All heavenly love originates as what we call a letting go.
Heavenly love expresses itself through the unfettering and release of whatever is, so that it can find its own Being.
Being voluntarily in relationship with Being represents true love, but being coerced into relationship with being is always, ultimately, a destructive force. So Love within Being must be cultivated only through release and attraction; this is the correct action of love.
The fundamental source of remorse of conscience can only be the conscious (that is, simultaneous three-centered) recognition of the difference between my own love and Divine Love; because any effort to distinguish remorse based on other principles is always to attach it to outward circumstances and deeds, whereas the fundamental error is always an inward or inner one. And when I speak about de Salzmann’s seeing my lack, which I recently reconfigured under the concept of heavenly doubt, the lack that I must always ultimately see is the difference between these two kinds of love.
This seeing, furthermore, must be organic, not intellectual.
If we wanted to identify the instant in which sleep begins in mankind, it is here; because in this instant where love transforms itself to something that has a wish solely for the good of itself, instead of a wish for the good of all other things, it becomes a selfish force — and this, of course, is the opposite of what love is, or, at least, ought to be. That is, love is absolutely unselfish in its original nature, but absolutely selfish in the nature in which it expresses itself in us. And we have to look at the root of things when we examine this, because the many gradations that later derive from it are not the point.
This is, to be sure, a conceptual approach to the matter; but because all of the universe is connected, and everything reflects itself, the principles of viral replication are very much the same as the principles of the replication of destructive forces. Viral replication is, to be precise, what Swedenborg would have called a correspondence.
In reality, love is a material force that has absolutely nothing to do with me or these actions; but because I have little or no material experience of Divine Love, I’m unable to understand this.