Family Defined by Quality

The word family can mean a lot of different things to different people all over the world. Within all of these meanings, there is one thread of ‘togetherness’ or people ‘sticking together.’ However, there seems to be a range of definitions that describes this ‘togetherness’ and keeps people who call themselves family together.

These definitions of togetherness are often identified by the behaviours, patterns, beliefs and ideals within family groups that we continue to play out and express with each other, many of which may not be good or true for us and our wellbeing.

We can often come to tolerate or accept behaviours and ways of being from family members that we would deem unacceptable from strangers, let alone justify. Yet we tend to let these slip through for ‘family,’ simply because we have been born into that group or there is a familiarity and a comfort.

If this is the case, then it means that family – something that should be only about love – can become something that is not loving and can actually be harming and abusive. And abuse here is anything less than the deep love we know within our heart, the grandness we are all from. But what makes us accept these tendrils of untruth? What part do we each play in this?

We do know from deep within our body, from the things that hurt us, that certain behaviours, patterns and so on do not belong with who we truly are. Through accepting what does not feel true, not changing, not speaking up and expressing, not living our fullness, we continue our part in the ill way, keeping ourselves and those around us – those we say we love – less than the greatness we all truly are.

Let’s come from a different angle. What if we only defined family by quality, a knowing of a true quality, which then guided us to consider behaviours and ways of being, saying, Yes, that belongs” or No, that does not belong”?  Our inner marker would then be our guide, no matter whether someone was biologically related to us, if they were a long-term friend or if they were just someone quite new in our lives.

This quality would support us to be with ourselves and others in a way that comes from true decency and respect. It would not allow us to be or accept anything less than this. From this place of our inner-knowing, we would be able to clearly see patterns and behaviours that are not part of our inner essence and yet still continue to hold everyone in love, knowing we are all equal within our hearts and essence.  

It starts with our living a quality that we feel to be true, honouring and cherishing of ourselves. This lived quality then feeds us back, leaving us unimposing, not putting conditions or expectations on others to supply us with a love we want but are not giving ourselves first.

Love needs not, it just is – an emanation of purity, joy, stillness and harmony. Wow… now that’s a marker to live from!

If we want love in our lives, we must claim it and this claiming starts with self. Love starts with knowing our inner-most and its quality – then letting that be our gauge for how we treat ourselves, how we are with others, how we move and walk through life in all that we do… And from here, our love deep within becomes our marker of what true family means.

I have found that this true quality of Love in our lives can become our marker of family… breaking down the false consciousness of family being limited to blood relatives.

With our willingness to embrace our love from within, we can be guided by our inner knowing and connection. From here it is easy to see, feel and know that anyone can be family.

Defining Family and Love by quality is a life-changer on a global scale.

By Johanna Smith, Bachelor of Education (Major Special Needs, Minor Psychology), Graduate Certificate of Early Childhood, Studying Diploma of Counseling, Esoteric Complementary Health Practitioner, Woman, Teacher, Mother, Wife and Friend

Further Reading:
True Family
Family Love
A true family model for the 21st century

602 thoughts on “Family Defined by Quality

  1. This is very beautiful to read Johanna and it changes the whole paradigm about what a family is about. Is it about compromising what we really feel in order to respond to other’s expectations and demands or is it about love? If it’s about love why we do allow less than we know is true for us?

    Having conversations about this topic feels very freeing. By establishing a loving relationship with ourselves we become aware of how we have been relating with others and from a place of honesty we can see and feel if the movements and choices we made are loving or not.

    Love starts within ourselves and it creates space for making new choices that actually support us to just be in the fullness of who we really are. Then this is the most precious thing we can share with others.

  2. It seems to me we are like Hamsters on a wheel, we keep going round and round never stopping to check in with ourselves to see if it is actually necessary to keep going round in circles, we just keep perpetrating the same age old patterns of life.

  3. Johanna what we are not told is that family is a consciousness and it comes laced with ideals and beliefs that we hand down generation after generation without ever checking in to see if the values that we hold so dear are actually working. How can they be working if we allow and accept such abusive behaviour within families?

  4. “What if we only defined family by quality, a knowing of a true quality”, well the problem with that is that most of us are so detached from our true quality that we wouldn’t know it in order to measure things by, and secondly if we did know it enough to use it as a marker then initially at least, there would be absolutely millions of us who would have no one left in our lives and that’s a sad but none the less true fact.

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