“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
You’ve felt alone, angry, frustrated, guilty, or worried about the future? Feelings are normal; they aren’t bad until they affect your life. You’ve tried to change some of these feelings that interfere with your relationships or in living your life. Perhaps you’ve felt a bit discouraged with yourself and your inability to control your feelings, attitudes and actions that result.
What is your cost for your current “bad attitudes”? Sometimes it can lead to sleepless nights, hard time concentrating, the breakup in friendships / relationships, work issues, not feeling good about yourself…stress can cause ill health as lots of health studies show us. We consider these attitudes as fear based.
When I started in Attitudinal Healing I was a worrier and I have learned to feel what that feels like in my body and how to stop those thoughts. I just don’t want to feel like that anymore! I also was a bit judgmental / critical of others and now try to catch myself when I have those thoughts and learned to accept others more…just the way they are. The 12th AH Principle has really helped me a lot to see that we are all “extending Love or giving a call for help.” More on that later. I am living a much more peace-filled life because of seeing life differently; “seeing through the eyes of Love!”
“Those who Love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.” – Alan Cohen
As a Child; Forgetting Love
I’ve heard a story about children and Love. It’ about a new baby boy and his 4 year old sister. The sister wanted to be in the baby’s room alone with him and Mom did not want her to be there but gave in one day and listened at the door. The sister said to her little brother, “Tell me about Love and where you came from as I am beginning to forget!” Out of the mouths of babes!
I have a strong belief that babies come into this world pure and full of Love (see AH Principle #1, Blog Post of January 24th) and that the “world ego and adults” teach children to forget the unconditional Love they originally felt. Then there are the “terrible twos”…and the opposite of Love is getting stronger and stronger. In AH we believe this is the worldly ego that is the opposite of Love, our fear base as has been mentioned in blog posts before. Right here it’s important to just understand that there is Love and there is the opposite of Love.
As an Adult; Not Feeling Love
It was a Thursday evening, just like any other Thursday evening when I was facilitating my Attitudinal Healing (AH) personal growth / support group, which I’d been doing every week for about 10 years, then. We had 5 people in the group that night and one lady told us about how she didn’t feel any love. She’d been having family problems due to a child with a long illness and she did not have family, friends, or any type of support. She felt all alone. I asked her if she felt any emotions that day. She remembered her cat being on her lap and that that felt good. I mentioned that animals give us unconditional Love moments, I will call “Love Lights”.
I wondered, why did this woman’s story make such an impact on me that I still remember that woman and that night? I felt so sorry for anyone who feels that alone and not feel Loved. I was a blessed child to have such loving parents and now have a wonderful family and friends. I know others who do not have this and that causes them anxiety and stress and is more challenging for them to feel and give and receive Love.
What can We Do?
For this lady, and others, I suggested that she begin to keep track, like in a journal, of ANY experience and emotions that feel good whether she is giving or receiving Love with anyone or anything…could be with a friend, family member, stranger, an animal…and even giving to yourself. The first steps are INTENTION to change and AWARENESS. The time to begin is NOW, so grab your planner or journal and keep track of “Love Lights” and powerful Peace-filled moments.
“You have been so helpful to me and I truly appreciate the time we’ve shared together. ❤ Thank you for being such a good listener, so kind, and compassionate! I found our group to be empowering and I’ve learned a lot. I will continue to keep the AH principles in mind.” – L.B. 2017
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