3 Ways to Lift Other People's Spirits Through Love

There are many people who are depressed and who do not know how to get out of this condition of depression. Many of them do not even know what the cause of their depression is. Some of them try this and that technique to get out of depression, like taking a vacation, performing physical and mental exercises, etc. Others turn to excessive smoking, drugs, alcohol or sex. Here and there a few commit the ultimate solution to their depression, suicide. Almost all people around these persons who are depressed do not know that they can lift the spirits of the latter through love. In this post I discuss how this can be done. When you become used to this way of helping others you may even detect on your own intuition, without others telling you, the people around you who suffer from depression. Then you can help them get out of this state through love, even if they are not aware of this.

Love Is Some Thing

When I asked my students before to define or describe love most of them said that love is a feeling. Because many know that feelings come and go, so also they think that love comes and goes, like smoke. In other words, most people think that love is ephemeral. It lasts as long as the feeling is there. When the feeling is gone, then love is also gone.

Most people do not realize that love is as real as the stone that they kick on their pathway, as real as the building they are in, as real as their hands and feet. The stone, the building, the hands and the feet are there whether you feel them or not. Love is like that. It is real. It is some thing. Its reality does not depend on our feeling.

Perhaps nobody has understood this so well as the writer to the First Letter of John in the christian Bible. In chapter 4 of this letter he states twice that God is love. Just as God is real and his reality does not depend on our feeling, so is love. In fact at the beginning of this Letter the writer affirms that he has heard this love, he has seen it, he has handled it. For him love is as real as the stone, as the building, as his hands and feet.

You Can Give Love

Because love is some thing, you can give it, just like you give food to your children, you give a paper to someone. The difference is that while the food and paper are visible, love is an invisible reality. It is invisible because nothing can contain it. It is so vast no container can hold it, it is so deep no measurement can fathom it, so high no rocket can reach it. It is in God himself, as the writer of that Letter we referred to above affirms.

Not the Object of a Wish or Good Will

When I say that you can give love I do not mean that you merely wish someone well and love will flow to that person. You can be a person who wishes well being to all but you may not be giving love at all. To give love to someone is to give God himself to that person. And here the most crucial part of the process is obvious. You cannot give God to someone if you yourself do not possess God, if you yourself have not heard of him, seen him, handled him.

But since it is also true that it is in God that we move and have our being, having God is not difficult. It is just a matter of realizing that in God we move and have our being.

Giving Love to Uplift People's Spirits

When we visit a sick person in the hospital we usually bring food or some other help, like cash, to help that sick person. What most people do not realize is that giving food, cash or some other visible thing to a person is not the same as giving love to that person. Giving love is completely different. It is giving ourselves to that person wrapped in the love which comes from God. A little explanation will make this clearer and enable us to give real love to other people to lift their spirits.

Experienced preachers know whether the words they are giving to their audience are received by the people listening or are bouncing back to them. Sincere lovers know whether the words they speak to each other find their way to the heart of their beloved or are just a waste of sound. A child can know whether he is really loved by the person holding him.

Persons can know whether we are giving them God or not. They can know because there is an upliftment that they experience when we give them God or love. We can wrap this love in the words we say, in the hand with which we touch them, or merely in the thought we project to them. But whatever way it is we can give them love and they feel elated and transported to a higher plane of reality.

An Example

I visit a person in the hospital who has been diagnosed by the doctor as someone with a severe and chronic depression. I come to him with nothing in my hands, no food, no flower, no cash. After some words of greeting and informal conversation I project to him the God who is in my heart. I focus on the unseen energy projecting from me to him, giving him God himself. We continue with our conversation. But as we do so a slight change occurs. The person now responds with greater voluntariness, he talks more about himself and his problems. Here I have used words to give love to him.
I project more energy from God to him, the energy which is God himself. I lay my hands on him. Soon the sick person smiles and begins to see light on his condition. This is the continuation of giving love to that person to uplift him. Sooner or later he will get well. This is the way of the touch.

As I leave him I still think of him and continue to project love to him in my thoughts. This is the way of thinking.

The three ways I suggest here are: 1) by our words; 2) by our touch; 3) by our thoughts.

There are others around us who are depressed but have not experienced so acute a depression that they think they have to be hospitalized. They too will be grateful to us if we give them this love of God so that they can be lifted out of themselves: by our words, by our touch, by our thoughts.

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