5 Philosophies By Khalil Gibran To Live By
1. On authentic love
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls
To make love conditional, to possess, to expect, and to hold tightly is ego-based and illusory love. Ego–based love comes from fear and where there is fear, love cannot exist.
Authentic love is to love without condition or expectation; it is fluid and free. True love is an unspoken understanding between the souls that which the ego knows nothing.
We are all authentic love at our core – and to be anything else is to deny our true identity.
2. On a peaceful existence
Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’
When we hold on to the notion that our perspective is the only truth we cause resistance within ourselves. As Dr Dyer said “when you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself as someone that needs to judge.” We experience internal and external peace when we choose not to judge and accept people and things as they are.
Conflict over ideology is a global manifestation of this judgement. Instead follow Gibran’s nonresistant approach and say “I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.”
3. On our connection to nature
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair
Our ego minds would have us believe that we are separate from everything whereas the truth is we are connected to everything in nature. Studies on how nature impacts humans have found that being in, or even looking at pictures of nature contributes to emotional and physical well-being.
Research indicates that being in nature can have healing effects, can soothe pain, has restorative powers, and helps us connect with one another. Our relationship with nature is one of the most rewarding we will ever experience – respond to her call and reconnect with her today, it will nourish your soul.
4. On the self
The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves
Gibran highlights the fundamental truth that we see the world, not as it is, but as we are. Therefore, what we see in others, exists in ourselves. If you see beauty in another, the beauty exists within you. If you see faults in another, those faults also exist within you.
‘Perception is reality,’ so choose to see beauty in everyone and everything – and you will exude the love and beauty you see in others.
5. On the infinite self
When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense
I’ve made reference to the infinite self, infinite wisdom and the like in other posts because many of us underutilise this source of wisdom. Gibran’s message is that while our thinking and analytical faculty is an amazing source of knowledge, it has its limitations. Our intuition on the other hand is infinite. So when our knowing has reached its limit, our intuition has clarity and answers that our minds cannot conceive.
Gibran’s philosophies help us to live a life worth remembering because “to be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice” – Khalil Gibran.
Remember, living an incredible life is your birthright. Only one step is required – Give more love than you think is possible. It will come back to you one-hundredfold and you will live a life that is truly magical!
To living a life worthy of your magnificence!
With so much love,