Love created me like itself.
Love holds no grievances.
There are few review sessions in the workbook that have as much potential to inspire – or intimidate – us as these two. The first is deeply assuring, equating God with Love, and ourselves with God. It neatly dispels the separation in favor of an equality that few people would disdain.
The second is a neat reminder that we aren’t half as close to knowing that self as we think we are.
This is important! On the one hand, we are perfect children – perfect creations – of that which is eternal and divine. As God can only create perfectly, so we can only be perfect.
Yet the simplicity and purity of that fact has been compromised and polluted. We’ve managed to make a mess of Oneness by entertaining – and taking seriously – the idea that separation from God is both possible and defensible.
Inherent in the separation is the notion of retaliation. Every one who perceives themselves as separate is scared of God’s revenge. On some level, this is always a fact. It might show up as death or sickness or violence, but it’s always there. We left, God is mad, and we have to protect ourselves against the vengeful attack we all know is coming.
Except – and this is where these two lessons are especially helpful – that’s not true. God is not angry that we’re apart – God is simply not complete and as such yearns for wholeness. That’s the nature of Love – it is inclusive and unconditional. The moment something is left out, Love is bereft. All God wants is for us to return.
Thus, God is not holding any grievances. God isn’t far away in Heaven, drumming fingers on throne’s edge, saying “damn it, why are they taking so long? They’re messing up my perfection.”
Love doesn’t work that way. Wanting only wholeness, it seeks only wholeness. It can’t get it through grievances, which are based on judgment, which is based on separation. This and that. Right and wrong. Love sees itself or it sees the need for itself and it responds accordingly.
So it’s healthy to be inspired by these lessons. Yes! I’m like love! And good too to remember that the Love which comprises us in truth is not the love of the world. It is not the love to which we are accustomed. It’s neither special nor personal. And it calls us always to be as it is.