Like the famous Scarlet Pimpernel..they seek him here, they seek him there...the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel.
Many of us chase love like those who sought to capture the Scarlet Pimpernel. Only to find that at every turn just like the Pimpernel the love we chased elusively avoided us. Over the years I have had many, many people come to me for healing, and ever so often they carry the burden in their heart of longing for love or the scars of a broken heart.
Tears of sorrow, sadness, pain, loss and grief over the elusive search for the love they feel will make them complete, bring them happiness and contentment. Why is it that we search for love, we grasp to anyone who might show us they love us, and yet we feel it is elusive, something we just cant seem to hold onto for the duration of our life.
How often have you been in a relationship even a marriage and yet there is a longing a deep wanting to be "loved"? When I was nursing at a quaint old hospital in Nannup, a small country town in Western Australia. The hospital was surrounded by the most beautiful gardens. Many of the patients were aged people who were living out their last days in the hospital.
One day I asked the Matron if I could take the patients out into the gardens. With the help of a couple of orderlies I put each of the patients in a wheelchair and we pushed them out to the garden. It was amazing to see their faces light up, so many of them smiled some cried and some who had not spoken a word for years, were talking about the roses.
Taking them back to the wards I had picked a rose and was giving it to the patient, I said " A rose is just like love, it wilts fades and dies and all you are left with is an ugly thorny stick" Unbeknownst to me the Matron was behind me, she said "Nurse that is terribly cynical for some one so young"...I was 25 at the time.
Now decades on I have lived experience of love but greater than any lived experience I have come to know that the reason we feel love is elusive like that famous Scarlet Pimpernel is because we are forever seeking it outside of our own heart.
We each have a heart that is full of unconditional love,a deep infinite well of pure love. And once we know that is the love we yearn for and we embrace it there is no longer a longing a search for love outside of ourselves. From then on our life is content, joyful and peaceful.
When we nurture our own heart through compassion, kindness, acceptance and harmony we have the key to our infinite unconditional love. One last thing I want to share with you is this is also the key to self healing!