Being open to receiving love or living open-heartedly has everything to do with you, and nothing to do with anyone else. Some people simply do not know how to live open-heartedly, let alone model it. All of the madness, fear and disconnect in the world today is the ego’s way of saying, “I am not ready to return to the light, love, and truth that I am.” But, I get to open-heartedly share a smile with someone I meet on a walk,or in the grocery store, or anywhere along life’s path; not knowing whether I will be met with a stoic stare, a shy surprised smile, or a gushing smile in return.
Recently I was in New York with my husband Karl, who had worked there for many years. One night we went to a restaurant for dinner, and on our way to the entrance we passed by people eating out on the patio. I shared a genuine smile with a woman on the patio before asking her, “Is the food here any good?” The woman responded with a grin and shared that it was indeed worthy. After we entered the restaurant, my husband turned to me and said, “We don’t talk to other people here.”
“Here” meant on the east coast. I looked at Karl and said, “I do!” Living authentically is a gift and it requires allowing ourselves to be moved by inspiration, even when others are not open to the connection or love that we offer.
Even as a child, I wanted my family to release their pain and to see the love that was right in front of them. They weren’t ready, so they lashed out at me, themselves, and everyone else. From their actions, I concluded that something was wrong with me and that I wasn’t lovable. I didn’t realize that their resistance to aligning with love had nothing to do with me.
My childhood was my Divine Life playing out, even though it was painful. My experience of pain drove me to become a fierce lover of truth. Truth offered me clarity as to why people acted the way they did. I came to realize the actions of others were not about me. I came to see the innocence of others, and myself as we acted out of pain, struggle and conflict. This awareness invited me to recognize my own stored pain that I kept playing out in life, and to focus on what I needed in order to heal and transform for myself.
Your Divine Life is playing out too. When you release blocks to living your authentic life, you become free from issues and emotional charges that have been holding you back. When you do your work to heal it benefits you, your ancestors, your family, your children and most everyone in your life. It is a dynamic gift you get to give to yourself and the whole world.