Opening the Heart: The Prodigal Returns

Dissolving the barriers to love and opening our heart to “the other” is like any other habit release or goal achievment. Unconscious fear-based motivations must be acknowleged. In fearless, searching and above all compassionate spiritual inventory, we can understand the folly of skewed egoic thinking and find ease and relief. We move forward in our relationships when we come home to peace.

When the Prodigal returns to LOVE, love can flow. When we allow ourselves to unite with the inner Beloved, we may then give ourselves permission to open to love in the “real world.”

We can begin by being willing to question the false authority by which we have condemned ourselves to the belief in separation. What secondary gain is the ego seeking? What would we have to believe about ourselves in order to NOT have the love we say we want? Here’s an ACIM quote which I think is helpful in heart-opening and relevant in reframing love for yourself and “the other” as safe:

“T-12.IV.1. The ego is certain that love is dangerous, and this is always its central teaching. 2 It never puts it this way; on the contrary, everyone who believes that the ego is salvation seems to be intensely engaged in the search for love. 3 Yet the ego, though encouraging the search for love very actively, makes one proviso; do not find it. 4 Its dictates, then, can be summed up simply as: “Seek and do not find.” 5 This is the one promise the ego holds out to you, and the one promise it will keep. 6 For the ego pursues its goal with fanatic insistence, and its judgment, though severely impaired, is completely consistent.”

When the lens of danger is invisible and unconscious, there is nothing that can be done to work with it. What is still in shadow is intractible. In this circumstance (which is to say, in maintaining this stance) one feels “stuck.”  Of course “stuckness” is a figment of imagination and belief and has no reality. Stuckness is as illusory as the “danger” that prompted the strategy of stuckness!

This is the self-exiled son archetype. Wandering alone and poor (in spirit). The state of “being exiled” is not real and the suffering is entirely self-induced. When you apply the light of clear, compassionate observation, you can begin to make headway in raising the awareness of your worthiness and natural ability to be the fully loving person that is your spiritual birthright. You can return home in celebration of your wholeness. Fire up the barbie; it’s time for a love feast.

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