There is a traditional Sufi saying that in all of creation there are only two: Lover and Beloved. It is possible to realize (similar to Christ’s mystical knowing, “I and the Father are One”) that I and the Lover/Beloved are One/Self. With this knowing comes a sense of unity with “all that is,” for everyone is both Lover and Beloved, and separation is an illusion. Metaphorically speaking, Peter Cutler has been to these heights of realization; and like the freed prisoner in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, he has returned to tell of Reality beyond the shadows of illusion.
The Zen of Love: Discover Your Own Awakened Heart is a spiritual guidebook explaining the inexplicable—how the unified vision of Self-realization (Spirit) interfaces with the world of separation and duality, or how the One of Unity and the many of separation merge through the power and presence of Love. In down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is language, examples, and exercises, the author makes simple this seemingly impossible and complex task of using the language of duality to reveal the transcendent unifying power of Love.
The beauty of this book is that its content is understandable, meaningful, and inspiring to any reader, whether advanced or beginning on the spiritual path, or journey Home. Written from the heart of the author to the heart of the reader, the message of this book reduces enlightenment to the bare essential—the realization of Love as Oneself that includes everyone.
Chosen at random from The Zen of Love, the following quotes bear witness to the beauty and wisdom of the content of this inspiring book:
“. . . the only real Truth there is is Love. . . . We experience difficulties because we forget this Truth and act out of imagined separation . . . and all the incredible pain and suffering that comes from this simple forgetting can also be used to point us Home again.”
“Love means the end of separation. That is all it means. And this feels very good. There is nothing that a separate human can experience that even comes close to this.”
“Ultimate Truth and unconditional Love . . . are both not separate from what you are.”
“You are an expression of the Divine Self dancing with Itself. . . Love is really simply the Self seeing and recognizing the Self. . . If you look with awakened eyes you too can see this. You are at once the Self that is looking and the Supreme Self that is being seen. Everywhere you are only seeing your Self.”
And last, but not least, the following chapter title says it all, capturing the insanity of the split mind: “You Are Already Happy—You Were Just Too Busy Arguing to Notice.”
– Rev. Lynne R. Matous, M.A., Interfaith minister and editor
To read Chapter One – Introduction click here: Chapter One – Introduction