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WhatIsLove

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What is love to you?

  • Connection
  • A feeling of deep bondedness
  • Romance and passion
  • Putting another before self
  • Compassion and care
  • True interest and investment
  • Sharing, listening, communicating
  • Trust and faith
  • Lifegoal
  • __________________________
  • That's why this is a wiki....edit this page with password AMO

 

Love and form Almaas

There is the sweet, fluffy kind of love, the merging and contented kind of love and then there is a third kind of love: passionate, powerful, consuming and ecstatic. You feel you've been taken by storm. Your mind is gone. You feel power and lustiness, passion and zest. You feel your whole being is burning like a flame and that flame is full, and that fullness is the love. You feel ecstasy, passion and no difference between desire, wanting, giving, receiving. It is all one consuming thing. I call it ecstatic, passionate love. This love is not only directed toward a person. It is again your beingness. You are the passion. It is true passion, not the passion of the emotions, which is fake passion. When you are passionately longing or passionately wanting, you are being your passion itself. But as true passion of love, you feel like a consuming force of life. When you look at life and existence, you're not wanting something from it; you simply appreciate and love it passionately because life and existence are so beautiful. Beauty is a part of the passion. What ignites that passion is beauty, the exquisite, luminous beauty of existence. (Diamond Heart Book 2, pg 162)

 

Another way of seeing this fact is the direct perception that everything is made out of Love. The body, the walls, the air, the space, the atoms, all seem to be made out of the same continuum, which is this Cosmic Consciousness. There is unity and oneness, although there is variety and difference. (The Pearl Beyond Price, pg 437)

 

From wikipedia, on Greek roots of love:

A number of different Greek words for love, as the Greek language distinguishes how the word is used. Ancient Greek has three distinct words for love: eros, philia, and agape. However, as with other languages, it has been historically difficult to separate the meanings of these words. Nonetheless, the senses in which refpowa these words were generally used are given below.


 

  • Eros (ἔρως érōs) is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The Modern Greek word "erotas" means "(romantic) love". However, Eros does not have to be sexual in nature. Eros can be interpreted as a love for someone who you love more than the Philia love of friendship. It can also apply to dating relationships as well as marriage. Plato refined his own definition. Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. It should be noted Plato does not talk of physical attraction as a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, "without physical attraction". Plato also said Eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth by eros. The most famous ancient work on the subject of eros is Plato's Symposium, which is a discussion among the students of Socrates on the nature of eros.

 

  • Philia (φιλία philía), means friendship in modern Greek, a dispassionate virtuous love, was a concept developed by Aristotle. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. In ancient texts, philia denoted a general type of love, used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity, as well as between lovers. This is the only other word for "love" used in the ancient text of the New Testament besides agape, but even then it is used substantially less frequently.

 

  • Agapē (ἀγάπη agápē) means "love" in modern day Greek. The term s'agapo means "I love you" in Greek. The word "agapo" is the verb "I love". In Ancient Greek it often refers to a general affection rather than the attraction suggested by "eros"; agape is used in ancient texts to denote feelings for a good meal, one's children, and the feelings for a spouse. It can be described as the feeling of being content or holding one in high regard. The verb appears in the New Testament describing, amongst other things, the relationship between Jesus and the beloved disciple. In biblical literature, its meaning and usage is illustrated by self-sacrificing, giving love to all--both friend and enemy.

 

  • Storge (στοργή storgē) means affection in modern Greek; it is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring. Rarely used in ancient works, and then almost exclusively as a descriptor of relationships within the family.

 

  • Thelema means desire in modern Greek; It is the desire to do something, to be occupied, to be in prominence.

 

  • agapic love n. A secondary type of brotherly love that is altruistic and selfless and is a combination of erotic love and storgic love
  • erotic love n. A primary type of love that is passionate and erotic , being rooted in sexual attraction
  • pragmatic love n. A secondary type of love that is practical and utilitarian and is a combination of ludic love and storgic love
  • ludic love n. A primary type of love that is playful and flirtatious. Compare agapic love , erotic love , manic love , * pragmatic love , storgic love
  • storgic love n. A primary type of love that is friendly/affectionate and is based on caring and nurturing
  • manic love n. A secondary form of love that is obsessive and/or possessive, often being associated with jealousy, and is a combination of erotic love and ludic love

 

Needs Assessment

 

 

Research and Case Studies

 

 

Play

Love Lines

We Feel Fine

Are You Dateable? and other stupid quizzes about everything but love...why do we do this to each other?

 

Do the Polls Lie?

 

Relationship Myths & Beliefs

 

Soul Mates

In May 2002, we asked 3,577 Lovingyou.com visitors:

"Do you believe in soul mates?"

 

Destiny must certainly play a hand in romance. 92% of the respondents said yes, they do believe in soul mates.

 

TOTALS: Yes: 3300; No: 277 - SOURCE: Lovingyou.com

 

Lifetime Love?

In August 2002, we asked 2,480 Lovingyou.com visitors:

"Can a relationship last a lifetime?"

 

Hopes are high when it comes to romance and relationships. 89% of the respondents said yes, relationships can last a lifetime!

 

TOTALS: Yes: 2216; No: 264 - SOURCE: Lovingyou.com

 

Love Triangles

In September 2002, we asked 3,443 Lovingyou.com visitors:

"Can you truly love more than one person at a time?"

 

It seems being in love does not necessarily indicate monogamous feelings! 53% of the respondents said yes, you can love more than one person at a time!

 

TOTALS: Yes: 1840; No: 1603 - SOURCE: Lovingyou.com

 

Friendship of the Opposite Sex

In October 2002, we asked 2,890 Lovingyou.com visitors:

"Can men and women be just friends?"

 

If you've been stressing about your partner's best opposite sex friend, quit. 72% of the respondents said yes, men and women can be just friends!

 

TOTALS: Yes: 2092; No: 798 - SOURCE: Lovingyou.com

 

Love & Destiny

In October 2002, we asked 2,631 Lovingyou.com visitors:

"Do you believe in destiny?"

 

It seems that there is more to finding love than being in the right place at the right time. 92% of the respondents said yes, they do believe in destiny!

 

TOTALS: Yes: 2423; No: 208 - SOURCE: Lovingyou.com

 

Finding The One

In November 2002, we asked 5,008 Lovingyou.com visitors:

"Is there one perfect person for everyone?"

 

If cupid's arrow hasn't hit you yet, be patient. 79% of the respondents said yes, there is one perfect person for everyone!

 

TOTALS: Yes: 3978; No: 1030 - SOURCE: Lovingyou.com

 

True Love x2

 

In November 2002, we asked 3,898 Lovingyou.com visitors:

"Can you find true love twice in a lifetime?"

 

Our hearts may be capable of more love than you might have imagined. 65% of the respondents said yes, you can find true love twice in a lifetime!

 

TOTALS: Yes: 2524; No: 1374 - SOURCE: Lovingyou.com

 

Love At First Sight

 

In December 2002, we asked 1,446 Lovingyou.com visitors:

"Do you believe in love at first sight?"

 

Those first flutters in your stomach might be more than just nerves. 77% of the respondents said yes, they do believe in love at first sight!

 

TOTALS: Yes: 2524; No: 1374 - SOURCE: Lovingyou.com

 

Can Love Conquer All?

 

In May 2003, we asked 1,164 Lovingyou.com visitors:

"Do you believe love can truly conquer all?"

 

Is love the cure for the world's ails? It seems Lovingyou.com users may think so! 74% of the respondents said yes, they do believe love can truly conquer all!

 

TOTALS: Yes: 866; No: 298 - SOURCE: Lovingyou.com

 

 

Love = Energy

Definitions of Love

Love in Every Language

 

Love and form Almaas

There is the sweet, fluffy kind of love, the merging and contented kind of love and then there is a third kind of love: passionate, powerful, consuming and ecstatic. You feel you've been taken by storm. Your mind is gone. You feel power and lustiness, passion and zest. You feel your whole being is burning like a flame and that flame is full, and that fullness is the love. You feel ecstasy, passion and no difference between desire, wanting, giving, receiving. It is all one consuming thing. I call it ecstatic, passionate love. This love is not only directed toward a person. It is again your beingness. You are the passion. It is true passion, not the passion of the emotions, which is fake passion. When you are passionately longing or passionately wanting, you are being your passion itself. But as true passion of love, you feel like a consuming force of life. When you look at life and existence, you're not wanting something from it; you simply appreciate and love it passionately because life and existence are so beautiful. Beauty is a part of the passion. What ignites that passion is beauty, the exquisite, luminous beauty of existence. (Diamond Heart Book 2, pg 162)

 

 

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