Earlier this morning, I was stoked to read a newly released letter from Albert Einstein to his daughter in which he describes Love as the “universal force.” Finally – my geeky interest in the science of spirituality was being validated by one of the greatest minds of all time.
I was so jazzed I knew I must immediately write about this wonderful discovery. I wanted to find the original source of this amazing find and check my facts. So I did a quick Google search only to find… the letter was a fake and the daughter in question had died as an infant.
Feeling deflated, I took a shower. And like showers often do for me, I thought about the situation in a new way. I realized that I care less about who wrote the words and more about the message they contain.
In the end, Truth is Truth regardless of who delivers the message. And if the words resonate with me and speak to my Truth then it doesn’t matter who wrote them.
So what I originally wanted to express stands. Here’s an excerpt from the letter I was so drawn towards:
“There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE.”
This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.
To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation. If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.”
As a kid in Sunday school, I was taught that God is Love and God is All-in-All. Applying some basic logic, we can infer that Love is All-in-All or put another way, Love is Everything and Everything is Love.
Now, I’m not one to blindly believe what I’m taught in Sunday school. I prefer to understand life through my own direct experience. And that includes Love and God.
This letter resonates so strongly because it is my direct experience that Love is the universal force guiding everything. Everything at its core is made of Love. There is nothing but Love. Literally. I’ve seen it, I’ve felt it, and I’ve played with it.
There’s no way I can adequately describe the feeling of being embraced by Universal Love while being shown that everything is Love. It may sound silly from a Western perspective – but there is this Universal Love that when you experience it, it’s unmistakable. That’s the Love I’m talking about.
But then when I look out into the world in my usual state of waking consciousness, Love is not what I see. I dread hearing news reports which seem to be nothing more than a laundry list of injustices. As I ride my bike past a backup of cars, I see boredom, annoyance, and anxiety written on people’s faces – not Love.
Even in the microcosm of my own being, I’m not constantly blissed out on Love. I feel anger, frustration, stress, and sadness. I get annoyed, confused, and afraid.
And yet, despite all the shit, it doesn’t change the fact that at its core, everything is Love. Love is the building blocks of the universe. I am made of Love. You are made of Love. And so is everything around us – animals, trees, plants, even inanimate objects.
So how do I reconcile my understanding of Love with what I see in the world?
I’ll illustrate that with another quote that is falsely attributed to a famous person: When asked about his process for creating his masterpiece, “David,” Michelangelo reportedly said, “It’s easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.”
David already exists within the block of stone. He’s already there, always has been, and always will be. There’s nothing to do except remove anything blocking the full expression of David.
It’s the same with you and me. At our core, we are Love. Everything else – fear, anger, depression, selfishness, narrow-mindedness, injustice, greed, hate, exclusion, pettiness – is simply blocking the full expression of Love.
At this point you may be thinking, “That’s great, but I’ve never experienced this “everything is love” phenomenon – how do I get there?” I hear ya… that’s exactly how I used to feel every time I heard people talking about Universal Love.
So the question becomes, how do you step into your full expression of Love?
It’s easy. You just chip away at everything that isn’t Love to expose the masterpiece that you are.
That’s where working with your dreams is helpful. Your dreams lead you back to your core in two ways:
- They show you what isn’t Love. In other words, dreams point to what isn’t the true expression of your core being. They show you places of fear, resentment, shame, anger, and hurt – places that need to be healed, chipped away, or transformed into Love. There is nothing “wrong” or “bad” about these parts of yourself. They are simply not Love. And since you are Love, they block the full expression of you.
- They show you what is Love. Dreams reveal your Soul – they show you what is at the core of your being. Dreams show you how your Soul wants to express itself in Love. In all your uniqueness, quirks, and grandeur. Is it singing? Dancing? Connecting with others? Having adventures? Your dreams will show you exactly what your Soul wants to express – and they point to Love.
So Dreamer, I will leave you with this question: How does Love want to express itself in your life? Leave your comments below.