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Love

On the lower psychological level there are illusions of love that are not actually love but various forms of selfishness and desire.

On the higher psychological and spiritual levels love is the opposite of Illusion. It is the fundamental reality of higher consciousness. Love is the energy of the Soul.

The heart center, adapted from The Chakras by C. W. Leadbeater.

“Love is the tuning fork of life. It gives the keynote to harmony in every situation.” Charles Newcomb

“Love is not dependency, idolization, sentimentality, craving, or physical attraction…” Vernon Howard

Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole, not toward one ‘object’ of love…Because one does not see that love is an activity, a power of the soul, one believes that all that is necessary is to find is the right object. Erich Fromm

“…the particular loved one is really only a window through which that Immortal Beloved is glimpsed…Love is therefore in its essential nature and in the last analysis, the worship of the divine through the human.” Old Lamps For New, C. Bragdon

Love is not a companion come to dwell with thee in thy narrow house of personal separateness; he is a messenger come to lead thee from that narrow prison out into the wide, free places of the earth, and if thou wilt not be led by him, then will he go on and leave thee, as a messenger who may not tarry. Helen Bourchier

“Love is not making the object of the love feel comfortable superficially. Love is far-seeing wisdom which seeks to keep alive in the object of that love those sensitivities which will guarantee safe progress.” Alice Bailey

“ Love is not soft and sentimental but fiery and wise.” Anonymous

“Love is not blind; it is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard.”
J. Barrie

“Life is eternal and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon… and a horizon is nothing, save the limit of our sight.” Carly Simon

“The true way to love is to reflect and meditate deeply and constantly upon the significance and meaning of love, its origin, its expression through the soul, its qualities, goals and objectives.” Alice Bailey

“He who sees without loving is only straining his eyes in the darkness.” Maeterlinck

“Love is a miraculous baptism of consciousness, a luminous aspect of awareness and unshadowed understanding.” Wesley La Violette

Behind the orient darkness of thine eyes,
The eyes of God interrogate my soul
With whelming love.
The luminous waves that roll
Over thy body are His dream.
It lies On thee as the moon-glamour on the skies;
And all around — the yearning aureole
Of His effulgent being — broods the whole Rapt universe, that our love magnifies.”

O thou, through whom for me Infinity Is manifest!
Bitter and salt, thy tears
Are the heart-water of the passionate spheres,
With all their pain.
I drink them thirstily!
While in thy smile is realized for me
The flaming joys of archangelic years.

The Book of Love, By Elsa Barker

Someone asked, ” Is it possible to pray without ceasing?”

Not while we are so much on the physical plane, but we should strive for that beautiful ideal. And here is the spirit of my prayer:

“I call you to no organisational loyalties, but only to love your fellowmen, be they German, American, Jewish, British, French, Negro or Asiatic. I call you from your dreams of vague beauty, impossible Utopias and wishful thinking to face life as it is today; and then to begin, in the place where you are, to make it better. I call you to the experiment of right human relations, beginning with your own personal relations to your family and friends, and then to the task of educating those you contact so that they also start a similar work. It is the work of attaining right individual relations, right group relations, right intergroup relations, right national relations and right international relations. I call you to the realisation that in this work no one is futile or useless, but that all have a place of practical value. I call you to recognise that goodwill is a dynamic energy which can bring about world changes of a fundamental kind, and that its mode of expression is through the activity of the individual man and woman and through their massed intent. The massed power of goodwill, the dynamic effect of intelligent and active understanding, and the potency of a trained and alive public opinion which desires the greatest good of the greatest number, are beyond belief. This dynamic power has never been employed. It can, today, save the world.”   Externalization of the Hierarchy-Alice Bailey/Djwhal Khul. 1957

Someone asked, “Are there any scientific evidence or theories of the existence of souls and the ability to be reincarnated?”

Current modern conservative science defines itself in materialistic terms and so, by its nature, limits itself to materialist explanations. And it should then be obvious that a science, as currently defined, can not see itself as exploring the soul or spirituality since that is conceived as outside of its territory and outside of the realm of what it considers realistic and knowable. There is a accepted philosophy, usually unconscious, that underlies this definition and that is the world view and there are two separate realms—the so called real world of material things, and the imaginary world of spiritual and psychic. Further, that the physical world is the world of what can be experienced and scientifically known and the spiritual is thought of as an undefined thing that can not be known. Religion itself has helped to propagandize this idea of a sharp division between spirit and matter, between things that can be known and things that can not.

There is an alternate world view that holds that spirit and matter are not two entirely separate things but that spirit and matter are the opposite poles of a single reality or spirit-matter. In this definition, matter is spirit at its lowest point of manifestation, and spirit is matter at its highest. It is the modern evolution of this idea—actually a very ancient one—that is now emerging in connection with a new philosophy of science, a science that puts soul back into psychology. We see this now in the development of parapsychology, and about that see Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science and What are the Noetic Sciences?

In this connection, in the Psychology of Near-Death Experiences and Spirituality – Oxford Handbooks, we find:

Near-death experiences (NDEs) occur in 10%–20% of people who come close to death, and they are similar to mystical experiences occurring in other settings. Their incidence and features are not influenced by prior religious beliefs, although cultural background may affect the interpretation of some of those features. However, NDEs profoundly influence one’s subsequent sense of spirituality, leading to increased compassion, altruism, and sense of purpose in life, and to decreased fear of death, competitiveness, and materialistic interests. They do not necessarily lead to an increased involvement in organized religion but rather tend to foster an internal sense of connection to the divine and to something greater than the self. The mechanism by which NDEs bring about these changes is unclear, but it may be related to their inescapable challenge to the materialistic model of mind-brain identity and the implication that there is a spiritual component to humans that appears, under extreme circumstances, to function independent of the physical body.

References

Death and Parapsychology–Research and Resources

Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications on Psi Research

Evidences – Reincarnation Research

Persistence of “Past-Life” Memories in Adults Who, in Their Childhood, Claimed Memories of a Past Life

Cases of the Reincarnation Type with Memories from the Intermission Between Lives

Intermission Memories

The Self Does Not Die: Investigations, interpretations, and Implications

Dr. Ken Ring’s Reincarnation and Near-Death Experience Research

Psychology of Near-Death Experiences and Spirituality – Oxford Handbooks

Veridical Near Death Reports: NDEs where there is Objective Evidence for the Reality of the Experience – YouTube

Near Death Experience Research Foundation

Evidence of Reincarnation in Childhood by Dr. Jim Tucker:

Reincarnation Evidence in Scientific Research:

Scientific Evidence for Reincarnation by Dr Ian Stevenson:

Is There Life after Death? Fifty Years of Research at UVA:

TEDx Brussels 2010 – Stuart Hameroff – Do we have a quantum Soul? (Dr. Hameroff’s research for 35 years has involved consciousness – how the pinkish gray meat between our ears produces the richness of experiential awareness. A clinical anesthesiologist, Hameroff has studied how anesthetic gas molecules selectively erase consciousness via delicate quantum effects on protein):