Removing Some of the Obstacles to Love – New Article

//Removing Some of the Obstacles to Love – New Article

Love within radiates compassionIt doesn’t take too much to see that there’s too little expression of love in the world, just as there’s insufficient expression of other qualities of consciousness.

Much of the terrible suffering in the world is caused by a lack of love, but few can be moved to do anything about contributing to good and to positive change.

Love is not simply about thinking positively, or thinking loving thoughts, or even doing kind deeds, although these may be expressions of it. It’s there in seeing and feeling and being part of reality, because in reality we’re all part of one – not only one humanity, but one substance, which is the cosmic consciousness of the universe.

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By | 2015-07-23T14:54:07+00:00 February 27th, 2013|consciousness and personal development|22 Comments

About the Author:

Mark Pritchard is an author and practitioner of the ancient spirituality of the sun. He's been teaching since 1990, has been dedicated to spiritual practice for decades, and has had metaphysical experiences since childhood. He has authored a number of books on out-of-body experiences, consciousness, and spiritual awakening, including an earlier edition of The Astral Codex which became a bestseller in its genre, and Gazing into the Eternal which was a finalist in the Best Book Awards 2009 in spirituality. He has appeared on over 70 radio and television programs internationally, and writes with the name Belsebuub, which is the name of his spirit/soul/consciousness.


  1. Zorana July 26, 2013 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Not sure if this is the right place for this question, but it’s one about free will. I think I’m missing some information so if anyone can fill in the holes, I’d really appreciate it. I notice that I sometimes question how much free will people have because when someone is, for example, angry and they hit the person they’re arguing with, is that not being enslaved by an ego? Many times they’re regretful after hitting that person, or doing whatever their anger caused them to do, and even question what they were thinking at the time. The same way that we feel guilt after doing something wrong, which is our consciousness, we are able to see that there is a clear line between right and wrong. So is there a clearer definition of ‘free will’? I seem to usually conclude that free will is only true when you have died to your egos and can consciously make decisions instead of through the manipulation of the egos.
    Is it perhaps that people have the free will to decide not to be controlled by that anger, or any other ego?

    • DavidP July 27, 2013 at 5:18 am - Reply

      hi Zorana, I think that last question you asked is the answer. When someone is locked into the program of the egos then one is not truly free. Belsebuub did a talk about this topic which you might like to listen to and the audio for it is on this page:
      its the one called “Freedom”.

      • Zorana July 28, 2013 at 3:28 am - Reply

        Thanks so much. What I seemed to get from it was that we have freedom within our individual circumstances, whether it’s choosing the spiritual work versus what this material world offers or anything else, but that true freedom lies in merging with the will of the spirit. That talk was very helpful. Again, I appreciate your response, David!

  2. Patricia A. March 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    This article came at such an important time for me. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about and struggling with for some time. I’ve seen how destructive the egos can be, distorting reality, suppressing love and creating a lot of unnecessary pain for others. I’ve seen this recently occur with people very close to me, witnessing events unfold where loving relationships have been devastated by negativity. This is very heartbreaking to see. I am just starting to understand what Belsebuub said in the article about putting ourselves in other people’s shoes to see where their source of negativity comes from and why they react in such a negative way. I was fortunate enough to gain a better understanding of this recently and came to a realization that it wasn’t what was being said but how it was said that instigated the negativity.

  3. Vadim March 7, 2013 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Very helpful (like always) article, thank you, Belsebuub!

    I can certainly relate to how love reflects what is within…and unless efforts are applied to remove selfisness, love just doesn`t last…

    True love is such a great force – but attachment around it, is such a great weakness.

    It makes much sense to keep putting one`s love into genuinely helping others and developing pure consciousness with esoteric work, rather than just being stuck in ideas about love and imagination.

  4. Dara March 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    It sounds very inspiring to be able to live a spiritual life where you actually become a vehicle for love.

    I also really appreciate the down-to-earth advice in this article about how this can happen. A lot of people talk about increasing love for others, but it usually comes down to doing positive/ obviously good things, like using kind words, thinking loving thoughts, showing someone you care, etc. Although those things could be good, they’ve never felt substantial enough to me to actually create more love in myself for others–at least not the kind that lasts and is constant no matter what outer influence is happening (like someone being really nasty to you).

    I’ve definitely seen examples in my own life that correlate with the need to remove negativity other selfish inner states, because with those emotions and drives present, there’s absolutely no way to sustain real love and care for others. The forces are just too opposite to exist in you at the same time.

    The times when I’ve felt what I’d describe as real love, happen more or less spontaneously and definitely had to do with activating my consciousness, and efforts to be clear of/ permanently remove negativity.

    So it’s really helpful to see this explanation here, especially since the whole topic of love can be confusing, given that the term is often used nowadays to describe a wide range of emotions, not all of which are spiritual.

  5. Andrew March 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    What stood out for me was the mention that we are all part of the same substance, the same cosmic consciousness ( although the person is not it). I’ve often heard of cosmic consciousness in Hindu spirituality, but Belsebuub hasn’t mentioned this very often. It really inspires to throw out all the garbage I can find and perceive inside, in order to further the journey back to this conscious cosmic awareness; union with the universe. The desires and materialism of the world seem so petty in comparison.

    Thanks Belsebuub, for another timely message.

  6. Lucia March 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you for posting this article now. The following part especially stood out for me, making me yearn to forget myself more, and to always fight to see things from broader perspective:

    “Although some benevolent causes can get helpful responses, overall, each individual lives in their own little world, locked within the narrow framework of a small self-obsessed way of living. And being bound by animal desires, the individual is entrapped within nature’s small framework, and lives within its limitations.”

  7. Matthew March 2, 2013 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Thanks Belsebuub, that was just what I needed to read. A great message that goes to the heart of what we are trying to do and why it is so needed in the world, and why we need to face the negativity within.

    The way you described negativity it is so true. Having spent a great deal of my life with negative states, it has always been a struggle to face and remove this from within since starting this work. But love, when it shines through, seems to be the very thing that motivates me to try to change, becasue if you care about yourself and others, it makes you you want to try to change the way you are when you can see your own negativity and the misery it causes. Certainly not an easy job and there are many pitfalls, but love seems to be the motivation as well as the reward that pushes you to keep trying.

  8. Ruben March 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Also wanted to add that I really like the picture accompanied with this article.

    Very powerful image; someone tapping into their true potential…

  9. Layla March 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Such a powerful revelation on love, and so deeply significant for each of us and the current state of our world.

    It is such a powerful force, it can change everything, and our sad and negative state as people and of what we have done to the world just goes to highlights the power of love by its absence.

    I know what you mean there Christos, “But I feel that when love is not there and I trully realize this in myself and fight to get it then this battle is also invaluable as an experience itself” And I feel how one can have a love for learning, and what gives me courage to keep fighting.

    I would like to thank you so much Belsebuub. Through what you have experienced and shared, I have experienced in myself how love, and its qualities, can grow within a person, and that its really possible to change. I live my life with more hope than ever before because I know the possibilities are real, if I just put in the effort.

  10. Laura March 1, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    “So to increase and activate love, increase and activate consciousness.”

    It is such simple and practical advise. To increase the capacity for love is one of the most inspiring goals to me.

    Honestly I can say that not too many years ago my heart was truly dead and there was no compassion or consideration for others in my life. The little moments I’ve had of feeling my heart starting to open to other people and their sufferings and helping me to rise above my suffocated, numb and narrow way of living by practicing the teachings given by Belsebuub, have been enriching and brought hope to my life.

    I can’t imagine this change to have taken place had I not found these teachings. I wish to be able to increase my capacity to do more to pay back what I have been given. My thanks as well to Belsebuub for continuing his very valuable work of helping humanity and giving guidance to us.

  11. Ruben February 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Amazing how profound and simple this information is and it never gets old.

    Each of us being part of humanity on this planet, reading this really reflects the true nature and circumstance we find ourselves in. Like a mirror pointing in to your soul.

    So much work to be done, so little time…

    Many people all over the earth speak of love every second of every day, what a contrast to know, whitness and experience the lack of it all around and especially within.

    I wish everyone strength in unlocking LOVE/CONSCIOUSNESS from the DARKNESS.

  12. Jenny February 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    It’s great to get such important insights from this talk again.

    The points explained about negativity resonated with me deeply as I have seen this for myself, how destructive negativity can be to everything, especially love. How you explain about negativity and how it destroys love and it’s overall effects and patterns is a good reminder and gives me an extra boost to work to get out such destructive states.

    Thank you for this helpful article.

  13. Jonathan February 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Such an important point that love is of the consciousness, and that the ego states of the subconscious smother that consciousness and love.

    A good reminder to work on the egos, negativity, and patterns of negative behavior.

  14. Maria V February 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Yes, I also feel this is a heart- harming article, highlighting situations in me and guiding me hopeful.

    “It’s easy to fall into negativity, and to feel compelled to be negative in response to negative people and what they do. But love cares and understands others. It allows us to put ourselves in other peoples shoes and to understand why they feel negative, whether it is something we’ve done, or expressed towards them, or something that was said.”

    As much as I try to investigate this, it is a very difficult and strong battle for me. It’s very difficult for me to sacrifice my egos and needs a continues study of them, to understand and to get a little bit rid of them. But indeed it is worthwhile.

    I have been shocked lately seeing the indifference I have towards people close to me. I couldn’t believe that the only thing I really cared about was my ego.

    Thank you very much for encouraging and helping me at the time that I needed it so much.

  15. Seraphim February 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Very inspiring this article

    Thank you for that

    About the love, I have noticed that Love simplify the complexity of life that was caused because of our egos. Someone doesn’t stuck because of its negativity or the negativity of others and he simply goes on in his life.
    That is an internal and external freedom from ego because threre aren’t anymore internal contradictions.

    These teachings are really valuable and we really thank you Belsebuub that you inspires us to continue to learn ourselves and perceiving the real value of life

    • Lucia March 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      That’s very nice what you said Seraphim – love simplifies everything indeed and removes all contradictions. I pray to be able to feel this real kind of love more often in my life, as it is also very freeing.

      • Jenny R March 5, 2013 at 12:58 am - Reply

        “I have noticed that Love simplify the complexity of life that was caused because of our egos.” — I agree, well said. It’s amazing how simple that feeling is, but also so strong and profound & indeed freeing. It would be amazing if everyone could experience it even just a touch more frequently. I know it makes such a big difference for me to strive to for that, especially in the ways described in the article.

    • Lila March 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Very inspiring thoughts,Serafim,thank you!

  16. Christos February 27, 2013 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Heart-warming article. Thanks.

    When talking or reading about love I have noticed that there is this tendency to only praise love with inspiring words while isolating the opposite of love, what stops it from being expressed.

    It is good to see a more real approach that does not water it down to what people like to hear but also points out things that need to be removed in order to be able to really feel love. I find that this approach is more of a call to action since it helps to realize that we are not there yet but we need to work towards love.

    Sometimes with sustained efforts to be aware I have managed to feel love and these experiences were invaluable for me.
    But I feel that when love is not there and I trully realize this in myself and fight to get it then this battle is also invaluable as an experience itself. I usually appreciate it when it has passed though.

    • Jordan March 17, 2013 at 3:34 am - Reply

      Good point Christos, “I have noticed that there is this tendency to only praise love with inspiring words while isolating the opposite of love, what stops it from being expressed.”

      I too like how this article goes more to the root of things and explains how to unlock and tap into love, as opposed to just writing about how great or nice it may be to have or feel it.

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