Love gives naught but itself
And takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not
Nor would it be possessed,
For love is sufficient onto love.
When you love, don’t say ‘God is in my heart’
But rather ‘I am the heart of God’.
And think not you can direct the course of love.
If it finds you worthy,
Directs your course.
From ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran
‘I am the heart of God’.
It is hard to know that I AM god.
It is scary to recognize the god within me.
Am I worthy?
Is my life worthy?
Am I doing my best to be the heart of God?
Many spiritual traditions teach that humans are God, or at least created in the image of God.
God being all accepting and all loving. That feels like a big thing to carry.
Even though all humans are born with the capacity to be all loving and all accepting, life has a nice way of fixing that, doesn’t it? [aka ‘other people ruin everything’]
We’re all loving, but then we don’t fit into last summer’s jeans or drop our phone in the loo.
It reminds me of this amusing tale I was told many times in my childhood:
Joseph is engaging in his carpentry and hits himself with a hammer. He cries out: ‘Jesus Christ!’.
From across the court yard he hears a voice: ‘Yes, father?’.
So, what can it mean to be the heart of God?
For me, it is a reminder that very few people get up out of bed in the morning with the intention to do bad. Those that do are in a very lonely place of fear, hurt and/or anger that they are unable to get away from. We have a choice to judge each other and ourselves from a place of fear…
or from love. Recognize in others how we so often fail ourselves.
Be the heart of God and honour the love inside us.
And while most of the time we go about our human business and carry the love of god in our heart, often not even noticing it. We can choose to create moments in which we are the heart of god.
The following is a teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh around Metta (loving kindness)
‘…Just as a mother loves and protects her only child at the risk of her own life, so we should cultivate boundless love to offer to all living beings in the entire cosmos. Let our boundless love pervade the whole universe, above, below, and across. Our love will know no obstacles, our heart will be absolutely free from hatred and enmity. Whether standing or walking, sitting or lying, as long as we are awake, we should maintain this mindfulness of love in our own heart. This is the noblest way of living.’