I’ve never heard a satisfying definition of love until hearing Charles Eisenstein describe it as the expansion of self to include another, or “the other” — and the opposite of fear.
At the end of the day, love is just a word that represents an idea. And this idea differs based on your definition of it. But I do find this idea to be very interesting.
For one, if a person managed to expand his sense of self to include everything and everyone, is this not the same as true selflessness? This is a genuine question, not a statement in argument.
And what could be said about the opposite? Could true selflessness be the complete elimination of all sense of self, including “the other”, invalidating the above? Could this be “true love”?
How could such a thing be achieved? Something tells me even viewing it as an achievement immediately disqualifies one from the possibility.
So what would really lead someone to embodying this? Was this what Jesus Christ embodied? Is this why he was able to forgive his executioners? Is “true love” the result of true understanding? How could you love your enemy when viewed as such; without understanding them?
Perhaps the dissolution of ego begins with understanding the truth of cause and effect. The truth that nobody is “bad”. That they’re the way they are for a reason. That the reason the world is spiraling into darkness is because of the unrelenting propagation of untruth.
What does any of this mean? Why do I speak of it? Why am I fascinated by it?
Because, for whatever reason: either a gut feeling, blind faith, or some otherworldly knowing — I truly feel this to be a real possibility.
And perhaps the reason we haven’t seen another Jesus Christ is because our faith in schools of thought like science, while certainly having illuminated many truths, has created new gods in the process.
The “old gods” are not the answer either. If everyone in this world understood the truth: could there be any conflict, or need to control? Do these things not arise from the need to propagate one’s sense of self into the world? Does this perhaps not stem from the denial of death? How much of this is truly human nature, versus cultured fear?
If Jesus truly had “powers”, could they really have come “from” him? Wouldn’t it make more sense if they came through him? How could such a thing take place, if not from the assistance of the universe, and the powers that be, which are greatly misunderstood?
And how could one be assisted by the universe if he did not expand his sense of self to embody it, or dissolve into it so completely that he literally becomes it?
I don’t have the answers. Perhaps nobody does. But I know for a fact it’s unlikely we’ll ever see such a person again, when such things have been so completely relegated to the world of the fantastic and fictional: the glass ceiling which limits virtually everyone and everything.
And so it’s not about tearing these constructs down, or attempting to convince anybody of anything. There’s simply no time for that. And that would ultimately be functioning from a place of ego, contradicting the very essence of what I’m saying.
Like always, it seems to come down to you. Are you interested in breaking these limits, or not?