The Only Relevant Question

Are you at peace within your own heart? That’s what love is. The most powerful force on Earth. The most primal organ of the human body beats tirelessly and works in optimal synchronization with the decision making faculties of the brain and a multitude of other bodily functions when in a peaceful, coherent state. Stress and agitation of all variety lead to impaired bodily and mental functioning. I am not talking about some intangible, mystical “force” that has no effect in observable reality. I am speaking about the meeting point of poetry and science. Love is just the word we give that “answer” which ties it all together, across every possible sphere. Total interconnectivity and coherence, synchronization, harmony. It is not some hidden mystery only saved for the realms of “woo-woo” and mysticism, no. It is not reserved for only a select “worthy” few. It is observable and felt within in every breath we take. It is right in front of us, always, and its effects are immediately apparent in absolutely everything we see and do. That is love. 

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"Depersonalizing the anima means what it says: seeing through the personal aspects of all personifications. It refers to that recognition that all the personal me-ness and self-important subjectivity derive from an archetype that is quite impersonal. Precisely this connection between the personal and the archetype of the personal both depersonalizes and is sacrifice. For sacrifice, as we all know and always forget, means just this sort of connecting personal human events with their impersonal divine background." (Anima, pp. 125, 127)

James Hillman, Anima: An Anatomy of a Personified Notion.

The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.

― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet