Have we loved God and given that love to others? All else is to run after shadows.
It is our identification with our body and thoughts that hides our true identification with God. Our ego tells us we are worthy or not, we are beautiful or not, we are intelligent or not, that we are accepted or not. Our ego has created an image, a role, an individual full of stances, and this is who we think we are. Because we identify as this role, we have forgetting we are universal consciousness. This image and its desires are the shadows we chase after.
Maybe we try to be a better version of this image, and this can allow virtue to purify us. This is an important step along the spiritual path. But it is still only a better shadow, a better version of a created self. Maybe we try to be a richer or more powerful image. Maybe we try to wear better outfits, use better creams, get more degrees and socialize with the right people. But it is all a part we are playing, a role we are acting out. Underneath the act, beneath the costume, we are the divine witness.
We are a Lord, playing our role as an actor in the play of consciousness. In the story of the Lords club, many Lords met at their club each week, but they were all Lords and so there was no one to make the food or clean the rooms or lead the meeting. They decided each would assume a role and rotate each week, one being the leader, one the cook and one the cleaner. Remaining Lords, they assumed their different roles each week and everyone enjoyed the Lord’s club.
But we forget we are Lords. We have forgotten we are within God and God is within us. We have forgotten our true identification as the omnipresent Self of God. We run around making our image more acceptable, more wealthy, more right and more worthy of the praise of others. As a Lord, we are love and as an image of God, our role is to know that love fully and give that love to others. As a Lord, we play our role well, remembering we are one with the Highest.
Loving God is to love our Self. There is no difference, no separation, no distinction. To love another is to recognize that unity, that oneness that our Self is the Self of all. In that understanding, it is possible to be love and give love.