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Excerpt from:

Sacred Psychology of Love
The Quest for Relationships
That Unite Heart and Soul

by Marilyn C. Barrick, Ph.D.

Chapter 1
Mystical Beginnings
      Many of us feel an inner desiring for the mystical, for some kind of heavenly kingdom beyond the physical plane, for the bliss of oneness with the universe.
      We try to fulfill our inner longings in many ways: by praying, meditating, exploring nature, art and music, fantasizing about the perfect lover, flying high in airplanes, swimming in the ocean, scaling mountains, embracing a spiritual path, affiliating with a formal religion or entering into a guru-chela relationship.
      Our motivation is the dimly remembered bliss of nirvana, the heaven-world, where we knew oneness of soul and Spirit, wholeness in the glory and beauty of God's kingdom and the joy of divine romance with our twin flame.
      Our inner awareness of those mystical beginnings may be quickened by allegories, parables and fables that have their roots in ancient happenings, cultural mores and ancestral beliefs that have been passed down through the ages. And often, the legends of yesterday become the truth of today as scientific discovery uncovers more and more evidence from the past.
      In my heart and soul, I echo the visions of the mystics of all ages and the teachings of ancient mystery schools that the sacred essence of our being is the eternality of divine love. I believe that we are on earth to express that love in all of its many facets.
      Thus, my viewpoint of our mystical beginnings is a culmination of what I have internalized over my lifetime as a spiritual seeker, my ongoing practice as a clinical psychologist and many years of studying and integrating spiritual truths from the mystical paths of the world's major religions. From this composite vantage point, I offer to you a vision of who we are and how we came to be on this earth. Call it allegory, legend or truth—the interpretation is up to you....

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