Someone recently said to me, "If I hear Dr. Peebles do that opening statement one more time, I'm going to scream!"
You know the one: "God bless you, Dr. Peebles here! It is a joy and a blessing when man and spirit join together in search of the greater truths and awarenesses..." Dr. Peebles continues with a message about why we are on this school called planet earth, and tells us the three principles to be used in tandem that can help guide us through life. Beautiful stuff worth hearing again and again, as far as I'm concerned.
(I bit my tongue so hard I had holes in it.)
This person then complained that Dr. Peebles says the same thing over and over again. I had to agree. He's a preacher. That's what preachers do. They tell it to us over and over again, ad nauseam, until we allow for the message to sink in. "Love God. Love your neighbor. Love yourself." As far as I'm concerned, we can't hear that enough. There are far too many opportunities on earth to be steered away from Truth.
I believe that's why we congregate in churches, spiritual classes, open sessions, and spiritual ceremonies and rituals. It's why we humans celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukah, Ramadan, Loy Krathong, and even birthdays. We band together to remind ourselves and each other what life is really about. It's all about Love. We are here upon this school called planet earth to "give and receive abundance," i.e., "love and be loved."
Sure, Dr. Peebles repeats himself. He talks about love from every angle, reminding us that "love is the healer" for whatever ails us, if we would only take time to apply it in our lives.
Love is experiential. You have to apply it, live it, breathe it, become it. I can't make you love me, and you can't make me love you. And, similarly, I can't make you love yourself, and you can't make me love me, either. Love is a choice. And, at the times when our faith is wavering, choosing love often seems to be the most difficult choice we can make; until we make that choice, and find that it works.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we cajole and encourage and invite and remind each other what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. It's all about Love.
Maybe before we clicked the "Accept" button when presented the "Terms and Conditions" of our incarnation, we should have paused to read them before simply scrolling down and clicking "Continue."
"By clicking the 'Accept' button on these Terms and Conditions, you are agreeing to apply yourself to the best of your ability to loving and receiving love upon this school called planet Earth. You are agreeing that you understand that Love is basis of existence, and in choosing to study Love you further understand that you are about to enter one of the toughest schools in the universe. You are agreeing that through your choices and perceptions you do, indeed, create your own reality; starting with your choice to incarnate. You are agreeing that you will strive to understand right to receive and to give abundance in this your chosen lifetime. You understand that you are being offered three tools to be used as tools in tandem as you discover and dissolve the illusions of separation from love within self, and between life. These tools are as follows: 1. Loving allowance for all things to be in their own time and place, starting with yourself. 2. Increase communication with all of life, with respect. 3. Self responsibility for your life as a creative adventure. (You have the right of refusal of these tools, but it is highly recommended that you use them.) You will have unlimited access to the resources provided by the universe, of peace, love and understanding. These resources may not be altered or deleted, and all downloads of the same are guaranteed to be spam and virus free. Although you reserve the right to choose alternate resources such as hatred, greed and malice (to name just a few), it is not recommended. You may also contact through faith, prayer and meditation, at zero expense to you, one of our dedicated Support Staff (aka Spirit Guides, Angels, Saints) for assistance. Our support lines are open 24/7 for your convenience. And, finally, by clicking the 'Accept' button, you are agreeing that never in your eternal soul have you been the victim, but always the creator of your own reality."
In other words, we're not here to be given fish. A nice fish dinner is temporary at best, and might make for good memories. But, it doesn't provide for our future hunger pangs. Learning how to fish does. Teaching others to fish makes our fishing venture all the more productive. We each have different fishing abilities, skills, and use different bait to catch our trout, salmon, and grunion. We all contribute in our own unique way to this life as a creative adventure.
Dr. Peebles is not here to give us fish. He's here to teach us how to fish. He wants to see each and every one of us empowered by love. He knows the greater truth, that it's all about Love. We can run, but we can't hide. We fight it, but we will eventually have to surrender to the greater truth that Love is the superglue of the universe.
So, go ahead, Dr. Peebles: tell it to me one more time.