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Anlage is the part of the embryonic cell that is characterized as "that which will come to be." Inside the anlage is the main substance that, in time, will develop, leading to our becoming a complete being. When along the way, we stumble upon something mysterious, that mystery acts as an accelerator of the anlage.

Now looking back, I think that all my life I was searching for that mystery, that uninformed fascination, until the universe, around the time I turned 46, brought me an event in my life that changed everything...and it could sound like such a worn out cliché but that event was Love...but not just any ordinary Love.

It was a Love that tore my soul and broke my heart into a thousand pieces.

A Love that dragged me to a bed with intense physical pain that broke my body in half.

It was a labor of more than two years, in waves of pain that came and went until there was nothing left of me.

From this rubble I got up without knowing very well how and took the first steps, as if I had to learn to do everything again, in a retrospective of my years of life until the womb. Step by step I walked with this vulnerable and indestructible heart.

And I stood naked before life and in a mysterious way love was born inside of me... but not just any ordinary Love.

And this... is the supreme freedom!

Sofia Pérez

Therapist, Author, Teacher

“Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.

And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them.

And with a great voice he said:

When love beckons to you, follow him,

Though his ways are hard and steep.

And when his wings enfold you yield to him,

Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

And when he speaks to you believe in him,

Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,

So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself

He threshes you to make your naked.

He sifts you to free you from your husks.

He grinds you to whiteness.

He kneads you until you are pliant;

And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your heart you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,

Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,

Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;

For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”

And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;

To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.” - Gibran Khalil Gibran

From The Prophet (Knopf, 1923). This poem is in the public domain

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