The Myths that Keep Us from Love
Are society's relationship myths causing you to give up on love or settle for less than what you want?
Most of the people who taught us about love are people who don't let
themselves be loved. Hello? What's wrong with this picture? A little wacky, yes? Yes!
In truth, is there any good reason to withhold love from yourself? The accurate answer is "No!" Let's do a Reality Check on love.
Myth #1 -- You have to work at having a good relationship.
Reality: A relationship that is good for you does not take work. If you have so many problems and disharmonies in a partnership that it feels like work to stay involved, then
the person is not right for you. Differences of opinion, style and preference should be a source of intrigue and attraction, not a quagmire of argument and conflict.
Myth #2 -- Negotiation, compromise and sacrifice are necessary for
two people to have a successful partnership.
Reality: Not every day! Frequent negotiation, compromise and sacrifice are warning signs of a doomed relationship. If you find yourself having to negotiate, compromise or sacrifice more
than once a week to keep your partnership going, that relationship has too many natural disharmonies to be right for you, or the other person. Fun, nurturing, lasting partnerships are based on natural mutuality -- an organic harmony of
traits and values that already exist before the two people meet, not after they both give up their spirit to "make things work." If a relationship is hard, troublesome and requires a lot of struggle and effort, guess what? No
amount of communication or counseling is going to make that connection easy, fun or fruitful.
Myth #3 -- All the good ones are taken.
Reality: Every single person has a special, perfect someone waiting for them. The togetherness
we long for is assured. We have pre-arranged with one or more personal soulmates to meet this lifetime in order to help each other open to love. All you need to do is remove the living room couch, refrigerator and kitchen sink from blocking
the front door to your house (heart) so that your destined lover can get in!
Myth #4 -- You can borrow good qualities from your "better half."
Reality: You can for a while. But you need to quickly become -- rather than
borrow -- those good qualities. Otherwise, you're dependent on the other person for the better qualities. Enjoy intimacy as a mutual exchange of energy between interdependent equals. Address your flaws, and become the type of person you'd
like to date. The Law of Attraction rules in seeking a partner. Like vibration attracts like vibration. If you possess the qualities that you want in a partner, the law of attraction will work for you.
Myth #5 -- If I can just change my partner's behavior, things will be better.
Reality: Famous last words! YOU can't change other people. They need to evolve on their own path at their own pace. Besides, you are always dating yourself
anyway! In truth, your partner is solely -- souly -- a liberating mirror reflection of your own consciousness. You must change your inside world for the outside world to improve. You are always meeting yourself in others. If you're not
happy with the type of person you are attracting, take a look at the type of person you are.
Myth #6 -- A member of the opposite sex -- or energy -- will balance me out.
Reality: Being balanced is an inside job. Fuse the forces
of your feminine and masculine energies to tap your full potential. Cultivate playfulness, laughter and self-revealing humor. Invite serendipity and surprise to reveal your other side. Welcome the unexpected and spontaneous from yourself!
Myth #7 -- I have to take what I get; I can't be choosy.
Reality: Invoke the basic Feng-shui Law of the Vacuum: You must be willing to walk away from what you don't want so that you can be available (empty, receptive, open) for
what you do want. The next perfect partner for you can't come into your life if your love space is filled with someone you are tolerating, settling for, or simply using to avoid loneliness.
Myth #8 -- I'm stuck with a lousy Love Script.
Reality: You can re-write your Personal Love Theme with a better ending. Choose to be innocent (free) of the effect of the past. Performing an autopsy on a failed relationship can be a very valuable tool in helping you understand
which areas you need to work on to be more successful in your next relationship. Then be willing to acquire or develop the skills and qualities required to help you be more successful in your next connection.
Myth #9 -- I have to give up my personal freedom to be in a committed relationship. Love = Ball & Chain.
Reality: Real love and freedom go hand in hand. In a soulmate connection based on the optimal spiritual evolution of each
party, you can maintain personal freedom while opening to profound intimacy. Give your commitment and trust to the spirit, rather than the form, of the relationship. Sometimes lack of communication is the culprit, if you view a partnership
as bondage. Identify the amount of space you need to be happy in a relationship and learn how to communicate your desire to your partner.
Myth #10 -- Because of "Original Sin," I don't deserve love.
Sin was actually only an Original Misunderstanding. The so-called Original Sin we committed was that we thought we were separate from God. Turns out we're not. The Good News is that we were wrong. There is no bad news.
Myth #11 -- Relationships take time, effort and energy.
Reality: The only effort involved is keeping love away. We spend countless hours successfully dodging love at every point of contact in our lives. Every encounter with another
human being is an opportunity to receive love -- in the form of kindness, generosity, a warm handshake or a shared laugh. Right relationships give you energy. Lousy relationships drain your energy.
Myth #12 -- If I open my heart, my partner can hurt my feelings. Love = Pain.
Reality: Other people cannot hurt our feelings; they can only trigger feelings that are already hurt within us. The hurt feelings are already present in our
consciousness -- in our past, our personality, our programming. In truth, your partner is doing you a big favor by bringing up a wound, a sore spot, within a loving context -- for the purpose of healing and releasing it. It's not possible
to avoid hurt feelings in life or a relationship. But you can use the support of real love to move the hurt feelings up and out.
Myth #13 -- Another person can "fill the hole" we feel inside.
Reality: Temporarily at
best! Only you can permanently "fulfill the whole" within yourself. Helpfully, for a while, a partner can remind you of what it feels like to feel loved and whole. Then if you surf that wave of connection, you can arrive at the
shore of lasting self-love.
Myth #14 -- It's best to hide your Shadow from the other person.
Reality: It's best to reveal your weaknesses and faults as soon as possible. It's not called "in-to-me-see" for nothing.
There's no way to get close to someone and not have your whole self eventually revealed. Learn to dance with your Dark Side. Learn to love everything about your unique self -- the whole enchilada, warts and all. The American Plains Indians
revealed their worst deficiencies and flaws on their warrior shields. They knew that acknowledging the truth of our shortcomings gives us strength. Full self-acceptance is our greatest asset.
Myth #15 -- If I just loose weight, I'll attract the lover of my dreams.
Reality: Weight has nothing to do with exercise, genes, diet or how much we eat. Maintaining our perfect body weight is a direct function of the free flow of
love in our lives. Weight has everything to do with our beliefs
about exercise, genes, diet or how much we eat. And the nurturing quality of our beliefs about exercise, genes, diet or how much we should eat are a direct result of our willingness to have love flow freely in our lives.
Myth: #16 -- I'm afraid of rejection or abandonment.
Reality: Spread the heartening news: We cannot be rejected by another person unless we have rejected ourselves first. We leave love -- love never leaves us. This is a good thing. It
means we are in the driver's seat. It means we can open -- and keep open -- the door to love anytime we choose. Find a way to move into more self-acceptance and your days of rejection and abandonment are history.
Myth #17 -- Relationships are made on Earth.
Reality: Relationships are made in Heaven. Embrace love for what it truly is: a mystical sacrament and a sensual communion. Align your description of your Earthly Dream Partner with the
design of your soulmate agreement, and you will find your Heavenly babe TODAY!
Myth #18 -- I need to marry -- or get a formal commitment -- from my partner to keep them around.
Reality: "Things which go together naturally need not be tied." -Lao Tzu, Chinese sage
Copyright © 2005 Keith Varnum
About Keith: Keith Varnum shares his practical approach to transformation as an author,
radio host and "Dream Workshops" facilitator. Keith helps people get love, money, health and spirit with his free Prosperity Ezine, free Empowerment CD and free Coaching at www.TheDream.com.