If we are to love sincerely, and with simplicity, we must first of all overcome the fear of not being loved.
And this cannot be done by forcing ourselves to believe in some illusion, saying that we are loved when we are not. We must somehow strip ourselves of our greatest illusions about ourselves, frankly recognize in how many ways we are unloveable, descend into the depths of our being until we come to the basic reality that is in us, and learn to see that we are lovable after all, in spite of everything!
No Man Is an Island
erm...It is Well