I’ve titled this article “Simply Love” for three reasons.
Firstly, and most importantly, because (to paraphrase the Beatles) love is all you need.
Secondly, because this article is simple -just like life (is meant to be).
Thirdly, because to find love, nay, to BE love, is a lot simpler than you presently believe.
In fact, I could tell you the essential message of this article in a few short lines, but the purpose of reading often goes beyond simply learning more information.
My sincere desire is that this article be, as much as possible, “simply love”. That the words written here inspire you beyond mere intellectual understanding and truly guide you to a shift in consciousness that will bring more (infinite!) peace into your life.
That these words are written from Truth and from the heart gives me the faith that they can be the catalyst of change in your life.
You are not alone!
Deep down, all any of us truly want, for ourselves and for all humanity, is love.
True love brings with it compassion, tolerance, patience, gratitude and joy. What more is needed?
Love is all you want
Love is all you need.
Love is all you Are.
LOVE IS ALL YOU WANT
You could probably name hundreds of things that you think you need or want. We all can, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly acceptable to want to enjoy all the world has to offer us.
What’s important here is to maintain perspective.
You need very few things to live (food, shelter, clothing) and think you need many more, yet with love in your life those other needs are seen as desires and wants, and not essentials for the inner peace we all seek.
With love in your life, your entire vision of the world changes. Necessities become wants, enemies become friends, hate becomes compassion, resentment becomes forgiveness.
Love is the Master Key!
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
Isn’t it liberating to know that you don’t need anything else other than love? How simple is that!
Forget the flash car, bigger house, luxurious holiday, prestigious job and fat pay check. These are not love. They are moments of happiness that come attached with a price -the fear and yearning (real and imagined) of loss and absence. You cannot have the highs without the consequent lows.
Forget the perfect partner. Love cannot be found in somebody or something else. Emotions come in pairs. Novelty brings boredom, excitement disappointment, infatuation resentment…
Forget the change in partner, job or home. No matter who you are with, what you are dong or where you go, you carry your physical, emotional and spiritual baggage with you.
Love is the definitive solution!
LOVE IS ALL YOU ARE
Expressed in the simplest terms possible: you Are love. Go on, say it.
I AM LOVE.
I AM LOVE.
It no doubt sounds a little, if not very, uncomfortable for you. That’s the key here. You need to get to a point in which you accept that simple, yet profound statement.
If you can get there -truly understand and KNOW that you are love- then you will be at peace and life will become more joyful, harmonious and simple than you could have ever dreamed possible.
Love is that powerful!
You are that powerful!
Have you ever thought to yourself, just after saying something or acting in a certain way:
“Where did that come from?”
“Why did I do/say that?”
“That’s not what I really meant to do/say?”
It’s as if you are temporarily possessed by an extraneous being who takes you over and acts in ways you would choose not to (given the chance to reflect and choose).
Basically, You feel bad about what you have just done or said.
Why would anyone consciously choose to feel bad?
The key here is that you didn’t consciously choose anything. You’re running on autopilot. 99% of the world’s population are running 99% of the time on autopilot. We must be, or surely we’d be choosing to say and do things that make us feel good? Wouldn’t we?
Being on autopilot means your brain is in control.
It’s like the flight programming on a 747. If you’ve been there before, the plane will be able to get you there, but for every new destination it requires new programming. Without new programming, it’s not capable of getting you to a new destination.
In much the same way, your brain can only repeat what it already knows. This means that when your brain is in control (you are on autopilot) you are destined to repeat the same behaviours as in the past.
The same problems.
The same reactions.
The same “solutions”.
The same beliefs.
The same fears.
The same frustrations.
As time goes by and you become wiser, life may ease up a little on you, but it’s rare indeed to meet someone who lives life free of problems, fears and frustrations (and if you do, ask them what drug they’re on!).
So, your brain is in control almost all of the time and your brain is an incredibly complex organ. But there’s good news:
You are not your brain!
Say that aloud.
I AM NOT MY BRAIN.
I HAVE A BRAIN.
As I said before, how many times have you found yourself disagreeing with your own behaviour? Being angry or disappointed in yourself?
Who’s disappointed in who? Who’s judging the behaviour? Who’s reflecting here? Who’s disagreeing with who?
YOU AND YOUR BRAIN
So there’s You, and then there’s your brain. You have a brain.
Don’t get carried away trying to define You. You can only think with your brain, and it needs to classify and understand everything. It’s like asking a computer to feel. Your brain cannot conceive of true feelings such as love and joy. It is “simply” a machine that creates images and activates chemical reactions that create emotions within the body.
So what or who are you then?
You are love!
I know, I know! Still wishy-washy and very inadequate.
Inadequate for your brain, that is.
Let’s start by accepting what I have already expressed.
You have a brain
You and your brain are two different things.
Now let’s move on to accepting your brain and its limitations. Your brain is a marvellous and complex machine that does a million things we know about and a few million more we don’t, but that is limited in its capacity to what has already been programmed into it.
The brain doesn’t know what is best for you, it only knows what has happened to you until now. All that you have learned and experienced in life till now is stored in your brain (somewhere!) and reflected in your body.
Your brain is not your enemy -it just doesn’t (can’t) do anything other than what is has previously been told or experienced. It cannot radically change your (its!) behaviour and it cannot know what is best for You.
Only You know what is best for You.
WHO I AM
Once you have accepted that you are not your brain, the obvious question of “what or who am I, then” arises.
Let’s not lose ourselves in trying to define the nature of what we are. We can’t use a language invented by our brain to describe something it has no knowledge of. It’s like asking a person whose never seen or eaten an apple before to describe it.
It’s really enough to just start at the point that You are not your brain. If You are not your brain, then everything related to the brain is not You.
So no-one can tell You or describe to You your very nature (again, due to the limitations of the brain), only You can experience that for yourself.
You must go where no brain has gone before!
YOU, AND ONLY YOU
What’s important are you own, personal experiences.
Not the words of others
Not ABC manuals of instructions
Not fancy postures or mantras
Not mountain hideaways or retreats
It’s up to you. You’re “alone” in this one, but your reward is to discover that you are most-definitely NOT alone!
JUST DO IT
Drop the petty preoccupations.
Drop the fears.
Drop the thoughts.
Drop it all.
Let them crumble and disintegrate.
Let them go.
Go beyond your brain.
Go outside the thoughts and images.
What do you feel?
In that silence is the Source of all life.
In that stillness is You.
In that absence is the Love and Joy that you had forgotten.
Yes – just forgotten!
No big deal! The enormous farce and drama created by the inconceivable complexity of your brain had you thinking life was SO complicated, SO serious, SO important.
In that silence and stillness are all the answers you will ever need. There is the Truth. There is the peace you want.
The more you are there, the less your brain will spin its sticky web.
The more you are there, the more peace will come into your life.
The more you are there, the more inspiration will come into your life.
The more you are there, the more love and joy will fill your life.
WE ARE ONE
It’s so simple it HAS to be the Truth as with all things in nature.
Just recognise your brain for what it is, and go beyond it to your true home. Home to the joy and peace of unconditional love.
Discover for yourself what is there. Go there as often as you can. The only prerequisite is will. Your peace and happiness is in your hands, and your hands only. Nobody or nothing else can give that to you. It’s your right and yours to have. Isn’t that great!
Maybe you’ll discover that You are love?
Maybe you’ll discover that all is love?
Maybe you’ll discover that the only thing that is real is love?
Maybe you’ll discover that the Universe is a lot smaller than you had imagined?
Maybe you’ll discover that all is One?
The journey is yours.
A freelance writer and translator who is passionate about self realization and helping people to live with harmony, happiness and a sense of humour.
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