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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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.
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