So often in life we may feel as though no one cares about us, or that no one understands, or that no one can really feel the way we feel, and no one care about us the way we wish someone/life/the Universe or God would care.
When we think and feel this way, we are thinking and feeling from a place of separation. The ego sees us as separate from God and from one another. The soul is One. We are always connected with each other on the soul level, and we are always One with God in the aspect of our soul.
Recently, it came to me that, when I am caring for myself, because the Divine and I are One, then God is caring for me as well. It is literally impossible for us to care about ourselves without that also being God caring about us, for the aspect that cares is God. Even the aspect in us that cares is the Divine, because it is our soul that cares.
Caring is an essential quality of the Divine Self. Caring, as an energy-intention, is a divine quality permeating the Universe with its potential for realization in any and every moment. Divine caring is what is called, in the Catholic Tradition, the Sacred Heart of God. The most sacred caring is not the casual, “Oh, sure, I care,” but the deep caring of Soul to Soul.
Caring is essential for life, and essential in life. Without caring, life becomes impossible. Caring might be called the essential heart of life, for caring creates life, caring nurtures life, caring gets up and tries again and works hard to ensure there is enough of what we need for life.
As we open ourselves to embodying the Sacred Heart of God, or deep, soul-felt caring, we find that we must also care about others at a deeper level, even a committed level.
For as we open ourselves to the energy of caring, we discover that indeed, the soul of each and every human being is connected with the Divine, and is connected with our own inner soul essence.
To see this level of each other, we must look beyond ego to see the other’s soul. When we see another person’s soul, it is only good. All of the negativity that we believe we see in others is either a projection of our own ego self, or a projection of their own ego self, or a combination of both.
When we see others as souls who are also an expression of the One Divine Self, we must love them and care about them, for not to love them is not to love and care about God.
I know how hard this can be. I occasionally try to force myself to look for God in some public figures, whether media figures or politicians, who don’t seem to be showing me who God is, yet I believe and trust that God is in them.
In personal relationships, I am aware that I used to be so focused on asking for what I need and wanting my feelings to count, that I was not also focused on caring about the other person. The reason was that I grew up feeling as though my feelings never mattered, but the truth is that the only way we can heal and move past such issues from our past is to begin to practice caring about others in each and every interaction.
The Sacred Heart of God naturally cares about everyone and what everyone needs in each and every moment. May we all pray and meditate on becoming One with the Sacred Heart of God.