love of our lives which is God–the divine all-encompassing light, the filler of all empty spaces and sadness. God is the true love who finally made me want for nothing else, the one who gave me undivided attention, care, concern, and compassion.
The presence of God during my near-death experience washed away all feelings of insecurity and of not being good enough. There were no flaws or negative thoughts in the presence of God. There was only I AM LIGHT & LOVE.
I was a part of God and God was a part of me. God was also inside everyone else, so I felt a part of everyone too. This divine intelligence was a love much better than the best romance.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good love story, especially ones like Wings of Desire, Bridges of Madison County, Before Sunrise, Amélie, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Silver Linings Playbook, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Annie Hall, and even The Notebook, but these stories always contain struggle and yearning. In the presence of God, all yearning is filled with love. There is no wish for anything because everything is complete and every desire sated.
Earthy Love: Perhaps as spirits we choose form in order to celebrate the moment when our own spark of God is ignited again and we remember that connection. Sometimes, we see a spark of God in another, but the real challenge might be to learn to see the spark of God in ourselves and in every moment of our lives.
Maybe we have to ask ourselves if we can we hang on to the beloved even when the spark isn’t visible and wait for it to ignite again? Can we love someone through their own darkness until they find the light? When do we need to love ourselves more than the desire for a relationship and separate from someone? Abuse is a sure sign that a relationship is over. Let that sink into everyone’s head and stay there permanently.
Chronic cheaters are also not a great gamble, but there are the random stories of reformed wild men and women. And, oddly, some people I’ve met feel comfortable in open relationships; there are many ways to love and be with someone. If abuse is not in the picture, consider what you both can do differently to have the love that you both desire. Even small changes can make life more enjoyable.
If you have no pressing questions about your romantic life, don’t stress and enjoy the now. We are not promised forever. Love your loved ones deeply.
Divine Purpose: If you are at a true crossroads in a relationship, ask yourself what your divine purpose is. Then ask yourself if the person in your life helps you fulfill your divine purpose. Do they support your goals? Do you learn how to love more because this person is in your life? Do you learn how to communicate differently and understand how someone else thinks? Do you give each other peace? Are you becoming a better person because this person is in your life?
Most of all, no matter your romantic status, love yourself immensely. Imagine the love of God is with you at all times because it is. When you love yourself this way, space opens inside you to love others better and with a more open, joyous heart.
Occasionally, I get questions on my YouTube channel from people who feel despondent about the lack of love in their lives. I don’t have many answers for these viewers, but I can say that the more peace and love I feel within myself, the better my relationships have become.
As Langston Hughes said in the ending of the poem, “Life is Fine”, it is important to remember that life is indeed fine, grand, and wonderful in all of its seasons and expressions. Romantic love is only one part of the expression of love and definitely not something to make you want to die when you were so clearly born to live.
....I could’ve died for love— But for livin’ I was born Though you may hear me holler, And you may see me cry— I’ll be dogged, sweet baby, If you gonna see me die. Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!
Your primary and most important relationship is with yourself. Think kind thoughts about yourself and others, and love will be who you are not something you are searching for in another.
What I think is the best part of being back in form is the attempt to love others in small and large ways as God loves us. We fail, but when we try there is nothing better that we can do for this world.