Love is blind they constantly try and tell us. I disagree. I think Love, in all its ways, sees the essence of our inner truth. It sees past the distorted perceptions of our ego. Truly it is the ego that miserably fails see the exquisite beauty of all that we hold within us. And it is this that Love recognizes in an instant before the ego takes over and the light becomes distorted just like the rays of the sun get fragmented when dark clouds pass over it. Truly it is the ego that is blind.

The echoes of Love and the experience of falling in love are worth paying attention to. When we’re in Love, we have a tendency to “look past” what we later call the “imperfections” of those we once loved, whether friend or other. If you look closely at this tendency, the things we let go of are the very things that don’t matter at all to who we really are. Whether he leaves the toilet seat up all the time or not really speaks nothing of who he truly is, and if you can see that about him then he’ll see your true beauty also. With personal love, something happens and the ego takes over. Whatever the cause, whether it is some perceived injury or something else, we begin to obsess and curl our eyebrows over the littlest and truly insignificant details of another person. It becomes an exchange between our ego’s rather than a true unveiled connection it began as. We eventually part ways and hold onto the images of those imperfections rather than the truth we first caught a glimpse of. And the ego doesn’t like to let go, so we seem to be incapable of finding that truth again.

When it comes to our own selves, we know so little of Love. We have an easy time looking into the eyes of another and uttering the words “I love you,” and yet feel embarrassed if someone were to suggest to us that we should do the same to the self-image we see in the mirror. Could you look in the mirror and tell yourself “I love you”? Most people feel awkward doing this. In fact, we’re more comfortable focusing more on what we think are our imperfections than we do on anything we might even slightly like about ourselves. “Oh my how that freckle grows and shows that I am not as beautiful as the world thinks I should be.” This surface level obsession is our biggest distraction from seeing past our physicality and into our inner beauty. Your inner beauty is your natural beauty, everything else falls away.

Have you ever looked at a giant maple tree and commented on how slanted it’s looking today? Have you ever looked at the brilliance of a sunset and thought it could do with a little more orange? How about the fluttering of a butterfly, did you think it could fly a little faster? We never seem to criticize the natural beauty in these things outside of us. So why do we notice so many “imperfections” in our selves?

The belief in “imperfections” is a pass-time the ego entertains itself with. It doesn’t know any better. But you do. You can catch yourself trailing off into perceiving “imperfection” in other’s and yourself and do something about it. You can recognize that in your naturalness, at your essence, you are inconceivably perfect. Dare to challenge your ego? Go ahead, fall in Love with yourself and see what happens. If you don’t like what you find, I’ll refund you.

Author's Bio: 

a contemporary thinker and published writer on personal development, spirituality, and self-re-discovery. She writes on various topics in the mind-body-spirit connection drawing from her education, various wisdom texts, and personal experiences.