In addition to meeting another in this way, we can also hold ourselves in such an environment, where we allow ourselves to be what we are, offering full permission for our experience to reveal itself according to that unique blueprint which was crafted in the stars. In so doing, we open a portal to the metabolization of self-experience by love, which very naturally releases tremendous freedom and energy for us to share our hearts with others, to engage in this world wisely, guided by a mighty kindness and wild compassion. On some intuitive level, we know that the degree to which we allow and love ourselves is the degree to which we can allow and love others, even (and especially) those aspects which we find disturbing, "unspiritual," shameful, and otherwise less-than-ideal. We are willing to enter into the darkness, into the shadow and the nether worlds of the heart, the psyche, and the body to find love and *all* of the places where it is hiding/ shining.
For so many I speak with, there is an undercurrent of aggression, self-hatred, unexamined shame, lack of acceptance, longed-for forgiveness, and absence of self-kindness toward their experience. Let us all take a pause, and from a place of love visualize a holding environment for ourselves, where we grant ourselves permission to make intimate and direct contact with our vulnerabilities, with our unguarded and unprotected hearts, with our unprocessed challenges from the past, and with our less-than-awakened thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We can take just one moment and appreciate the complexity and counter-instinctual nature of awakening and healing and allow a deeply profound love and kindness to fill us, cell by cell.