What is the essence of love? This presents a difficult problem for the mind. Questions about love could be added to the list of questions including; what is consciousness, what is life and what am I? Love has compelled many people to acts of bravery in which a person risked it all for love. Is this question about love perhaps a question that should not be considered or debated too intensely? We don’t truly know what it is. We may never mentally “know” what it is; but we can experience it…we can even unite with it. Isn’t this what occurs in the dimension of aware consciousness?
Love has all the indications of being closely intertwined with consciousness. Love is perhaps the essence of consciousness which is felt by us as an emotion called love; who can say for sure. It is however “there”. We can sense this in the same manner as we have always sensed that there is a certain “something” that we have chosen to call “consciousness”.
I was overwhelmed with an inspiration today. This inspiration was initiated through a sense of endless love. It was very intense. The real beauty of the experience was in the state of awareness that occurred. The sensation of love did not originate from the thoughts of a beautiful flower, a lovely face or any other form that we associate with the feelings of love. The love I felt in that moment was void of anything that would commonly be associated with love. “It” was simply there in that moment. It reminded me of the experiences that I have in a state of unified consciousness.
This union that I speak of is between form and universal consciousness. What initiated this love sensation was a random impulse (mind or consciousness; I am not sure) relating to a good friend. This person is having issues with her health and self-esteem. I recently spoke to her. I could sense the essence of this person. It was fascinating because I could feel the “self”. I didn’t experience her or me; I witnessed everything. This is a difficult experience to describe in words.
The Essence of Love
I have often considered the origin of love. There have been many ups and downs in my experiences with love. The moment of reflection concerning my friend gave me insightful knowledge of love. I suddenly knew that it is never about finding the beauty of love through a beautiful flower, a lovely face or even a kind word or action. It is rather about sensing and experiencing the love / consciousness in everything. We might say that it is beneficial to “be” love or “be” consciousness. The objects; a flower or beauty face may be a portal to enter this dimension of love but these things can never be “love”. This experience was very profound for me. This was the first time that I have looked beyond everything associated with love; thus found the essence of love.
I feel the desire to express the experience above as follows. Within a single eternal moment I looked beyond all things that my and all minds have created. It was as if I saw the self; as if I experienced everything. It is as if I am love; I am consciousness. You are also this “I”. You are everything.
The video link is from Jidda Krishnamurti “Exploring the Essence of Love”. This is part four of a six part retreat.
Best wishes to everyone