The Divine Romance

There is a romantic dimension to the spiritual journey that both eastern and western mystical traditions have discovered. It is considered a prelude and the driving force to the experience of mystical union between the Spirit of God, a masculine principle, and the soul of the individual, a feminine principle. In ancient mythology this was allegorically depicted in the beautiful story of Eros/Cupid and Psyche.

Painting about the myth of Eros (Cupid) and Psyche

The Myth of Eros (Cupid) and Psyche

This prelude is characterized by an intense dance and play of passionate romance between the Lover and its Beloved, during which the Lover (God) courts its Beloved (the soul) into making a total surrender to the Lover’s interlocking embrace on oneness. This came to be referred to in mysticism as the “Divine Romance” between God and the individual.

At one point of the Divine Romance, the Beloved (soul) surrenders so totally to the infinite charms of the divine Lover, such that the soul melts completely into the blissful caresses of its divine Lover. However, before that, the romance can be momentarily spoiled by the doubts inflicted on the soul by the human condition, as was the case in the story of Psyche. But in the end, the Lover’s love triumphs, and the soul makes its surrender JOYOUSLY. By no means is this the end of the romance. It continues until the Beloved is consumed thoroughly in the fire of the Lover’s love.

Your persistence on the spiritual path means that the spirit of God has already touched you. You have not chosen God. God has chosen you, and God will not let you go until you arrive safely at home in His bosom.”
— Joel S. Goldsmith —

In God’s eyes, the soul is totally embraceable. You are God’s embraceable you.

Here is a Gershwin song Embraceable You which, to me, typifies the Divine Romance. Listen to the song and its lyrics. Remind yourself that the romantic song between the man and the woman is precisely the essence of the Divine Romance between you and the Divine. As you listen to the song, let the melody whip up the romantic feeling that will sweep you off your feet and the world. Listen to the song as much as you wish until you become so immersed in its romance and the joy of that romance (You may even notice your face smiling blissfully.). Then, gently settle down in contemplation or meditation, right into the silent embrace of the divine presence within you.

    Once the Spirit has you in its hands, you are caught hook, line, and sinker. The Buddha in Blissful Serenity It grabs hold of all of you, until your inner transformation is made complete. The divine romance has begun.  You can only surrender to It. You can only flow downstream with It on Its way back to the vast ocean of Its oneness.— Marc —

And now, as part of
the Divine Romance . . .

The Divine Romance between the Cosmic Spirit and the Individual Soul
(The Hindu God Shiva and His Consort Parvati Dancing)

. . . enter the eternal cosmic dance of God.


About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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7 Responses to The Divine Romance

  1. Wonderful post, thank you.


  2. Phil says:

    Please tell me the name of the painting/painter shown of Psyche and Eros. It’s one of the better ones, and I’d like to find a print. Thanks.


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