L´earning to Love
Gloria Ornelas Hall
Life is bound by a meshwork of relationships. Relationships between higher and lower orders of life; chain reactions; empathy; dependence and co-dependence; homeostasis; cause and effect… Bonding is about linkage between these relationships…the contract (in small print!) that binds all life unto unity.
Bonds differ. There are tight-knit tissues in the network of the Mystical Whole. There are loose ends. There are holes and gaps; ‘see-throughs’ to nothingness.
People are the cells…relationships are the articulating construct…feelings are the receptors that bind. Like in cells, there are specific ‘gages’ that ‘engage’ with specific other cells. So, feelings link us to others, either, attracting or repelling. Some, relate in tight fitting networks; others, with laxer spacing. (Tell me, who has been married several times, bound with all sorts of different contracts).
Feelings are then basic to unify me’s into us.
Unfortunately, our society disregards educating the heart to feel with constructive bonds. Rather, we are taught to respond with feelings that destroy… such as hatred, envy, meanness. So, the social tissue of life cannot expand awareness unto another level of consciousness till we learn that I am US; that I am incomplete without you; that to know you is to love me; to know me is to love you.
We have to learn to master our reactions to feelings.
Now, feelings are not emotions. Feelings are the reactive response of sentiment to what we feel on the outside.
Emotions, as their Latin etymology implies, are the motor of passion within.
The first, respond to external stimuli. The latter, respond from the soul, within.
Feelings then, are a response set off by external stimulus. They are basic for survival. They are the body´s language that responds and alerts us to external conditions. We decide how to interpret, and respond to these stimuli.
Emotions are what moves us from within. They come from passion, not from reason. They are borne of the soul, not of the mind.
Virtues are the muscles of the spirit that willfully control response. They are the response to reason.
All feelings are immature forms of love. They are determined by our perception, rather like colors through a prism. Therefore bonding with feelings, may make our links to other people, weak and unstable, though with time and consistent usage, bonds will grow stronger.
Emotions are our unconscious response to CONFLICT. They are the filters of the passion that moves us from the soul.
Will is reasoning controlled by decision-making, from the mind.
Virtue is inductive bonding of the spirit..
PD- Did you know that oxytocin, a peptide that stimulates uterine contraction, is called the ‘monogamy molecule’ because its sensitivity to ‘touch’ stimulates mating, grooming and cuddling in both sexes?