Onward To the Palace of Wisdom- Love, Pt. 4

coat-42063_1280“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it up carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket of the coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket– safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable.  –C.S. Lewis (from The Four Loves)

Eros
The fire of Eros as the trickster god; burning passionate love, out of this world, of the universe and an uncontrollable force for one is not in command of life as society and its rules fall asunder. It’s the stocksnap_kp6wxsz84tforbidden treasures from the trickster that entice and lead us on. Thus we’re tricked into realities about ourselves, deep-seated realizations that take form in the material world. The souls informed of these inadequacies but doesn’t always have the resources to allow time for solutions to emerge. This is an uncontrollable period where the confines of our relationship are not enough to control the ego and turn passion into compassion.

Passion is a root word of compassion, both gifts of the god Eros. The west placed love from the standpoint of passion as animalistic, lustful and a sin against the church. However in the east, passionate love is a mystical expression as women are exalted, as they give clues along the path for man to achieve depths of illumination.

Agape
Love of God and fellowship toward your fellow man was the only approved form of love in the church in the 11th and 12th centuries. But in its purest forms, Agape defines the spiritual sense of love as manifested in friendship, a loving relationship… a controllable force in that we make the path to love from mindfulness. Mindful of nature in and out, an inner peace derived from acceptance of another, reciprocated without expectation. This is compassion as exemplified by goodwill towards all, charity, and humility as in the teachings of the Christ. And if this sense of love seems foreign in our religious communities today, it is because we have forsaken the simple act of acceptance to all.

“ Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels; unawares.”
-Hebrewsimg_2855

The Sea-  We can’t promise the Earth to another nor do we want to be someone else in their eyes. We just want another to accept us for who we are and not some false person they want us to be or who we think we should be for them. We are all unique and we must claim this with strength in spirit and soul… To listen to me play my guitar, read my poetry is to listen to me. It is in our actions that we speak. We can row our boat into safe harbor and share and learn from each other. The Dreamer will show us the stars and heavens and all that the moon teaches. The Sage will bring us out of our exile into the boon of man. Thus all hearts embraced in love are born from the sea, a fluid passage of Divine proportions, universal, eternal.

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I was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease on October 29, 2012. These are my thoughts on Parkinson's and a variety of subjects.

17 thoughts on “Onward To the Palace of Wisdom- Love, Pt. 4”

  1. ….as the Ancient Greek philosophers walked in their parks discussing the same; the meaning of Eros, Agape, Pragma and more you take up the mantle with elegance and depth.
    ( not to forget C.S. Lewis ) .
    These deep issues have always formed the basis of any human relationships worth while so I find your post poignant, wonderful and enlightening.
    Mirja

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  2. JC, this is a wonderful study on love and all its facets. A deeply moving post which has me thinking…Regarding the C.S. Lewis quote I do know a couple of people who have chosen to live in such a manner, protecting their heart but I always do worry about them. Also the following sentence stands out for me: ‘We just want another to accept us for who we are and not some false person they want us to be or who we think we should be for them.’ So often relationships falter on this point, always wanting to change one another. Well done, an excellent post which I could easily see expanded into a full essay.

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    1. Thank you,, Annika. This post did sort of take on a life of its own. The C.S. Lweis quote really got to me, putting your heart in a coffin and not even loving an animal. And yes, people changing who they are for someone else; I’ve seen that too many times.

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  3. Conversations about love and how we perceive it will always pique my interest because, as you know, I enjoy dissecting the ways that we’ve learned how to function in relationships. With that said, this post is very interesting. The C.S. Lewis quote itself could be one long conversation.

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