Even though the word “love” is so commonly on our tongues, still hardly anyone knows what love is. When we stop to think about it, we find that we cannot form any image of it in our thoughts, so we say either that it is not really anything or that it is simply something that flows into us from our sight, hearing, touch, and conversation and therefore influences us.
We are wholly unaware that it is our very life–not just the general life of our whole body and of all our thoughts, but the life of their every least detail. Wise people can grasp this when you ask, “If you take away the effects of love, can you think anything? Can you do anything? As the effects of love lose their warmth, do not thought and speech and action lose theirs as well? Do they not warm up as love warms up?” Still the grasp of these wise people is not based on the thought that love is our life, but on their experience that this is how things happen.
We cannot know what our life is unless we know what love is.
from Divine Love and Wisdom, Section 1
Previously Cited: 4/3/2016