When most people speak of love, it is to do with one way of being, with one other person, in one area of life. But the teachings of the Jamaican elders say that love cannot be isolated this way. This is the cause of great loneliness and depression in society.
These wise teachings see love and its relationship to all life in a very clear way. Find out where Love is placed in the Jamaican Circle of Human Being–so similar to the Native American medicine wheel–here:
The Jamaican elders teach that at the center of the Circle of Human Being is Love, the Divine Elders, and the Mother. To the North is Wisdom and Intuition. To the East is Emotion and the Heart. To the West is the Body, and to the South is Imagination and the Dream.
The Jamaican elders believe that true love does not separate us from any of Creation. Love has to emerge from the formless center of our wheel. True love connects us to all creation. We learn to imagine in loving ways, we learn to be wise in loving ways, we learn to move in loving ways. This is honoring the wholeness of love and the Circle of Human Being.
Love can only be balanced when it works through all of our different natures. Love does not belong to one part of us. . . love canít be whole if it only involves what we call Heart. That is desire when we talk that way. True love is at the center of our Human Being, and it works through all the four directions equally. That is the true Heart.
Adapted from John Crow Speaks: Earth Teachings of the Jamaican Elders, by Chet Alexander (Monkfish Book Publishing, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Chet Alexander. Reprinted by permission of Monkfish Book Publishing.
Adapted from John Crow Speaks: Earth Teachings of the Jamaican Elders, by Chet Alexander (Monkfish Book Publishing, 2005).