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The Love That Jesus Taught

Posted by Roberta Grimes • November 14, 2020 • 36 Comments
Jesus, The Source, The Teachings of Jesus

If I loved you, Time and again I would try to say
All I’d want you to know.
If I loved you, Words wouldn’t come in an easy way.
Round in circles I’d go!
– Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), from the musical “Carousel” (1945)

The harder we work to ever better understand the Gospel teachings of Jesus, the more we see that He did in fact come to us as literally God on earth. He knew things about how reality works that we are only now beginning to see, and He understood and could use facets of our minds that our religions are too stuck in the past to imagine. He was comfortable with phenomena that materialist scientists cannot conceive are even possible. He knew it all, and much more, two thousand years ago! And because all of this is true, if we hope to make sense of what Jesus was saying in light of what we are coming to see that He knew, we will need now to delve a little deeper into His use of a word that until recently I had thought we must have done to death. In fact, we have barely understood it at all.

 There is a common belief that the Eskimo-Inuit people have fifty words for snow. My research suggests this is an exaggeration, but it is true that many cultures will have different words for variations of some of their favorite phenomena. And so the ancient Greeks had a number of words for the emotions that English-speakers refer to all together as just “love.” In general, the ancient Greek words for “love” seem to boil down to these eight:

  • Agape – Love for everyone.
  • Eros – Erotic or romantic love.
  • Ludus – Playfully flirtatious love.
  • Mania – Possessive love.
  • Philautia – Self-love.
  • Philia – Intimate friendship.
  • Pragma – Longstanding and fully committed love.
  • Storge – Unconditional familial love.

The Gospels were first written in Greek several decades after the Lord’s death, and those earliest writers used “agape” for the transformational love that Jesus preached. The first authors of the written Gospels were trying to be faithful to His words, but their vocabulary was so limited. And their understanding was even a great deal more limited! They could have no glimmer of the monumental truth that God had entered a body and had come to earth in order to teach us. Nor did the later architects of Christianity understand more than had those first clueless authors. Nor, indeed, did any of us really begin to understand very much until the turn of this century, when the earliest pioneers in the field of non-material consciousness research followed the insights of the great quantum physicist Max Planck. Then they achieved the gigantic revelation, since confirmed in many different ways, that what we experience as human consciousness is in fact the base creative force, and that force is all that objectively exists.

In the few decades since the amazing discovery of the primacy of consciousness was initially confirmed, we have learned a lot more about the eternal Mind that continuously manifests reality. In brief, we have learned that the base Consciousness is:

  • No Aspect of Any Human-Made God. It is much more powerful and a great deal more intimate than any religion has imagined God to be! Above all, the universal Mind has no human flaws. It is never angry, petulant, arbitrary, cruel, judgmental, or anything but gentle and kind.
  • Energy-Like. I don’t think we can yet say that Mind is a form of energy, but we do know that in some ways It seems to behave like a form of energy. What is most germane to our discussion here is the fact that it vibrates in a range from very slow to very rapid.
  • Governed by What We Experience as Emotion. Far from being just a transitory aspect of our minds, what we experience in a dim way as emotion is a core property of the base creative force.
  • Vibrating at a Range Between Powerful Love and Powerless Fear. At its lowest and slowest vibration, Consciousness is governed by fear and all the ancillary negative emotions, and it has no power at all. At its highest vibration, it vibrates at an extremely rapid rate and its creative power is apparently infinite.
  • Composed of Every Human Mind. All our minds are part of that one Mind. Not separately, but indivisibly. We are forever individuals, and at the same time we are forever part of One Whole.
  • The Force That Continuously Manifests Reality. At its highest vibratory rate, Mind is the Collective of Perfected Beings that we now refer to as the Godhead. It is that infinitely powerful Collective that continuously manifests all that we believe is real.

The Universe Exists To Give Us An Efficient Way to Raise Our Consciousness Vibrations. We come here to experience and push against negativity, and to learn to always choose love and reject fear and every other ishy emotion. We come here to grow spiritually! Indeed, there seems to be no other reason for the material universe to exist. With this background, we can look again at some of what Jesus says about love in the Gospels. He says:

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (MT 22:37-40). This sounds like agape. Universal love. For a long time, agape seemed to be the sort of love that Jesus was teaching, but agape-love feels easy and mellow. Simply develop warm thoughts for people in general. And Jesus Himself insists that He wants us to embrace an entirely new kind of love! How can we have missed this fact? He says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (JN 13:34). Loving others with the love of the Godhead Itself as Jesus expresses it to us in the Gospels is in fact a whole new kind of love! How can we have missed seeing what a departure the Lord’s love is from every other kind of love there is in our lives?

In His Sermons on the Mount and on the Plain, Jesus tells us much more about the new kind of love that He came to earth to teach. Let’s listen to Him more closely now! He says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (MT 5:43-48).

And He says, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who are abusive to you. Whoever hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic from him either. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. … If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. … But love your enemies and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil people. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you” (LK 27-38).

This is very far from just a generalized agape sort of love! This is love the same way the Godhead loves, love at an Olympic level, selfless and infinite. And to achieve this proactive and divine form of love requires that we cleanse and purify our minds of all our old negative habits. It also demands that we learn prevenient forgiveness, so we can effortlessly forgive “up to seventy times seven times” (MT 18:21-23).

The divine love that Jesus came to teach is the only sort of love that actually increases our consciousness vibrations. He knew the primary facts about consciousness that we have laid out above, and He knew a great deal more besides. He also knew something that we are coming to suspect only now, which is that our eternal vibratory rate is naturally so much higher than it is while we are in material bodies that when we remove the fear-based barriers to love’s awareness, we rise naturally toward ever greater love as a bubble of air in water naturally rises to join the air above the surface.

The Lord’s method for raising our personal consciousness vibrations really works! If you will take His teachings seriously, you can achieve an amazing level of personal spiritual elevation within only months; and as you continue the process, you can make that elevation permanent. It has to be the easiest method there is to improve both this life and our eternal lives to come! But when we simply use the word “love” in reference to our efforts to grow spiritually, that bland word has such a fickle set of common meanings that unless we can make a major effort toward striving to love as the Godhead loves, we are not going to grow spiritually by very much in this lifetime. Perhaps we hardly will grow at all.

Now at last we can learn and ever more perfectly live the divine form of love that Jesus taught! And as we grow spiritually, we soon find that all the eight forms of selective and ego-based love for which there are terms in ancient Greek are replaced by one universal and all-encompassing love that is by far and overwhelmingly the greatest and most joyous love there is. And we can so easily do this. Following the call of Jesus to love in the perfect way that God loves each of us is actually natural for us. And it is so richly self-reinforcing!

Now that we better understand what the Godhead wants, and especially the beautiful way the Godhead wants us to love, let’s consider next week how we can carry out our personal spiritual transformation. Okay, Lord! So I finally do get it. And I’m game! Now, what comes next?

 

Longin’ to tell you, But afraid and shy,
I’d let my golden chances pass me by!
Soon you’d leave me. Off you would go in the mist of day,
Never, never to know how I loved you. If I loved you.
– Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), from the musical “Carousel” (1945)

 

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36 thoughts on “The Love That Jesus Taught

  1. This is a brilliant summary of what is:

    ” I don’t think we can yet say that Mind is a form of energy, but we do know that in some ways It seems to behave like a form of energy. What is most germane to our discussion here is the fact that it vibrates in a range from very slow to very rapid. ” YES

    ” All our minds are part of that one Mind. Not separately, but indivisibly. We are forever individuals, and at the same time we are forever part of One Whole.”
    YES

    “We come here to grow spiritually! Indeed, there seems to be no other reason for the material universe to exist. ” YES

    There is a key to Earth life, and it is, ” You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” ”

    By the way, the song from Carousel is one of my favorites.

    Well said Roberta.

    1. Oh dear Jack, thank you for saying such lovely things! I wish I could claim to have written what you are calling a brilliant summary, but of course it came from my ever-brilliant primary spirit guide. He gives me the concepts, lets me struggle with writing them, and then swoops in when it is time to post them and tweaks them until he is satisfied. I learn the material better when we do it this way – true! – but it can feel like a lot of extra work, when he could just dictate the sentences and be done in one take.

      And to me, the true brilliance is the plan itself, the grand design that we are only now beginning to glimpse in any detail. What a gift this opportunity is to each of our individual minds!

      I should mention that it seems clear now, too, that the Collective of Perfected Beings that we are calling the Godhead – this highest level of human consciousness development – is not the ultimate height after all. It is the God of this particular universe which is designed for our spiritual development, what we might call something like preschool through graduate school. But Mikey Morgan himself tells us that we grow beyond the Godhead, and now I am beginning to realize that….

      1. Hi Roberta and everyone, I am going to sound like an apologist for the Coptic gospels—I know!— but I am far from it; I do think it is interesting, though, that in the Pistis Sofia that we have discussed previously, Jesus describes this “structure” of Consciousness with His disciples!

        1. Dear Mike, this is wonderful to hear! It is clear even without knowing this further detail that Jesus did indeed know all about consciousness as the source of reality, but this is wonderful added confirmation!

  2. I can’t help but wonder what happens to us once we finally become part of the Godhead. This can take centuries of our time and seems very organized so I am curious about what “becoming part of the Godhead” actually means, especially if we retain our individuality. This also seems to indicate that the universe is infinite

      1. Thanks Louise. I just wonder what the agenda is if and when we ever reach that level. It has to be far different than what we experience at lower levels.

    1. Dear Lola and Louise, please see the last paragraph of my response to Jack above. Your insight that there must be more above and beyond the Godhead likely is right, and the fact that it seems to be dawning on more and more of us about now is probably not a coincidence.

      As for the question of whether we retain our awareness through all that growth and all those eons, Thomas answers our concerns by saying, “You will never lose awareness. You will have God’s awareness.”

    1. Dear Kathy, I love that! “Inch by inch, anything’s a cinch with God’s help!” That pretty well sums up life itself, doesn’t it?

  3. H Roberta: Thank you as always for what you do.
    I have a private question and I hope you can answer. What about psychopathic serial killers? Usually men who just go out and kill again and again? They affect so many people in a negative way and don’t seem to care. Are they also souls that come to earth in order to grow spiritually?

    1. I’ve wondered about this for a long time, Kacy. So many people tend to ignore this kind of question because they don’t want to admit people like this exist. I think something happens with their psyche at some point in their life due to emotional trauma. It could be that the damage this causes allows negative beings to come into their aura, influencing them in very negative ways. Some of their childhood experiences are horrendous and I can’t help but wonder if this contributes to their horrific behavior

    2. Dear Kacy, Lola, and Damon, it turns out that one key aspect of the limited subset of our minds that we carry with us into each lifetime is our absolute free will. We are here to learn to reject negativity! So we must plan lives that are full of negative influences of various kinds, with the objective of better learning how to recognize and reject every bit of it.

      That is always the plan. Ever better learning how to recognize and reject fear, anger, hatred, and even maybe some serial-killer pathological impulses, perhaps intensified by a messed-up childhood. Hey, what a terrific spiritual stressor. Let’s try that! People are insanely brave in planning these lifetimes from where we spend most of eternity, a place where love is the very air we breathe! So sometimes we plan challenges into our lives that we then can’t quite manage to surmount.

      A lot of effort is put into keeping us from over-challenging ourselves, and then our guides work hard to help us surmount those challenges. Which is why there aren’t a lot more really awful people who do horrendous harm!! But we are told that every such case is someone who was a bit too ambitious in the negative-challenges department. Sad to say.

      1. Roberta, Kacy, Lola, Damon and everyone — I would imagine that this is when the guide team shifts from providing influence and guidance to doing damage control, perhaps with attempts at intervention, but respecting our free will — which so many here in this earthly experience we perceive as incarnation are often trying to say does not exist — is the team’s “prime directive.” Then the team resorts, I am told, to triage and, yes, prayer until the poor soul returns home. This is why forgiveness of all is so important; there are many who cannot forgive themselves!

      2. Free will and over challenging in one thing, but what about the thousands of innocent victims who become the targets of these people? What about their free will and their rights?

  4. Dear Roberta and everybody, I can see that we surely need a whole new vocabulary to talk about and understand the feeling of Oneness that is immanent in the Divine creative force. A well intentioned but inaccurate message that is familiar on so many church marquis, “God is love,” fails us in describing this power. I am reminded of why the poet Rumi said “The language of God is silence, and everything else is a poor translation.”

    1. I agree, Mike. I think the word “love” in this context is inadequate and not all inclusive, but through no fault of our own, it is the closest we can come given our limited vocabulary. Plus we were taught for centuries to project human qualities onto God, making the waters even muddier.

      1. Dear Lola, I am coming to see that this is a much bigger problem than I ever had realized. Every human-made God – and that includes the Christian God – has to be both human-like (but writ large) and with some fearsome characteristics, or else the religion doesn’t compel us to follow it enough to keep it alive. Fear of a human-like powerful bully-god is always every religion’s hook! I think it has to be thus, when until now we seem to have always had a folk-memory that there is a genuine Creator-God, but we had no way of studying or coming to understand that genuine God. What a mess!

        1. I couldn’t agree with you more, Roberta. We have to remember that back in the earlier days of Christianity, even if we decided to look at God in the way we are starting to look at God now, there would have been severe retribution. No one would be allowed to say the things we are saying here, as we would have likely been put to death. Jesus couldn’t even tell us about this directly as he was constantly being monitored.

    2. Dear Mike, I would agree with Rumi, except that the silence attached to our trying to somehow understand the silence of what God is saying still doesn’t tell us very much! But of course, you are right: we need a new word, or perhaps even a new set of words, for the love that is the highest consciousness vibratory rate. First, though, I think that we will need to find a better way to understand it. I gather this is why we’re staying with this topic for another week….

  5. As someone who has always prided myself on my individuality,(having avoided military service or joining a fraternity in college in my youth) I still shy away from joining organizations. However, being part of the Godhead collective hasn’t bothered me, as I see it as my life fulfillment. I still struggle to understand, is my brain and my personality temporary, or is there a connection to my soul energy and in what manner? Also we humans have always prided ourselves on being the most valuable animal on earth, but are we? We seem so much more broken than our fellow animals. How did we get that way? And lastly, most human beings living on the planet are as ordinary as salt (in other humans eyes), so when a terrible crisis like the current Covid strikes, everyone is grieving for the lost humanity, but most of us I expect will likely not know a personal who has succumbed to it. Even if we lose a loved one, it really is just another cause of death and we all must face death. It makes me wonder if the Godhead set up the earth to function a certain way naturally, and that God is not directing any one plaque or disaster. The bigger question is does God ever intervene in the earth’s natural events and why? Sorry, I am sort of just thinking out loud here.

    1. Dear Timothy, to briefly answer your questions:

      1) Your brain is temporary, but your mind (which carries your personal awareness) is eternal.

      2) The term “soul” is a religion-based term for your mind, which is the eternal “you.”

      3) Humans are indeed unique. Animals are members of species-specific “group souls,” but humans are individual personalities that are part of the same consciousness as the Godhead.

      4) We are more “broken” while on earth because we come here specifically to experience negativity so we can grow spiritually. When we go home, we aren’t broken at all!

      5) Covid is a political thing. We have had much worse pandemics, even in my lifetime – including some awful flu that I got at 12 and barely survived – and during Woodstock in 1969 there was a worse pandemic going on than Covid. Don’t believe the hype! We used to call pneumonia “the old man’s friend,” and that is what Covid is: it takes the old and frail. If it weren’t politically expedient in 2020 to have it to worry about, it would be barely a news footnote.

      6) There is no one Big-Guy god. But the Godhead literally creates our reality instant-by-instant, so you’d better believe that the Godhead intervenes!!

      I hope this helps, my dear Timothy!

      1. Thanks Roberta,
        Yes your thoughts are always welcome, my mind either my brain or my eternal mind tends to circle around specific points repeatedly, I see it in my work too, to confirm things I know, but need to reaffirm. As a materialistic visual (which we humans can relate too) I see the Godhead as a huge intricate mosaic ball of light, like the sun, but more magnificent. Each one of us is a jewel and like a puzzle piece can only fit into one place in the ball of light. We are unique and equally important to the whole. The light ball is ever changing as jewels circulate out and try to find their way back, but always rotating around the ball of light, or God-Head if you will, searching for our place in the puzzle. Even though the completed GodHead (when we all arrive) will be magnificent and indescribable, the process and the beauty of the process is equally beautiful and marvelous.
        With love to you and all your readers.
        Tim

  6. Dear Roberta,

    In these days of trying very hard to send love, think it, be that thing Jesus asked of us, your words – yes! ‘brilliant summary’, indeed! – sing to this heart.

    It’s often difficult not to react – internally or otherwise – to messages of hate or disinformation, but – all told – my reacting in any way but with equanimity will defeat my soul progress. (Mama calls it joining the ‘get over it club’🙃)

    Sending much love and well wishes to you and yours. I’m thankful for your wisdom in my life.

    Brett

    1. Oh dear Brett, thank you for your kindly words! And next week we’ll be talking more about how you can train yourself to rise above the hatred: following Jesus closely turns out to be less a matter of teeth-clenching will, and more a matter of simply forming new habits….

  7. Hi Roberta. An interview I heard today has raised a question in my mind that I hope you can add some clarity on. When we talk about raising our vibrations, is it just about higher frequency, or is it also about something akin to voltage? As we grow spiritually, are we able to run more spiitual “juice” through our energy fields, sort of like going from using thin little copper wires, to heavy duty wire, to a high voltage cable straight out of the power plant? It sort of fits the idea of fear based entities having so little power compared to love based ones (is love the “juice”), and maybe the higher “levels” require the ability to handle the higher “God power” or it would be sort of like sticking your finger in a light socket. As far as vibration, is it more like we all have a unique energetic signature, like a spiritual bar code (perhaps how we all recognize each other on the other side) which doesn’t change, but just sort of “expands” to be able to hold more of the God energy? This is a hard subjuct to wrap ones head around and our vocabulary is limited. Does this line of thinking make any sense based on your research or what those like Mikey Morgan say?

    1. Dear Scott, good question. It appears to be something more akin to voltage, but I think that it is probably both voltage and frequency. Consciousness is energy-like, but it is not just another form of temporal energy; rather, it is the infinitely powerful base creative force that manifests all that we think is real. Those who try to go above their spiritual developmental level in the afterlife without being shielded by an upper-level being report that the energy above their grade buffets them; it seems actually to shock them unbearably, but it isn’t precisely electrical.

      Yes, we do indeed have individual energy signatures. That is how we recognize one another after we transition!

  8. Dearest Roberta,
    The sheer potency of Agape, the wellspring of creation ongoing, is the thing I see.

    To mistake such boundless potency for bland pastel and beige love, however fuzzy and warm, is perhaps one of humankind’s greatest follies.

    Conversely, to awaken humankind to the true potential of Agape may indeed prove the truest, most noble endeavor of all.

    I guess we first must become something of it ourselves. 🙏🏼❣️🌅

  9. My whole life I have questioned just what is love, and I have come to the conclusion that love is not a feeling but and action. It is all about how we treat one another. I think that is what Jesus is teaching us here.

    1. Yes, dear Rockey. Love is indeed not just a feeling; but it is also more than action, I think. Love as Jesus teaches it is a state of being, a transformation of what we are to the core of our being, from human-based and negativity-based to a path toward ever more perfect divine love. We’ll talk about this a bit more next week….

  10. We need new words and new images to talk about this. A new vocabulary and metaphors that are fundamental to spirit not material experience. Looking forward to what the next part brings!♐️

    1. Dear Mike, more and more I have been thinking as you are thinking here. This highly developed spiritual perfection – the love that Jesus is setting as our goal – has been almost unknown in all of human history, certainly beyond the caves of mystics! With no history and no words, how can we even begin to understand it and talk about it?

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