To love someone unconditionally is not to like someone unconditionally. To love does not mean to like. They are two completely different things. If we love ourselves, our fellow man, mother earth, and the flora and fauna we share our planet with; this means we accept these people and things. To accept is to remove judgment, to be the observer, and to see the union and oneness in all. To reject in any way creates separation.
Rejection; however, does not mean not to like. If someone or something does not serve your higher purpose and your love for yourself, it is okay to not like the person or thing and to remove them (or it) from your life. We have the choice to determine our own world. This includes who we allow in our lives, what circumstances we allow, what environments we allow, etc. Self-love is first and foremost. When we truly love ourselves and accept ourselves, we can truly love and accept others.
If we look for love outside of ourselves, without ever looking within ourselves, we will never truly know love. When we love and accept ourselves wholly and completely, we will always know love for other people and things. A connection will be felt with others we meet on some level, as well as feeling a connection with the very air we breathe, the earth below our feet, the food we intake for sustenance, the animals we share space with, and the list goes on. A reverence for other cultures and beliefs will be experienced as we see the sacredness in ways foreign to us. We will truly be able to love and accept everything as it is because if we truly accept it, there is no judgment.
Anytime we feel threatened by another person or situation, we need to look within and find what causes us to not accept this. The non-acceptance will be connected to something we do not fully love or accept about ourselves. Find the root cause within, allow healing of this, and forgiveness and acceptance will follow.
Anything or anyone that does not allow us to stay true to our self-love does not have to be a part of your life. You can feel love in those situations without feeling threatened. Merely remove such energies from your life as you send them love, because your self-love is of utmost importance. If you continue to show love and acceptance to all people and things, those that do not vibrate at the same frequency as love will be removed from your environment in a non-threatening way.
Give LOVE a try, true love for yourself, other people, mother earth, flora, fauna, cultures, and beliefs; and witness your world transform into true acceptance and peace.
Photo credit to Ryf Van Rij, thedailywayhome blog page