Dear Light Group,
In preparation for the biography of Jim Goure that I wrote, I interviewed a number of people who had known Jim. A question I asked several of those I interviewed was, “How would you describe Jim?” The answer from one individual was, “Love – big time. He loved like nobody I had ever met.” Another individual said, “The sun of his love shone on the unlovable as well as the lovable….Jim was the epitome of Divine Love.” Another person I interviewed said, “The thing I remember the most about Jim was the way he loved. You knew you were loved unconditionally. He was just pure love. Around Jim you felt that great flood and river of love, the love for us, so that we would become what we are meant to be.” And from yet another person, “He had that capacity for expressing love in an extraordinary way,” and “How would I summarize Jim Goure in one word? Love….He made you believe in yourself. He made me feel I wanted to be the best person I could possibly be – not because of him but because of what he believed and what he made you believe about yourself. He really did believe in the best in everybody.”
Basking in the sun of his love, people felt liberated and empowered “to be what we are meant to be,” and they felt, “I wanted to be the best person I could possibly be.”
What was this love? What did Jim say it was? He often quoted the great commandment of Jesus, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, mind, and soul. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like unto it: thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” He distinguished this kind of love from human love – from mating love, brotherly love, sisterly love – and said it was way beyond that. The love Jim spoke of and the love he embodied was Divine Love, a Love he said was within each one of us.
A key to entering this state of consciousness was not to judge, and here again Jim quoted Jesus, this time from Revelation: “Let the unjust be the unjust. Let the filthy be filthy. Let the righteous be righteous. Let the holy be holy.” Just let people be. Don’t judge them. Don’t try to change them into your image of what they should be. Just let them be.
If we would suspend judging and access the Divine Love within, we could, Jim said, change worlds, our own little worlds as well as the greater world of the planet.
One technique Jim used was silently saying, as he saw or thought about others, “I know the Divine Love is in you.” No matter what they were doing or how they were behaving, “I know the Divine Love is in you.”
Building on this technique, you might want to try a prayer such as, “Thank you, God, for Thy Love, for Thy Divine Love flowing forth from Thy center in me to everyone and everything. Thank you, God, for Thy Divine Love being present in everyone and everything. Thank you, God, for the flow of Thy Divine Love from everyone and everything to everyone and everything. I know Divine Love is in me. I know Divine Love is within my loved ones. I know Divine Love is within my friends. I know Divine Love is in those with whom I work. I know Divine Love is in the people of my nation. I know Divine Love is in the people of all nations. I know Divine Love is in everyone and everything. As I go forth into the world, this Divine Love is in me and it surrounds me, so I am always in the right place at the right time, giving of this Love to everyone and everything. Thank you, God, for making it so. Amen.”
Love and Light,