Love is a feeling that we experience in so many different ways toward various people. Love is the ultimate expression of our divinity. It is a way of showing tenderness to our children and passion to our lover. Love is an emotion that hold the power to heal and strengthen the physical and emotional body.

There have been times that I have expressed deep love and have been hurt. I have never regretted showing love, however, there is a certain level of expectation that it will be reciprocated by the beloved. I have also found love to be the foundation to allow relationships and people to blossom. Just spending time in nature brings me the feeling of overwhelming love and sacredness.

I think many of us feel safe showering our pets and children with love. At least the pets give it back to us with complete unconditionality. Our children go through phases where love is taken for granted. I often experience the overwhelming fullness of love for those that I care deeply about.

Once we allow our hearts to open and reveal the full expression of love it comes with great risk. We have hopes and expectations. We want it to be reciprocated and valued. When we choose to risk our hearts, we take a chance of being hurt or rejected. If we don't risk anything, what is the alternative? Remaining numb and safe.

Love has the power to heal, and, transform. Every expression of love carries in it the seeds of possibilities. When we nurture and honor love it has the ability to lift us up and give us hope, tenderness and affection. Without love we miss out on so much.

So why do we at times reject love? When an opportunity to give or receive love presents itself why do we shut down and hide? It seems that for many of us past experiences can hinder our ability to take a chance. Fear can envelop us to the point that it doesn't seem worth it to take the risk.

I know sometimes love comes with strings attached. It can be smothering, suffocating, controlling and needy. It can carry some all consuming fears if we have been hurt, betrayed, abandoned, rejected, or violated in the past. It can leave us rejecting the very idea of it's implications.

What about self love? Can we love ourselves unconditionally? Can we accept our own flaws and expect others to love us when we cannot love ourselves? What if we are not at our ideal weight? What if we have made mistakes? Can we forgive ourselves? Will others forgive us? What if we're not exactly where we want to be in our lives? Do we still deserve to give and receive love then?
What if we didn't receive the right kind of love from our parents or family? Can another person love us any better? Can we chance experiencing love when there holds the possibility that it may suddenly leave or be taken from us? If we haven't had healthy, safe, and secure love modeled for us we might not know what it should even look or be like.

Fear holds us back, when we are not living in the present moment as the full, unhindered expression of love. It can grow when it doesn't reference the past and how it once was. It can be experienced when it doesn't project into the future as to what it will be. Will love turn out exactly like we want it to? And if it doesn't, is it still worth feeling the love now?
if we can allow ourselves to love our partners, children, pets, parents and friends. If we can deeply and completely love and accept ourselves. If we can fully open our hearts to the full expression of love in all its beauty and forms, how do you think our lives will transform?

Sending you unconditional love and many blessings.....

Prayer

Dear God/Goddess,

I have so much love in my heart. Sometimes I experience fear in expressing my feelings of love in fear of rejection and abandonment. Sometimes I fear expressing my feelings of love for fear that it won't turn out the way I want it to. Sometimes, God, I just fear. So I ask that all the fear may removed and transmuted. May only love remain.

There are those that I love that I don't know how to express and show my true love for. There are those that I feel love for that don't reciprocate my feelings. And then, gratefully, there are those giving and receiving love flows easily and naturally.
I accept all types of love. Unconditionally. I know that the expression of love is all that matters. On a higher level those who I send my love to, receive it. I feel the love returned to me ten-thousand fold.

So, God/Goddess, I humble myself to you in this moment. I ask that you assist me in opening my heart to even greater levels. Show me how I can be a full expression of love in all ways, always. With pure intent....

And so it is.

Amen.

Author's Bio: 

Rev. Stefanie Miller, BA is an intuitive spiritual healer with a degree in Education. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and is certified as an Angel Therapy Practitioner" by Doreen Virtue, PhD.

Stefanie specializes in soul focused healing and includes angelic and elemental energies in all of her healing, teaching and writing work. Stefanie is also a certified Elementary School Teacher in Broward County, Florida and has done extensive research on the topic of Indigo and Crystal Children. In addition to private counseling sessions, Stefanie regularly conducts workshops to assist the parents of Indigo Children by introducing unique strategies and teaching methods based on metaphysical and spiritual principles. Stefanie's gentle and compassionate nature supports both parents and children along their sacred path.

Stefanie is a healing Ministers ordained by the Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc., an Interfaith Ministry. Persons ordained by U.B.M. Inc., are dedicated and spiritually oriented individuals, who desire and are encouraged, to reach out and touch the Earth and her inhabitants with love, compassion and responsibility.