The Nature Of Love

On the peaks of the Andes, water turns into snow. It changes form, but it’s still water. Then it changes again and becomes a glacier, a river of ice. Then the lake and the sun seduce the glacier and it starts to melt and unite with the river. It too is incredibly beautiful, the bluest blue you have ever seen. Yet it is still water.

Water changes form millions upon millions of times. In each of its forms, it’s splendid, but it is still water; it never ceases to be water. Lapping on the seashore, it is gentle, refreshing, comforting. In a tsunami, it can be consuming and destructive. As billowing clouds, it casts shadows across the landscape, then falls as rain, breathing new life into the earth below. Drunk from a spring, it can be healing and nourishing. Yet you can also drown in it, as it steals your last breath.

Love is like this too. As your consciousness expands, you realize that love is all there is. Everything in the universe is a manifestation of this love. The burning furnace at the core of the sun, and the warmth of sunshine on your face; it’s all an expression of love.

Once you recognize that there is only love, you see the magic and wonder of everything. You see the love in people’s anger, the love in their jealousy, the love even in their hatred. No matter what emotions they express, you recognize that all of it is nothing other than love seeking to break through.

Tears can be running down your face because you think you’re suffering. It’s still love. Or you can be mesmerized by the eyes of a lover, and the tears will still be falling. They are still water, and it’s still the love. It never, ever leaves. It’s always there.

When you are anchored in love-consciousness, love is all you see, and in all its forms, it is perfect.

Adapted from: Why Walk When You Can Fly, by Isha (New World Library, 2008).

Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at


Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago


cori johnson
Cori johnson7 years ago

Thank You.

Caterina L.
Caterina L7 years ago

True. Worth sharing. Thanks.

Luna ButterflyMoon
Past Member 7 years ago

B-E-A-utiful. I will definitely hang this one up on my wall and buy the book....if only I could see the world like this....

Lynnea B.
Lynnea B9 years ago

If only our whole world could see through your eyes Isha! I am inspired from your blog, and have printed out numerous articles that I keep tacked over my desk. One glance at them, and a quick read, makes me feel so harmonious with my surroundings. I love the feeling that your words bring. Reading these thoughtful, insightful, hopeful, but truthful articles brings things into perspective. Thanks for sharing it all with us!

Michelle Wright
Michelle Wright9 years ago

I believe that if we spend more time with nature then we will find ourselves feeling more at peace anywhere that we go. Just try breathing in deeply the fresh morning air of the countryside wildflowers or something. U will see what I mean. : )

Angel Sch
Past Member 9 years ago

I've noted, thanks :).

Sue Cannon
Sue Cannon9 years ago

the greatest is love.

Kayla S.
Kayla S9 years ago

beautiful. thank-you for posting!

Linda M.
Linda M9 years ago