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What Love is – What it is Not
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Corinthians 13, on “Love
The above passage from the Bible shows that love is a word with many meanings far beyond any feeling a person, situation or event may inspire in us. With but great exception, however, when most people hear the word love they associate it with romance; they think of cuddling and warm, fuzzy circumstance. What comes to mind for many is a bouquet of roses, heart shaped valentines, even soft welcoming eyes.
Many think they need a partner to be able to practice the words in Corinthians above. Not realizing that love, as we will affirm later in this book, has to first come from within, they expend a great deal of precious life force looking outside of themselves for the perfect soul mate. They think that by replicating themselves in another or merging their energies with a like minded human being, that their world and that of all those tuned into it will magically become a better one.
Whether or not we think we need the love of someone else to make ourselves complete, most all of us still view love as a physical feeling that the mind articulates as a feel good sensation for the sex organs. And if this sentiment cannot be manufactured with bodily contact, the mind’s eye still sees love as emanating from some form of human touch.
Love can indeed make the body feel good. It can catapult it into very short instants of euphoric ecstasy. But it does not require your physical being for love’s expression to be of its highest art form. Because many saints and mystics see love as God, the very experience of life is an orgasm of the highest order for them.
Those who know we are all but spirits having a human experience are fully aware that love is the great alchemy that holds all of life together. They understand that it is the glue that keeps an infinity of particles from spiraling into an abyss too impossible to count. They know it is the gentle force that every day makes millions of flowers, all the world around, open and close.
Gentle in its nature, love is a vibration our souls feel at a very subtle level. Fueled by thoughts and the emotions they bring about that center on joy, appreciation, wonder and enthusiasm, love makes us feel good because it causes us to experience a lightness of being. With it we are not weighted down by our conditioning which asks that we label or compartmentalize what we see.
Marked by an uplifted emotional state, love looks at the world around it without forming an opinion. Love does not yield to judgement. Love observes, it does not editorialize. Love just notices, with a full heart, it smiles at all of life.
Love is marked by all the high words we give life to in each of our own personal dictionaries. Examples include Grace. Joy, Beauty, Ease, Freedom, Majestic, Serene, Happiness, Divine, Fabulous, Abundance, Bliss, Gratitude, Compassion, Harmony, Awe, Contentment, Great, Magical, Teamwork, Peace, Tremendous, Tranquility, Calmness, Delight, Soothe, Unity, Fellowship, Pleasure and Gratification, etc.
Surely, an inner smile grew across your being when you read these words; the perceived notion that all is well. And being able to accept the fact that this moment is perfect, that there is nowhere to get, nothing to be, and nothing we have to do, that is the place all of us want to get to in life. We want to genuinely know that the seeds of wellness are planted in every experience we have of life.
We want to genuinely know that there is no good or no bad. That nothing or no one is excluded from love. We desire a direct experience of what is meant when we here the words, “Love is all” or “It’s all Love”.
Let me show you what I have learned so far.