On this first Valentine’s Day of the new era, as we sit in wonder, appreciation, and affection for not only those loved ones who grace our individual lives but also our beloved Gaia, the archangelic spirit-being who is the heart and soul of Earth, the planet-body upon which we experience our lives as human beings, a question rises in my mind. Or maybe in my heart.
I begin to wonder: Do we need permission to love?
Do we need a reason? Does someone have to do something to ‘earn’ our love? or can we instead simply love them anyway? No matter in what way they’ve impacted our lives, either negatively or positively or not at all (because as humans under the veil of unknowing we’re still pretending that we don’t know them), can we open a space – even if it’s just a tiny little space – but open a space to accept our fellow human beings?
No matter what they’ve done, no matter how they’ve hurt us, no matter what atrocities can be attributed to them, no matter how many of our expectations they fail to meet? Do you believe that that is possible? Do you believe that you can be such a one?
If Gaia has shown us nothing else (and it’s my contention that she has shown us quite a lot!), she has shown us that despite the horrors that we’ve perpetrated against her and on her magnificent body, through our wars and our inhumanity and our misunderstandings, she can, does, and will continue to love us anyway.
Gaia is the most loving parent in our mighty universe, able to overlook the illusions we create for ourselves and see us as we truly are.
She holds us and loves us even when we misbehave, and we’ve misbehaved often. Like any loving parent she knows that we’re learning; she knows that learning often means we have to work things out for ourselves, no matter how ugly that learning environment becomes.
She has always known that she cannot do our learning for us, that we must do that for ourselves, both individually and collectively. And she’s allowed us the space and the freedom to do so. On this day, we honor her for that unconditional, never-ending love.
Did you know that our love is the most powerful and impactful energy on the planet? Not our conditional love, the love that says someone must behave in some particular way that earns them the right to have our love. Not that love. The love that embraces each and every human being, each and every beast, each and every plant, each and every rock and tree and waterfall, just because they are, and for no other reason.
Imagine for a moment. Imagine a world where we can freely love any one or any thing that we care to. No restrictions. We don’t have to wait for them to love us back. We don’t have to wait for them to appreciate us for our love, or even acknowledge it. In fact, those things may never happen. The key is not to expect them to.
When we look at a deer wandering across a meadow in the morning mist, when we feel the wonder, the appreciation, the love for this creature that we don’t know, have never seen before, do we expect anything in return? I would posit that we don’t.
We simply live inside the love of the moment, the appreciation of a beast in a scene that touches our hearts, with no expectation that this amazing creature will return our love. Or even notice us. I’m sure each of us can look into our lives and find at least one example of such an experience, probably hundreds. Maybe more.
And so it is with loving each other. We’ve been brought up in a society that insists that when we love someone, our love must be returned. It’s an interesting phenomenon, because we don’t have that expectation of other things that we love, like creatures of the wild, works of art, nature, hobbies and even work that we enjoy. We simply enjoy them through our love and expect nothing in return. It’s a most freeing kind of love, and because we are all connected energetically, we can express that love at any time from anywhere.
Let’s follow the example of our dear Gaia. Let’s simply begin, in whatever way seems appropriate to each of us, to love each other for no reason. No reason at all. Simply love each other because we are, and have that be good enough.
It really truly is. And it starts with each and every one of us, in our own lives, in our own hearts. Loving each other just because, and expecting nothing in return.
Until it’s realized as a plant, each seed contains nothing but possibility. Not all seeds grow into the potential they carry. But some do. And that’s one of the amazing qualities about a seed. Our ability to love unconditionally is such a seed. It’s now been planted. Will we water it, nurture it, bask in the wonder of it as it grows?
Have a wonderful, joy-filled, invigorating .. and loving! .. Valentine’s Day / Nova Earth Day no matter where you are, no matter who you are. Because truly, we are all One.