Love Your Enemies

respect

by Michael Maciel

There’s a popular saying in New Thought that says, “Where attention goes, energy flows.”

“Love,” more than anything else, means “attention.”

In the movie “Avatar,” the beings of Pandora greeted each other by saying, “I see you.” Each encounter began with both parties fully acknowledging the being-ness of the other.

I felt that it was a better greeting than “Namaste,” which means, “I bow to the god within you,” because it didn’t bypass the person. “I see YOU,” not some abstract notion or my idea of deity.

Similarly, martial artists greet each other on the sparring floor, and for those who practiced true Christian Chivalry, on the battlefield as well.

“I SEE you, my enemy. I’m not going to pretend that you are less than human, that I am intrinsically better than you, or that your cause, in your own eyes, is not just.”

English has no word for this kind of love. “Respect” comes close, but it doesn’t quite encompass divinity.

 

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2 Responses to Love Your Enemies

  1. “Agape” doesn’t even come close to the Love of Christ that can fill us with all the fullness of God! His Love is beyond the beyond, yet intimately dwells in all who come to Christ! Oh how I love you Abba! Father!

  2. “The Light in me sees and honors the Light in you, Namaste” This is how it’s used in Yoga sessions and among yogis. Outside that context, for the person on the street, or anywhere else,
    “I see you” would certainly make more sense. Namaste 🙂

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