When I began my spiritual journey, I also began a journey of love to love.
So often we underestimate the power of love in our lives and how it has the ability to shape our lives and interactions with others.
Our abundance of love or perceived lack of love can be found in almost every aspect of the human experience.
Which is why love or the idea of love or the feeling of love has persisted throughout time, across continents, realms, ethnicities, genders, cultures and religions.
Love is the one inescapable truth. Love is the only answer.
When we deviate from love, we deviate from who we truly are. When we deviate from love, we temporarily sever ourselves from our Source. Our Source is that from which a never-ending supply of love flows. When we deviate from love, we open up ourselves to pain, suffering, the feeling of lack and the blocking of this supply of love.
Love is the core of consciousness.
The journey to consciousness or awakeness or enlightenment relies on this truth.
For many, accepting love as the root of this concept is fairly difficult. This isn’t because love itself is hard or difficult, but rather because we are taught that love is contingent upon fulfilling certain conditions…
“We are worthy of love when we do things worth loving.” “We give love to those who do things worth loving.” “If someone does something to hurt you, they are not worth loving.” “If you do something to hurt someone else, you are not worth loving.” “When I adhere to the expectations others have of me as an individual, I am worthy of their love.” “When others change themselves to adhere to my expectations of them, they are worthy of my love.” “An inability to adhere or surpass expectations is a direct reflection of my value and worthiness of love.”
Above, are all examples of how our idea of love becomes less pure and more skewed based on socialization and life experiences.
Conscious love is conditionless and unconditional.
Conscious love is pure in nature and its intentions.
Conscious love is not colored by expectation or validation.
Conscious love is not about forgiveness, it is only about honoring the love in someone else and the love in yourself.
I feel that it is so important to briefly discuss the concept of forgiveness in the first part of this series because many people falsely believe that in order to love, you must be able to forgive or vice versa.
In conscious awareness, love and forgiveness are separate, not co-dependent. I will go into this more in depth in the part of this series about forgiveness and how it plays a role in this journey.
In surface level, unconscious human experience, every day life, love and forgiveness mingle. That is to say, they both play a part in either a decision to forgive someone out of love or to love someone out of forgiveness. For the most part, this works in every day regular life, but what I’m trying to accomplish in this series is to help you see that you are entitled to have a spiritual love experience in your human experience that is grander than any “unconscious regular life” can allow.
It is from this place, that you will recognize that the type of love that I want you to have in your life is unwavering and constant. It is joyful and overflowing no matter the circumstance.
Unconscious love is circumstantial.
Conscious love is unconstrained.
Once you have truly awakened, opened your heart and embraced all that conscious love in its purest form can be, you will notice the tension in your life begin to decrease. This is because all of the pressure that you put on love in your unconscious life will subside and give way to an inner-knowing that you truly have more love in your life and human experience than you know what to do with.
Unconscious love is the only kind of love that ever experiences lack.
Conscious love is the only kind of love that ever experiences abundance.
Conscious love is a bottomless well. Conscious love is an endless resource.
A large part of becoming conscious means seeing less with your eyes and more with your heart. You begin to seek first the love in an individual and move away from initial judging or making assumptions about them. You realize that your job is to bring out the light in others, not the darkness.
Just because you are conscious, awakened, enlightened, etc, does not mean that you become immune to normal human experiences or feelings. You still hurt. You still feel pain. You still get angry. You still have access to those emotions that you may perceive as negative and feel you should suppress, deny or shy away from.
Being conscious means that you honor those “negative” emotions, feel them and release them so that you may return to a place of love because now love is what feels most natural. This is why the concept of forgiveness no longer really matters once you’ve made the transition to that place of conscious awareness. It is from this place, that you realize that when people hurt you or do things that hurt you it stems from a place in their lives where they are blocking the love that is so desperately trying to reach them. They are not acting out from a lack of love for you, but rather from the painful place of where they believe love is absent in their lives. Instead of feeling anger or lingering animosity towards them, you feel empathetic and you never stop loving them or question the love you have for them.
That is what conscious love is.
As you begin your journey to consciousness, you are also beginning down the path of reacquainting yourself with the love you were born into this human experience with. Before you ever inhabited a physical body or began this human experience, you were a spiritual being full of nothing but pure love.
It is integral to this journey that you embrace all that conscious love means to who you are and how you can help positively shape the experiences of others in this life.
I thank you for reading the first part of this series of “An Introduction to Theory of Consciousness” and I invite you to stay tuned for the second part of this series.
I love you!