There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. – Hopi Elder, Oraibi, Arizona
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 If they do something “wrong”, their conditioning is so enmeshed in the fear of having the love withdrawn that they immediately believe that they are unworthy and therefore, unlovable.