Monday, April 29, 2013, 11:56 AM
Spiritual love is too great and too deep to be fully understood, measured, or described within the limitations of our words. But, there is value in attempting to define it in an appropriate way. Most of us have never arrived at a truly satisfactory definition.
Dr. Peck, in The Road Less Traveled, defined it as “the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth.
The behavior of love is defined in terms of the goal or the purpose it seems to serve – that of spiritual growth. It is a strangely circular process. It is evolutionary for when we have successfully extended our limits, we have then moved into a larger state of being. When we help others to grow we ourselves grow and evolve.
Love is unifying for the love of self and for the other come together in a harmonious way. To be dedicated to human spiritual development is to be dedicated to the whole of the human family of which we are a member. The growth and development of one member is never to be at the expense of another.
It takes self-discipline and strength of character to love in this way. It takes great effort and patience to show by example that this love is what motivates us. It takes desire and a willingness to work for the benefit of all humanity. We must not only have good intentions but must followup those intentions with appropriate actions.
As you can see this is not about falling in love, but being the love we claim to be. It is to have and share the love we have experienced. It is about truly living what you feel and believe.
It is not about protecting boundaries or finding a sense of safety and comfort, but expanding the boundaries. It is exploring and being open to growth and change. It is about becoming more inclusive and doing what is beneficial for all humanity. It is about embracing life and nurturing the spiritual growth of all. Real spiritual love is an experience that expands ourselves and all we come into contact with.
True acceptance of ourselves and each others individuality is the only foundation upon which Spiritual growth can be based and through which true love can grow. As we continue to stretch and expand our boundaries, the more we love and extend ourselves, the more blurred becomes the distinction between the self and the world. We become identified with all life and achieve a mystical union with the One.
Oneness with the universe, or mystical union, is sought by individuals in every region of the world. It is the essences of true spiritual love. This union can only by achieved by giving up our limiting boundaries that lead to separation and not unity.
There are no quick and easy short cuts. We must take this journey of love one step at a time. We must be persistent in our desire to go forward in our learning and growth. We must continually expand our ability to love.
We must take individual responsibility and seek to learn all we can. We must internalize the teachings and make them our own. We do not give up our freedom of choice or our freedom of action. We do not let others tell us what we must do or depend on them to continually feed us the information we seek. In becoming dependent on others we become a parasite instead of a seek of truth.
We must choose to live in love. We should not allow others to put us in bondage or make us dependent upon them for our spiritual survival. We would end up as mindless slaves with no hope of advancement or freedom. To live a life of love is our pathway to both freedom and union. To be worthy of this love we must be loving. Without this love, life becomes meaningless and harsh. Ultimately to be without love will destroy our spirit and soul. This will in turn destroy our relationships, our religions, and our cultures. To prevent this, we must continually strive to attain and maintain a state of spiritual love.