Today, I have seen with my own eyes that a thought of love has substance. What a strange force this is, that by pressing goodness from the invisible layers of ourselves, we may lift the spirit of life around us! From the purity of the Soul, a thought of love ripples out as a force through space. Perhaps a loving thought is no less a thing than starlight, which is destined to search forever until met and absorbed. Yet, it must be more, for on the breath of a pure prayer, on the wings of a gentle voice, within a soft, sympathetic smile, or the boundless dance of a happy child, Love may also lift and disarm a thought of anger into a gesture of simple tenderness. Maybe in this way the whole of life is lifted just enough to make a difference, just enough to change an outcome of being forever. Not even the greatest star can do such a thing.
I have seen today how a breath of love given freely neutralizes, calms, elevates, and offers respite from troubled thoughts and feelings. Is this not what we have been trying to discover all along, that the purest principal of character is expressed in a clear thought of kindness? Through an act of silent love, we may express the reality of our Soul and, like a source of light, be a nurturing force in the Cosmos.
From the freedom of the inner life, we may love outwardly, silently, fearlessly, for unconditional love is not attached to worldly thoughts or feelings. Its simple, soundless voice is satisfied in the humility and delight of itself. It requires no acknowledgement or explanation, and makes no claim upon a person or situation. By silently expressing the pure possibility of our highest, finest ideal, our goodness reveals theirs. And so it is that we are then able to float upward to a sublime plane of joy.
Adapted from “Twelve Little Boats to God”