“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
The Bittersweet Dischord
How cool are we as a species? We have such resilience — we are like elastic bands trying to conform, contort and snap ourselves to fit the mold (whatever that mold may be).
We have the ability to take on a million different things in order to chase perfection, love, money, respect, happiness and a gazillion other things we think we need and don't have. Most of these things boil down to the giving and receiving of love. We all want to be loved and accepted.
We can do this until we find ourselves six feet under.
The simple fact is that we've lost the plot.
We've totally lost the plot.
Hell, I don't even think we ever really knew what the storyboard was in the first place. We just know we are characters with a job to do. We're born and immediately we start conforming to the standards society sets.
Do you ever stop to ask yourself why you continue a tradition that was never yours?
So many of us are taught from an early age to hate certain religions, cultures and generally people who don't conform to our version of ‘right'.
Simply put: We're living in a pre-constructed world set up to someone else's ideals. Strange, isn't it? But most of us never seem to question it.
Love's the Greatest Thing That We Have
If love is the end result to most of our strenuous efforts then I have good news for you. You ARE love.
The other great thing is, there is no need to give or receive it — you just ARE it. You are pure love incarnation.
Think of the sun. It shines all the time. It doesn't give it's light away — it just IS light. You don't have to receive the light or stand in line to get at it (unless you're in an airport trying to escape to Spain for a hotter climate)…you just decide to either stand in its brilliance and absorb the light or hide in a cave and not accept the warmth.
Love is the same.
Love is all around us all the time. Love is in us. We are love itself. Pure vessels of unconditional love who are experiencing a bit of temporary amnesia.
If we just accepted the love source that we are and stand in that power — radiate that shit all day — we would be emulating the Tao Te Ching quote from the top of this article.
The other amazing benefit of realizing that you are just pure love itself is that It feels good to just stand for love. To just love love love with a dash more love. Even when people are being assholes — just love the crap out of them (oh pun definitely intended!).
You don't have to do it in an airy-fairy, pooping candy floss kind of way — you're totally in control of how you choose to give the love. It may just be in the form of non-retaliation — as in, if a person is truly hitting all your buttons try to remain calm and present and send them love without them even knowing (although they are bound to feel it or at least the lack of your retaliation energy).
The love energy just naturally draws out the love energy of another. Most of the time, the other person won't know what's hit them. They may not quite understand what's going on but they will feel an energetic shift. It may even aggravate them (as they resist the unfamiliar reaction) but you just stand in your truth and eventually there will be no resistance.
I'm not saying they're going to pull a Mother Theresa on you instantly — most likely not, but you will have made an energetic shift in the relationship/encounter.
Unicorns, Fluffy Bunnies and Cotton Candy…A Final Say in the Matter
Simply be yourself. Allow yourself to shine love out like the sun — to be that pure love source and just see how your life changes (and those you interact with).
Love the amazing being that you are (read related article Do You Feel Worthless? 2 Reasons Why You Need to Love YOU) — an amazing creation of the Divine. You are Divine love itself, how cool is that? All that other stuff is just a complete ball-faced lie — an illusion that's had us hoodwinked for centuries.
Have a good laugh at all the things you thought were real but just aren't a part of the real plot. The real plot is accepting your delicious God-self and standing in perfect alignment with love — the only thing that is true and worthy of any good plot.
No trying to love, no giving love, no receiving love — just BEING love itself. Shine on you crazy diamond!
Read related article: The 11 Step Guide to Spreading Love
Cherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.
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