Reclaiming Your Essence: The Love Inventory

Near the conclusion o  The Wiazard of Oz,  when Toto unmasks the Wizard as fraudulent, Dorothy and her companions continue requesting the characteristics they still believe they lack. Only when the Wizard is revealed to be an ordinary man (“a very bad wizard but a very good man”) -- only when he is authentic and natural -- can connect with his higher self and impart great wisdom,  offering sage advice that the travelers have been unable to see by themsevles through the road's many distractions and complications.  The scene, like many others,  a blueprint for life.  One of the most profound  teachings here is his statement to Dorothy, “Remember, it’s not how much you love, but how much you are loved by others."  

On our own journeys, we layer complication upon complication and digress just as these travelers did, often failing to realize that our true essence is love, reciprocal love.  We know we love and we know we hurt, and what often  remains as our toughest lesson is  fully accepting that we are and have always been loved by others.  This is where we experience the Divine in earthly life.

The sacred element in all of us awakens when we are touched deep in our center by this overwhelming force, something higher than we are yet, at the same time, something that we truly are Many spiritual traditions explain life as an earthly journey toward love or more accurately, a return to it.. The phrase God is love remains a major Biblical lesson, highlighted in 1 John 4:7: “ everyone who loves is born of God” and “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”  Paul Stookey contemporized a verse from Matthew in his “The Wedding Song”: ” The union of your spirits, here, has caused Him to remain For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name There is Love, there is Love.”

Some enlightened theologians define sin not as an act but the state of being "without God." A sin, the, is not a singular evil deed, one of many, but the aggregate condition of  l iving without love. When we are most fortunate, love radiates through us, but life's challenges interfere. In times of distress, amidst psychological, financial, emotion struggles, and simply by witnessing escalating world strife, we disconnect from love. We forget. After a loss, we despair and abandon our birthright, which is simply to love and be loved. In such moments, we can make deliberate efforts to integrate love into our reality. Sometimes the most powerful tool is remembering. .

Here’s a meditation to jog our memories. This helps you take inventory of where you have experienced a profound and life-affirming affirming love. You may want to record this so you can follow along whenever you need a refresher.

1. Breathe deeply and relax Count down slowly from 10 to 1, with a cycle of inhales and exhales at each descending number. Feel yourself relax from head to toe. Give your muscles permission to your muscles to release tension and stress. Flex and quickly release. When you feel relaxed from head to toe, begin.

2. Visualize a pink cord from your heart to your crown chakra. Now think with your heart. Return to the first instance you experienced love. Go backwards through your life, briefly scanning each decade until you are ten years old. See yourself at this age.  

3 Then go back to your earliest memory and be still with it.  Ask your higher self to help you access your earliest memory or love. Bring the word LOVE into your consciousness. See it spelled out in front of you. Visualize symbols of love. Repeat it repeat it as a mantra as you prepare to recover your experience .

4. Who is there with you? Who is giving you love? Trust yourself enough to accept the images that float up, even if they are faint. What are you feeling? Sit in silence for a few moments and connect with that feeling, as you attune to its energy in the present moment. Then allow other instances of your receiving love to surface. Take as much time as you need. You are recovering your capacity to love.

5. Now see the reciprocal experience. Recall the most poignant instance in your life when you fully loved to someone else. Don’t force the memory; let it rise naturally. It might not be what you expect. If you begin to tremble or cry, you know you have reached your Divine center. Sometimes we find it harder to recognize that we are direct channels rather than receipients of love. This happens when we recognize that at our core, we are good. We mirror the Divine.

6. How have you channeled your love? Let your higher self speak to you. Connect with these thoughts, feelings, and images.

7. Finally, ask yourself where in your life you need to gift someone with your love. It can be a past relationship, someone who is no longer in your life, someone who has passed on, someone to whom you never expressed your love. Visualize that person accepting your gift . Sit in this energy and let it run through you.

When you are ready, come back to the normal waking consciousness and feel renewed.

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