One of the first spiritual breakthroughs is an experience of the transcendent. It is the realization that, at the essence of our being, we are pure love and devotion. Let’s see how we reach this eureka conclusion.
What is pure love? Is there a continuum of love, or is it all or nothing? Is it an emotional response, or is it something more tangible? There are two major vantage points from which to assess these questions. There is the philosophical approach and the scientific approach.
Let’s start with the scientific aspect. We can explain love as energy, and in physics, energy is the capacity to do work. What work does love do? It exists simply as a frequency to experience.
Energy Made Conscious
Science helps us understand we are consciousness and consciousness is energy with a unique frequency. Everything in the universe has a unique frequency, but how the frequency changes and why are hard to predict.
Our lives can seem like chaos. We try to make sense of things in various ways. We use science to find evidence or religion to provide counterfeit explanations. Others see life as an elaborate uncontrolled experiment.
No matter what you believe, it comes back to experience. We may not explain it, but we can experience it. One of the strangest and most unexplainable experiences we can have is the powerful emotional tidal wave we call love.
A standard theory in science and spirituality is that we are energy. So how does energy become a living thing? How does energy become conscious? There are many life forms on earth, each crafted for a particular environment. Some creatures have a close, symbiotic relationship. One cannot exist without the other. How could they have evolved at all?
“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” ― Neil DeGrasse Tyson
What is Pure Love?
There are many kinds of love. Although it is hard to define, we recognize it when we see it. But at its most basic level, it is instinct. We see animals and birds that care for their young. Love can be seen as an instinctual duty. We can share a deep level of affection with people and other creatures. It is an invisible bond like gravity.
“You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are. When I meet you, I see not just what you define yourself as — Mr so-and-so, Ms so-and-so, or Mrs so-and-so. I see every one of you as the primordial energy of the universe coming on at me in this particular way. I know I’m that, too. But we’ve learned to define ourselves as separate from it.” ― Alan Watts
What is pure love to you? Do you have a definition that you can articulate? Is it more than a feeling of attachment or attraction?
Pure Love and Devotion
Devotion is all about loyalty and trust. You can devote your life to almost anything. People devote themselves because it makes them feel good or obligated to do so. Sometimes devotion involves both the emotional tie of allegiance and fierce obligation.
When people devote themselves to a cause or a person, it can distort their thinking. It makes us courageous. A person “head over heels” in love will be consumed with the other person, even if the other person does not feel the same. We see similar behavior in birds and animals that risk their lives to protect a nest or young.
Asking, “what is pure love and devotion?” is like asking about H2O’s elemental form? We can break down water into its essential elements of hydrogen and oxygen. What are the components of love? Love is like water in some respects, and it has many forms that are a type of energy.
The amount of scientific evidence provides us with some excellent conclusions. Evolution is one conclusion that presents more and more evidence. But, the intelligence behind the process is elusive. Rupert Sheldrake calls intelligent force Morphic Resonance the unifying field Einstein sought to prove.
Perhaps this is the supreme power that philosophy and religion call God. But, this force isn’t predictable, and it’s why many people believe life is an uncontrolled experiment.
Even though we have a name for this process, we don’t know how it works. The universe itself seems to be both ordered and chaotic, and we are a part of it. It is hard to put into words. We are energy made conscious by some unmeasurable force.
Even our simple states of consciousness are mysterious. Our three default states of consciousness, waking, dream, and sleeping, have specific physiological reference points. We all share these partitions of awareness with many types of life, and we can also prove the existence of a 4th transcendent state.
We can measure it and experience it directly, but it is still hard to put into words; some call it pure consciousness, bliss consciousness, and the ground state. Consciousness is fluid, and sometimes these partitions of awareness are like the colors of the rainbow.
We experience life as separate identities. We think we’re separate because that’s how society teaches us to define ourselves, but deep down, there’s a realization that we are much more.
“Why is love beyond all measure of other human possibilities so rich and such a sweet burden for the one who has been struck by it? Because we change ourselves into that which we love and yet remain ourselves. Then we would like to thank the beloved, but find nothing that would do it adequately. We can only be thankful to ourselves.
Love transforms gratitude into faithfulness to ourselves and into an unconditional faith in the Other. Thus, love steadily expands its most intimate secret. Closeness here is existence in the greatest distance from the other, the distance that allows nothing to dissolve. But rather presents the “thou” in the transparent but “incomprehensible” revelation of the “just there.” That the presence of the other breaks into our own life — this is what no feeling can fully encompass. Human fate gives itself to human fate, and it is the task of pure love to keep this self-surrender as vital as on the first day.” ― Martin Heidegger
“Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.” ― Osho
“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” ―
When we talk about being spiritual energy, we are venturing into the mystical realm of our experience. We describe this Eureka realization as Oneness, and it leaves you begging the questions, why this life form, why at this point? Why is our default state of consciousness tied to a singular moment in time? It’s a limited point of observation.
If we are pure love and energy made conscious, what is the meaning of life? What is the purpose of this experiment?
What is pure love? We are pure love, the divine energy of consciousness, the currency of the universe. We control the amplitude by our thoughts. The greatest gift you can give everyone is to raise your vibration.
You can do simple things to raise your vibration. It’s essential to “be positive” in your thoughts and intentions. Meditate regularly and bask in the transcendent to align and rejuvenate. Give of yourself to others in need.
Perhaps a better question is, “if we are spiritual energy, what kind of energy are we?” Is this solidified consciousness the reflection of what we call the soul? Could our soul be the answer to the question, what is pure love and devotion?
You might be sad that others haven’t experienced this expanded point of view. Or, it might fill you with joy, “knowing” that this transcendence awaits everyone.
The transcendent opens the doors to other spiritual gifts and goals. Maybe you’ve found your calling as a guide or teacher. Or, this could open the door to the healing arts. If this experience leaves you demanding answers to the previous questions, your calling is that of a See or Sage. If you have not yet had this experience, your first steps are to seek instruction in the process of Japa or Transcendental Meditation.
What is pure love? Some people are more in touch with the essence of this substance than others. We see the effects of love and selfishness in the world.
Are we here as part of an experiment for some greater universal consciousness? Is this an uncontrolled experiment? Or, as some prefer, is it overseen by a greater Morphic Resonance that religion calls God? If you have other ideas about this subject, please contact us with your thoughts.
(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces