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Chapter Nine “Love”
By Denise Love Contreras
Sunday, July 01, 2007

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Love.

I have asked myself that many times in life,

I thought love was being with the opposite sex, and having many friends would mean you’re loved.

I did not have a clue what love meant, it was not really a part of my vocabulary.

I did not know how to love anyone because I did not love myself.

I knew how to people please, I was great at that, and some people thought it was love.

I knew how to say the word I love you but words mean nothing with no actions.

I know different now, love is a beautiful way of giving to another person, love is God’s love, and love is an action.

I think we all have the feeling of love inside of us and sometimes we do not know it.
 


 

I pushed that feeling away for years, because I pushed God’s love away, I was unable to be open and act on love. Since I believe love is an action then I have to act on love when I act on love then I feel love. If I do not feel the love then how can I believe in love?
 


 

I think love is God. I have to be open to see love and believe. Look around you, the world is full of love just look outside and look at the sky, feel the breeze, and feel the love.
 

 Love never says no just like God never says no, I think many people are afraid of the feeling and the action of love. I know I was afraid of love, and I still am at times; the reason I say I still am is because when I get into the fear of others and keep my mind on negativity I become afraid of love. I felt more comfortable being miserable in my own anger than I did with love.
 

I can say that the reason was because of the way I was raised, so I have someone to blame. I can say it was because I chose not to let go of my anger and rage that was why I was afraid of love. I believe the reason I was afraid was because I chose to stay in the negativity.
 


 

Love is positive and the other choice is negative, anger, rage and hate, fear. I had to let others love me until I could love myself; I had to learn to receive love.
 


 

Love is a child playing, love is many things. I believe love is all just as God is.
 


 

Love is exciting; love is healing when we love others we are helping in the process of healing.
 


 

I like the idea of how we can choose many ways to express love. A mother’s love, a father’s love, giving love to a friend, loving your pet and loving from a far, tough love. I needed tough love and I still do, love is a big part of life.
 


 

If God did not possess love then life would not be here and God would not be, love and God are one. When we let the love within we become one with God, I know I have God’s love, you have God’s love. If you do not believe me look in the mirror and see for yourself.
 


 

Now if you go to the mirror with doubt then you won’t see the love of God within you. If you say, “No it is not true ,” then it will be not true for you. You won’t see the beauty within yourself; so then you will not see God.
 


 

We do receive what we believe in, that is why I am choosing to have an open mind, so I can be open to all of the love and God in the world. These are my thoughts and what I believe in.
 


 

The reason I believe this is because I have gone through many experiences that have helped me see how this makes much more sense than the God I started with as a child. The fearing God, the one keeping score up in the sky.
 


 

God is all.
 


 

I have experienced the feeling and knowing, so this is my truth, no one has to go along with it. We all have our own ways of loving and believing. I just hope we all as individuals can keep an open mind to all the faiths. I do not believe any faith or religion is wrong, what I think is we all have different paths and some may take longer than others to get the most out of the belief we choose.
 


 

I have experienced when I love, life goes along much smoother, so if we all give love to each other and not judge a book by its cover, love people for who they really are, not for how much money they have. Not for what they look like. Love them for being them.
 


 

Now I ask myself how can I give love to others?
 


 

I can start with a smile, smiling at someone is love, I know when someone smiles at me it makes me feel good, shaking hands is love, and also listening to someone and really hearing what they are saying not just looking at them, but really being open to what they are saying is definitely love. Calling someone up and saying “Hi! I just wanted to say hello and let you know I love you.”
 


 

Hugging someone is spreading love. There are so many actions we can do to spread the love of God. Speaking is love, sharing a part of us with others is love, sharing, I believe love is letting out the God within you to others.
 


 

Love is an action, we all can talk and say, “I love you” words mean nothing if there is no action behind what is said.
 


 

I think one thing that is very important at least it is for me, is following that intuition, the knowing that God is telling you to follow your calling in life. If we don’t follow our calling it seems to keep pushing us to do it and we never are complete if we do not act on it. I had a hard time figuring out what that meant. I had no idea of what I was meant to do with my life; I did not know what my purpose in life was.
 


 

I went through life just hanging on with threads. Now I am enjoying life and I believe that my calling is to spread love to others and let others know there is a life after hell.
 

That’s why I am writing this book. I am looking forward to my future.
 

We can help lead each other to the love of God, which is within each and every one of us. I was always looking for God I wanted to be a follower; I thought to myself,
 

“When I find God I will follow Him.”
 

I came to believe that God has been with me and I did not have to find Him. I just had to let myself trust and just be, and listen to the love of God from within me; I would keep saying to myself, “It is normal to not trust something we cannot see.” I asked myself, “How could I trust something I cannot touch, see, or smell?” Then I thought to myself, “I already do see God, I smell God, and I have touched God many times and I did not even realize it.”
 


 

I see the beauty of His creation. I smell the flowers everyday. I also touch God every time I touch a rose or hug another human being. When I thought of it that way it helped me keep my trust, when I get into doubt I have to remind myself how God is every where, and I can see, smell and touch God. I do every day. As a child I noticed those things more often, as I grew older it seemed all the beauty I used to notice, I did not notice, now I am grateful. I can be childlike. I am in awe of God it is such a gift to be able to know God is all and we’re a part of God, what a gift we have.
 


 

Things That Remind Me of God:
 


 

The thought of the moon and the stars at night, remind me of God. The sun that rises every morning to start my day, the flowers and trees, all of nature is God letting me know that God is here with me each and every day. The feeling I get in my heart when I look into a little child’s eyes, or a newborn baby, those feelings are showing me that God is within me. We are never alone, if you start to feel alone remember the face of a loved one, or look out side, or just look within.
 

You will find God everywhere.
 


 

I listen to music and think of the gift of God. God gave the singers voices like Angels; God gave talent to the violinists, to the drummers, and all the musicians, what a gift they have. When I watch a Ballet dancer I think of the beauty God gave them, to be able to express their love of God through beautiful movements. A writer who expresses their love through writing is a gift from God. A Doctor who wants to help others in sharing their love is a gift from God. God gave each and every one of us love, and gifts. So count your gifts and enjoy them, you deserve it.
 


 

Follow your calling; listen to the intuition that tells you,
 

“I am God, we are one.”
 

I have experienced when I make friends with my thoughts I become more peaceful, my thoughts happen when I do not plan to think. I wake up in the morning and I am thinking. I am not saying, “Ok now I will think!” It just happens, and sometimes my thoughts our not positive.
 

I am finding out, if I make friends with my thoughts, if I meet my thoughts with understanding and love, then my thoughts seem to change. They are calm, and positive. It is funny; sometimes I have a conversation with my thoughts. I have to or my head is a dangerous place to visit. Since I am spending a lot of time in my head I have to think positive.
 


 

Thoughts are like children, they think what they want to think, and that is that. So I say, “Stop! I do not need to hear that, if you’re going to think, you think good thoughts or shut up.”
 


 

Seriously, I have to talk like that to myself other wise my old thinking won’t stop. I have lived with my old thoughts for so long that they keep popping up reminding me they’re still with me. I have work to do every day in order for me to keep this serenity and peace that is in my life. If I make friends with my thoughts, then my words change to be more loving and compassionate, then I become a more loving and peaceful person.
 

My thoughts love to tell me I am no good. I am good. So I have to continue on this path and shut my thoughts up.
 


 

Thoughts create; I am creating positive, loving people in my life, I am creating myself to be full of abundance with love. We are sharing this to the world that is what we really are supposed to do if we take the time to work on ourselves and remember who we really are. We are love. Just be and enjoy being the best you can be.
 

 
 

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 8/18/2007
A great personal sharing Angela!......M


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