September 9th, 2007

Aphrodite

Love Bhakti #5: A Romantic Life

When I first began exploring sacred romance as a spiritual path-- before I even really had a vocabulary with which to name it-- there was a seeming paradox that I struggled to understand.

On the one hand, whenever I spoke to anyone about my thoughts and ideas around sacred romance, about bringing beautiful love energy into the world, they would almost invariably react like a desert traveler spotting an oasis, as though the world were parched and romance was water.

On the other hand, romance *seemed* to be everywhere. As a culture, we can't get enough of it. Love in some form is probably the single biggest subject for modern music. The majority of TV shows and movies, if they aren't specifically about love stories, feel the need to include romantic subplots whether they make sense or not. Magazines are choked with articles about finding, keeping, maintaining, and recovering from romance; and romance novels are a huge and thriving industry. We use romance to sell everything from diamonds to dish soap, rate restaurants in part based on whether we'd take a date there, and despite that it's now perhaps more acceptable to despise Valentine's Day in a sort of weary and jaded fashion, at the same time millions of people still throw themselves with almost a frantic need into an orgy of roses, champagne, and french-milled cliche.

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As always: if you want some love-mojo for yourself or someone you care about, please feel free to comment or email me and I will include your wish in my Love devotions this week. Please ask with loving intent and without violating anyone's free will, but otherwise, wish away-- whether you need a job or money or better health or more love in your life or greater beauty or world peace or whatever it is your heart desires. I will never disclose anything given to me privately and I will offer Love on the condition that the recipient-- consciously or subconsciously-- accepts it.