Is unconditional love universal love?
Universal love is unconditional, but unconditional love is not necessarily universal love
Universal love is a state of consciousness, an experiential awareness and knowingness. Universal love is love aware of its nature, its singular ground of existence and expression.
At some point, one is suddenly the impersonal Being. One experiences a sense of absolute oneness. One is not the separate individual, but one is the oneness of all that exists. And after this perception, one experiences oneself emerging again as a personal presence. However, one is no more the withdrawn part of the personality. What emerges is the Personal Essence, with its fullness and preciousness. - A. H. Almaas, The Pearl Beyond Price, ch. 12
Universal love is experienced as a boundless ocean of love and light - awareness lighting up divine love as the ground and unity of all existence.
Universal love is Love. This conscious substance of light is soft, gentle, tender and sweet. It is loving. It is as if one becomes an ocean of Love that is conscious. So one can call it conscious Love, or loving light. In traditional literature this is sometimes referred to as Universal Love or Christ Love. It is both Consciousness and Love in the same presence. - A. H. Almaas, The Pearl Beyond Price, ch. 36
Unconditional love is open and accepting of what is. Unconditional love does not condone bad behavior, negative attitudes, nor misguided beliefs. Unconditional love means that love still exists within the complex world of human relationships regardless of what is happening. There is no conflict between unconditional love and disapproval of bad behavior.
People often say a dog or pet is unconditionally loving, meaning it continues to love, is open to contact and interaction regardless of your mood in the moment.
Unconditional love can assess what is without judgment toward the being of another. It has a sense of selflessness, a lack of personal positionality and rigidity.
Now a courageous heart is a heart willing to love regardless of the negativity. The courageous heart is the heart that will love in spite of the badness that is there. The courageous heart is not just the heart that only loves and nothing else; it is the heart that loves regardless of what happens. The courageous heart is the heart of unconditional love: whether the other is good or bad, you continue loving them. Usually, with your friend or your spouse it is easy for you to be loving if the other is loving. But if the other is frustrating or mad, angry or rejecting, right away you shift, and close your love and bring in another reaction. You are hurt, you are angry, hateful, or frustrated, and if you are angry, frustrated, or hurt, you do not let yourself feel your love, at least not at the time of your initial reaction. What splitting does, more than anything else, is close the heart. Whether you are all bad or all good, whether you are all loving or all hateful, what you are doing more than anything else is covering up your courageous heart. You are not allowing yourself to have your courageous heart, to be your courageous heart. You are not allowing your love to be unconditional. Your love becomes conditional. You respond lovingly only under certain conditions, or with certain manifestations of the other. - A. H. Almaas, Diamond Heart Book Four, ch. 11
I love you. Really?
Do we love? Is love something that can be given, directed, or withheld?
Universal love wakes us up to the fallacy of these beliefs.
Ego’s, as a separate self, understanding of the world as a world of separate discrete objects supports these delusions.
Universal love reveals their is only one heart. There is love recognizing itself in all forms. There is love, loving, dancing, playing throughout all manifestation. This is the bliss and it cannot be sent, directed or given because nothing lacks it.
Universal means it is not restricted to you; it is not individual. When you feel universal love, there is no “I” that loves. Universal love is needed to melt the identity and self-centeredness. When you experience universal love or Christ love, you understand what love really is. Until then, all other qualities of love can be perceived as accomplishments, because the personality will claim them. - A. H. Almaas, Diamond Heart Book Two, ch. 10
Love of Truth
An underlying, foundational tenet of the Diamond Approach is the love of truth. The whole methodology of the Diamond Approach evolved out of this simple orientation.
Curiosity is nothing more than this dance between love and truth, not-knowing and revelation. While we may think, for a while, that curiosity is something we do or apply, at some point we will see that this dance between love and truth is deeper, more profound and much simpler than we can imagine.
Waking up from the delusion of separateness, we see that our consciousness, our awareness, our lives are really riding the wave, being carried into the heart of the deepest, most sublime truth of reality.
As you see, we need to investigate even our love of truth. We need to apply the love of truth to our love of truth and find out what it means to us. We need to find out what love is and what truth is. In the beginning you probably do not know what truth or love is. Who said love and truth are good? You need to find out for yourself. Truth is one of the elements of reality that, like a thread, goes all the way through all of the levels of reality because truth is what is actuality, what is present. If you really want to find out the truth, you can find out everything. So truth becomes the guide. Truth becomes a light that can guide you everywhere. - A. H. Almaas, Diamond Heart Book Five, ch. 3