The question comes up, “How do I avail myself; how do I come under this law which is love?” Again we are accepting the mission and the message of the Master as our guide. And until a better one comes along, I’m sure it will do. What does he say about our conduct? What does he tell us about law and love? He sums it all up in two commandments. One is to acknowledge God as the only power: Have no other God before Me. Now we’ve said that God is the power of creation, that God is the power of love, God is the power of life; so that we must acknowledge no life. Listen to this: We must acknowledge no life but the life of God. We must not acknowledge a separate life apart from God in spite of appearances. We now, must acknowledge God as the only life and stop this nonsense of my life and your life and his life and her life and young life and old life. We must come to the acknowledgment of God as the only life.
In the same way we will have to learn how to stop this business of human love. Remember I don’t mean to wipe out friendship or marriage or parents or children. We must wipe out the human sense of love by the understanding that only God is love. Only God is love. Therefore all love must emanate from God. Wherein has been our mistake? Wherein is our tragedy on earth that we expect love from one another? Justice, mercy, kindness, cooperation. And sometimes we get it for a short period and then comes the inevitable. But, once we have stopped looking to each other for love, cooperation, gratitude, and accepted God as the only love, in that moment are we freed from the human loves and hates and even when occasionally they appear in our way they’re not too disturbing. We just brush them aside as somebody else’s lack of demonstration, not any ability to harm us. We’re going to come to that very soon.
Now, yes the Hebrew says, Lean not unto thy own understanding, acknowledge Him in all thy ways. So that first commandment that the Master gave us, which is also the first commandment of the Hebraic ten, the Mosaic ten, is God is the only power, therefore, seek nothing of anyone else. God is the only life; God is the only love; God is the only substance; God is the only law; God is the only activity, and as you train yourself to that idea of seeking the allness in and through God you find your freedom in and through God. You do not find your freedom from anything or anybody. You find your freedom in God. And it is a miracle.
When you have devoted weeks, months, sometimes years to the study and practice of that first commandment you come to His second commandment—not Moses’ second commandment, the Master’s second commandment. Love thy neighbor as thyself. Now we are rising to a higher concept of prayer. Love thy neighbor as thyself. Well of course, none of us are doing that. We’re all guilty of violating that, and because we are guilty of violating that, we are all under the penalty of the law. We are all experiencing discords and inharmonies only because we are violating the two laws which are laws of love. Love thy neighbor as thyself.
This has nothing to do with a human form of love. This has to do with that spiritual sense of love which we found to be law. Aha! If we once acknowledge law and love together now we will acknowledge that anything true, let us say of God, is universally true of God’s being. Whether God’s being appears on earth as yours or mine, whether God’s being appears on earth as his or hers or its, whether God’s being appears as what we call friend or foe, saint or sinner, we are not loving our neighbor as our self unless we are acknowledging God as the selfhood of our neighbor.
The first thing we learn to do in metaphysics and in spiritual wisdom is to declare that God is my selfhood. God is my life. God is my being. God is the substance of my body. And probably that is where our greatest mistake comes in. Never should we personalize God. God is selfhood. God is being. God is life. God is love. Let’s leave that word ‘my’ out and make it completely universal. Then we are loving the neighbor as our self.
There’s no use of saying, “Oh, I love the man that harmed me.” That’s not spiritual love at all. Matter of fact it may be a little bit of self-hypocrisy. Might be a little of kidding of ourselves too. It might be a little bit of trying to attain a state of consciousness to which we haven’t grown. Don’t let us say that I love this man that hurt me. I love this woman that robbed me. I love this nation that put us in bondage. Let’s not do that.