Forms of Love
30 tips in 30 days: #17.
Every faith tradition on earth talks about the human heart as the primary pathway to spiritual communion with the divine. Many say the heart is a door and love is the key. The language differs, but the teaching is basically the same in every culture.
Love binds the universe together. Love is the gravity glue keeping electrons in atoms from flying off into space. Love spins the vortex of the cosmos through which we manifest our heart’s desire. Love is the multidimensional creative and magnetic energy that penetrates every point in space and time of our universe and all other universes. Simply put, God is love and love is God, by any name. Without love, our lives lack the meaning to make life worth living. We live for love, and (ideally) we live from love. Our love fuels our authenticity.
I’m talking about all forms of love. The Greeks named five forms: Agape love is unconditional love, God’s love, love for a spouse or child. Philia love is brotherly love for our friends, family and community. Storge love is the natural affection we feel toward a baby or a puppy. Eros is romantic love, embracing passionate love and sensual desire. Thelema is lusty sexual love, the drive for orgasm. Confucianism has Ren as the dutiful and benevolent love spurring action. Judaism has Ahava as the love between people, God and the creation. Hawaiian Aloha combines all these forms of love and more.
Please note a difference between love and emotional attachment. In The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck defines love as “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” This is not the same as “cathecting” — forming an emotional attachment to a person or thing. We may feel connected to a new car, a music idol or even our job, but if we do not help the object of our affection to grow spiritually, that’s not love.
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