“Everywhere in the world people are in search of love, for everyone is convinced that love alone can save the world; love alone can make life meaningful and worth living. But how very few understand what love really is and how it arises in the human heart. It is so frequently equated with good feelings for others, with benevolence or nonviolence or service. But these things in themselves are not love.
Love springs from awareness. It is only inasmuch as you see someone as he or she really is here and now and not as they are in your memory or your desire or in your imagination or projection that you can truly love them; otherwise, it is not the person that you love but the idea that you have formed of this person.”
Anthony de Mello
Yes, true love goes deeper than mere affection and attraction towards another person, as it involves loving and accepting the person in the totality and reality of who she/he is. It involves appreciating the person’s true beauty that is both inward and outward, and understanding the person’s unique and authentic self. Like what he said, love springs from awareness, which goes beyond the superficiality of appearance or imagination or projection and penetrates deep into the innermost being of the person. True love sees beyond the apparent humanness that the world sees, and recognises the person is a human being with a divine nature who shines when the person is true to his/her authentic self.
“You are a divine being who shines when you are your authentic self.”