Category: Love (Unconditional)



Published on Apr 15, 2017

Sruti is a spiritual teacher who writes about finding God within an experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. She has been interviewed on the Buddha at the Gas Pump talk show on YouTube about her experience of spiritual awakening in the midst of intense pain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atG0z…

This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers. In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision.

She watched as one by one the layers of the mind, the body and feelings disappeared before her. She asks the question: Who is the One that Can Never Leave You? With whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?

An Excerpt From “Evolutionary Love Relationships: Passion, Authenticity,and Activism“…

It is critical to remember that this crisis we are facing is a crisis in which the sacred powers of love in the human soul are being diverted by distraction, by greed, by ignorance, by the pursuit of power, so that they never irrigate the world and transform it. What is needed is a vision of evolutionary relationship as a relationship that helps us come into the real, take responsibility for it, and enact our sacred purpose with a partner, and for the world: when two lovers come together in this dynamic love consciousness, they create a transformative field of sacred energy, from which both can feed to inspire their work in reality.

There are seven requirements necessary, I believe, for this tremendously potent vision of evolutionary love to emerge in the world.

The first requirement is that both beings need to be plunged individually into a deep and passionate devotion of the Beloved, by whatever name they know the Beloved, because without both beings centering their life in God, the relationship will never be able to escape the private circle. From the very beginning it must be centered in the Divine. It must be a relationship that is undertaken in the conscious presence of the Divine for the Divine’s great work in the Universe. Only a relationship that is centered in God, and that has God as the prime actor in the relationship, will be able to bear the vicissitudes of authentic love, of dealing with the challenges of life and service in the world.

The second requirement for an evolutionary love is that both beings must develop a mastery of solitude. In his Letters to a Young Poet, Rilke wrote:

“Authentic love is where two solitudes border, protect, and salute each other.”

They “border” each other, they don’t infiltrate each other’s domain. They “protect” because they realize that the solitude that each one has is the source of inner wealth and inner revelation; they “salute” because they understand that the work of solitude, the work that goes into solitude, the heart work, the yearning, the longing, the deep contemplation of one’s gifts and one’s faults, is a sacred work that is the secret foundation of healthy relationship. In too many relationships in our current narcissistic model, what threatens the person most is the solitude of the other. In a true evolutionary relationship, what can exhilarate one person the most is the other’s solitude, because they know that solitude has the potential to make them a billionaire of generosity, of insight, and of creativity.

The third requirement is that in a true evolutionary relationship there is an equality of power, and that equality is born out of a profound experience of the sacredness and dignity of the other person’s soul. This new relationship that is trying to be given to us by the Mother is what I call the beloved-beloved relationship. One person isn’t the beloved and the other only the lover. Both partners recognize in each other the unique face that God is turning to them in order to bring them the essence of divine truth, which is embodied love. From that recognition of each other as the Beloved flows a natural movement of passionate honoring and service of the other’s life. This gives each person the freedom and the energy and the joy that they need to go out into the world and fulfill their destiny. This is crucial because in the past there has been a vision of inequality of power.

The male has often had the power and the female hasn’t. Dominant and submissive roles between two people have been seen as inevitable.

Now what’s emerging is the mutual recognition of holiness and sacredness expressed in tantric rapture, in an adoration and worship of the other in the core of life.

The fourth requirement follows on from the third: if you are going to have a beloved-beloved relationship, you have to center your whole being and work and evolution in God. You have to be a master of your own solitude so that you can work on what is necessary to deepen that sacred relationship of the Divine. You must also bring the sacred practice of prayer and meditation into the very core of your life, so that the whole relationship can be enfolded in a mutually shared sacred enterprise.

The fifth requirement is that both lovers completely abandon any Hollywood sentimentality about what relationships actually are. As love becomes more evolutionary and conscious, so does each lover’s understanding of each other’s shadow. One of the essential roles of this new love is to make each person in the relationship the safe-guarder of the other’s shadow—not the judge of the other’s shadow, not the denier of the other’s shadow, but someone who recognizes where the other has been wounded, and safeguards and protects them with unconditional compassion without allowing themselves to be mauled or manipulated by the other. This takes an immense effort, because it takes an immense effort to understand your own shadow, and an even greater effort to face and comprehend, without illusion, denial or repulsion, the shadow of the other.

The sixth requirement is that if you are going to enter into the evolutionary process, you have to accept that it never ends, never stops unfolding.

There is no end to transformation, because divine love is infinite.

Evolution is fundamentally a death/rebirth cycle that repeats itself in higher and higher dimensions, and any authentic evolutionary relationship must have the courage to go through the deaths that engender the rebirths. Marion Woodman, the great Jungian analyst and pioneer of the sacred feminine, said to me, “I have had four marriages with my husband, and at the end of each marriage there was a crisis that we had to make the commitment to go through, a projection that had to die. But we stuck at it and we went through it, and the love that we know now in our eighties is the greatest and deepest love we have experienced.”

The seventh principle requirement is that from the very beginning of this adventure into evolutionary love you must make the commitment for it not to be just a personal orgy, a cultivation of an oasis of private pleasure. You must engage consciously in this relationship to make you stronger, to serve the planet, to recognize that it is a relationship not only grounded in God, not only infused by sacred practice, but it is from the very beginning dedicated to making both people more powerful, more reflective, more passionately engaged with the only serious truth of our time: The world is dying, and we need a major revolution of the heart to empower everyone to step forward and start doing the work of reconstruction and re-creation that is now desperately needed.
Source: the urban howl

A woman wants to understand why the sense of joy she felt at the moment of her mother’s passing has turned into deep sadness.


Published on Feb 9, 2017

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti introduces the online study course that he will be doing March 2017 called, “Fierce Love: Being a Sane and Benevolent Presence in a World of Confusion.” The emphasis of this course will be on being a loving presence in the world of relationship, work, and all of the various commitments that you have. How can you bring more love and compassion into every element of your life, and let loving action guide and inform your every move in the world? How can you be a more benevolent presence to life itself and all those people whom you cherish and love? Adyashanti invites you to join him for this 4-week commitment to put love into action.

FIERCE LOVE

There is a way of knowing that can take you beyond where all your learning has taken you. It is the way of direct experience of Truth. It is the way of the heart.

It may be astonishing to hear that there is a continuation of A Course in Miracles, but it is true. Forty years ago Jesus dictated ACIM to the scribe Helen Schucman. More recently, over three years, he similarly dictated A Course of Love to Mari Perron. Students of ACIM will recognize the Voice. Students of truth, whatever their background, will find that ACOL resonates with the heart.

We have given our minds far too much credence. Doing so blocks our natural connection with guidance and truth. Allowing the “heart” – the psychic and spiritual center of our being – to guide the mind will heal the rift that now separates us from our true divine nature. In A Course of Love Jesus says:

This is a call to move now into my embrace and let yourself be comforted. Realize that this is the whole world, the universe, the all of all in whose embrace you literally exist. Your identity no longer stands in form but flows from life itself. Our heart is the light of the world… Where you learned to hate, you will learn to love. Where you learned to fear, you will learn safety. Where you learned to distrust, you will learn trust. And each learning experience will touch your heart…

This time we take a direct approach, an approach that seems at first to leave behind abstract learning and the complex mechanisms of the mind that so betray you. We take a step away from intellect, the pride of the ego, and approach this final learning through the realm of the heart. This is why, to end confusion, we call this course A Course of Love.

Those yearning to access the heart’s knowing will find help here. A Course of Love draws the mind into communion with the heart. It facilitates the dawning of the consciousness of unity – a consciousness that cannot be learned, but only revealed through union and relationship.

In this Combined Volume, The Course (Book One) establishes wholeheartedness, an integration of mind and heart. The Treatises (Book Two) reveal the art of thought, move the reader through the personal self to the true Self, and on to co-creation of a new world. The Dialogues (Book Three) offer the transformational experience of The Forty Days and Forty Nights, and a direct relationship with the God within.

A Course of Love is an intimate companion on your journey home. It is complementary to A Course in Miracles – the same Voice, more accessible. The same thought system, expanded. It gently guides our awakening, step by loving step.

An Introduction to A Course of Love and Mari Perron

Presenting at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, Mari Perron, introduces herself and A Course of Love with humor, shares on the messiness of spiritual life, and speaks of emergent heart wisdom.

A Course of Love at the 2016 Course in Miracles Conference, with Mari Perron

Published on Nov 22, 2016

Part 1

“When we know who we are, we know who we are not. That’s the end of the ego.”

Mari Perron, First Receiver of A Course of Love, shares her experience with A Course in Miracles, the theme of the conference (Change your mind/Change the world), and says, “As we become new the world becomes new.” She speaks of how Jesus sets in motion our movement from fear to love, talks of Christ and Christ-consciousness, of why the heart is the focus of this new course, and of its radical call to elevate the self of form. (30.14)

Published on Jan 26, 2017

Refuge in Truth, Love and Awareness – with Tara Brach (01/04/2017)

The three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness are interweaving pathways home found in most spiritual traditions. This talk looks at our habitual pursuit of substitutes to feel happy, and reflects on how we awaken through each true refuge. The talk ends with a living ritual anyone can participate in that helps us remember these refuges as we move through our lives.

Audio: https://www.tarabrach.com/refuge-trut…

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Published on Jan 19, 2017

Adyashanti discusses the profound switch from working “towards love” to working “from love.” With love as the starting point, you have already arrived where you’ve been longing to go. Letting go of the struggle with life to be any particular way, you allow yourself to open up to the abundance of possibilities around you. With love as the foundation and the basis of all your actions, this love inevitably flows through you and spills out into all that you do in life.

Video Excerpted From “Experiencing Divine Relativity”:
http://bit.ly/2jdb51P

Quotes from this video:

“What if love was the precondition? What if that was the condition? That’s where you started from.”

“We always think that we have to work towards love. Liberation is when you don’t have to work towards anything; you work from it, not towards it. It’s just there. It’s the ground you’re walking on.”

“Just holding things as possible can be quite profound. It’s possible that on any given day, at any moment, the whole battle with life can cease. It’s possible because it happens.”


Published on Jan 8, 2017

Sruti is a spiritual teacher who writes about finding God within an experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. She has been interviewed on the Buddha at the Gas Pump talk show on YouTube about her experience of spiritual awakening in the midst of intense pain: VIEW HERE

This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers. In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision.

She watched as one by one the layers of the mind, the body and feelings disappeared before her. She asks the question: Who is the One that Can Never Leave You? With whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?

Sruti’s book, The Hidden Value of Not Knowing, is available as an audiobook and an eBook online at Amazon: View Here

For more information about Sruti please visit http://www.srutisangha.org


Published on Dec 4, 2016

The One Quality Needed for the Path

Love is the essence of Sufism, and all that is needed by the wayfarer. It is love that draws us Home. But we need to reclaim an understanding of love as a spiritual power that belongs to God and underlies all of creation.

From the event, “Where the Two Seas Meet: An Introduction to Sufism” with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting Mystic’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Dec 3, 2016

Mary Reed ‘The Journey Of An Unwitting MysticInterview by Iain McNay
Mary is author of the book, ‘Unwitting Mystic – Evolution Of The Message Of Love.’ In the Summer of 2000 she heard a voice deep inside her saying ‘You are supposed to be doing something very important.’ It didn’t leave her alone; the more she tried to ignore it the more persistent it became. She then started to have visions of Christ, Buddha, the Dalai Lama and others. She had no religious or spiritual background and tried to find help to understand and integrate them. Everything failed to make sense to her. Her life fell apart and she attempted suicide by taking 97 pills, but woke up 2 days later. She felt remorse and supreme surrender.
Eventually she found help which led her to India where she is now based in a Nunnery.
She tells her fascinating story and she talks about the realisations she has had.


Published on Oct 18, 2016

Barbara Marx Hubbard and Marc Gafni in The Universe: A Love Story Video Series Week 8

From the dialogue: Barbara: So the evolution of love has to do with the freedom to choose to say yes to the impulse of love within yourself and to be wise enough also to know in what direction that love is to go. It’s not just to be love in a totally expansive way for everyone and everything. Everyone has a unique aspect of the evolution of love, which is the evolution of I think of it as our soul’s code like we’re almost born to give certain gifts to the world. . . . . . . when you get to the evolution of love and you realize that love is the impulse of creation itself in you, specifically as you, and you say yes to it, something starts to turn on in you that is I would say the impulse of evolution as love and it starts to guide you. . . . Marc: . . . Barbara then jumped to stage four so gorgeously; then I go from world-centric love to Cosmocentric love where I actually identify as evolution awakening as me. Love incarnates, love intelligence incarnates as me, and the evolutionary impulse of all of reality becomes awake as Barbara. And reality is having a Barbara experience and Barbara as the evolutionary impulse of love begins to act in the world. When that happens, then new synchronicities, new attractions, new realities, new political structures. Because Barbara is not just loving every human being she is love itself. She’s awakened as outrageous evolutionary love. She becomes the force of the Cosmos itself is now Barbara-ing. Is now acting as Barbara which is the ultimate incarnation that we know of, of the evolution of love which is I think is what you were referring to.


Jean Klein talks with Drs.Moschetta about the spiritual meaning of love and marriage.
http://www.marriagehelp-newyork.com


Published on Aug 30, 2016

Tara Talks: How RAIN can enable Intimacy – Tara Brach

In this story, we see how one man practiced with RAIN and was able to heal the wounds that obstructed intimacy in his marriage.


Published on Aug 21, 2016

Watch this first in a series of 10, beautiful videos, with Barbara Marx Hubbard and Marc Gafni. In this piece they set their intention for the series. You can also read the transcript here: http://centerforintegralwisdom.org/co…

“The Wounds of Love & Transforming Our World” – Marc Gafni

Dr. Marc Gafni gave this keynote at the WOWTalksLive in April, 2014. WOW stands for “Women in Wellness” and The WOW Talks brings together hundreds of women and brave, courageous men for the purpose of connecting, collaborating, and celebrating. Dr. Gafni joined speakers Dr. John Gray, famed author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”, Dr. Leslie Hewitt, author of “The New Glossary”, and others on an inspiring speaker lineup. Dr. Gafni was introduced by Tbird Luv.


Published on Aug 12, 2016

http://adyashanti.org – Adyashanti explores the true nature of our presence in the world and invites you to inhabit a new perspective—where your positive regard is spread out for all those around you. As wild as the world can be, what if you are here to be a redeeming presence in the world? What would that look like? How would that feel? When your center of regard shifts from personal to universal, love is birthed into existence and permeates your actions. Adyashanti invites you to embrace the underlying reality of your life and fully inhabit your existence.

Excerpted from “The Redeeming Presence of Love”:
http://tinyurl.com/zjqt59y

Quotes from this video:

“Just imagine, at some moment, you realize that—even though this world is a wild place to be sometimes—that you so loved the world that you gave yourself to it, as an act of love. That that’s actually what you’re doing here.”

“When the center of our regard is not stuck within our own incarnation, that’s the birth of love—a causeless, universal love. Then you become a redeeming presence in the world. You become a liberating presence in the world.”

“When your center of regard, your center of your consciousness, shifts from you as an individual to what all beings have in common, not just human beings, but all of existence—from the most distant star, to an empty space, to everybody in this room, to the chair that you’re sitting on, to the air that you breathe—you see that it’s all just actually one underlying reality. To really see this is to embrace life. To find that radical yes to existence.”

“What if you came here for all the stuff that you’re running away from? What if your actual existence was to redeem all of that, in other words, to set it all free? And not just that, but everything else, by the way. In other words, to be a redeeming presence in the world.”

“Life is really meaningful in the small moments. That’s what really counts.”

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