CELEBRATING LOVE

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CELEBRATING LOVE

A Valentine to the Planet

© 2019 by Marsha Silvestri

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It's the theme of countless songs, poems, films, stories and works of art, some call it the most powerful force in the universe, so it's no surprise that in honor of Valentine's Day that I chose to explore “Love” as the topic for this week's post.

Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day, and what does it have to do with love? 

Saint Valentine was a Catholic Priest who served during the 3rd century in Rome. The then Roman Emperor Claudius outlawed marriage for young men, believing that unmarried men without families and children made better soldiers for his army. (To clarify, there were actually 3 different saints named Valentine, all of whom were martyred, each representing variants to the story.) Valentine, opposing this injustice, continued to secretly perform marriages for young lovers. When he was discovered, he was imprisoned to be executed by the orders of Claudius. During his confinement, according to one legend, before his death he wrote a love letter to a young woman who visited him, signed “From Your Valentine”. The date of his death, February 14, 270, coincided with the later pagan festival Luperci, a feast associated with fertility and matchmaking of young women and eligible bachelors to be paired for marriage. During the Middle Ages in France and England, February 14th was also considered the beginning of the mating season for birds, which added to the spreading of the date's association with celebrating love and romance. A Medieval High Court of Love was established in France on February 14, 1400, which dealt with issues around marriage contracts and the protection of women against violence. Through poetry and literature, the lore around Valentine legends grew, and St. Valentine was declared the Patron Saint of Love representing happy marriages. Over time, the tradition of exchanging cards, gifts and flowers on Feb 14th, with the object of ones affection, became a widespread popular tradition.

Although most V-Day focus is on romantic love, there are many other forms and expressions of love beyond romance.

The Bible describes four main types of Love as:

Philia – Love of the Mind – is defined as affectionate love, the bond of friendship, fellowship, companions, camaraderie or good will between individuals who share similar values, beliefs, activities, interests or experiences. Philia is mental and rational, a virtuous dispassionate form of platonic love that offers understanding, loyalty, trust, helping and sharing for the mutual benefit of one another, or among like-minded members of a group, mission or team. With Philia, individuals may sacrifice or their own personal needs or desires in favor of the higher good or goals of the whole.

Storge – Love of a Child or Family – is a bond of empathy or affection, commonly associated with family, the love between parents and children, siblings and family members. Although it has similarities to Philia, it is associated more with familial/familiar relationships or kinship. Some say there is no emotion more powerful than a Mother's love that can motivate her to do the impossible to protect her children. Storge love is considered causal, influenced through familiarity of shared family bonds, experiences or memories.

Eros – Love of the Body – named for the Greek God of love and fertility, Eros represents sexual, passionate, erotic love and arousal. There's an intensity to the feeling of “being in love”, falling head over heels, smitten by the desire for the beloved. Higher Eros love can be idealistic and blissful as practiced in sacred spiritual sex from Tantric practices. Lower expressions can be primal, carnal, lustful, animalistic, centered purely on self-satisfaction of physical pleasure or procreation. The Physical body is the driving force catalyst of Eros love.

Agape – Love of the Soul – is selfless unconditional, universal, devotional or spiritual love. It's a more humanistic, altruistic form of love, a sincere concern for the welfare of humanity, known by some as “God Love”. The catalyst for this pure Divine form of love is spirit. Sacrifice for love, with no expectations of return, is one of the characteristics of Agape, along with charity, human freedom and equality for all. Agape can include reverence, forms of worship, the love of nature, animals and all living creatures, plus reverence, care and respect for Mother Earth.

Additional aspects of love include, but are not limited to:

Ludus – Playful Love Ludus is astral, emotional and tends to be childlike, innocent and immature, more akin to a fleeting teen-like crush than true deep lasting love. It can involve flirting, seducing, teasing, dancing, interacting in a sensual manner without any long-term commitment or obligation. It's having fun in the moment, experiencing enjoyment of being with someone, but can also involve a sense of conquest found in casual no-strings relationships. Problems can arise when the needs or expectations of the involved lovers are not the same or reciprocal. Ludus is often associated with young lovers, infatuation, or the euphoric early stages of falling in love.

Mania or Obsessive Love involves an imbalance of Eros and Ludus. It's a needy, jealous, less-healthy form of love, where one wishes to posses or control the other. Being “madly in love”, or obsessed, one becomes consumed, irrational or blinded by the need for the object of one's affection or desire. One partner may feel like they can't live without the other. Stalking is an extreme result of Mania Love. Thinking of the beloved nonstop, calling them several times daily, checking up on them, needing to be with them all the time, and co-dependent behaviors can result from Obsessive Love. These relationships may be one-sided or unbalanced, where one partner's love obsession is much stronger than the other. There may be a lack of reciprocation or unrequited love involved. Mania Love is driven by survival instincts, and the fear of the loss of the love object.

Pragma – Longstanding Love – is a mature, practical form of love developed over time, based on a sense of duty, compromise and long-term benefit or interests. Arranged marriages having shared goals are the basis for Pragma, where one often forsakes personal desires or interests to support a higher cause, traditions or mutual priorities. Pragma requires effort and commitment from both parties in order to endure and thrive. The essence of Pragma love is etheric or unconscious.

Philautia – Love of the Self – There are two main forms of self-love. The higher aspect is healthy, balanced, reflecting a strong sense of self-esteem, self-confidence, value or respect involving self-care and self-compassion. One must love oneself to be able to love another. Taken to extremes, on the low side it can result in selfish, self-serving arrogance, vanity, narcissism, hubris or an overly inflated ego, placing one's own self-worth, desires and needs above or at the expense of others. Philautia is associated with the soul.

Universal Love – is a spiritual form of Divine Love for all things and beings that transcends personality, ego, religion, culture and identity. Spiritual Love is blissful, infinite, compassionate, a surrender to God, or a higher power, aka “Christ Consciousness” associated with many miracles and teachings of spiritual masters and healers.

Romantic Love – is a relatively modern tradition of love that includes aspects of each of these forms of love. From Eros there is passion, sexual attraction, courtship and fantasy. From Agape we have idealism and Divine Love. From Ludus comes emotional love, flirtation, seduction. Some obsessive elements of Mania might include attachment, yearning, longing and unrequited love. From Philia there is intimacy, affectionate bonds and shared understanding. Romance sometimes leads to marriage, which is a practical Pragma union*. With Romantic Love there's often a self-indulgent, idealistic desire for beauty that transcends the physical and extends to Spiritual, Universal and metaphysical realms. The inspiration of Romantic Love is often expressed in the arts through music, poetry, paintings, sculpture, films, plays and literature. It is also used in advertising and marketing, playing to universal desires and fantasies about ideal love. Romantic Love tends to ignore many of the practicalities of relationships (considered more in arranged marriages) in favor of feelings, emotions, desires, ideals and physical attraction. (*Romance often lacks the mature enduring sense of duty typical of Pragma Love, resulting in divorces, separations or temporary relationships more typical of Ludus Love.)

Romantic Love generally evolves in 3 phases.

The first is infatuation, the fluttering of the heart or high exhilaration rush from “feel-good” chemicals, dopamine and norepinephrine that cause a giddy, energetic sense of euphoria being with someone. It can include the stages of courtship, the chase or effort to win the heart of a new flame. There's much excitement of discovery, getting to know someone and building intimacy. The infatuation phase is usually based on physical attraction, chemistry, sexual bonding of orgasm, and the novelty and mystery of a new relationship. Partners are usually on their best behavior, in an effort to please or impress each other. This phase typically lasts from 6 months up to a few years until reality sets in.

In the realistic phase the excitement and idealism start to fade. The nitty-gritty mundane responsibilities of daily life begin to take their toll. Daily grind duties often come with boredom, conflicts, disagreements, fights, arguments or unfulfilled expectations. Couples start to see flaws in each other or the relationship. Too often taking each other for granted, no longer showing the attention, behavior, care or affection of the courtship phase, leads to disillusionment, anger, resentment or irritation. The relationship may lack the inspiration or excitement of the early discovery phase. Unexpected life challenges may arise that test the commitment to each other. How each of the partners handles these changes can make or break the relationship.

If the bond is strong enough, true intimacy can evolve into mature love, the lasting devotion found in long-term marriages based on acceptance, emotional support, commitment, respect and caring. In the mature phase, friendship and familial bonds as described in Philia and Storge as well as the commitment of Pragma love are common. Many happy couples feel that their partner is their best friend. Eros and Romance do not need to fade, but may require more conscious effort to maintain than during the infatuation and discovery stages.

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Love According to Various Religions

All major religions teach specific concepts of love. Most preach love for one another as a basic virtue. 

Christians believe that God is the source and essence of Eternal Love (along with the 4 Greek definitions of love mentioned above: Agape, Philia, Eros and Storge). The first two of the 10 commandments call for love:“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and all thy soul, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. And “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”. We find many more references to love in both the Old and New Testaments.

Judaism, like Christianity, also follows the 10 commandments as law from the Torah to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” The word for love in Hebrew is Ahava, which is “Love of God, family, and interpersonal relationships”.

Islam teaches its followers to love God above all things, that the love of God is the highest form of love. The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said: “You will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another.”

Sufism (a branch of Islam) In the Qur'an numerous verses mention love as a quality ascribed to God and human beings. God wants people to love him, and their love for God follows upon His love for them. Love is the result of divine grace. The initiative comes from God's desire “to love and to be loved”. Thirteenth-century Islamic poet Rumi, in his poetry “tells of the soul's search for the Beloved.” For Rumi, passionate love, ishq, has two expressions. The first is love in the material world, “like the love between male and female”, and the second is “real love,” which is the “love felt toward God” as two fundamental beliefs of Sufism: Love as an attribute of God, and love that “takes humans to God.”

In Hinduism, kama is the pleasure principle, as described in the Kama Sutra, the classical instructional text on sexuality, sensuality and erotism. Love in Hinduism is a sacrament. Prema or prem is an elevated, unconditional form of love, more akin to Agape, having a higher Divine purpose. 

In Sikhism, love for the Lord and all of his creation is one of the five virtues. Marriage is the Sikh ideal for love and romance. Most Sikh marriages are arranged, and have very low divorce rates, about 2% compared to 50% in the U.S. Shared spiritual, ethical values and commitment to family are partly responsible for the success of so many Sikh marriages.

Buddhism teaches that love is the path to spiritual liberation. It also distinguishes different types of love. Kama is sensual love. Karuna is compassion and mercy. Advesa and Metta are unconditional love. The path of the Bodhisattva represents unselfish love for others.

Taoism teaches 3 major forms of love: Parental Love, Love of a Partner, and Universal Love (the love that connects all beings and things). It also teaches the concept of Loving Oneself or self-worth.

The Baha'i Faith describes four types of love. 1-Love that flows from God to all humans; 2-Love of humans for God; 3-Love we have for ourselves; 4-Love of humans for each other.

In Jainism, the highest forms of Love are Non-violence, Compassion, Sociability and Peaceful Coexistence.

The Church of Scientology teaches the key to successful relationships is based on a trinity of Affinity, Reality and Communication, also known as the ARC triangle. Each factor is essential to maintain the feelings of love and romance between couples.

Shintoism emphasizes the Love of Nature as one of the four affirmations.

Shamanism, Paganism, and other nature religions each practice love and reverence for the Earth and elements of nature.

Wicca (aka Witchcraft) is a spiritual system from Celtic and Pagan traditions that uses spells and rituals to attract and promote love, harmony, wisdom and healing. It honors the Divine in all creatures plants and nature. By creativity aligning metaphysical or magical principles with symbols and elements of nature, it taps into natural energies and cycles to manifest ones desires. 

Hundreds of spiritual traditions describe different types or forms of love, distinguishing between physical sexual love, marriage, familial love, friendship, blissful transcendent love, inspirational or creative love (of art, beauty, music and higher ideals), love for nature, and the love of God – a higher spiritual, universal love.

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An Incredible tribute to Love: The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful iconic architectural shrines in the world, built in the 1600s by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his beloved wife who died in childbirth after giving birth to his 14th child. The grieving Shah commissioned this magnificent structure as a mausoleum to be situated across the river from his own royal palace.

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Love, Marriage & Romance through the Ages ❤️

In ancient times marriage was typically by capture and not by choice. Women were often considered property of men, and many marriages were based on monetary exchanges or political alliances. Primitive tribes traded women, or brides were taken by force through invasions and conquests. Marriage unions served practical reasons involving trade, power, economics or land ownership.

The Dowry is the value of the bride in property or money that is traditionally a form of inheritance transferred to the father or family of the groom upon marriage. It is meant to help support the bride and her offspring for setting up a new household for the marriage. In many societies women could not legally own property, so the dowry was handled by the parents, usually the father of the groom. Various traditions of dowries have been practiced worldwide especially in patriarchal societies. It is still practiced today in many regions.

Medieval Chivalry

Many courtship rituals of today stem from the traditions of courtly love, idealized codes of behavior from Early Modern Europe, popularized through literature about heroes, troubadours, knights and royal romances.

In the Victorian Era courtship became subject to formal introductions, chaperones, and other formalities between a lady and a gentleman, more common among the upper classes. 

In royal circles marriages were arranged between other royal family members to maintain pure bloodlines, rulership, wealth and property. Marriage was for breeding children, practicality and political or economic advantages. Royal marriages did not guarantee fidelity. Although these formal marriages often lacked romantic love, mistresses and lovers were commonly kept in private to provide pleasure and companionship. 

One of the main purposes for marriage through most of history was to produce offspring to expand the family, property or workforce and to continue the family lineage. Romance was not a factor, although we do find growing evidence of romance in poetry and literature in centuries past, the concept of romantic marriages only gained popularity in the 1800s.

Dating & Matchmaking

Various cultures employ the tradition of matchmaking for finding suitable partners for marriage. Children may be promised long before they reach legal marriage age, although child brides and younger marriages were also more common in earlier times and societies. In Hindu and other eastern cultures astrology was, and is still used, to determine compatibility between prospective marriage partners. The marriage classifieds in Indian newspapers read more like job applications than a search for a spouse. (Spousal “wanted” listings include professional qualifications, post-grad academic degrees, background, salary, etc.)

Much has changed today where in western societies people have freedom of choice for whom they love, marry, or the decision to not marry. Finding the ideal partner or soul mate is a major focus of modern social life today. Thousands of dating websites offer services for seeking an appropriate partner, with meetups, social mixers, digital compatibility databases and other new methods for matchmaking.

The concept of “dating” only really began around the turn of the 20th century. Prior to that most marriages were arranged by the couple's families. In the early 1900s couples going out in public together unsupervised became more acceptable. Etiquette protocols of courtship became less structured and more casual. Dating became more about social enjoyment and less about the end goal of marriage.

The rules for dating radically changed, where it became OK for a woman to ask a man out and other long-held taboos began to be challenged. Prior to the 1960s sexual revolution, premarital sex was considered scandalous.

Mixed marriages between people of different ethnicity, religions or social strata are much more common and accepted now than a few decades ago, when prior to 1967 segregation laws made it illegal for interracial couples to marry in certain US states. The film “Loving” documents the arrest of Richard and Mildred Loving and their long court battle for the right to live and love together as man and wife.

Same sex dating and marriage was unheard of not too long ago. Though gay relationships are still criminalized in 72 countries worldwide, in 2015 same sex marriage became legal in all 50 US states.

Thankfully today people have much more freedom to date according to choice, rather than what is expected by family, religion or society. And that includes exploring many unconventional aspects of love, having the freedom to choose who, how, when, where or why to love, and whether or not that love might include marriage.

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Love as a Human Need

Physical Touch & Affection

Human touch, affection, hugging and cuddling have been shown to improve physical wellbeing as well as emotional health. Hugging relaxes the body, helps alleviate stress, relieves pain and tension. It also relieves worry and depression by stimulating dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, and oxytocin – which are feel-good mood enhancers. Massage and various bodywork systems provide healing and restoration to enhance health and wellness.

In childhood and infancy, studies have shown a clear relationship between human loving touch – and physical, emotional and brain development. Premature babies need skin-to-skin contact to help them survive and thrive. Newborns denied physical contact, even when given adequate nutrition and shelter, have a higher death rate than infants receiving regular touch and human bonding. Human affection to infants from parents or caregivers has been shown to have long-term impacts of improved health, neurodevelopment, IQ and lower rates of aggression.

Love given to children helps them develop a healthy sense of safety, self-esteem and self-worth. It also teaches positive examples for becoming loving adults, in contrast to children deprived of love, victims of abuse, abandonment, violence or hate, who tend to suffer from low self-esteem and emotional problems.

In the elderly, studies have shown that social relationships may be linked to health and longevity. Elders living alone with socially isolated lives, tend to die earlier than those having strong social contacts with friends, family or loved ones. One study of African American women aged 55–96 showed that those who were extremely isolated socially, were more than three times as likely to die within a five-year period of observation, than women of the same age/study group living with loved ones or had close family / social relationships.

Another longevity study showed that happily married couples live longer on average than persons who remain single, living alone. Here one key factor is “happiness”, because toxic relationships and unhappy marriages can be a source of stress and negative emotions that do not contribute to health, well-being or longevity. In terms of human touch, affection and physical bonding tends to create stronger and happier emotional marriage bonds.

Emotional Love & Social Relationships

Physical contact and affection need not be sexual or romantic. The emotional aspect of love also contributes to health, wellbeing and longevity. Love is considered a healing emotion. Feeling loved provides a sense of safety and security, which is the opposite of “dis-ease”.

Emotional love contributes to beauty. When someone is “in love” a beautiful radiance and glow often shows up on the face, eyes and skin as beauty from within. Genuine love for others shines from within as a sense of energy and magnetism. Having love and passion for ones work can also contribute to longer life, or a better quality of life, giving one a sense of joy, satisfaction and life purpose.

Love as a Healer

The emotion of pure love helps to restore harmony, which promotes a natural healing state in the body at both a cellular and electromagnetic level. Ancient wisdom has known for centuries of the healing power of love. Love helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and negative emotions that contribute to physical “dis-ease”.

Self-love and self acceptance are also essential to self-healing. Love as a healer is usually associated with Agape / unconditional love, although there are also physical healing benefits to healthy sexual love for balancing hormones, reducing stress, and strengthening the heart.

Love has a powerful energy that functions on a subatomic level, connecting all beings known as Quantum Healing or Energy Healing. Quantum Touch is a form of energy medicine, similar to Reilki and other forms of vibrational medicine that tap into the power of unconditional love for healing. There have been many documented unexplained healing miracles associated with the power of love.

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Esoteric Love Energy

In Vibrational Medicine, according to various esoteric sources, love has one of the highest energy frequency vibrations, only surpassed by joy, peace, bliss, gratitude and enlightenment. Joy, peace, bliss and gratitude can all be expressions of pure love.

The 528 Hz Love Frequency is one of six tone scales known as the Solfeggio Frequencies. Each solfeggio tone resonates at a frequency that helps the physical body maintain balance and harmony.

The primary tones include:

  • 396 Hz– liberates guilt and fear to help you achieve your goals
  • 417 Hz– helps to deal with change and removes old patterns and habits
  • 528 Hz– love and DNA repair, believed to bring about miracles
  • 741 Hz– helps to solve problems and express yourself, also a powerful cleanser
  • 852 Hz– awakens, allows you to see the truth, develops intuition
  • 936 Hz– reconnects you to oneness and light

Many researchers have tested and confirmed these frequencies. According to Dr. Leonard Horowitz, in sound healing, 528 Hz is considered the love frequency miracle tone harmonic vibration that resonates to the heart of everything. It is associated with healing, restoration, DNA repair, and the purification of water. Since their discovery in ancient times, researchers have confirmed that the love frequency is indeed the miracle note of the Solfeggio scale.

The 444 frequency is one of the healing frequencies that helps to open the heart chakra. The opening of the heart chakra is a physical manifestation of the energy of love, activating love consciousness..

4th Chakra by Marsha Silvestri

Love Relationships & the Chakras

As I discussed in previous posts, the chakras are subtle vortex centers of the human energy system that relate to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual functions, levels of consciousness and awareness. The energy of each chakra influences various aspects of love and relationships. The chakras that are strongest or most active in an individual may influence how one expresses love and interacts in relationships. Energy blocks in certain chakras can cause an inability to experience or express the type of love related to that chakra. One example might include a blocked throat chakra, which relates to speech and communication, causing an individual to be unable to verbally express their love.

The First Chakra represents our most primal animal instincts, survival, support, and the sex drive for procreation to continue the family lineage. Someone functioning from their root chakra energy might be driven to reproduce as a subconscious form of survival. The first chakra relates to ones roots, the Earth element, a sense of groundedness, belonging to a family or tribal consciousness, or the desire to partner with someone who can offer family stability and support. 

The Second Chakra relates more to sensual pleasures, joy, comfort, the water element and our emotions. Someone relating from their 2nd chakra may exhibit strong sexual charisma. Love is associated with desire, desirability, sensuality, self-indulgence, fantasy, and the drive to find a partner or relationship. A second chakra relationship may have a strong element of creativity, joyful play, sensuality and sexuality. The desire for comfort and luxury is often an issue of 2nd chakra relationships, where one might marry for money or the material security a partner can provide or bring to the relationship.

The Third Chakra relates to personal power, ego and self-esteem. Someone functioning from their 3rd chakra may tend to be domineering, having a need to control every aspect of the relationship. The third chakra represents the fire element and passionate Mars energy. Couples functioning from this chakra may be involved in sports activities together, politics, business or activities of a more aggressive, assertive nature. They may have ego clashes, competition, love-hate polarities or possessiveness… Jealousy, anger, control, domination, fighting and emotional arguments are likely with third-chakra relationships, especially if both partners are functioning primarily from that chakra. Power, prestige, fame, ambition and societal respect are core drives of solar plexus couples.

The Fourth Chakra relates to the heart, compassion, sincerity and unconditional love. The element is air, and the related sense is touch. Heart-centered people tend to exhibit the most loving capacity. Heart chakra relationships may be affectionate, caring, nurturing, empathetic and sentimental, marked by generosity, acceptance, forgiveness, kindness, harmony, integration, empathy, charity and unselfishness. These people tend to be altruistic, helpful, service oriented and humble, usually seeking harmony, balance and peace. Challenges and dualities of this chakra include misunderstandings, resentments and martyrdom, feeling exploited or unappreciated.

The Fifth Chakra relates to the throat and communication. Someone functioning from this chakra tends to attract spiritually oriented relationships. They are excellent speakers, communicators and may be intelligent conversationalists. Honesty, integrity and truth are important to them. They have a more refined sense of beauty aesthetics, artistic and poetic taste. Often these couples are talented in the arts, music or share artistic work and activities together.

The Sixth Chakra represents the mind, intellect and intuition. Persons functioning from this chakra may be spiritual teachers, dedicated to a spiritual path or lifestyle, giving their lives over to God. Wisdom, intuition, intelligence and perception are some of the keywords and qualities of these relationships.   

The Seventh Chakra relates to a higher love. 7th chakra relationships may practice celibacy, abstaining from sexual relations that could distract them from their higher work or purpose. Love relationships of this chakra may be between a guru and their devotee, based on loyalty, trust and devotion. Sexuality is not their primary motivation, but rather a higher mystical form of love. The “relationship” of this chakra may be aligning with one's higher self, or with God.

Variations: Relationships can involve many combinations of energies, from one chakra to another, involving multiple chakras or levels of relating. Chakra-based relationships can also change over time as people evolve in their spiritual growth or life priorities. As an individual develops spiritually, their energy and awareness can shift from one chakra to another. For example: Someone functioning primarily from the third chakra of power and control, may experience a profound opening of the heart chakra, shifting their ability to relate from their ego-based instincts of the 3rd chakra, to more of a heart-to-heart 4th chakra consciousness and ways of relating.

Unmatched Chakra Energies: One person may be functioning from one chakra, while the partner's energy is stronger in a different chakra. Sometimes these differences can help balance each other out or provide a type of energy that is lacking in the partner. Such differences can also create disharmony, as when a lower chakra person is much more sexually oriented having a stronger sex drive, is paired with a higher chakra partner who is primarily interested in spiritual growth and love beyond sexuality. 

Certain spiritual practices recommend celibacy in order to fully achieve higher states of enlightenment. There's nothing wrong, sinful or shameful about sex. It's a natural function of life and health. Problems occur when there's an imbalance of sexual energy, or the sexual dynamic is used improperly or exploitively. 

Sacred Sex, involving the cultivation and balancing of sexual energy for physical health and mutual pleasure, teaches various techniques for enriching and strengthening the vital sexual forces. The ancient practices of Tantric Sex celebrate all the senses, including touch, sounds, food or taste, scents, and visual beauty as elements for enjoyment and arousal. Tantric sex and lovemaking works towards sustaining the sexual energy between partners, which can be used for spiritual growth and higher love. Sexual energy if used properly can be rejuvenating, healing, and can deepen the marriage and love bond. If used improperly, imbalances can harm or deplete one or both partners physically and/or emotionally. 

Conscious Relationships

For spiritual seekers, today more people are seeking healthier relationships than those based purely on physical /sexual attraction, economic security/ needs or codependent attachments. In yoga and eastern spiritual traditions, the teaching and practice of conscious relationships has been gaining popularity. It is approached as a new paradigm for building healthy relationships based on a higher path or purpose for a union, greater than the individual or personal satisfaction of each partner. It involves coming together with the intention of mutual growth and true partnership, including and beyond romance. Active trust, forgiveness, self responsibility, honesty, communication and a sense of shared purpose are some of the traits of conscious relationships.

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Planetary Love 💚

Another important aspect of Universal Love I feel is essential to discuss, is the Love for the Earth, our beautiful and precious planet.

As someone who enjoys “word play”, I find it fascinating that the words “HEART and EARTH contain the exact same letters with only the “H” moving from the beginning of Heart to the end of Earth. Love for the Earth includes preserving, protecting and respecting all the magnificent species of plants, animals, insects and natural resources such as clean water, air and soil. Just as in love relationships, for the planet and humanity to thrive, requires care and respect for nature. Most people would never think of treating another human being the way many individuals, businesses, industries, governments and corporations treat the Earth.

First and foremost the destruction must be stopped, controlled or at minimum, vastly reduced. Instead, too many governments are doing the opposite, ramping up and exploiting every corner of the planet for maximum profit with no concern for the devastating impacts they are causing. We need to shift away from polluting fossil fuels and stop detrimental technologies like fracking, nuclear energy, strip mining, factory farming, GMOs, chemical weapons, pesticides, plastics, garbage and industrial waste killing the oceans, and chemtrails/geo-engineering artificially controlling / manipulating the weather, and carbon emissions contributing to global warming… The coming 5G network also poses EMF threats to human, animal and insect life.  We're facing the real threat of extinction of thousands of species as well as to humanity.

I understand that it's unrealistic to change everything overnight, but viable solutions already exist to many environmental problems we currently face.  Conservation and sustainability as most know it, is not nearly enough. Our planet has become so polluted, depleted, ravaged and exploited, that what is really needed ASAP are massive restoration programs worldwide. Rather than cutting down more trees, countries need to be practicing reforestation. Instead of using more chemical fertilizers for agriculture, which depletes the soil of essential nutrients, promoting soil erosion and desertification, farmers need to be implementing organic methods, crop rotation and techniques that have been sustainable through thousands of years. Restorative systems such as permaculture (meaning permanent culture), practice ethical agriculture, building and gardening design principles that are in alignment with natural, organic, resilient ecosystems.

Many indigenous religions and societies have always honored the land and nature that provided what is essential to their survival. We are all part of this great human family sharing this amazing planet we call home. We and the Earth are One. The Earth is more than your external environment. She's a living organism / macrocosm of life, currently in great danger from many abuses from human greed, wars and ignorance. When we come to realize our interconnectedness to all of life, through the practice of Universal Love, and love for our Mother Earth, we can contribute to the healing process to help restore our planet to the paradise it once was.

It is one of my greatest prayers and intents that information shared here + PureLifePlanet's Facebook page, through my arts and alliances with various ecology organizations, may help to awaken more people to the destruction, the future dangers and consequences of not changing, and present viable innovative solutions. We have a growing grass roots movement with many things everyone can do to be a part of the solutions.

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Wishing all of you a Heartfelt Love Week and Valentine's Day,

Blessings and

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Marsha

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