Recieved: 1999/12/18 06:33
Subject: Re: [K-list] no suffering, no sweat
On 1999/12/18 06:33, Ckress posted thus to the K-list:
<< I have heard that first there is liberation, and than there is love. Love
is beyond liberation. Love is a move from the head to the heart. Maybe
liberation needs to come first so we have the awareness and wisdom to offer
unconditional love, which asks for nothing in return. >>
The God/Self awakening is certainly liberation! I experienced the most
overwhelming, ecstatic love for every iota of creation while in that state.
"Unconditional" could apply here in the sense that there was nothing
whatsoever that was not cherished. The sense of "asks nothing in return"
wasn't applicable at that level. A poor analogy would be a gifted musician
playing celestially beautiful music while falling madly in love with the
sound of every note. It would not occur to him to think, "I wish the music
would love me in return."
Not everyone who has the God/Self/Source awakening moves into the
ecstasy/love level. I know of quite a few who haven't. I honestly don't
know if that experience increased the amount of love I'm capable of
feeling/expressing on the "basement" ego-self level. From earliest
childhood, I experienced strong empathy and a great love for nature.
Empathy is unconditional in the sense that one cannot screen it and say, "If
you'll be grateful and nice to me, I'll feel compassion for you." If you're
capable of empathy, it's pretty much indiscriminate. Empathy actually has a
selfish component, though. Since I can feel the pain of others, it hurts me
to do nothing about it. I'm not talking about guilt or mentally feeling bad
-- I mean it literally. I feel emotional and sometimes even corresponding
physical distress from the suffering of others, and if I can do something to
make them feel better, I feel better too.
There are degrees of empathy and open-heartedness. My heart never seems to
entirely close down, but it varies in degree of receptivity and sensitivity.
When it's more open, I cry easily and often, both for the suffering of others
(including other living beings) and when witnessing any acts of love. (Maybe
that's why I'm always so thirsty, LOL!)
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