By Jeff Foster
“It’s one thing when someone says to you, “I love you.”
It’s another thing when someone witnesses the parts of you that you think is “impossible to love”, yet they still love you.
When you drop the facade, the mask, and he/she loves you even more.
It’s one thing to be loved. It’s a whole other thing to be loved for who you really are, not just an image, an idea or an expectation placed on you.
When you feel seen, exposed to the light of love, and feel that his/her love remains constant and secure. When you feel that you don’t have to hide the “dirty”, “shameful”, “sick” or “unworthy” parts of yourself, in order to keep this person close to you.
When you can relax, breathe, let go of your guard, and be your authentic, wild and strange self without being afraid of rejection or punishment.
When you feel plein in his/her warm presence, without fear of being ashamed, ridiculed, judged or abandoned for having revealed your authenticity.
It is not only the love we ardently desire, it is this ferocious unconditional love that really sees us as we are, with our imperfections, deformities, defects, vulnerabilities, etc.
It sees our darkness, it sees our terror, and it always says yes.
Take the risk of being seen.
Take the risk of being known.
Take the risk of being loved.”
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