Love is one substance in the earth realm that will never be in short supply. God is love, and therefore the substance that makes everything manifest is infinite. The real problem with seeing the infinite has to do with the way we see. Let us start with the population count of humans on earth as a dynamic demonstration of love in action. Is the population getting too large or can the earth sustain a population of 21 billion?
What many overlook, with such an example is a tendency to focus on the places and things that seem to stand out and displaced the background and nature of existence. The beauty of people and their personal lives capture our attention and seize or focus. The story on the screen of our lives is like a 3D movie overwhelming our attention. When this happens, we fail to comprehend the screen and overlook the background substance of which 7.5 billion people get existence and are manifest. It is this loss of our attention towards the infinite that steals our happiness and peace in life.
Recently, I heard an inspirational story which may help illustrate why our focus is often misplaced. The story goes on to say that a professor passed out a surprise exam to each student placing the exam paper face down on each desk. The professor then instructed the students to turn over the paper and describe what they saw. Everyone was surprised that there were no questions just a single black dot in the middle of the page.
After collecting and reading out loud all responses describing the dot, its size, and its location on the page, the professor observed out loud that not one student described the white space on the page. The professor informed everyone the exam would not be graded. The professor wanted to stress the point that everyone focused on the black dot and not the white space and how this is true in our lives. We focus on health issues, complicated relationships, global temperatures and global markets.
Even in a world where spirituality trends of meditation and mindfulness are becoming popular, the human focus remains on the objects of the material world. To quote Rupert Spira “Matter is not what is seen, but a way of seeing.” In the Hindu philosophy, there is a term called “Maya” which is Sanskrit for illusion. In other words, material reality distracts us by misdirecting the focus of our attention.
For those that believe in and acknowledge the existence of God are not immune to this mode of how we interpret and perceive reality. The focus of our attention falls only on the objects of reality. However, there is a background and substance that permeates everything and out of which the whole of our existence emerges. Known by many names like spirit, consciousness, awareness, and love, this actual substance of our realm mostly goes undetected by our human attention.
Those that can relax the focus of their attention will experience the essence of reality. This essence is the infinite substance of love which yields peace. God could confidently make the statement and promise “I will never leave you or forsake you” because the very presence of God is the infinite substance of love out of which all existence emerges. This is the reason scripture records that “In God, we live and move and have our being.”
Whenever we have a difficult time seeing love in the world, it is probably because our attention is being carried away by the movie of life playing out before your eyes. Practicing the Presence of God is the name in the Christian culture for defocusing from the people and objects of the material world. Every religious tradition in the world has a way to help us humans set and keep our focus so we can see the love and experience the peace we deserve as children of God. Right now, are you seeing and experiencing the infinite substance of love?