It seems rather paradoxical that we humans need to surrender to love’s path throughout our lifetime; given that love is the fundamental principal and energy that all of life births through. Yet, for some reason, many of us seem to find it hard to lead from love and allow its wisdom, grace and ease to direct each life choice without getting caught up in some degree of conflict or confusion. 

Perhaps, on the evolutionary scale, we as a species have not grown into the mature awareness of using our free will in the wisest ways possible. Imagine a child being given all of the sweets they desire without guidance and education. Sheer indulgence and a severe stomach ache would surely follow!

Consider that we’re hardwired to never feel stagnant, to always be on a quest for the next breakthrough or creative expression. Maybe part of our evolutionary maturation lies in learning to recognize that when we’re feeling uneasy with too much peace in our lives, rather than creating conflict, we can simply direct our attention on how love wishes to create through us, thus keeping a sense of momentum, purpose and richness. We can live in peace while also living productive, purpose-filled lives.

In some form or another, we’re all looking for roadmaps to help guide us in the wisest ways to use our free will, yet many are not aware that they’re making choices void of love’s wisdom and guidance. How can we become clearer and catch ourselves when we’re walking down a path of thorns and thistles that can only lead to misery or quiet desperation?

Below are a few questions and clues:

•    Do you make impulsive choices governed by how you’re feeling in the moment?
•    Do you feel inklings of discomfort when there’s no conflict or concern in your life?
•    Do you usually give to yourself last, after everyone else is taken care of?
•    Do you stifle your feelings and desires and choose to be quiet, rather than express?
•    Do you accept stress or dis-ease as a condition that you simply need to live with?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these, chances are that you’re either reading your roadmap upside down, or you’ve forgotten that one exists specifically for you! Isn’t it time to take ownership of your free will and walk love’s perfect path as your life?

Right now, think of a condition in your life that feels challenging or off course and ask yourself, what would love do now? Imagine love’s radiant essence filling every cell and fiber of your being, bringing light and clarity to every thought, feeling, word and activity.

You are on a magical journey in discovery of your buried treasure. Give yourself devoted time each day to truly be still and listen, and your eyes will begin to see the perfect roadmap (treasure) appear before your very eyes that’s designed just for you. What an amazing path of discovery it has in store for you with its diverse and striking terrain that only you can follow.

Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and an all-weather pair of boots as love’s journey takes you beyond your wildest imaginings into the fullness of your most radiant destiny!

Carl Studna is a world-renowned photographer, inspirational speaker, teacher and award winning author. Carl’s intimate portraits of influential people ranging from Paul McCartney to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, are published and known worldwide. Carl has taken his message and experiences to print in his newly released book, CLICK! Choosing Love…One Frame at a Time.  Studna’s innovative work, the LuminEssence Method©, teaches a new paradigm for radiating the light that resides within revealing each person’s authentic gifts.

* Photograph: © Carl Studna   

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Comment by Carl Studna on June 7, 2013 at 9:49am

Wonderful, Trevor. I'm most grateful to contribute!

Comment by Trevor Taylor on June 7, 2013 at 4:03am

Carl, we are very pleased to be running this article in one of the July multi-media editions

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