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Love and the Common Cold, How to Love Yourself and Others

Love and the Common Cold, How to Love Yourself and Others

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Published by Keith Clark
By an Iraqi Veteran turned Spiritual Healer and how enclosed methods helped him overcome self hate.
By an Iraqi Veteran turned Spiritual Healer and how enclosed methods helped him overcome self hate.

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Published by: Keith Clark on Dec 04, 2008
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Love and theCommonCold
By: Keith Clark(Dec 2008)
 
Chapter 1What is Love?(Baby, don't hurt me no more!)
What is love? The greatest question in the universe. The definition of love is the great secret of life. Only someone who loves themselves can truly love others. The Bible says, “love thy neighbor as thy self.” Only people who love themselves can love others completely and sincerely. Thinkabout it. The most loving people in your life seem to love themselves more than those who are notas loving and kind to you. As you'll see later in this book, loving yourself does not imply spending money, time, talents, or possessions on yourself, although these are ways of showing your love, nor does it imply vanity. Vanity is self criticism, not love. You will see this is true if you analyze someonewho is vain. You will know they are critical of themselves because they will also be critical of others.This book came as the result of challenging relationships and years of self hate and negative self criticism. After a year in Iraq as an army combat medic, a divorce, and 2 years of therapy and self examination I came to the conclusions herein. These findings saved my life (self hate always leadsto suicide if not helped) They restored my self respect and self confidence. They at last made meinvincible to the whims of the world and the unhappy state of those who depend on specific worldlyconditions for self fulfillment.By this I am referring to the common cold. Not the cold that gives you a runny nose and a sorethroat. The cold that exists in the heart of the unfulfilled. Those that are always seeking for something else to warm them. Not realizing that nothing can cure the common cold except theperson containing it. I am speaking of the cold of inhumanity, the cold of greed, the cold of heart.Until someone realizes what love is, they will always have this hollow spot somewhere inside . Onecan be brought up to live a spiritual life, without criminal record or cruel actions. One can give their entire fortune in the service of others and still have it. Some even spend their lives teaching loveand still dislike themselves. Others take an apathetic approach to cover up the hollowness. Self pity, an attitude of uncaring and an inability to understand prevails.So what is love? Let's start by talking about what love is not.
 
Chapter 2What Love Isn't(Common, Cold, Misconceptions)
These may come as a shock, but think about them for a while and you'll see they're true.Love is not: Money; Recognition; Sex; Possessions; Touch; Words; Time; Body Language;Actions; Gifts; Food.You may ask why some of these aren't love or should even be associated with love. Look at eachone carefully. If love is universal, meaning everyone in the world is capable of feeling it, does it makesense that any of these words could represent it? What about people without money? Can theystill feel love? What about those who can't medically have sex? What about people who can't evensee each other, don't have time, don't have food?If you look into this carefully you'll see that none of these words could have anything to do withlove, even though each one of them could be used to show love. You see, love is not in any action, itcan only be somewhere behind it. When we start seeing love behind our actions instead of being our actions, then the way we do things will become worth a great deal more.If “God is Love” then lets examine how He shows it. He certainly doesn't give everyone the sameworldly possessions. Even though it makes sense that He loves us equally. So money can't belove. Time can't be love because God doesn't physically spend a lot of time with His children andtime doesn't exist anyway. Love can't have anything to do with the physical body because love istimeless. The body dies.If you're thoroughly confused now, good. Love will be defined as close as I can calculate hereafter.If what love isn't, is confusing it is because all the definitions of love we grew up with aren't true.We've just been conditioned to believe that.Now that we know what love isn't, let's deduce what we know of God (remember “God is Love”)and see if we can't draw some sign posts to point us toward that feeling of “True Love.”

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