Kahlil Gibran: On Love

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.

On Love

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.


4 thoughts on “Kahlil Gibran: On Love

  1. Religion4All says:

    I LOVE the phrase, “… you should not say, ‘God is in my heart.’, but rather, ‘I am in the heart of God.'” That describes it SO perfectly … thank you for sharing your wonderful day, and experience. Beautiful! 🙂

  2. GinaV says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post with us! And you are friends with a co-founder of Findhorn? That is really cool. 🙂 And I want to add that you are both beaming, and you my lovely woman looked GORGEOUS on your special day… I love that top photo especially. And that Gibran passage, what a wonderful choice. You’ve inspired me to do a similar post someday, to share the joy hubby and me enjoyed on our day, and the Native American Marriage Blessing that we chose. Warm hugs!!

    • Thankyou. We enjoyed sharing this and revisiting the memory ourselves too! Yes I was friends with Eileen for about 23 years. I have another blog which is detailing and celebrating our friendship and shared experiences as mystics. Address is: http://lettersfromfindhorn.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/hello-world/ Its entitled; Letters From Findhorn, because we shared so much correspondence over the years!I do not post as often on that blog as this one, but it is building slowly.Eileen died in 2006, so I am now sharing the woman behind the words.

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