Starting from the daily practice recommended in the previous entry, affirming that we love Godde more than anyone or anything else, we begin each day with non-attachment.
But then, let us ask this question: Who is this Godde to whom we are so devoted? One short answer is unconditional Love. Another resonant answer is: the wise, conscious energy of Love, which permeates the Universe. Another answer is: The Wisdom of Love, which is the most powerful, creative energy in this Universe. Or again, a loving energy consciousness which exists in everything.
Once we realize that Love permeates our Being, as well as the Be-ing of everyone and everything else, then we become aware that we are potentially the embodiment and the fulfillment of Love. We can become Love.
In the teachings of Jesus Christ, embodying love for others is a primary principle. Christ himself has been understood to be the Incarnation of God, but we can all be that, and at times, we are that. I use the term embodiment rather than incarnation, but I mean essentially the same thing: bringing Divine Love and Wisdom for ourselves and others through our words, our thoughts, our actions, and yes, our bodies. Why not become an Incarnation or Embodiment of Love?
The only way we can do that is by balancing non-attachment with actively embodying Love. Both together bring a sacred balance into this world. Non-attachment without embodied Love either draws us completely out of this world, which is important at certain points on our spiritual path, or leaves us cold and calloused towards this world and all the suffering therein. Embodying Love without non-attachment leads to conditional Love, which is destructive rather than healing.
Balancing non-attachment with the embodiment of Love brings healing and wholeness; this is the path I seek, for myself, and for others. Our ability to bring healing and wholeness to others depends on several factors. First, we need to practice non-attachment. Second, we need to feel loved and whole ourselves, fully loving ourselves so that we can love others. Third, we need to practice devotional disciplines which raise our energies up to a purer, more powerfully healing vibration that resonates with Divine, Unconditional Love, so that this Divine Love will pour to us and through us for others. Fourth, we need to hold the intention to bring healing and wholeness to others, because energy follows intention.
When we connect with others, however, the desire for attachment tends to arise. Rather than staying coolly detached in a way that is hurtful and lacking in love, we always need to hold love for others, aware of what is loving for them, as well as what is loving for us.
Embodying Love never means that we become a doormat. If the love someone is offering us in return is hurtful to us in some way, Love asks us to speak up if we need to in order to become who we are meant to be and to do what we are meant to do. Yet Love always asks us to hold the other person in love, because they would not be engaging in choices that hurt us unless they themselves are hurting or afraid.
Fear is the opposite of love, so the note below about making sure that we do not remain attached to fear is a necessary step in our consciousness, so that we can more fully embody Love.
Together, non-attachment and Love create a wisdom from our Higher Selves that can guide us through much of life. May you be filled with that Wisdom and Love today and always.
Love and Light,