When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy.
~ Bob Marley
Love & Power: Lynn V. Andrews
Power is what drives us. It is what generates the energy we require to propel our lives through the direction and accomplishment of our goals. Love is the creative spark, the divinity inside us and connection to God that gives us the ability to live in the centre of our hearts. It is what keeps us true to ourselves as our goals begin to manifest. Without one, we never reach a desired destination. Without the other, we lack the ‘joie de vivre’ that makes it all worth while.
We are called upon to hold within us the truth that we are all part of a oneness. This oneness is not a static state, but a movement of power through the abyss of chaos and striving into the world of compassion and understanding and love. Without love, in a sense, there is no life. Love can be manifested in many ways. It can be for another person—and what a beautiful, wonderful gift that is—but the most important thing of all is the love of self. The love of self is the most magnificent realization that can be. You are made of love, because God is love, and you are God in the sense that you are a reflection of the creation of all that is.
Andrews has studies Native healing arts and Shamanism more than two decades with the tutelage of several powerful medicine women. In this book, she takes us through the process of recognizing both love and power, and honouring the necessity they hold in our lives. She shares with us the importance of courage to evolve and claim what is ours. To be who we are meant to be and not get caught up in what we are doing. She teaches through personal stories and in a sequencial, easy to grasp manner that is accessable and inspirational. Included in each chapter are reflective questions so grab a journal, a hot cup of tea (or some wine perhaps), and prepare yourself for some honest interaction and revelation.
I’ve been thinking about ‘it doesn’t matter’ and ‘it’s no big deal’. Maybe, ‘It doesn’t mean anything’ sounds familiar? Those sentences have always really, really hurt me but of course, I’d never admit this because ‘I don’t care’. It’s always shocked me that people feel the need to say it at all. Is a statement of your indifference really necessary? And what are you proving through it? If it doesn’t mean anything, then it isn’t worth mentioning; words generate meaning, so why give something that’s meaningless meaning with vocabulary? Unless of course, it does in fact matter, then, what’s the problem? Will we suddenly loose ourselves if we accidentally show some vulnerability? Or maybe we’re worried that the ground will collapse with an influx of responsibility and expectation…whoa.
Have you ever considered how freaking incredible it is that we’re able to give a shit at all? Really. I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around the many chemical, neurological, and other reactions that have to take place, both simultaneously and in the correct order, for us to experience emotions like love, empathy, or excitement (spoiler alert: all of these are just love!). I don’t think many of us can begin to grasp what it takes for us to create that. That’s what makes it a miracle! It’s beyond comprehension or measurement to the average person. For us to be able to move beyond the basic flight or fight response of nature is such a gift, yet we trap ourselves in fear.
I suppose it is a bit of a jungle out there…
There’s also the fear that (heaven forbid), we think it means something just to find out afterwards it was no big deal. Now THAT would be a big deal…to admit to the miracle of human emotion just to have to turn around and feel a completely different, possibly unpleasant one; now that would be a shame.
If ‘it doesn’t mean anything’, then why do it? Why are we allowing things, people, or events we don’t care about occupy the space of our lives? Shouldn’t we be mad for life? Shouldn’t we want to fill ourselves with what’s worthy? Many of us feel empty, maybe lonely or lost, and would rather be in anything, with anyone, just to avoid facing ourselves. But have we considered the possibility that so many of us feel so terrible, because we’re filling ourselves with ‘it’s no big deal’ instead of raising personal revolutions and generating space for our passions?!
What a waste….
So, let’s agree to at least loosen that grip on the overpacked luggage we’re dragging around. Release whatever that person did or didn’t do to you when you were a kid. Let’s take responsibility for our personal healing and nurture that pouty inner child. We’re grown ups now! Many of us have children whom we love and tend to so why not send some of that towards ourselves! We are worthy. You are worthy. I am worthy. Heal that disappointed person you’ve neglected since you first realized stuff’s hard sometimes so we must protect ourselves at all cost. As you foster a relationship with yourself, your Self will start to shine and you’ll be free of mediocracy. We are meant to be bright and luminous. We are meant to thrive. And we are meant to play and dance our way through life’s most mundane moments. Let’s do that instead. Let’s do what matters.
“Your heart and my heart
are very, very old friends.”
By: Lisa Citore
If you want to change the world… love a woman-really love her.
Find the one who calls to your soul, who doesn’t make sense.
Throw away your check list and put your ear to her heart and listen.
Hear the names, the prayers, the songs of every living thing-
every winged one, every furry and scaled one,
every underground and underwater one, every green and flowering one,
every not yet born and dying one…
Hear their melancholy praises back to the One who gave them life.
If you haven’t heard your own name yet, you haven’t listened long enough.
If your eyes aren’t filled with tears, if you aren’t bowing at her feet,
you haven’t ever grieved having almost lost her.
If you want to change the world… love a woman-one woman
beyond yourself, beyond desire and reason,
beyond your male preferences for youth, beauty and variety
and all your superficial concepts of freedom.
We have given ourselves so many choices
we have forgotten that true liberation
comes from standing in the middle of the soul’s fire
and burning through our resistance to Love.
There is only one Goddess.
Look into Her eyes and see-really see
if she is the one to bring the axe to your head.
If not, walk away. Right now.
Don’t waste time “trying.”
Know that your decision has nothing to do with her
because ultimately it’s not with who,
but when we choose to surrender.
If you want to change the world… love a woman.
Love her for life-beyond your fear of death,
beyond your fear of being manipulated
by the Mother inside your head.
Don’t tell her you’re willing to die for her.
Say you’re willing to LIVE with her,
plant trees with her and watch them grow.
Be her hero by telling her how beautiful she is in her vulnerable majesty,
by helping her to remember every day that she IS Goddess
through your adoration and devotion.
If you want to change the world… love a woman
in all her faces, through all her seasons
and she will heal you of your schizophrenia-
your double-mindedness and half-heartedness
which keeps your Spirit and body separate-
which keeps you alone and always looking outside your Self
for something to make your life worth living.
There will always be another woman.
Soon the new shiny one will become the old dull one
and you’ll grow restless again, trading in women like cars,
trading in the Goddess for the latest object of your desire.
Man doesn’t need any more choices.
What man needs is Woman, the Way of the Feminine,
of Patience and Compassion, non-seeking, non-doing,
of breathing in one place and sinking deep intertwining roots
strong enough to hold the Earth together
while she shakes off the cement and steel from her skin.
If you want to change the world… love a woman, just one woman .
Love and protect her as if she is the last holy vessel.
Love her through her fear of abandonment
which she has been holding for all of humanity.
No, the wound is not hers to heal alone.
No, she is not weak in her codependence.
If you want to change the world… love a woman
all the way through
until she believes you,
until her instincts, her visions, her voice, her art, her passion,
her wildness have returned to her-
until she is a force of love more powerful
than all the political media demons who seek to devalue and destroy her.
If you want to change the world,
lay down your causes, your guns and protest signs.
Lay down your inner war, your righteous anger
and love a woman…
beyond all of your striving for greatness,
beyond your tenacious quest for enlightenment.
The holy grail stands before you
if you would only take her in your arms
and let go of searching for something beyond this intimacy.
What if peace is a dream which can only be re-membered
through the heart of Woman?
What if a man’s love for Woman, the Way of the Feminine
is the key to opening Her heart?
If you want to change the world…love a woman
to the depths of your shadow,
to the highest reaches of your Being,
back to the Garden where you first met her,
to the gateway of the rainbow realm
where you walk through together as Light as One,
to the point of no return,
to the ends and the beginning of a new Earth.