The universality of longing tells us of the universality of the self as energy and of the universality of love as the lever for one's awareness, one's evolution, both of which make us different from what we were before the advent of love, different to ourselves from within, and to those who care about us from without. Love is the instrument of the self which breaks through selfishness, self-centeredness, the existence of our individuality, our being in a bag, our being only with ourselves. Although love has been described as blind it allows one to see what others cannot see, and to enter into a relationship. Whereas others see certain characteristics as dominant, the lover sees them merely as unimportant features. Love is experienced as capable of coping with asperities, with disparities, with unforeseeable consequences, while the absence of love makes each into a major obstacle. Love â€œblindsâ€? by making one into a seer, by showing too much light at once. Love reveals to each of us the wealth we have in our capacity to endow the other with all the gifts that may only have a very small representation in the consciousness of the other. Love promises oneself the rare encounter of the alter ego in the person met who becomes a candidate for one's love. This rare encounter becomes the direct encounter chance produced, and lucky are those who are fulfilled. They too are rare. They are sung in all languages and called legends.
What can be learned about love if one considers it as an energy that is the result of self-awareness? In his essay On Love, Caleb Gattegno a...