“The biggest advances are not made by being a great teacher; they are made by being a great student.”
— Gary r. Renard, The Disappearance of the Universe
Sometimes this school called Earth can be a daunting destination and the lessons put in front of you can be staggering. The most difficult thing to do when presented with challenges is to react with love on a consistent, daily basis, regardless of what life is putting before you. Choosing love in these situations may seem counterintuitive, painful, or even impossible – but this is your reason for returning to our school called Earth.
I just had an amazing encounter at a demonstration in Dallas, Texas that reminded me just why I was guided to write The Power of Love.
After a demonstration where my Spirit friends were especially forthcoming with loving and healing messages, a woman came up to me and said, “I want to say thank you – you’re the reason I’m here today!” She went on to explain her situation, and reminded me of a time, over 25 years ago, when I had met her parents.
Her mother and father had come to me, devastated after the loss of their young daughter in a tragic accident. I brought the child through and could clearly see her holding out a doll to her mother. “Please tell her to give this to my sister.” she said. When I shared that message her mother exclaimed, “That can’t happen. Michelle was an only child, and I will never have another – I can never, ever, risk feeling this pain again.” The young girl in the Spirit world shook her head, and pleadingly held out the doll. “She said don’t be afraid, please try again – she will always be there to protect the baby.” I explained to the grieving parents. I begged them to trust the power of love, and to try to have another child.
I never knew if they took my advice until the young woman in Dallas introduced herself. She was the child that I had encouraged this couple to have! Not only had she brought joy and healing to her parents, but she had grown up to be a teacher and was sharing the ripple effect of love with the children in her classroom every single day.
Having the faith to choose love isn’t always easy. This exercise will help you to see the effects of decisions you have made, and reinforce the impact that going down the path of love has on your life, and the lives of everyone you touch.
Exercise: The Ripple Effect of Love
In your mind’s eye, visualize two giant screens side by side. On the left screen is a timeline of your life arranged in years and decades. Choose a year or decade to observe. Very quickly, a few significant situations will begin to stand out. See them, live them, and be them. As you do this, you will find that there are one or two particular events that are emotionally prominent. With an objective eye, immerse your- self in the particular circumstances surrounding the event and become aware of the various choices and decisions you made at that time.
Now, turn to the right screen and observe the outcomes resulting from the choices you made—for not only the other recipients but yourself as well. Clearly see the energy you created with your actions and the rippling effect caused by your words and deeds. As these memories and events come into clarity, begin to see the sources of and reasons for the decisions that you made. Become completely aware of the motives, insights, and reasoning that were involved. While doing this, it is important to be as objective as possible, remembering that you are now at a very different place and time in your life. You also might find that nothing has changed very significantly in your decision-making process and you might make the same choices again, given the same circumstances.
Imagine the light of love entering both screens until they are both clear. Realize that the power of love can expand your life choices and extend to all those within your sphere. All choices are based on either fear or love. Become more aware than ever of which one has been the most frequent cause of your decisions. See how it has shaped the life you now live. From this moment on, you know you want a life full of love, so begin to choose love as the cause of your choices. As you express love in all you do and are, you will see its ripples expanding beyond your everyday existence.
James Van Praagh: Energy 101
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
James Van Praagh
Internationally renowned #1 New York Times bestselling author of Talking to Heaven, Reaching to Heaven, Healing Grief, Heaven and Earth, Looking Beyond, Meditations, Ghosts Among Us, Unfinished Business, Growing Up In Heaven, Adventures of the Soul, How to Heal a Grieving Heart (co-authored with Doreen Virtue) and the soon to be released Power of Love; James Van Praagh is hailed throughout the world as a pioneer of the mediumship movement, and recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His messages have brought solace, peace and spiritual insights, changing millions view of both life and death.