Episode 104: Love Begins with You

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Love Begins with You

“One of the strangest delusions believed by many of us is that it is good to love other people but bad to love yourself. I suggest that the more you are able to see, love, and accept the one facet of Spirit gazing at you from the mirror, the more you will be able to love Spirit within others. If we are the same awareness shining through a billion separate forms, then all love begins with self-love. For the heart to awaken, it cannot exclude a single soul, including yourself. If you do not love yourself, how can you find the space to love others?” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Love Begins with You

“One of the strangest delusions believed by many of us is that it is good to love other people but bad to love yourself. I suggest that the more you are able to see, love, and accept the one facet of Spirit gazing at you from the mirror, the more you will be able to love Spirit within others. If we are the same awareness shining through a billion separate forms, then all love begins with self-love. For the heart to awaken, it cannot exclude a single soul, including yourself. If you do not love yourself, how can you find the space to love others?” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

This comes from the 11th Gateway: Awaken Your Heart and reminds me of Louise Hay who, in her classic You Can Heal Your Life (see Notes), says: “When people come to me with a problem, I don’t care what it is--poor health, lack of money, unfulfilling relationships, or stifled creativity, there is only one thing I ever work on, and that is LOVING THE SELF.”

Dan tells us that this awakening of our hearts comes as a product of our evolution (hence, the preceding 10 Gateways and the importance of discovering our worth, reclaiming our will, taming our minds, etc.!).

Ayn Rand reminds us that in order to say “I love you” we must first be able to say the “I.” So, how can you accept yourself more in this moment and take the next step in awakening your heart and moving toward unconditional love and kindness?