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Part I - Introductory Section: Maps and Tools

Chapter  5  - Part  2 of  2


LOVE

Drawn from ideas shared by Edith Stauffer, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, Torkom Saraydarian, Alice Bailey, Scott Peck and others before them.

PURPOSE:-

To foster Life. To bring forth the best potential. To extend the Self in the service of the spiritual growth of the loved one and of the whole.12 Goodwill in action. Love evokes, and partners, joy.

The Right building in form, the Right use of form, the Right destructuring of the forms so built when they no longer serve.

To build or restore Right Relationship, Unanimity, Harmony, and Peace.

THERE IS AN UNFOLDMENT OF LOVE

 

To first - to love oneself fully

then - special others fully

then all others inclusively

and fully, and through

this

to love

the Source of Life fully

There are so many ways we use the word love, we can become confused. We use "love" for liking ("I love golf"), for romantic attraction, for maternal, paternal, filial, brotherly, sisterly and group forms of love. Most of these "loves" are conditional upon the loved person or object meeting some expectations in the mind of the one "giving" the love. As we contemplate these many different kinds of "love" we begin to see different "levels" of love, different qualities of energy, and different ways of using the will.

The first level is "conditional love".

1. CONDITIONAL LOVE

Conditional love is like a kind of bargain with the Universe to give you self-love if you "take care of" people. Tends to make others responsible for your needs and happiness. Includes the "Care-taker ", "Good Prostitute", "Reluctant Martyr", "Rescuer ", stances in life. Wants, and to a degree does get, rewards and approval from others. There are secondary gains in this position, though the price paid is being less than one's True Self.

Possessive, holds on when the other grows or heals...and then needs another needy partner. Expectations++. "I will love you (=take care of you) if you are good, clever, white, black, richer, poorer, sicker or more well than me, male, female...etc..." "I love you and if you love me you must promise me...." etc. Can easily feel victimized/angry again when the conditions are not met. Can make the one loved in this way feel very resentful ("hostile dependency"). Dependent on the approval of others.

"Social Activist Level I" ..."Crusader" ("I will fight for peace, - even if I have to kill or assassinate to get it"). Still angry with personalities and more focused on those than upon issues, therefore oversimplifies. "I will love you if you adopt my point of view, the "right" political persuasion....or do what my parents did - or did not do" Easily falls prey to anger or fear, or feels victimised if frustrated. Can explode with frustration and become "Perpetrator" or "Terrorist"; or feel powerless - "Doormat" or "Victim".

This level corresponds in psychosynthesis to the level of the subpersonalities. There is a tendency to "love" only the perceived "victim" in any situation, to identify with the victim, and to hate the perceived "oppressor". Unable to see that the oppressor is also suffering, but in a different way and expressing their suffering differently. Both the victim and the oppressor are giving out a cry for love and for their unmet needs to be met. There is a tendency for one operating at this level to hold others responsible for their happiness (and therefore unhappiness!), and at the same time push love or help away when it has been offered. This often leads to burn-out, or a win-lose situation, in which all are losers. I call this the Bermuda Triangle (see diagram).

2. TOUGH LOVE

Tough Love is less dependent upon others for a sense of self-worth and self-esteem. A more skilled Care-giver. Self-love and self-esteem is enough to take more positive action. Recognises own needs and is willing to take responsibility for getting them met. Can confront caringly. "I love myself enough to love you and tell you the truth"... "I can serve you without manipulations".

Can also receive love with openness, does not push it away when it is offered.

"Social Activist Level II", Can separate people from their actions, more focused on issues than on personalities. "We are separate but equal" "I give you responsibility for your actions, the way you lead your life, and I take full responsibility for mine". Can negotiate assertively - i.e. firmly, but without putting the other party down .

This level corresponds more to the level of the psyche called in psychosynthesis, the personal self. There is more discrimination, will, love and energy.

3. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

It is the exploration of what this might be that we do from now on in this seminar - and in life after the seminar! Its mystery and depth cannot be explained. Yet we all recognise its presence and its magic. It reveals itself through joy, which can even increase in adversity. We can learn to see ourselves as moving towards becoming able to express it ever more fully. We can learn the steps in developing this quality, which is still in the process of evolving or revealing itself.

Unconditional love is enlarging the self, and an act of will. It is not a feeling or an emotional reaction. Think of the difference between falling in love, and growing in love through all difficulties and conflicts. Unconditional love is an act of mental and spiritual will, it cannot and does not take place upon the emotional level, which is where the problems first register. Unconditional love is extending oneself in the service of the spiritual growth of oneself and/or another, independently of reward or the behavior of others.

To truly love in this way could include:-

  • To call forth a sense of responsibility, and a capacity to make wise choices.

  • To point out weaknesses people have, - but very caringly so that the best in the person is drawn forth in response, rather than resistance.

  • To challenge people to strive and attain, and discover their true selves..

  • To help people work on their habits and weaknesses so that they become stronger. To show them how to use their will correctly.

  • To help people learn to cooperate, and thus to overcome their little egos.

  • To engage people in working for humanity.

  • To teach people how to overcome their prejudices, resentments, separative tendencies, vanities, illusions, and other blocks to their own joy.

To truly love in this way does not mean:

  • To surrender to weakness.

  • To accept things that are harmful.

  • To encourage weakness or irresponsibility.

  • To accept dirt or ugliness in thought, feeling or action.

  • To exploit or use people.

  • To put people into sleep.

  • To tolerate laziness.

Unconditional love causes you to see what has really caused a situation and to see through the outer appearances to the true needs or yourself and others, without criticism of yourself or others . It causes you to see the basic good in yourself and other(s).

Unconditionally loving people see their own errors and joyfully self-correct them .

They love themselves, others and the Source of Life, and therefore the whole of life. In particular, they are inclusive, and can maintain love and goodwill towards both the apparent "victim" and "oppressor" in a situation.

They seek to radiate their inner harmony and joy, peace and healing into any situation - without conditions or expectation of reward, and independently of the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others.

They are group conscious and do not react by immediately taking sides.

They serve the cause of peace and goodwill, and can often find ways to a fair solution of conflict that are not available to emotionally charged people. Gandhi taught the use of ahimsa and satyagraha, which is the willingness to cooperate harmlessly with the good intentions of the other for the true benefit of both.

The Forgiveness Process can be seen to be a process which moves us towards this goal of unconditional love.
 

"Peace on earth will come

when the love of power

is replaced by

the power of love."

Sri Chinnoy

 

The levels of unconditional love

Drawn from Edith Stauffer's book, "Unconditional Love and Forgiveness".

In the physical body there is warmth and relaxation of muscle tension. Further research is needed to delineate the other physiological effects of unconditional love - on pain, mood, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, immune and other systems. And upon bio-rhythms - appetite, sleep, hormonal cycles.

Many categories of drugs are used to counteract the effects of the sustained unforgiving state - muscle relaxants, tranquillizers, analgesics, hypnotics, antidepressants, anti-adrenergic drugs etc. These are very expensive and becoming more so. Unconditional Love is free!

At the emotional level, there is openness, absence of defensiveness, fullness, completeness, and acceptance. Patience, inner peace, kindness, outgoing goodwill are all increased.

On the mental level there is a greater objectivity and understanding, a wider perspective that embraces all points of view, accepts and allows for the differences between people. There is absence of blaming or judgmental criticism.

On the spiritual level one relates to others as one would like to be related to. One accepts others as being of equal worth to oneself. One sees the needs of oneself and others accurately and desires to met those needs if practical. There is an all-pervading feeling of positive, creative, loving energy. One wants to give to others with no sense of "should". One wants to relate to others inclusively. There is an increasing sense of oneness and shared humanity with all. Above all there is trust, a deep sense of inner security and of knowing that for oneself and others all is well within, even in times of deep crisis.

One could say that the state of being unconditionally loving towards oneself, all others, and the Source of Life, and of being unconditionally loved from within, is our "natural state", in the sense that when it is experienced, it is like "coming home". It meets some of our most fundamental needs.

A law that can be tested in the laboratory of life is that one who maintains the attitude of love will also receive love - not necessarily from certain specific individuals, but from the Source of Life and from their own Higher Self.

Transpersonal love is not the same as the other "loves" for which we use that word:- mother love / father love / romantic love / possessive love / sexual love / mateship / loving an activity e.g. golf (cathexis) / loving a place

Most often these are far removed from unconditional love, because they may turn to resentment if one partner disappoints the expectations of the other. These "loves" are often very conditional:- "I will love you provide that you ........................." If the expectations are not met, the love is withdrawn. The word "love" is thus very often used to describe a feeling, and emotion, a desire, but this is not what unconditional love turns out to be.

Beware of the illusion created that your love is unconditional which occurs for as long as your conditions are being met! Under these conditions we may feel as if we have been experiencing love.

When the demands are not met however, we may cultivate an attitude of hostility or resentful indifference, to drive out fear and to feel strong. This "strength" may feel good enough that we entertain it for a long time, not knowing how to transform it into something more worthwhile. In fact we are being weakened and harmed by it. Hostility blinds us to the good in others and ourselves. Cynicism is one variety of this which research has definitely shown to be a health hazard. Hostility closes us to love. It is a defense, a protection against what we perceive as bad. It is natural that we should want to destroy that which we perceive as bad or threatening, but the hate damages us.

Looking for the good or the good potential does not imply ignoring the negative, it is simply a choice to give attention to the good as much or more than to the bad. Energy follows thought.....if you only give water to the weeds in your garden you quickly end up with a garden full of weeds.....

It is unlikely that anyone can live a day without finding that conditions have been put on someone which need to be cancelled in order to maintain the flow of love. Especially those with whom we live and work.

"Forgiveness makes whole

both the forgiver

and the one forgiven"

Edith Stauffer

It is not hard to imagine the different quality of driving that would occur in the resentful state as opposed to driving in a loving state. Or of handling machinery; or of lifting with tight or relaxed back muscles; of teaching in a school; of performing surgery; of nursing; of negotiating in conflict situations in the home or workplace; or internationally. The implications for health care, industrial relations, international peace, or for education are not hard to see.


JOY

Joy is not really an emotion. It is more like an energy, a quality of the Higher Self. Happiness is an emotion. Happiness and joy are not the same, though the words are sometimes used as if they were. Happiness is a personality reaction. It is the contentment of your personal emotions, and it disappears when you are disappointed. The search for happiness alone ties you to always seeking your pleasure and avoiding pain. Happiness is the goal of the separated self. But joy can flow through you even in adverse circumstances, if you are in touch with your Higher Self. It is a quality of the Higher Self, or Soul, realized when the lower self aligns itself with the purpose of the Higher Self.

I said earlier that unconditional love reveals itself through joy. This is because it is in alignment with the will of the Higher Self. The following ideas are drawn from Torkom Saraydarian's book "Joy and Healing".

Think of some of (and the sum of) joy's effects:

1. Radiance of the eyes and face.

2. Clarity of thinking, and understanding.

3. Alertness and sensitivity.

4. Vitality and health. Improved physical conditions.

5. Eagerness, and punctuality.

6. Diligence and perseverance in the face of difficulties.

7. Freedom to..... is more than freedom from........

8. Openness.

9. Cooperativeness.

10. Lovingness.

11. It regenerates and heals.

12. It purifies and disperses negativity.

13. It expands.

14. It links people.

15. It strengthens.

16. It helps to unfold the best in anyone or any situation.

17. It harmonises.

18. It magnetises you to the best - to your best qualities, and to the forces of abundance.

19. It energises.

20. It increases endurance.

 

Joy is increased by cultivating:

1. Forgiveness, deeper love, compassion, gratitude, and contentment.

2. Inclusiveness.

3. Dedication to the seeds of fine qualities within you.

4. Cooperativeness and cooperation with others.

5. Expansion of consciousness and a larger perspective.

6. Contact with your inner Self.

7. The striving towards beauty, service, freedom, and right relations with others and within your own psyche.

8. Causal thinking (thinking deeply about the causes of events, and working with causes more than with effects).

9. Meditation upon divine archetypes - the qualities and forces underlying beauty, wisdom, love, spiritual will, harmony, divine intelligence, order and goodwill, for example.


Joy is decreased by:

1. Anger, hatred, greed, ugliness in thought or action, jealousy or envy.

2. Causing fear to others.

3. Untruth.

4. Lack of goodwill and forgiveness.

5. Pressure.

6. Denying freedom to others.

7. Misuse of others and their belongings.

8. Arrogance, lack of respect.

9. Non-inclusiveness.

10. Insincerity.

11. Gossip. Nosiness.

12. Criticism. Setting goals and expectations for others.

13. Irresponsibility.

14. Trying to own or possess the object of your love


We can give joy by:

1. Helping others to see truth.

2. Giving them vision and hope for the future.

3. Teaching them how to solve their problems and challenges for themselves.

4. Helping them to contact their inner Self.

5. Helping them discover and increase their creativity.

6. Helping them be grateful, giving, and sharing.

7. Helping them give joy to others.

 

To give joy does not mean:

1. To flatter people.

2. To bribe people.

3. To try to please people.

4. To yield to people's appetites and habits.

5. To allow people to deceive you.

6. To allow people to follow a destructive path.


There is also joy in service:

1. From working in with a group.

2. In the contrast between the dark struggle and holding on through difficult conditions and the light of fruition of wise and loving plans.

3. In the strengthened links of tried and trusted companionship that can arise through shared adversity or suffering.

4. In the peace that lies in the heart of any victory over odds.

5. In the consciousness of days well spent, bringing greater love, wisdom, or strength to people in a needy world.

6. In lifting up a needy brother or sister a little higher on the ladder of their growth, helping them to grow in love, wisdom, or inner strength. In helping them to express the qualities of their inner, or Higher Selves.

True love and joy increase in adverse conditions and when given away. Happiness can be foregone in trying circumstances, but joy can be known in the midst of profound personality distress and unhappiness. Joy is of the Soul. It has been said that we would do well to work towards joy, not for it. Happiness is but the result of achieved personality desire. Joy is the expression of the Soul, or Higher Self. Joy is a quality that grows out of Self-realization. Joy lets in the light. Joy is a special kind of wisdom.

Points of crisis are useful

in calling in the

power of the Soul.

The "anatomy" of unconditional love is further to be understood through practising the Goodwill Patterns or transpersonal mind-sets (see the section about these).
 

JOY EXERCISES

Drawn with gratitude from "Joy and Healing", by Torkom Saraydarian. I strongly recommend you to get this inspiring book for the greater details in it about the nature of joy and how we can apply and increase it in the lives of ourselves and those around us. See resources list for source reference.

EVEN A SMALL APPLICATION OF THESE EXERCISES CAN BRING GOOD RESULTS.

Joy Exercise I

1. Close eyes and relax.

2. Remember the earliest joy you experienced.

3. Where was it? When? What was the weather? What time of day? What was the environment? What were you wearing? How did you look? Were there other people there? Who? Go slowly and get as many details as possible from your memory.

4. Now re-experience the same joy as if it were happening in the present. Feel the joy all through your nature.

5. Do it several times, letting it become clearer and more real. Home in on this memory, eliminate other memories for the time being. Set your analytical mind to rest during this time, so that you are free from its interference. Simply enjoy the memory and experience as a little child would, with openness and wonder.

6. It is possible that emotion will surface and you may cry - let the tears flow but continue to set free the joy in the experience.

7. Continue to experience the joy as you experienced it in the past. Be the age you were when you experienced the joy.

8. Now let your "past being" enjoy the experience, and you observe what is happening to the that person who is re-experiencing his/her past joy. Observe what is happening to his/her mind, emotions, and body. Observe the effect of his/her joy on others and on the environment. Go slowly and be clear in your observations.

Note: Saraydarian recommends that you can do this for 1/2-2 hours, and 3 times a week if you choose. It is best to wait 2 hours after eating, or 6 hours after sexual relations, to avoid doing it before you want to go to sleep (it may energise you too much), and to avoid doing it if you are too tired (rest physically first). Avoid hurry, do it patiently.

Use other experiences of joy after the first week. Imagine your body surrounded and penetrated by white light at the end of each session, to deepen your calmness and serenity. Take care to re-orient yourself back into your practical life situation bringing some of the joy with you to express in your daily life. After going over 7 experiences of joy, rest from the exercises for 15 days and really express this joy in your daily life.

After 6 months move on to the next exercise, with the same guidelines.

Joy Exercise II

1. Remember an event in which you witnessed some other person who was really in joy. Feel, understand, re-experience his/her joy.

2. See the person as s/he was. See yourself as you were. Remember the time, weather, other people, etc.

3. Observe the way the other person was in joy - physically, emotionally, and mentally - the details of eyes, voice, words, movement or stillness.

4. Now share the joy, not being this other person but sharing . Get more details and depth, and then observe how the joy was transferred to you and why.

5. Do this 3 times a week, then find a new person each week, for 6 months.

Joy Exercise III

Remember an event in which a person shared your joy. (This is the reverse of exercise II). Observe how and why your joy was felt and experienced deeply by the other person.

Joy Exercise IV

Remember joys you intentionally caused others.

Joy Exercise V

Remember joys others intentionally caused to you.

Joy Exercise VI

Remember joys from Nature, - again and again, flowers, meadows, rivers, the sea, waterfalls, trees, forests, rainbows, sunrises and sunsets, birds, insects, animals......

Joy Exercise VII - Creating a new identity.

Make a list of 30 or so good qualities you have stored within you. Taking one quality daily for one month, think for 5-10 minutes how you can increase this quality in yourself, harmlessly, quietly, without expecting recognition from anyone else. Also become aware of the obstacles in you to the expression of these good qualities, and see ways of getting past them.

Joy Exercise VIII

Be selective - choose specifically physical joys, then emotional joys, then mental joys (creativity, reasoning, thinking, speaking etc.) to observe differences and subtleties.

Joy Exercise IX - Creating joy in the imagination and the radiation of joy.

1. Visualize a mountain on which you are walking. See the flowers, bushes, greenery, rivers, waterfalls - build the experiences you like best into it. Feel and smell the flowers, touch the trees and bushes, listen to the birds, lie on your back in the sunshine - let everything go and feel joyful.

2. See light between the leaves of trees. See a lovely little bird or animal coming close to you and allowing you to touch and stroke it. See your body as it lies there, and you are watching your body. In your imagination fly up to the top of a tall tree, and see the whole valley, everything very beautiful. Even fly up onto a cloud if you feel like it. Look down at the scene and your body peacefully lying there.

3. While up there, start to sing something beautiful that you love, to every creature that can hear it, with love and joy.

4. Send a ray of joy to someone, like a beam of light. People you love, family, friends, parents, people alive or dead. No judgment, no rationalizations, just sending joy - to sick people, depressed people, unsuccessful people....be a fountain of joy.

5. Send joy to your body, its energy (or Etheric), and its physical nature. You may like to imagine it like violet light, and take it to every part in turn, front and back, and deep within. Use blue light to disperse cloudy areas, then pour in more joy. (There are many kinds of color meditations, sending different colors to different energy centers of the body. The most important factor is that there should be the subtle qualities of love and joy carried on the colors you choose).

Joy Exercise X - creating future joy

1. Create a future event in your imagination and radiate joy into it. See yourself joyfully performing some service that will bring benefit and joy to yourself and others.

2. Imagine a success, a future enterprise or special work you are planning to do. Visualize yourself becoming whatever is your vision for your best self, your highest dream actualized - infused with joy. Repeat this several times, for 30-60 minutes.

3. Rub your hands together and touch your face and eyes, before opening them.

Joy Exercise XI

1. Feel extreme joy throughout your body, emotions, and mind. Really sense what joy is. Sense it your toes, hands, bones, arms, legs, abdomen, chest, spine, neck, face, tongue, head... inside and out, all over, a complete unit. See joy radiating out.

2. Radiate joy out as much as you like with all parts of your body, especially your hands. Send it to all parts of this troubled planet, in turn, and to all kingdoms in nature. And if you cry in joy as you do this, the tears will be quite different to the tears your cry in sadness.
 

Meditation on Joy

We cultivate joy in the field of our consciousness by sowing the seeds of joy in it. The harvest is great. Dedicate some time each week to the cultivation of joy.

1. Relax, physically, emotionally, mentally.

2. Inhale joy into your being, and exhale joy, three times.

3. Focus your consciousness above your head, and visualize a beautiful rainbow between two mountains.

4. Let the beauty of the rainbow fill your whole nature with additional joy.

5. Meditate on the seed thought: "Joy is harmony between the Self and the Cosmic Self, emotionally sensed, intellectually approved, intuitionally actualized" (or one below).

6. After 15-20 minutes, record your thoughts and experiences in a special book.
 

On the evening of the same day review your day:

1. Relax.

2. Was I joyful today? All day?

3. What effects do I see in my nature and in the natures of others with whom I relate?

4. Did I see the wisdom of joy in action?

5. Did I see the relationship between joy and the clarity of my consciousness?

6. Record your finding in your notebook.


Here are some other seed thoughts that could be used - seven weeks for each one you use is a useful time to stay with one of them:

1. Joy is a special wisdom.

2. Joy is bliss in manifestation.

3. Joy is energy, and it obeys certain laws, as electricity does.

4. Joy wipes out negativity and conflict in my nature.

5. Joy creates right human relations.

6. Wherever joy is, there can also be seen the presence of beauty, goodness, true righteousness, and freedom.

7. Joy thoughts travel farther and more deeply into the Cosmos, and they evoke constructive and creative energies.

8. Joy affects plants, trees, objects, and human beings, and helps them to unfold harmoniously.

9. Joy accumulates those energies which are used to travel to higher spheres.

10. Joy evokes peace.

11. In the fire of joy, no evil can exist.

12. Joy exists and increases in sharing it with all living things.

13. Harmlessness is the forerunner of joy.

14. Perfection is achieved by ascending the ladder of joy.
 

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