True love is infinite. It can not be measured, compartmentalized or contained. It is. That is all.
My 9 year anniversary of marriage was last Saturday (March 19). I didn’t post on that day because my husband and I have decided to separate. Those who know us both are surprised and somewhat confused. Truthfully, we are a bit surprised as well but it is a welcome change.
Break ups are opportunities for a life review. They open the door to a deeper understanding of life, the universe and everything. This one is perhaps one of my greatest gifts.
I love my husband and he loves me. We respect each other. We can talk about anything…even splitting up…with open hearts. We want what is best for the other. We want each other to be happy. We have both stated we needed each other to grow as much individually as we have the past decade. I am grateful for him and he is grateful for me.
He has a way with metaphors and described our split like a shuttle launch. Shuttles need boosters to take off and get up to speed but, after a certain point, the boosters have to break off so the shuttle can soar into outer-space. We want each other to soar. We’re soaring in different directions and staying together would mean limiting each other’s potential. Neither of us wish for that.
I affirm often “I embrace changes that serve my highest good”. Every time I repeat those words, I mean them. Even though I wasn’t expecting this change, I see it as one to embrace. Even when change is painful, it doesn’t cause suffering unless I resist it.
Our time as a married couple has come to an end. We know that we could deny this fact and live mediocre lives together for many years to come but we want GREAT lives. Passionate, wholehearted, amazing lives.
I have been through divorce before as a different person with someone quite different. I thought I would live the rest of my life with the man I married March 19, 2007. I justified my first divorce with the success of my second marriage, telling myself the relationship issues weren’t mine. This transition is making me question everything I have ever believed about love. It’s making me see how I have clutched on to others to try and fill a void within myself. It’s giving me opportunities to practice the self-love and self-care I teach while opening my eyes to yet another way of being.
In the past year, two significant female friendships have ended as well. One of them specifically told me I was trying to use her for connection I should experience with my husband. Her words angered me immensely at the time but now I see she was right. Another held my hand while I crossed the bridge to a more spiritual life and then withdrew because it’s what she needed to do. I took that withdrawal as abandonment but, in reality, we needed to part for our own good. We are all better apart than we would be together now. Both of those friendships helped teach me what love is and what it is not. Both of those friendships prepared me for this time in my life.
There are pieces of my heart that belong to every person I have every loved, romantically or otherwise. Whether we remain lovers/friends or not, that love remains. That piece of my heart is theirs and I cherish it. The words that triggered the most emotion (especially hurt, anger and fear) held the deepest truth and taught me the greatest lessons. Resistance to the shadow parts of myself causes destruction, embracing them heals.
As one door closes, another opens. I am experiencing connection at a level I have never experienced before. I now understand there is no competition in love. My love has no end. The love I experience with one does not take away from the love I experience with another. Finite things can be owned, bartered, divided and taken away…not infinite love.
Resistance to loving myself unconditionally blocks love from coming in or going out. Every fear I have had about how someone is going to treat me, stems from the way I treat myself. I have accused others of abandoning me, disrespecting me, not listening to me, manipulating me, taking advantage of me…And guess what?! Those are things I have done to myself!
Identifying what I was afraid of in regards to relationships inspired the set of affirmations below. Reading them aloud daily has been life changing! May they be as helpful to you as they have been to me.
Everything is working out perfectly.
I am grateful we found each other and are brave enough to do what we need to do for our highest good.
I trust you.
I trust myself.
I trust your connection with spirit.
I trust my connection with spirit.
I trust your timing.
I trust my timing.
I trust your instincts.
I trust my instincts.
I release my need to control, trying to make myself feel safe.
I am safe.
All is well.
I am open to receiving the best I can imagine and anything better.
And so it is (x3)…
From my heart to yours,
Thanks for reading