Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche

Story 2a - In the Brilliance of a Night
page 222

      "You mean, enveloping ourselves with love?"
      "Yes, Pete. Now tell me, has anyone ever said anything like that before?"
      "No Steve, not to my knowledge. This means that we have probably both gone bonkers, or the whole world is asleep."
      "Maybe not, Pete. There may be plenty of people out there who have come to the same conclusion, but have not articulated it yet, or have not found anyone listening. I'm sure, Ushi understands all of that."
      "She does," I heard her voice come thinly from the bed room.
      "So, don't keep her waiting," Steve urged. "Love yourself for being too honorable to allow that to happen."
      Oh, it was easy now to follow Steve's advise. I could only marvel at Steve's words, his invitation, his caution, his science. None was totally clear, but clear enough. It was all too new, too daring, but what a promise it held!

      I wondered if Helen had understood the vast dimensions of what she had so easily presented. I wondered if she realized what struggles are involved at every single step; if she knew what difficulties one must deal with and resolve, to resolve even the simplest paradoxes that one encounters in the flow of loving. Would she be proud to know how far we have progressed in this single day towards embracing the universality of love? Of course, I didn't need to ask. I already knew what her answer would be. If I were to tell her about the difficulties, she would would merely laugh and ask: What have the difficulties got to do with anything? The difficulties don't change the principle involved, nor are they a reflection of it. She would say that they are merely a reflection of our belligerence against the principle of love, or our refusal to become enveloped by it. That's what she would most certainly say, and she would be right in saying it.
      It suddenly dawned on me as I remembered Helen, that something far greater was unfolding at this moment than a mere gesture of a great generosity on Steve and Ushi's part. When Helen spoke about universal love, she also spoke about universal sovereignty.
      "So, this is what this is about," said the voice with in. "Wherever there is love, sovereignty becomes respected." Wow! I bowed before Steve and Ushi's genius. They both, obviously understood that there was no danger involved with brushing the marriage boundaries aside, which were too harsh, too limiting and artificial, if the universal principle of sovereignty can be trusted fully to establish its own boundary at the leading edge of the unfolding of this principle.
      I realized that this principle would allow no penetration, no exploitation, nor injurious intrusions, or anything dishonorable that didn't enrich one another, but that it would therefore fully invite all that is enriching in human existence, all the way to the most intimate of our sexual dimension. I began to recognize the principle of sovereignty fulfilling a dual function. On one hand, I saw it inviting the infinite sharing of our sexual dimension as one of the beautiful dimensions of our humanity. On the other hand, I saw that it could not allow anything to unfold into expression that would inspire shame or guilt, that would be degrading in a real sense. It would invite only that which one can allow to unfold unreservedly as an aspect of love, manifest on a universal platform, and thus bar the door against all else. It would bar the door even against that which should never be allowed within marriages, but so often is allowed and even sought after.
      Suddenly I understood Steve's answer, "Thank me for what?"
      I also understood for the first time in my life, Christ Jesus' answer to the woman who had been charged with adultery, whose innocence Christ Jesus had established. After his battle with the law had been won and he found himself alone with her, his comment to her was, "sin no more." What sin did he talk about if no condemnation had been announced? He evidently was talking about the fine points in establishing and respecting the boundaries of sovereignty, and the tragic loss of the good that one fails to realize in the narrow sense, but which the principle of sovereignty allows when it is fully respected.

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