The Principle of Love
Understanding and Transcending Human Emotions
de Brandon Kelly
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Humans, in our childhood, are in a pure state of being. As we grow, we have more interactions with reality and gradually forget our pure state of being. We begin to question who we are, the meaning of life, and why we exist. We spend our lives searching for meaning without realizing that we have the power to define the meaning of life for ourselves. We spend our lives searching for these answers and sometimes get so confused, disheartened, and sad that we forget what we were searching for. Somewhere along the way, we lose something we didn’t appreciate that we had in the first place: our infinite power. It’s necessary to lose it, so we can feel what life is like without it, so that we can find it again and sincerely appreciate it for what it is. When we find our timeless power, we realize that there is no meaning to life. Everything just is— neutral, blank—and we are finally at peace again. It’s not a state of emotionlessness. Rather, it is a state where we see the emotions, feel them purely, and appreciate being able to observe the process. Life loses its pretenses, and the childlike ability we lost so long ago returns to us. We can just be.
It’s not that things will never change; it’s that things always change. It’s not that there’s no meaning; it’s that things take on the meaning we give them. When we define things, we exercise our power. Things will always change, things will always be defined as we choose to define them, and we will always grow — even when we seem to regress.
This book is a memoir of my spiritual life journey, the culmination of various experiences which taught me a unique perspective apart from religion.
Brandon Kelly is an American living in Taipei, Taiwan. Formerly, he identified as a Christian, but he found the religion to raise more questions than it provided answers. He branched out into other forms of theology, like Gnosticism and Buddhism. In the end, he found that most religions are based on certain themes, the greatest of which is the concept of love. His new and final religion is love. Originally from Texas, Brandon spent his early years as a graphic artist. He then felt a calling to help people, so he went back to school to earn a degree in education. In 2012, he moved to Taipei, Taiwan to teach English. However, he felt like there was something more he had to do, so he began to meditate frequently and established an inner peace that he had never known before. He since has identified with the energy healing technique called Reiki and has been practicing the art ever since. After having used Reiki to help himself become better prepared to help others.