Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Happy Love Day!

Wishing you and yours a celebration of love today in its many forms, including knowing and loving yourself, recognizing glimmers of ourselves in those we find it difficult to love, and opening our hearts to our beautiful Mother Earth. I said I’d share some of the pre-marriage photos David’s co-workers gifted us before “We Tied the Celtic Knot on Yule.” Today seems like a good day to post this one. Happy Valentine’s Day from the newlyweds at Faery Hof and Haus Am See!

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Charlie Chaplan ~ “As I Began to Love Myself”

via Galactic Free Press

[UPDATE from commenter Sharon: Charlie Chaplin didn’t write this. It is someone else’s work that he read. I tried searching for the proper author but the internet is failing me today. He was clear that he didn’t write it though, just recited it. Haven’t found a good link but did discover the piece is a work of Kim and Alison McMillen.]

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“As I Began to Love Myself”

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

-Charlie Chaplin

Sophia Love ~ Love Quest: Day 2 – The Cabin

Thanks to Sophia Love for this beautiful description of recent energies. I’ve heard from a lot of people of late who’ve needed to make a choice between the old, inadequate, outgrown misery vs. the new, unformed yet palpable “I want to live” and “I have so much more to offer!”

Sophia Love ~ Love Quest: Day 2 – The Cabin

Sophia's cabin

You’ve reached a critical moment for yourself. There are parts of you eating away at your core. You’ve been unaware of them until now. Why now? Because you’ve upgraded and improved. In order for the new stuff to stand strong and to last, anything that doesn’t support it – works to dismantle it.

Our family owns property in the mountains and on it has always stood what we affectionately called “the cabin”. It was little more than a tar paper shack with an outhouse. Five years ago we tore it down. In its place now stands a double-wide trailer complete with steps and a deck we built ourselves. There is even a bathroom that uses water from the stream running down the mountain. It’s beautiful.

Four years ago something began eating the steps and the deck, an unwelcome surprise. My nephew pulled in late one night and discovered the culprits – porcupines. We’d unknowingly built them a banquet of treated wood. They were ecstatic and aggressive and voracious.

Now, we could shoot them but there were lots of them, they were multiplying, and for sure they’d show up to continue the feast. We tried everything. We ended up in a compromise – an electric barrier surrounding all wooden structures attached to the cabin. It doesn’t hurt them but keeps them away from our steps.

It’s not that these critters had just arrived; they’d been there for years. We only noticed them when they threatened to destroy something we had just built, something new and better.

The stuff coming up now in your life, whether emotions or situations, is not new. You are stretching, growing wings, becoming a newer, lovelier version. These things, whatever they are, don’t support this new you. They were fine before, when Agape was not on the radar. Oh, you felt them – little jabs at your self esteem, dings at your self worth and reductions of your self value – but they were par for the course and passed quickly, soon forgotten. You barely noticed them.

Today, they seem to be center stage with a neon sign announcing their arrival. You can’t miss them. You will have to do something about them, to prevent them from destroying this new you.

For a long time they’ve comfortably travelled the same path you did – much like the porcupines. Today you are on the path to Agape. They remain doggedly on their route to self-doubt. In order to prevent a disruption in your journey you’ll have to dig deep – create such a well worn emotional path that it’s the first place your feelings drop into.

The other path exists and is eagerly travelled by “not good enough”, “have to”, “too slow”, “not ______(fill in the blank with your favorite)”. You can still see it, but it’s not your chosen route. This new, shiny, upgraded path has been reinforced and is deeply lined with truth. It’s a stronger road and becomes more-so with use. Plaques line its walls, saying things like: “You are perfect where you stand.” “I love you without exception.” “Under any condition and in every instance you are loved.”

At first it feels weird to walk there, and a little uncomfortable. Persevere, it’s a faster trip and the accommodations are better.

It took a long time for the porcupines to find our steps and destroy them. We were caught off guard and unprepared. You don’t have to be.

Create a well worn path of self acceptance. When you somehow fall onto that old familiar self defeating road, make a quick exit. Remember where you are going. The old road won’t take you there.

You are every inch the being of perfection you may have expected to instantly morph into about a year ago. Self hatred blinds you to this truth. Love yourself and watch you show up. She’ll be everything you dream of. He’ll be all you imagine. You’ll see.

You are the one you are waiting for.

See you tomorrow.
~Sophia

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Click for video: Meet Yourself in the Mirror

[Laura again: First of all, do click through to the video. What an amazing poem! Also, I felt called to offer some information about porcupine wisdom, because it just seems so perfect, as always! From http://animalspirits.com :

Porcupine’s Wisdom Includes:

Innocence

Trust in Spirit

Renewed sense of wonder

Creating your own path

Protection of boundaries

Defense when threatened

Allowing others their path

Non-interference ]

The Healing Power of Love

I’ve gotten into the habit of drawing a single Avalon Oracle Card each morning as a point of focus for the day. Sometimes I ask specific questions; sometimes I simply draw a card and let it speak for itself. Today, I found myself holding the deck and silently saying, “Great Goddess, what do I need to focus upon today to most support my own and the world’s deepest healing?” I pulled the LOVE card:

“This marker reminds you to show kindness and compassion to all whom you meet on your path — be it a beggar on a street corner, a co-worker, a family member, an animal or a plant whose leaves need pruning.

“This marker asks you to shift perceptions from yourself as a solitary person on the earth to one who’s part of a living system. Love is what made you, so keep it flowing. Remember to receive love as well. Ask yourself, ‘Am I blocking love?’

“This marker reminds you that you’re as connected to all of life as it is to you, and that you’re responsible to be the steward of the love of the God/Goddess. Love is without conditions — it is respectful, mindful, sees all life as sacred, and acts in accordance. Love reminds you that this very planet is a living being.

“Love is the very essence of the Divine in you, and it sees the Divine in others. This is the time to see through the eyes of Love and always ask before you act, ‘What would Love do?’ The answer will always bring you extraordinary power.

“This marker is a very fortunate and transformative omen.”

When I came downstairs, I absentmindedly flipped our Abraham-Hicks “Ask and It is Given” perpetual flip calendar for today’s message, which quickly drew my full attention:

“July 20

“Unconditional love is really about wanting so much to remain in connection with your Source of love that you deliberately choose thoughts that allow your connection (no matter what manifestations may be happening nearby). And when you are able to control your point of attraction by deliberately choosing better-feeling thoughts, the conditions that surround you have to change. The Law of Attraction says that they must.”

Well, then! Back to the basics. Love, love, love … everyone, everything, every moment, everywhere. From me to you, on this gloriously green sunny morning after recent rain(s): Much Love! Pass it on. 🙂

Gillian MacBeth~Louthan ~ Loving The Invisible Until It Comes True ~ 14 May 2012

I’ve seen the following article on so many sites and finally decided to read it. Glad I did! I just like the way she puts Law of Attraction and co-creation into terms like invisible and visible. When I was younger, the thing I most wanted in life was “to become invisible.” I didn’t know why at the time … I suspected it was because I felt shy and didn’t like attention.

As we’ve moved closer to and now far into 2012, I’ve realized “becoming invisible” can mean lots of things, like vibrating at a faster pace so as to become translucent or seemingly “disappear” from denser reality — kind of like Avalon fading into the mists. It also reminds me of the end of the film version of the Celestine Prophecy, in which the forces arrive to destroy the circle of aware ones. Instead of getting captured, those in the circle “disappear.” Holding such a different vibration from all the doom and gloom scenarios allows us to do the same thing. We can evaporate from one world and move into another that more closely matches Love instead of fear.

This article explores invisibility from a different angle. Gillian talks about bringing the invisible into the visible realm — kind of like bringing heaven to Earth. It’s the flip side of disappearing into a new reality … inviting and creating what we would love to see and making that manifest in our current world experience. In any case, I hope you enjoy this little piece as much as I did:

Gillian MacBeth~Louthan ~ Loving The Invisible Until It Comes True ~ 14 May 2012

You have each walked into a stairway of questing, of questioning, of asking what is the next step of my journey, of my heart, of my mission. You stand at the top of the stairway to heaven, but it does not connect to anything that is visible and tangible. Your hearts’ desires live above the patterns of the mass consciousness and the mass manifestations. As you reach into your higher heart for higher truths, higher lights and higher loves; you also reach for higher creational abilities. These manifestations live in the invisible. They are visible only in your mind, in your heart and in your dreams. But they are invisible in your physical world.

You are asked to place all of your desires, your wants, and your needs –upon an invisible future. There are few that know without a doubt that the invisible will manifest in accordance with how deeply, how strongly, how powerfully they believe. You cannot see your future because your future does not live here on earth. It has not come as of yet. It has not manifested, you are ahead of your creations. In this there is great frustration, as you feel all alone in your creations. It is like baking a cake from a cake mix box that has no directions on it, putting it into an oven that is invisible and turning on a timer that does not exist.

Each of you holds your personal ‘vision in invisibility.’ Every great person that has existed on this earth has held the vision in a place of invisibility. First they imagined it, then they embraced it, and then they loved it until the invisible became true. It did not come by some divine decree. It came into manifestation through the hearts, the yearnings and the desires of those that called it into existence. You are responsible for creating the invisible dream that dwells in your heart. You hold it as one who holds a baby bird in their hands – comforting it, giving it warmth, nurturing it. You are continually birthing what you need, and what you desire.

Most people give up before it is manifested — the very day the birth is to be announced they quit, they stop, and they walk away. They think who will notice? Who will care? Everything of life notices and everything of life cares! All of Earth was ready to welcome in that manifestation that you so lovingly created, and germinated inside of your heart and that you so thoughtlessly aborted before it was birthed.

Trust the seeds that you have planted. You must trust that what your soul yearns for is true and will come forth and be birthed. The Creator does not ever and can not ever hold back from you or sequester something from you. You are given full reign on earth. You are the ones that will birth the future. When you see a need, fill it. At that moment in time the universe is saying to you – “Help me to birth this. Help God to birth it by just holding the vision long enough for it to manifest”.

Each of you is asked continually to help birth a better future, a better Earth, just by your thinking. Hold the vision of goodness for your world – not just your own creations. Whenever you have an opportunity to seed another’s thought – give them the gift of what you know to be truth and hope. Hold that gift long enough until it is birthed. Do not ever give up on it. The Creator, the Source has never given up on you. Do not give up on others. Do not laugh at their dreams or toss their dreams to the wind because sometimes a person’s dreams is all that they have to live for. Help to birth the dreams, the desires, and the invisible into the visible.

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Get Real

Hello, Loveys! Just a quick note of encouragement today for anyone out there feeling the cosmic pinch to get real, real quick-like. You might feel alone, but please know that you’re absolutely not alone. Not now, not ever.

Despite outward appearances and inward ego fits, we really do live in a benevolent Universe, and you really are deeply loved and appreciated. On behalf of all the no-see-em’s with whom I work, as well as my own huge heart, I want to share a big thank you and an even bigger I love you.

Thank you for finding courage to go inside and look at things you thought you cleared away a long time ago. Thank you for re-committing to free yourselves. (Yes, “selves” plural … we all are much vaster beings than most of us realize!) Thank you for noticing when life feels too tight and for recognizing this frustration as your Soul’s urge to expand. Thank you for seeking, finding and being change. Thank you for getting real and for beginning to discover that “real” can mean whatever your deepest hopes and dreams say it means.

Thank you for being you — in all your perfect imperfections, expansive greatness and poignant vulnerabilities. Thank you for showing up and continuing to show up. Thank you and bless you.

I love you.

Happy Love Day!

Wishing everyone the biggest heart-filled, cup overfloweth, explosively positive day of Agápe, Éros, Philia, and Storge. One of my most memorable college lectures was given by Professor Bart D. Ehrman, who has since gone on to NYT Bestseller fame (“Misquoting Jesus,” “God’s Problem,” and “Jesus Interrupted”). He took a special moment in our giant lecture hall to spellbind us with descriptions of all the different types of love and how, if we were lucky, we would find that in our significant other. He then went on to give a glowing and tear worthy description of his wife. I never forgot that lecture, though I’ve since lost my notes. Wikipedia to the rescue:

Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē[1]) means “love” (unconditional love) in modern day Greek, such as in the term s’agapo (Σ’αγαπώ), which means “I love you”. In Ancient Greek, it often refers to a general affection or deeper sense of “true love” rather than the attraction suggested by “eros”. Agape is used in the biblical passage known as the “love chapter”, 1 Corinthians 13, and is described there and throughout the New Testament as sacrificial love. Agape is also used in ancient texts to denote feelings for a good meal, one’s children, and the feelings for a spouse. It can also be described as the feeling of being content or holding one in high regard. Agape was appropriated by Christians for use to express the unconditional love of God. Before agape love there was no other word to express such great love.

Éros (ἔρως érōs[2]) is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The Modern Greek word “erotas” means “intimate love;” however, eros does not have to be sexual in nature. Eros can be interpreted as a love for someone whom you love more than the philia, love of friendship. It can also apply to dating relationships as well as marriage. Plato refined his own definition: Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Plato does not talk of physical attraction as a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, “without physical attraction.” In the Symposium, the most famous ancient work on the subject, Plato has the middle-aged Athenian philosopher, Socrates argue to aristocratic intellectuals and a young male acolyte in sexual pursuit of him, that eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth, the ideal “Form” of youthful beauty that leads us humans to feel erotic desire — thus suggesting that even that sensually-based love aspires to the non-corporeal, spiritual plane of existence; that is, finding its truth, just like finding any truth, leads to transcendence. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth through the means of eros.”

Philia (φιλία philía[3]) means friendship or affectionate love in modern Greek. It is a dispassionate virtuous love, a concept developed by Aristotle. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. In ancient texts, philos denoted a general type of love, used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity, as well as between lovers.

Storge (στοργή storgē[4]) means “affection” in ancient and modern Greek. It is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring. Rarely used in ancient works, and then almost exclusively as a descriptor of relationships within the family. It is also known to express mere acceptance or putting up with situations, as in “loving” the tyrant.

I feel blessed to have so many forms of love in so many areas of life. I truly feel like the Ten of Cups every single day. Yesterday, shortly after I posted photos from Grandma Van’s 100th Birthday Party, the DVD of party photos arrived in the mail. In honor of Valentine’s Day and all the love in my life, I thought I’d share a few other favorites here:

With David

Me with my Sis, Bro and one of my nephews (the other arrived moments later)

The "Crazy" Extended Family Shot

More Mama Love

My dad’s shy, so I’ve not included any public photos of him except in the group shot. He actually looks great! You’d never know he’s been battling cancer the past six months. In fact, his spiritual transformation has been so great that he was one of the most radiant, joyful people in the room. He’s still got a lot of hair, and his aura was so shiny that when I first saw him I thought he looked 10 years younger. In any case, I love my family, and I love David. So grateful to have made this journey home!

Happy Valentine’s Day and lots and lots of love to all of you on this special day of love!