Definition: a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; used as term of endearment; a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction.
When we love someone or something, we have a feeling of fullness and wholeness that is experienced in the heart center and can expand outward throughout our whole being. This feeling is often accompanied by openness, expansiveness and a deep abiding connection to what one cares for. In loving there is both an acceptance of, and attention toward, someone or something. This acceptance is – at its deepest level – unconditional positive regard.
Having unconditional acceptance and love for another takes practice, patience and awareness. Sometimes such acceptance is easily achieved in relationships, but most often, our personal desires to be seen and met in a particular way drive our expectations in different directions. Our expectations, judgments, and resistance can ultimately create strong barriers to our sense of connection. Loving requires deep self-examination to determine where we judge others and ourselves.
Love can never be acquired, manipulated, bought, or forced. Love is an energy that is experienced only through its giving, and its movement is outward from our center. It arises from total acceptance, appreciation and attention to “what is”. Grasping for things to fill us only temporarily satisfies a desire that has its origins in scarcity and fear. We can never be filled from the outside in – be it through food, material objects, or another person. Love’s movement is from the inside out: “love is an inside job.”
Mystics and sages have called this energy in its purest essence “divine love” – and this energy has been considered the cohesive force of the universe itself. Learning to love is our soul purpose. Some say it is not learning per se, but rather remembering our inherent connection to all life.
If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself where in your life you are experiencing love. Can you find confirmation of an abiding presence of love? How are you embodying love? How can you expand the love that is within and in your environment? How can you bring more love to each and every situation? Are you seeking someone or something else to fill you?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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