Finding Love

Below is a question and answer response on ‘finding love’. Scroll down for shakti’s response in red.

Namaste, shakti,

This is a subject that I am still learning about. When does one come to that place of ‘finding love’ in other? The more I delve into my own yoga practice, the less I feel the ‘need’ for intimate connection with other. I feel physical need/desire that stems from a biological and primal urge to have union with a lover, but emotionally I don’t feel I really ‘need’ it. I have an ex-boyfriend, whom fits with the ‘business of love’ description’ you wrote about. I still feel a yearning to connect with him, but a deep hatred for him as well, because he never fully satisfied my needs and desires. Basically, our love was conditional, though we still communicate and have some kind of connection. I know there is a deep love there between usâ?¦ but it is truly masked by egoâ?? for both of us.

I have been exploring lately, when I feel the need for intimacy from a lover, going into meditation instead. Then, my desires fade, and I feel connected. I guess I’m just in a space (and philosophically I have been exploring this for years) where I feel there is no need for an external lover. BUTâ?¦I am desiring oneâ?¦

I want to feel fulfilled and unconditionally accepting of my Self first, before such a relationship comes into my life. And I am, more and more. In fact, I am fulfilled right now, I just feel forgetful at times, because of the noise of the outside world.
I feel my thoughts are going in circles on this, but hopefully the heart of my point is coming through.

shakti’s response is in red below:

Sarah: This is a subject that I am still learning about. When does one come to that place of ‘finding love’ in other?

shakti: When you find love in yourself. And these are not just words. It is when we don’t find love in ourselves that we reach out to get the supply from others. This is when we become demanding as love is oxygen and if your breath is depending on somebody else potentially he/she holds power over you. This is why so often, tension is involved in a love relationship. It is because of the dependency we create so quickly on each other. In your sub conscience you know you are not free.

Sarah: The more I delve into my own yoga practice, the less I feel the ‘need’ for intimate connection with other. I feel physical need/desire that stems from a biological and primal urge to have union with a lover, but emotionally I don’t feel I really ‘need’ it.

shakti: This is because, in your essence you do not need it, yet you can still choose to manifest intimacy. However, if you come with no need your heart will be fully open as you will have nothing to lose. The need for intimacy comes as you said, from our state of survival. Once you rise above the need to survive you find yourself intimate with everything around you, from the light to the breeze to the bees that are flirting with the flowers. Intimacy that rises beyond our programming has nothing to do with getting something from the other but more with sharing, connecting with ourselves throughout our infinite reflections.

Sarah: I have an ex-boyfriend, whom fits with the ‘business of love’ description’ you wrote about. I still feel a yearning to connect with him, but a deep hatred for him as well, because he never fully satisfied my needs and desires.

shakti: The yearning you feel to connect with him comes from a sense of true love. We are all home for each other. The hatred you feel towards him comes from the knowledge that he is holding the drugs you are addicted to. When he doesn’t give it to you at all or in the way you would like, he becomes an enemy as from your subconscious point of view he is there to serve you.When you go to a store you buy what you need or think you need. We enter a store with the hope to find what we need and if we don’t we leave with a sense of disappointment. This is exactly how we enter a relationship – as if it were a giant store where you can find anything you need.
It is interesting to observe how when we go out to find our lover/partner we all hold an invisible shopping list that our potential lover should provide as though he/she were a walking shopping center.

He she needs to be:

Attractive but only to us.
Funny, as well as serious
Deep yet light
Close to us but give us space when we need it
Confident but gentle
Very passionate but only to us
Very loyal but not too jealous

And most importantly, he or she must be crazy about us although we ourselves need not have any of the above qualities.

The difference is that in the store of conditional love the currency for purchasing is your freedom.

If you NEED to be fulfilled by others you sell your freedom for this ‘fulfillment’. You will either always be frustrated as your expectations are not fulfilled or if they are fulfilled, you will be afraid that it may be taken away from you.

If people with awareness, like you, would channel the energy they use to find the one that will ‘fix’ them, into unraveling who they are as essence, beyond the primal needs and desires, love wouldn’t be so painful.

 

Sarah: Basically, our love was conditional, though we still communicate and have some kind of connection.

shakti: The connection is of 2 addicts that are, at the same time, drug dealers for each other.

Sarah: I have been exploring lately, when I feel the need for intimacy from a lover, going into meditation instead. Then, my desires fade, and I feel connected.

shakti: As long as meditation doesn’t become an escape it is great. It is clear that you already have a powerful ability for honest self observation. This is essential on the path of becoming free. The next step is implementing the changes you want to see with no excuses.

Sarah: I guess I’m just in a space (and philosophically I have been exploring this for years) where I feel there is no need for an external lover. BUT “I am desiring one?”

shakti: Often it takes time for the small self that operates from survival programming, to catch up with the higher self beyond mind and concepts. This may create a sense of having a split personality. It is very common on the path of spirituality.

Sarah: I want to feel fulfilled and unconditionally accepting of my Self first, before such a relationship comes into my life. And I am, more and more. In fact, I am fulfilled right now, I just feel forgetful at times, because of the noise of the outside world.

shakti: This is why it is important to be still for a period of time every day. Sit and observe your feelings, needs and desires with out judging. Do it with the same compassion with which you would observe a small child screaming that he wants more candies after he just finished a whole package. Only when you have the compassion for your small self and love for your higher self, will you forever love your ex boyfriend. After all, outside of your ‘expectations box’ he is perfect as he is.

Sarah: I feel my thoughts are going in circles on this, but hopefully the heart of my point is coming through.

shakti: Very much so, we are all moving in and out of our drug addictions. It takes time and power to become clean of the idea that our bliss is out their in somebody’s wallet, bed or arms.To make it practical:
1. Reach out to share not to get
2. Always make sure that you give no less then you get.

I do sense lots of depth in you. Keep the practice of being aware and do not compromise in living in pain.

Love shakti

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