Love is an extraordinary thing. We take it for granted as something that normally occurs in human relationships; we may also take it for granted that it occurs in spiritual realms, yet what it is and how it functions are rarely thought about and, if they are, are often confused.
This is the first of two pieces that attempt to describe love in a scientific way, to explain it in terms of energy and magnetism, of something that naturally occurs and must occur whenever there is manifestation of form. More importantly, perhaps, is to understand what it is not and that is where we will start.
Love is not attachment nor is it affection, though both these things can arise from it. Attachment is something that occurs when the mind perceives it needs something. When we \u201cfall in love\u201d, it is because we see in the other person some qualities we admire and would like to draw into our life. We want something for ourselves out of the relationship with the other person and yet love, possibly, is also starting to manifest. Attachment is not love \u2013 it is something that rides on the back of it and occurs because the mind perceives a lack in itself. Affection, on the other hand, occurs when the mind wants to give something and perceives, perhaps, a want or need in the other person it thinks it can fulfil. Both attachment and affection arise because of a sense of \u201cI\u201d \u2013 a sense that we are an individual with needs and attributes that are not the same as those in others.
Love is neither of these things. Love is a dynamic force in the Universe. It just is; it requires nothing and it gives everything. It radiates from being itself, from utter, pure radiance that underlies and permeates everything and everyone in the entire Universe, including space itself. We could say that Love is radiance but it is radiance that knows or experiences \u201csomething other\u201d than itself, at the same time knowing that the other is itself.
Confused? This is because the mind, which is so used to dissecting and codifying everything, finds it difficult or impossible to place an intellectual answer or argument on something that transcends the intellect. It transcends the intellect because it is ungraspable. The intellect can only understand things in terms of discrimination \u2013 this is this and not that. Love is totally without discrimination and that is an entirely foreign concept to the intellectual mind. It is rather like a
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