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Unconditional Love    ( September 2005 )

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Unconditional love is a kind of love which differs from romantic love or even ordinary friendship. It entails an absolute caring for the welfare of another without any strings or conditions. No matter how another person appears or acts, you have compassion and always care for them without judgment. As you develop a deeper personal connection with a "Universal Love," you come to naturally experience greater degrees of that special unconditional love in your life. You notice your heart opening more easily to people and their concerns. You begin letting go of judgment toward them and of making comparisons among them. You accept them more as they are . . . realizing that whoever they are - whatever way they're acting - is because they're already being the best they can be, at this point in their life.

Unconditional love shows up both in an increased capacity to give love to others and being more aware of it coming into your life. You begin to experience less fear and more trust in your life . . . with a desire to help others expand their own capacity for unconditional love. This love further manifests itself through a growing awareness that, in actuality, you already have everything you need in your life, to create whatever you want and need.

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