On this blog, I have spoken of Love vs. love, the difference between the Love of God and emotional love. While emotional love is a reflection of the first, it is a pale one.
Recently, I ran into a discussion on the word Agape. It has a number of meanings, including the mouth wide open in wonder or awe (usually pronounced differently), but broadly it is used to mean unconditional or selfless love. In Christian theology, it is the love of God. We could say Agape is an alternative word for capital L Love as I’ve used it.
However, there is still a difference to observe. Unconditional emotional love is still an emotion. The fullness of Love is much deeper. It underlies life itself. It is the recognition and movement of spirit that drives all of creation.
In some ways this is a meaningless thing, to differentiate kinds of love. The point I’m trying to emphasize though is that there is a big difference between the emotional love a single heart might feel for those close to us and the kind of love we can feel when the spiritual heart opens. This Love is not only unconditional but it is unbounded, infinite, and totally intimate. It is Rapturous.
In some ways, we could use romantic love or love of a child as a comparison point. But we’d have to use your best example and ramp it up exponentially. How big is this Agape? You’re sitting in it. The entire world and everything in it, including you, is being created and sustained at every moment by Love. The opened heart can feel it, the opened mind can see it.