“You need not concentrate on where to find love, for love will find you. You need not concentrate on giving love, for you cannot give what you do not yet know, and when you know it you need not give it, for it will extend from you naturally in miracles called love. Love is all that will fill your emptiness, and all that will never leave you empty again as it extends from you to your brothers and sisters. Love is all that will not leave you wanting.” (ACOL, C:11.17)
Jesus makes statements in A Course of Love that indicate that we would take him more seriously in regard to the primacy of love if he gave it some new and different name. He says that we have been hearing for so long that love is the Answer, and because of this long history, we don’t take the assertion seriously enough.
But love is the Answer. And when we pay attention to all that Jesus says, and we look to our heart for verification, we know without a tedious telling. Our heart knows that love will give us everything that we have ever wanted. And when we are on our deathbed, we will know that the only thing that matters in the whole wide world is love.
How do we experience love more deeply? We relax “into” our heart. We stop some of our egoic machinations, many of them, and we wait for a warmer feeling to arise. Our love does not need to be a struggle. We do not need to try to force ourselves to love people that we really don’t much care about. We will care about everyone when we listen to our heart. We will not necessarily associate closely, if certain others are a danger to us, but we will not find ourselves in a hate relationship either. Our lives will be filled with giving and receiving, receiving and giving, and in this new venture we will recognize what we did not before: that giving and receiving are two parts of the same dynamic. And the dynamic gets its impetus from love.
We will stay in a condition of constant and continual wanting as long as we refrain from loving full out. Love answers all our needs, and we recognize that while we may have wants that are not satisfied, we have no needs that are not satisfied.
Imagine that love is a something “out there” that you have never heard of. A feeling, an emotion, of warmth and compassion, a joyous feeling that makes all things One with us. We share in love, as we share in imagining that this new thing is a discovery of enormous proportions. Let this new thing speak to you of what your heart has long sought to give. Now we know how to receive, and the fact that love is not new to us is an advantage. Heretofore we just did not understand well enough to act on the promptings of our heart, the prompting to love.
Now we do.