As I was assembling the elements of the newsletter this month, I found myself thinking a lot about the featured article, which is written each month by one of our practitioners. This month, Kara is writing about the Tarot card “The Lovers”. I’ll let you check out her wonderful insights for yourself, but the essay struck a particular chord for me regarding the transformational nature of love.
This idea that love transforms is much needed in our world right now. Perhaps, we can point to times when something occurred to evoke or wake up love and that has helped us to soften and shift our perspective. We might think of this as an outside event transforming us internally.
But I’ve been wondering about how that might work in the reverse. How does our own transformation allow us to access love differently? What does it look like from the inside out, if you will?
I have had the honor of being at the death bed of three different friends during or near to their passing. Some of you may already know how powerful this time is, when there is a sense of urgency and clarity, and things may need to be said while it is still possible. In each of these cases, I witnessed a transformational change that allowed the barriers to both receiving and expressing love melt away.
Something about the letting go, the surrender, and the inevitability of losing everything opens the door to the most fundamental and basic truth in the Universe: Love. When we can suddenly see the illusory structures, both internal and external, that have influenced our lives, maladaptively designed to protect us from hurt and suffering, when we realize that they are failing as the body fails, we are able to finally dismiss the ego obstacles to Love.
It seems to me that the question then becomes how can we accomplish this goal earlier in the primacy of life, while there is still time to build a life of service and connection? While we can still love and be loved freely and without inhibition, even though we may get hurt? The work we do to learn and grow, to accept our own imperfections and develop resilience in the face of our own humanity seem to hint at an answer.
If only we didn’t have to wait for the final hour to gain all that clarity.
Blessings on your journey,
Louisa has always enjoyed writing and is thrilled that she now has a way to share her musings with a larger community of like-minded seekers. Her writing is often an extension and exploration of the struggles she faces in integrating her own spirituality, scholarly study, life experience, and nuggets of brilliance from her teachers in the hopes that it might alchemically transform itself into something approximating wisdom.