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Wisdom Day 22
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“A spiritual partnership is a partnership between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth.”
~ Gary Zukov ~
We love the idea of “love”. We can’t seem to get enough of romantic movies and the tales of star-crossed lovers and the “you complete me” pronouncements that only Tom Cruise could deliver on the big screen. That surface, romanticized version of falling in love.
But falling in love or even loving another romantically doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what it means to form an authentic, mature, selfless, life affirming, abiding, intimate partnership with someone that will last a lifetime.The type of partnership in which each person seeks to support and encourage the full development and expression of their partner’s “best self”.
So just what does it mean to partner well and how is it accomplished? In addition to the definition noted above, Seat of the Soul author and relationship expert Gary Zukov offers these as essential to any authentic spiritual partnership:
- Conscious communication and action
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“Our culture seems to be obsessed with romantic love. It’s featured in every romantic comedy, soap opera, romance novel and reality show. People seem enamored (and misled) by this fantasy of the kind of love you somehow “fall” into. Our culture promotes the early stage of sparks and fiery passionate connections when each person shows their ideal selves, not to be confused (of course) with their real selves. The real self, often the fearful self, emerges later when it thinks the coast is clear or when we’re just too tired to keep up the facade.
The truth is most of us are wearing the mask of who we aspire to be or who we think the other person (or family and friends) want us to be in relationship. But the ideal self can only mask the true self for a short period of time. And then it happens … two real selves show up, the masks fade and the real work begins; the task, the challenge and the joy of loving well.”