Seven Levels of Love, 6: Being Joined

Aviv Shahar with Jeff Vander Clute

June 11, 2021

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new definitions of love
Aviv: This is where I think we have the expression, that you will love something to the point that it aches, because it is so precious, and so dear. And there is about that, it's both very personal, and completely impersonal, all at the same time.

So here, too, I feel that it has these different dimensions, which is why I'm using different words, because it can be in the sense of being joined to something or to someone. And I used, firstly, the word alignment, because I'm talking about alignment not as a mental concept of I'm aligned with an idea or a concept; there is an embodied, loving sense of alignment. So maybe it is transformative love, maybe it is embodied love, maybe embodied love is more what we will describe with level two, I don't know.


But there is the sense of becoming a conduit for a specific need or purpose or process, and that those may be working through you. And that's the sense of alignment. And that's the sense of being joined to something, a need or a cause that's working through you. And the experience, not so much in the action - it’s like what you were describing about flow or maybe it's beyond that - but it's, when you're in that you wouldn't say that you are perhaps at the point of love, you are simply in the enactment of being one with what you are with. So I'm dancing around it. But I'm curious what is calibrating for you there.

Jeff: What's calibrating the highest so far, and it's very high, is transformational love, much more than transformative, and I know we can use one or the other in different contexts. I know it's possible to go further. I don't know that that language exists - I think it might have to be invented.

I'm talking about a quality and nature of reverence and awe that is more to do with a state of being, it's a way of being that is radiant, and that glistens, and that glows. It glows from the inside out, rather than from the outside in.
Aviv Shahar

Jeff Vander Clute

Jeff Vander Clute

Jeff Vander Clute coaches and consults, teaches, writes, and leads travel journeys.

He is a co-founder of Sourcing The Way, Enlightening Journeys and Expeditions, and The Consciousness of Money. Jeff is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle and he serves on the board of directors for Alliance for the Earth and Source of Synergy Foundation (previous chair).

Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation.