In level five, I sense into what makes the senses vibrantly alive. So there is the love that awakens, the love that enlivens, the love that is experienced when you're in the presence of awesome and glorious beauty, of something that awakens you because it has just a profound or riveting or compelling quality. And, for one reason or another, you become alive on the inside. You become highly alert.
And the important, actually, distinction to immediately place after what I said there is that this is a quality of love that is not just something that happens on you, upon you, from the outside. I’m proposing it is a practice, I’m proposing it's a state we can cause in ourselves.
I'm proposing that, in a similar way, when you step into what, on
other occasions, we describe as listening level five, listening level six, there is this: I am fully present and alert and attuned here to the exclusion of all else. And that that is a practice. And that, in that practice, there is a form of love. It's the love that that implies, I bring, you bring, we each bring the full presence, full attention to the here and now, to what is in front of us right here, right now. And the fact of that is an act of love.
Why is it important? Because - and this is where the word love gains a new meaning - it has the inner actuality in the meaning of discipline. Discipline, not in the way of: I need to impose upon myself discipline, but where there is the fortitude to overcome what holds me back, or what frightens me, and the readiness to access all that I need to break through resistance, right here, right now.