Where to Find True Love

“It is essential to know what is vital and alive in us and [then] shape our lives in its image.”—David Whyte The Heart Aroused.

In his beautiful book, The Heart Aroused David Whyte, beloved author and poet, offers insight and inspiration on how to seed, feed and water the soul, sparking our inner Life Force. Whyte proclaims that when we nourish ourselves from within, we will naturally connect with others, who join us in the pilgrimage of personal discovery. Together, we are bound to become more expanded versions of ourselves and grow exponentially from the conversations and connections that inevitably accompany the joys of our individual and collective journey.

Whyte shares an ancient Chinese tale to emphasize the point. The hero of this story is a master potter, who was determined to discover a more beautiful and compelling glaze for his pots. In becoming fully immersed in the process of uncovering just the right formula, he experimented with different levels of heat for his kiln as well as altering the chemistry of the glazes. Alas, completely frustrated and having exhausted what he believed to be all possibilities in pursuit of his quest for perfection “…he walked into the molten heat of a fully fired kiln. When his assistants opened up the kiln and took out the vases, they found the glaze on the vases the most exquisite they had ever encountered. The master himself had disappeared into his creations. ”—(Whyte, pp. 114)

He had melted into the perfection, which had been there all along! Had the potter realized that he himself was the perfection that he had been seeking in the endless quest for the flawless glaze, perhaps he could have spared himself significant suffering, not to mention his own life.

What would it take for you to witness your own inner perfection? Or if you already have some glimmers, how can you stay committed to the discovery?

As Scott Peck wisely states in The Road Less Traveled, “Love requires courage and involves risks.” Are you willing to take the risk of loving yourself so much that you begin to see your own perfection? Dare to try, and when you do, make note of your triumphs. They are guaranteed. Promise.

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