Now we reach that level that is the bridge to Love beyond the personal. The lower levels of love (dewdrop, puddle and the pool) are what most people are identified with. The word lower is not be judged lesser but seen as a step on the journey into wholeness and KNOWING.
This level of the stream is the level of the open heart. Your energy is now beginning to be in flow. It is beyond this level that mystics, Prophets and Seers live. This is the level that lights up the personality from inside. This is the level that begins to open you up to an experience of real fulfilment.
This fourth level of love is where you being to fall in love with who you are created to be and become. You begin to recognise yourself as having a treasure within you. You begin to treasure the contribution you are here to gift the world.
You begin to be committed to bring that treasure into the world through your focused actions. These begin to feel whole-hearted actions. You begin to move as Love in action.
At this level of love you are to a large degree an integrated personality. You are not engaged in spiritual bypassing or transcendent accent for your own glory. You are living an embodied spirituality.
You are not seeking to get into Heaven as a personal quest for salvation for you or your group of chosen few. You are intent on becoming a vehicle for brining Heaven to Earth as a living experience of embodied Presence. You become a body in full Presence.
At this level of Love you have clear boundaries. You are not seeking to have someone complete you. You are aware that completeness is who you are would that you learn to trust the magnificence of the Light of your own Being (Hafiz).
At this level you know that:-
Our calling is where our deepest gladness and the worlds hunger meet – Fredrick Buechner _ Theologian.
It is at this level of love that you have developed a mature ego. You are not, as many immature spiritual seekers are engaged in, trying to get rid of the ego – the separate sense of the personal self.
The individual with the mature ego is aware that there is the necessity of surrendering the ego so that one’s soul can access the Universal and allow it to express through you and as you.
You may be in love with an individual more than others but within this relationship there is inter-dependence and mutual companioning your greatness. This is not a relationship of co-dependence. It is not an ego adieu where two people hang onto each other for dear life because they are afraid or incapable of being alone.
Here at this level of love you will begin to love for no reason. You begin to value silence in a way that might not have drawn to before. Silence begins to be felt, not as a nothingness but as a spaciousness that invites awareness of fullness and fulfilment.
This is not an experience of the intellect. It is the beginning of heart KNOWING.
At this level of love you will experience a beautiful paradox. You will be attracted more and more to solitude. You will be drawn to be alone but you will feel close to the All One rather than feel lonely. For Westerners this draw toward the practice of solitude is challenging and for the most part discouraged.
The word discouragement means, “The refusal to enter the heart.”
Sometimes it takes darkness
and the sweet confinement
of your aloneness to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you