Get Rid Of Your Image Of Love, and Love
Updated: Apr 6
The more you extricate yourself from the strong opinions you have about goodness and love, the closer you get to actually embodying them. Why? - because awareness is by its very nature loving, virtuous, and compassionate. It doesn't need to have an opinion, therefore, about what those are and how they need to be put into place. Here's another way of putting it: when you're it, having an opinion about it could very well convince you that you're separate from it. One thought is all it takes.
Rumi, the mystic poet, once said:
“Out beyond our ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.”
In this beautiful little poem by Rumi, the field he wants to meet us on, which is devoid of wrongdoing and rightdoing, is life as it is. He is asking us to see life for what it is and to forget about the ideas we have constructed about it from the conceptual model we have been conditioned into. Krishnamurti called this, "Choiceless Awareness." Before every talk he would emphasize how futile it is for people listening to agree or disagree with him because that would cause conflict in the mind.
A pure mind sees and listens without judging or labeling. From there, true love is born. And from there, spontaneous and intelligent action takes place. It is easy to agree or disagree. But to see life as it *actually* is takes an incredible amount of attention and sincerity. This is the level of consciousness that everyone raves about, and rightly so, because it is literally magical. When you are firmly grounded in that place, which is your natural state, life starts to dance in ways you cannot imagine. That's not an opinion.