“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” — Rumi
Why would we build barriers against love? Lots of reasons. I love you and you hurt me in some way – I build a barrier to protect me from you. Barrier building usually begins when we are very young – children, teens, young adults. It’s almost as if life is set up so that we must build barriers to protect ourselves. Oftentimes, the wounds go deep and the barriers are high and thick. True love may elude us our entire lives.
One of the problems with barriers is they tend to wall off all love. Before we know it we can’t feel love from any source – divine or human. We begin living in a barren place – in the middle of a field of pure love we can’t feel.
It takes great courage to “find all the barriers within yourself” and allow them to dissolve.
This holiday season why not consider giving yourself the gift of love? Look inside. Where have you built walls – either to protect yourself and/or to keep others out? Why not take a leap and let them fall away? Remember Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol? It was written in 1843. We’ve been building barriers for a very long time.