The Lost Continent of Love

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Painting by Dean Cornwell

Finding the place where we belong is the soul’s quest, a return to love. Sometimes as we walk down life’s pathways it can be good to ask, “Does this path lead to love?” If it does, follow it, because this is the bowl of honey waiting to be tasted, known also as “the sweetness that was before honey or bee…

… the bowl of warm honey, the island we can all escape to, being bird and plant and human, speaks to me of a quality of belonging, returning to a place of belonging. So much of our world today feels alien, unnatural, as if we are separated from our real home, our natural way of being. This is something both universal and deeply personal, a place we call home, for both our body and our soul. A place where we are closest to what is deepest within us, what gives life real meaning.

— Llewelyn Vaughan-Lee

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  • ”It is part of the mystery of life on earth that the human soul can awaken, grow greater, and reveal inner gifts when everything turns dark and seems about to fall apart. Soul does not fear a downturn or seek to avoid a period of darkness. Soul carries a deeper wisdom and darker knowledge born of descent and loss and renewal. Soul would have us go where we fear to go in order to learn who we are intended to be.”

— Michael Meade

Most of us are lost and trying to find our way to our real home, our real work and our real love. There’s something alien about the world we have built. Is it a question of style or does it go deeper than that? Without love in all its forms can we ever be at home anywhere?

Love is more than personal. Our disconnection from nature is a basic lack of love. Our culture is founded on an inability to love, from education to finance to politics we assume indifference to the fate of others is normal.

Our religion is pushing love out the door as it preaches the rewards of following precepts. Material abundance is worshipped in place of love. Well, love is hard to understand, hard to practice, hard to even feel most of the time because our roots go into a very transient culture instead of nature or eternal values. We are well entertained but not so well instructed in how to be human.

I think it’s our job to love the natural world we are given and to live lightly and respectfully in it. The society we inhabit is a human construct, which can’t be more enlightened than the humans who made it. If humans evolve, their cultures will evolve, but guess what will happen if humans devolve. The more severed we are from ourselves the more we create suffering on earth.

Adopting a belief system, a commandment to love, won’t change anything. I think it’s better to just watch all our ways of not loving so that we can really see who we are and the effect it has around us. First, our idea of ourselves needs correcting. We are not who we think we are.

Inner change doesn’t come through suppression and coercion. Understanding and compassion must exist in the beginning if it’s going to show up in the end. I think we help the world best by becoming better humans. Watching our inner way of being without running away from it or trying to force it to change is a radical act because it sets off spontaneous growth inside us.

This is a lifestyle that runs counter to everything we’re taught, but the world needs it now more than ever.

I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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