Yet I’m not referring to a, perhaps, Pollyannaish version of “love”, such as “love conquers all” in the storybook sense.
I’m referring, instead, to an energy which we have labeled “love”; love is thought of an emotion which stirs the soul and produces desirable, euphoric feelings, yet love is much more than this.
Here’s a Love Quiz
To examine love as a force, ponder these groups of questions and answer them for yourself
- Although we are quick to think of romance, is love only confined to romance? Do you, for example, love your children and parents any less than your spouse or lover? Isn’t placing love in a romantic milieu actually only limiting, or confining, it?
- Is romantic love, which we’re often so apt to think of, really any stronger than platonic love? Hasn’t your love for your children and parents often proven more durable and resilient than love you’ve shared with a romantic partner? Don’t we usually say that “blood is thicker than water?”
- Doesn’t love actually come is a multitude of forms and iterations? Although love can be expressed as empathy, explicit kindness, reassurance, or encouragement, can’t other types of messages be expressed through love? For example, isn’t is accurate to say that correcting a child’s misbehavior or administering consequences to help teach good habits are actually acts of love? Do you agree that messages of love are not always flowery, let alone easy to hear?
- Don’t you know with absolute certainty when you feel love? Even though you cannot, literally, prove that you feel love, is there any reason to doubt that you do? Aside from individual issues of personal trust, is there any reason to doubt anyone else’s self-professed experience of feeling love?
- Can you forcibly take love from someone else and still authentically feel it? Mustn’t love be given freely to you? Is it possible for someone to actually take love from you or must you choose to share it with her or him?
- Can love be both present and absent, alike? Can’t you tell when love is, and when love is not, there? Do you know when love, previously not present, has been shared with, and received by, you?
- Is love something that you can sometimes attempt to share, yet find it is not received? At least not in the manner you intended or hoped it would? Have you experienced someone being disappointed, frustrated, or confused by their attempts to share love with you and your inability, or unwillingness, to receive it? Isn’t love an experience that both the giver and the receiver must willing engage in?
- Is it possible for animals to receive love from humans? Is it possible for humans to receive love from animals? Is the same true for plants?
- Is love bound by time? Can love travel across time barriers? Can you share love with a person no longer alive, for example? Or, can you still experience love you shared with someone during your childhood?
- Is love bound by space? Can love travel across distance and bypass a lack of physical proximity. Can you experience love, for example, with someone who in California while you’re in New York? Can you share love with someone sequestered from any contact with you, with no access to email, phone, social media, or text?
Share your answers in the comments section below or just make mental notes.
I’ll Share My Answers Soon in Another Post
And I’ll share my conclusions about what they mean.
And stay tuned to this website for more tips and techniques to use new paradigms from quantum physics to align your beliefs with your desires and experience much more pleasing life circumstances…