All great spiritual masters talk about finding love.
Often they’re not talking about a love that’s limited to a relationship between two people. They’re usually talking about a larger, more-pervasive type of love. A love that we’re each sourced from. A love that encompasses us all.
Yet even though these teachers aren’t speaking directly about romantic love, this all-encompassing love is still necessary to understand if you want to improve your relationships with others. Because it’s this love – the big love – that’s the foundation for connection, intimacy and ultimate fulfillment in every aspect of your life.
Below are quotes from five infinitely wise, love-devoted teachers. If we listen to their messages closely, we’ll discover the gems that guide us to create the love we truly desire.
1. “The power is in you. The answer is in you. You are the answer to all your searches: You are the goal. It’s never outside.” Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart’s quote starts us out with the Truth of all Truths: you are what you’re looking for.
While this quote isn’t directly speaking about love, it reveals one of the most important truths about love there is: it’s inside you.
Finding love within is a foundational practice when it comes to attracting love in relationships. We can get confused and think the goal is the other person. We convince ourselves that love is “out there.” This misunderstanding is actually the exact thing that keeps love, in all forms, away from us.
In order to create anything in your life, you have to know that it starts from within you. You are the answer to feeling connected; you are what you’re looking for! By understanding this truth, you create a solid foundation for manifesting love in all aspects of your life.
2. “Love should be like breathing. It should be just a quality in you. Wherever you are, with whomsoever you are, or even if you are alone, love goes on overflowing from you. It is not a question of being in love with someone. It is a question of being love.” Osho
In this quote, Osho reminds us that love is a quality that we already have within ourselves. Not only that, but it’s a quality that we can feel with others as much as we can feel on our own.
Love is not dependent on other people because it’s simply what we are. It can be as natural as breathing; it can be our nature if we allow it to be.
Practice being love. Let it flow through your the way breath does. As you become the essence of love, then it has no choice but to permeate all of your life.
3. “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron
Pema is not speaking directly about relationships here, but she’s pointing to an experience that many us have in romantic love.
Whether it’s attracting unavailable partners or perpetually feeling unsatisfied in relationships, the patterns we experience over and over again remain in our lives until we learn the lesson we need to know. Luckily, the lesson always boils down to the same thing:
When you feel disconnected from love, you’re being asked to remember who you are. Remember that you are love.
When we feel unworthy in relationships, we have forgotten the truth of who we are. When we feel unseen, unknown, and uncared for, we have forgotten that we are sourced from love.
To overcome obstacles in relationships, we must integrate the lesson that these challenges are pointing us to. Plain and simple, we must remember ourselves as love.
4. “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” Rumi
Rumi offers us many gems and this is one of my favorites. He reminds us that the love within is always leading the way.
That strange pull he’s speaking of is your intuition. Your inner-knowing. That’s love’s way of speaking to you.
If you’re willing to get quiet enough so you can hear love’s voice, and if you’re brave enough to follow it’s call, you will be guided to create a life (and relationship) that are directly aligned with love. As Rumi promises, you will not be led astray.
5. “I’m talking about the essence of love itself, the essence that is within all the flavors of love. This is the real spiritual love, which is a deep unspoken connectedness. Only this love has the power to transform our relationship to being alive, our relationship with each other, and our relationship with the world. This love is timeless. This love is uncontained.” Adyashanti
Underneath every expression of love – whether it’s romantic love, friendship, love for a child, or love of the Earth – we find the same, distilled, pure form of love.
Love is an energy; it’s a frequency that we can align to within.
This love is timeless, unconditional, uncontainable, and ever-present. This is the big love.
When you merge with this energy, the experience of love will overflow from your being and touch every aspect of your life. This is the love that changes the world. This is the truth of who you are.
Please leave a comment below sharing your favorite quote about love. I look forward to hearing from you.