Metaphysical Art Explained
"TYPES OF LOVE"
by Adam Blatner
Posted September 16, 2013
This mandala uses the symbol of love in Western culture, the
stylized "heart," but presented in such a way as to suggest the
many forms that this takes. Fundamentally, it is the archetype
that powers social bonding, which for humanity is pro-social. Thus
we idealize it as a value, even romanticize it. Cosmically,
though, it's God saying "Yes" or "Do It" to the world, or more,
"Let's Do It" because it's not as if God is over there and God's
creatures are over here. It's all God doing it at many, many
levels, from forming Ozone in the atmosphere to warming the core
of the planet by the energy released from the fission of weightier
Of course all types of sex are included, and many forms of sex to
use seem aggressive, even murderous. It's all part of the great
mystery. For humans, we should remember that we are herd animals,
deeply programmed to bond and be social, to belong and enjoy
belonging. So many human behaviors and types of "love" spin off
from this, and not infrequently collide.
Every form of love---love for parents, tribe, nation, religious or
spiritual love for the intuited beyond-self, love for mates, true
love that we feel in infancy (bonding), in childhood (best friends
forever), in crushes of early adolescence, in the way these
overlap with lust in mid-adolescence, in the balancing of the many
types of love and loyalty---all are manifestations of the Source
trying to do its thing.
Don't think that it's all been worked out. There are infinite
variations among the species---and don't even get me started with
species on other planets!---and, yes, all is Love, God trying to
work out what "Yes" means in as many ways as possible. Humans can
hardly know all the ways. We discover new ways through research
There's a kind of love of the Sea, love of Adventure, love of
Discovery, love of doing research, love of play as exploration, or
art as exploratory play. Doing it, finding out, going there,
seeking, the core of motivation for what tastes and feels good,
and by extension, the whole enterprise of seeking that good---all
are God-like ways of expanding and probing.
There's a love even in dying, surrendering, giving up, getting
tired, giving in, a shrinking back into letting be whatever comes.
There is love in the cessation of desire, too---which is what
Buddha suggested. So many kinds of "love."