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Here are some words which I feel were "given" while I was writing my September Equinox page in 2005, and which inspired me to make this page. Quotes from many other writers follow.
How can we be inspired to love our home, this beautiful, mysterious, volatile, delicately balanced system we call Earth, deeply enough to radically change our lives?
For this is what we need to do - not for ourselves, for, like any species, our time here has limits - but because it is required of us.
To love in any and every way we can - joyfully, sadly, angrily, hopefully, setting no limits on our love.
Love sees the whole picture, the dark as well as the light, and all the shades in between
- and continues to love. That which sees only the "good" is mere sentiment or romanticism.
Loving beyond our capacity, beyond everything we thought we were capable of.
The English language, with it's hugely rich vocabulary, is lacking here. We have only one word for love - so it has become commonplace, trivialised, has lost it's power. And in losing that power, the power of the Word, we have lost our understanding of Love itself. We frequently fail to recognise it, because we expect it always to feel warm & fuzzy, to satisfy our current desire. This is why when we get what we think we want, we are puzzled because we so often feel unfulfilled.
Love cannot be evaluated or measured. Nor is it merely an emotion. It is an act of will, aided immeasurably by linking to a greater power.
It doesn't matter how you think of "God" - or even whether you believe in a deity. Just use the power of that something more which we can all experience if we allow ourselves to do so.
Love is kindness, compassion, reverence, respect, acceptance, generosity and obedience to constantly re-examined conscience. It is considering the whole, not just that which we think of as our own. Maybe it is what some call God. Maybe it is an energy inhererent in the Cosmos.
All I am certain of is that we need to reclaim our power to love. It is the one thing we can all do!
With love from Margaret RainbowWeb, September 2005.
" You have a
tremendous work to do. It is the silent work of creating more love in the
Guidance received by Eileen Caddy, at Findhorn.
"Love as much as you can from wherever you are.""
"Go beyond reason to Love: it is safe. It is the only safety."
"When you learn to love hell, you will be in heaven."
"Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it."
"What did you think it was that needed to be loved?"
The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment - Thaddeus Golas
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"Love gives naught but itself, and takes naught but from itself,
Love possesses not, nor would it be possessed;
For Love is sufficient unto Love."
The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
ABOUT LOVE & EXTINCTION
Deborah Bird Rose
"Love one another and you will be happy
It's as simple and difficult as that.
There is no other way."
When I talk to you - Michael Leunig
"Grief is the price we pay for Love"
HM Queen Elizabeth II - concluding a letter sent to the American People after 9/11
Bishop Jack Spong
"The lifelong devotee of Dhamma understands that the goal of every moment is to generate empathy and compassion, to minimise anger and hate"
Paul Fleischman M.D.
"You want to love, and you can't, and you hate yourself because you can't, and all the time love is not some marvellous thing that you feel, but some hard thing that you do. And this in a way is easier because with God's help you can command your will when you can't command your feelings."
The Scent of Water - Elizabeth Goudge
The Tao of Love - this is on a separate page
"To me there is, as it were, an economy of love, so that the very fact that one member of the human race is making a particular concerted effort to open themself to love..........automatically has a spin-off for the rest of the world."
Sr.Felicity, Community of Poor Clares. interviewed by Mary Loudon in 1990.
"...................the careful, ongoing construction of love. As painful and exhausting as the struggle for truth, and as easily abandoned."
When I talk to you - Michael Leunig
Healing.......Death & Dying.......Dealing with Anger.......Grief.......Love not or no longer returned
Contact Margaret RainbowWeb
- This is an Australian website
URL - http://users.on.net/~arachne/love.html