Through numerous, relatively short-lived relationships with men, Joy had been forced to learn detachment and how to stand on her own two feet. She had discovered that relationships referred to something much more encompassing than mere intimate relations with members of the opposite sex. There was the relationship that existed between each man and woman and the rest of the human race, for example. And beyond that, Joy was learning to sense the relationship that existed between her self and the Soul – the human Soul; not her individual soul, which was another illusion created by the limitations of the rational mind. Even more encompassing was the relationship between humanity and the planetary entity, or greater still, the larger cosmos. When she looked up at the stars at night, Joy experienced a sense of revelation. How short-sighted it was of humans to go about their daily lives without due consideration for their place in the universe. This wider cosmic perspective on relationships was paralleled by her contemplation of the smallest aspect of her being – the cells in her body that were, in essence, nothing more or nothing less than energy.
Relationships are also about our interactions with the environment and animals, thought Joy, who experienced a deep peace whenever she was out in the garden, on the beach or in the countryside. Nature brought her a sense of contentedness at an existential level, making her feel connected by helping her to disengage from her normal emotional thinking. Nature was an antidote to the separation inherent in human society held hostage to the dictates of the divisive rational mind. She remembered the Bird of Paradise flowers that her mother had placed outside her bedroom window when she was a girl. In the morning, when she drew the curtains, Joy used to beam with delight. She would open the window, reach out and caress the flowers. Their name was fitting; they so much resembled birds that they seemed to bridge the gap between the plant and animal kingdoms, and their bright petals radiated the uplifting resonance of the orange vibration.
All these relationships – with the cosmos, the Soul, the human family, the animal and plant kingdoms, the cells of her body – were important to Joy now. They were all part of the one Life. The same Life energy poured through and remained in all forms. The perfect relationship with a man was no longer the purpose of her life. It was a blessing to be with Gino, she acknowledged that with the fullness of her heart, but the Truth she was discovering was much greater than any human love could ever be.
Excerpt from “My Name is Joy”