Eric’s Sunday Sermon; An Outlook of Love

Updated on April 8, 2018
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

The Land is So Open, That is Twenty Miles Away

And we went down the narrow canyon anyways. Luckily the flash flood came while we were in camp.
And we went down the narrow canyon anyways. Luckily the flash flood came while we were in camp. | Source

How Do We React?

There is an outer lens in our eyeballs. But it is not called the lens it is the cornea. The lens on the inside must look through the cornea to see. Our heart, our Love and our soul are inside also and must look through our mind to see. If our mind is full of garbage we see through the garbage and most likely all things we see has the tint of garbage. Yes the brain filters what we see. (of course I will argue against all things seeing through the brain this is the physical)

So the question comes up about the brain and Love. Oh for sure about the brain and God also. But for some reason we do not associate the brain with Love. Yes scientist can point to certain activity in the brain and say we mistake that for love but it is just a chemical reaction to stimuli. Can you even imagine running your rig of life with that as your Love compass? “She is noticing me and my heart is all a flutter, my palms are sweating and I think I will just burst out in Love”. “Oh yea that is just a chemical reaction.” “I will just keep looking for love”.

Habitual Love. Isn’t that cool. I like to think I have a strong habit, maybe an addiction to Love of all sorts. If I do not get my fix of giving or getting Love, run, do not walk away. One attribute of a strong habit is doing it without thinking. Think of flushing the toilet after you use it – I do not think that is a conscious thought. Drives my wife nuts when I act all loving to a store owner who is trying to rip us off. But it is a habit. I simply cannot help myself.

My health coach thinks that to break a habit and replace it with a new one takes about 6 months. I had heard 90 days. That does not work for me. 3 straight days without reading, meditating, prayer and love and my bliss and habit of loving goes right out the door. Bummer. But there is immediate pain that gets me back to the cure of Love.

When I am on a Love roll aggravation and frustration head me right back to a drink of Love. Like putting a burnt finger into ice water. Or more basic, pulling your hand out of the fire. Our reaction of loving after a being burnt should be a reflex.

I Am Down With This

Nature's Wonders

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More Ranting on Love

Now back to the weird science and seeing through the brain. Physically I see through my brain and the connection, interpretation of what my eye observes and takes in. That is pretty basic mechanics of how our eye works. But the fact of that matter is my love is unfiltered. A great example of our brain ruining our love is found with what we now call “doubting Thomas”. One of the disciples saw Jesus on resurrecting and felt his presence but would not believe until he felt and saw the wounds. Blessed are those who believe who have not seen. Gets right to the heart of it.

I cannot allow myself to love because of what I see. I cannot walk in my pitch black home lest I have faith that all things are as they should be in their place. And if they are I can walk in the dark without seeing. Our Love shines through darkness and allows us to see without seeing. I happen to love my children and wife very much. I do not see them while I sleep or when they are living far away or when they are at work. I can’t even touch them, hear them or feel them. Yet perhaps I love them more when they are not present. I suppose to some degree I am with them in my brain. But they are fully present in my heart.

In pure structured philosophy we generally would call that a branch of metaphysics. A study of the fundamental nature or reality. It is like where our silly questions such as “what is love?” are dealt with. Pretty much non empirical. Which pretty much means without the senses. In that area we would say that we love without knowing. Or something like “I love my neighbor and all peoples though I do not know them.” Because love is a state of being not of the stimuli that it responds to. I know that is esoteric but really not that much woo woo and to complicated.

“I love you if….” Just makes no sense. I love you because I am in a state of love, matter it not what goes down that I can perceive with my senses. If you pause and think about it, it is really really cool because we do not have to “work” on issues, they just dissipate in love.

Cool

Somewhere on Coronado Island

I cannot not count the beauty.
I cannot not count the beauty. | Source

Choices

If you are one of those crackpots that really watch the morning and nightly news, as about 85% of us do, your love meter is in trouble. Somehow your perception permeates down into your soul if you do it enough. So our love really should not change in watching such a horror story but when it is a habit it does. You simply cannot watch the haters and hurters and remain in a loving bliss. The abstract gets tainted by a morose and disgusting barrage of bad. The brain is elevated to a filter by which we feel.

Being informed. Being informed or deformed? Oh sure, if the world gave equal time to the beautiful and the horrific that would be a start. Radical to the side of ugliness requires an equal measure of the good side. That means I have to love more deeply and stronger than they do to not care of hate. So “being informed” is an excuse to wallow in the bad stuff. I study the Bible quite a bit, like daily. I do not have the time to study both the good and the bad out of it. If I read a chapter of the bad it means that I am taking away the time to study the good for the 30th time, and I need more. If I spend a lifetime studying the Love from Jesus it would be too little. Not being informed of the hell around us as a habit does not equate to us not caring.

Charity as Love begins in the home. Fill that house with daily horror and see how that really works for you. Worry and anxiety and being offended are not parts of Love. They in fact are a form of gluttony. An indulgence which is bad for us but we get too much of it anyway. We cannot help ourselves. Well cancel that. We do not have to be that way. If our vessel is so filled with love we simply do not have time, energy or space to get into that negative stuff. How can I spend time on condemnation if I am too busy living out heaven on earth. And love is not selfish so that living and loving must come from us and out into the world. Our world. If you want to change your world and are honest about it, join the Peace Corps and do it. But do not sit at home and ring your fingers over it.

For me, at my age, I am happy to be “in Love”. And spread the good news by actions outside my door.

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      Manatita44 

      7 months ago

      Funny ... yet real! Lol.

      Sean has 4 kids. Share secrets. Or asked Linda how she coped. Ha ha.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Manatita. You are so right about chanting. I find the candle also works for me. And to some extent aroma. Distractions, distractions distractions.

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      manatita44 

      7 months ago from london

      I was re-reading your Hub. Excellent as usual.

      You have not asked, true. But chanting is effective for distractions. Get some beads with 108 malas. Chant 'purity' 100 times and also 'Gratitude' 100 times. Do them when its still or quiet. Soon they will be a part of you to use when necessary.

      Of course dealing with kids and family are necessary distractions. Still, as the joy increases, so will the distractions decrease. Distractions are in the mind. Forbearance and fortitude are qualities of the Heart. Peace.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawerence, a few days a week I close my eyes and pick up my favorite Bible next to my desk usually under and between the Latin Vulgate and some "new" version. I flip the pages and stick my finger to pick the chapter.

      Sometimes they come up like that coals verse. Takes me a day to figure on it. But what else should I do walking the back trails other than being with my friends.

      Life is great down here and up there.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      7 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Here's a fun one for you and your beloved. "If your enemy is hungry, feed him, if he's thirsty give him a drink, by doing so, you'll heap burning coals on his head!" (Romans 12 vs 20)

      It's an awesome verse to live by and will guarantee change much better than anger ever will.

      I'm like you, I need my 'Bible fix' every day, and I'm addicted to it as well!!

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank I am glad to have you say that. I miss quite a few. So be it.

      Thank you for coming by. I feel so blessed to have good friends like you.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      Eric.. I seem not to be getting notices... so I do apologize for not seeing these earlier, I Look forward to your Sunday sermon on Monday or Tuesday, never Friday.. and once again I have not been disappointed...:)

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You really made me think of John 7:24, one of my favorites. Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

      And I think that applies to so much even "things". My elder son is a model. Somehow it helps him cut right through the appearance of people and creates a strong interest about the inside. I am lucky to have him as a teacher.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 months ago from The Beautiful South

      The biggest mistake as a young person (and some older) that we make is letting our eyes deceive us. We fall in love with beauty and that seems pretty normal but can land is in a lifetime of regret. We don't look for the beauty on the inside and miss some wonderful opportunities for a much more fulfilling life.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Whonu. Somehow I missed this earlier. I like your perspective. And oh so true about our children.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      I was hoping you would go back and read the whole thing. Thanks.

      I agree that "love" is recognized by "giving up your life to doing good for" [those who can't see] but without the word "up" in it. Because of that understanding I see a need and believe I have the cure so I devote my time to causing it to happen.

      Aloha

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes so I went back and read without prejudging and bias. Of course those are not loving. I mentioned it partly as a confession I suppose. I truly believe that a person with purpose as you, and you love what you do, as you do then I say “The noblest motive is the public good.” .Something like "Vin' cit a' mor p'atrie" Perhaps we should think harder that the greatest love is sometimes not giving your mortal life for another but rather giving up your life to doing good for them.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      I agree, Eric, when one say "in" love it means love was not there for that particular until a certain time, that's limiting. On the other hand, saying "I love" means there was never a beginning to the love one has for... That is what I explained there and you would have seen had you not prejudged what I was saying.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda. Wow that surgical removal of a hindrance in vision is a fantastic thing to think about. If we look at the gospels in this way it should lead to marvelous revelations.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      My goodness Eric, you packed a LOT into this one today.

      Unfiltered love. I like that.

      And, the concept of loving with our minds, focusing through the prism that is our minds.

      You're not old enough (yet) to have had cataract surgery, but I can tell you that having that clouded lens removed and replaced did wonders for my life. If only removing the other obstacles that cloud our ability to really SEE could be that easy.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is so cool Bill. "good morning I love you" is our way. I'm more of a hugger than a kisser. Woe be to those I meet if I don't get my fix first thing. Have a great week friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I kissed my wife this morning...kissed the dog...went outside and fed the critters, told them I love them, and then showered, looked in the mirror, and told myself that I love me.

      Everything is covered for the day ahead!

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, thank you. For some reason getting rid of the distractions is taking many more breathing exercises lately. So big deal, I just do them and all is good.

      I am starting to think that while hate is not really the opposite of love, it is our major impediment. You simply cannot hate this hour and love the next.

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      manatita44 

      8 months ago from london

      A most wonderful Hub on Love and an enjoyable read.

      Gluttony and Indulgence are pretty big ones which take so many different forms! You got it right there, as usual.

      You and I, Bill and quite a few more, will continue to Love, Bro. Indeed right now I'm in Nairobi, Kenya and have already given two workshops on God, Love, Light, meditation ...a great, yet humble and receptive crowd.

      Yes, you can Love the haters, but don't embrace them (chuckle)

      Habits? The whole process of meditation is to unlearn what we have learnt. Takes lifetimes not months. Love you, Bro. Hari Om!!

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Larry I think that is how it should be. It works for me. Except I have a boy to walk ;-) Thank you for putting this in a day to day perspective.

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      whonunuwho 

      8 months ago from United States

      Thank you for sharing your feelings in this sermon my friend. Yes, the news on television is a source of continuation in hatred. The news folks dwell on this and push it like a bad drug habit. It does more harm than good and in some circles that is the objective. We are better than this and we can show it in all we say and do. Our children depend on us. Many blessings to all. whonu

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      Larry W Fish 

      8 months ago from Raleigh

      As always an amazing sermon, Eric. If it wasn't for love we would all be in a state of worry every day of the week. I will be 70 in a few months and I cherish every day of the week. When I walk my dog, I love her, when I hear the birds singing in a nearby tree I love it, when I see the kids waiting for the school bus I love it, when I walk in the door and see my wife cooking breakfast I love it. Eric I love every single day that me and my wife spend together. I love, love and love some more.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Margaret you and I are going to have a love fest following each other. I hope that you being such an avid student of the Bible you will see the references though not direct to passages. Thank you.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Eric, thanks so much for sharing this subject with your readers including me. Your Sunday Sermon based on love was worth reading. One correction though: It is so good it could be for every day of the week and not limited to just Sunday (smile).

      Your profile says "ex-preacher." Not so. You preached through your article. I'm looking forward to reading more of them since I am following you now.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry I kind of tuned out when you limited "in love". "In" is the right word. It is a term that gets a bad rap for no good reason. We do not say 'He acted at love". In suggests a space into which one enters. My space is love. And conversely Love enters and becomes in my space or vessel. It is an "in" thing. If you want to limit in love to amorous situations fine. But you would be wrong in my opine.

      And folks who think there are black and white lines between the "types" of love are mistaken. If love exists it can take any form and yet be the same love which we can live in. While I have chambers in my physical heart, there are no walls in my spiritual love.

      I think you can get that notion from this sermon.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Brother Eric, loving and being "in love" are two different things. "In love" has the opposite of "hate" which makes on to cling so until they hate to be parted from; love is pure acceptance without condition because of understanding the eternal purpose for all things.

      Now that the purpose for almost everything has been revealed to me I am no longer "in love" but an inspired by how love has no conditions. Love recognizes cause, effects and consequences and can not be obtain while we are "in love".

      I am working to change the government because loving has opened my eyes that civilizations are seasonal like the two haves of the day and this one is within 10 years of its sunset before the 7000 year transition brings its reverse civilization. For that to happen 10% of man are require to awaken into this understanding I have and the process of doing it require them to live as individual nomads on a earth with nations without borders and the liberty to eat from any source of food and drink from any source of water available. That can not happen without the whole world being at peace and money not a requirement for consuming them. The other things man depend on will still have a price but not man's three basic needs of air, food and water.

      What I'm doing is prohibiting the earth from being cursed into oblivion, as is implied in scripture, and most of the army of my family members will discarnate in the final battle and that destiny I can not change "lest (God) come and smite the earth with a curse" which is to eliminate it altogether.

      That is what love does, it see what is required and causes one to act on it for benefit of the "greatest good" for a lack of another way of saying it.

      I do understand where you are coming from and would more than likely be doing the same if I didn't see my destiny.

      What you said make plenty since when looking through the fruit of "the knowledge of good and evil" but not when looking through "cause, effect and consequences."

      Aloha.

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