The True Self Is Love

The end of the false self spells the end of fear, and the desperate need for power that fearful people cannot help. Power is a form of self-protection, and when fear is gone, there is no need for protection.

The true self is love, and being able to love all the time is the most one could want. The clash between love and power then has no meaning. As Tagore so decisively wrote, “Love is not a mere impulse; it must contain truth, which is law.”

How hard we try to protect ourselves from being hurt emotionally, not realizing the intensity of life we have walled out in the process. It is necessary to defend the heart when it is too weak and frightened to love, yet at some point all that can change. It becomes possible to let love flow when and where it wants. You are able to welcome others, without defenses, without fear, into the expanded space of your own being.

As my friend Chris says, “I was driving down the highway looking for the exit when I noticed an unusual sensation in my chest. It began as a warm or tingling feeling, which I recognized from meditation. Generally the feeling is pleasant but temporary. Now it began to intensify, and instead of physical warmth, wave after wave of emotion started to sweep over me.”

“It was love, but much purer and more concentrated love than I had ever felt…my heart was unfolding like a flower…I was having the most wonderful experience of my life.”

I felt the tender affection of someone who has not torn down the walls of pain but flown over them.

Adapted from Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1991).

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

Thanks for this.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

Thank you.

Dot A.
Dot A.3 years ago

levels of awareness are transparent on this blog
compassion for the growing spirit is maturity
for birds do it, bees do it, and even the dog's fleas do it
but when we do it, we can be transformed
[doubtfull that the fleas experience transformation - but no evidence to the contrary]

this blog inspires so many to share love on every level

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

I wish political leaders understood this ..

Pat W.
Pat W.3 years ago

good insight

Jane Barton
Jane Barton3 years ago

“Love is not a mere impulse; it must contain truth, which is law.”

Love IS a mere impulse and that impulse doesn't last except under very rare circumstances.
The TRUTH is we would never NEED law if it did. "Love" is a feeling which is triggered in our very own brains and "caused" by a flush of hormones released into the bloodstream. All animals are born with this mechanism for only one purpose, survival of the species. Therefore SEX is the basis of this "feeling". It is entirely possible to have these feelings without sex but sex is the trigger in the first place. Sex triggers a bond with a mate and offspring trigger this bonding as well. The sex act itself triggers a nesting instinct with a perceived mate in a female, not so much in the male. Humans are not special or superior in any way to any other animals on the face of the earth. It's instinctual and our minds trick us
to ensure survival of the species. In our society males tend to think "feelings" are a sign of weakness and money, power and violence are seen as signs of strength. That's the only reason we have "laws", because some men have to be forced to "love". They might feel it for their own families but when they are consumed with greed, they will kill anybody who stands in their way. That's proven by our long history of violence in this country and around the world.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.3 years ago

What an amazing description of one the things human beings are suppose to be experiencing on this plane of existence.

Bill S.
Bill Stevenson3 years ago

Best Love and Need

* Eros, which suggests sensual desire and sexual intimacy-- does not appear in the New Testament.
* Philèo, which is used for friendship or love of one’s friends or relatives-- conveys a sense of loving someone because he or she is worthy of love.
* Agapè, which is God’s forever and unselfish love: is the purest, deepest kind of love given by God to His children when they are right with Him and is expressed not through mere emotions, but as an act of one’s will.

Do You Want to Experience the Only Love and Marriage that Lasts Forever?
(by Bill Stevenson)

Most people marry for the wrong reasons, usually for friendship/buddy love (philèo) and erotic sexual love. But God wants much better for His adopted children. The two mentioned loves are responses to others, situational, and temporary. It is created by us. Agapèo love is only a gift from God for individuals when they are righteous (as much as they know to be-- 1 John 1:9 and repentance) and are thinking unselfishly. Thinking thankfulness to God and thankfulness for their spouse helps too. This love is not created by us; it is a gift of God because of our choice of the just indicated commitment in thinking. Only marriages with this love as the top desire will last forever. The following fact may surprise you: agapèo love manifests in all different forms, even sexual. And after every manifestation of it, the ones blessed have wond

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Melinda K.
Past Member 3 years ago

so true, thanks.