Loveworks!

The Rodan Foundation’s Publication for The Love Awakening

March 2021

The Love Awakening is an extension of The Rodan Foundation, a spiritual center founded in 1981 by Rev. Clarke Carraway. Through the Metaphysical Church of Enlightenment and ongoing activities, The Rodan Foundation provides uncompromising revelation to fuel awakening beings with love, healing and heart awareness. The Love Awakening offers self-empowerment tools and courses designed to help you awaken and reclaim your personal power through living positive life frequencies. We actively participate in living the power of love by extending volunteer efforts to support the people and environment in our local and greater community.   

 Our mission is to assist humanity in awakening to the power of love AND lovingly assist humanity in awakening.  Our intention is to help others help themselves awaken to who they truly are and to choose to use their powers for the greater good. Our vision is the collective awakening of humanity, bringing forth harmony and unity for all. Join us as we learn and grow in the ways of living love and loving life!   

Self-Love: 21 Ways You Can Become a Doctor of the Soul By Mateo Sol

All throughout our early lives, we were taught how to read, how to write, how to manipulate, calculate, build, destroy, theorize, study, and analyze life.  We were taught how to say “please” and “thank you,” as well as what was acceptable and unacceptable to others and society at large … but most of us failed to be educated in one essential dimension of life: self-love.

Something that continues to shock me about my own upbringing was the distinct lack of emphasis on respect for oneself and acceptance of one’s flaws and virtues alike.




As a child I can’t ever recall being taught the value of loving oneself; of setting healthy boundaries, knowing how to say “no” and “yes” when you mean it, and learning how to take care of yourself, even at the expense of others.

How about you?

If you were raised in a culture and society similar to my own, you were probably taught to “put others before yourself” and not give much consideration to your own needs.

Self-denial and self-sacrifice were two of the main values taught in our childhoods, and continue to be emphasized as the markers of a “kind, caring and worthy human being” to this very day.

Unfortunately, from what I later learned in life, these two values taught me nothing more than the profound emotional and psychological pain of being a self-imposed martyr with no real understanding of ‘love.’

When we don’t learn how to love ourselves depression, bitterness, anxiety, resentment, isolation, and great unhappiness are the result.

What is Self-Love?

Put simply, self-love is the practice of understanding, embracing, and showing compassion for yourself. Self-love involves nurturing your entire being – that means taking care of yourself on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. When engaging in self-love, we also work to forgive ourselves, accept our flaws, and embrace our inner demons.

Why Loving Others Requires Self-Seeking (“Selfishness”)

It sounds like a paradox, but you cannot be altruistic, caring, or compassionate unless you’re selfish.

Unless you’re capable of truly loving yourself first (even the darkest side of your being) you can never love somebody else.

Self-seeking is preached in all societies as sinful behavior.  We’re encouraged to be self-sacrificers and martyrs for ” the greater good.”  History is plagued with stories of the individual hero’s willingness to sacrifice his/her life for the survival of a group or collective of people.

But the truth is that the purpose of our society’s social conditioning is to preserve and develop society as a whole, not to allow individuals to reach their full potential. This is why taking care of yourself first is met with so much resistance from others: it’s against our collective brainwashing.

But here’s the thing: in order to be a positive presence in this world, in order to care for others in an authentically loving way, we must first focus on ourselves. We must first dedicate a large amount of time to our own healing, happiness, and self-fulfillment. We must be self-seeking.

If you can’t love yourself at a deep level – the place where your love originates from in the first place – how will you ever be capable of true altruism or of truly loving anybody else?

You can’t give away that which you don’t actually have.

Think about it for a few moments.

Then, keep reading …

What Self-Love ISN’T

On the surface, it’s understandable how the word ‘self-love’ could be confused with the words ‘egotism,’ ‘self-indulgence’ or ‘narcissism.’ But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Self-love isn’t about self-indulgence; it is about taking care of yourself.

A person who loves themselves wants to become the best they can be, they want to explore themselves, practice inner work, do some soul-searching, work on their flaws, heal their traumas, and find inner peace. 

How is this a bad thing?

We are taught to believe that being self-seeking will jeopardize society as a whole – regardless of what you actually do – so it is condemned indiscriminately. This attitude is evident when we describe the behavior of a person who succeeds at the expense of other’s wellbeing with words like ‘selfish.’ But this isn’t selfish, it’s foolish and idiotic!

A person with mindful self-love is aware that they’re actually harming themselves when they harm others. Why? Because they understand that if they hurt others, they will suffering the negative consequences in the long term, which will make life much more difficult for them. They realize that causing suffering to others is actually self-destructive, which is the complete opposite of “selfish” self-love.

On a side note, is there any such thing as Altruism, really? The actual act of helping other people does benefit us: it makes us feel good. Therefore, Altruism itself can also be thought of as a “selfish” act.

If you truly love yourself, you want to take care of yourself. It’s only self-hating egotistical people that harm themselves physically or mentally.

Self-love has nothing to do with egotism or narcissistic self-indulgence. On the contrary, the desire for honest self-exploration requires immense respect and love for yourself. Egotism revolves around the ego, and the ego depends upon the respect of others, not yourself.

21 Ways to Practice Authentic Self-Love

Coming to terms with the fact that almost everything which defines a “good and respectable person” is actually false can be hard to accept at first. But as thinker Jiddu Krishnamurti noted:

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

The good news, I discovered, is that with time and persistence, we can learn how to heal ourselves.  In essence, we can teach ourselves to become doctors of the soul, healing our wounds, curing our own sicknesses, and maintaining optimum health through the development of self-love.

If you have just started the path of healing and recovery, or need some inspiration, you might benefit from the following advice:

1.  Change your diet

Swap processed, fatty and sugary foods, with whole, unprocessed and low-fat foods. So much research has shown the link between food and the mind. Eating the wrong food is a sign of self-neglect and contributes to physical, emotional and even mental illnesses. Try slowly cutting out junk food, and experience the immense benefits! This is a basic form of self-care.

2.  Identify your subpersonalities

Within all of us there are subtle and incessant voices that sabotage and paralyze us, and these are the voices of our subpersonalities. I wrote about these a while ago in my subpersonalities article.  Awareness is the key to overcoming the negative self-talk of The Worrier, The Critic, The Victim, and The Perfectionist.

3.  Start reading

No, I don’t mean the news, or the latest gossip on Facebook, I mean reading books (those funny obsolete things!). Focus on mostly non-fiction books in the self-help category. Reading this type of material helps expand your mind and equips you with inspiring and life-applicable knowledge. My current favorites are “Nonviolent Communication” by Marshall Rosenberg and “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman.

4.  Practice inner work

Inner work is a path we advocate a lot on this website. When we practice inner work, we are shining the light of consciousness into our hidden, unconscious realms. It is within the deeper layers of our minds where unresolved fears, blockages, wounds, and traumas lurk. Working through these issues is paramount to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Learning how to love yourself, healing your inner child, and delving into shadow work are all the cornerstones of inner work. Click on the links I’ve just mentioned within this point if you’d like to learn more.

5. Experiment with self-hypnosis

I personally found self-hypnosis to be an extremely powerful tool in re-wiring my brain from destructive thought patterns.

6.  Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night

Also … ensure you set a stable bedtime! Once upon a time, my bedtime was 1am, and I rose at 6am (that’s a measly average of 5 hours sleep). Getting less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep every night, as I found, lowers your immunity, contributes to chronic fatigue, moodiness, depression, anxiety issues, and chronic pain (or fibromyalgia). Aim to go to bed around 10pm and rise at 6am.  You will seriously feel the difference!

7.  Learn quiet assertiveness

It is not necessary to be an obnoxious jerk about what you do and don’t want out of others and life in general. But it is essential to know how to stand up for yourself and set strong boundaries. Read more about how to set healthy personal boundaries.

8.  Explore your mental traps

Low self-esteem is often the result of false and unrealistic thought patterns that are deeply ingrained within us. These are composed of mental traps such as assumptions, beliefs, comparisons, desires, expectations, and ideals about ourselves and others. Read more about mental traps.

9.  Treat yourself like you would your best friend

Often, we are our own mortal enemies. To heal ourselves, it is important for us to consciously change our relationships with ourselves, and treat ourselves with compassion and consideration just as we would with a best friend.  I wrote more on this topic in my article on how to become your own best friend.

10.  Welcome solitude into your life

When we don’t make space in our lives to be alone, it is easy for us to burn out, become disorientated and even ill. Each day, make time for yourself to rewind, relax and reflect, alone. Solitude gives you insight, perspective and reinstates harmony in your life. We wrote a book on the power of solitude if you’re interested.

11.  Meditate for self-awareness

Becoming self-aware is a key skill in life, a gift that allows you to identify your self-destructive patterns of thought and behavior, and find more peace and balance in life. Meditation, although frustrating and seemingly meaningless at first, is a silently potent practice with endless benefits. Aim for 10-15 minutes each morning first thing (or whenever you have time!). It’s worth it!

12.  Identify toxic people in your life

Toxic people make us feel wretched and significantly lower the quality of our daily lives. Toxic people are often judgmental, manipulative, clingy, backstabbing, ruthless, aggressive, controlling, deceptive, self-pitying, and self-destructive. Learning to cut away those who hinder your self-growth is a difficult, but absolutely necessary step on your journey of healing.

13.  Seek supportive companions

Supportive people encourage us, uplift us, and inspire us. These people have often obtained a certain level of self-love, and because of their ability to respect themselves, they are easily able to respect and love others. Often it is not necessary to seek these people out as we naturally gravitate towards them on our paths! However, it always helps to instigate friendships and connections with the supportive people of life as they can really help us out in dreary periods of our journeys.

14.  Learn to trust your intuition

Our unconscious minds are oceans of wisdom, understanding, and insight. Intuition, that mysterious inner guide we all have, is a manifestation of this vast untapped world within us. Learning to trust your intuition will help you to live a life true to yourself and your deepest needs.

15.  Support the well-being of nature

All of life on earth and the universe is so interconnected, that the harm we do to others always comes back to harm us in one form or another. By supporting the well-being of nature – whether by becoming a vegan or vegetarian, by choosing sustainable food and products or even by replacing our cosmetics with organic “non-animal tested” alternatives – we are promoting the well-being of the earth and thus the well-being of us as individuals. By healing ourselves we heal others, and by healing others we heal ourselves.

16.  Take a walk or jog each day

This is not always possible, but regular exercise really does benefit your body, mind, and soul, proving that you are actively taking care of yourself.

17.  Stop spending so much time on social networks

Did you know that on average the American adult spends 3.2 hours per day on social networks?  Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, or any of the numerous other social networks out there, we waste so much of our time on social media … and what for? Often times we are motivated by the ability to obtain “likes,” “shares,” “followers” and “friends” constructing a feeble cyber alter-ego that craves for acceptance and the esteem of others. For this reason, social media is a sickly environment to constantly expose ourselves to each day, and many studies have shown its detrimental effects on our health, including an increase of depression and low self-esteem.  Connect with your friends and family – sure! – but stop using social networks to unconsciously build a false and unstable sense of self-worth.

18.  Use color psychology

Colors are said to greatly impact our psychology (hence “color psychology”). I have recently replaced a lot of my black, grey and dull colored clothing with bright shades of various colors. The experience has been surprising: the colors of the clothes I wear actually impact my mood noticeably. Wearing light blue, for instance, stimulates feelings of openness, or yellow stimulates optimism. Dull colors like khaki, granite, and charcoal, on the other hand, are all associated with feelings of apathy, aloofness, pessimism, and despondency.

19.  Make time to explore your passion

What drives you? Fires you up? Fills you with joy and a sense of accomplishment? When we learn to forget our needs and smother them with others, we often lose sight of what truly makes us happy in life.

Many of us abandon our dreams at an early age, and so live meaningless lives of drudgery and socially approved pursuits (such as having a “good” career, big house, nice car, perfect family, etc.).  It is important, therefore, to ask yourself “What is my passion?” Remember, passions are not static and they can evolve with us. Whether painting, writing, dancing, designing, building or whatever excites you – pursue it – even if on the sidelines!

20.  Focus on reducing sources of stress in your life

Prolonged stress contributes to so many illnesses in our lives, so it is important to learn how to reduce, and deal with it when it comes. Often stress can be reduced by dropping our desires and expectations for ourselves, other people and situations in life. Stress can also be reduced by practicing many of the things I have mentioned in this article, e.g. having a good diet, 7-8 hours sleep per night, self-hypnosis, targeting negative thought-patterns, and so forth.

21.  Accept your flaws, celebrate your strengths

It is important to come to terms with the fact that you are imperfect – there is NO denying it.  As part of my journey, I have dedicated a lot of time to exploring my Shadow Self and accepting the embarrassing and even shameful aspects of my nature. By accepting your flaws, the doorway to self-improvement is opened. Accept them, don’t run away from them. Likewise, learn how to celebrate your strengths! Keep a journal of affirmations and honestly list every little thing you appreciate about yourself each day. Balance is essential.

The "I Love Me" MeditationTM

The "I Love Me" Meditation is a simple and profound heart-centered practice of generating your personal frequency of love.  It will teach you how to activate your natural capacity to generate and experience love through conscious awareness and conscious choice.  This practice helps us to awaken.  It encourages personal empowerment, greater self-esteem and self-discovery as we learn practical means of replacing fear and negative frequency with the most powerful force in the universe: Love! 

Certified teachers of The Love Awakening host the I Love Me Meditation series throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Each one hour class is $10 and is to be paid at the time of the session. Please contact MaryAnn Gutoff for more detailed information: (650) 726-2882. 

Our Bay Area certified teachers also offer free introductory classes. Contact teachers directly for specific dates, additional days and times, presentations at your location, and follow our Facebook page for updates. 

                                     Upcoming March Activities and Volunteer Events 

March Sing & Share!

POSTPONED  - We look forward to joining together for this wonderful activity as soon as it's safe to do so.    

Sunrise San Mateo Living

Join with us as we delight and inspire the elders of our community with lively company, silly joke time, and a fun, oldies-but-goodies sing-along with musical accompaniment. Don't sing well? Don't worry! All you need is a heart full of goodness and a smile. Please come live your love with us! Adults and children of all ages are welcome.

The Embrace of LoveTM

The Embrace of LoveTM is a guided meditation series which uses profound philosophy and gentle guidance to deepen your healing relationship with yourself as you are connected with the empowering presence of acceptance.  Listen to a free recording on The Love Awakening's website and discover more about our organization and activities: theloveawakening.org

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A Loving Companion 

"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~Anatole France  

Each month, The Love Awakening highlights precious animals in need of nurturing, care, and a forever  loving home. “Hi! I am Gorgonzola! I'm a 1 year old, neutered male Shepherd mix. I am a fun loving, extremely energetic, young pup! Some have even described me as a super puppy! My superpower is that I can play all day and night! I’m working on my social skills and currently, I'm not very comfortable around other animals. I need to be the only pet in the home. I am required to go to basic obedience classes, which includes an additional cost at the time of adoptions. I'm a young boy with a rowdy play style so I would do best in a home with adults only or one with older teens.  If you are super energetic and are ready to train a fun loving boy, then please submit your application today! Call (650) 340-0722 or visit me at Peninsula Humane Society!  


"The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I'm not going to let myself pull me down anymore." -C. JoyBell C.