–Hazrat Inayat Khan
I love that quote. It is so whimsical and romantic, and reflects so strongly what true love means to me.
True love is one of the exercises from Rainbow Dreams. Another difficult one for me, as I've always protected my heart.
The card was drawn from Inner Child Cards was the Ace of Hearts, and it said:
The essence of true love is, above all, faith-in the ineffable reverence that grows out of the union with a beloved. This beloved can be your inner self or another human soul.
The root meaning of love is to acknowledge absolute concern for another being. In order to express this empathy for another, one must secure self-love in one's own heart.
In this card, two mermaids joyously push a Winged Heart up from the sea. It is offered as an inspired sunrise, touching the golden light of the sky. This heart reveals the acceptance of love at the highest level, for the heart is the vessel of life, adorned with wings of spiritual freedom.
An ace in any suit is always positive. This card affirms that a new opportunity in the realm of love is rising out of the depths of the past, symbolised by the ocean. This new love may be a person, an idea, the realisation of a dream, or a new creative endeavor.
Sounds easy to respond to doesn't it. But no, it isn't easy at all.
In order to be able to love, I need to first love myself. That means I have to trust myself to pull down the walls I have built around my heart, and open myself to the risk of finding love.
I ask myself the following question: What am I more afraid of, the risk of being hurt, or the risk of finding true love?
This stage of my spiritual journey entails dedication and commitment, for the tasks involved are some of the most difficult to comprehend for my soul. I must seek to embrace the essence of love within and avoid the temptation to seek it elsewhere. The beloved with whom I will choose to share my intimate life is but a reflection of my own loving nature. Till now, the extent I have sought love outside myself, has met me with disillusionment and disappointment.
I have written before that it is a very good practice to stand up with arms reaching toward the heavens in the shape of a chalice.
Imagining I am being filled with the elixir of divine love, I allow the radiant light of Aphrodite pour into my heart.
I light a candle in my home symbolising the purity of love I wish to share with the world.
I dare to be the rapturous beauty that lives within my heart.
I open my heart to forgivness ~ of myself and others.
I open my heart to love myself.
I open my heart to love.
I am the raptuous beauty that lives within my heart.