Almost two years ago I wrote a blog called The Love of a Sorcerer. The post begins with one of my favorite quotes by don Juan from Tales of Power; “A warrior’s love is the world. He embraces this enormous earth. The earth knows that he loves it and it bestows on him its care. That’s why his life is filled to the brim and his state, wherever he’ll be, will be plentiful. He roams on the paths of his love and, wherever he is, he is complete.”
It has always been a belief of mine that when we embrace this earth, when we are in love with her and honor her with gratitude and respect we will come to know love in a way that surpasses any all definitions that we have known love to be. A warrior’s love is so strong, so encompassing and so unique in that it is grounded and founded in total freedom. It is free of expectations, free of gratifying emotions, free of conditions and of conditioning. Most people don’t understand unconditional love. If they do something “wrong”, their conditioning is so enmeshed in the fear of having the love withdrawn that they immediately believe that they are unworthy and therefore, unlovable.
Over the course of centuries humans have basically designed the concept of love to be a very conditional state. You are worthy of love if you obey, if you agree, if you comply, if you behave, if you are smart, if you are pretty, if you succeed, if you make everyone else around you feel really good; all at the risk of losing yourself.
Warriors know how important it is to come from your heart at all times. There is a lot of fear in the world and the root of this fear comes from feeling unloved and of feeling unworthy of love. I genuinely love all the people I meet, even if I don’t agree with them and if they drive me crazy or are weird (the weirder the better!), or shallow, or even if they are not someone I would want to spend time with. People can sense the love but most cannot identify it because it is so foreign, so free. Many years ago I hosted a bi-monthly circle in awareness at my home for nearly 3 years. One night, after several weeks of petty conflicts arising within the group, I asked them why they kept returning. Several of them said they didn’t know, that there was something great there, something so pure in spirit, and so compelling that they had no choice but to return.
We all know that conflict holds valuable lessons and aids in the loosening of the assemblage point. In spite of the conflicts that arose, they looked forward to their time together. What they didn’t realize was that the “something great, something so pure in spirit and compelling” wasn’t outside of themselves, it was them. They were provided the opportunity to sit within a space that was held in pure love, in freedom and without expectations, and the ability to love for no reason is what compelled them to return again and again so that they can allow the awakening of their own potential to love in this manner and to ensure that it continue to be nurtured and all-pervasive.
When people are given the opportunity to be loved and held in the highest regard and honored for their uniqueness and diversity, amazing things happen. They become comfortable in exercising their right to be exactly who they are, with authenticity and without fear. They begin to recognize that any restrictions and limitations to their own love has been self-imposed through an age-old story of unworthiness. And then they start to release their limitations and as they do, their own hearts burst open; love replaces fear, value replaces unworthiness, self-confidence replaces shame.
When our hearts are wide open we can hold all others in a state of pure and utter love; with beauty, joy and in freedom. And it just keeps rippling outwards, illuminating and freeing everyone in its path, a beautiful inoculation to the age-old fears that have arisen from the false matrix that says: love is yours, if…
A warrior loves all beings, all things equally and in utter freedom. Loving in this way is an immersion, something that can be felt and understood but not explained. This level of love can be experienced when one is quiet, so quiet that they no longer exist. The earth has a pulse, a heartbeat, and if you take the time to connect to that pulse you will know in that moment that you are connected to everything and you will get a sense of what it means to love and be loved in utter freedom. And then you will know that you exist as a mere microcosm of all things simultaneously. ~ FW