“… and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” — The Beatles

I want to wish everyone the best this holiday season. I see the holidays as an opportunity to remember that love is an energy that we can choose to have in our lives. We can choose to see everything from either the aspect of love or the aspect of fear; it is a choice that we have everyday, but the holidays give us some fine examples of love at its very best.

Song of the Sea © 2001 Aliyah Marr (The Abundance Card, Transformational Tarot)

I want to ask you if you see the homeless person in your neighborhood? Do you look them in the eyes, acknowledge them, give them a kind greeting? Wise people from every culture tell us that that homeless person is us, they are just in a different body, and have a different set of life experiences.

One of my favorite sayings is, “To know yourself is to know all men.” I think that this is the source of that mysterious thing that many people call “grace,” “enlightenment,” and that other equally mysterious thing that they call “forgiveness.” It’s easier to forgive if you admit that you have the same potential for any action, good or bad as anyone else.

Knowing yourself is admitting that you are not your bank account, your credit line, or your material assets. You are not even your thoughts or beliefs. You are not your nationality. You are not even your thoughts. You are not your circumstances.

You are so much more. You are pure potential, and you are standing at the edge of a sea of creative opportunity. You have the ability to change yourself, transform yourself, renew yourself, create a new body, new life, and influence those around you with creative action, thoughtfulness and the example of your love.

I prefer to replace the word “love” with the word “appreciation.” This word is especially useful because it has a dual meaning. In the stock market, if you invest a positive dollar amount in an asset, it has the possibility of appreciating.

In the realm of emotional reality, when you appreciate something or someone sincerely, you are opening yourself up in a marvelous way; turning your attention outward, and donating a bit of energy back to the stock of the universe, in which, karmically speaking, we are all stockholders.

The return on your investment may come from an entirely unexpected source. Do not expect or demand it from the place you made the original investment. The art of giving freely to others without expectation or strings is a sophisticated technique of appreciating whatever you have, according to karmic law.

— excerpt from Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity, © 2008 Aliyah Marr

If you know that love surrounds us, then help it circulate and give the gift of appreciation to someone today, and please accept my sincere appreciation for your presence in my life; for your courage, your passion and your commitment to be the best person you can be.

Aliyah Marr