I sit at my altar surrounded by images of the divine. My beloved Mother Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus Christ, the primordial Buddha and his consort, Shiva and Kali, Saraswati, Quan Yin, Ganesha. Master guru’s, Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati, Swami Niranjanananda, the Sufi Saint Maulana, Shiva Rudra Bala Yogi, Mahavatar Babaji, Thich Nhat Hanh, the human embodiments of truth, wisdom, and unconditional love. Their presence fills my heart, illuminates my mind. We are family, we are All One.
I have always aspired to realize my true nature, to experience the depth of human consciousness. This adventure has been the greatest of my life. It has stripped skin from bone, left my mind splayed, my heart aflame, until only what is real remains. As a spiritual pilgrim I have ventured into the labyrinth within my own being, eyes open, the fire of consciousness turning lead into gold. Trusting in the unseen with a passion that defies logic. Surrender becoming an ecstasy of devotion, the unknown my home. This alchemy of awakening has led me to one simple conclusion, our realized and essential nature is love. Another word for the Divine, is love. If we are going to be who we are in this world than we must be love. Every great soul has evolved into a compassionate, loving state of being. It is this love that awakens, inspires, heals and liberates. Quite simply, it is is the unifying principle of life. Amor est vitae essentia.
As I contemplate my own dharma it has never been more absolutely clear. I am here to be LOVE. Every moment of my life has been a longing to realize this truth. Every thought, word and deed seeks to align with this purpose. One of my students asked me yesterday if I love everyone. Yes. She replied with, ‘how can you love everyone’? How can I not? What prevents love? Fear. The antidote to fear is love. Each moment we are presented with the choice, will we live in love or fear?
At some point in spiritual awakening one realizes an undeniable truth… there is nothing to fear. Not suffering, not pain, not even death. For there is no beginning and no end, the Soul is immortal… Wake Up!
When there is no longer a sense of a separate self, we experience the Divine in all beings. A natural joy arises within, an indwelling peace emerges, and love becomes the natural expression. Every cell celebrates in unison when we realize that we are not limited to our physicality but are something vast and eternal. That our very cells are in concert with every other being, creating a symphony of beauty.
I invite you to embrace the mantra, “only love.” Let this vow take you into the heart of your heart, to the umbilicus of the truth that feeds us all. Surrender all of your inhibitions, be bold and fearless. Feel your own love expand to encompass one and all. You will smile, and so will they. Rise up you Bodhisattva’s and take your place in the world. There is nothing more to do. BE LOVE.
Written: June 23, 2010