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Is There Mutual Love in an Argument?

Is There Mutual Love in an Argument?

Imagine a trivial incident: Your mate asks you to help clean up the house when you are watching TV or reading a book you don’t want to break away from. How do you frame this situation?

Ego frames it as “You want me to do something I prefer not to do. I’ll decide whether to give in or not.” Spirit frames it as “I see that you need me.” Notice that the outcome is not what is at stake. Whether or not the ego gives in, it is still framing the incident as a conflict. Its main concern is to keep power on its side, therefore it must win the conflict. Winning means either saying no and getting away with it or saying yes and feeling magnanimous. The aim of both outcomes is to avoid defeat.

Spirit has no such ulterior motives. It acknowledges the other person’s need, but it neither takes responsibility for that need nor opposes it. In this way the other person is seen as real, because whenever you need something, your need is your reality.

The only true need anyone has is to be seen as real.

A lot of the time we are lost in unreal needs. Your mate could be asking you to clean house for dozens of reasons. She may be angry or feel upset that household work is all left to her. She may feel demeaned, ignored, overwhelmed, anxious, compulsive, controlling – or she may just need help cleaning the house.

The absence of ulterior motives is what marks spirit. The neediness of an insecure ego doesn’t get disguised by other tactics. When you are in spirit you don’t feel the urge to manipulate, cajole, seduce, demand, beg, or insist. You simply allow, and in that you make an open space for love to flow.

Adapted from The Path to Love, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1997).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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1:04AM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

Thank you.

1:03AM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

Thank you.

9:19PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Arguing seems like second-nature when it comes to laundry or cleaning it at my house!

11:20AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Wouldn't know it in certain cases!!! Especially when trying to have a simple discussion with someone with opposing views, that wish to call it an argument...Why the hell is it considered an argument rather than a discussion on any given topic so that people can learn what others feel and learn why they feel that way...it's really only then, that people have breakthrough's and learn from each other. It doesn't mean one has to change their point of view...It simply means that you truly respect what another feels...

9:05AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Deepak Chopra is blessed with such spiritual insight, we are lucky to get to share it. Thankyou Mr C Xx

9:01AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Deepak Chopra is blessed with such spiritual insight, we are lucky to get to share it. Thankyou Mr C Xx

7:25PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Very true. When she's coming from spirit, she's not seeing a clock ticking. "This must be done in the next 30 minutes." ceases to matter. Being with the spouse and working as a team can mean waiting for the game or chapter of the book or what ever else the beloved is doing.

2:07AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

noted

9:28AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

It's always best when every one chips in on all
the work that needs done to keep a household
functioning. Makes for less crabbiness as well.

8:09AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

why is it that when I am reading my BF wants to talk, when I stop reading he has nothing to say. When I want to talk he is hard of hearing at times....lol.
I love to cook but I have cooked and cleaned the last 2 weekends, so I told him next weekend it's your turn...and he said I will .... call delivery. grrrr

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