Hate is a Parasite, Love is Life

"You have heard it said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy,' but I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." - Jesus
"Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering." -Yoda

Hate is a parasite. It feeds off my own fear. It preys on my prejudice and experiences. It sucks the life out of my soul, inhibiting the open and expansive energy of love. Hate wants to isolate, separate and tear down. Hate turns brother against brother in this one human family we are all a part of. To give into hate is not standing up for yourself, but forfeiting your personal power to the Powers that be. For me to hate the haters shows how small my love was to begin with. It's an impulse, a knee-jerk reaction we all face, but do we trust Love enough to let it go? Unless we can love the haters, do we really love the lovers? 

I understand that scary things are happening in the world. Terror, killing, hatred to the extreme. These are not trifles, no small situations. I recognize this. I also see that fear will not end fear. Hate will not end hate. Bloodshed will not stop bloodshed. The antidote to our sickness is love. A simple truth that leads to anything but easy or simple choices for us day by day. In choosing love, we can be confident and calm. We can change the atmosphere, radiating love in our midst. 

You have heard it said that there is a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. I say to you, choose love and only love. Let love guide your every thought and action. Be healed, be transformed, be empowered by the love that animates the living universe. We've been conditioned to be justified in our own hate, but in reality hate is just a parasite that blinds us to the power of love. Don't let fear pull you into hate. Choose a life full of love today, and follow wherever love takes you.