If I can say the most wonderful things, and have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
If I channel incredible beings, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have energetic gifts, so that I could remove cancer, and have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all my goods to feed the poor, and go to yoga five times a week, and meditate one hour every day…and if I can read auras, and discern astrological signs, and read tarot…and have not love, it profits me - and everybody else - nothing (though I may make some money doing it).
The Age of Aquarius is an age of awakening to the profound and amazing potentials of human evolution, consciousness and spirituality. But lest we miss the point - the age of Aquarius is, more than anything, all about LOVE.
It’s been coming for a long time - ever since Jesus, one of the first Aquarian Masters - the message of love has been proclaimed as a coming reality. Jesus called it the coming of the Kingdom of God; others spoke of the Awakening, the Ascension, the Outpouring. They all pointed to one thing: a time was coming when human consciousness would recognize that Love was the ordering power of the Universe.
The Age of Aquarius is the fulfillment of that vision - a time when humanity evolves to a higher state of mindfulness, conscious living and…love.
It is also a time when great spiritual mysteries will become common place, and many will open to the multi-dimensional reality of our existence. I have met many who can talk that talk - they have Guides, they talk to Angels, they channel entities, they see into the mysteries.
Sadly, however, they also use profanity as a weapon, demean others through spiteful language, make promises that they do not keep, and speak badly of others. And like the verses quoted above from 1 Corinthians 13, they say the most wonderful things…but have not love. And in that, they are missing the powerful truth of the Universe, and the meaning of the Aquarian Age.
So, what is Love? I believe the great teachers throughout the ages have taught at least two basic truths about Love. First…Love is an action, not a feeling. And second…Love is Namaste.
First…Love is an action. In 1 Corinthians 13, the writer, Paul, goes on to say some simple yet profound things about love - it is patient, it is kind; it is not jealous of others, it is not ego-based and self-promoting; it does not behave improperly, it is not motivated by selfish gain, it is not quick to anger, and thinks and hopes the best of others.
Those attributes of love are not feelings-based. They are actions, motivated by attitude and manifested through intention.
As Wendel Matthews says in his brilliant article (p. 6), love is a choice. We choose to love, and then we DO love.
Secondly, Love is Namaste. Namaste is a well-known word, used for greeting others. However, the meaning of Namaste goes far beyond a simple greeting. Namaste literally means “I recognize and honor the Divine within you.” In other words, Namaste is an attitude and a way of living and thinking that recognizes the sacred worth of every human being…regardless of their race, gender, religion, economic status, or even political ideology.
Namaste is also an action - not holding hands together and bowing, but acting with respect, honor, and even deference to others in all situations and contexts.
I am grieved to see how social media has made it easy for people to be disrespectful, and to “unfriend” those who don’t agree with them. People are being “trained” to be rude, uncivil and even profane through social media…because they are not face to face with people they converse with, and therefore can get away with just about anything. Furthermore, it is easy to “unfriend” a person whose opinion you don’t like…just push the button, and they are gone.
Somehow, “unfriending” has become a virtue, and people boast at how they toss “toxic people” out of their lives. However…that does not accomplish a life of Love and Namaste. And it is not the spirit of the Age of Aquarius.
Love seeks to understand; it listens; it hopes for the best; it welcomes; it defers. It does not throw in the towel when things don’t go as planned. It hangs in there, and it keeps trying.
We humans are amazing evolutionary creations. We are creating ourselves, as we evolve - and yes, we are still evolving. Our potential is off the charts. Even in the dark, despairing aftermath of the mass shooting of 49 beautiful young souls in Orlando…I have seen humans make exceptional choices to love, to forgive, to find solidarity and to turn mourning into dancing. We weep for others, we choose to help, we find ways to change the wrong into right. That is not God…that is us, expressing our own godhood.
We are the ones who will make the Age of Aquarius a reality. As Ian Boccio notes in his article on page —, the stars and energies may define the Age, but we are the ones who will fulfill it. This is the Age of Aquarius - and the Age of Aquarius is LOVE!
May you live in and share with others the amazing power of love.