“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and ...
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What Gets in the Way of Experiencing Love?
July 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
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Beginning when we are very young, most of us learn in the context of relationship that we can’t safely experience and express our emotions. Even though our parents and caregivers are well-meaning, they transmit to us their own fears, blocks, and defenses, and we develop our own strategies to cope the best that we can. We end up longing to know undivided, nondual reality—to return all separateness to its source as infinite love—but get caught up in patterns of conditioning that have been passed through the generations.
These patterns take the shape of needing others to fill up the empty space we perceive within ourselves (people-pleasing, attention-seeking) or distancing ourselves from others out of fear (shyness, putting up walls, disengaging). Both of these patterns reinforce the belief in the separate self that is inherently anxious and not at peace.
In this session, we’ll play with the possibility of dissolving the separation between “self” and “other.” We’ll use guided experiences in interaction with each other that can trigger our conditioned ways of relating, and we’ll welcome our fears and needs with the deepest acceptance. No longer acting out patterns unconsciously, the idea of “other” begins to fall away. You’re primed to realize and directly experience that everything you’ve ever wanted is right here in this timeless presence.