Love. It is what everyone of us has come for… whether we are conscious of this or not. Children who do not receive it can wither, even die. A child who has been hurt by unloving parents can carry that scar every day of their life.
If we perform for a conditional form of it in childhood we can easily become addicted to performing.
Love is the ultimate reward. The ultimate healer. The ultimate experience. But, what is this love?
In its egoic form it is best called “like”. It is a form of preference. “I love salmon”, “I love people with this color hair and that kind of body”, “I’ll love you if you are kind to me.”
In in true form it is, as Marc Gaffney so brilliantly observed, first a perception. When we perceive the Divine in anything the result is Love. This perception then stimulates an emotion of deep caring, of awe. David Richo helps us to recognize real Love by saying that unconditional Love can be recognized because the 5 A’s are all present. And, these, he states are: Attention, Acceptance, Allowing freedom, Appreciation, and Acceptance.
And, this real Love has great power. It takes us to a state of unity where the lover and the beloved are one. This unity is the primordial state of creation. It is Divinity. It is enlightenment. It is bliss.
This Love, being of a Divine Nature, also has great healing ability. Emmet Fox states this as beautifully as anyone:
“There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer: no disease that enough love will not heal; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will no throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem. It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake, a sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.”
So how do we realize this kind of Love? Since it is our essential nature, we realize it by releasing our resistance to it. Since the conscious mind is such a small portion of our mental functioning, most of the work needs to include the subconscious.
I invite you to do some of this work on the Love Pathways at my site: www.. It’s free – like Love.