"Love, to be really love, has to be being-love, gift-love. Being-love means a state of love. When you have arrived home, when you have known who you are, then a love arises in your being. Then the fragrance spreads and you can give it to others." (Osho, “Tantric Transformation”)
I know this to be true, for my own journey . . . after several years of collaborating with my spiritual teacher, I gradually began to arrive at a deeper knowing of my worthiness to be loved and accepted unconditionally. When I could give this love and acceptance to myself, that same unconditional love and acceptance began to flow outward into my relationships and to the world. It felt utterly electrifying to experience this revolutionary shift.
Around the time this outward flow was starting to happen, I remember having a conversation with my former husband Jim to whom I’ve been married twice. As you might imagine, Jim and I have been through a great deal of pain and confusion during our two marriages/divorces. And yet, I was feeling a growing ease in being able to accept him for who he is and to release my judgement and woundedness. He was asking me how this was possible . . . and I explained this principle, of coming to the place of embracing who I am and feeling tender and patient with myself . . . and how when this truth is present at my core, I can share the same essence with others.
Really, it’s miraculous.
What are your thoughts about coming home to yourself? Where are you in this process? How do you feel about who you find there?
“An amazing thing happens when you stop seeking approval and validation: You find it. People are naturally drawn like magnets to those who know who they are and cannot be shaken!” (Mandy Hale)
I spent 4+ decades of my life trying to find meaning and joy, from the outside, in. For so long, I was all about "doing." I was a performer, a perfectionist, a good girl, a caretaker. For me, it was an utterly exhausting, killing way to show up in the world.
When it began to dawn on me that my approach to living was absolutely backwards - that I needed to begin from the inside and evolve outward - I felt confused. I felt like I'd lost my bearings. It felt like a death. Which, of course, it was but in the best way possible. In order to discover my new path, I chose to die to the old roles and patterns that I had believed kept me safe and secure.
Embracing unconditional love and acceptance for myself - starting with that unchangeable truth - and practicing it in relationship with trustworthy others has completely transformed the signature of my existence. Knowing my value, my worthiness, is always a process . . . and it grows from the inside, out.
How do you experience your sense of self-worth? What helps it develop? What may stand in its way?
Thanks for sharing some of your story here. Big Love to you . . .
“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” (Terry Tempest Williams, "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice")
I so love the word picture that this quote brings to my heart and mind . . . women fearlessly singing together as gorgeously feathered beings, soaring, nesting in shady trees, feeding their hatchlings, so filled with life energy that their celebration songs heal our wounded world.
Wouldn’t it be remarkable, for women and also men to collaborate safely in community - like the birds - to freely express their truths and unlimited strengths . . . all to bring more love and well-being to this planet? I feel this vision is wildly real when there’s a shared acceptance about the transforming nature of love, a love that starts within each individual soul and flows outward to others like song.
Our Earth and all of us who journey here together are meant to be applauded and honored and celebrated. Let’s keep the power of affirmation alive. Let’s keep singing. Let’s continue to show up in love that persists, no matter what.
“The power of focus, concentration, and working in unity is how we can gather as a global community to be a force of change and healing in the world today. It does not matter your education or what you do for work. We all can be a vessel of love and light.” (Sandra Ingerman, Walking in Light)
When I was younger I used to feel impatient, frustrated, limited that I wasn’t able to do more to “change the world” on a larger scale. At several different points I thought about going into politics.
Gradually I came to the realization that my gifting was not necessarily what is required of a politician. I began to embrace the fact that one of the key reasons I’m here on my life journey is to bring the Big Love.
Bringing the Big Love begins with bringing it to myself first. This has been a monumental learning over my lifetime. And without that foundational truth, how can I possibly share Big Love with anyone else?
One of the ways I’m called to bring love is through creating safe emotional and spiritual space for others. Friends, clients, people I meet in the grocery store check-out line. Listening. Asking questions. Being present.
There are endless ways to be “a vessel of love and light.” What’s one of yours?