I think this quote will be an old favourite of many of you. It certainly is of ours. My husband Philip and I chose this as one of our readings at our wedding in 2003; an unconventional affair which represented us perfectly. We married in a tropical flower filled Victorian conservatory, with beautiful scents and colours, at Newbold House in Forres, Scotland, surrounded by some family, the small spiritual community that lived there and my youngest son, from my previous marriage, escorted me to my husband with his blessing. A beautiful beautiful day. We wrote the whole service including our vows to each other, and it was incredibly meaningful because of this, and the thought we had to put into what we chose. My dear friend Eileen Caddy, also a mystic, wrote an offering for us entitled Joy which was she was being guided to meditate on for the final four years of her life. Blessings abounded.
Then said Amitra, Speak to us of Love.
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a silence upon them. And with a great voice he said:
“Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For Love is sufficient unto Love.
When you love you should not say, ‘God is in my heart’, but rather, ‘I am in the heart of God.’
And think not that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings in melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of Love, and to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise on your lips.
The Prophet. Kahlil Gibran.
The first photo below is us leaving the Conservatory, following a very Celtic ceremony, surrounded by nature, folk music and celebrating with friends of kindred spirit. The second is us with our dear friend Eileen Caddy MBE, co-founder of the Findhorn Foundation.