By Richard Smoley

Even though love is a perennial subject for writers of every kind, a lot of what's written aboutlove is simplistic and unsatisfying. In wide awake Love , Richard Smoley—an specialist at the esoteric traditions of mystical Christianity—incorporates insights and knowledge approximately love from famous thinkers in literature, artwork, philosophy, sociology, cultural feedback, or even neurology. This striking booklet deals a blueprint for infusing unsleeping love into human relationships.

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Festival Prayers (1Q34 + 1Q34bis, 4Q507, 4Q508, 4Q509 + 4Q505)
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Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice (4Q400-407, 11Q17, Mas1K)
Times for Praising God (4Q409)
Grace after nutrients (4Q434a)
A Lamentation (4Q501)
A marriage ceremony? (4Q502)
Daily Prayers (4Q503)
The phrases of the Luminaries (4Q504, 4Q506)
Purification Liturgies (4Q512, 4Q414)

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But what happens when society isn’t looking? Because God is looking, then? In that case, we are loving only to buy favors from God. The twentieth-century Russian philosopher Nicolas Berdyaev sums the problem up well when he says that in Christianity, love for men, for neighbors, friends and brothers in spirit, is either denied or interpreted as an ascetic or philanthropic exercise useful for the salvation of one’s soul. Personal love for man and for any creature is regarded as positively dangerous for salvation and as leading one away from the love of God.

Others have a glimpse of awakening that then requires many years to develop and integrate. Still others find that they achieve nothing except by dint of many years of deliberate inner work. In the vast majority of cases the process is a long one—usually a matter not of years but of decades. 02/20/07 21 12:04pm 21 Smoley-c01-2 22 Conscious Love What I am saying here may seem to imply that conscious love is the prerogative of a spiritual elite. This is not really true. While only a few may have a clear sense of the whole range of steps in this process, the fundamental truth of this higher love underlies much of even everyday behavior.

Jane Austen’s gentry rank each other with fastidious precision, not only by age and appearance and abilities but also by income and above all by class. Austen’s novel Emma could be read almost entirely as a comedy of the Equation. In it Emma Woodhouse tries to find a match for her friend Harriet Smith, the bastard daughter of an unknown father. Harriet is pretty and well brought up, but Emma persists in overvaluing her, encouraging her first to reject the suit of a yeoman farmer named Robert Martin and then to pursue a match with Mr.

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