Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Love in Times of Trouble

I have been thinking a lot about Unconditional Love lately.  What makes it so hard for me to find love in my heart for someone like Joesph Kony for instance or the person who cut me off this morning in his big SUV?    Why am I fighting loving the new pope who just decided one of his priorities was shutting down US Nuns for being radical feminists?

I think the answer lies in the word.  It is just a word, spelled L o v e, after all.  A word that we use to describe an emotion.  Only we have attributed great power to this word.  Armed with this word, if we were to buy into the power of this word, unconditionally, we would have peace on this planet.

Why did we have to pick such a complicated word to use as our power word?  Love can mean:  pleasure, personal relationship, strong affection, personal attraction, compassion, kindness.  The word can represent feelings, states, attitudes, virtues.

Whereas a word like compassion, a part of the word love as an attitude or state or even virtue, would probably cause less angst then the word love does.  Can I have compassion for Joesph Kony?  This man who has caused so many to suffer, is he himself suffering?  Will my understanding of his suffering bring me to a state of compassion?

Maybe.  But trying to get there means I have a lot to think about, a lot of soul searching.

I love my husband, my son, my friends, gardening, animals, trees, my dogs, and the list is long and goes on and on.  Loving them brings me great Joy.  I don't have to think about it, I just feel.

So I decided awhile ago I'm not going to mess with the word love as my power word when it comes to manifesting peace on this planet.   How is trying to force myself to feel something I don't honoring?

Instead I am going to send light.  Just Ki, Chi, Prana, Mana, light,breath, air, reiki, however you want to hear me call it.  Just send it. I connect to this life force with each breath.  I breath out life with each breath.  I will honor my life force by sending light to the universe, a blessing.

I don't have to think about Joesph Kony or the endless suffering or the crazy driver.  I don't have to make any judgments.  I just send light.

And sit back and trust that peace is there for all sentient beings on this planet.

(oh and take personal responsibility as a productive member of society)

Many Light Blessings,
Carmen Tracey


  1. You must have read my mind, because I've been pondering the meaning of unconditional love as well. Thanks for the suggestion of constantly sending out light with our breath. Beautiful!

  2. My Shamanic Teacher taught me this, I was very overwhelmed with all of the notices I had been getting through social media on animal abuses and she suggested I breathe out through my heart. That way I can still honor the hurt and sadness but not let it overwhelm me. I still want to celebrate life and have gratitude for where I am. So sending light is wonderful. I don't have to think, just breathe.