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Four Levels of Love

There are four (4) levels of love. Each one has a place in the order of things plus each one ties in with the rest.

The highest is the spiritual love that flows naturally from within. It is the deepest love anyone can experience. And it brings with it a gentle peace that is full of power. The more one is open to experience it- the more powerful it becomes and the more uplifting it is to ones being. Its power creates magic and big faces (smiles) with ease and grace. It flows through the soul in man. (Some call the super conscious mind) It gives the will power strength and the heart peace. It is eternal. JUST IS!

The next level is the emotional love. Emotional love is not unlike spiritual however the peace and strength it offers is shallow. It brings happiness but no true magic. It gives joy but without grace and without ecstasy. Harmony yes, but spontaneous MAGIC? NO. This level of love is of the subconscious mind and creates memories with this level of love re-experienced or felt upon recall. This love lasts for a lifetime.

The third level of love is the mental. It is of the will power. It is duty bound and difficult. To feel true happiness at this level of love is actually impossible because it is from the head… not the heart. Therefore not attached to the spirit in man. There can be contentment with this level of love since the will in man can find satisfaction in fulfilling duties. Satisfaction can bring peace to the mind but not the heart. This level of love is of the conscious mind. Memories are satisfying but never really felt from the heart as true joy… only satisfaction. From the Will, this love lasts as long as ones memory.

The lowest level of love is naturally the physical. Sex “without” a higher felt love is the lowest form of love, filled only with physical pleasure. Sex in the rain or snow or anywhere physically stimulating adds strength or power to the physical sensations. Invigorating? YES! Memorable? YES! Yet it is of the physical senses and is short lived after orgasm. Since this love is felt in the BODY ONLY, it’s lasting power ends shortly after orgasm.

Naturally- sex with the addition of any of the HIGHER levels of Love is closer to magic, but true magical love does not require sex, “although it is a most divinely beautiful addition.” MOST DIVINE!

In a true marriage of the universe or God, the emotional love two people experience is raised to the spiritual level…. Eternally. (Magic will normally happen before sex happens or at least at the same time.)

Magic just happens, because it JUST IS. The TWO SOULS UNITE AS ONE.

It is as eternal as heaven itself. It brings a piece of heaven to earth.

Two people married at this level of love radiate a light together that touches all those in tune with their vibrations at all levels of love and life. Life will be hard, yet they wont be each other’s problem. Truly this couple is “In Love”.


Added to the above it this truth. “Every person has the capacity to love at different levels.” It is easy to explain this by an example of comparing ones capacity to love with a light bulb.

Love compared to a Light Bulb

1- Spiritual For the 300 “plus” watt bulbs

2- Emotional For the 100 – 300 watt bulbs

3- Mental For the 60 – 100 watt bulbs

4- Physical For the 25 – 60 watt bulbs

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When a couple unite, and they are not compatible with the amount of Love they can give it is most ugly.

Typically this is the scenario

One party is capable of 300 watt plus easily. They (due to their giving nature) are attracted to a 25 watt person. They for some reason believe they will be able to show them a higher way to live. The 25 watt person is attracted to the 300 watt person, not because they are in love with the person; rather they are attracted to a love they do not know.

In this situation, the 300-watt person gives and gives… always giving second chances for mistakes made and constant forgiveness for lack of respect and appreciation shown. Eventually the 300-watt person burns out and has nothing more to give. They become disillusioned and pessimistic of finding a magical relationship… after all they say to themselves “ I have given so much why can’t they change and see”. Then they say… “Maybe I have simply not tried hard enough.”

Wrong!!!

Sadly they often go from one abusive relationship to another. That is if they do find the courage to leave the first one.

The 25-watt person, who is in love with LOVE, becomes nothing but a parasite to the 300-watt person and an endless cycle of unhappiness is sure to continue for the both of them.

Compare this to the light bulbs.

Place a 300 watt bulb in a room… add a 25 watt bulb and there will be NO DIFFERENCE…. But add a 300 watt with the 300 watt and you double the light given.

Add a 300- watt bulb to a 25-watt bulb in a room, and the 25 watt- bulb will be drowned out. The light from the 25 watt- bulb will be lost. But again add a 25 with a 25 and you will again double the light.

By this example it is easy to see why it is BEST for BOTH people to find another similar in their capacity to love.

Plus, if you are in a relationship that is not balanced in the capacity to love, simply END this type of relationship before one party burns. The other wont grow in this situation anyway so quit trying. “When the levels of love are so vastly different.” It will NEVER work, even if values and goals are the some! The capacity to love has to also be the same or it is not worth the effort.

Funny thing is, two 25- watt people together, by doubling their light will BOTH experience magic. Why? Because they will “both” experience the brighter (double) love.

In conclusion, find another with the capacity to love at the same degree as you can. Respect and appreciation will be a two way street ON THE SAME LEVEL… thus neither party will “burn out”

True magic can happen, be it at a 25- watt level or a 300-watt level, when both people are THEIR TOGETHER. True magic will produce Peace, Joy, Laugher, and all aspects of the magical experience of truly being IN LOVE.

Now- in the spirit of humor, I’m single at the present and I’m willing to start a relationship at the 4th level and we’ll work our way up. LOL


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Comments 219 comments

Nick Grimshawe 8 years ago

Beautifully done Neil. I love the way you make the levels real with the light bulb analogy. I sincerely hope you increase your wattage soon.

Nick


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

LOL - Nick I've been very fortunate and have experienced love to the highest level.... the magic continues even though the relationship did not. That is what is so amazing about a Love the "just Is"

 

Thanks so much for your comment and your Adland encouraging post!


Judy Smith 8 years ago

Neil, what an awesome article!! I love the light bulb analogy!! My life has been so blessed! There has been a lot of love in it, and at all levels, but mostly at the highest. What a blessing!


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Judy my friend and partner - nice to see you drop by Hub Pages!

Thanks


samiplus 8 years ago

My dear friend Neil,

This is a wonderful work on love and I am not surprised knowing you're a great writer anytime. The comparative analysis with the bulb truly floats me through my experience so far and really help in identifying which level of love I have passed through yet! Quite soothing!

Thanks for sharing and very best wishes.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America

Enjoyed your hub. Thanks for becoming my fan. I have also signed up as a fan of yours.


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

moonlake - I appreciate you dropping by and taking time to comment! Also - thanks for your friendship!


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BeatsMe 8 years ago

Hi. I really enjoyed this hub. Especially like the part, 'in love with love'. Are there really people like that? :)


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LeaAnne 8 years ago from North Carolina

I really enjoyed your hub. Nice analogy!


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Beatsme - Glad you liked the hub.... as for your question "are there really people like that?" --- BeatsMe ...LOL


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Leanne - Thanks for taking the time to read and post. Appreciated!


Avy Michael 8 years ago

Hey Neil,Thank you for sharing your wisdom...I love your work!!! , and look forward to the next instalment... I knew you were more than just a pretty face..lol...

Best wishes to you my friend, Avy


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Avy - my facebook friend.... I'm so glad you dropped by! - You're more than a pretty lady too! .. Hugs


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terenceyap07 8 years ago from Singapore

Dear Neil,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the most important thing that this life has to offer. I'll be looking out for more of your hubs, my friend.

*smiles*


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Terence - Thanks for your visit and the time you took to post a comment!

Love Light and Laughter

Neil


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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

Nice hub. Thanx for the nice fan mail. Coming to the levels of love and stages of love esp within a couple. The first stage is Physical where there is immense attraction that binds the couple. And then the next stage is Emotional where compatibility and understanding is there. Then comes the Intellectual where mutually feel stimulation discussing/sharing the joy. The last stage is Spiritual where the love of God binds them together.

These stages are mentioned in Indian Vedic philosophy as Brahmcharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa.


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Countrywoman - Thanks so much for your comment. I did not know about the Vedic mentioning these. Again I appreciate you dropping in and taking time to post a comment!

Love Light and Laughter

Neil


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1stevedw 7 years ago from Europe

My wish to you, that you meet a 300 plus light bulb soon.

Warm regards from Belgium,

Steve


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

1stevedw - Thanks buddie - that is a kind wish!

Love Light and laughter

Neil


Pauline R 7 years ago

Neil,

like many here, I too loved the bulb analogy. Perfectly stated. Thank you for sharing this link at the forum, you do have the understanding of love, pray you are blessed with your suitable soul mate :-)

regards

Pauline


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Pauline - Thank you so much!

Love Light and Laughter

Neil


A. Jill 7 years ago

A very nicely composed hub and intriguing topic.  I like your analogy and found much here that fits with my perception of love.  My problem has been running into another 300 watt bulb.  Thanks for an excellent article on something we all LOVE to think about.


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

A.Jill - thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!

Yes so true - finding a 300 to partner with can be a challenge......

Neil


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I know I have pulled it out of the archives, but this is a great article!!! My husband and I are 300 watt but it took a divorce and a re-marriage to find that eternal love.:)


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

AEvans = why thank you so much -- May you and your husband grow together and continue to remain in balance while climbing to 1500 watts... Thanks again


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hubber-2009 7 years ago from India

St. Bernard describes the 4 levels of loving as 1) loving others for your own sake, 2) loving God for what he can do for you, 3) loving God for God's sake, 4) loving yourself and others for God's sake.


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

hubber 2009 i thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my thread -- cool!


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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Wonderful explained hub for a common human dilemma! Blogging this to 2 of my blogs as readers will enjoy this one, thanks!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Wow Denny - Thanks so much for the blog posting....

I just read a couple of your hubs - I'll be back for more enjoyable reading for sure.

Thanks again


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Kind Regards 7 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

Neil, I like the 4 levels of love. Very interesting. Kind Regards


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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

really great hub...in today's busy life the real meaning of love is lost....people just know about the physical interaction...the way you have explained the thing its really amazing, i loved it.thanx for sharing such a nice thoughts...


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Kind regards - I'm pleased you liked it and thanks for taking the time to say so!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

britneydavidson  - I'm very happy you enjoyed this hub - thanks for taking the time to say so!

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil


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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

really great hub...nice explanation. enjoyed reading it.thanx for sharing.


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

Wise hub......so true! Thanks! :)


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Tom - Thanks for the praise ... Cheers


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Eldritch Elegy 7 years ago

"One party is capable of 300 watt plus easily. They (due to their giving nature) are attracted to a 25 watt person. They for some reason believe they will be able to show them a higher way to live. The 25 watt person is attracted to the 300 watt person, not because they are in love with the person; rather they are attracted to a love they do not know.

In this situation, the 300-watt person gives and gives… always giving second chances for mistakes made and constant forgiveness for lack of respect and appreciation shown. Eventually the 300-watt person burns out and has nothing more to give. They become disillusioned and pessimistic of finding a magical relationship… after all they say to themselves 'I have given so much why can’t they change and see'. Then they say… 'Maybe I have simply not tried hard enough.'"

I love this article because it gives words to a concept that's been puzzling me for almost a year. At the same time, it makes me a little sad to think that the 25-watt bulb I married may not be capable of change. :(

Still, beautiful concept, and nicely written. Thank you for sharing.


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Eldritch Elegy  - Keep shining your light - just make sure you don't burn out giving where it is impossible to receive a re-charge.

Thanks for comments -

Love - Light - Laughter


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charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

Wow this one heck of a hub, even after so many days of being published it has not lost its beauty. Thanx for sharing a 1000 watts of hub loaded for us. Personally love the depth with which you have explained the intensity of love, for me love is my life and im glad that the bulb seems to explode as there is no bulb that can stand the wattage that both me and my hubby share. lol.. im going to be bulb crazy now.. hahaha


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Charanjeet - that is a compliment I accept with gratitude. Much apprciated.

I'm delighted you and your hubby explode with the light!

Neil


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Wow Neil this Hub took ages to get to the bottom. I loved it. I loved the comparisons of love to light bulbs. I bet some love is so explosive it would blow up a bulb in a thousand pieces LMAO


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Blondepoet - Great to have you drop in.

LOL - and Yes - some love my be explosive, in and out of the bedroom.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Esp in the bedroom as it hits peak level LMAO


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Blondepoet....... ESP = Effective Sensory Perception!

Question is - are you willing to develop it? Like a muscle, it can be developed.... but that is a book not just a hub!


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

I enjoyed this discussion of love, and the many comments were a great read too, thank you!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Easnesthb - Thanks my new friend


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

"The highest is the spiritual love that flows naturally from within. It is the deepest love anyone can experience. And it brings with it a gentle peace that is full of power. The more one is open to experience it- the more powerful it becomes and the more uplifting it is to ones being."

Well done..just well done. Love is the ultimate renewable resource and giver of power; so long as its wielder doesn't begin to utiilize this gift for their own needs alone.


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Lxxy - thanks so much for sharing... not only the comments in this hubs but by writing dome graet hubs yourself.


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Thank you Neil, I appreciate it. I do my best to put my highest level of quality in everything I do.


One Aussie 7 years ago

The greatest thing about the 4 Levels of Love is - two people of the same wattage don't have to be in the same room to feel the 'power' of equal illumination. It can climb mountains, travel over land, soar above oceans, and still be felt in all it's intensity from a great distance. Anyone who has experienced this is so very very privileged, but once experienced, anything else is really only what people are prepared to accept or be content/happy with or settle for - and that too can be good in it's own right, as you can't really miss something you've never had. How do I know this? Guess. :)))


Joe Hipkin 7 years ago

Hey Neilson.. Yea well I read this about five years ago when you emailed it to me and thought it was on target then.. these words are true in any year.... Nice to see you got it to a page for many to see. Your friend Joe


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

One Aussie - " It can climb mountains, travel over land, soar above oceans, and still be felt in all it's intensity from a great distance."

So True - <--0-->


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Joe

Has it really been 5 yrs -- Wow

Thanks for being a friend and sharing your support.

Cheers Bro


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

You have given me new insight in what I need to look for in a person. Comparing the different levels of love to light bulbs makes the concept very easy to understand. LOL, It was like a light bulb went off in my head!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

k@ri -- Shine on my friend :-)


Terri Pattio 7 years ago

WOW! Thanks Neil for sharing, I can remember a time when being a 300 watt having a 25 watt. It just doesn't work, you get tired of giving because they are not putting out anything. I was shining way brighter than he was, I finally figured out it was time to let go and I did. Great article Neil. I'll be waiting for a follow up on you finding your equal.


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gusripper 7 years ago

What to say im surprised from all these comments,


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Thanks Gus --- one more comment added by you too :-)


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gusripper 7 years ago

I hope some day we all live in peace and in all of levels love every day


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Shine on Gus Ripper


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I guess true love always beckons like the eternal flame


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

Another wonderful, well written analogy Neil - great job! Now, about that spirit of humor: I'm on my way to Ontario in a couple of weeks but wouldn't it make more sense to start at the highest level to make sure the relationship could actually be lighter than 25 watts? LOL


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

WoW! This is amazing insight of love on such a divine level! Spiritual love sounds delicious to me! LOL


ralwus 7 years ago

I must say my bulb burns brightly


nazishnasim 7 years ago

What about the zero-watt night lightbulb ? or something like that?


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

nice hub....love is an amazing thing


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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

Nice hub, Neil, this is truly enjoyable. Loved the light bulb comparison - novel and unique. Am bookmarking this.


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

katyzzz - so true - eternal flame=True Love - Thanks

SEM Pro - hope Ontario was a hoot!!!

Jodi Hoeksel --- yip ... "Delicious" - Thanks for dropping by.

ralwus - Shine on!

nazishnasim - LOL - you know someone like that?

Brenda Scully - amazing to say the least!

Melody Lagrimas - thanks for the bookmark - more importantly thanks for sharing!


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Charia Samher 7 years ago

Great. Love is always a good topic. I'll probably read it again and again and again. BTW Good luck on your search; oh this was written 13 months ago so I presume you already found somebody. Good luck still and God bless! =)


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Interesting and informative Hub...I needed that kind of explanation when I was 13 and having a heavy crush on my next door neighbor ( girl next door, right ? )...anyway, I asked my grandmother " What is love "... She looked at me with those blue Irish eyes and said " Larry, love is something that forms in the head and busts at the ass ". Cracked me up.! Pretty salty answer from someone that had 4 husbands and still had her " flapper " dress from the 20's.... Thanks for the enjoyable Hub...Larry


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Charia Samher - Thanks - and no, I am avoiding looking and running till I get my finances in better shape. Silly me eh!!!

maven101 - Very much appreciate your kind words..... now "what is a flapper dress?"

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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Read up on the roaring twenties...Things like the Charleston and the Black Bottom ( a couple of crazy dances my grandmother taught me ), bathtub gin ( a home-made brew ), and flappers...a flapper was a woman that smoked, drank like a man, danced all night, and would wear these sleeveless and bangled shifts that had a sparkly belt midriff, with pleated skirt ending with a tasseled or fringed hem, and shockingly ( for that age )ending about knee high...when dancing they were quite spectacular and eye-catching...Funny thing, at 82, my grandmother could still fit into it and would dance for us on St Pats day...Larry


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Lupo 7 years ago from Boston Area

Pretty "lovely" hub.

Seriously though I really enjoyed reading this and the insights you had to offer. Love has saved my life, and from having such important loving experiences I believe I have been able to expand my own lve wattage.


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simplyjo 7 years ago

Hey Neil.. Someone above me commented if there are ppl who are in love with love... well, I guess I'm a sappy love chick :) Ya got me here !


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Lupo - Glad you enjoyed the hub. Expanding your watts - then you are on the right track.

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

simplyjo - being in love with love is a good thing as long as you find it within plus from life itself... and not "only" from another.

Shine on my sweet friend! (note - you are sweet, not sappy)


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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

This is a most beautiful article.


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Joy at Home - Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

Very, very interesting. I've never delved that deeply into the subject. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

This is beautifully written. I was amazed as I saw your comparison to lightbulbs, it is the same comparison I used in my hub speaking the language of unconditional love. Small universe eh? There are 4 levels or steps and how you described each and started at the top and worked your way down...very nice. This may be old news to you, but I appreciate it today!


Roxii 7 years ago

Very illuminating - OK just had to start with smile :-)

Your article has assisted in 2 300 watt bulbs "re-lighting" after 40 years. "Just Is" goes beyond adult contemporary pairing. There can be that meeting of similar light - so bright it shines for many years. So true - it has nothing to do with sex. So strong ( As One Aussie phrased it ) it travels for miles and can still be felt. I gave my heart when I was 6 years old and have now discovered the receiver has always kept it for me :-))) There is most definitely a different level of love that is not commonly found... it Just IS!!!!!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

fastfreta - Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

emohealer - Thanks -- and please keep shining. Simple truths are in the air... it is a pleasure breathing with you!

Roxii - :-) Your comments definitely tell me how deep you understand what it is I was saying. And to paraphrase "One Aussie" adds for me a special meaning.... I somehow think you may have connected with what One Aussie means(to me).

Thank you so much for sharing.... I'll see you again I am sure.... no hiding behind a bush now okay!

:-)

Love - Light - Laughter


Steve 7 years ago

I have to Agree with Roxii, I was five when she gave me her very big Heart, ive kept it with me to this day,very close, and have just discovered, that love that just is, is the best kind of love, one that will last a lifetime, I Love you Roxii, I allways will


Steve 7 years ago

I should add that Roxii not only Gave me her Heart, but on Valentine's Day Brought me in a real,Very Large Red Paper heart that said "I Love you Steve" the best Valentines day card a Kid could ever ask for!!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Steve - may you have many more happy valentine days

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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Love and light bulbs - a great analogy! It suddenly puts love in perspective and makes you analyse the different kinds of love - and the love that one should aspire for. Wonderful, light-up hub!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Shalini - yip - a love to inspire for!!!

Thanks for taking time to read and reply


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Tackle This 7 years ago

Hi Neil, thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world on HubPages.

I liked this post.

I would like to share a very interesting story with you.

Shortly, after my divorce, I met a woman while eating pizza one day with my children. At any rate, I soon learned, that she was a Christian.

It wasn't long before we decided to meet one afternoon without our children. I prayed a simple, yet profoundly powerful prayer prior to our meeting. "God, please don't let anything or anyone get in the way of my loving You above all else -- ever. Amen"

That evening after I drove her home. I walked her to her door. She felt compelled to reach out and touch my arm.

She and I immediately thereafter took one step apart from one-another. All she could muster was, "Whoa! Did, you...did you just feel that?" To which I could only reply, "Yeah, what...what...and then I was speechless.

She had to finish my statement and said, "What just happened?"

I know what happened. I know exactly what happened and it has never happened since then or prior to then. (Our spirits touched)

I often wonder what time I have wasted, not placing God first in all things -- ALL THINGS has cost me over the years. Yes, there are the obvious things like the laughter that you so eloquently refer too and a few other things which I should miss more than it seems I do now...

For now, I should pray and beg God, that I might laugh like a child or an elder -- you know that 'deep down belly-laugh' that never takes place in corporate America around the infamous coffee pot.

North America is sick and we need help. Take care sir, and I'll stop by again soon.

*By the way, you might enjoy some of my quotes which I update almost daily ;-) the hub is entitled, "Sweet and Sour."


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Tackle this - That was great! Thanks for sharing your story.


Kim Garcia 7 years ago

Wonderful Hub!! I enjoyed reading this immensely. The light bulb comparison is unique, very visual. love it!! The highest level of love, "Spiritual Love" is what we all strive for I suppose, of course it's the Agape Love in Greek. Wonderfully executed. I'm a fan!!! Peace n' Blessings! ~ K


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Shayvonharris 7 years ago

Yes indeed I loved how you compared the levels with Watts. Very Interesting.


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smokenchic 7 years ago

I really enjoyed this Neil! U explained it so simply. Beautiful. And yes 1. is the aim, but in the spirit of humor (single also, well sort of..lol)will settle starting at #4.....lol


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Kim Garcia - I'm delighted you are a fan -- it goes both ways!

Shayvonharris - Thank you!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

smokenchic - well light me up then - sounds like a date! :-)

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SunShineSnow 7 years ago from Texas

Wow! Great hub the comparison with the light bulb watts excellent.


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jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

Nice hub and good comparison with light bulb. Very informative. thanks for sharing.


aleijah jo sagun 7 years ago

bakit puro love


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Yangtze 7 years ago

Thorough descriptions about four levels of love. Nice hubs!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

SunShineSnow - thank you sunshine, but could you melt the snow? LOL I do appreciate your taking time to comment - Thanks

jacobkuttyta- you like the light bulb too - thanks for commenting.

aleijah jo sagun - Merci buckets - Pure love - Just is!

Thank You!

Yangtze - glad you enjoyed my hubs! Also - thank you for commenting.

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Thanks to all of you for comments and your Fanship-Friendship

Love - Light - Laughter

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

This is a thoughtful view on LOVE. We need more guys like you talking about the subject some shy away from. Nice!


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Thanks Cheeky - I appreciate your comment -- Love you hubs too by they way

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Madison22 6 years ago from NYC

Great hub...super interesting, thanks!!


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hinckles koma 6 years ago from nyc

unbelievable hub i love it. love all.


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Waren E 6 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

Marvelous Neil ,that's a great way to put it man!


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C.V.Rajan 6 years ago from Kerala, India

An interesting and original analysis!

CVR


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IsabellaRothchild 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

I thoroughly enjoyed your hub. The analogy was both original and allowed for vivid visualization. I look forward to many more and am officially your fan. As a single woman and looking, I will be checking wattages and hope to light up the night with "our" light show.


Sarra Garrett 6 years ago

I enjoyed your hub very much. So true. I am currently ghostwriting an ebook on this topic - love. Just learned that you have to be happy with and within yourself in order to achieve any type of love or unconditional love with someone else. To have a successful relationship you have to get over any type of 'fear' you may have that you will be without that person whom you are in love with. It's an interesting topic for sure. I guess that's why I'm not in one --- the 'fear'.


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Sterling Sage 6 years ago from California

Neil,

I never thought of love quite like this before. Thank you for giving me another perspective on this most redeeming feature of human nature.

I think it's a pretty good concept, but I think love is not usually so easy to categorize. For example, I'm about a 50 watt bulb in terms of pulling my weight around the household--one expression of love--but I'm a 300+ watt bulb in comforting someone who's been hurt--another expression of love. I'm not sure there's a clear total wattage that one person can be said to have.

Great food for thought.


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Madison22, Thanks for taking time to comment

hinckles koma, Believable :-)

Waren E, Marvelous of you to drop by

C.V.Rajan , I try to be origonal, LOL

IsabellaRothchild, Single eh! - Where do you live ...LOL Glad you like the hub

Sarra Garrett, Inner Peace and inner confidence - you are on your way!

Sterling Sage.- Another perspective - :-)

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thirdmillenium 6 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

Love may contain many splendors but now I know it is fragmented into four. Thanks


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Great Hub, one I think I will come back and read again and again .. . sometimes the light bulb just needs to be turned on more times than we realize!


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Tonya P 6 years ago

All insights about love are beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I was wondering though, if someone is truly operating at such a high level (300 wattage), is it even possible for someone else to burn that light out? Wouldn't the higher cancel out the lower? It's like being in a relationship with Jesus. Judas didn't turn Jesus into a traitor. Jesus' love for Judas started the process of turning him into a Saint.

I've read some of your hubs though, and I think that you will probably be finding love soon, seeing that you have alot to offer!


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one2recognize2 6 years ago from New York

This "Just Is" exceptional. Thanks for placing love in watt value, and hope like you wished AEvans that you find that 300 and rising to 1500 watt love soon. Based on all your experiences you truly deserve it.


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donotfear 6 years ago from The Boondocks

I was going to write a hub on this very same thing. It is so true!


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Jennifer D. 6 years ago from Canada

Hi Neil,

I may have never found your hub if you hadn't become a fan of mine. Thank you on both accounts.

Love is a topic that everyone thinks about, but few write so eloquently on. Thank you for your analogies and insight.

I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

With respect and appreciation,

Jennifer D.


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Debby Bruck 6 years ago

Neil ~ This hub DEFINITELY Deserves a big thumbs up rating! So I have given my LOVE to this hub and the light bulb has increased its wattage. Such a thoughtful article that shows experience in relationships. Can you tell me if any of this information is found in other books or has been influenced by other authors?

My wish for you is an equal exchange of loving 'energy' where each partner can see the "light" shining through each other.

Many blessings

Debby


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

thirdmillenium - fragmented or not - I'm glad you took time to read and reply! Thanks

wavegirl22 - click - I just turned your bulb on again then.

Tonya P - Thank you`

one2recognize2 - it is exceptional that you took time to comment - I appreciate it a lot.

donotfear - looking to read your hub

Jennifer D. - respect and appreciation right back atcha!

Debby Bruck - Wow - thanks for the Big Thumbs up... and a the same wish for you right back!

Thank you all for commenting.


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sweetie1 6 years ago from India

Really really beautiful hub.. with a breath taking picture to begin with.


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Gabriella D'Anton 6 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

Great and "illuminating" hub. Just loved the parallel with the light bulbs. Thank you for writing it; it is obvious you know a few things about love


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Sweetie1 - Cool - my first comment on the photo - Thanks so much for taking time to read and comment.

Gabriella D'Anton - I'm delighted you took the time to read and post a comment. Illuminating eh! Turn the lights on high till you surpass 2500 watts :-)


J.O. 6 years ago

Thank you for writing this. It was exactly what I needed to hear.


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

J.O. - Thank you. I hope it makes a difference in a very positive way to you present and future.

Neil


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Anath 6 years ago

At least I am not alone at the 4th level :-)

Happy new year Neil and thanks for a thoughful hub to start the year with.


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princess-sisi 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

This is great, hope all is well!


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Anath - :-) No-one is ever really alone. hugs to you too.

Princess-sisi - all is well - thanks

Glad you all enjoy this hub!


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Run Down Battery 6 years ago from UK

Certainly a lot to think about here... always the sign of an excellent hub!


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GlstngRosePetals 6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Wow great hub I see now why I was dumped because he had mental love and physical love for me but like you said the mind holds memory and not feelings so he was lacking the emotional and spiritual love for me and that's a shame but reading your article made me feel better and helped me understand. Thankyou


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Run Down Battery - Thanks -- even with a run down battery 1000 watts is possible LOL

Glistening Rose Pedals - Keep shining your light girl.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

This is a timeless piece...so beautifully written and so true...Thank you for sharing it with all of us!!

God Bless!


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Wealthmadehealthy -- I do appreciate those words.. Timeless.

Thank You Very Much!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

told you up above I would be back here. . . just had to come by your pages while listening to the Joys! and I stumbled here ;)


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Well this one is great also and I agree with most of it...and yes people who are abused usually go back for more. The eternal love within our spiritual self...I call that Jesus Christ and there is nothing like that love. Your highest on the list. I think we need most of the levels at some point our life and it makes us richer. Sometimes we learn something; sometimes we don't.

Thanks for sharing


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

wavegirl22 - Cool - glad you were back. Thanks

lctodd1947 - Thank you.

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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Interesting thought provoking article; thanks for sharing.


Lynn in Florida 6 years ago

Great article and much needed. I was in a long distant relationship and we were at the 300+, but the distance (only 3 hours)got in the way. He found someone closer and here I sit heartbroken.


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Victoria Dubois 6 years ago from Temple Terrace, Florida

Very thought provoking article. I think I've been involved with all of the lightbulbs! I totally agree that you will not be able to change a person who doesn't have the same "emotional" feelings as you. Many people are not capable of that. Some people, due to childhood trama will never be able to give of themselves fully to another; but sometimes they find a person so full of love & a strong sense of themselves that they can teach them how to love! Thanks for following me!


Jewels 6 years ago

Your article is written with much awareness of how we function as people on a humanity level and I agree with everything that you expalin. BUT . . for me what is missing is it assumes that we can never break free from this cycle, that we are somehow conditioned and that it will always be this way. What about the fact that in essence we are all Buddha or God or Divine whatever term one chooses to use.When this is in the mix the picture seems a little brighter to me as I know I can transcend all of that conditioning I might be in. Without it I think I may well loose the will to live !!!!


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Coolmon2009 - thanks a Billion for commenting.

Lynn in Florida - I know what you mean - Australia to Canada - too much

Victoria Dubois - thanks for the added points re: trauma

Jewels- where did you get the idea that I implied we can not break cycles. That is part of the reason for the article, to lift to the light. Knowledge opens doors to expanding and growing. I truly appreciate you sharing and agree with the basics of what you said. Just make sure your partner is close to you in the amount of love they can give..... it is rare for a 25 watter to grow enough to fully partner with a 300 watts plus. At least not in one life time.

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil


CarollynnSue 6 years ago

So beautifully done! It took half of a century before Our Creator presented to me My Better Half! And, what a Magical Blessing! Can you imagine two 300 watts light bulbs shining brightly together? We both had to travel some rocky, broken roads before we could meet. It is our past experiences that have taught us to be ever mindful of each other; tenderly, carefully, always mindful that our union is most important!

Thank you for your Hub! It warmed my heart, and made me say a Prayer of Thanksgiving!


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sandylongman 6 years ago

Great Hub so true!


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

I suggest a 5th love: AGAPE. The agape word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love.


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

CarollynnSue - traveling broken roads give us the opportunity to either become cold and bitter - or to grow and shine. Nice to see you chose the latter of the two.

Sandy - Thanks you

dallas - the fourth level actually embodies what you have written but I chose to keep that content out of this hub as that message is a hub all on it's own. Glad to see you got the underlying message. Insightful!


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twentyfive 6 years ago

Oh wow, I never knew love has diff levels ;) Thanks for sharing this.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Twentyfive - glad you liked it - thanks for saying so!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

This was a great incite into love and specially because I simply adore this subject I was riveted to your words. I am fascinated and I am so pleased that I found your hub.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Great write, once again, brilliant use of analogies that are relatable. My questions are, why are some only capable of 25-watts and some of 300+? You state that a 25 with a 25 doubles the light, but with a 300 is drown out. Does that mean the 25 is always a 25? Your statement about leaving a no win situation of a 300 with a 25 indicates to me that there is no hope of upping the wattage. Your writing is wonderful. It was like the light bulb turned on!


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

acaetnna - After reading your inspiring poems on Love - I'm delighted by your comment "riveted to my words". Thank You very much!

Amy - Great questions - why are some only capable of 25-watts and some of 300+? To answer that is a future hub on the progressing growth of character. In short the answer your question is "they have not achieved inner wisdom in character.... at this time.

You state that a 25 with a 25 doubles the light, but with a 300 is drown out. Does that mean the 25 is always a 25? I believe we all eventually achieve higher levels of love within our character. One lifetime wont be enough to take a person from 25 watts to 300. The main point though is "having a relationship with a 25 watter if your are a 300, simply it takes too long for that wisdom to mature (in most cases) and therefore makes a very poor partner. A good friend maybe, as you can spend less time with them now and then when you simply are drained and until you get your wind back.

Your statement about leaving a no win situation of a 300 with a 25 indicates to me that there is no hope of upping the wattage. Answered above - If you do not comprehend my reply and want elaboration let me know.

Thanks a Lot for taking time to comment - looking forward to "chatting" more!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I certainly understand the "draining" factor. You are 100% correct. It will suck the life right out of you and those relationships tend to feel parasitic. So, although it is possible to grow to a higher level, it is the time involvement that dooms the off-balanced relationships. That is exactly what I based my decisions on in leaving toxic pairings, which never attained the level of partnership. Thanks for providing information that validates in such an interesting read.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Cool - now you are free of toxic parasites and can build your inner strength and shine on. You do shine your 1500 watts beautifully. I hope you will find a partner that shines like you and together lift others to higher wattage!

I enjoy and appreciate your in-depth look at my stuff here. Thank you very much!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have never seen love explained like this before...Well Done and so true!

Look forward to reading more of your hubs :)


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Susan - I appreciate your comment and compliment.


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Bohemian rhapsody 5 years ago from New york

You are quite popular on this site and I can see why. Its funny,but I know exactly what your talking about when you bring up the 4th love. My soulmate died 1 and a 1/2 months ago. But I tell you are love blew me away beacause it didnt end after his death it continued on. I don't believe in God but I believe im something. Anyone think alternate universe? Because I can't let him go, our love was too strong. Thank you for hearing me vent. Great commentary.Please write more in this venue.


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Bohemian rhapsody 5 years ago from New york

I just wrote a long version and got screwed because I was editing it too long. Anyway you are very astute. My boyfriend died 1 and a 1/2 months ago and our love didn't die after he passed over. I believe love transcends all. I knew the day my father died that something was wrong. I sat straight up in bed and insisted my boyfriend drive to look for him. I knew because I had reached the 4th dimension of love. My boyfriend is the same.

If you want to read 'State of the union' it would explain more. Thanks for a great hub please keep it up!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Great take on Love, my friend. You presented an angle I hadn't read before and I enjoyed your thoughts on this lovely topic. Well done!


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Bohemian rhapsody - I appreciate your comments. I hope the love you feel will continue and also allow you to be open to experience it with another.

James - Good to see you here. I have great respect for your writing and your comment is most appreciated.


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

Voted up! When people talk about love we often don't think about spiritual love and that should be first and foremost.

I almost mentioned the "duty" of love in my lust and love hub when considering love in certain relationships.I was thinking about the love we have for our family and marriage that can be emotional and/or dutiful mental love (without lust). So this is great info here.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

izettl - great to see you drop by and thanks so much for comment. Duty bound love is all to common and yet not understood as a comparison to spiritual for it will trap a person into believing that is all there is so higher love is never felt.

Thanks again for comment


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC

Thanks for this beautiful hub Neil. Wish I had learned those lessons when I was younger-but better late than never.

Also thanks for your fan mail. Hope you get out to Vancouver Island again sometime. I'm going to Long Beach on the island next month.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

marsha - glad you enjoyed the hub - I'ld love to spend more time on the island again - great place. I hope you enjoy long beach.


Joel 5 years ago

Wow, great article man! Great read, I enjoyed it all. I will be back for more! Thanks and see you soon!

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Wonderful hub Neil..alot of truth written here. Thank you.

Sunnie


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Sunnie day -- Hey glad you liked it. Hope to see you back again :-)


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days leaper 5 years ago from england

I wonder whether sometimes the 300 watt bulb that will try to entertain the poor 25 watter, is actually a clear bulb, or a "Pearl" (misty) -in which case the 300w. is on a power trip and the 25w. must grow to save itself.

Great Hub, excellent analogy. Very bright as things are clearer already. -though still flickering.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

days leaper - glad they are brighter already - keep on flickering


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haikutwinkle 5 years ago

Love your hub ;)


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

haikutwinkle - glad you loved it! :-)


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

Voted: Awesome...so enlightening. I love it!


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

PenMePretty - Cool -- Thanks so much Pretty pen :-)

Very much Appreciate the vote and the praise.


Derdriu 4 years ago

Neil Sperling: Thank you for the caring thoughts and clear analysis. It is always refreshing to find respect for human lives well and fully lived.

Voted up, with every single category too,

Derdriu

P.S. Thank you for the great videos!


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

derdriu - yes - it is refreshing to find respect for humans as well --- thank you for the votes and comments


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pan1974 4 years ago from Columbus,Ga

Iluv this hub.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

pan1974 - why thanks pan - appreciate you taking the time to say so.... hugs


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tyra marieza 4 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

When I smile after reading a hub it's a good thing.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

tyra marieza - Cool - I brought a smile to your face -- that is an awesome compliment. Thanks for taking time to read and smile. Hugs


nnnnnnnnnnnn 4 years ago

kool love is amazing great message


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

A very interesting way of looking at Love and so true. I didn't know there were levels - but it makes sense.

An overwhelming response from other readers too.

You struck some heart chords.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Lady_E - great to see you visit - thanks so muck for taking time to comment too. heart Chords are fun to strike aren't they? .. thanks again


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Gracenduta 4 years ago from Kenya

I like your informative hub'


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Gracenduta - I appreciate you taking time to so so.... thank you very much


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Neil, much depth and wisdom in the writing! It also explained quite a lot to me in terms of my first marriage... watt?? You're a bright spark and did shine a light on the topic for me. BRAVO! :)


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Suelynn - Glad I sparked some light for you. I appreciate you taking time to comment and let me know your thoughts.

Huge hugs!


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

LOL! Huge hugs right back atcha, bright spark! :)))))


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msorensson 4 years ago

I agree with your definitions..especially the duty bound mental love..being difficult..

We all would prefer to have spiritual love..and this requires much work on one's self...

Thank you.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

msorensson - You are a wise lady - "requires MUCH work on oneself" - To Fly we have to

F irst

L Ove

Y ourself

Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


Brittany 4 years ago

You did a good job on this hub and you are very good at what you do!!!


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Brittany - Thank you so much for your kind words... hope to see you again!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I come here long after everyone has read this wonderful piece but it has lost nothing over time. I am lucky my husband and I are both 300 watts burning brighter and brighter.

After two years have you found your 300 watt yet?

Voted up and interesting.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

tillsontitan - LOL nope I have not found my 300 watt partner yet.... not even looking. Not sure I would notice if she knocked on the door even as I am focused on getting my financial house in order. Things are turingin around in that department so maybe I will fix my door and hear the knocking of a 300 watt babe soon LOL... Thanks so much for the comment - i enjoyed the chuckle ... and I am thrilled you have a 300 watt partner. Cheers to you both....

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is indeed a very interesting hub. Voted up and definitely sharing. Thank you as well for leaving me an encouraging fan mail. I'll be back to check out the rest of your hubs. Cheers!


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Cris - so glad you enjoyed this and found it interesting... and a huge thank you for sharing. I look forward to crossing paths with you... cheers back!


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sheilanewton 4 years ago from North Shields, UK

Now here's a completely different take on love. Fantastic hub - keep on shining on with your lightbulb theory!! Love it.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Sheila Newton - I'll keep on shining... all because of people like you who pump me up.. :-)

thanks so much.......... Shine on! mmmwwwaaa


Patty 4 years ago

Wow Neil well written. You have really put a lot of thought into love. One goes through life with ups and downs. Some times giving love or taking love is forgotten. I like your light bulbs. Everyone needs love. Thanks Neil.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Patty

thanks for your kind words. For sure - ups and downs are always there and we need to both give and receive love. You are welcome and thank you for commenting.


patty 4 years ago

Neil I am back in in your hub , It is so peaceful. You mentioned spiritual happenings. I have 2 at this time. I would like to talk about them sometime. Maybe you can help sort them out. I don't know . maybe not .Confused Patty


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

patty -- sure - let's talk them out..... maybe i can help you discover the needed message!

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil


patty 4 years ago

Neil I am trying to smile. I have a lot going on. I am doing a lot of meditation . I need your smiles and prayers especially on Aug 1st. thank Neil


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Patty - ,my thoughts and prayers are with ya


anonymous 4 years ago

I haven't experienced spiritual love with a human being but I know I have emotional love w/ spouse. It's hard to experience spiritual love when spouse is negative.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

anonymous - how true - try to experience spiritual love with life itself..... and continue to accept your spouse as they are..... shine one my fellow traveler on the path of life. Thanks for taking time to read and share.


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Linda Cassini 3 years ago from Las Vegas NV

Now that truely explains the 25 watt light bulb my friend...lol..loved it and the symbolism :)


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Linda - LOL ... yes it does -- yet it also explains the pitfalls the 100 watters have in thinking they can brighten the 25 watters glow..... Thanks for the read and comment


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teaches12345 3 years ago

You have my vote on this article. What a great way to look at love. Your view using the light bulb analogy makes perfect sense. I agree with the levels, spiritual love is the highest and the purest form. You are very wise!


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

teaches -Glad I brightened up your day - thanks again for taking time to read and comment and flattering me with praise LOL


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

tooto - did we pass the test?


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ryanjhoe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

Nice hubs! You have a wonderful thought of love. Thanks for sharing.


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Ryanjhoe - Cool to have you drop by and read..... and a thank you for the kind words. All the best!


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craiglyn 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I love, love, love this hub. It spoke to me on all levels. I relate to it so beautifully because I am still with my husband, who is in spirit, a true testament to that "spiritual" level of love. I do this believe this, because I am experiencing it. Years later, and just recently, I wrote a book about "us" and I realized that those many years ago when I met him, I recognized something in him. Thanks again for this beautiful hub.


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

craiglyn - what a wonderful post..... think YOU for the kind words sharing depth and love. HUGE hugs!


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Michael-Milec 2 years ago

Hello Neil Sperling.

Absolutelly awesome and resolute introduction of LOVE, love and " love's" function . Great illustration of light-bulbas. A must read for many if not for everybody. LOVE JUST IS ! Great line. Love is genuine in GIVING, the only love experienced , meeting our need when we do not know what our need is / was. ( He loved world … so He gave… what we needed to save us for all the times…) The first lesson to the love is- "hard work"- we "both" have to be willing to enter each other's need and only want to give my best "TO YOU "... In that instant we both will ever be giving , receiving and having the best meeting our needs…

Voted up and beautiful.

Have a blessed weekend .


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Michael - thanks for the comment and taking time to read. I appreciate it. Wishing you Love - Light and Laughter


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Never thought of love in this way or analyzed in this manner, but it makes sense. Great article!


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Grand Old Lady - That was a grand comment - Thanks for taking time to read and share a comment...

Love - Light - Laughter


Heather 2 years ago

Hi Neil, fellow Ontario resident here!

Great article, I really enjoyed the light bulb analogy. It's great that you are not placing a negative spin on the 25 watters, rather showing how we all relate to one another, and whom we are more likely to have a harmonious relationship with.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Heather - Thanks for taking time to read and comment - of course there is nothing negative about 25 watters - we are ALL extensions of source energy in the process of expansion. Beautiful world in every way. Thanks again.


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Joyette Fabien 11 months ago from Dominica

Lovely. I like the light bulb imagery


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Neil Sperling 11 months ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Joyette - Thanks so much for reading and taking time to comment - mucho appreciation

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