This morning, when I woke, I was reminded of a sentence I read years ago, which had a profound impact on me. I believe it is from one of Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversation with God books. Paraphrasing, it goes something like this:
You can love someone your way as much as you like, but other’s can only love you their way.
Within human interaction, communication is a huge challenge. Each of us expresses ourselves in unique ways. Each of us, in a sense, speaks our own language. To be most effective, we must learn another’s language.
And then there is the unspoken. Being able to read between the lines and empathize is immensely helpful.
Essentially, Neale tells us that to receive love from another, we have to learn their language; we have to see their unique expression of love.
The Pisces moon, on the other hand, excels at the subtler forms of communication—the unspoken.
In yesterday’s post, I focused on the giving of love and support. It, of course, occurred to me that there is also the receiving side. I think Neale’s quote bubbled up to remind me to speak of that as well.
Receiving love can be a challenge. It is hard letting others love and care for us. It is hard to trust others—partly because trust often comes with expectation, and expectation too often leads to disappointment.
Sometimes we don’t see the love that is given; sometimes we fail to distinguish between genuine giving and manipulation.
Corporations are hugely manipulative. In business, coercion and bate and switch are commonplace. It seems that once money is involved, all integrity flies out of the window. It is no wonder that we have such a hard time trusting others in our one-on-one interactions.
While the moon completes its journey through Pisces today, I recommend observing your interactions with others. Really tune in. Try to see how others love you their way—those subtle expressions we often overlook. And try to discern the difference between subtle, genuine expressions of love and subtle manipulations that may come your way.