Love and the meaning of life

Relationships and Higher Purpose - Love and life meaningMany people consider their relationships of love to be the most significant part of their lives.

But what is the real purpose of love relationships in our lives? Are they just so that we enjoy life more? Are they to keep us from getting lonely? What is the real meaning of love relationships in life beyond the pleasurable aspects?

The book Relationships and Higher Purpose offers several insights about love and the meaning of life:

…the real power of love is connected to your higher purpose in the world. When you give your life to this, real love will emanate from you naturally. Yet neglect this and go against your higher purpose and love will degenerate into frantic desire and fear. Here love’s redeeming grace and power will be lost.
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Marriage is often the last adventure for the middle class, someone once said. What is the real purpose of marriage?

In considering marriage with another, do not say, “I love you. I cannot live without you. You are my everything.” Instead, look and say, “I feel great love for you. What can we do together? Are we going the same direction together? Can we live together for the rest of our lives? Can we work well together? Can we deal with suffering and disappointment together?”
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You will find there will be many people in life whom you could love and for whom you would feel great attraction. Yet few of them will offer you the gift of Knowledge. For the purpose of genuine relationship is not merely the unlearning of illusions through disappointment, but the realization of your spiritual reality through fulfilling a greater purpose together.
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You can love someone intensely at the outset, but this is not yet real love. It is not yet a love that can withstand the rigors of life. It may be very intense, but it is momentary. Great love is established through participation together. Participation together is accomplished through
compatibility and shared purpose.
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Therefore, do not base your relationship on love. Love ignites the flame, but what feeds the flame is your ability to share, express and demonstrate a real purpose in the world. Relationship is not built on a spark; it is kept alive through the fire of love. Love is the result here.
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True love is often the focus of characters in popular books and movies, but what is the meaning of true love, really?

Do not think that you must fall into feverish love. True love is always calm because it is always based on recognition and compatibility. And true love will grow because true participation in relationship is the vehicle for its expression.
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Many people ask, “What is real love?” Real love may ignite a relationship, but in truth it will be the result of a relationship. A real relationship will produce real love. An unreal relationship will not.
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Ending a relationship is inevitable after finding that it was not true love. How do we leave this love? How do you know if love is not true?

You may have to leave someone you love in order to progress. You may need to stay with someone you love. You may need to find a primary relationship. The courage to find, the courage to stay, and the courage to leave are all based on Knowledge.
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Disappointment is a part of life. You lose things you love. Things change that you had invested in. Things do not work out the way you had planned. You make mistakes, costly ones too. Experiencing disappointment is part of being alive. However, much that disappoints you has nothing to do with the truth, and this must be distinguished from that which serves the truth.
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Love is only lost when honesty is lost. Love is lost when constructive self-expression is lost, which is the result of honesty. Instead of being concerned about hurting another, be concerned about being honest and compassionate. If you are being honest and compassionate, then everything you do will be beneficial.
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Then, how can we find true love and true meaning in life?

When you learn to experience affinity with others, you will gain access to your impersonal mind, and you will see that it contains a greater love, a greater contribution, a greater comprehension and a greater expression than your personal mind.
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For God is the current of life. God is the love of life. God is the experience of life. You, then, are the medium through which God is expressed.
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