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April 12, 2009

Teachings on Love (6): No Struggle to Love

There can be no struggle to love. Love is anti-competition. Struggling pushes love farther away. In spiritual practice, we struggle to release the obstacles we place within ourselves to generate and experience love. But struggle has no purchase on love itself, for love gently enfolds all struggle, all agitation, all fear into itself. Love accepts and exalts all mistakes. It gives itself freely, and extends its calm assurance to fill the place of pain.

-Rob Schmidt

© 2009 Tayu Order, Inc.

 

Teachings on Love (5): Love as co-creation

Love is a co-creation. Love is co-operation in the literal sense: it is the space within which lover and beloved operate together. Co-creation of love rectifies the misunderstanding that separation is fundamental. Co-creation helps us see, beyond words, that union is more real than separation. Together we co-create every blessed thing! 

-Rob Schmidt

© 2009 Tayu Order, Inc.

April 07, 2009

Teachings on Love (4): Resistance to Love is Futile

Resistance to love is futile. Love always wins in the end. That said, the human social universe brims with the energy of resistance to love. People armor themselves against love across the full range of their experience, in their self-presentation in the most mundane conversations, up to and including the most intimate forms of mutual intercourse.

But what are we afraid of?  What is the nature of love?  Genuine love is infinitely variable and unique in each of its manifestations.  Love shows a different face to every blade of grass. It has no ultimate peak, except in full union with God.  Genuine love has no post-orgasmic let-down after its expression, although love can be experienced as manifesting as pulses or waves, as well as an inexorable radiation.  That’s why resistance to love is futile, because love keeps moving. Love is like the water in a dam that naturally seeks out even the slightest flaw in the obstacle that opposes it.  Wherever  there’s a chink in the armor of resistance, eventually love will find and exploit that weakness, because love never stops.  All resistance to love has such flaws.

Even death does not stop love.  My mother and my teacher have both been dead for more than a decade, yet the love I share with each of them still flowers abundantly in my heart.  Amazingly, that love feeds me as much, if not more now than when these two beloveds still walked the garden path in their bodies. Self-delusion, your mind may mutter.  But try and see if it doesn’t work that way for you too, by putting your resistance to love aside.  Open your heart without qualification and see what happens.  Build a chamber in your heart where the commotions of the mind do not penetrate, and test the quality of love.

-Rob Schmidt

© 2009 Tayu Order, Inc.

Teachings on Love (3): Giving Love, & Lust

Because love is both giving and receiving, those who seek only to receive find the well of love runs dry. If only they could see that! But so many mistake the nature of love as blindly one-sided gratification: “Look at me, look at me! Love me NOW, give me what I want NOW or I’ll be really mad!” Love supplies our essential needs with abundance, but is a miser toward desires. A child needs love and attention, but an adult needs to both give and receive love and attention.  Without flow in both directions, love doesn’t have a chance.

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Attraction between bodies is natural, and is neither good nor bad. When attraction becomes entwined with ego/android habit energies, we can call that lust. Lust too is neither good nor bad. But when sexual energies are captured by the ego/android, then those energies are diverted from manifesting as love.

-Rob Schmidt

© 2009 Tayu Order, Inc.

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