“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
While I am not a Physician or Mental Health Care Practitioner, I have studied this subject carefully in my own quest for happiness, and in my own search for the best person to create a life with. I have also carefully observed the actions, decisions and resulting consequences of the decisions that other people have made. This post is based on my observations and learnings, along with others who I have discussed this topic with at length. I have also personally experienced several very dysfunctional relationships, followed by the amazing and happy relationship that I have now. Contemplating the differences between these experiences has added to my understanding as well. Sometimes when comparing our thoughts and ideas we can gain new insights for our lives. With this in mind, I hope my observations will be helpful to you in your own search for happiness.
We are all very amazing and complex beings. We have the innate ability to create or manifest the experiences we need for our growth and development as multidimensional beings. We also consist of many layers or levels within our personal phaneron. We have our physical being, with all our mental formations or thoughts, along with a variety of feelings, which contribute to our emotional experiences. In addition to these we have our spiritual self, which includes our deepest beliefs about ourselves, others and life itself. Our spiritual self contemplates the deeper meanings of life, like why we are here, and what is the purpose of life? Our religious or spiritual beliefs also are within our spiritual self.
Part of this deeper longing for a meaningful happy life is what drives our desire to connect deeply and meaningfully with another person to form a lasting bond. We naturally seek a co-creator, to join with us to form and create a new shared dream of our reality. Together we co-create our relationship, our life experiences, and possibly new little beings to join with us in our story; as it flows like a river throughout our lives.
From my studies and observations I have observed 7 major points or levels that need to be present and have functional connections between us, for our relationships to properly flourish. I am sure there are more as well, but these are the main ones I have observed that need to be present in a good relationship. There are also many other interpretations and ideas that can help create a balanced relationship. These are simply my observations from my experiences and those of others I know.
Once you have found that person with whom you want to co-create a happy and meaningful life, you can begin building connections with each other in each of these seven points. I believe doing this can greatly enhance the quality of your relationship together.
7 Connection Points for Creating a Happy Relationship
- Physical Attraction & Sexual Compatibility.
- Security and Survivability.
- Enjoyment of Life
- Loving and Caring for Each Other.
- Communication – Ability to Communicate your thoughts with each other.
- Contemplation – Thinking and Learning from Each Other
- Spiritual Connectedness.
Physical Attraction & Sexual Compatibility
The level of physical attraction and sexual compatibility you have with your partner is extremely important for the longevity of the relationship, and the ability to connect on the other 6 points. When you are first meeting and getting to know each other this is the first point most people connect on. It is the foundation for everything else to be built on.
Security and Survivability
The need for safety, security and trust is extremely important in any relationship. In the beginning of the relationship you will be watching for clues as to the ability of this person to be trusted. You will conscious of how safe or secure you feel with them, along with how much you enjoy being with them. Another factor here is how are they with handling money and making important decisions? This is very important for your future security and financial needs.
Enjoyment of Life
Early in a relationship part of what draws you in and makes think about staying with this person is how much fun you have together. When you are dating it should be fun for both of you. Look for ways to enjoy life together and connect through fun experiences, laughter and creating great memories of your time together. In a permanent relationship it is important to keep doing this, so you can fall in love with each other over and over again, as infatuation only lasts anywhere from 9 to 18 months. This all leads to the next point, Love.
Loving and Caring for Each Other
The next step in this progression of connecting with each other, to create a happy life long relationship together is falling in love. This is a wonderful and highly emotional experience. To flourish it needs the foundation of the physical/sexual attraction, along with the security and survivability, followed by a mutual sense of enjoyment of life together. If all these connections are present falling in love with each other can be a reality here. Love is the greatest experience we create together. As the Sufi mystic and poet Rumi said, “When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep. Praise God for those two insomnias! And the difference between them.”
Within all relationships this point is vital. If we cannot clearly and honestly communicate our thoughts, feelings and needs with each other, the relationship will suffer. To do this effectively we need to understand each other’s “love languages.” Different things make each person feel loved and cherished, along with respected and valued. It is so important to be able to do this effectively I will seek to do a separate blog post on this in the near future. In addition, I highly suggest reading the book, “The Five Languages of Love” by Gary Chapman to learn more about this awesome relationship skill.
Contemplation and Learning From Each Other
We are not meant to be static beings who grow up and reach a certain point, and then stop growing and learning, which causes us to just go into an existence mode, where we blindly go through life as we meet our obligations. We are happiest and best able to create a wonderful relationship with someone if we continue to grow and learn from each other all our lives. We need to take time to contemplate our experiences and mistakes in order to understand them, and learn from them. If we do not do this we will tend to repeat mistakes over and over again, for lack of understanding. If our communication is working well, and we take time to contemplate what we are learning from each other, we can better create the happy relationship we long for; due to understanding each others needs better. Love is not about “settling for each other,” it is about growing together and helping each other become the best possible versions of yourself, as you hurdle life’s challenges together.
Ultimately as we connect with one another on all these points, we will reach the spiritual connection. It is here at this point in the beginning of a relationship, that a couple decide to commit to each other and create a lasting bond. The spiritual connection is celebrated by the ceremony of marriage, in which you make this connection with each other. To keep the relationship happy and healthy going forward from this point, you need to go back through the 7 points of your connections with each other repeatedly. Reconnecting with each other, will help your relationship by making it possible for you to fall in love with each other, over and over again. “Love is the bridge between you and everything.” Rumi
As you create your lives together consider deeply the words of Rumi at the beginning of this post. We must seek to remove the barriers within our hearts that stop the flow of our love. Love is the greatest healer, source of forgiveness and the life-giving force within our Universe. All things that exist flow from love, and eventually return to the source of all love to begin again. I wish you well on your journey as you seek to create a life of love and happiness with the person who you choose.
Namaste until next time.