The Forging Fire

Courage is what love looks like…
when tested by the simple, everyday necessities of being alive.
                                                                                    ~David Whyte

It seems as though something or someone is working very hard to spread confusion into every aspect of our lives. We are confused about the many wars and conflicts in the Middle East; why we are there and whether it’s doing any good.

We are confused about the political system as never before, about the candidates, what is true, and if our votes are even properly counted. There is untruth in all information we are given. We are permeated, invaded, right into the cells of our bodies, which brings about diseases such as cancer, leukemia, and all immune system malfunctions. The list goes on and on.

The important thing, though, is to recognize it and not to let ourselves succumb to it. We need courage to love the times that we’re in and not to despair!

We need a new language, a new way of speaking so that we are drawn together instead of becoming divided. We need a new language that will bring us into a deeper understanding of our role as human-beings-becoming.

We speak of “courage” at Michaelmas time. The word comes from the French coeur,  meaning the heart. In German, a courageous person is beherzt or heartened.

It takes courage to give your heart to something or someone. Your heart is breakable, vulnerable. It takes courage to give your heart to your work, your ideals, to other people, to a future. When we are disappointed, as we so often are, we become “disheartened.”

And yet, when we do manage to give our hearts to whatever we are involved with, then something comes into play which we had not expected. We receive help from the “other side,” from the realm of Spirit surrounding us always. For we are also “permeated” with spiritual beings.

And what is it that makes the difference whether we hear the truth or not, whether we are confused or clear, whether things become “self-evident” or not? What makes that difference?
The fire which makes us more like a vessel and less like a rock, is love. That is the forging fire. We can summon the will to love, again and again, unceasingly. That is the only way.

Courage is what love looks like when tested by the simple, everyday necessities of being alive.

by Carol Kelly

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