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Eugenia Sapershteyn

Robert,
these two articles are great! I am practicing these 4 antidotes without having it so clearly stated, or at least I think so, when it concerns the "big world".

Could you please elaborate on how to reconcile "love, loyalty, devotion, and care" with detachment. They should not be in contradiction, should they?
I grew up with those virtues being imprinted on me as positive, and detachment seem to contradict them.
I would appreciate your sage advice.
Eugenia

Robert

Hi Eugenia - Good question! Love, loyalty, devotion, and care are of course virtues to be cultivated. However, we must practice detachment so someone else's version of "love" doesn't get in the way of us knowing what love is and is not. Love is a universal, and from one point of view, is infinitely detached, since one cannot "possess" love. There is Love, and then there are the many distorted versions of "love." Many look for an abstraction they call "love," or they are actually living that radiant wisdom that love IS.

Loyalty? To whom and what? Even loyalty to deeply held beliefs must be questioned and reevaluated from time to time, since the loyalties of childhood may not be adequate for what we must live today. Be loyal only to your Wisdom, your Way, and your Spiritual Community. Be loyal to the purity of your loving heart. Nothing else needs your loyalty.

Devotion? Again, what are you devoted to? Devotion is a 6th Ray quality, but is an attribute, not an affect. We learn devotion to a host of lesser things so we may know what is truly worthy of our devotion. If the only worthy things to be devoted to is "God and Guru" (as I once heard it put), then yes, be devoted to being aware of the Creative Force of the Universe, and be devoted to that which dispels darkness in your life. Still, as our conception of these change throughout our lives, we must detach from lesser things and embrace a greater Way, Truth, and Life/Light.

Care? We all learn to take care of many things. It is all a practice so we can learn to care for what really matters. If care for a lesser thing damages our ability to care for ourselves in healthy ways, or frustrates our quest for ever-greater truths and realization, or blocks us from caring for greater things, then that "care" doesn't serve the purpose of the service we are trying to do. Why are we caring the way we do for what we do? This question is necessary if we're ever to redirect away from obsolete form of loyalty, devotion, and care into more appropriate forms of these as we evolve in skill and awareness.

We ARE Love; we do those other things as a function of our love. But true love is unconditional, and therefore we learn to detach from all things when they pass away. True love does not clutch, nor fear. Love is loyal to love, love is devoted to love, love cares for love. When there is true love, then loyalty, devotion, and care will shine forth in their native purity; when there is not true love, then we will experience distorted or lesser forms of these. Then we detach from the lesser love, and embrace the quest for a greater love.

Nic

Great writing, great two posts. Making the complicated clear and simple is the trademark of wisdom. Thank you Robert for the wisdom shared in the post (and the following comments).

Blessings be to all.

bomega

Robert,

Thank you once again for sharing your wisdom. This happened to be exactly what I needed at this very time.

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