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For several days now, the ideas for this particular post have been circulating through my brain. Bits and pieces have even found their way to paper, only to be arranged and rearranged numerous times in the process. I invite you to dream with me for a moment just what it would mean to the world at large if, only for a moment, the immense LOVE which all creation has at its core, were to be unbound and set free to flow as the spirit moved.
To keep things clear and in the proper perspective, I am NOT speaking of “free love” in the romantic or sexual genre. They certainly have their place, but not in this particular post, because I am speaking of an undifferentiated LOVE that flows from our core. A LOVE without condition, expectation of return, or self gratification. It only gives because its very nature is to give. The great I AM or Creative Force/Energy or Consciousness from which we all come is LOVE, and it lies deep within the heart of all creation, regardless of the package/form in which it appears.
The LOVE we are, often lies tightly bound within us due to cultural expectations or early experiences where what has been called “love” has not been love at all. The expressing of LOVE, even when LOVE is welling up inside, is often withheld because of fear. We can long to reach out in LOVE, which often shows up as kindness and compassion to someone, but we refrain because we fear being misunderstood, fear of someone else’s jealousy, fear of loss or disapproval, fear of rejection. It’s hard to allow deep and beautiful LOVE to flow unimpeded when it is coexisting and being stifled by fear. Even someone, who at one time was open and loving, can build thick and high walls later once they have entered into a committed relationship where fear and jealousy exist.
But at other times, LOVE breaks free and shows itself for the magnificent Creative Force it is. What does LOVE UNBOUND look like? It looks like those thousands of large and small, often spontaneous, acts of compassion and kindness that appear briefly, and sometimes unnoticed, in our daily lives. During a recent illness I have been left speechless by the acts of pure LOVE that have come my way. Daily there have been texts, cards, notes, phone calls, hospital and home visits, all offering comfort and help. Food has poured in and family and friends have encircled me with the flow of UNBOUNDED LOVE.
UNBOUND LOVE also arrived in the form of a beautiful and loving soul sitting and holding my hand as I waited for emergency surgery. Even though it was close to midnight and after she had already had a long and busy day of work and family responsibilities, it was refusing to leave me until she knew I was out of surgery, awake, and biding her to go home! No obligation, no fear, only UNBOUND LOVE during those moments in time and space!
But we don’t live there most of the time, even when we’d love to do so. Ego and fear can keep the flow of LOVE in check. Unbound love can be as simple as a smile as we pass by a stranger. It can be an offer of help to someone who appears to be struggling and in need of aid. Or it can be a prayer when it seems there’s nothing else we can do. It can be setting the INTENTION to allow love to flow, even though we may not always succeed.
My pastor, Deb Patterson, recently gave a sermon on “LOVE is our Homeland.” Our true home is not a town, a city, or a country, but our dwelling place is that Universal field of LOVE. The place from which we came and to which we will return. That is our homeland and the place where LOVE is unbound and free to just be LOVE! Think what our little planet Earth could be if, even for only one day, we would all unbind our hearts and allow LOVE to flow freely. Together we can dream that day will come!
Two years ago I had an NDE while critically ill with Viral Encephalitis. After I recuperated and had experienced, during that NDE, that incredible LOVE that defies words, I felt I knew all about how incredible LOVE could be. I certainly had experienced and knew a depth I’d never known before. What I failed to realize is that LOVE can always grow deeper and higher, and until we are free to live our lives totally in the flow of UNBOUND LOVE, we are never really free at all!