Love hurts! Is that true?
No. But hurt and love pain are quite real.
Love pain comes from fear and closing yourself off from love.
Finding true love means letting go ...
... of fear ... and defence
... and moving towards unconditional love instead.
Get high-level insight about love and love relations here.
Hurts = Nasty Love?
Ouch! You experience discomfort (lack, pain,
sorrow, annoyance, etc.) in association with love ...
feelings are quite real. They're not caused by love, however.
Love pain comes from fear and closing yourself off from love -
in order to defend yourself.
When you rely on your usual
in your love life, you're setting yourself up
for some unpleasant experiences. Those painful experiences have
nothing to do with love and everything to do with trying to defend
yourself ... from the very kind of pain that you're experiencing!
In other words:
Your 'solution' (defending yourself) is
your actual problem. It's what causing the love pain. It's what's
making you say that love hurts.
But don't worry. There's a
Types of Love in General - With
Just like ice cream, love exists in a myriad of
different colours, shapes, sizes and flavours.
One kind or
form of love isn't better or more correct than another. But there
are differences in how you feel and experience them. Some make you
say that love hurts, some do just the opposite.
To put it
simply:Unconditional love feels good.
love you for no other reason than the fact that you exist. I love
you for who you are, and I do not expect anything what so ever of
you.")Conditional love feels less good.
love you because you are intelligent and beautiful, and I expect you
to love me back, and also help me get my needs fulfilled.")
Highly conditional love feels bad.
(Example: "I do not know
whether I love or hate you. In any event, I am so very scared and
there are so many needs I need you or others to fulfil for me. That
is why I have to manage and control everything and everyone,
including myself and you."
Highly conditional love - that's
where it seems that love hurts.
Types of Love: A Bit
Slightly more precisely, it might be expressed
The experience of conditional love
(approximately) from 'very uncomfortable' (love hurts!) to
The experience of unconditional
ranges (approximately) from 'neutral/acceptable/okay' to
We are talking about a
love scale that goes from the most relative and most unpleasant to
the totally unconditional and extremely pleasant. From depression,
fear, hate and 'love hurts!' to unconditional love which feels
ecstatic, or like happiness, or deeply peaceful.
highly conditional love: Depression, fear, anxiety, grief, hate
Examples of somewhat conditional love: Neutrality, okay,
Examples of highly unconditional love:
Happiness, Wholeness, Home, 'I AM'
And just in case you're
wondering: Yes, grief, anxiety, 'love hurts!', fear, hate, etc. are
ALSO kinds of love. They are just very limited, very conditional,
very unpleasant kinds.
Is Hate Love? Yes!
something like hate be a kind of love? The short and funny answer
is: It can't NOT be. It has to be love, because in fact, deep, deep
down, there is only one emotion/feeling all in all: Love.
Love is the only feeling in existence and whatever you feel ... is a
variation of love.
The variation comes primarily from the
'amount of love' present in the feeling. 'Not much love' in any
given feeling (including 'love hurts!') feels 'not so nice'. A bit
more about that later, although basically it's a story for another
If you want to see the love scale graphically
illustrated, I've got a page coming up with just that (called Love
The kind of love
that most people consider 'love' (as far as I'm able to ascertain
from talking to lots of people/coachees) is either somewhat
conditional or a little bit on the unconditional side.
other words: Most of the time their love feels okay or a bit better
than okay. Other times it feels like love hurts.
people have children, the clearest example of a love that very
unconditional is their love for their children. And people very
rarely say 'love hurts' in relation to their children, right?
Yeah, people say 'love hurts' in relation to their
, their love relationship with another adult (or more adults in
the case of polyamory [LINK]). Why?
Because usually there are
'potholes' of fear in their couple love - areas where their love is
a bit (or very) conditional. Now THAT'S where love hurts.
Examples: From Love Hurts to Happiness
feelings/emotions are highly changeable. The version of the love
that we are experiencing in one moment may be located anywhere on
the scale, and just a moment later we may experience a version of
love that is located somewhere else on the scale.
scared of you, and I hate and detest you' ... This is an example
from the very conditional end of the scale. These feelings are very
'I love you, but you should always stay at home
with me and not go out with your friends' ... This is an example
from somewhere in the conditional part of the scale. These feelings
are mixed, but in reality they may be more unpleasant than pleasant.
'I just love you. No matter what you are, say or do.' ...This is
an example from the unconditional end of the scale. These feelings
are very pleasant.
Like I mentioned above, the strange and
perhaps surprising fact is that even fear, hatred and disgust are
actually kinds of love. They are merely very conditional. Read more
about feelings/emotions here [LINK] and read more about conditional
and unconditional love below.
Conditional Love: Fear,
Expectations and Needs
Conditional love is often the same as
love, which that has gotten confused with needs [LINK].
the expectation of having your needs fulfilled from the outside is
not met, this kind of love feels unpleasant. (You can read more
about these subjects on the page
Marriage Problem Advice about
When the expectation of having your needs
fulfilled from the outside is (incidentally) met, this kind of love
feels neutral, acceptable or okay.
As mentioned above other
(somewhat extreme) forms of conditional love are: fear, anxiety,
hatred, disgust, depression, and the like. Like I said this may be a
surprising fact as these feelings are usually experienced as being
very different from love. In fact some teachers will even try to
tell you that fear is the opposite of love ... but that is not the
The (Seldom Recognized) Truth about Love
Love HAS no opposite. (Why? Because love in its pure form is
absolute, and the absolute has no opposites, rather it includes all
opposites - more about that later).
The closest thing to an
opposite to love is: No love, the absence of love. And since an
absence of something is not a thing in itself, it cannot be an
Fear, on the other hand, is just a very contracted,
closed off, limited and conditional kind of love.
goes for anxiety, disgust, hatred, depression and the like, too.
All these (unpleasant) emotions are based in love, even if it
may not feel like that at all. You could say that we are
experiencing these emotions because of love for ourselves.
Why Love Hurts: The Purpose of Love Pain
When you touch
a hot oven, it hurts. The hurt tells you what's not good for you
(i.e. don't touch). That's why (it seems that) love hurts, too.
When we experience hurt, fear, anxiety, jealousy and other kinds
of love pain, it is because (unconsciously) we want to tell
ourselves that we have come to limit ourselves unnecessarily. We
have come to close ourselves off from love.
In what way? In
that we have come to BELIEVE in contraction, non-acceptance, fear
and distrust ... which is not a good thing for us (and therefore
Love Pain / Love Hurts = Sign Posts
All our unpleasant feelings are like signposts or directional
They point to places where we have made life
difficult for ourselves by believing in something non-expedient.
Our unpleasant feelings also point to the way we should go to
get better - namely THROUGH our discomfort and out into a more
absolute reality [LINK].
Typically these unpleasant feelings
arise because of our own defense mechanisms. You might say that they
are telling us this:
'Hey, you've become so busy protecting
yourself that you can no longer feel yourself, others and life
itself! You can't feel the ever present love anymore!'
short: The intention behind the unpleasant feelings is good and
loving, and the unpleasant feelings are rooted in love. But when we
experience these very unpleasant feelings, it is because we have
limited our love to something near the minimum.
Treated like a Commodity is Conditional Love
People often try to
treat love like a commodity to be traded. This kind of love is
conditional. 'If you give me X, then I give you Y'.
example: 'If you give me attention, then I give you recognition.'
Or: 'If you give me children, sex and a nice home, then I give you
security, social status and money'.
Or perhaps: 'If you give
me your time, your labour and your subservience (which in addition
to meeting certain practical needs for me also lets me experience
power and control), then in return I give you money, certain fringe
benefits and a promise of more to come in form of a career.'
In other words: 'If you satisfy my needs, then I satisfy yours.'
(Note: This often takes place quite unconsciously, without
people being aware of it. Maybe you would like to take this
opportunity to consciously examine your love relationship; is it a
little - or a lot - like that?).
Treating love according to
the rules of trade will give you an experience similar to that of a
trade relation: You may or may not get your need satisfied by the
trade, but it doesn't really feel like LOVE. If you do it for too
long, you'll be dissatisfied and start thinking that 'love hurts'.
More on Conditional vs. Unconditional Love
conditional love is at its worst, it feels very unpleasant (painful,
limiting, limited, deficient and the like - i.e. 'love hurts!').
When conditional love is at its best, it rarely feels decidedly
nice, but more like acceptable or okay (or maybe: soothing,
comfortable, familiar, safe).
Conditional love at its best
may feel sort of like the state where you are neither hungry nor
satiated. It may feel like the absence of unpleasantness.
This condition of being satisfied, however, may be the perfect
springboard for more: More unconditional love, more happiness.
Unconditional love is much easier to relax into when you experience
that your needs are being met.
If your love is experienced as
very pleasant or even ecstatic, then it is probably somewhere in the
unconditional end of the scale.
Unconditional love in its pure form is love without demands or
expectations of any kind.
It is a love that just is.
Why? Because you have opened up, and you allow the love to be there.
The love is there all by itself. There is no identifiable cause of
your love. You love ... because you love.
This kind of
(unconditional) love has always been there, inside of you, and will
always be there. You can put something in the way of it, of course,
something that stands in love's light, so that you do not experience
the love; things like fear, worry, defensive mechanisms, etc. In
fact, most people do (hence the expression 'love hurts!').
The love is always there, though. This fact is proven by what
happens when a person releases all that can possibly be let go; then
what is left is: unconditional love.
When you love
unconditionally, there is nothing the person you love can do (or not
do) that can lessen your love or make it go away.
mentioned earlier, most parents know this; that is how they love
their children. Also, if you have a social pet such as a dog, that
relationship is another way to experience a type of unconditional
Unconditional love is love in its purest form. Nothing
needs to be said or done. There are no needs involved. The love is
just there, and the only thing you can say is: 'I love.'
'Love Hurts' or Unconditional Love? Your Choice!
Now you know a little something about conditional vs. unconditional
love. How may that be of use to you in your daily life? The answer
is that you can use this understanding to create the kind of
experience with love that you prefer.
Would you like to get
rid of the feeling that love hurts and have a more pleasant
experience of your love relationship? Then you might want to remove
some of the expectations and conditions you have put into it ...
move yourself and your love relationship in the direction of
of your expectations [LINK]. They're doing you absolutely no good;
rather they're harming you and your relationship. When you feel that
love hurts, to a large extent that's because of your expectations.
Let go of your need for your partner to always be attentive (or
beautiful or sexy or helpful ... or you name it). Let go of your
need to control your partner. Let go of any and all needs in your
love relationship. Start enjoying love, just pure love, instead.
In other words: Stop defending yourself against love. Relax.
Open up. Be present with what is. Accept it. Love it, just love it.
If you have kids (or a dog that you love), use the unconditional
part of that relationship as a role model for how your couple love
Also, you can check out the page
Couple Love: The
Mature Love Relationship for more interesting information.
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