Cynthia Bourgeault on “Conscious Love” May 2001 St. Philip Anglican Church Victoria, B.C. #4

In conscious/sustainable/stable/rooted love you shift as the subject from a place of needing, wanting, clinging, to the place of more open being.

Learn to move from the higher self to a place of non-reactivity. Then you begin to love subject to subject.

What falling in love is is a chance to grow spiritually.

Move away from emotional love which can quickly turn into its opposite; move toward conscious love which does not turn into its opposite.

We need a mutually shared commitment to let love do its thing – ie. to create being beyond the pleasure/pain cycle.

Love from your larger self, from that conscious presence which is aligned with your true self.

Be fiercely committed to seeing and to the truth of the other.

Subject your small self to the light of seeing.

Honour the other by doing your work.

Trust the other’s complete commitment to truth.

Honesty and softness always bring us back.

To love consciously, we must be conscious. Break the power of the old: old identifications, old patterns, habits, and false securities.

Love means dying to yourself; this dying is accessed by total self-outpouring. It is giving until there is nothing left to give.

The motion of complete outpouring is the motion of the cross.

Love means, “I am at your disposal. I will show up with all of myself for you.”

The motion of complete outpouring is the motion of the cross.

Love means, “I am at your disposal. I will show up with all of myself for you.”

Love exposes the soul cages we have built because we have felt unsafe. There is no blame in this; it is just the way it is.

Love is the power that can dissolve the false self. Love is the hothouse that enables growth.

 

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