June 2013 Soul Connections

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Awakening to Spiritual Partnership
Dear Spiritual Partner, 

Humbleness, clarity, forgiveness and love are the characteristics of an authentically empowered personality.  In the last three Soul Connections we discussed humbleness, clarity, and forgiveness.  Now we come to the big one, the one that includes all the others, the one without which the others cannot be experienced - Love.  Humbleness, clarity, and forgiveness are stepping stones to Love.  You can step up them into Love, choice by choice, and you can step down them from love into concrete and practical ways to bring Love into your life and the world.

The four are interconnected.  The pursuit of any leads to all.  Experiencing Love can happen by grace, but bringing Love into your life permanently requires commitment to grow spiritually; courage to feel your emotions, observe your thoughts, and recognize your intentions;  compassion for yourself and others; and making all your interactions conscious and loving.  It requires recognizing, experiencing, and changing the painful parts of your personality that do not love and do not want to love, such as the parts that are constricted in fear, consumed with anger, and wasting in self-loathing.  In other words, experiencing Love requires becoming aware enough in your life to  choose the most positive action each moment, and then choosing it

This is also the process of creating authentic power.



Love is so big, so inclusive, so encompassing Love - The holy perception that no definition can contain it.  Love is not only the love with a little "L", such as the love of a parent for a child or a child for a parent.  It is not the only the love of illusory fantasy, such as romantic love or love for a great heroine or hero.  It is not only the Universal love, sometimes called Agape.  It is larger even than that.  When the great Sequoia, aging for centuries, finally falls, thundering downward until it comes to rest in the embrace of the Earth, that is love, also.  The incoming and outgoing tides caress sand and rocks ceaselessly, relentlessly.  That is love, too.  When the cannons roar, bodies explode, and limbs scatter across grassy fields or littered streets made morbid with blood, can that be love?  Can the cruelty of the bully, the deceitfulness of the coward, the majesty of the courageous, and the humbleness of the wise be love as well?  How can we dare speak of them in the same sentence, especially when "love" is part of the sentence? 

Love is a perception, but it is a holy perception, a sacred perception, a perception that excludes nothing and includes everything.  It is the love of the bee for the flower, the mountain for the valley and the valley for the mountain.  It is the love of the bird for the air and the air for the bird.  It is the boiling, roiling, tumultuous collision of emotions within us, between us, and among us.  It is the song of the wind and the whistle of an incoming artillery round.  It is the stars and the soil, the light and the dark, it is the antelope eating the grass and the lion devouring the antelope.  It is the dance of life and death, inseparably united within the illusion of time and space, matter and duality.

The fire destroys the forest and new life rises.  The corpse goes into the ground, the waves, or the fire, but the soul remains.  All this, also, is love.  Victory and defeat, success  and failure, insight and confusion are love.  Nothing we see or cannot see, long for or push away, celebrate or regret is not love.  Everything and its opposite is love.  When you see this, you step into love. 

Your life - all of your experiences - becomes an uninterrupted flow of opportunities to expand into love instead of contract into fear. You see the power of your choices and the extent of your responsibility for what they create.   You see that when you create with brutality, the experience of brutality comes to you or another of your soul's personalities.  You see that when you create with love, the experience of love comes to you or another of your soul's personalities.  Eventually, you learn to create with love no matter what circumstances you are in.  You see your circumstances differently, too.  You see that all of them beckon you to Love, to fall into Love, to allow Love.

When you cannot feel the call, when you fight the fall, when you refuse to allow, you are experiencing fear.  The experience of fear, also, is an experience of Love.  Eventually you will come to realize that Love is all there is.  Why not open to Love now?  Why not begin the process now?  Why not step into your life consciously and responsibly?  There is no other way to Love.  


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   Linda Francis 

One day in my early teens I was at the beach with my boyfriend.  That day was my first experience of being aware of Love everywhere and in everything. It was not an emotion like falling in love or feeling infatuated or feeling like I couldn't live without him.  It was an experience of an all-encompassing loving energy/presence.

I was aware of everything being Love, and I felt joy and well-being that I hadn't ever remembered feeling.  My heart was completely open to everything I was experiencing. It also became clear to me that my boyfriend was not experiencing these things.  After that day he stopped speaking to me, and he began to avoid me.  This activated frightened parts of my personality, and I began feeling broken hearted. I was no longer able to access the experience of Love. I was trapped back in the emotions of feeling abandoned, and wanting him to pay attention to me, to love me.

Parts of the personality that originate in fear developed the story that it was my love for my boyfriend that created my experience at the beach, and the hurt of him pushing me away is what caused this experience to stop.  It wasn't until this Love came to me again that I realized my experience of it at the beach and my new experience both came from the grace of the Universe, and that what was happening or not happening in my life could not change it.

Then my realizations continued.  I discovered that what made my experiences of Love disappear from my awareness was my continual choice of fear.  I was unaware that I was choosing fear when I did because the things that I chose seemed normal to me.  For example, I said or did things to please people so they wouldn't reject me or so I could get them to do what I wanted them to do, but I wasn't aware of these intentions.  I realized that getting upset when I didn't like what someone did or said, judging others or myself, feeling overwhelmed, feeling unworthy, and feeling incompetent were also ways I was trying to manipulate people!  What are the things you are choosing now that seem normal to you, but are actually chosen by fearful parts of you without your awareness?

Since I realized that I have a choice in each moment to choose either love or fear, I have been able to return to the experience that I was given by grace more and more often by consciously choosing love - by setting my intention to create harmony, cooperation, sharing, and Reverence for Life.  This also allows me to experience the compassion and joy that are blocked from my awareness when I choose fear.  I am so grateful to be able to share this with you.





Until Next Time


"Eventually, you will come to see that Love heals everything, and there is only Love."


-- Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul 

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