Love is Growing Up – June 10 2020

Love is Growing Up – June 10 2020

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle. Love is a war. Love is growing up.

James Baldwin

 

There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.

James Baldwin

 

Spiritual truths tell us that we are all expressions of one divine whole, that beneath our differences, we are the same.

 

Life tells us, again and again, in ways that glare and in places that hide, that we are different and separate from each other, and that the difference of one group somehow threatens well-being of another.

 

The first implies love; the second, hate.

 

Unity must be sought, again and again and again, must be fought for, must be demanded, must inform our every breath. Separation has been too easy, too acceptable, too okay for too long.

 

Love must become ever larger, great enough to contain all the rage and the anger, sorrow and despair that has been caused by our societal ignorance of it. Hate can only make life small, make its devotees small, make our lives together, as a society, small.

 

The whole of consciousness is moving from separation to unity. The whole of consciousness, and each of us individually. The approach has been to look past the differences in order to pretend unity. But it feels as if something has shifted. Change is occurring. And perhaps now it is time for our world to own the whole of it—the oneness and the separation—in a new way, without ignoring anything, without having to look past anything.

 

Perhaps, as Mr. Baldwin might suggest, it is time for love to grow up.

 

Today I will be open to feeling the pain of the collective in all its enormity, and stay open to finding out the answer to: and now what?

 

Lotus, Echo Park Lake, LA CA