What is love?
The English language is sometimes frustratingly, extraordinarily inadequate as a modality used to express feelings. Other languages have many different words for love. We English speaking natives expect those four letters to communicate so much – a feeling, an energy, an emotion, divinity, truth… is it possible that four humble letters could possibly accomplish so much?
Romantic love is the front runner – it seems that is the most common meaning in regular use. Agape, or non-romantic love is possibly next, then the feeling of “love”. What does it mean to say “I love you”. The possibilities are endless – “I’m attached to you”, “I feel good in your presence” “I like who I am when I’m with you”… “I’m your parent” or “I admire you”.
In the broadest sense I experience love as the creative energy of this universe. It is the invisible yet felt energy that moves through all beings, and connects us. It is not something we do, or have done to us. It simply is. We don’t have to think about “loving” because love just simply “is”. We don’t create love, or deny love, since it is a force whose power is beyond human comprehension. And, when the feelings we are feeling move us to a new place of consciousness, of heart connectedness, of presence – then, it seems we are “in love”.
I’m passionate about clarity here. I want to live “in love” with all life. Romantic life has many charms, but universal love, divine love if you will holds the most appeal to me. From there I choose to live, to honor creation inwardly and outwardly. I am moved to gaze upon the world as my beloved, my sacred partner on the path of truth. From there all kinds of relationships are possible from friendship to intimate partner – all contained within the circle of true, Divine love. And I don’t labor under the delusion that I am creating this love. It seems to work this way – when resistance to love is cleared (you could say “healed”) then more love can flow through me – sometimes in relation to another person and sometimes just purely flowing and experienced as joy, peace, bliss…
Whatever it takes to return to the exalted state of love is worth it! Open the Divine Portal that is within and reap the benefit of that. What has worked for me is this: music, poetry, art, movement, nature, meditation, entheogenic plant medicines, and intimate partnership. There are more ways to connect, to open our third eye, to dance with the Goddess of Love – the thousand-petalled lotus – may my life be devoted to that quest – that discovery that ecstasy…
In Sanskrit it’s Jai ma!
I love you!