Loki is so much more than simply a Trickster. I found Him to be full of Compassion, Love and Affection, if we dare to accept Him and allow Him to be who He is – a Breaker-of-worlds (inner and outer).
In my own experience Loki heals through love and compassion and to me He represents an aspect of God’s Love that is free, complete and unconditional. The healing that comes through His love is one of self-acceptance, self-respect and self-love. The more we can love and accept our selves, the better we can love and accept others. This is an important gift that Loki has offered me. The gift to genuinely love my self, my life and my fellow human beings. He helps me to see good in others, love the world, smile at strangers and keep my heart wide open. (Sadly Loki is often portrayed as the one who cannot be trusted, suspected by the God’s and seen as dark and dangerous by mankind). I have yet to experience this side of Him.
Yes, He has also painfully broken many of my inner and outer worlds but I am aware it was His love that instigated it, as it brought about true transformation. Real transformation of our nature always carries the underlying energy of Love and Compassion. God’s Light is the force that illumines us. I believe Light in its truest deepest sense is forgiveness, compassion and love. So, in a way, the God of Transformation is a radical aspect of God’s Love and Compassion.
When Loki loves, his love is sincere and pure, and he gives like a child – selflessly and unconditionally. I know inside my heart that Loki loves sincerely whoever dares to love Him and whoever loves Loki without fear and with a pure heart, will receive His love in return. If one learns to trust Him and let Him take care, Loki becomes a loyal and reliable friend. His love is for everyone who is willing to accept it, yet it is good to bare in mind that Loki’s love is not always pink and fluffy.
Loki loves us for who we are, no matter what we do, say or think – and teaches us to do the same. He sees beyond our masks and illusions and longs to transform our ignorance, so that we can become who we truly are. Loki breaks us open for us to discover our own inner strength, light and power.
Two precious gifts that Loki has offered me are self-acceptance and self-love. I am not speaking of egocentric self-love here, but love that expands us and makes us feel that we are part of a larger family. There is little need to judge others or worry about what others think about us if we feel secure and loved within ourselves. Through this self-acceptance and self-love Loki presents us with the unique opportunity to go beyond our ideas and expectations of how life has to be, beyond our limitations and restrictive beliefs and even beyond self-love into self-offering (or spiritual service).
This may sound paradox for Loki is known to manipulate things – often to His own advantage – but Loki understands self-sacrifice, self-giving and self-offering better than most. He has served the Gods on more than one occasion, often risking His life and always willingly taking responsibility for His actions. (So, even though He has a reputation for manipulating things He is really not a selfish God.) We often tend to think of self-sacrifice as self-mortification, of being a martyr, when it is really the love for one’s Highest Self. Self-sacrifice is the love and devotion to a higher goal or purpose. Self-sacrifice stems from Love, not from guilt or pain.
Loki’s love teaches acceptance. We do not need to try and change ourselves the way we think we should be, we do not need to adapt to outer circumstances, or to people’s expectations, we do not need to please anyone to be worth something, we do not need to always be “nice” to everyone to be a good person (especially not when people hurt us or abuse us).
What we need is to accept ourselves the way we are, forgive and love ourselves, let this love flow into our lives and watch what happens.
Sometimes when I listen to Billy Joel I can clearly hear Loki’s words inside this song:
Don’t go changing, to try and please me you never let me down before.
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar and I don’t see you anymore.
I would not leave you in times of trouble, we never could have come this far,
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times, I’ll take you just the way you are.
You always have my unspoken passion, although I might not seem to care,
What will it take till you believe in me, the way that I believe in you.
I said I love you and that’s forever and this I promise from the heart,
I couldn’t love you any better
I love you just the way you are.