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LATEST CONVERSATIONS: Eros, Agape, Philia & Storge & Quantum Neuroscience

These four words beautifully expand and refine our recognition of different aspects of love.

Eros is the passion and sexual and sensual desire and engagement between lovers. In the model of triune brain theory we see the instinctual or reptilian brain, the brainstem and reticular activating system, governing these fiery and exciting instinctual energies.

In Storge love we find the natural love and affection between parent and child. Here we see the mammalian or emotional brain centered in the limbic system and the motivational system of attachment, a deep instinctual connection and bond that is formed especially one on one.

In Philia we find the love and loyalty for our friends, family and community, the affiliative motivational system. A social love creating bonds in larger systems and communities, again focused in the limbic system.

Agape is the most sublime and heavenly expression of love according to the Peruvian shaman Pablo Amaringo. It is an all pervading unconscious love towards others. I believe Agape transcends love that can be explained through the neurobiology of sexual instincts or attachment systems. Mystics describe the universe as a field of love and light. Sufi mystics call this field Ishk, a love the glues and holds the cosmos together. This type of love transcends the biological systems of our brains and moves to a larger energetic field reflecting our wave nature. Unconditional love is not lost in the particles of complexes and transferences of the personality.

Eros, Agape, Philia & Storge & Quantum Neuroscience

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2 Responses to “Eros, Agape, Philia & Storge & Quantum Neuroscience”

  1. December 07, 2015 at 8:10 pm, David said:

    Nice article. I would not call Agape as unconscious though. While many people may not be conscious of it, it is inherent to life itself. I’d say it also transcends energy and wave nature. Some would call this the flow of awareness itself or the movement of the divine through being.

  2. December 08, 2016 at 10:27 pm, Kemar Smith said:

    I love your article. Great job!

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