As I’m planning my trip to Bali in the Fall it made me think of the book ‘Eat Pray Love’. So many people wanted to go to Bali after reading that book, or more recently, seeing the movie.
Bali has always been a place I was curious to go, but to be honest, it was not on my list of next adventures.
I sort of fell into this trip, intuitively and suddenly, much the same way I tend to fall in love.
And that got me thinking about the True Nature of Love, our Soul’s Journey through life, and the book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’
For those who have not seen the movie, it’s now available on Netflix.
For those who have;
It’s that moment where she has a choice of ‘Going for it’, or Going back to the comfort of the life she knows. When she later visits Ketut (her spiritual advisor and friend) he explains to her that:
“Sometimes to lose balance for love is part of living a balanced life.”
After she listens and contemplates what he says, she has the realization that love takes courage and a huge leap of faith and she then does something we all have the ability to do (although many of us forget we can actually do this)
She changes her mind.
I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately.
I guess that’s why it’s called ‘Falling’ in Love. Falling is Not balance. Falling is falling. Falling can hurt. But I do believe balance can come within love. I also believe love is a force that disrupts everything. It has to because it IS change, it IS evolution, it can destroy worlds, but is also the glue that holds everything together. It heals, it connects and it does create balance. But it also shakes things up, makes people uncomfortable, and teaches. Love is like the wind. It can’t be defined, controlled or balanced. It’s also like a plant where it needs certain things, or it dies. And I’m starting to understand that a person can be absolutely surrounded by love, but unless they are able to let it in, they just won’t feel it, or even know that it’s there.
The plan and simple truth is that We Are Constantly Surrounded by Love, Abundance, Peace, etc. Support it is Always there. The only thing that changes is our capacity and our willingness to receive it.
Falling in Love can be easy. It can be scary. It can come on fast and furious, and may not seem like there is even choice or free will involved. It can definitely be a force to be reckoned with.
Staying in love is different. Staying in Love requires contemplation, and careful thought. It is the steadiness that comes after a storm. It is about building something. It is about wanting to build something. It is about wanting to be willing to ‘do the work’, because relationships can be ‘work’ especially relationships that stretch you to grow beyond the boundaries of ‘who you think you are’. They are a continual co-creation with the ‘other’. Whether it’s building the trust and respect that is the necessary foundation for any long-term relationship, or simply building the desire to do so. Staying in Love requires patience compassion, selflessness, and courage as well. Lots of courage.
For me, my absolute favourite part of the whole movie was Liz’s realization at the end:
‘In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call the ‘physics of the quest’, a force in nature governed by the laws of gravity. The rules of quest physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting and set out on a truth seeking journey either internally or externally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared most of all to face and forgive some of the most difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be witheld from you.’
Well said and I couldn’t agree more!
I’m really enjoying my quest!
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Until next time, enjoy your quest!