To be In-Love is to experience Heaven.
I was not raised to think this way. It is something that life has taught me. I never believed in an afterlife heaven which some were entitled to and some were not based on the whims of some judgmental deity. That concept never resonated with me even when I was young enough to try to win such approval.
The only deity which has ever made sense to me is LOVE.
True LOVE is a concept that the human mind is simply not wired to understand. We try. We define what love is and what love is not, by the feelings that are attached to our experiences. If we are very wise and if we have lived enough life our thoughts may approach love without conditions; but the realization of LOVE, the creative force from which â€œall that isâ€ arises, cannot be experienced by thinking.
Thinking, no matter how high the IQ or how gifted the mind is at processing information, is always based on time, it is always limited by the past it has experienced. LOVE is without time. It is without a past or a future. It is a noun not a verb.
I speak, quite often, of being In-Love and my meaning has nothing to do with what most humans define as love. Being In-Love is being in Heaven. Being In-Love is being in ecstasy.
A lot of people only experience ecstasy when in the throes of lovemaking or when they feel they are totally loved and in love with another person. This leads to confusion. This leads to expressions like, â€œLove is from heaven, but it hurts like Hell.â€
The Truth is we can never be separated from LOVE, but because we define ourselves, the world, each other, and even love itself through thought, we can think ourselves in to and out of love. This type of love is a verb, it is a doing. We love this, we donâ€™t love that.
LOVE has no opposite, it is all there is. It cannot be given. It cannot be withheld. It just is.
When we are In-Love, by which I mean being in the flow of LOVE, we experience Heaven. Heaven is always at hand. We try to work our way into love. We try to find love in things, in people, in religions, in practices, but any experience of love which is found outside our Selves is temporary.
LOVE is Eternal.
LOVE is always waiting, patiently, for us to say â€œYESâ€ to the Truth of our Being, to discover the Self which is bigger than any idea we have of who or what we are.
While we cannot think our way into experiencing the LOVE I speak of, we do get a glimpse of heaven every time we love; every time we lose our self in any experience of beauty.