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This Feeling Called Love

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At the beginning of the month when I walked around Hong Mei Park, the flowers were in full bloom and the number of park visitors was significantly high with most of them busy using their cell phones as cameras to try and take in the scene.  There is something about spring and the bursting forth of flowers that stirs the life forces within each of us.   There is an innate desire to possess all of this beauty, this vitality, this visible image of life energy.  It doesn’t matter if one has a DSLR, an SLR or the crappiest camera phone, the focus is the same, the intent to capture and hold the moment.

Humans replicate this in other aspects of their lives, especially in relationships.  The moment we feel our inner spaces stirred to the point that life forces start to surge, when in the presence of another person, we want to possess that person, to take that person into our bodies or enter into their bodies and become one with them as though in doing so, we would be complete, full, ready for everything life could throw at us.  It really doesn’t matter what the person looks like or who the person is – all that matters is that somehow energy within us has been activated.  The feeling, the rush that results tells us that this is what life is all about, this is what we need.  And when there is a reciprocal response, the result is a relationship that primal and archetypal.  We call it love.



Written by Robert G. Longpré

May 27, 2011 at 7:43 am

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  1. In Jung’s system “feeling” is one of the four functions of consciousness. Are you, here, describing an “emotion” with Eros as the archetypal core?

    John Ferric

    May 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    • I don’t really know the answer to that question, John. I could be talking about the function or something primal that is more “gut”. That said, I wonder if there is any difference. I wonder sometimes at the separation that is in place between function and emotion, neat separations in a domaine that is anything but defined by clean and neat separations. Thanks as always for your questions.


      June 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

  2. Robert,
    I keep the distinction in mind only to discern that which comes from my unconscious and that from consciousness. I “fall” in love often(even at my advanced age of 68, lol!). I recognize that I consciously enjoy the sensation, i.e., it is a conscious, pleasant “feeling.” But at the same time my unconscious is projecting something onto the object out there. And, I need to understand that my unconscious is seeking attention, not simply loose myself in the feeling part.

    John Ferric

    June 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

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