By Richard Smoley
Notwithstanding love is a perennial subject for writers of all types, a lot of what's written aboutlove is simplistic and unsatisfying. In unsleeping Love , Richard Smoley—an professional at the esoteric traditions of mystical Christianity—incorporates insights and knowledge approximately love from famous thinkers in literature, artwork, philosophy, sociology, cultural feedback, or even neurology. This notable booklet deals a blueprint for infusing wide awake love into human relationships.
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Love in Christianity became rhetorical, conventional and hypocritical. 14 In speaking of this kind of love as an ‘‘exercise useful for the salvation of one’s soul,’’ Berdyaev reminds us that transactionality is not so easy to avoid. Even when it inspires acts that are apparently selfless, the motive of buying favor with God (or avoiding punishment from him) may be hiding under the surface. The love of would-be saints often has a whiff of hypocrisy; they seem to be obeying Christ’s injunction to lay up treasures in heaven as if they were making deposits in a bank.
Why should a woman using the Rules have to be so remote and disdainful? The conclusion is obvious: behind these techniques lies a principle everyone else is using, for the most part unconsciously and therefore badly. The idiot in the Technicolor shirt is peacocking, the vulgarian bragging about his real estate holdings is demonstrating value, and the catlike indifference that women sometimes affect even toward men they adore is simply an application of the Rules. Indeed, Fein and Schneider make no claim to originality.
Hence the journey to conscious love could be seen as central to human experience. If I were to stop here, I would be in full agreement with the mainstream Christian tradition, which almost unanimously proclaims the superiority of agape to love in its coarser varieties. And yet like most truths, this is only a partial truth. To see why, it’s useful to turn to the meaning of the Greek word agape. ’’19 And indeed the usage of this word in the Greek of all periods generally suggests something slightly remote and disinterested.
Conscious Love: Insights from Mystical Christianity by Richard Smoley