The Spiritual Laws of Love
In the 21st Century the 3.5 billion people who seek a love relationship and who have either a mobile phone or a computer have access to virtually unlimited number of online descriptions of sexual activities, pornographic pictures and videos, psycho-sexual theories, moral precepts, philosophizing, political polemics, artwork, articles, blogposts, and tweets about love and sexuality. There are many books, tapes, seminars, workshops, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts and websites devoted to the topics of love and sexuality.
You can fill out questionnaires on websites to find your perfect match, or you can use an app to hook up with someone random hanging out a block away.
You can learn methods to select the right partner, attract a partner, polish your sexual technique and divorce yesterday's lover.
There are many therapists, ministers, journalists and even politicians ready to discuss the moral, ethical and philosophical questions surrounding human sexuality and love relationships. These experts are happy to prescribe for others what they see as correct sexual behavior. Brilliant artists, poets, authors and philosophers have created widely celebrated books, movies, songs, poems and sublime artworks depicting the mysteries of human love relationships.
But virtually nowhere can we learn the spiritual laws governing the many varieties of human sexual behavior. There is little discussion of the spiritual laws governing the physical, emotional and mental energies exchanged in human love relations.
We all agree that we want love in our lives. But love is a word that means so many things it may mean nothing at all.
We say, "I love to watch NCIS," or "I love my BMW." And we say, "I love my wife," "I love my kids," and "I love my mistress." How many times have we heard how much we all "love bacon" lately? When we use the word so indiscriminately it is obviously difficult to be very specific about what love means to us in terms of intimate relationships.
We all want something different from love relationships, it seems. Some want power, some want money, some want security, some want intense sensations of pleasure or pain, some want children, some want to be loved. Most of all, we all want love to last.
And we are disappointed when we don't get what we want.
We don't get what we want because we don't know the spiritual laws of love. We must take a more enlightened view of love.
We must get in tune with love and then we will know what love wants. When we learn what love wants, we can invite love into our life and love will be happy to stick around for a while. If we continue to get along, we will have a love that lasts. But we need to adopt a spiritual point of view toward love.
From a spiritual point of view, love wants only to love. The lover wants to become one with the Beloved. As they open their hearts and approach closer and closer to one another, the lovers experience, for one moment, the Void, an ego-less state of universal mind.
All mental considerations drop away, and only love remains between the two. Lovers achieve this state of Unity Consciousness on rare occasions, but it is impossible to maintain that bliss. The experience of becoming One with the Beloved transforms the physical act into a spiritual experience, at least for that moment.
For the spiritual seeker, love means the pursuit of that state of Unity Consciousness, but by following a different path. The yogi seeks the Unity underlying the apparent duality of our physical reality. The spiritual seeker begins by acts of adoration of deities and other practices designed to bring the seeker closer and closer to a direct experience of the Divine Source.
As the seeker draws closer and closer to the goal, there is an inevitable moment of ego-less bliss.
Only love remains between the aspirant and the Divine.
Eye of God -- Helix Nebula, NASA Photo
Between 800 and 200 B.C. Hindu mystics wrote a series of texts known as the Upanishads, which are considered to be some of the most important wisdom teachings in human history. These mystics spoke of love from a first hand experience of union with the Divine and famously reported their experience of that expanded state of Unity Consciousness and Bliss. Tat Tvam Asi -- Thou Art That, says the author of the Chandogya Upanishad.
Whenever people talk of love, of finding their soulmates, of achieving a love that lasts, they are articulating a desire to experience that Unity Consciousness known by exceptional lovers and talented practitioners of advanced spiritual practices. Of that much we can be certain. The goal of love is Unity, and the experience combines an overwhelming sense of openhearted bliss and expanded consciousness that embraces the entire Universe.
Finding Your Satya Center
It is only in a state of bliss, such as the bliss experienced by lovers, meditators and mystics, that we discover our own inner truth.
The word satya in Sanskrit means truth and honesty.
The Vedas say Sate hitam satyam which means The path to ultimate truth or Sat is satya.
Hence all the deeds, words, and wisdom that takes closer to the Ultimate Truth are the truth.
The word satya also implies a unity underlying the apparent conflict and duality of the material world.
The Unity between the Self and Source of creation.
According to the Vedas, satya implies that truth is love. The Unity of the Divine Lovers.
Thus satya implies both inner truth and Cosmic Consciousness. Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and other great spiritual teachers of the East and the West revealed their own inner truth, and we find their Cosmic Consciousness illustrated in their life stories.
Kwan Yin Statue, Photo by Jane Sherry
The great saints and mystics of all religions around the world have experienced the power of this truth in their own lives. Love releases this truth to work in our lives, where it manifests as compassion, joy, wisdom, fearlessness and creative activities of all kinds.
We also carry this inner truth deep within us.
But we've hidden this truth from ourselves. We've closed ourselves to love.
We've exiled ourselves from the Garden of Eden.
And now we're going to explore different ways we can travel the paths of love and relationship back to the garden. We're going to discover how we can open ourselves more and more to a divinely inspired and inspiring love. We're going to come home to our inner truth and find our Satya Center.
Subtle Energy and Lasting Love
We all want to experience a Divine love, a love that unites us with the Beloved and through that loving union, with the Unity that is the Source of all creation.
For Unity is the soul of love. But opening our hearts to love and the experience of Satya -- Truth and Unity -- can be difficult for the modern mind. We are educated to believe that if you can't see the human aura on a radar screen, then the human aura doesn't exist.
We are taught by our politicians, our media and our corporate leaders to see the world as a war of all against all, not a training ground for the development of love in all its varieties.
Our culture values strength, not love, as the ultimate virtue, and sees compassion as a sign of weakness of mind or will, a congenital defect found mainly in religious renunciants far removed from life's daily struggles.
Today, many of us have a divided consciousness. We have renounced direct experience of spiritual realities, and we have elevated our rational mind from servant of the Self to our ultimate arbiter of reality. We attempt to control our bodies and our emotions through arduous physical exercise and repression and denial of "negative" feelings, but this only results in further splits within our consciousness and promotes the eruption of uncontrollable desire, anger, jealousy and aggressive behaviors.
Divided Self by Jane Sherry
We believe that we are no more than our minds and our material bodies, rational animals living within a material universe. We believe in what we can see, feel, hear, smell and touch.
We believe in the body and the pleasures of the body.
Universal life force energy, the Unity of creation, the aura, the Higher Self or Buddha mind, the soul, the healing power of loving compassion, the healing power of prayer, all these are very hard things for the modern mind to understand.
These things are not solid illusions, like a table, which is composed of subatomic waves or particles and a lot of empty space. There are more subtle energies than the table, more powerful, more fundamental to reality.
We understand marriage as a social contract, a convenience, a form of companionship, a celebration of mutual lust, a way to propagate our genes and extend the family name and blood line into the future.
We understand the material aspects of marriage, but we do not understand as well the subtle energy exchange between husband and wife at each of the seven chakras, at seven key levels of the human aura.
We do not understand how the nature of that unique, subtle energy exchange determines the degree of their compatibility and even whether their love can last.
Together, in this book, we will explore the ways that subtle energy exchange between lovers can be understood and analyzed to better understand relationships. We will explore the spiritual science of loving relationships in detail. Together, we will go on a journey to find the truth, and that journey and our ultimate destination constitute at one and the same time the liberation that comes from experiencing satya.
Healing the Divided Self
The spiritual science of subtle energy was lost to the West during the Inquisition but during the Twentieth Century, as global wars and world trade transformed the world into a global village, many types of healing and meditative practices penetrated Western culture, and many have become widespread, although mainstream rational materialism and religious fundamentalism widespread in Western culture continue to manifest immense resistance to these techniques and the metaphysics they represent.
Holistic health and energy healing techniques, such as yoga, Reiki , homeopathy, acupuncture, acupressure, healing touch, creative visualization, shamanic journeying and tai chi, have re-introduced the modern Western world to the ancient wisdom of subtle energy medicine which was originally developed in India, China, Japan, and Africa, by the indigenous peoples of the Americas-- and by peasants, wise women and alchemists in medieval Europe.
The Chakra System of the Human Body by Jane Sherry
Martial arts students of tai chi, karate, and judo have learned from their teachers that proficiency depends upon development of chi, the subtle energy that infuses the human body and aura, and generates strength, power, health and mental focus. Merely developing large muscles and doing aerobic exercises is not enough to reach the highest levels of achievement.
Little by little, the general public in the West is discovering that there is more to our beautiful, complex Universe than meets the eye. There is more to health than chemistry and there is more to love than physical attraction.
In general, in the West, we understand the material world; it's a known quantity we can control. We don't understand subtle energy as well and we don't understand very well the way our own actions, our own everyday routines, interact with the greater web of life around the world.
We often don't know where the gasoline or tea we buy today came from yesterday, what working conditions produced the product, what environmental damage was done creating and packaging the product, or what political repression was required to maintain the international system of distribution that brought us this bounty.
We see ourselves as separated from Nature, from the Divine, and from one another. We believe we have an inherent, perhaps divinely ordained right to dominate the natural world.
We fail to acknowledge the subtle energy exchanges that connect us with one another and with all of Nature. We fail to perceive what we have in common with people who are very different from ourselves. Throughout history, powerful classes of wealthy individuals, strong nations, races and religions have exploited peoples who are less powerful.
Then He Learned to Manipulate by Jane Sherry
We find ourselves in conflict with Nature, at war with one another, straying far indeed from our own true path of Spirit, engaged in a war of all against all, in a predatory competition to see who can be most adept at exploiting the Earth's limited natural resources. At these times, we are far from love. So far from love that we are in danger of destroying the balance of our ecosystem that makes human civilization possible. To restore that balance, we must change our values, our economic system, our drive to dominate and exploit, and base our civilization upon love. That seems like an insurmountable task in the 21st Century. A Utopian vision, a dream, even a delusion. Love is not considered to be a sound basis for building a family or a society in this world where survival of the fittest is the dominant ideology.
Yet in the course of a lifetime, almost everyone feels love of some kind. Love for our Mother and Dad, our first sweetheart, our spouses, children, a spiritual teacher, someone. It is almost inevitable that love will touch us all. In one way or another, if we co-operate, love will lead us on a path out of conflict, away from the divided self, and toward Unity, health, community and self-realization.
When we experience love for our parents, our teachers, our lovers, our wives and husbands, and our children, we wish to become one with them, to share their lives completely, to feel what they feel and have them feel exactly what we are feeling.
Sometimes, in love relationships, we succeed for a moment in connecting with another person in a way that opens up our hearts and dissolves any normal sense of self, time and space, and in those rare moments we know that we two are one.
When, as spiritual aspirants, we wish to know and love God or Goddess, to experience enlightenment, or self-realization, we wish to merge completely with the object of our adoration, we wish to become one with the Divine, to lose our identities and at least for a moment of ecstatic mystical contemplation, to experience that immense, incomprehensible Unity of which the authors of the Upanishads speak, saying, "Thou art That", "Tat Tvam Asi."
All the paths of Love lead eventually to Cosmic Consciousness, to an experience of Oneness. All the ways of Love connect us to the Source of all creation, because the Source is the inexhaustible wellspring of all forms of Love.
That Source of subtle energies may not be visible to the untrained eye, but it generates the true reality. It sparks the inner flame that keeps us alive and maintains the connecting web that unites all people with one another, with the natural world, and with unseen spiritual worlds that exist all around us.
As we begin to re-connect with the ancient wisdom teachings concerning the human energetic system and its relationship to the rest of the Universe, we open ourselves to an experience of that Divine energy which manifests as love and light, an energy we share with one another and with the rest of creation, seen and unseen.
That energy is an intelligent, loving energy, and those who want to know love will learn to focus upon its manifestations within their own bodies, their auras, the natural world, and the greater Universe.
In this way, we can attune ourselves to the harmonies of love. We can synchronize our hearts and minds and bodies with the frequencies of love. And by synchronizing ourselves to the heartbeat of Universal love, we will attract love into our lives.
This will attract to us the sublime experience of loving union with another human being, through a series of meaningful co-incidences, synchronicities and fortuitous occurrences. This has been how lovers have always met one another, and how spiritual aspirants have always met their destined teachers.
This is how soulmates find one another in this material world. This is how we go about healing the divided self.
The God Theory
Where do all these metaphysical ideas about subtle energy come from? What is the Cosmology they reflect? Where did people get the idea that the Source of the Universe is a frequency of energy that is conscious, loving and full of wisdom? Where did the idea that the Universe is somehow a constantly evolving benevolent sentient being arise? Are these ideas and this metaphsyical view of reality in any way compatible with a scientific perspective or as they as divorced from 21st Century science as the views of religious funadmentalism?
Recently I read a book called The God Theory by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Bernard Haisch, who works at UC Berkely and for NASA, which discusses this scientist’s view of the Universe, creation and all that.
Sri Aurobindo, Digital Photo Enhancement by Curtis Lang
I was reading Sri Aurobindo's massive work The Life Divine around the same time and discovered to my surprise that these two books, one arising from the ancient Vedantic spiritual tradition and one arising from the post-modern Western scientific tradition, shared a common view of an evolving intelligent Universe arising from a transcendent ground of being composed of living loving intelligent energy.
Here is our God Theory, which attempts to synthesize the Western view of astrophysics with the ancient Vedantic tradition and its offshoots. Jane and I are not Buddhists, but we do not believe in an anthropomorphic creator God.
We are Interfaith Ministers with a background in mystical Christianity, Qabalah, Shamanism, Vedanta and Buddhist thought.
We have a Hindu spiritual teacher, Shri Anandi Ma, and study Vedanta, which is the ancient Eastern wisdom school teaching tradition from which Buddhism springs. Here is a summary of our view of the Universe. Our understanding of subtle energy exchanges between lovers, and between any individual and the web of life surrounding him or her, is based upon this Cosmology, which is given here in an extremely simplified version. This is just a starting point for further study, but will give you some ideas for further research and meditation.
Our current understanding, which is always subject to revision as we receive new scientific evidence and new direct experience of subtle energies in this world and beyond is that the Divine is an energy, and the Source of this energy, which permeates the Universe, remains unknowable to those of us living in the space-time continuum. The Energy is one, the faces of Unity manifest in the diversity of existence are necessarily multiple. Sages and saints call this Unity by many names.
We believe that all the many gods and goddesses in the Hindu pantheon, and all those depicted in the many diverse religions of the world, are but “masks of God”, as the American mythologist Joseph Campbell explained in his series of encyclopedic books on global comparative mythology and religions. These culturally and socially and psychologically and karmically conditioned, necessarily partial manifestations of the Divine, which can be called Brahman, Ptah, the Absolute, The Mother, God, or many other names.
The Divine, or Absolute, existing beyond time and space, is an infinite Void which is also paradoxically a Source of infinite energy, and two primary characteristics of this Source, this sea of energy, are unlimited consciousness and unlimited, unconditional love.
The Divine experiences unlimited creativity and thus has an infinite number of creative ideas. In other words, the Divine has infinite potential and infinite capacity for self-expression.
In order to truly know itself, this Divine loving consciousness chose to filter itself, to limit itself, to create a realm of polarity within which to manifest creativity. The creative ideation of the Divine establishes a set of basic parameters, which we call “laws of nature”, constants such as the temperature inside stars which allows carbon to form and remain stable, Planck’s constant, and a handful of other mathematical constants which are all set within very tight boundaries to allow this space-time continuum to manifest, stabilize, and grow.
Hunab Ku -- Modern Maya Daykeeper Hunbatz Men calls Hunab Ku “The Only Giver of Movement and Measure”, the Universal Consciousness, “all of the Consciousness that has ever existed in this Galaxy”, and prime organizer of our Galaxy through a series of mathematical structures organizing the space-time continuum at a Galactic level
These laws provide a structure for the Universe so that creation remains stable and flowers over billions of years. Much as a prism filters white light, or infinite potential colors, into a discrete visible spectrum, the creative ideation of the Divine manifests in these “laws”, including the law of evolution, and in the explosion of energy scientists call the Big Bang, which initiated this Universe in its current manifestation, according to a current popular model of the Universe.
That Big Bang took place some fourteen billion years ago, arising from a vast sea of roiling electromagnetic energy. That energy did not exist in a vacuum. There is no such thing as a vacuum in this Universe or elsewhere. We can conceive of a vacuum, but in nature, at the time of the Big Bang, the Universe was defined by a field of energy known as the Zero Point Field.
Astrophysicists say that the Zero Point Field, also called the “quantum vacuum”, is the sea of background electromagnetic energy in the so-called “vacuum” of space. The Zero Point Field is composed of energy wave particles in the quantum realm. These wave particles appear from and disappear continually into another dimension, beyond our four dimensional reality.
Some scientists speculate that the activity in the Zero Point Field could account for the creation of the conditions that led up to the Big Bang but this is still speculative. However, astrophysicists have already generated a substantial body of theoretical knowledge about the Zero Point Field.
According to these theories, the Zero Point Field provides a discernible, measurable, although mysterious, Source of unlimited energy which manifests as all forms of electromagnetic radiation, light, X-rays, ultraviolet, infrared, and what we call Universal Life Force Energy, or Reiki, prana, chi, kundalini, fohat, et cetera.
This energy permeates the “vacuum” of space, and although difficult to measure, some Nobel prize winning scientists, including Bernard Haisch, author of The God Theory, believe that it is so vast that one coffee cup full of this energy could boil all the oceans on earth. We do not notice that energy because it is indeed the background energy against which we perceive all other forms of energy.
The Zero Point Field is a kind of mirror image of the Divine, the transcendent, Absolute Sea of Energy which contains infinite potential, unbounded by time, space or any other constraints.
The Zero Point Field is like the reflection of a bright golden sun in still waters. The Absolute Consciousness is co-terminous with that Unbounded Sea of Energy found beyond all possible Universes. This Absolute Consciousness creates and sustains the Zero Point Field within the constraints of the “laws of nature” that govern this space-time continuum we call the Universe, and the Zero Point Field in turn acts as a primary mechanism for the propagation of energy and matter in accordance with these “laws” or mathematical constants throughout the Universe.
“Let there be light” may be a precise metaphor for creation. Light might indeed be the very first vibration in this Universe, if by light one means electromagnetic radiation, of which light is certainly the primary example. In particular, it appears that contrary to traditional Newtonian physics and Cartesian rationalism, which is a dualistic philosophy, matter is not the primary element in this Universe. Light is the primary element, and matter is simply “solidified” light. The Zero Point Field provides the mechanism by which light, or electromagnetic radiation, interacts with quantum wave particles being created and destroyed continuously throughout the space time continuum to create all matter.
Once a huge roiling sea of energy was created by the Big Bang, the movement of the energy throughout the space-time continuum brought the wave-particles of energy into contact with the continually appearing and disappearing energy of the Zero Point Field. This contact sets up resistance to the movement of the wave-particles of energy created in the Big Bang, and astrophysicists have derived Newton’s theorem f=ma, force = mass times accleration, from the inertia created by this contact.
In other words, mass, which is the primary characteristic of matter in this Universe, is the result of the interplay of the Zero Point Field with other, more long-lived, stable and visible energies. In addition, the Zero Point Field provides the source of the energy that sustains electrons in their paths around the nuclei of atoms. Without this Source of background energy, they would all fall into the nucleus of the atoms they surround very quickly.
Resistance to the movement of subatomic particles/waves of light through the Zero Point Field is theorized to cause gravity, and to precipitate the coalescing of these particles/waves of light into what we call matter.
This Universal field of energy of various wavelengths, in its movement, as it generates gravitational and electromagnetic forces and fields, forms whirlpools of energy vast and small, creating galaxies, solar systems, stars, planets and even the life forms evolving on the planets thus created.
"A Missionary from the Middle Ages explains that he has discovered the point where the Earth and Sky touch one another"
From Camille Flammarion's 1888 book L'atmosphère : météorologie populaire
According to this new science, we are all beings of light, localized fields of crystallized Universal Life Force Energy, interconnected with all that exists by virtue of being contained within the larger Universal Field. My direct experience with Reiki and with meditation and other consciousness expanding techniques convinces me that without a doubt the Universal Life Force Energy that surrounds, inhabits and sustains this physical body, this body of light and this consciousness is a living, conscious, loving energy.
One might say with some degree of exactitude that each of us contains a spark of the energy found in the Zero Point Field, and indeed, a spark of the original energy found in the Absolute, or the Divine, which exists beyond our space-time continuum, and indeed beyond any multiplicity of Universes one may posit.
That Divine consciousness is filtered into our individuated consciousness just as motion picture film filters and focuses white light through a lens to create a virtual reality in a movie theater. When we are awake, on a physical level, the space-time continuum creates the filter, and our consciousness interacting with that continuum creates the “movie” we call our reallity.
On a metaphysical level, the Vedantic tradition describes the "samskaras", or seeds of karma, which are stored in the causal body of light, which is part of that which reincarnates, whether you call it a soul or not. These samskaras act as a further filter which modifies our view of reality, and our motivation, hence our actions, our co-creation in its various aspects.
When we are asleep various internal, primarily subconscious processes are the primary factors that create the filter or the film through which Divine consciousness projects the movie we call our reality.
Curtis Meditating with Medicine Buddha Thanka, photo by Jane Sherry
There are many paths to know this Divine consciousness. One is meditation. When we meditate deeply, thoughts cease. Our physical processes and our samskaras persist, but with practice we can drop the mental filter called “lower mind”, “personality” or “ego-consciousness”, while remaining awake.
At this moment, our consciousness more closely approaches its original state of being, the incessant movie within our heads stops rolling, and the light of consciousness becomes increasingly “white” as it were. We experience the infinite potential and the loving infinite intelligence of the Divine Consciousness which is our original home and our True Self to the best of our ability given our physical condition, our samskaras and the depth and strength of our spiritual practice.
Over time, in meditation, we come to perceive that True Self more directly. As we participate more fully in Truth, which the Vedas call "Satya", we come to realize that each and every sentient being with whom we come in contact is in fact also a manifestation of that Divine Consciousness. We come through direct perception to understand and to know that the entire Universe and the Absolute Energy that sustains it at each and every moment is within each and every wave and particle of our space-time continuum. That Divine, loving energy comprises ultimate Being, Consciousness and Bliss, called Satchitananda in the Vedas.
Over time, through our spiritual practice, this direct perception opens our hearts and we know true compassion for all sentient beings and the entirety of this Universe. Metaphysically, one might say that we achieve various levels of Cosmic Consciousness, and ultimately Union with Brahman, Christ Consciousness, The Divine Mother or Buddha Mind, depending upon our spiritual tradition. One of the first steps along this path of spiritual evolution brings us into contact with what is known as the Higher Mind, that aspect of our consciousness which transcends the ego, the personality, and the physical body we inhabit. Our Higher Mind is a powerful Source of Truth, being connected more directly to the Source of Being, Satchitananda than our normal waking ego-consciousness.
Once we have attained some measure of attunement with Higher Mind, with Truth, our thoughts, emotions, and our actions, even our very wills, become synchronized with the Divine Consciousness, Divine Will and the Divine Plan. We begin to live our lives so as to be of loving service to others, knowing that in this way we fulfill our own grand destiny. In this way, through active, conscious co-operation in our spiritual evolution, we are indeed in the very highest sense co-creators in the Divine Plan, which is for the Absolute Energy beyond time and space to know itself fully by creatively individuating itself in a myriad of forms evolving over time within the framework of the space-time continuum until each spark of individuated consciousness comes to recover its true identity.
The Universe is thus in some sense a sentient being, evolving over time, and destined to eventually recover its true consciousness, its own Divinity.
The entirety of this Universe partakes of Divine Consciousness, is infused with Divine Love and in some sense, is One with the Source of all Creation. Over time, through a series of experiments, each individuated spark of Creation will attain its evolutionary goal, to be a conscious co-creator in this Universal drama.
One can see the entirety of creation as simply lila or Divine Play. The purpose of existence and of creation is certainly a subject for much reflection, but clearly one major element of any such purpose is simply self-knowledge, the propagation of self-consciousness, and the joy of existence.
Self-actualization is also clearly an element of any such purpose. The Absolute Sea of Conscious Loving Energy that somehow creates and sustains this Universe from beyond our four dimensional reality could not know and enjoy its infinite creativity without manifesting its creative ideas. This Universe is one such manifestation, although not by any means the only one.
All sentient beings and all non-sentient forms of nature are infused with the energy of the Divine, the Absolute Sea of Loving Consciousness existing beyond our Universe, and with the energy of Divine Consciousness filtered through the “natural laws” that exist to structure our space-time continuum, which we can know and experience at the quantum level as the Zero Point Field, at the macro level as the magnificence of nature, and which we know through our perception on subtle levels as the Universal Life Force Energy in its manifestations as Reiki, chi, prana, kundalini, et cetera.
As part of our evolution as conscious beings, we come increasingly to reverence the entire web of life that sustains us, for we come to understand that in the most fundamental sense we are one with that web of life.
Great Mother by Jane Sherry
Nature is our Mother, Energy is our Mother, this space-time continuum is her womb, and we are her children. She is most deserving of our love. The Divine Father-Mother Source comprises the manifested forms of nature, the Energy of nature, and the structures that provide that energy and those forms with a framework for manifestation.
One might call the Energy and the forms of Nature the Great Mother. One might call the “laws of nature”, the mathematical constants that structure the Universe the Great Father. The union of the Great Mother and Great Father is known in the Vedas as the unionof Shakti and Shiva. And their union is a reflection of the Unity from which this realm of polarity has arisen, the Absolute Sea of Unconditioned Loving Conscious Energy which provides the source for the energy in the Zero Point field. We might call that Absolute God, but in the final analysis the mind recoils from that which exists beyond all possible perception and cognition. How can one assign names or forms to the unknowable?
In the face of death, the greatest unknowable mystery of all, and confronting the apparent impermanence of all human relations, human beings feel tremendous pain and longing. This pain and longing prompts in us three great desires.
A desire to transcend the personal ego and unify with God, a desire to share with our brothers and sisters, and a desire to unite with another human being in a love relationship.
Healing the Wounded Heart of the World by Jane Sherry
The desire to love is synonymous with the desire to transcend the limitations of the ego and the physical body, and thus the desire to transcend death itself.
In Plato's Symposium Aristophanes gives his famous history of the origins of human love and the nature of soulmates.
Aristophanes says that human love arose in response to an act of Divine retribution for the human sin of pride.
As we shall see, Aristophanes sees human love as a quest for lost unity of spirit. As in the myth of the Garden of Eden, the gods punish humanity's prideful nature by cutting us off from the experience of Unity, which is our own inner truth.
By finding a true soulmate, human beings can help one another recover their original, exalted nature, at one with the Universe, as Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden before the Fall.
The early ancestors of today's human beings were very powerful spiritual beings, and the gods feared them. According to Plato's Symposium, "... The gods could not suffer their insolence to be unrestrained. At last, after a good deal of reflection, Zeus discovered a way.
"He said: 'Methinks I have a plan which will humble their pride and improve their manners; men shall continue to exist, but I will cut them in two and then they will be diminished in strength and increased in numbers; this will have the advantage of making them more profitable to us. They shall walk upright on two legs, and if they continue insolent and will not be quiet, I will split them again and they shall hop about on a single leg'. He spoke and cut men in two, like a sorb-apple which is halved for picking, or as you might divide an egg with a hair.' "
Such is our current predicament. Each of us living on Earth today is a soul that has been split in two.
We have been split in two by our beliefs, by the internalized patriarch who judges and controls us through guilt and shame, by Zeus, father of the egoistic self.
So, we believe that body and mind are separate things. We believe that man must dominate and control nature. We believe that, living in these bodies, we cannot sense or experience Universal Life Force Energy or know or experience Higher Worlds inhabited by beings of light.
We believe that we are our egos, our bodies, but in our hearts we ask ourselves, "Who am I, really?" and "Why do I feel incomplete?"
Each human being has a deep desire for completion, for self-realization, for unity, equal in power to the fear and longing felt when first confronting the fact of death and impermanence, and that desire impels each one of us into the arms of another, into a love relationship in one form or another. Each of us has a deep intuitive knowing, hidden within our heart, a small, still voice that speaks to us of unity. That inner voice whispers to us, speaks of the world of sense perception as mere illusion, and assures us that we are truly immortal beings of light, higher consciousness and love.
Divided Self Made Whole by Jane Sherry
When Soulmates Meet
Aristophanes spoke of love between a man and a youth. Same sex love. But this ancient wisdom applies equally to all love relationships of choice and desire, whether heterosexual or homosexual, platonic and mental, or erotic or sexual in nature.
Aristophanes continued his discourse on love with this description of what happens when soulmates meet. "And when one of them meets with his other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and will not be out of the other's sight, as I may say, even for a moment: these are the people who pass their whole lives together; yet they could not explain what they desire of one another. For the intense yearning which each of them has toward the other does not appear to be the desire of lover's intercourse, but of something else which the soul of either evidently desires and cannot tell..."
This is the Western Classical origin of the notion of "soulmates", individuals who are destined to meet and complete one another in an enduring love relationship. Each soulmate has the positive qualities lacking in the other, so that through their interaction they transmit to one another these positive qualities, and heal the wounds inflicted by Zeus, when he split men and women like apples, in his long ago garden.
Aristophanes makes it clear that the "soulmates" have a relationship based not upon rational calculation, or sexual desire, but upon subtle energy exchanges of a very intimate kind, and that their love union takes them to a place beyond words and ego, a place where two become one.
The Rosarium Philosophorum, 1550
"If Hephaestus, son of Zeus, were to ask the pair; 'do you desire to be wholly one, always day and night to be in one another's company? For if this is what you desire, I am ready to melt you into one and let you grow together, so that being two you shall become one, and after your death in the world beyond you will still be one departed soul instead of two — I ask whether this is what you lovingly desire?' — and there is not a man or woman of them who, when they heard the proposal, would not acknowledge that this melting into one another, this becoming one instead of two, was the very expression of their ancient need. And the reason is that human nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and pursuit of the whole is called love."
The love relationship is for many human beings, the very first conscious experience of unity, when defenses fall away, masks drop off and we truly feel united with our loved one in a surging exchange of energy that opens us up to our true nature, and allows us to see mysterious depths within our Beloved -- often for the first time.
At that moment we experience one another as beings without qualities. Where there had been mind, ego, personality is now just energy, just a Void. In that moment, we know Love for the first time, we touch Buddha Mind, we partake of Cosmic Consciousness, and the door opens to Self-Realization.
There is an esoteric meaning to Plato's story about love.
The great Twentieth Century psychologist Carl Jung understood the wisdom teachings of the great Masters of the East and West, and the fundamental truths expressed by Plato and by later Western spiritual masters, such as the alchemists and the Hermetic Kabbalists of medieval Europe. Jung went so far as to say that the alchemists created the “forerunner of our modern philosophy of the unconscious.”
Jung’s work describes intense, complex interactions between the male and female aspects of the psyche, leading to a state of “individuation” comparable to enlightenment or Unity with the Divine.
Jung stated that each man has a female personality within his psyche, called the Anima, and each woman has a male personality within her psyche, called the Animus. Psychologically, each of us strives to reconcile these opposites within our psyche, and to achieve the ultimate goal, the state of Oneness described by mystics of the East and west alike.
In The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, Jung said, “I use the term ‘individuation’ to denote the process by which a person becomes a psychological ‘in-dividual’, that is, a separate, indivisible unity, or whole.”
The highest goal of human existence is surely to experience a Divine Love, union with the Source. Jung agreed with the European alchemists who perfected the study of the Hermetic Kabbalah that the resolution of the duality within the psyche of the individual results in the “loss” of the egoistic personality, which we each identify as our separate selves, and the blossoming of a state of consciousness described in the Western mystery school tradition as the “Higher Self”.
New Age mystery school teachings of the West hold that when our bifurcated souls incarnate on Earth, in the vast majority of cases, only one of the twin souls incarnates.
The other half of the soul, which is of opposite sexual polarity, resides in the invisible world of spirit.
Thus, at a fundamental level, each man has a twin soul, a Divine Woman, a Higher Self, as it were, existing in heaven, and each woman has a twin soul, a Divine Man, a Higher Self, existing on high. The Higher Self is a source of inspiration, insight, revelation, and intuitive guidance. Achieving constant communication with the Higher Self is one of the major goals of mystery schools of the East and West, documented in the ancient sacred texts called the Vedas and in medieval alchemical texts and pictures.
The Laboratory, by John Collier, 1895
Mystery teachings of the East tend to emphasize the androgynous nature of the Higher Self, but in both East and West, the basic idea of the mystics is the same.
There is an Earth-bound soul, identified with body and Ego and Mind, and there is a Higher Self living in the invisible world of spirit, which contains the finest qualities of spirit, including those we lack which are found in the opposite sex.
So there is a war within human beings between the ego and the Higher Self. Mystics of East and West have taught that we must subdue (or extinguish) the ego and establish a strong link with the Higher Self to attain our spiritual goals.
When we can subdue the ego, let it go, put it on hold somehow, and surrender to the Higher Self, we contact our own inner truth, our Satya Center. From that point on in our spiritual development, we have access to inner spiritual guidance from our own center of inner truth.
Through meditation and other practices, we can learn to quiet the mind and listen to the voice of inner truth; we can learn to act upon the quiet promptings of our own inner spiritual guidance to perform compassionate works in the world. As our capacity to tune in to inner truth increases, our capacity for love grows and grows.
For mystics of both Eastern and Western traditions, close study of sacred texts, meditation, austerities, celibacy, fasting, yoga, and other spiritual practices helped practitioners to let go of the ego, surrender to the Universe, and experience the Truth of Universal Unity, which Aristophanes claimed to be the true goal of human love.
Another path to that same goal is surely to experience the Oneness of a spiritual love union, the unity of two human beings who share a conscious intent to help one another attain Oneness with their Higher Selves.
In some instances, twin souls will incarnate in different bodies at the same time on Earth, and their meeting is a rare and magical moment -- when soulmates find themselves.
In other cases, affinity and repulsion that exist among individuals bound tightly by marriage, family and friendship stems from shared karma of one kind or another, a shared proclivity to act out certain types of psycho-dramas, with assigned roles and seemingly pre-ordained outcomes.
Karmic soulmates often incarnate at the same time on Earth, in circumstances that would allow for them to meet during a given lifetime, to work out their mutual karma by learning the lessons their interaction will provide.
The truth is that karmic soulmates can improve their relationship by working together in a shared spiritual practice designed to subordinate the ego to the Higher Self and enhance their access to inner spiritual truth and guidance.
By learning about the laws of love, and by creating a shared intent to heal their relationship and align their relationship with the unconditional love twin souls and angels know and feel, karmic soulmates free themselves from the burdens of their histories, and give themselves permission to love one another in perfect freedom.
All paths of love lead to the one goal, the center of the circle, which is in each one of us, our Satya Center. The center of the circle is the tip of the mountain top, the path is a path of Ascension, and the goal is to reach that still point which is awareness of the Unity that exists beyond the illusions of the dualistic mind and the material reality perceived by our five senses.
Magic Lantern Cave Ladder by Jane Sherry
As Jesus said, we must lose ourselves to find the Divine within ourselves. We must lose our over identification with our bodies, our minds, our egos, our personalities, which keep us trapped in a state of alienation, unable to truly open our hearts, and unable to sustain a love relationship that lasts.
The more that we identify with our Higher Self, with the Divine Lover who watches over us, our own Holy Guardian Angel, if you will, the more love will be attracted to us in our lives.
For the Higher Self exists in a perpetual state of love, where inner truth and Universal Bliss become one.
Individuals and couples with a sincere desire to experience higher states of love must diligently pursue a spiritual practice designed to unify the ego personality and the Higher Self, for in this way they will open themselves to a transforming experience of Self-Love.
As we shall see in the next article about Self-Love, without Self-Love we have nothing to offer the Beloved. To attract love to you, you must be in a loving state, a state of self-love, and you must have a willingness to share the abundance of that loving state with another being.
So develop a more intimate relationship with your own Higher Self, search diligently for your own Satya Center, your own inner truth, and you will surely become both a radiant being, lit with self-love, and an irresistible magnet of love.
READ NEXT CHAPTER: Chapter 2: The Alchemy of Love