How to Trust in Love
Recently I was asked to write an article on the subject of trust for Miracles Magazine, a publication that centers on the teachings of A Course in Miracles. While ACIM often uses different language than I do, the fundamentals of my work and ACIM teachings align beautifully, which is not surprising given that both originate directly from Source/God.
The article appears in the current print edition of Miracles Magazine, so for those who don't subscribe to that, here it is...
How to Trust in Love
By Mary Reed
In his mystically-received Choose Only Love, Sebastián Blaksley writes, “Where there is unconditional love there is unlimited trust.”
This is profoundly true, but presents at least two challenges for many people to grasp. The first is that the human mind inherently thinks of love as conditional. We love someone when…, or if…, or as long as…, or because…. The latter is easiest to overlook as a conditional term since it usually includes a list of nice reasons someone is lovable, or it’s based on the classic spiritual mandate, “because God said I should.”
The mind ruled by the ego cannot understand how we can love when there’s no list of reasons, no holy instruction, or no criteria being met for when, or if, or as long as, or because. This is a struggle for the mind because, truly, love is not an action to be justified but our natural state of being. And we cannot realize the state of BEING love as long our mind is trying to justify DOING love.
In my work as a mystic wisdom teacher, I have a simple way to help people remember that they, themselves, are an expression and experience of Divine unconditional love. If we consider that the pure nature of love is solely to love, then we can understand that it only knows how to be one thing: love. Love only knows how to be love in the same way fear only knows how to be afraid, judgment only knows how to judge, anger only knows how to be angry, and so on.
If, in the presence of any person, place, or experience, love can only be love, then all questions of worthiness are moot. All love does is love in every situation because that’s all love IS. Divine love, by its very nature, considers all forms of life equal, free to be as they are, and not only accepted but cherished as unique expressions of the Oneness of God. When we align with Divine love we become the Divine witness able to see as God sees.
Understanding this makes it simple for us to realize how we are showing up in any given moment. If we find ourselves making an effort to love, looking for reasons to justify love, we are not showing up as love. We are showing up as judgment checking for worthiness, or fear checking for safety.
Remember the classic statement in A Course in Miracles that everything is either an expression of love or a call for love? The moment we realize we are present in something other than pure love, it becomes obvious that the patterns of judgment and fear within us, based on what we are witnessing around us, are calls for love to ourselves. And by answering that call we contribute love not only to ourselves but also to the world around us. In this exquisitely easy way, love becomes our contribution to humanity no matter the situation.
The second challenge people have in deeply grasping Blaksley’s “where there is unconditional love there is unlimited trust” is that the ego-based mind equates trust with belief. If the mind doesn’t believe something, how can it be trusted?
Can you see the connection here between “achieving” unconditional love and unlimited trust? The mind that thinks of love in conditional terms does so because it needs to make sure it is safe to trust. The mind is making a valiant effort to love and trust because that’s what the mind does. It is conditioned to believe it must do something to achieve well-being, not merely allow it.
What a profoundly compassionate offering of relief for the mind is the level of Divine love and trust we are being called to now! Our awakening int