Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy
It does not boast
It is not proud
It is not rude
It is not self-seeking
It is not easily angered
It keeps no record of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil
But rejoices with the truth
It always protects
Love never fails
1 Corinthians 13:4
I remember as if it was yesterday, laying in my bed, bright eyed and bushy tailed, wispily inscribing the poem “Love is” into my journal, then perfectly placing delicate little hearts around those ever so romantic words. My special day was finally here, I was getting married, and it was going to be just as I dreamt of and read about when I was a little girl. My world was overflowing with enchantment, we were so in love and were going to live happily ever after.
We got married, the fairytale slowly faded away with the sunset, and as the veil was pulled, I still had me. The dreamy side of me actually believed that my Husbands love could fill this void, and soothe the pain I had been carrying around with me for years. It was as if marriage was a spot light shining on all of the qualities I couldn’t stand about myself, and had somehow managed to avoid throughout the years. We lived together now, there would be no more hiding, and this absolutely terrified me. I knew that if this marriage was going to last, I had no other choice but to gather the courage to finally face myself, for better or worse.
I was a mess and at a standstill, I felt so lost, where do I start? How can I heal? I begged the universe for an answer…then the calm, wise voice within softly whispered, “You can’t love anyone else, unless you love yourself”. Yes that’s it! It sounded so easy.
I re-read the words of “Love is”, really read them this time. After some time contemplating what real love IS, I began to think about the “child within” that resides at the core of each and every one of us. The child within is born of pure spirit and unobstructed light beaming unconditional LOVE and TRUST. This child is non-judgmental, accepting, present and understanding of all that is, loves openly and ALWAYS forgives.
As the years go by, the child within becomes imprinted with the influences, fears, and hurts of people around them who have neglected their own child within. Feeling powerless and frightened, the child retreats under a blanket of protection, and eventually falls asleep.
The child within has been waiting patiently for years to be woken up, nurtured and loved, by you. Just thinking about your child within can instantly dissolve some of your most rigid ways. With intent focus on your inner child, your heart will blossom, and you will be able to reach profound acceptance, forgiveness, and unconditional LOVE not only for yourself, but for others as well. In releasing your fears with love, you will clear a space within your heart which will allow others to love YOU…once again.
We all came from love and are all connected by love.
“Love is all there is.” (Mama)
*Original artwork "Love Transmission" by Jalai Lama www.jalailama.com