I Misunderstood

I was just sitting here reading stories for my fellow EPers and this thought crossed my mind.The phrase "God helps those who help themselves" took a whole new meaning.
I believe God is Love. God is not some bearded guy who lives outside us, watching us, judging us. I believe God is within me, the essence of Love. When I feel depressed I am not loving myself. In order to help myself snap out of this I must start to love myself again. The only way I have found to make this possible is to help others. In doing so I am allowing my "Love (God)" to reach out to others. My reaching out in Love helps those and in doing so I help myself. I used to think it meant that no one will help me unless I help myself. Many times I felt so powerless and felt no one cared to help me. But I found after reading this phrase a different way that I have the power to help myself and that it only took my reaching to others to find the power I needed to help myself.
Mehameha Mehameha 51-55, M 4 Responses Jun 26, 2011

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Our true strength & power lie within ourselves & our connection to God & all of creation. It is not something we can "get" from something or someone, & it is not something we "do" either. There is a part of all of us that KNOWS this, we just have to be willing to open ourselves up to this, relax & see where it takes us!

I'm afraid that I must disagree with you.

Love is a hormone designed to blind people to the shortcomings of instinctive bonding.

Compassion, Empathy these things arise from an enlightened state, an awareness of the interconectedness of things.

But my disagreement is not simply a semantic one.

It is creative endeavour that has empowered people since the creation of the first and most basic of tools.

While the misuse of the power of creative endeavour has become a very serious issue it is it's misuse that is the problem.

People continue to act from instinctive motivation and that is the problem.

Only the Creator is worthy to be deemed God.

It is in helping others that we receive the most comfort and strength.

time to do a little celebrating.