This is one of those personal work things I spoke of… relating to a passage from the Charge of the Goddess…
“Sing! Feast! Dance! Make music and Love all in my praise and presence.
For mine is the Spirit of Ecstasy, and mine as well is joy on Earth,
and Love Unto All Beings is My Law.”
~ From the Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valliente
This is a passage I have been contemplating for a while and am still struggling to articulate what I believe She is saying in it to me.
It has taken me a long time to look upon myself with eyes of kindness and to genuinely love myself for who I am rather than hating myself to who I am not.
For me, this was one of my primary spiritual journeys in my 20’s. I have been contemplating matters of Love, and Charity, and Community, and Communication recently. One of the results of this has been that I have been trying to sit down and write letters and notes to some of my dear friends whose love and friendship have touched my heart and influenced the path my life has taken.
I can heartily suggest this little excercise! It is suprising to me how little I have, once I think of it, expressed how much their friendship has meant to me.
In Buddhist practice of Love Unto All Beings… or Loving Kindness or Metta as they call it… you start with yourself and your family and friends and then expand your circle of loving to encompass more and more beings over of time.
I am at once saddened and amused at the time it has taken me to move to my friends… I’ve been giving my love all out of order!?
Friends, then lovers, then myself, then familly, now Friends again (in a more stable less co-dependent way) … today my friends tomorrow the World! mwa-ha-ha!