Within the depths of our being, a profound truth lies forgotten yet omnipresent – the power (and beauty) of living from a place of unconditional love. It is a love that transcends the boundaries of ego, defying the limitations of our human existence. It is a love that flows freely, unencumbered by expectations, judgments, or attachments, a love than many experience towards those souls that chose them as a parent, yet is a love that at times feels unreachable when it comes to our peers, friends, lover, our own parents, colleagues and towards those unknown souls that fleet in and out of our everyday life.
To live from this place of unconditionality is to release the shackles of the ego, those chains that bind you to narrow definitions of love. It is a courageous act of unburdening yourself from the need for validation, control, and possession and it is path that leads inwards, towards the vast, complex labyrinth of your heart, where at its core compassion, empathy, and kindness reside.
No room exists for assumption or judgment, desire or jealousy, arrogance or prejudice, ignorance or vanity. Living from a place of unconditionality requires a deep sense of self-awareness, a willingness to confront your own shadow, and to extend forgiveness not only to others but also to yourself. It calls for a radical shift in perspective, a departure from the mind set of scarcity and separation, towards one of abundance and unity and it is an invitation to look through the prism of empathy, honouring the inherent divinity that resides within each being.
Also known as agape, this love is one that flows without conditions, without expectations of reciprocity, liberating you from the confines of your ego, allowing you to see and connect with others authentically. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to freely dance in the eternal rhythm of life, unencumbered by the fear of rejection or the need for external validation? Would you not exist in a place of empowerment if you could truly cultivate your relationships based on trust, respect, and mutual growth, rather than the pursuit of control or possession?
If only we could embrace the inherent worth and dignity of every soul, recognising that you are not truly isolated from others, but are intimately a part of a larger weave of humanity…
Living from a state of agape is not a destination but an on-going journey, a conscious choice made moment to moment. It is a commitment to embrace vulnerability, to remain open-hearted, even in the face of adversity. It is a courageous act of unlearning, stripping away the layers of conditioning that have shaped our understanding of love, and instead, choosing to embody a love that knows no bounds. And there are times when we are collectively more receptive to engaging with each other without conditionality – when faced with collective adversity, when tragedy befalls a community, when the national team wins a tournament (or at least a game in the tournament!), when at a concert or event, or when the end is nigh. Yes, we open at the close. A sad fact, but true. It is strongly present in our hearts at the moment, as we feel the grief build as we live in sympathetic resonance with the end of our collective heart-light rhythm in three days time.
This subtle vibrational weave has been building over the past few weeks, encouraging you to look beyond the cult of the exterior and the banal superficiality towards the in-light and the truth of your heart-light. There are many scripts and patterns that have defined your inner light that need to be let go of – many illusions, fantasies, assumptions, denials and misplaced affections – patterns that have kept you chained to your ego and entrained to a path of repetitious sadness and disappointment, products of expectation and desire, states that have no place with a sanctified heart.
The furnace of Light lies ahead and into it you can place all those people and circumstances upon which you have directed desire, expectation, longing, hope and judgement, as the fire is a purifying and cleansing one, a spiritual fire that can free your heart, if you step into the light without expectation of return, the ultimate act of unconditional trust.
This flame of unconditional love, will enable you to become a conduit of grace, radiating compassion, and understanding into your world and towards yourself. When this light radiates through you, you will become a beacon of hope, inspiring others to embark on their own transformative journeys. As you allow yourself become a vessel of lOve, letting go all who you love and what you love, you will embody the profound truth that love can become lOve, a pure, almost angelic form of love, a quality that does not seek to own or possess, but is accepting and able to share.
As Venus makes her way into the heart of the Hall of Light, time is now to release attachments to ego-defined love, and embracing the boundless power of living from a place of unconditional love. For it is in surrendering to this love that you discover your truest selves, and in turn, light the way for others to do the same.
Art by Rita Loyd
Reflection on the decent of Retrograde Venus in to the heart of the Sun in Leo