Day 8 in my 30 day challenge to write… Socrates and love in the world today.
Posted Jun 28 2010 6:37pm
Every time I tried to sit and write today, I fought like a five year old at bedtime.
There was something I needed to get up and do. A phone call I needed to make. An errand I needed to run.
So, I decided to post on Facebook that I was stuck and needed some ideas…
The first response? “Just write.”
I replied back, sarcastically mind you, “Thanks Socrates.”
And now, here I am writing about Socrates.
I would hope everyone reading this knows of Socrates. If not, he was a Greek philosopher; considered the wisest man in the world. Put to death because of his opinions and teachings.
He was greatly influenced by Plato. He was also greatly influenced by a woman named Diotima.
Diotima was in Plato’s Symposium. And, since most of the characters in Plato’s writings turned out to be actual historical figures and not characters. It is said that Diotima was a real person.
She was a philosopher…a seer…a phrophetess. Her ideas about love are what Plato built his platonic love concept upon.
What she believed of love has been choked out and overlooked for centuries now.
But, somewhere in me, I drink from her well of beliefs…always have.
Diotima believed that loving another is a means to getting higher… to thinking and understanding about the Divine.
She believed that beauty and loveliness in another inspired the mind of the observer, directing the soul’s attention to higher ways.
According to her, when you recognize the beauty in another, you are acknowledging Divinity.
It reminds me of Tantra, which I have studied over the years.
I am a “sensual” woman. I am not ashamed to say that. It is part of who I am. But, sometimes because that is part of my essence, people assume about my beliefs when it comes to intimacy.
I believe love is Sacred. I also believe sex is Sacred. I believe every time you share your body with someone you are sharing your soul. I choose very wisely. I treat it with respect.
Tantra, in a sense, reminds me of Diotima’s language. But, that fits less and less in the society we live in today. We are way off the path of the heart.
Where we have gotten way off the path of the heart is we have disconnected sex from the heart. We have disconnected intimacy from love. And, it is not just in the areas of sex and love. But, in the very way in which we communicate with each other now.
We have women who don’t take responsibility for their bodies and have learned that they can’t really rely on the old beliefs about love. They can’t really trust. As a result they have developed a “if you can’t fight em’, join em’ …” mentality. Now they try to mimic men in sexuality.
We have men who have become so disconnected from intimacy they wouldn’t know what it meant to “feel” a deep connection if it kicked them in the teeth.
If the women are becoming less emotional and the men are becoming even more unemotional…where is the heart?
Look around you. Where is the heart in the world today? Where is the soul?
When is the last time you recognized the beauty in someone. Not outer…inner.
A light in someone, the soul. And, when recognizing that light in the person, you feel an almost awe…not for them… but, for something higher than both of you?
When is the last time you treated intimacy as something Sacred? Something magical? Something that demanded your whole being…all of your attention…your respect…your offering.
When is the last time you realized that every time you love you are reconnecting with a part of yourself so deep, so ancient, so Divine…
Sometimes it is good to look back into history. Look back to the very pulse of those times…and see how much stronger their hearts beat for love.
I choose to see the beauty…in you… in me. How about you? Why not start your day tomorrow with recognizing it in everyone you come across. No matter how small…find some beauty in that person.