In literature we can often find it said that Love (the state of Love) is the pinnacle of human development. From my point of view however, this is not quite accurate.
The pinnacle of human development is an energetical state which can be characterized as “We are all One”. This is a state in which a person feels his/her connection with the whole Universe, with the whole World. In this state he/she understands, feels, and becomes deeply aware that there is no difference between him/her and others. This is a state in which he/she freely accepts the energy of the Universe and just as freely releases it.
Upon being born into the physical world (and our birth is the equivalent of the biblical “fall” into sin), we initially lose this level of unity, and thereafter throughout our many lives we strive to return to it once more. However, the aim of being born here on Earth is to obtain new sensations, new depths of understanding and new experiences — and none of these can be gained without losing Unity.
There is only one Divine energy in the world. When one is in a state of unity, it manifests itself on the emotional octave as complete and unconditional love. Other emotions would appear in the physical world when caused by the separation of the conscious entity and the object of consciousness. Emotions are manifold; they form a vibrational scale, just as colors are arranged on a colour chart, following each other in a certain order. Exactly like there are many colours, there also exist a multitude of emotions, but 5 basic ones are often singled out (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Neale Donald Walsch) — sadness, fear, envy, anger and love.
And here we face a linguistic problem, because each word requires a definition. But different people understand these definitions differently; and there are not enough words to describe emotions in our language. What is important is that all these emotions are natural and do not carry in themselves any of the negative meanings that they are often attributed.
It often happens that one would come across a text stating something like — fear is the opposite of love and the main enemy of man. Not that this is wrong, it all depends on what meaning is put into the concept of fear, and what context it is used in… But it is crucial that the emotion of fear is in itself completely natural, and is in no way an enemy of ours. On the contrary, like all emotions, it is our helper and counsellor.
The purpose of the emotion of fear, like that of any other emotion, is to cause desire. Of course, desire can be triggered without emotion — solely on the mental level, the level of awareness. Ideas without emotions also cause desires, but the power of ideas sans emotions is not as great as the power of emotions. In life we sometimes get so stuck that we need the power of emotions to push us forward.
One may also come across the idea that our challenge is to get rid of fear and other emotions of a lower vibration. And to raise our own vibrations up the emotional vibration scale all the way to the energy of love. Again — not that this is completely wrong, but from a practical application viewpoint, the phrasing of such statements can be misleading.
In actual fact, we cannot free ourselves from the emotion of fear. Such a possibility simply does not exist. A person who has no fear at all is not a daredevil, but a madman, a person whose psyche is damaged. Courage lies not in the absence of fear, but in overcoming fear. If there is no fear, then courage is worthless.
And our goal is not just to rise up to the emotions of love. It makes no sense to go up to where we were before our birth — this was not the purpose of us being born. Our challenge is to master the entire range of emotions (and in a broader sense, various mental states), and thereafter to choose what we wish to experience, ignoring that which we do not wish to experience.
There are many examples of when the emotion of fear can be quite positive in an ordinary, everyday sense of the word. For example, fear of heights can save our life. Or if we see a child playing in the middle of the road, we would become justifiably afraid that he/she can get hit by a car.
But that isn’t the point. The point is that all the emotions that we had once experienced, all the thoughts that we had once thought, all the things that we had once done — are now with us forever. We cannot get rid of them, no matter how much we may want to. But if we do not like them, we can choose others.
We can still be afraid — if we want to. But it shall be our conscious choice. If we do not want to be afraid, we shall simply shift our attention to what we do want to experience instead. Our development does not consist of getting rid of anything, but it does consist of discovering new opportunities, new emotions, sensations or mental states, and of transferring the concentration of our attention to them.
In a broader sense, this is not only true for emotions, but also for thoughts, actions, any mental states and sensations. This is a creative approach — we consciously choose what we want to experience at any given time; as opposed to being reactive, when we respond to external circumstances, i.e., when some external circumstances cause us (acting as triggers) to experience certain consistent sensations, think certain thoughts and perform certain actions.