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REMOVING BARRIERS TO LOVE
What does Rumi mean by this? It might deserve some thought since I’m not sure how aware most of the world is about this. It seems implicitly true, yet more importantly, appears to call us to examine what resistances we erect that don’t serve our quest to be loved for who we are.
So, what are these barriers? Only we can answer this in a way we are willing to accept, although there might be many who would be pleased to offer their opinions and judgements. Apart from that, we should be honest with ourselves and look at whatever unconscious barriers we might have erected that undermine our ability to be loved.
I suppose if we are brutally honest with ourselves, we might come up with all types of quirks and foibles we have that contribute to our feeling rejected. To address this, I recommend we all begin by making a list of positive and negative characteristics and think deeply of which ones might apply to us.
Doubtlessly, we’ll find that all negative personal qualities are under the separated fear-based ego-mind. To the contrary, all positive attributes belong to the heart’s domain of unity, love and giving.
It might be helpful to ask how we feel towards others who exude personal qualities, be they positive or negative, then ask ourselves how others might feel towards us should these qualities also be perceived in us. By virtue of identifying negative qualities in others, more often than not, we recognize them in ourselves too as projections of our self-loathing. As the ancient saying goes, possibly by Lao Tzu, “I am not who you think I am, you are who you think I am.” So, in finding faults in others, we might identify what faults and defects remain in ourselves… for which we have developed a blind eye.
So, do others see mainly positive qualities or negative traits in us, and are we willing to do anything about whatever characteristics that we don’t like in others. Perhaps these are the very qualities we are projecting. Such questions are essential to ask because they are fundamental to an understanding of our Self. Socrates once said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He was right, yet how many of us do this.”
To not examine our selves means to remain unconscious of who and what we are. I’m not implying this introspection is to be an exercise in self-loathing. That would be counter-productive since it is necessary we first love ourselves before we can love others.
Further to that, we can only receive love from others if we first love ourselves; otherwise, it won’t be possible to recognizing love. Love recognizes only love, not fear. Fear recognizes only fear. From what orientation are we coming? We see others as we see ourselves. So, the point is, love your soul then you will also be able to love others, and they will love you in as much as you allow them.
Then, boom, the barriers are gone. No need to search for love; love will find you as Rumi implies.
But to get to conscious ‘Self’ love, rather than ego love, we must objectively observe our thoughts, actions and attitudes about everything. Perhaps others would be pleased to help us with this, but that might be a risky proposition. In any case, we can only move forward in achieving acceptance when we finally realize that it doesn’t feel so good being lonely. No one wishes to remain stranded on an island of separation.
All this might (or will) require work in reprogramming the negative barriers that prevent us from being accepted and loved as we wish. But at least when we know or suspect what needs changing, we will catch ourselves doing what reinforces what we no longer want.
As it says in A Course of Miracles, we can then “CHOOSE AGAIN.” It’s in our power. We don’t have to do things the old way or keep the old attitudes once we are aware of them and what they do to us.
I recommend that you take a look at the list below and choose the qualities you would like to be an expression of who you are. Then, the next question is, how do we make that quality our own; the new us?
There is no magic wand to wave to accomplish all this, but at least we can identify where we want to go, what we want to be unless, of course, we wish to remain just as we are barracked behind our walls of defence, feeling rejected and isolated. Unfortunately, many seem to want to suffer this fate so they can feel entitled to their status as ‘poor me’ victims. Insane, yes, but then the ego-mind is always confused and insane, insisting on remaining disconnected from their heart’s divine wisdom.
I believe all who wish to change, vastly increase their chances by associating with those who exhibit these positive qualities by learning to be like them. But first, this might require ditching or at least disassociating ourselves with various friends and family who hold us back whenever we, consciously or unconsciously, conform to their old patterns of negativity.
What else can we do? Much has been written on taking steps to improve our attitudes and lot in life and how to become more loved and accepted. It’s difficult to know where to begin so I won’t. For one thing, no one has the same path, and yet the principles of love are the same. Truth is truth; illusion is illusory. The ego and all that it loves is illusory. The soul’s divine Self and all that it loves is truth.
Many of my blog posts address some of these means, such as embracing a life of gratitude and forgiveness; uniting our heart and mind; being aware of our ego-mask, raising our consciousness while facing our fears, etc. For some, these posts might be a good place to start. To find a list of what might be relevant, go to Elysium’s Passage blog post links. https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/ep-blog-posts
In sum, the primary intent of this post is to bring attention to how critical self-awareness is before we can begin to make the changes we are required to make. This awareness is necessary before we can dismantle whatever barriers we have erected that keep us isolated, unhappy and unloved.
As so, I recommend that we examine the positive and negative characteristics in our lives that we might determine whether we are mostly controlled by our ego illusion or by the truth of our divine Self.
Besides examining the orientation list below, it might be profitable to make your own list of every vice and virtue you have observed in others and the one in the mirror. By this, in the words of the ancients, we might KNOW THYSELF. Then, if we are honest, brutally honest with ourselves, these reflections might serve as a good start. By raising our consciousness, we achieve greater self-awareness, and thereby we remove the barriers to achieving greater acceptance, love and well-being.
I’m sure Rumi would agree.
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
This the first in a series of five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips, who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.
After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.
An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny.
The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.
To read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers, including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews
"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”
"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"
“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"
“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher, can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing, but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”
“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting yet calming experience that is not to be missed."
"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."
“N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."
"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"
“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”
“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”
“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”
“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.
“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr. Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”
“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)
“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.” (CLARION REVIEW)
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The Summit is now available for purchase. With the exception of the last novel, the other three have been written but still require more editing before publication.
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE SUMMIT available
QUANTUM LEAPS spring 2021
SURREAL ADVENTURES summer 2021
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2022
HE ELIXIR spring 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023
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