So, I was walking around my neighbourhood the other day and happened to come across Einstein with his sign: “Love is the Answer”. As I was pondering on what to write about, noticing that for the first time I felt like I was overloaded with ideas and had trouble choosing which one to go with, I kept seeing that sign in my mind’s eye. Hmm, a sign, perhaps?
Ah, love. What a beautiful thing, er, feeling or something like that… Okay, so that’s where I’m going to start. It probably goes without saying that love isn’t a thing. It can’t be contained and it’s intangible, sort of (more on this later). So, it’s a feeling, right? Well, this blog is about my insights and opinions; I’m not an expert on the matter, but my opinion and insight you shall receive. To say that love is merely a feeling diminishes it. Yes, we feel love, but it’s so much more than that. At its core, I would say that love is what connects us all together and it is the breath of life that drives us and colours our world. Minus love, we are somewhat like robots operating mechanically with no intrinsic drive to aspire to anything more than just to get through life.
Love is our gift to the world. The world benefits from our gift and we benefit from the gifts of the world for our own sustenance. When a baby is born, she has nothing to offer the world, nothing but love and the child requires the love of family and others to grow and develop. As a side note, evidence of this is reflected in the The Budapest Early Intervention Project (BEIP) that studied infants in Romanian orphanages. The study found that the growth of babies and children who were starved of love was stunted. We do not come into the world with a tangible, material gift to offer. You see, love is something that is born out of connection. As humans, we have the ability to connect and we can live our entire lives in that state of being fully and lovingly connected. One of my favourite Buddhist teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh says:
“It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.”
Love is a state of being; it’s a state of reciprocal, mutually uplifting beingness. Ram Dass says:
“The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.”
Now, if love is a reciprocated force alive only through connectivity, then how do we “be” love? We become love when we realize that we are channels through which love flows. This is an amazing concept. You see, as a species we are rising beyond material consciousness. Those who are lagging a bit might be wishing our essence was something that could be grasped, pinned down and claimed. But, the beauty of our essence in being channels is that we are able to share the love and the light and expand it. (To demystify the concept of light, light is knowledge in the greatest sense, which quite literally enlightens us to the true nature of who we are; whereas, the dark, clouds us from seeing our true natures and traps us in fear, jealousy and other low vibrational states of being; light always lightens). And by virtue of our ability to channel love, that love can potentially manifest itself through us into something tangible. Now, I should say that there may be more to our essence than just being channels, but for now, as I am on the topic of love, I am just focusing on this aspect of our beings.
So there you have it: You are a conduit for love. You become love by being it. You be love by allowing your every breath, your every sentiment, and your every action to be infused with that sense of intimacy and connectivity and by seeing love all around you. Love is our fuel. See the world through love and give it love through your thoughts, actions and meditations. That is your gift and your gift may manifest itself in the most wondrous and mysterious ways.
I leave you with a video, Occupy Wall St- The Revolution is Love. I know many of you have probably come across it when it came out at the end of 2011, but even if you’ve seen it, I suggest re-watching it. Charles Eisenstein speaks to the fact that we are here to give and that other modes of living ultimately are not working and will not sustain us. As he says, “the lover knows that more for you is more for me, too.” Love is the answer. Now go; be love.