This is a re-blog of an earlier post… with a message worth repeating. ๐Ÿ’›

real love - darkness and forgiveness

“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are.

Until we have forgiven someone’s darknessย we don’t really know what love is.”

Marianne Williamson

For anyone who has been a in a long term loving relationship , you can probably relate to this quote. When we ย allow ourselves to be seen in such a vulnerable way it opens up real understanding and connection.

Now consider if you were to say these words to yourself:

Until we see our own darkness, we don’t really know who we are.

Until we have forgiven our own darkness we don’t really know what love is.

The world becomes a kinder and less fearful place when we forgive and love ourselves.


40 comments on “Understanding Real Love

  1. In the Stillness of Willowhill

    You’re right. It’s so important to look at all of the little nooks and crannies that we spend so much energy hiding from ourselves.


  2. Much wisdom in the post. Love often starts with compassion (and forgiveness). Your blog is beautiful, full of Light and Love. hugs, pat


  3. Such profound wisdom that we can all relate to.


  4. The shadow stuff and the lighter fluff, all of who we are within this swirling, whirling wholeness, is lovable and loving. As we dare to sidestep ego from time to time, we rediscover essence. What a happy dance!


  5. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’

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  6. Great insight with this one, Val.

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  7. Even better the second time. Thanks, Val! โค

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  9. I think yours is the more powerful version, Val. It really has impact! โค

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  10. Spot on Val…as usual! Thank you!

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  11. A breath of fresh air and sweet love, Val — thank you~~

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  12. that last sentence, oh my……….. perfect and beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (all of the post was great too) cheers, Debi


  13. Brilliant! We work at understanding/forgiving others. Usually don’t stop and do that for ourselves. xo

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  14. Lots of wisdom within these words Val and well worth repeating… Thank you for sharing them.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love and Blessings xx

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  15. So true, especially the last line. Forgiveness is hard, but necessary. Especially when we are learning to forgive and love ourselves.


  16. Reena Davis



  17. Beautiful. Something for all of us to think about.

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  18. Well written, thank you for this!

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