Return to Love Again and Again

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Happy Love Day!

More than two decades ago, I began a one-day-at-a-time journey that I thought was about turning my back on bottles of whiskey, rum and amber brew.

Little did I know that the by-product of not drinking for 24-hour stretches would be the gift of learning how to love.

One year after I got sober, I purchased a book called A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson.  That was in May of 1992.  By the time I met Marianne at one of her early speaking gigs in November of 1994, I was absolutely smitten with the love bug.

Returning to love

Marianne’s book is the #2 book on my shelf that draws my attention when I’m suffering the slings and arrows of an unloving life (the first one being the book called  Alcoholics Anonymous–many of you are familiar with that one!).  A Return to Love covers love in every area of life and offers instructions about how to infuse love into work, relationships, and ultimately your own heart.

Marianne writes, “Love is what we were born with.  Fear is what we learned here.  The spiritual journey is the relinquishment, or unlearning, of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.”

That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

A love gift for you

On this day that celebrates love here in the United States, my gift to you is several key passages from A Return to Love.  I hope they bring you peace.  I pray they ease any struggles you’re having.

Please sit with these words and let them sink deep into your heart.  I’ll be holding them in my heart today too.

From my heart to yours, may your day be filled with love and light.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

To surrender to God means to let go and just love.  By affirming that love is our priority in a situation, we actualize the power of God.  This is not metaphor; it’s fact.  We literally use our minds to co-create with Him.  Through a mental decision–a conscious recognition of love’s importance and our willingness to experience it–we “call on a higher power.”

Love casts out fear the way light casts out darkness.  The shift from fear to love is a miracle.

People deserve our love because of what God created them to be.

Growth is not always about getting what we think we want.  Always, it’s about becoming the men and women we have the potential to be.  Loving, pure, honest, clear.

Finally, Marianne ends A Return to Love with this:  “Dear God, I give this day to you, the fruit of my labor and the desires of my heart.  In your hands I place all questions, on your shoulders I place all burdens.  I pray for my brothers and for myself.  May we return to love.  May our minds be healed.  May we all be blessed.  May we find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven.

To find out more about Marianne Williamson’s work, please visit her website here.

Photo courtesy of clarita.

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