Welcome to Bonus Day Two of 28 Days of Connection!
It is a delight to introduce you to Caroline Kirk.
Here is an excerpt from Caroline’s about page:
My passionate curiosity for spiritual awareness, Source Energy and the workings of the mind, body and soul coupled with my own innate desire for freedom & happiness has taken me on adventures around the world leading to new discoveries, experiences and ultimately a new way of being, which I’m called to share. I’m finally comfortable knowing that we are best at teaching what we have to learn ourselves.
The idea of writing about these topics was first birthed while teaching women’s groups, I love the shared energy of discussing, learning and expanding from these teachings. The transformational changes I witnessed in many of the women were truly inspiring and the seed was set.
It has taken me many years and a few hard knocks, resulting in my greatest lessons yet, to come to the awareness that a lack of self love is what creates much of our unwelcome experiences, limiting our view of ourselves, creating feelings of not being good enough and attracting people and circumstances that reflect that back to us. It hinders our ability to follow our dreams, to own and share our truths, to love yourself fully and completely
- Spreading a little spirit sunshine, helping others to see their own light, inspiring positive change so we can all experience self acceptance and the all-important self-love; to become self-responsible and self aware and in doing so have the courage to be truly you and live your best life.
You can see why I *love* Caroline’s energy and message! I connected with Caroline through the Authentic Connecting Facebook forum. I then joined the Facebook group she facilitates Our Journey to Self Love. What I love about Caroline, besides her very powerful and inspiring message, is her generous spirit and gracious heart. She lives her message and that inspires me greatly as I travel down my own heart-path.
Plus, I walk barefoot daily, almost everywhere except for the places that require shoes, so the name of her site “Walking Barefoot” drew me right in. And, the tagline *a journey of self-love, soul connection and freedom* speaks to the specific space I am in and the energies I am cultivating on my personal path.
photo credit – Caroline
Here are Caroline’s answers:
1. What is your definition of love?
My definition has changed radically from what I once believed Love to be. We grow up bombarded with messages about love creating a serious misconception that Love is external to us and we need to seek it in another, usually in the romantic sense. We then move through life, feeling less than whole, when we are without this misperception of love.
The thing about beliefs is they create our reality, rendering the vast majority of us, at one stage or another, feeling devoid of love. We tend to focus on what we don’t have, oblivious to the love all around us, and most importantly, innately within us.
We yearn, ache, desire, repel and fear love, almost simultaneously, yet it is not external to us, but inherently ours.
Love is energy, the pulse of life, powerful, magnetic; it is wholehearted compassion, capacious empathy, unconditional, pure; it is absolute. Love is inclusivity, life affirming, soul healing, an all encompassing life force that connects us to divine source, to each other, to life itself, in all its form.
We are love, realized once we release (or even peek under) all that swathes it; our limiting beliefs, conditions, wounds, ego, untruths, fears……under it all we are love and we know it. Once we discover that love is within us, an energy, always present, life begins to take on new meaning, new direction, new openness; a communion of body & soul, of mind & matter, of you and me, of all that is and will be.
2. What does it feel like when you are connected with love?
Though I would have believed I loved deeply all my life, it wasn’t until I connected within, to this all powerful, absolute love that I realized just how conditional my love in the past had been.
Now when I am connected with Love, it is a feeling of trust, vitality, warmth; a feeling of safeness, of connectedness, of lightness. I feel fearless and accepting of all in the awareness we are all One.
Being connected with Love, everything seems possible. And it is!
3. In your opinion, why would one choose to close to love? From that closed space, what is one practice or step a person could take to open to love again?
I don’t believe we consciously choose to close to Love, although maybe we do when our hearts are broken.
I discovered, through bringing my Mother to an Iridologist, who happened to have huge intuitive abilities that I had closed myself to Love. He gently informed me I needed to mend an old hurt, which he could see from my damaged aura.
Confirmed through energy healing, I discovered I had closed off my heart chakra after the painful, almost unbearable heartache of lost love, which had been years previously. I had repeatedly told myself, ‘that will never happen to me again’ and inadvertently ensured it wouldn’t!
I had closed myself to love to protect myself from the heartache I associated with being in love and having it taken from me.
I began a long journey of releasing old beliefs and partaking in energy healing and meditation, reconnecting all of me, of aligning the energy of love within me. I began to love myself. It brought me to whole new understandings of what love is and how much destruction our misconceptions around love can bear on our very being.
4. How do you choose to cultivate love?
I cultivate love by setting seeds of loving thoughts, affirmations and beliefs, by continuing awareness of my inner talk… by the decisions I make…. the boundaries I uphold, the ideas I foster, the time I spend.
I cultivate love by being self loving; it all begins within; by releasing judgements, fears and old beliefs which block love from flowing, by trusting in Divine love. .it is always here.
By practicing Metta Loving Kindness or sending healing, loving energy where it’s needed, or not.
Gratitude & Kindness evoke the energy of love, whether I read about it, see it, think of it, receive it or act from a place of gratitude or kindness, love grows.
5. May you share an experience of receiving unconditional love?
I finally have unconditional love for myself. This is huge. I am finally coming into who I truly am because of it. My romantic past has been riddled with conditional love in our joint unawareness. I now believe I had to love myself fully first.
I’ve recently returned from living abroad with my 15 year old much loved dog. My home is rented out and I’m living in my parent’s, who are (or were) firm believers that dogs live outdoors. He is now master of the house, takes over favourite chairs, is brought back favourite treats and adored as much by them as me. It feels so unconditionally magical. I have witnessed their unconditional love throughout my life.
My dog constantly renders unconditional love, as I do for him. He is 15 years old and never fails to show his adoration for me. He is loving to all, even stray cats that eat his food. He has taught me true unconditional love and how conditional I had been with mine. I hope to find such unconditional love in a two legged gorgeous creature soon.
Isn’t every act of random kindness an act of unconditional love?
6. What would you like us to know about love?
I would love for you to know that love is always available to you; already within you. You are love; real, true, heart stopping, bliss inducing, fear relieving, all encompassing love….from your divine source, from your higher self; it’s there, it’s real, it’s powerful, it’s heavenly.
Another is that it is vitally important to love yourself, wholly, fully, completely as you are in any given moment. From this place your innate love flows more naturally to all others.
Love is up to you.
Caroline Kirk, Mindset Mentor, Energy Practitioner, Personal Growth Teacher, Adventurer & Spiritual Seeker.
I guide women towards self love, soul connection & freedom, to happy & healthy harmony of mind, body & spirit, which I believe provides a platform for deep inner growth, positive authentic living & the courage to pursue your greatest passions & way of being.
Happiness, Freedom, Soul Connection & Self Acceptance are innately yours, let’s rediscover it.
Grab my free eBooks, “Self Love Rocks” and “Lessons in Self Love” & other ramblings at http://www.carolinekirk.com/lessons-in-self-love/ or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I would love to hear from you.
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Thank you, Caroline!
Dear Reader, Caroline shares her experience of learning about unconditional love with her dog. Do you have a pet (or have you had a pet) with which you experienced this connection of unconditional love? (when you share, you inspire)
Thank you for your presence!
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Much peace and abundant love,
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