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Two of Cups — Spiritual Message of the Day

March 30, 2011

Two of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersToday’s message, from the Two of Cups, is that love is a communicable “disease.”  (I’m using the word disease here as a lighthearted metaphor, not as a pejorative term.) In his classic Be Here Now, Ram Dass said:

Love is essentially self-communicative. Those who do not have it catch it from those who have it.

One implication of this is that we should never give up on loving others, even if, sometimes, it seems like it isn’t spreading. Like a true disease, love’s path and rate of contagion is unpredictable and difficult to chart. Also, some people seem to be more resistant to infection than others.

Secondly, it’s important to understand the difference between authentic love of other people and its shadows, faint echoes, and parodies, such as desire, need, jealousy, and lust.  Those feelings often masquerade as love, but being counterfeit, they are powerless to infect others with true love.

How can we tell the difference?  Authentic love is indefinable, but we may point toward it with several approximate descriptions.

Love is selfless and looks for nothing in return.  It cares about the well being of other people and is willing to sacrifice for them.

Love is understanding and forgiving.

The saying, “Love is blind,” may be a cliché, but nevertheless it has great truth that is instructive. This blindness refers to superficial things, for authentic love does see the profound, essential beauty in others.  In other words, love is unconditional and nonjudgmental, as illustrated in this quote from Leo Tolstoy:

When you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, the Bible tells us that love is patient and kind, persistent and hopeful, optimistic and enduring. This passage also lists things that love is not so that we may recognize its imposters. It is not jealous, proud, rude, demanding, irritable, unforgiving, spiteful, or unfair.

So today do two things. First, consider your feelings about and actions toward someone you love. Our love is never perfect, but as you examine how authentic your love is, you will discover ways to guide it back toward authenticity.

Then, with your improved realization of what true love is, go and love some more. Start an epidemic!

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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