“All’s love, yet all’s law.” Robert Browning
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Luke 6:37 & 38
We live in a universe that is governed by perfect divine law.
What this means is that nothing in this universe ever happens by accident. As we allow ourselves to truly take in what surrounds us, we will come to find that there is an indescribable and unfathomable intelligence at work everywhere we look. This intelligence is what is keeping the planets spinning in perfect orbit around the sun; this intelligence is what is beating our very hearts at this moment; and this intelligence is what is causing the sweet song of nature to always sing in a perfect rhythm and with a melody so harmonious that it cannot help but declare the magnificence of All That Is.
As we take in this vast complexity of Existence—as we allow ourselves to truly see it, to truly contemplate it—we will find that the presence of this Infinite Intelligence cannot be denied. In what way could such an intelligence function other than by the means of a perfect divine law that is always and forever in motion?
When we speak of universal laws, what we are referring to are constants that are always operating regardless of whether or not we know about them. Indeed, regardless of whether or not we believe in their existence! The law of gravity is perhaps the most well-known example that points to such a universal law. Gravity is always working. In fact, it’s what’s keeping us attached to the earth right now.
Universal laws are always impersonal, meaning it doesn’t matter who is using them. They will work for all of us regardless of who we may consider ourselves to be. The law of gravity does not care about our past deeds. Whenever we toss something up, we may rest assured that it will come back down.
In our society we generally know a great deal about universal laws in our physical world—such as the law of gravity or the law of electromagnetism—yet what many individuals are still unaware of is that, just as in our world of physicality, there are universal laws that exist in the metaphysical or spiritual realm.
So as we grow and mature throughout our spiritual path, it will certainly serve us well to develop a clear understanding of these universal spiritual laws. The reason being that, once we realize that these laws exist and we understand how they work, we may move out of the realm of blind faith—which always leaves room for doubt—into developing something of a calm knowingness instead. This calm knowingness comes from realizing the harmonious perfection that underlies everything in existence. It’s the knowingness that recognizes that the flow of All That Is is always geared towards greater expansion, evolution, and self-expression; and that, as all of us are part of one indivisible Whole, there can never be anything against us other than a mistaken perception we may have held about ourselves and our world.
So our task becomes to develop such a knowingness that will allow us to move beyond merely believing in something towards actually embodying the very essence of it. When we speak of this knowingness, we are indeed referring to “knowing the Truth that makes us free.” It will allow us to not only turn our own lives into those magnificent works of art that they are meant to be, but it will also cause us to radiate such luminosity, such calm, peace, and poise, such a powerful presence of love that we cannot help but shine as that bright beacon upon a hill.
THE LAW OF PERFECT REFLECTION
When we speak of the Law of Perfect Reflection, what we are referring to is what Jesus the Christ is describing in the above quote taken from Luke 6:37 and 38. This law states that our outer experience will always and with no exception reflect back to us whatever our internal state of being happens to be. This means that our thoughts, beliefs, and expectations indeed create our experience of reality.
There are many ways we might go about describing this universal constant. Yet regardless of how we choose to articulate it, what matters is that we have an awareness of it. What matters is that we realize that, regardless of what our experience, it is never about punishment or reward but much rather about a perfect reflection within the world of time and space of what is happening within the depths of our own consciousness.
So as the above scriptural reference indicates, as we cultivate a non-judgmental attitude towards life, we will find that we will not be judged. The reason for this is that anytime we feel that we are being judged, this is actually an indication that somewhere, in some area of our life, we ourselves have been harboring some form of judgement. Our spiritual mirror is simply reflecting our own judgment back to us.
In the same manner, we can only feel condemned if we have already been carrying around the energy of condemnation. That is to say if we do not condemn, we will not be condemned simply because the energy of condemnation is not active within the vibration of our being.
As we give, we participate in the law of circulation. This means that whenever we give from a deep sense of willingness and inner sincerity, our giving will be mirrored back to us in the form of us becoming recipients as well as distributors of the blessings. Again, there is no reward or punishment involved here. Reward and punishment are human concepts that exist merely at the level of the surface mind. These do not exist in Ultimate Reality. What’s happening here is that, rather than us being “rewarded” for our acts of kindness, our generous spirit is simply being reflected back to us on our spiritual mirror. Indeed, a perfect reflection.
As the above reference also indicates, it will be given back to us “pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” This implies that, if we allow it, we will always receive back more than we have originally given. This points to the fact that the universe is in a constant state of expansion. Evolution only goes one way. So it is in the nature of All That Is to always become more, and never less. As we participate in the law of circulation, we may rest assured that—so long as we are receptive—we will always receive back in greater ways than we may have thought possible.
The key here is that we must train ourselves to give not in order to get something back. Because once we give for the mere reason of getting back, this would imply conditionality and a sense of withholding; we would not be giving if we didn’t know we’d be getting something back. And yes, this sense of withholding would then be reflected back to us in the form of things being withheld from us. This is why we speak of PERFECT reflection. We cannot fool or mislead the universe. So we must learn to instead give freely, without expecting anything back. And the paradox is that once we do this, we have opened ourselves up to receive back pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
A good way to get in the habit of doing this is to just be mindful that when it is given back to us, it will not necessarily happen through the individual to whom we have given. The reason being that we are not receiving back from a particular person, we are receiving back from the Source of all Creation. We are receiving back from the Ineffable Divine Presence that is always ready to shower us with more good than our surface mind could fathom.
So the great Teacher in the above quote then concludes with: “For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” In other words, whatever we’re putting out there in the form of thoughts, beliefs, or expectations, will be perfectly reflected back to us on our spiritual mirror which is our experiential reality.
Remember, universal laws are constants. Universal laws do not play favors. They are simply, just as the law of gravity, ingrained deeply within the fabric of Reality. So our task is to become aware of these laws, and then to learn how to use them consciously in order to allow powerful transformations to take place within our experience.
As we do this, we go from being unconscious participants in the eternal dance of creation, to being conscious participants. Because the truth is, we will be participants either way simply just because we are here. We exist. We are and always will be part of All That Is. So we might as well be conscious about it.
Life is indeed magnificent! Let’s taste this sweet magnificence today as we allow it be the reality of our experience!
Everything I observe in the seeming external is a reflection of my internal state of being!
I walk in an awareness of Love! I walk in an awareness of Perfect Spiritual Reality! Perfect God! Perfect Life! As this becomes my dominant state of being, my experience is shifted into the realm of the miraculous!