John Welwood

A Quote by John Welwood on soul connection

"A soul connection is a resonance between two people who respond to the essential beauty of each other's individual natures, behind their facades, and who connect on this deeper level. This kind of mutual recognition provides the catalyst for a potent alchemy. It is a sacred alliance whose purpose is to help both partners discover and realize their deepest potentials. While a heart connection lets us appreciate those we love just as they are, a soul connection opens up a further dimension -- seeing and loving them for who they could be, and for who we could become under their influence. This means recognizing that we both have an important part to play in helping each other become more fully who we are....A soul connection not only inspires us to expand, but also forces us to confront whatever stands in the way of that expansion."

John Welwood

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A Quote by John Welwood on broken-hearted warrior

..we are tempted to give up when we find no simple remedy for the degenerative forces sweeping across our planet.  Yet in moments when we can reach out and celebrate life's beauty, in spite of its pain or sorrow, we discover something sweet indeed--our own wild and beautiful heart.

According to sacred tradition, the heart is not something emotional or sentimental; Hinduism and Buddhism regard it as the path essence; while Sufism understands it as a divine subtlety that reveals the deepest truths.  It is a doorway leading into the core of our being-- the living presence of spirit and soul.  When our heart breaks open,  breaks through to this deeper core, we waken from this paralysis into a greater depth of soul, and along with that, a deeper love for this world.

For if our heart gives rise to universal compassion, it is in our soul that we love particulars--this face, this grove of trees, this neighborhood, this world.  And it is our soul that suffers when, for instance, we see a beautiful, wild piece of the earth fall prey to yet another condo development or shopping mall.  Our heart might feel compassion for this injury, our spirit might recognize it as a part of the larger life and death of the cosmos, but in our soul, which so loves the particulars, we grieve or rage for this assault on earth's beauty.  It is important to let ourselves feel this kind of passionate response.  Otherwise, our soul too grows numb, just like the paved-over patch of earth.

To avoid going numb when encountering the pain of the world, we need access to the warrior within, the one who can ask:  "What deeper resource is this adversity calling on me to bring forth?"  In learning to make use of suffering to cultivate our capacities for strength, vision, love, faith, or humor, we forge the vessel of soul and begin to free ourselves from resentments or depression about the state of the world.  And we may find that the earth in her plight is calling us to waken like this, and that as we do so, she awakens as well, through us.  In this way, the broken-hearted warrior is able to keep on loving, in spite of everything.

When the heart breaks open, it marks the beginning of a real love affair with this world.  It is a broken-hearted love affair, rather than the conventional kind based on hope and expectation.  Only in this fearless love that can respond to life's pain as well as its beauty can we be of real help to ourselves or anyone else in this difficult age.  The broken-hearted warrior is an essential architype for our time.

John Welwood

Source: "Love and Awakening"

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A Quote by John Welwood on love and god

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You are flawed, you are stuck in old patterns, you become carried away with yourself. Indeed you are quite impossible in many ways. And still, you are beautiful beyond measure. For the core of what you are is fashioned out of love, that potent blend of openness, warmth, and clear, transparent presence.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart, Pages: 54

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A Quote by John Welwood on love and humanity

Boundless love always manages somehow to sparkle through your limited form.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart, Pages: 54

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A Quote by John Welwood on love, purity, and openness

The words "I love you," spoken in moments of genuine appreciation, wonder, or caring arise from something perfectly pure within us - the capacity to open ourselves and say yes without reserve. Such moments of pure openheartedness bring us as close to natural perfection as we can come in this life.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart, Pages: 1

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A Quote by John Welwood on love, heart, and purity

The warm and radiant yes of the heart is perfect, like the sun, in bringing all things to life and nourishing all that is truly human.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart, Pages: 1

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A Quote by John Welwood on love and trust

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Not knowing that we can be loved for who we truly are prevents us from trusting in love itself, and this in turn causes us to turn away from life and doubt its benevolence.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart, Pages: 9

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A Quote by John Welwood on love and trust

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We may tell ourselves that love is not really available. but the deeper truth is that we don't entirely trust it, and therefore have a hard time fully opening to it or letting it all the way into us. This disconnects us from our own heart, exacerbating our sense of love's scarcity.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart, Pages: 9

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A Quote by John Welwood on love and beauty

Love is the recognition of beauty.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart, Pages: 17

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A Quote by John Welwood on love, abundance, gratitude, compassion, and surrender

We already have so much abundance.  We truly do.  We need not search too far.  It is within.  The reason we fail to recognize this is because we haven't quite mastered the art of being.  For abundance to prevail, we must have LOVE, gratitude, acceptance and compassion.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart

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