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I am sorry if the next paragraph is partly morbid, but I take my wild hypothetical illustrative examples to the extreme only for simplicity and clarity, so there's no doubt about how simple and flat-out these truths are.
If circumstances arose such that the only way to save my kids, or the best way to help my kids, was to take a bullet for them and breathe my last breath in this form, I would do it happily with a smile. I would take a bullet, and bleed, and die, with a smile, a sincerely happy smile. Even if you can't literally smile with your mouth, you can smile with your eager loving spirit.
When you can HAPPILY sacrifice any amount of comfort or safety, and HAPPILY endure any amount of pain, fear, and discomfort, then you know the invincible inner peace and heaven of which my book speaks. That is true love.
In some ways, you don't truly live until you find something worth dying for. In some ways, you don't ever experience true spiritual joy until you feel it while feeling great bodily pain, fear, temptation, and discomfort. But when you do, you have found the invincible transcendental joy and invincible inner peace of which there is an infinite supply.
You don't need kids to have it or find it. You don't need a romantic partner. You don't need siblings or a roommate. The quote about true love in the image below from my book is actually, in its original context in the book, much more about your relationship with your selves over time (i.e. older and younger versions of the human in the mirror), versus others in space such as family members or romantic partners.
Many people struggle to have a truly loving relationship with the human they see in the mirror, which includes both the past (i.e. younger) and future (i.e. older) versions of that human. Many are in a cyclical toxic self-abusive relationship with the human they see in the mirror and the older and younger versions of that human. But you don't have to be. Even if you are the only human on Earth, you can choose to act from true love and only true love. You can find yourself, your true self. You can manifest yourself, your true self. You can actualize yourself, your true self. And, when you do, you will see that what you manifest and actualize is love, and you will thus see that you are love.
That force of love that seems like a divine light fighting to work its out of way is you, the real you. It's you more truly than anything is you. It's what you, the real you, are.
Eckhart Aurelius Hughes
In addition to having authored his book, In It Together, Eckhart Aurelius Hughes (a.k.a. Scott) runs a mentoring program, with a free option, that guarantees success. Success is guaranteed for anyone who follows the program.
"The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master."
I believe spiritual freedom (a.k.a. self-discipline) manifests as bravery, confidence, grace, honesty, love, and inner peace.
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Your exploration of love not just as an external expression towards others but as an integral part of one’s relationship with oneself is especially insightful. It's a reminder that true love and peace begin within, in how we perceive and treat ourselves across different stages of our lives.
Your post also serves as an important reminder that love transcends the need for external validation or relationships. It's an internal force, a divine light within each of us, waiting to be acknowledged and embraced. This perspective is empowering and liberating, offering a pathway to true self-actualization and fulfillment.
Thank you for sharing such a profound excerpt from your book. It resonates deeply and encourages introspection and self-discovery in the pursuit of authentic love and inner peace.
– William James
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