All Encompassing Love
Sometimes the darkness of despair can seem impenetrable. We forget that just as light illuminates darkness, an act of love brightens the soul. Just as darkness ceases in the presence of light, emotions like anger, hate, fear, and despair are dissolved in the presence of love. It is often thought that fear (or one of these other ‘negative’ emotions) is the opposite of love, but in fact, they are only the absence of love. Consider how love can be like the colour white, which encompasses the full spectrum of all the colours. In this way emotions such as fear, hate and anger are each varieties of passion which obscure our view from the full spectrum of love. Appreciating this we can understand how emotions make the world interesting, since we wouldn’t want an all-white bland world, but we can also imagine the benefits of not limiting ourselves from seeing the full glorious rainbow-spectrum of a situation. There is no true opposite to white, or light, or love, only colours and passions waiting to be seen.
Love, like light, can take on different hues. Imagine that there is a light at the centre of your heart. This light is pure love. As a pure white light encompasses all colors, this love in you encompasses the full spectrum of love. Notice any reluctance you have to experiencing light and love. Acknowledge any obstacles you place in your own way which prevent you from being able to give yourself pure love. In your mind place these obstacles to one side now and let love and light shine freely upon you. Feel the warmth of this light. Imagine the light spreading through your body. Let the light grow stronger and brighter until you are filled with pure white light. As the light spreads throughout every fibre of your being extend loving kindness to each part of yourself. Allow love to penetrate all your emotions, your ideas about yourself, and any parts of yourself that you find difficult to accept. Let your concerns and insecurities about yourself dissolve in love. Know that you are whole, complete and perfect, just as you are. Know that you are worthy and deserving of love, just as you are. Let love shine through your fears, anger, sadness and pain so you can see them with compassion. Notice how light and love now shines out from you into the world. Let it shine upon the people that are closest to you. Let it expand to include all beings. As the light of each star in the sky shines on every other star, the light of all who love illumines each of us. Namaste.