October 06, 2009
“The truth of the matter is, to find happiness we don’t have to become something other than we are, we just have to stop pretending to be something we are not.”
Reading this book ignited a memory of a love song from decades ago, and the chorus went like this: “It’s only words - and words are all I have - to take your heart away.” Author John Welshons took my heart away with his words in One Soul, One Love, One Heart. I read the first eighty pages in one breath, surrendering into the love in my own heart and the larger truth he points out: that what we all want—more than anything—is Love.
This book is a manifesto for spiritual awakening and transformation that literally goes to the heart of the matter: “the truth of our interconnectedness [we are One] and what it can teach us about our relationships with other human beings, the natural world, our universe, and our Creator.” Drawing from authentic sacred truths, personal examples, stories, and an ocean of personal wisdom, Welshons shows us how each of our relationships can offer us the most profound teachings as stepping-stones toward awakening to our true Self. Shifting the focus of spiritual practice from one that is solitary and self-serving to one that is relational and serves the higher good, models the sacred path to healing as our evolutionary destiny.
The path of love may be the most difficult path—to learn to love that which we most resist—and yet it is only by turning our personal evolution in this direction that we will change the human condition. This path isn’t just polyannish idealism: it’s true! When did anger ever solve conflict? When did fear ever feel like happiness? Awakening isn’t merely a matter of riding waves of bliss, it’s also the descent into the hardened, ugly, and painful places that keep our heart constricted and unmoved. We can transmute these experiences when we think and act in ways that focus on our experience of Oneness, commit to and practice awareness and meditation, and nurture our spiritual heart. Welshons shows us how to heal our most difficult relationships and nurture our healthy ones, guiding us in our capacity for love and connecting us to humanity, the planet, and our spirituality.
Read this book and let your heart be opened to the wisdom, truth, and beauty within it.
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