Whatever your past experiences of love have been, you can begin to love at a higher level. Love is an inner state of being. Instead of trying to get love from the outside, you bring love to everyone around you with unconditional love that exists within you. You have the ability to learn how to break through the limitations that block love’s flow—whether negative experiences, restrictive beliefs or self-doubt.
Love is the most powerful, pure, and intense of all of the energies in existence. Love is a dynamic, Universal energy that changes every accessible thing it touches. It is not something that comes into being. We all have the ability to love. The way to become more loving is to love a little more each day. Know and trust that you matter. You matter so much that you owe yourself the opportunity to become the best you possible through loving yourself.
Though, St. Paul wrote this passage over 2000 years ago, it remains one of my favorites and bears repeating.
“If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophesy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. When I was a child, I spoke as a child; I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known. But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.”
St Paul’s letters to the Corinthians | Chapter 13: 1-13, New Testament