The Capacity to Love

12 Jul

Alchemy of the heart book

When you get right down to it, there is nothing more important than increasing our capacity to love.  A disciple once asked Gautama Buddha, “Would it be true to say a part of our training is for the development of love and compassion?”  The Buddha replied, “No, it would not be true to say this.  It would be true to say that the whole of our training is for the development of love and compassion.”  The apostle John said essentially the same thing in his beautiful exposition on love:  “This is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another…He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”  If God is love and we were made in the image and likeness of God, as both Genesis and scriptures of the East tell us, then at our very core we too are love.  God created the universe so that we–and he–could experience more of the wonders of that love.

That is why most, if not all, of the critical issues in our life revolve around the innate need to give love and to receive love.  When we lament the lack of appreciation or respect or even self-esteem in our life, what we are really yearning for is love.  When we feel compelled to take those tortuous twists and turns through the labyrinth of life, painful as they may be, its because we’re trying to recapture the experience of divine love that is native to our soul.

The labyrinth takes us over the high peaks and into the deep chasms of our own inner terrain.  The landscape has been shaped by our karma–the consequences of the choices we have made in the past to love or not to love.  Each time time we come to a Y in the road, we again come face-to-face with the choice–to love or not to love, to open our heart and share our gifts or to shut down and pretend no one is home.  Since the journey is not always easy, at times we take the safer, lower road so we can catch our breath.  And sometimes we never make it back to the high road.  It’s understandable.  Maybe we were deeply hurt in this life or a past life and we don’t want to open our hearts and be rejected again.  Maybe we’re angry with others or even with God for the loss of a loved one.  Or maybe we feel guilty about our own shortcomings and have convinced ourselves that we don’t deserve to be loved.

In some cases, we unconsciously wall ourselves off.   We retreat into the castle of our heart and position layers upon layers of defenses around it so that no one will get too close to us and we won’t get to close to anyone else.  But these defenses keep us insulated from the very thing we crave–an intimate experience of giving and receiving love.  That’s when the universe conspires to wkae us up and get us back on the high road.  Mark L. Prophet, once said, “All experiences on earth are to teach us the meaning of love.  Everything that takes place for the education of the soul…is to teach it the meaning of love.  Because love is the power that shakes the universe and sounds one pure tone that gives to every man the freedom to embrace his own divine presence, his own divine plane.”

If we can embrace this truth–that all our experiences are designed to teach us how to give and receive more love–then suddenly the circumstance of our life make sense.  We are awakened to the need for a higher walk with love.  And the journey into those deep chasms and over those high peaks become a sacred trek.

                                                                                                                                        You knock at the door                                 

of reality, shake you

thought-wings, loosen your

shoulders, and open.


How can I open my heart and freely share my love with others?  How can I empower my heart so I can fulfill my reason for being and soothe those who are in pain?   How can I heal my own heart from the pain of the past and expand my capacity to love?  How can I give to others and still find time to nurture myself?  How can I enter my heart to fan the inner fires of love.  How can I become a living transformer of love?


I AM the Light of the Heart

I AM the light of the heart

Shinning in the darkness of being

And Changing all into the golden treasury

Of the mind of Christ.

I AM projecting my love

Out into the world

To erase all error

And to break down all barriers.

I AM the power of infinite love,

Amplifying itself

Until it is victorious,

World without end!


Alchemy of The Heart by Elizabeth Clare Prophet

4 Responses to “The Capacity to Love”

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