In many cultures, the concepts of light, the Sun, and love all hold similar meanings. The light of the Sun is seen as a symbol of the light of the Divine, for it feeds and nurtures us, brings us sustenance, and shows us the way. But there are other types of love besides divine love. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, once your basic survival needs are taken care of, your need for love and belonging must be met before you can move on to truly seeking meaning and enlightenment. Love, tangible love, is a very real need. If you look at he studies that have been done in orphanages in eastern bloc nations, they have shown that a lack of human touch, a lack of love, can actually stunt a child’s development, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
We live in a society that teaches us not to ask for things for ourselves, that to do so is shameful or selfish. But how are you supposed to be of service to your fellows, let alone seek out higher spiritual knowledge, if one of your most basic needs is not met? This is not to say you should ask for so-and-so to love you, but there is absolutely nothing wrong for asking for more love, or for an increase in your experience of love.
Ask yourself -
What shifts have I experienced in my life lately?
And what have I learned from these?
What or who am I in love with this season?
What acts of bravery or creativity does this love spur in me?
What new truth has recently come to light in my life?
What shadows from my past am I ready to have banished?
What is my heart’s desire for me to wish for now?
And then ask the Universe… You can do a personal ritual, you can borrow one from a book or the internet, but ASK. If you don’t ask, how can you ever hope to receive it?