Look Around You

Look around you. Take a hard look at the things you have surrounded yourself with. How much of it do you actually need? How many are simply tools for your own self-gratification? At what expense to others (not just humans) did it cost? Did you really need that leather coat, alligator shoes, ivory jewelry, or a million tech gadgets that humans are producing for slave labor incomes?

Lately, I have been reflecting on this and how my life has changed as I grow older and hopefully wiser. “Things” seem unimportant these days. They are empty vessels humans gather trying to fill a void in a life otherwise unfilled by what truly matters. They are not evil any more than they are necessary. But they often create an illusion of happiness.

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Fortunately for me, I have been surrounded by love my entire life. From the minute of my birth to this very moment I am writing this post. This led to another self-awakening moment. Why me? Why doesn’t everyone know love like this?

Does it matter if you are born into wealth or poverty? I think not. Those born into wealth have definitive benefits, but none of them guarantee a life filled with love. Those born into poverty often have daily struggles that make life more difficult, but this does not preclude a life filled with love. Just what are the existential factors that allow a person to experience love as I have?

Well, I am just guessing here, but you can probably fill Albert Hall with the books written on this very thing. And I suspect most of them expound on their educated knowledge of such matters, but ultimately leave the reader feeling empty.

Here is the thing. Most humans spend a lifetime chasing love. As if it were just another “thing” one can purchase and put in a sock drawer. Too many think they found love as soon they have “purchased” it. They feel they have met certain conditions so now it’s okay to be in love.

Love is boundless, it can’t be constrained by any conditions

. By desiring love you are placing a condition on it. Love is not a thing to be possessed. It is not an emotion to be felt. Emotions place conditions on love as well. If this is what you believe is love you have not experienced love.

Love surrounds us. It is in every thought we have, every emotion we feel, every molecule we breathe. You can’t touch it, see it, hear it with the measly human tools we have at hand.

Love is easy. Yes, when we finally get around to making “the choice”, we become an open vessel that love pours through. When all conditions, prejudices, assumptions, and beliefs are dropped love can do its magic. There is no effort necessary to love or be loved other than simply allowing love to use you as an empty vessel. Like liquid through a sieve love must flow or it simply can’t be experienced.

So, I guess my advice is simple for those desperate to have love in their lives. Stop searching for it, it already surrounds you. Open yourself to it. I simply got out of the way and let love use me.

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