Excerpt About Essential Love
In this journey of breaking the idols that masquerade as essence, we come to the sphere of action, movement, and physical activity. Some people, usually in reaction to the feeling that emotional love is selfish or useless, come to conclude that real love is action. They assert that love, compassion, truth, harmony, and so on are the particular actions that an individual takes, that the presence of the emotion, or the expression of the affect, does not mean that there is real love unless there is an action that is useful. This is very tricky. There is truth in this assertion, but this truth can be misleading because it is partial. It is true that the emotion of love or the expression of it does not necessarily indicate the presence of real essential love. Most of the time, the emotion or its expression is conditioned by the personality and its unconscious underpinnings. Hence, it is selfish love, which is self-seeking and useless. Also, as we saw in the last section, emotion and essence are not the same. Emotional love is not essential love. It is a discharge process, whereas essential love is a real presence.