Question: How is it possible for anyone to reach the level of tolerance Martinus talks about? There are many people I cannot tolerate, let alone love, and I cannot see how I will ever reach that point.
Martinus Answer: Loving one's neighbour does not depend on the will alone but, like a gift for music, is based on an innate talent. An innate talent is again a result of previous training or practice in perhaps many previous lives. This practice eventually results in the culmination of the talent, and the individual then appears as a genius in the field concerned.
A large part of the training of moral genius or the perfect ability to love one's neighbour occurs automatically; this part is therefore outside the control of the will. But I will mention here a few of the most important elements in that part of the training of the above mentioned ability which is subject to the will, and with which the individual can work consciously on his own growth towards a true and perfect manifestation of love.
© Martinus Institut 1981
Published with permission from Martinus Institute 2001-06-18