love is our blueprint

Love Is Our Blueprint

August 15, 2022

Earlier this year, I mentioned the main maxims that I live by:

  • Love is our blueprint.
  • Choice is our power.
  • Life is our school.

These come together to form my internal system of navigational resilience–central pillars that I keep returning to.They give my life grounded depth and embodied power, and they’re in that specific order for a reason: Love is our Blueprint is first because it is the foundation for life. Love is the spark of the creative source that has imbued all life in the known universe.

Everything lives in complementarity to one another. Each being is relationally and inextricably connected to all others. Through the Taoist lens, everything arises mutually, where cause and effect are simultaneous, not sequential. This is referred to as hsiang sheng, and helps demonstrate the interconnectedness of all things. 

Buddhism also provides a context for this, as Buddhist scholar and environmental activist Joanna Macy explores in her book Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory. She shows us this mutual co-arising from a systems theory orientation, how all of the natural ordered systems are reliant upon–and interdependent with–one another. Her work was the basis of eco-therapy. 

Looking at the ecological and nature-based landscapes, we recognize that, like our own microcosmic ecosphere, the entire planet itself has evolved over billions of years of dependent co-arising, with everything being mutually connected to one another in this collective place we call home, our Earth. If you change or affect one aspect of it, you change the entire big picture through this web of interdependencies.

This blueprint–everything being mutually connected and interdependent–is an aspect of love, the spark of the divine. It’s an aspect of affinity, of intimacy, of interconnectedness. This entire floating water rock we live on is built on the evolution of life from the marriage and complementarity of these primal forces and factors: the elements, gravity, pressure, orientation, cyclical time, etc. 

With everything existing in this connected level of Interbeing (a term coined by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh), we might describe this as an evolved hyper-relationality based in intimacy, affinity, and love, where we see that everything in the world as we know it is interconnected. Simply stated, all beings are interconnected.

We realize that this primal drawing together that we can call “love” is another expression of gravity. It’s the glue that binds everything together.

You can make the argument, “What about violence? Is that an expression of love?” While it’s true that situations in a natural ecosystem, such as a lion eating a gazelle, certainly appear violent, we recognize how this helps to maintain a delicate balance within that ecosystem. So, you could say it is an expression of love (harmony) when we’re looking at the natural (animal) world. 

Human violence, cruelty, and malice are quite different. 

Violent and cruel acts performed by humans are not a natural expression of our blueprint. They are actually a distortion that goes against the blueprint of love, creating immense pain and suffering for those involved. This dissonance is an interruption of life’s harmony, sometimes resulting in unthinkably painful circumstances.

It’s important for us to support those who are suffering and help them find their way back to the blueprint, back to harmony, back to love.

Yes, suffering is part of the human experience, but it’s not the blueprint of life. If suffering were the blueprint, life would have ended rather quickly in a sort of self-termination manner. 

The truth is that Love (harmony) is the blueprint of life. If it wasn’t, then we wouldn’t have evolved to this point. Love as our blueprint is what holds us in a harmonious extension and evolutionary expression as we constantly grow and evolve.


To your health, 

Dr. Dan


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