We’ve heard it over and over again, “Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus says that if we do this we will live. In other words, if we do this we will know the Eternal One, we will be connected to the Divine Source and we will be living with abundance and expansiveness. But do we DO it? Are we conscious of how we live and love moment to moment? I’m guessing not.
Cynthia Bourgeault, while discussing the concept of conscious love in The Meaning of Mary Magdalene states, “The bottom line is not the “who” but the “how”: the direction of the energy flow. On a path of conscious love the energy is always radiating outward; it is never self-defended or congealed.” It doesn’t matter where we are or who we are with, be it our lover or our houseplant, our child or the garage mechanic, conscious love can flow outward from us. The key to this, I believe, is to understand that this love already flows into us (or dwells in us) from the Divine. When we feel that and allow it to fill us, it will naturally flow out of us.
As we talked about this in worship yesterday, people described the feeling of conscious love flowing out as warmth, openness, connection, expansion, and an aura. We then described what it feels like when we don’t send that love out as stuck, rigid, judgmental, self-righteous, needy, afraid, angry, irritated and blocked. Interestingly, it was easier for folks to describe what it felt like when love doesn’t flow, then when it does!
Yes, it means we need to be vulnerable to let that love flow outward from us. It can be risky and even scary. But being a conduit for the Divine love is the only thing that will transform our lives and the lives of those around us. In fact, it is the only thing that will transform the world. We need that love to flow through us like a river bringing nourishment and hope, not congealed and all stopped up and goopy. It is what will bring us life.
Love & Light,