I keep this “Love Who You Are” card by Anahata Joy Katkin of Papaya Art propped up on a table in my office. But I pulled it down for a quick photo to share in honor of today.
More than a decade ago Christine Arylo started a movement to declare February 13 an annual celebration of Self Love. I know the idea of Valentine’s Day, our socially sanctioned “love holiday” can be fraught for all manner of reasons, but the purpose of today’s observation is to set that all aside and really dig deep into the understanding that loving ourselves is the most important piece of everything.
Frankly I believe this to be true; and it is I think, in fact, one of my core messages. It’s my “flavor” of understanding and unfolding the larger paradigm of Unity Consciousness. For those of us in the spiritual community Unity Consciousness is something we talk about frequently – it is an underlying foundation of our understanding. But when I ask people, language about what exactly Unity Consciousness means can get vague. So, to simplify things, this is a basic definition. The Oneness contains all things AND all things contain the Oneness.
Our souls have long experienced themselves as unified in wholeness, part of a collective field that we only glimpse at while we’re in this embodied life. But re-awakening to the understanding of Unity Consciousness is definitely part of our collective planetary evolution.
But what does that actually mean on a practical level? One way I like to think about it is remembering we’re all peers. I like to use the expression “eye-to-eye, peer-to-peer.” At soul level we know this to be true, but we have to stretch to begin grasping this at human level.
Which is why I’m adamant about the importance of self love. It’s the perfect way into this exploration, this understanding, this awakening, this expanded unfolding.
I believe that loving yourself is critical in truly understanding yourself as a divine spark in an infinite field of Unity and Love. It requires that I know that not only AM I loveable, but that it’s actually no one else’s responsibility to love me except myself. If I negate my worthiness, putting another ahead of me in a so-called “selfless” manner; or if I consider my worth depends on having someone validate my by pledging and demonstrating their love for me, than what I’m really saying is that we aren’t all equal, that we aren’t all sovereign, that we aren’t all capable shining Ambassadors of Infinite Love. And I most certainly believe we are.
Such an interesting adventure we’re on. Committed to an Earth walk, but welcoming our remembering that we are in fact so much more. With our expanded, and hopefully always continually expanding, awareness, every shift, every expansion, particularly with the bigger collective paradigm shifts where we truly come to know ourselves as multi-dimensional beings, actually require shifts on the physical level of embodiment. As we open to higher frequencies, as we make expanded room within ourselves for more light and more refined vibrations, we need to ramp up the self love.
So what does self love look like in our 4-bodies – our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies? It’s different for each one of us; it’s always a nuanced and evolving dance; and it’s something I encourage us to really pay attention to. We are embodied. In body. On Earth. These particular bodies of ours are OF Earth. Connected to her energy, her crystalline grid, her field of vibration, light, and frequency. For many on a committed spiritual path who have spent so much time and energy awakening to their spiritual soul self, the body has often been dismissed as simply the vehicle that got us here. But I think this is a misunderstanding. I believe we are embodied in service to Earth (and all who inhabit her), to anchor the highest vibrations we are able to carry, to transmit, to radiate. We are living bridges between the cosmic multi-dimensional and this beautiful ascending planet we walk upon.
So of course we need to shower these beautiful body “transceivers” of ours with love. We need to love our physical bodies, our mental bodies, our emotional bodies, and our spiritual bodies. It needs to be an ongoing practice, an ongoing devotion, an unending commitment.
When we think of it that way, doesn’t that invite a greater appreciation of a formalized Day of Self Love?