Friday, 12 February 2016

True Love

 Sunday is Valentines Day, when the world celebrates love in all its forms. Romantic love is the obsession of western culture (perhaps because we have forgotten what love really is?) What I know is that it is more than that. Love that wants to own is not really love. That  is attachment, desire, lust. But not love.

Love that is free can still cherish,  nurture, embrace. Love is all that and more.  Happy Love Day !

Kahlil Gibran on Love

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

What's going on in the sky: Venus, planet of love and money, has recently been  transformed through its proximity to Pluto, god of the underworld. None can rest as Uranus (the Awakener) joins the game and continues to bring big surprises. And all this while Mars (planet of action and desire) in a tug of war with the Sun activates our warrior instincts. Are you friend or foe? Who's side are you on? How deep is your love?

Jupiter sitting on  the Collective Destiny Point says: I will expand you until you do not recognize yourself. Let yourself go. You know you want to.

Breaking down and breaking through.
Shift or get off the pot!

Belief systems continue to break down to make way for new visions and new possibilities. Concepts that worked yesterday are no longer valid. Thought-patterns you hold onto appear painfully limited now. Don't cling to old beliefs, old habits ... or old relationships. Let love renew itself. Let love be new!

"True love must be free.
its spirit cannot be,
bound to anything,
like a bird it must have wings
To fly beyond the sky
in its heart it needs to fly
to the source of love it goes
and in gong the love grows... and grows....
... and grows."

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