Love is an Observation
by Tanya Curtis
What is love? This is quite a valid question in the month of February as we go about flaunting our love for another on Valentine’s Day.
But do we really know what love means and do we really foster it with grand gestures on one day of the year?
He loves me, she loves me not? As a young child, teenager or even adult, how often have we asked ourselves, “Do they really love me?”
We ask this of our current, past and possible future partners. We ask it of our children, parents, friends, siblings, family and really just about anyone. But how do we determine the answer to this question? What do we base the answer of “Yes, they do love me” or “No, they don’t love me” on? For a long time, I used to think ‘love’ was expressed based on what people did. They love me because they:
In fact, this list could be endless. In my career as a counsellor, I have come to realise that this way of judging love is very common and unfortunately it
creates the foundations of many, if not all, failing relationships.
In my observations, I’ve come to realise how imposing this style of love judgment is and how much it is setting people up to fail; setting our loved ones up to not be held for who they are, rather rejected based on what they do or do not do.
What if there was a different way of assessing love? What if love has absolutely nothing to do with what a person does? Hmm... Could there be another way? What if love is about the quality we hold a person in and never about what they do?
Recently I attended a course presented by Serge Benhayon where the below definition of love was shared:
“Love is an observation, a situation that allows another to be held no matter what, giving them time to get to their own amazingness.”
~ Serge Benhayon
I found it helpful to examine this quote in sections.
“Love is an observation” – no doing or judgment required here, just observing.
“A situation that allows another to be held no matter what” – judgment is not possible when people are held just for being them, and not judged based on what they do or do not do rather understood for the choices they make.
“Giving them time to come to realise their own amazingness” – comes in the knowing that people are already amazing and their amazingness has absolutely nothing to do with what they do, and in time they will come to express their full amazingness that is already there, as it is in us all.
The overriding message I received from this is that love has nothing to do with any other person – rather, how willing we are in being able to hold another person and hold ourselves without any judgment.
“Does she love me?” or “Does he love me not?” could be replaced with “Do I love them?” or “Do I love them not?”.
Or could we go even further and say “Do I observe, hold and allow people to come to their own amazingness?” or “Do I judge and evaluate based on their doing?”
This article was originally published in the February 2016 Edition of Haven Magazine.