The Spiritual Basis of Romance
Alternate title: Passages of Relationship
To explore relationship models that are counter-productive, one need go no further than what is presented by the media, film, and literature of modern society, as it descends now through the last phase of its materialist mode.
In answer to this dysfunctional arena, and to feed into an alternative stream, this article delves into some of the more whole-some relational and metaphysical dynamics of partnering, by apprehending what takes place beneath appearances.
Entering into relationship
A karmic bond is often the initial drawing force between partners. In a karmic relationship the underlying magnetism can be powerful, as a deeper wisdom works with the alchemic process of karmic balance. Despite suffering entailed (often a semi-sweet tableau), a rich harvest awaits.
Once the mainstay of learning has been processed, by one, or both, of the partners, the drawing force can abate.
Many long to transcend the karmic level, and move into the grace of a soul-mate communion. Either way, karma or grace - the shadow, or pain body, is activated to ensure spiritual growth.
Bringing consciousness into the arena of shadow is a central raison detre for relationship. No matter who you hook up with, whether the relationship is about karma, grace, destiny, or ones soul-mate - call it just plain lucking out - shadow will be along for the dance.
Especially for pre-midlife adults, unborn children also create a powerful attracting force between partners. These souls striving to be born select their would-be parents and influence them to get together. The force these spiritual babies exert accounts for much of the principle energy moving within a couples attraction and sexual intensity. The force of attraction can decrease to the extent the spiritual-plane activity of the children abates. For example, by age 7, children have incarnated their own etheric body, by 14, their own astral body. Each phase reduces parental cohesion orchestrated on the spiritual plane, as the child moves deeper into incarnation.
By midlife, a more soulful aspect of a (functional) individuals biography often plays a bigger part in the bonding force.
A key aspect for transcending the child factor, as well as enhancing the union in general, entails co-forming a foundation before engaging on a sexual level. The typical model of relationship that Hollywood has been serving up to ticket-paying masses tends to deliver lovers to the same unviable arena of relating that its own celebrities find themselves so often engaged in.
About 95% of love stories that modern film portray entail new partners advancing to sexuality at lightning speed - if not on the first day, then at least in the first week. On film you can do anything. In reality, this factor invites an early dissolution - or, at very least makes for a precarious basis for unity and rapport.
Imagine re-writing these barren scripts, so that a couple spends considerable time in the initial courtship phase, exploring all manner of experience - sharing interests, getting to know each others diverse facets, cultivating a soul-deep affinity. In effect, developing a solid foundation upon which to sustain the relationship.
Imagine, also, the dimension nurtured in a prolonged courtship, and the compelling body of experience that gets passed by when a couple depreciates their relationship. Driven by whims of unconscious craving, the intense fire of sexuality takes on a force of its own, so that these potential aspects of intimacy get short-circuited.
A foundational phase also lends room for resolving obstacles, including left over issues from past relationships, in preparation for the new communion. Partners can become active during the courtship phase at clearing themselves, as well as helping each others process (most of which is about being supportive, since every individual ultimately has to accomplish such clearing by virtue of their own intention - it cant be done for someone).
Love at first sight can be a very real phenomena - but, then, it is only first sight this life. . . which brings to mind that statement people so often throw around carelessly, You only live once. I always add on - . . .yes, but its forever. . . .
Engaging, once in relationship
As a noted spiritual counselor has stated, The purpose of relationship is not to make one happy, but more conscious.
Relationship in action tends to address the existential question, where am I? Finding orientation within the souls terrain is a natural by-product of relating.
We know its working when a relationship induces the partners to fulfill their destinies, to optimize their potential.