Love is a very natural thing, yet for many of us there has been a learning curve. It can seem like an apprenticeship where there is a trial and error process. Each one of us gives to love as deeply as we are able, yet we encounter hurts, or may even become hurtful ourselves in the learning process. We struggle to maintain a balance between giving of ourselves and losing our own sense of self. We may have experienced love as both bitter and sweet.
We might feel stung and withdraw into ourselves for a time until it feels safe to come out again. We long for connection, yet our past failures may keep us at arms-length until we feel ready to risk again. Each time we begin again, there is hope of success, but there is a part of us that remains cautious, not wanting to feel vulnerable again.
As we grow and mature, our ability to give of ourselves deepens. We gain greater confidence in ourselves as our true self begins to take a greater part in our lives, helping us to give and receive more freely. Life begins to move through us like the wind through the trees. We get in touch with what feeds our souls and quenches our thirst. Our expectations and demands soften, allowing us to surf through life with greater ease. Our attempts at love in the past were a force that shaped us as we learned what it means to be human. Forgiveness of others in our past releases energy for renewal. The timetable for this process is unique to each one of us.
Our confusion about love diminishes as we begin to express our true selves either in relationship or in creativity. Our apprenticeship ends with the full embrace of divine love within ourselves.
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