The ecstasy and agony of romantic love are perhaps the most all-consuming of any human experiences. No doubt, there have been more movie scripts written and song lyrics penned with love as the central theme than any other subject. We fantasize about finding it, agonize over losing it, obsess over keeping it and wile away countless hours engrossed in conversations with our girlfriends speculating on motives, analyzing comments and commiserating over the actions (or lack thereof!) of that one special person we’ve chosen as the recipient of our love and adoration; aww … amore.
But what if this capacity we have to experience such intensely beautiful feelings actually has another, arguably more divine purpose?
The Course in Miracles suggests that in addition to the practical function of propagating the species, romantic love can serve as a window upon which we can gaze out and catch a glimpse of how we could feel about everyone. It is the experience that we are all really searching for. Imagine what a lovely place the world would be if we really could feel that true, sweet, selfless love towards everyone we meet.
I like to think it’s possible.