Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche
Story 1a - The Lateral Lattice of Hearts.
Story 1a - The Lateral Lattice of Hearts.
I was tremendously grateful for those few hours that I had been privileged to share with Helen. I had gained a glimpse of a world I hadn't known to exist. I only hoped that some of it would remain with me. Being with her had started like a dream that seemed beautifully unrelated to this world. Now it came to light as an image of the real world with a bright promise.
When I awoke, the room was filled with sunshine. I saw her face gently illumined by the glow of the morning sun.
"You are an angel," I said to her.
"No I am a healer," she corrected me. "Learning to love, means learning to heal." She suggested that the greatest damage that the distortion of Christianity has caused, remains virtually unknown today. "It has taken away our capacity for healing."
Since I didn't respond, she explained what she meant. She explained that the original Christian ideal of love was a lateral love, born out of a deeply conscious self-love. Jesus called himself both the son of man, and the son of God. He brought the entire interrelationship onto a laterally interconnected basis. On this platform, healing was possible and became natural. But this threatened the imperial model of interrelationships, which is inherently a vertical model. Consequently Rome fought the Christians. Eventually it was deemed wiser by the Romans to pervert Christianity and turn it into a tool for imperial goals. This was achieved by perverting the lateral model of love into a vertical, hierarchical model. God was put into the infinite sky, humanity down into the dirt of the earth, and the Christ was put on a pedestal into the middle as an intermediary. This model served the empire well. The church, controlled by the oligarchs, became the intermediary.
Helen explained that this vertical model totally disabled the healing process. She said that this model still rules today. Before Rome collapsed, a portion of the Roman empire split itself off and became the Byzantine empire that dominated the Middle East and Russia, while on the European soil, the so-called Holy Roman Empire emerged. The Renaissance defeated some of that perversion, but too much of it had remained.
"Why does it destroy the process of healing?" I asked perplexed.
"I challenge you to answer that question yourself," she said and grinned. "Think of the difference between the vertical model that prevents healing, and the lateral model, where we all exist on the same level side by side, that furnishes healing. Think of the birds of prey and their effect."
"You spoke of love as a process of self-love," I answered her cautiously. "You spoke of a love for our humanity by which we are laterally connected to one another in love. You referred to this structure as a sphere of sovereign individuals bound together by a universal truth, a truth that envelops us all in love. But, what has this got to do with healing?"
"The vertical model prevents all that," said Helen, "because it causes isolation." She confided to me, that as a child, she had been taught to look up to God in prayer and pray for his love for her. She suggested to me that this type of hierarchical model for identifying ourselves isolates us from our humanity and from one another. It isolates. It doesn't heal anything.
Moments later she described to me what it means to heal. She described it by her own experience in helping to heal a friend. Her friend had been in hospital undergoing extensive surgery. She told me that twenty minutes after the procedure had been scheduled to start, she had felt a sickening feeling. She said that she had focused on that person and become sensitive to his needs. She said that she had sensed an urgent need for help. She said that together, with that feeling, images came to mind of the truth about our humanity. She said that she saw images of a wide array of human hearts, all connected laterally with one another. She saw a vast network of hearts bound to each other in this lattice, sharing and supporting one another physically, and thereby contributing some of their strength in support of the strength of her friend's heart during the operation. There appeared to have been a need of some extra strength. She said that she saw images of a universal flow of support that reflected the lateral flow of our love for our universal humanity.
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