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On the Timelessness of Love

In The Spotlight by FracFx

 

We can increase our understanding of a thing by comparing it to its opposite. The opposite of “timelessness” is “for a limited time.” What if we were to say to our partner, “I love you, but only for a limited time.” This offer may strike us as rather strange because it runs counter to a basic human intuition about love. The lover is far more apt to say with heart-felt enthusiasm, “My love for you will never die!” This pledge, when sincere, is not mere emotionalism, but has its roots in an intuitive sense of the spirit of love.

People may pledge, “love forever” today and change their mind tomorrow. But this does not alter the basic truth of the timeless quality of love. If the love was real in the first place, it simply means lost of contact with essential nature of it. Love continues to shine in the depths of our consciousness, even when we turn our backs on it and forget what we saw and what we are.

We loose touch with the spirit of love the minute we give it limits. We may hold back and say, “I will love you until I die,” the “til death do us part” of the conventional ceremony. But this limited pledge admits that our love is basically materialistic and centered mainly, if not completely, on the physical body and surface personality. It would be strange to hear lovers say, “We will love each other, but only until one of us (or both us) dies.” A deep sense of love isn’t compatible with such thoughts, because love brings with it the intuition about “forever.” It has a timeless quality that is part of the immediate experience of loving.

“Still seems it strange, that thou shouldst live forever?
Is it less strange, that thou shouldst live at all?
This is a miracle; and that no more.”

Edward Young

 

Art by FracFX

Song Writer’s Intuition

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At first glance, it may seem that love is uncertain and ephemeral, and that relations born from it do not last. But it is not love that is ephemeral, but the form of it under particular limitations of karma. True love exists in consciousness; is essentially spiritual and above circumstance.  It is a faculty of the soul, and in fact the very nature of the deep self.   Its binding power, its ability to harmoniously unite persons in a given instance  may fail.  But love as soul power remains, even where the limitations of persons thwart  it.  Behind the uncertainty of persons, behind the complex weaving of karma, the certain of love as the power of consciousness, shines continually. 

The soul is immortal and its future is without limit.  That is why real love brings with it a true intuition of the infinite.  People pledge their love forever.   Lovers, songwriters, and poets of each generation repeat similar lyrics.   “I will love you till the end of time,” they say, “My love will never die.” The experience of love is instinctively linked to the feeling of “forever,” to a sense of moving beyond time.   People speak of “im­mortal love.” The reason is clear–the consciousness of love gives the true sense of being without limits.   If we look at the experience of love, we discover a most amazing thing–lovers pledge their love forever because a sense of “forever” is revealed by love.  It is the nature of the soul. The writer Nathaniel Hawthorn put this clearly:

“We are but shadows: we are not endowed with real life, and all that seems most real about us is but the thinnest substance of a dream–till the heart be touched.   That touch creates us–then we begin to be–thereby we are inheritors of eternity.”

 

Art by Cornelia Knopp