We misuse the words “Love” and “Aloha”
If there were ever a time in this space of history where Aloha is needed, it is now…in fact, it is always now that there needs a bit more Aloha injected into our daily lives.
Its literal meaning is “the presence of breath,” and my favorite, “The Breath of Life.” When we think about the word, “Aloha,” immediately, at least in the minds of the masses, the picture which is held in the mind is that of tourists wearing black tube socks and “slippahs” which are “coordinated” with their awful tropical print shirts and their expectations that their every whim will be seen to because they are “in the Land of Aloha,” and that somehow they are entitled to everything they see and do not see. It is funny that many of us willingly go into a nonverbal spiritual contract with people where on our side the Ego is in charge and on the other person’s side they are expected to extend that Aloha to us, but not us to them. This is the same mindset that people have when in Las Vegas, when they are on vacation anywhere – that somehow, because they spent far too much money on a vacation that they probably didn’t really need to take and now the rest of the people in their awareness is somehow meant to pay for it in some way or another.
This is SO not Aloha !! Aloha is life giving, is somehow akin to the idea that we are all connected to one another, and yes, it is because we eat, breathe, “eliminate,” “procreate,” feel, laugh, cry, be angry, and basically end up being, all in the same manner as anyone else would. This should tell us, then, that no matter what, we are only “entitled” to the same things that the person who is sitting next to us at the Blackjack table is.
We are all here for a purpose, and that one purpose is Aloha, and in many corners of the world, “Aloha” is called “Love.”
Love is Aloha. If I bid you with an Aloha, if I embrace you, kiss you on your forehead, make sure to it that I have done and said everything that I possibly can to ensure not only that you have what you need, but more, that you know without a doubt in your mind, heart and soul, that you are very Loved, if you think, by no one, at least you know that one person on this planet does, in fact, Love you…as you are…warts and all.
Yet even this term, “Love,” can be taken out of context for what it really is. Love is the basis upon which all of Life is formed, including us, because it was through the Love of the Omnipresent Creator (or Creatress…I make no differential between the two…Spirit…Akua…Is Spirit…no matter what anyone thinks) that we are possible, that we are here, that we are in Unison on some level with one another. That we argue and fight is one thing, and right now the thing that the world is most in need of is Aloha…is Love.
I won’t sit here and tell anyone that the things that they have been through somehow didn’t hurt them, and I won’t sit here and assume that the people in my own inner circle heal in the same way or at the same time that I do. What I am saying is that no matter who thinks what, and no matter what it is that we are likened to believe, we are all deserving of some sort of relief from what is “other than Love.” What is other than Love is that which makes us know that somewhere there is someone who exacted in our thinking the idea that we are not worthy of being accepted as we are. No one told the 9/11 victims or their families who are also among the survivors of that tragedy how to give and to show Love at a time when Love was the only thing that was absolute and the only thing which would be unwavering. No one told the good people of New Orleans that they would need to be of assistance to one another, that they themselves were expected to deal with the cries of their fellow Louisianans as those very same Louisianans lay dying. No one told the survivors of the landslide in Ventura a few years back that they would need to be there with and for one another as the rescuers unearthed the horrors of the tragedy before them.
Even as these are extreme examples and possibly examples that bring back memories of a time that we would all rather just no longer remember, it is impossible for us to forget that pain, but what is more amazing is that we also never forgot and in those instances were reminded, too, that Love always wins. Love always conquers. Love always Is. Love does not change. Love does not go away. Love is always Love and it is always available to us.
In this time in history we are finding that each and every one of us is in need of some sort of healing, of some sort of relief, of some sort of measure of Aloha that is real, that is permanent, that just Is. Think about all the things that you do all day long, the people who you are in contact with throughout your day, and when you look at your world from this point forward, look at it with and through the eyes of Love, the Heart and Soul of Aloha, for it is in those very times when the Love that always Is will reveal itself.
You cannot know what is not there if you also do not know what IS there, and what IS there at all times is Love. No…not lust, silly…LOVE…the kind that frees people even when they are literally captive…don’t forget it and more than that…
I LOVE YOU ALL !!
Reverend Roxanne Cottell is the Kumu Hula and Creator of the Spiritual Hula Program for Women and the Co-Founder of Na Hula O Ka Wahine ‘Ui. She is a blogger, book author, choreographer and Spiritual Adviser. If you would like information about “ROCK your NUPTIALS” Weddings or simply just to contact Roxanne for information about the Spiritual Hula Program for Women or information regarding private hula or Spiritual Guidance sessions with her feel free to send her an email.
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