What is true love?

Bring kind and safe awareness to unconscious fears and love emerges

Serenity Now

Serenity Wehrenberg, an Associate Marriage Family Therapist with Seeds of Awareness’ Holistic Counseling Center, shares her perspective on love, what gets in the way of love, and how therapy can transform the self in relationship.



What is love?
“Love is an experience that emergences when we are in an integrated state of self.”

What gets in the way of love?
“Our fears; our unresolved wounding from childhood that unconsciously operates inside of us and keep us protecting against (or in fear of) our fears.”

How do you know if you are in love?
“When we are in a state of love, we feel calm, clear, curious, compassion, confident, courageous, creative and connected.”

How have you seen love transform in therapy?
“Effective therapy offers a powerful loving holding space that supports individuals, couples, and families, in turning towards unconscious and unintegrated fears keeping them out of the state of love.

When therapists are able to bring kind and safe awareness to those unconscious fears operating in the background, those fears are transformed and integrated and a state of love emerges within the individual or between individuals in therapy. ”

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“In every living thing there is the desire for love.”
~ D. H. Lawrence

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”
~ Paulo Coelho