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Love ~ What does it mean to you?

What does love mean to you? There are so may different kinds of love aren't there? Or are there?

Love ~ What does it mean to you?

What does love mean to you? There are so may different kinds of love aren’t there? or are there?

A mothers love, a farther’s love, the love you have for your child, the love of a pet, a child’s love for you, a partners love for you, a friends love, your love for a friend or the big one that most struggle with “Love of self”. We could build quite a large list couldn’t we? But the question is are they different kinds of love or are they different depths of love, emotions or even sentiments?

The word “Love” gets used quite a lot these days but how much actual feeling or understanding is there behind it when it’s used. We have all heard someone or had someone say “Love Ya!” but how much real feeling is there behind those words or understanding of them.

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

So does the word love still have the same meaning as it did in the past, has it lost it’s depth of feeling, is it used now too much in an almost flippant manner. In times past it took a great deal of strength and courage to even utter the words “I love you”.

But still what is love? Is it a feeling, a passion that attacks the head, the heart and the senses all at the same time as Lao Tzu says. Is it something even more profound than that. Where does it come from? Is it a passion an emotion what is it that creates that inside us that leads us to that ultimate (shall we call it “knowing”) that it is love that we are feeling for a person, animal or even object.

That leads us to another question is “god I love it” the same emotion/feeling/passion as “god I love you”? See what I mean when I ask the question “is the word love used too freely these days, has it lost it’s true meaning?

I have no answer to any of these questions, I really don’t, I’m still searching even after the years I have walked and “felt” on this earth. The one thing I do believe is the “big one” that I mentioned earlier and i’m still working on it to this day, and that is “love of self”. I believe it is the “true” starting point of understanding what love really is. I also believe that we all, if we are honest struggle with the true meaning of self love. We all have memories of things we have done, said, believed or thought that lead us to believe that we can’t love ourselves because…..?

Think of all those questions that rattle through peoples minds. “I mean look at me who could love this”, “I’m not beautiful enough to be loved by anyone”, I’m too fat for anyone to love me”, “I’m too skinny for anyone to love me”, I’m too thick, just not clever enough for anyone to love me” or as I have also heard someone say… “I’m disabled who’s gonna love me”, that one crushed me when I heard someone say that about themselves, more so than some of the other stuff.

‘Beauty in the eye of the beholder’ has a literal meaning – that the perception of beauty is subjective – what one person finds beautiful another may not.

Spiritual Love?

Love from a spiritual perspective a lot of people think is so drastically different, but is it so different? I personally do not believe it is. I believe it is the foundation on which we should build. I also believe it is just something that most have either not learned, understood or have simply forgotten in what has become a fast moving, self centred, self indulgent, “I need”, “me first” world.

We should have respect for ourselves, our bodies and love for ourselves. We should all respect each other, each others bodies (whatever shape, form or colour they may be). and we should all have love for each other. None of us are any more special or “better” than anyone else. We all have something to offer this world, we all have our own unique talents/gifts to offer and we all have “love” to offer, it is inherent in us all. We should all respect and have love for the earth we walk on and all of the lifeforms that share it with us and all of nature itself.

But the question is….. If we can not truly learn to love and understand ourselves can we truly do any of the other stuff?

That brings us back to the original question “Love ~ What does it mean to you?” So please share your thoughts, what does it mean to you?

Look forward to reading your thoughts.

Take care and stay safe.

Steve Robinson

The Magic of Synchronicity

Last week while checking up on my friends on Facebook, I saw that one of my friends made a  statement about how much fun it is when things happen in synchronicity.

The Magic of Synchronicity

  • Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality.
  • The experience of two or more events which  are causally unrelated occurring together in a supposedly meaningful manner. In  order to count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together  by chance.

Last week while checking up on my friends on Facebook, I saw that one of my friends made a  statement about how much fun it is when things happen in synchronicity. She  mentioned a recent success and how it seemed to just come from out of the blue,  like magic!

I am very happy for my friend and her newfound success, but her statement  about synchronicity really got me thinking. See, I don’t think synchronicity is  a random act of coincidence at all. In fact, I don’t even believe in  coincidence. Rather, I believe that our benevolent Universe (you can use your favourite term for it: God, Supreme Intelligence, Zero Point Field, Energy) is  always conspiring for our greatest good and that synchronicity is a natural  state and it happens all the time – in every situation!

Follow me here. In our limited understanding of things as human beings, we  are conditioned to be surprised by our successes and much more apt to accept  mediocrity. And with our limited vision, we cannot see the big picture and how  ALL of it: the good, the bad and the ugly are all pieces of this synchronicity  pie.

It’s easy for us to believe in the magic of synchronicity when seemingly “good things” happen to us, but what about the “bad stuff,” like divorce,  illness and or even loss through death? We have a tendency to judge those events  as punishment, curses or bad luck. What if I were to say to you that those  events are also the good workings of our benevolent Universe? Would you believe  me?

Imagine if these negative experiences were actually gifts. Since we cannot  possibly see our full potential, coupled with our human tendency to stay in our  comfort zones, what if these negative experiences present themselves as a means  to push us towards our greatness? After all, isn’t expansion the purpose of our  lives?

What if that heart-ache of a divorce instilled in you self reliance that you  didn’t know you had? And you then model that behaviour to your children, who grow  up to be safe and secure in themselves. The ripple effect could be endless!

Think of people, maybe even yourself, who have survived life threatening  illnesses. Many of these people are stronger and healthier than they ever were  and they are champions of causes helping people in great numbers with their  stories, experience, support and compassion.

We can easily view crisis as defeat and resist it. Or we can embrace it and  know that it is a loving shove from the  Universe reminding us of our brilliance and to stretch, grow and expand into our  divine potential.

We can shift our perception in the snap of our fingers to realize that even  the not-so-good stuff are definitely pieces of that mysterious, beautiful and  benevolent synchronistic pie… and that synchronicity, divine connections, magic  is happening all around us.

Just look for it and you’ll begin to see it everywhere, all the time!

Love & Blessings!

Dawn McIntyre –    About the Author:

Dawn McIntyre is no ordinary intuitive. She is a trained and verified  professional with a deep desire to enlighten those who want to know more about  manifesting a life of beauty and truth. She has a full-time practice, has hosted  her own previous radio show and has regular guest appearances on radio and TV  including Breakfast TV in Edmonton, Alberta. Dawn lives with her daughter  Kennedy in Calgary, Alberta.

 
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