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Love & Justice
Love is a choice you make from moment to moment. (Barbara De Angelis)
I believe love is primarily a choice and only sometimes a feeling. If you want to feel love, choose to love and be patient. (Real Live Preacher)
For the majority of people, happiness is linked to love, and they are right. Only, if they wait to be loved, they will never be truly happy because they are relying on things that are too uncertain. At one time or another they will be loved, but who knows what will happen at a later time. Do not rely on the love of others. When it comes, welcome it, but it is best not to put all your hopes on it.
This is why I tell you that if you want to be happy, do not ask to be loved. Instead, make sure you yourself love, night and day. You may well, one day, receive great love. Of course, why not? It may come one day, but do not wait for it. Let me tell you how you would solve this problem if you are wise: you would rely only on your own love. You would love and be happy, happy and free. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
And the moment is this: we have a choice! We can either throw in our lot with faith in the unseen, spiritual world, or we can choose to inhabit (or stay in) the disconnected place. It’s quite hardcore, because there is a moral challenge to give one’s whole heart to Love, without any proof of its existence. But if we choose this, we enter the kingdom of heaven, here on earth. (Asha, posted 10 February 2017, accessed 11 February 2017)
Sweep out the Chambers
Go sweep out the chambers of your heart
Make it ready, make it ready
To be the dwelling of the beloved
When you depart love will enter
In you, void of yourself
God will display her/his beauty
(Mahmoud Shabestari; sung by Susie Ro, song by Amida Harvey; listen to excerpt, to all)
Anna had bypassed all the nonessentials and distilled centuries of learning into one sentence: "And God said love me, love them, and love it, and don't forget to love yourself."
(Fynn, from the book Mister God, This Is Anna, p.19)
I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learnt that inside every one of them there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves... something no hero will ever defeat. And now I know... that only Love can truly save the world. So I stay, I fight, and I give – for the world I know can be. This is my mission now. Forever.
(Wonder Woman, 2h4m18s)
The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.
(bell hooks, Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, 1994)
To be sought after, to be loved, depends not on others but on you. So do not complain that you are lonely or that no one loves you. If this is so, tell yourself that it is because you do not know how to bear flowers and fruit. Look at the trees: during winter they are dark and dull, and no one spends time with them. But when they bear flowers and fruit, people, children and lovers are often found among them.
To be lonely is very often the consequence of a deplorable mentality. So many people decide never to produce flowers and fruit, because they have no desire to make efforts for others. As long as they remain without colours, and without flavours or fragrance, they will be lonely and poverty-stricken, both outwardly and inwardly. Is it so difficult to remember to give something every day, however small? Giving is what matters. When we give, we are never alone. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
To be loved: this is the concept most human beings have of happiness. Of course, they agree to love a little, but they believe that the main thing is to be loved. This is easy to prove: why do they suffer so when they learn that the person they love does not give back that love, or does not give back as much as they wish? They wait for the outside world to give them love. If it does not come, or if it is taken away, they feel deprived: they do not believe in their own power, in their own ability to love, they need love to come from someone outside of themselves. In reality, to find peace and joy, we must not wait for love to come from other people, but rely only on our own love: because within us lies the source of love, and this source is unlimited. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Another angle on choosing to love is being open to the love that already circulates in the world. People can not only stop loving others, they can also block themselves from receiving love. So, choosing to love means seeing beautiful things in nature, noticing human acts of kindness, being grateful for what our body does automatically, perhaps even sensing angels. Love is seen and felt to be alive and real. Be aware of it! Notice how much you are already loved, living in a world of Love? (Bruce Mitchell)
In this video (12m45s to 17m18s) Annie Lalla explores "You love me" in personal and family relationships. She talks of "taking radical responsibility for feeling loved". She urges us to focus on where the other is loving us, rather than the typical tendency to spot where the other is not loving us. So, in addition to the delightful "I love you", another mantra is "You love me" when you notice someone doing something special for you.
I believe that we are here to contribute love to the planet - each of us in our own way. (Bernie Siegel, MD)
You are only alive if you emanate love. It’s so easy to practise! For instance, when no one is looking, lift your right hand high and project all your love to the whole universe, to the stars, to the angels and archangels, saying: “I love you, I love you, I want to be in harmony with you!” And in this way you form the habit of always emanating something vibrant and intense, you become a living source, a source of love. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Choosing to love means being aware of the pain around you, in the world. Then, at the least, in your imagination send some light and love. (Bruce Mitchell)
Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you. (L.R. Knost)
Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
White supremacy is as American as apple pie. It was constitutive of the founding of our nation, like a serpent wrapped around the legs of the table on which the Declaration of Independence and constitution were signed...
Race is the most explosive issue in the history of this country: from war to civic strife to Buffalo...
So how should black America respond? Since the shootings, I have spoken to so many people and appeared on so many radio stations. People are devastated. The answer is to be a love warrior of the highest sort, a justice warrior, to never give in and never give up. The anger is there, and I don’t aim to calm it down, but I want to rechannel it. Our organisation must be perennial. But counter-terror in the face of terror and counter-violence in the face of violence are not the moral and spiritual options that we need.
It is for us to respond with the same grace and dignity as the people who were killed in that store last weekend: they were very dignified people...
Above all, remember Mamie Till, the mother of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy abducted and lynched by Mississippi racists in 1955. She said: “I don’t have a minute to hate, I’ll pursue justice for the rest of my life.”
(Adapted from Cornel West, The Guardian, posted and accessed 21 May 2022)
In spite of everything, you must continue to believe and love. Even if people treat you badly, even if they disappoint you or mislead you, you must never lose your faith and love, because if you do, you will lose the meaning of life. Meditate on this subject by weighing the pros and cons on your spiritual scales and you will find that if you stop loving people, you let the source that flows within you dry up, and thus punish yourself and not them.
Why stop the flow of what should be eternal and inexhaustible, under the pretext that you may be disappointed, abused or misunderstood? So many saints, prophets and initiates have been persecuted, but they continued to love and to believe. So, what disciple could think themselves worthy of receiving initiation if they start to not love anyone, to not trust anyone because they were deceived or wronged at times? (O.M. Aïvanhov)
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