A great spiritual leader of the 20th Century, Raymond Charles Barker, wrote among many pieces of work a wonderful little booklet entitled “Love is not Enough.” This statement will no doubt agitate many of the great lovers of this world, perhaps such as Emmet Fox, who wrote that it does not matter “how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake, a sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.” No doubt Dr. Barker would agree with much of this statement but he also adds that “love is a creative emotion which has to be in relationship to others…which is maintained with wisdom.” He said that “when your emotion and intellect are balanced, I believe you can talk about love spiritually. I don’t think love is spiritual unless it is balanced with intelligence.”
A wise mind...
Good point! “Love is only spiritual when it is creative, and it is creative only when it is intelligent.” Is he right? Maybe being a lover of the world does not mean we go off in every direction without thought to guide us. Maybe love rightly demonstrated needs a wise mind to go along with it. Certainly we want to be as loving as possible, but we also do not want to expend such a powerful emotion in useless ways. We all have had our experiences with love, some of them wonderful, others perhaps quite painful, and I would imagine that we often are not very wise in our capacities to love.
It’s difficult to even try to speak of unconditional love. We know so little about it, except that it is born of Infinite Wisdom and always moves where love is needed. It matters deeply in a wounded world once created with such Infinite care. Perhaps if we chose to love for the sake of bringing such a gift into life, we, like Dr. Barker, might understand more of the creativity of love, not necessarily attached to particular outcomes either.
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