The spectrum of Love / Das Spektrum der Liebe / O espectro do Amor / El espectro del Amor

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We know that from time to time there arise among human beings people who seem to exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat. These people, usually of enormous creative power, are the envy of us all, and, by and large, man’s religions are attempts to cultivate that same power in ordinary people.

One of the peculiar things we notice about people who have this astonishing universal Love is that they are often apt to play it rather cool on sexual Love. The reason is that for them an erotic relationship with the external World operates between that World and every single nerve ending.

Their whole organism – physical, psychological, and spiritual – is an erogenous zone. Their flow of Love is not channeled as exclusively in the genital system as is most other people’s.

I’m going to talk to you this evening on the subject of the spectrum of Love. We know, that from time to time, there arise among Human beings, people who seem to exude Love as naturally as the sun gives out heat.

People who exude Love are actually give things away. They are in every way like rivers; they stream. And so when they collect possessions and things that they like, they are apt to give them to other people.

Because, when you … Did you ever notice that when you start giving things away, you keep getting more? The same way as you empty out … you create a vacuum, nature appause a vacuum and more flows in?

So the question and the puzzle remain: You can not imitate this thing; there is no way of getting it, and yet it is absolutely essential that we have it.

Because, obviously, the Human race is not going to flourish harmoniously unless we are able to love each other. The question is: How do you get it? Is it something that you simply have to contract, like measles?

Or, as theologians say, is it a gift of divine grace which somehow is dished out to some but not to others. And if there is no way of getting divine grace by anything you do, as the Calvinists aver, then hadn’t we better just sit around and wait until something happens.

Surely, we can’t be left in that sort of hopeless situation. There must be some way of getting grace or divine charity or divine Love – some sort of way in which we can, as it were, open ourselves so as to become conduit pipes for the flow.

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