To love another person is to see the face of God.
Victor Hugo (lyric from Les Miserables)
“If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death — or shall I say, death implies life — you can conceive yourself. Not conceive, but feel yourself, not as a stranger in the world, not as someone here on sufferance, on probation, not as something that has arrived here by fluke, but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental.
What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself. So, say in Hindu mythology, they say that the world is the drama of God. God is not something in Hindu mythology with a white beard that sits on a throne, that has royal perogatives. God in Indian mythology is the self, Satcitananda.
Which means sat, that which is, chit, that which is consciousness; that which is ananda is bliss. In other words, what exists, reality itself is gorgeous, it is the fullness of total joy.”
The Nature of Consciousness; also published as What Is Reality? (1989)
Suppose someone showers you with love but you are not receptive to it, then you do not feel the love. But if you are truly receptive to love even when no one is showing it to you then you still feel the love.
Things like love, peace, and gratitude occur on their own when you open yourself up. They don’t come from the things and people around you. Nor does love come and go.
It all boils down to how much you open up and make yourself accessible to the peace and love that is always Here and Now. Sometimes people and things help us to do that. But to depend on those people and things to keep us connected to love is to limit that love.
Use every doorway you can to become receptive to things like love but don’t get attached to the doors once you have walked through them.
Namaste, sis :) much love
I have a firm belief in this now, not only in terms of my own experience, but in knowing the experiences of other people. When you follow your bliss, and by bliss I mean the deep sense of being in it, and doing what the push is out of your own existence—it may not be fun, but it’s your bliss and there’s bliss behind pain too.
You follow that and doors will open where there were no doors before, where you would not have thought there’d be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anybody else.
… And so I think the best thing I can say is to follow your bliss. If your bliss is just your fun and your excitement, you’re on the wrong track. I mean, you need instruction. Know where your bliss is. And that involves coming down to a deep place in yourself.
Yee Sookyung “When the Japanese repair broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something has suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.”
~ Barbara Bloom