A Return to Love is the next book to be reviewed here. Below are some thoughts from the introduction that resonated with me.
In my youth, every door marked “no” by conventional standards seemed to hold the key to some lascivious pleasure. Whatever sounded outrageous, I wanted to do and usually did. I often felt like an alien on planet earth, as if life was a private club and everyone had the password but me. I felt people knew the secret of life that I didn’t know, but I didn’t want to ask them about it because I didn’t want them to know I didn’t know.
The answer was simple, but it would take me years to realize the password was love. Love is what we were born with. Love is the essential, existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.
Love isn’t seen with the physical eyes or heard with the physical ears. Physical senses can’t perceive it. Love requires a different kind of ‘seeing’ than we’re used to, a different kind of knowing or thinking. Love is the intuitive knowledge of our hearts. It is the “world beyond’ that we all secretly long for. The ancient memory of this love haunts us for all time, and beckons us to return.
It is who we really are. It is the us that is soft, innocent, and spirit.
CITE: Williamson, M. (1996). A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.