The path to love is all about expansion. Love pulls you out of ego boundaries, and when you are dedicated to acting from love, you are able to live in spirit. Many of the most important themes are:
- Seeing your beloved as a mirror of your higher Self.
- Surrendering to love as a guiding force.
- Letting go of attachment to the false self and its needs.
- Devoting every day to achieving true union and healing the wounds of separation.
Countless people live with their beloved without following any of these principles; their love doesn’t provide a strong enough basis to escape their old conditioning. Until they discover the spiritual path, few are able to heed the voice of spirit, which speaks intuitively.
If only you perceived it, you are already in a state of ecstasy that is permanent and unshakable. But only at moments when your boundaries fade away do you have flashes of reality. Then direct intuitive knowing becomes possible, and you can see yourself for who you are, sublime and ecstatic.
When self-realization dawns, there is no longer any question of struggle or effort. The spirit guides you to do whatever is called for, according to your own makeup. In reality universal love requires only one thing, that the sweet point in the heart expand until bliss and peace become the nature of our life. This first happens within individuals, then it happens to relationships based on spirit, finally it extends to whole families and societies.
A single point in the heart can expand to liberate the world.
Ecstasy is therefore not an individual feeling at all but a glimpse of the wholeness waiting to be seen everywhere.
Adapted from The Path to Love, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1997).