The Response of Love

1999-6-12 12:00:00

Question: What is THE first thing the Masters look for in a working disciple? Why is the answer not Love?

John gave a good answer on this. Let me quote:

"I see Love as the "good seed". And I see that the "good seed" has been scattered about in all our hearts. But the seed is not the plant, and no fruit is produced until the plant grows up from the seed." John

The first primary quality that is absolutely necessary in the working disciple is soul contact, and several of you have successfully named this.

The reason that love is not first on the list is that when one obtains this contact through the soul then we can be assured that the quality of love exists and is manifest in the person as more than an idealistic theory, but as a working principle.

We would say with John that love is the seed and soul contact is the plant. The plant is visible evidence that the seed was real and alive.

Unfortunately, there are many who teach love out the yin yang, (see Philo in the book) but the seed is dead and never sprouts up and grows into the plant of soul contact. True love is a living, moving, growing entity.

Almost everyone you talk to believes they love truly and understand the feelings of love. Indeed there is a universal sense of its direction. But the obstacles to its fullness becoming manifest are legion indeed.

There are many who describe love in numerous ways and definitions, but is there some criteria by which we can tell for sure that the power of love is really growing and manifesting in any one individual?

There is, and when I give it to you your soul will verify the truth of this principle which is this:

"He who truly loves will be loved in return."

In other words, love gathers love to itself.

I must give credit to Xavier here who named this as one of the qualities of a disciple, but think of the truth this principle reveals.

Have you ever known a person who uses love about every other word, yet is loveless in his own life and it seems as if everyone can't wait to escape his presence?

On the other hand, have you known others who use the word sparingly, but you find yourself magnetically attracted to him (or her) because you "love"being with or near him?

The first example has a lack of love and talks about it more to fill the vacuum than to manifest it.

The second example is manifesting living love and has no vacuum to fill and does not have to present a sales pitch on the virtues of love.

Now the Dark Brothers can appear through illusion to be this second example, but it will be the power of glamour and not love as the attractive (but temporary) force.

Nevertheless, the fact that love sent forth is finding a response in others is physical evidence that love is truly present with the sender.