New Day Herald

The Choice to Love [with Video]


This article previously appeared in the February 2004 issue of the New Day Herald and is followed by a blessing by John: A Blessing of Choosing Loving.

There are no errors in love. We can distance ourselves from the loving by being pulled into some distortion of the loving, yet even the distortion of the loving is still loving. It’s just something that’s of a lower vibration, a conditioned kind of love.

When we realize that our true state cannot be conditioned, we know that the conditions have no power over the love and, also, no power over us because we are the love. About that point, we can find no real difference between God and ourselves. If God was in the flesh, God would be doing what we’re doing.

It’s remarkable that this has the quality of ordinariness. The negative power will tell you, “It’s very exalted, with this big throne, all kinds of guards, and big walls, and you need to have a giant key and all these magic powers.” There’s the distortion. The reality is, “No, just be yourself.”

In this world, we all know how difficult it can be to just be yourself, to own it, to be relaxed in who you are, and not be fearful. Spiritually, when we behold who we are, we realize that there is nothing that can happen to us bodily or elsewhere in the world that we need to fear. So then we can be ourselves freely, openly. We can say, “I am the truth.”

Is this the only truth, like an exclusive truth? No, not that kind of truth. It’s an all pervasive truth that is true in every way. So you don’t have to fight for it, because you can’t possess it. Rather, you just let it be. That’s more the reality of the truth: You no longer resist it.

The parts of us that we resist most often are based on fear. If we wanted to boil down the negative power, we could just call it fear or the denial of the truth. And why do we deny the truth? Usually because we’re afraid.

For example, why do we lie? Because we are afraid that if we reveal the truth, something very terrible would happen. The one who runs that show is the one who is the liar, the one who denies the truth. The one who is the truth realizes that the truth is everywhere and it’s uninhibited, unstoppable, so it sets us free.

When we get on to the truth and we are of the truth, there’s no stopping us, so we overcome all things through the spirit that is eternal. And that’s the truth of who we as souls who are in this world of conditionality. There’s no condition that stops us spiritually. There’s no negativity that is an enemy of the soul. If anything, it puts each of us into the crucible, where the experiences can be intense: If we’re glued, we become unglued; if we’re attached, we fall apart or come apart at the seams. Often the way that’s described is, “I’m crazy. I can’t contain my reality any longer. I don’t have the strength to run it. So I’m just letting go, which may seem like I’m giving up.” This may be the “crazy” that keeps us from going insane.

There’s a kind of crazy that is insane, which is basically not in tune with reality; it’s out of whack, a chaotic, inharmonious, disconnected, discontinuous field of some kind that intends to harm or be in control through againstness. And then there’s a kind of crazy that’s free, that is at the wisp of the wind that blows from heaven. The difficulty in this world is that not everybody feels that wind or responds to it consciously. So if you do, others may accuse you of being wrong, bad, or in need of being locked up. But you answer to God. At that point, you can look to treasures that God keeps safe and the world cannot disturb or possess. Then it doesn’t really matter how others react or what happens. Your truth that is loving is all you really need to know.

Have you ever considered that the world can set you free? To the world it can look like, “We got rid of her. We terminated her.” In the spirit, it’s like an early homecoming: “You completed really soon. We took you as soon as we could get you.” No matter when you are set free of this world—and the Travelers teach longevity to clear as much karma as possible—it’s cause for rejoicing. Being free of this world is a celebration.

While we are in this world, it’s a great idea to connect to love. We can make it a kinesthetic experience, like squeezing your toes a little bit, so you know that “When I remember to squeeze my toes, I love this, and I go free.” It’s also a good idea to have a kinesthetic experience that assists you to disengage from what you think or feel. It’s something like, “Regardless, I love this. It doesn’t matter what I think about it. It doesn’t matter what I feel about it. Nothing is as important as choosing to love this.”

My dedication is to love. And I carry it out through decisions that become choosing to be loving regardless of any condition. My dedication to love registers as my continuous dedication and choosing to love. We must do loving over and over in order for it to become our reality. Our human experience shows that we can’t do it once and for all. In fact, we can spend a great deal of our time disconnected, as if something is constantly pushing us off. It comes at us in ways that give the impression that we’re not loving.

As we choose loving, we can realize, “Aha. No wonder I chose this boss. No wonder I chose this spouse, this mother, this father, this son, this daughter, this world at this time and place.” We can realize it’s all one big set-up to bring each of us what we need so we can choose back into the loving, into the Spirit of all.

In MSIA, we teach go direct as much as we can. And the most direct is inside. That’s the shortest distance between who we are and the love of God. So we teach, “Let’s go to the love right now, in this breath.” Let’s teach ourselves to do that in every breath. That’s a great challenge because negativity keeps influencing us to be off and forget our divinity. If we do forget, we allowed it. Actually, there is nothing that makes us go off. We chose to go off even if by lack of staying conscious. What makes us go off is nothing in the world. We go off from within when we go unconscious with the presence of the holy. We lose touch with the holy. We have forgotten that when God issued the creation, it was all sanctified, and the truth which is eternal remains holy.

Christ told us about “Doing it to the least one of them,” so if you treat the least one of them as holy, you’re treating the Christ in that way. People often say something like, “I would never do anything against you, Lord. You’re the Lord. You’re my beloved.” What Jesus said in effect is that when we do anything to anyone including the least one of them, we have done it to the Lord, our God who is our salvation. There’s no separation in God with Its creation.

You can reconnect to the consciousness that sees no separation, sees no evil, sees only the good. We refer to that as the Christ, the one who was anointed of that consciousness of God. It is the knowing, the perception, the vision that we see through the Christ. In the Christ, we see that it’s all good. Some of it is a lesser good, in need of love, but it’s still good. By each of us applying that love, we each save ourself.

What’s the test here on this earth? Loving it all. As soon as we don’t love something, that’s when we begin to become miserable. You might say, “Yeah, but it really is awful. That thing is bad. It’s not lovable.” Says who? Not the Christ. The one who has forgotten the divine says that. The one who is in darkness says that. The one who’s false says that. When we know better, we don’t listen to that one. That’s when our faith puts us back in line so we can realize, “My dedication won’t allow me to not love, so I must love. And if necessary, I withdraw my involvement to the place inside of me that is the source of love. And I renew myself in that love.”

Baruch Bashan.

A Blessing of Choosing Loving by John Morton

Lord God, we give thanks that we have brought ourselves to this place of restoration.

We give thanks for our willingness to choose back, to take our place with our Soul. We recognize this is a constant choice in this world, to choose back into the Spirit, so we openly, willingly choose the loving, choose the forgiving.

And we ask your assistance right now to place this as a dedication, that we will sustain the focus of loving, that we will overcome all those things that try and test us in our judgments, in our resistance, in our forgetting that we are divine.

We ask for the gift of spiritual discernment, that we can see and know those things that are of your will, bypassing what is unnecessary, letting go of what no longer serves us, holding understanding and acceptance toward all that appears less than divine.

And in all of this, we affirm our choosing back to the loving that is the hallmark of your presence.

Baruch Bashan.


NOTE: You may find of interest the following items that are available at “Simply Be Happy (April ’98) by John Morton” available in DVD/MP4 and CD/MP3 formats. (#8260-DVDES/MP4 and #8260-CDES/MP3), The Blessings Already Are, an inspiring book of blessings by John Morton and Living Love – From the Spiritual Heart, a compilation of sharings by John-Roger on living love.

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