What is love?
Love is the very soul of existence. Love is the essence of human beings, and all beings. Love is what we are. Love is life.
Love forms the basis of existence in a creative dance with Wisdom.
According to Dr. James T. Kent, one of the great masters of homeopathy of the last century: Love and Wisdom represent the two fundamental creative forces of life, and all forms. Love is the unifying force, the oneness principle, and Wisdom, the principle of discernment.
It is out of the undifferentiated stream of Love that Wisdom discerns the many shapes and forms of existence. (For more about the role of love in evolution, watch the recording of our most recent conference “Dancing with Duality“) Love unifies, Wisdom defines; and this dance creates the emergence of an infinite number of unique expressions.
We can feel the free flow of Love in nature. Walking through the woods, we experience Love in the beauty of every tree, flower, plant, bird and insect. Each in perfect service to all other living things. Each defined by Wisdom, and the discernment of what sustains its existence.
What is most meaningful for the human being, are those moments when we can be in a state of awestruck appreciation of any or all of nature’s artistry. Meaningfulness is when we can fully live the human experience of Love and Wisdom.
“Love is the experience that I am everything, Wisdom is the knowledge that I am nothing.”
Quoting the Hindu guru Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: “Love says: ‘I am everything.’ Wisdom says: ‘I am nothing.’ Between the two, my life flows.”
In Buddhist philosophy, wisdom (prajna) is used to denote the understanding of the Buddha’s teaching of anatta, no self. The Sanskrit word karuna, or love, compassion, is willingness to bear the pain of others. In Buddhist practice, prajna gives rise to karuna, and karuna gives rise to prajna.
Wisdom is received via human understanding, and Love is expressed through human will. Our will, when surrendered to compassion, brings rich meaning to our lives when it is imbued with the understanding of what is within our capacity, and humbled by the infinite Wisdom of life.
e-Training Exercise – Love and Wisdom
This week, try the following exercise in your everyday life or daily meditation:
Take an In breath of love – “ I am everything, taking everything in with love” – and with the outbreath, practice the wisdom of letting go… – “I am nothing… so that I can be everything…”.
This is both an act of surrender and an act of embracing life with every breath.
If there are things that upset you about the world, the suffering, the pain or the loneliness, you can practice this act of surrender/embrace in the same way:
Breathe in suffering, pain, loneliness… breathe out compassion, love, and kindness.
Consider doing this exercise anytime you’re ‘triggered’, or even just while waiting in line, stuck in traffic, or anywhere else you tend to get frustrated. It will help you to make what seems like an unpleasant experience into a timeless moment and make everyday a celebration of love. A feast of loving kindness.
Judyann McNamara – ND, DHom, CCH
Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher, Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 15 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, health sciences, homeopathy, holism and spirituality since 1975. To learn more about Judyann, visit her profile page in our Professional Directory or click here to read more posts by Judyann.