Read from the chapter : "Love's Path - wishing to give and willing to receive"
... and what grows from exchange
We could try this out together now, if you like, this sensing of the process, as you sit reading.
Think of a piece of music you know and like and that fits with your mood of the moment, and now let me be with you in your mind playing it for you - I play the piano and so it would be in a piano version. You are listening to a piece which resonates with you right now and will evoke, perhaps memories, perhaps images, perhaps thoughts and feelings, in tune with how you are in yourself; but it also evokes something else, which, though it may be similar, will not have been with you in the silence before the music began. Before the music began there was the ‘state’ of how you were and how I was; and then the music, being listened to, being played, transforms these for us both. The process of transformation has as its catalyst the sounds which I am creating and we are both hearing and which will influence but will not predict where you and I will eventually arrive.
Music, a touch, a look, our words, they all have a donor and a recipient: all are catalysts of transformation, all have an intention and an outcome and a sequel (because process is continuous) and they are given meaning by all three of these.
As I play to you, I want to share, not just the sounds which the composer has given to the world to do with what it will, but also the part of me which creates a meaning for me in the sounds; as you listen, the same sounds find a place in you where their meaning for you evolves to kindle your response.
And if it were not music, but a touch or words, arising from what I thought was a love I felt, could it truly be love just because I felt it? Or can love be only that which wakens the heart that would be wakened? Can we truly say there is love, unless love comes back?