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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %DESCRIBE BEING IN LOVE GOD VULNERABLE DEFENSIVE+981004 %SELF OTHER TRUE HONEST SERVANT WILLING TOGETHER 981004 There are many ways to describe what it is like to "Be in Love". 1. Since God is Love, to Be in Love is to Be in God. God is not a box. To Be in God is not the same kind of "being" "in" as "being" "in" a box. To Be in God is about being in the Spirit of God who is Love. It is a matter of spirit, attitude, approach, and style of Being; rather than a matter of enclosure which is limiting. 2. Since God is not Law, to be in God is not to be preoccupied with laws, rules, regulations, prohibitions, prescriptions, commandments, taboos, legalisms, judgments, condemnations, punishments, etc., etc., etc. 3. Since the essence of God is To Be, the essence of Being in God is To Be Present with others in their Being themselves in God. 4. Since God is One: Coherent, Whole, Integrated; to Be in God is to be coherent, whole, integrated, honest, true to self, and true to others. In God there is no dishonesty, deception, mis-leading, collusion, addiction, fragmentation, alienation, estrangement, conflict, contention, tension, fragmentation, . . . . . 5. God is Mysterious. To Be in Love is not to be in control and invulnerable. To Be in Love is rather to Be Secure in paradoxically safe vulnerability. The Gift of God is the Gift of True Love which is Liberation and Healing through the Gift of the Freedom to be Safely Vulnerable in Mysterious Intimacy. 6. God is Paradoxical. God cannot be explained in terms of human pre-conceptions, human designs, human creations, human laws, human technologies, human desires, human fears, human logic, human reasoning, etc. 7. Since God is Love, to Be in God is to Be Loving. 8. Since God is Love and it is humanly impossible to be in control and In Love at the same time; to Be in God is incompatible with being a god of control ---preoccupied with issues of control. 9. Since Being in Love is not logical and God is Love, the essence of God is not logic, reason, formulas, or prescriptions. 10. Being in Love is being full of wonder and awe, not full of arrogant certainties and knowledge of who is good and who is evil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================