One of the most powerful and beautiful resources we have as humans in this reality is our ability to express unconditional love. This is probably why every spiritual tradition or philosophy that I’ve experienced uses unconditional love as the foundation for its teachings. Yes, our spiritual traditions give us guidance as to how to live and be in the world, but most significant is the aspiration to express universal love as divine beings. Of course it’s one thing to have the ability to express love in this way - and another to actually use that ability in our daily lives!

Many folks have told me that experiencing and expressing unconditional love is not possible in today’s world. Well, I imagine it’s never been easy – not even in Jesus’ time. There was plenty of war, discrimination, hunger, disease, and injustice back then just like there is today. Nope, I don’t think we can use the injustice of the world as a justification or rationalization for our ego’s unwillingness to love in the face of adversity.

People who live their lives expressing unconditional love do so because they are aware of something that most people are not. They understand that when they project their inner anger based on their perception of injustice – they are increasing the presence of fear-based energy in our reality. This is something they do not want to do under any circumstances. They know that when they put out fear-based energy, that someone else is going to take that energy in - and that energy could empower them to hurt another person. That is truly “karma” in action.

Instead they look to transform any anger that might exist within themselves and turn it into “positive” energy that they can use to take “positive” action in our reality. At the same time they focus on projecting unconditional love and compassion in hopes that the people who are taking those actions based in fear take in their energy and be empowered to make different choices.

It’s possible to live a life of unconditional love if you’re willing to stop judging everything you perceive in life. Once you start practicing seeing the “what is” in life you’ll notice that you begin to become more and more neutral in life. When you see a mother screaming and beating her child – you can recognize the child is suffering, but you also recognize the mother is suffering. This realization helps you have compassion for her rather than anger. I’m not saying that the mother’s actions are right - or wrong for that matter. I’m choosing to see that two humans are suffering - rather than standing in judgment of the circumstances. I’m choosing not to put any more anger into the reality due to my judgment.

I recognize that what I’m saying may be challenging for many of you, even if your childhood religious training has drilled the concept of unconditional love into your head! Despite that training, we still cannot believe it’s possible, or even figure out, how to put this concept into practice. That’s because the ego-mind so enjoys being right that it’s loath to give up it’s addiction to judging everything it can perceive.

Author's Bio: 

Sheri Rosenthal DPM is a master Toltec teacher and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Toltec Wisdom and Banish Mind Spam!. Having trained with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements®, she currently takes students on spiritual journeys works with personal apprentices and enjoys being extremely happy. You can reach her at or and