The Silence of the Desert Fosters Love

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“The ego is relinquished, along with its constant flow of chatter and illusion of control, so that love may happen … love takes wing where calculation ends.” Beldon C. Lane

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul describes love with the words: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Paul description proclaims that love does not spring from an environment of words (tongues of men and angels), power (moving mountains), measurement (give away all), boasting (envy and boasting), or insistence. The suggestion would be that it springs from an environment of emptiness and nothingness. Love emerges when all has been released. When there is no thought of self. When the chattering and scheming and measuring of the ego is let go.

When I calculate what my love will accomplish or how it will feel to sacrifice so “lovingly” or considering just how much I’m giving … something other than love emerges. It might be pity, it might be veiled pride, it might be any number of things, but it won’t be love.

Silence and solitude fosters love … it allows us the opportunity to release that which infects and dilutes love. Only when our mind is aware of the egoistic chatter can we let go and create the desert from which love flows.

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~ by Ted Wueste on October 17, 2012.

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