Identification as love

 

I am listening to the livestream of Love Your Enemies: Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg and Uma Thurman, and it reminds me of how identification is love.

Mind identifies with an image or thought, and it shows up as fear, anger, sadness, and also what a thought may call greed, egotism etc.

It does so to protect the image of a me. And that comes from and is love. It’s worried love.

And I can explore this through inquiry and holding satsang with what’s here.

First, love appears as identification, the effects of identification is resisted because it’s uncomfortable, and that too is love. It’s all worried love. Love not recognizing itself as love.

So when love does recognize itself as love, there is a relaxation. Love meets itself.

Love as identification is recognized as love, and met by love.

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I am listening to the livestream of Love Your Enemies: Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg and Uma Thurman, and it reminds me of how identification is love.

Mind identifies with images and thoughts, and it shows up as what a thought may label sadness, anger, fear, contraction, loneliness, greed, egotism and so on. Mind does so to protect the image of a me, a separate me or I. And that comes from love. It’s worried love.

And I can explore this through holding satsang with what’s here, including any contraction and identification. Is it true, it’s not love? What do I find?

As long as I don’t recognize it as love, and these parts of me don’t recognize themselves as love, there will be resistance. Identification brings a sense of discomfort, so it’s natural to try to push it away as something undesirable. That’s what happens when it’s not recognized as love. And when it is recognized as love, something relaxes. Identification – as it shows up here and now – is, in a very real way, love. So when it’s recognized as love, it’s more easily met with love.

Love meets itself. Love – in the form of identification (fear, sadness, anger etc.), is met by love – as what recognizes it as love.

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  1. Funny – that’s the second reference to Robert Thurman I’ve come across in 24 hours. I do very much like it when that happens 🙂

    PS: Thanks for your writings about TRE. I have been doing it now for two weeks and am surprised/excited by its benefits. Reading about others’ experiences is helpful and interesting too.

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