So I went to my head to ask myself: what is the one thing that I’ve been trying to get from all of my romantic relationships? What is the common theme that unites all of my fantasies? What is the thing that I desperately find myself craving for even now? That one “if only I could have that, then everything would be fine” thing?
Initial associations: Trust. Safety. Someone who wouldn’t abandon you.
That last one seemed to strike a chord. Let’s go with that one.
Someone who wouldn’t abandon you. Safety from abandonment. Is there something deeper?
Mental image: lying in each other’s arms, looking at each other in the eyes. A sense of knowing the other, being known.
Complete openness and vulnerability. Having no secrets, revealing everything about yourself to the other. Being completely accepted.
Not just one way. Complete mutual acceptance. Seeing the other exactly as they are, feeling only love and compassion. Seeing them as perfect, just as they are. And being judged perfect in return.
I stop here for a long time, enjoying.
Is there a yet deeper thing here? Is there something that I’m hoping that the mutual, complete acceptance will give me?
I ask my mind to assume that I have this beautiful fantasy, and to show me what’s the next thing, what’s the next craving it’s hoping this fantasy will fulfill?
Just being completely at peace.
From here, it doesn’t look like I can go any deeper. It’s a Core State.
So I do mental tricks intended to reinforce this sense of peace, make it more lasting. I ask the part of me that wants it, the part that now has it, for its age. Newborn, it says. I ask if it wants to grow up, if it wants to live my entire life up to this point. It does, and I let it grow up. I ask it to fill my body. I imagine what it would have been if my grandparents would have had this sense of peace, if they would have transmitted it to my parents, if they would have transmitted it to me, surrounded me in this sense of peace since birth.
I let my mind rest in the peacefulness.
There’s something more, I notice. I want to take this feeling of peace, use it to build a relationship with someone. There’s something besides just the peacefulness that I’m craving, that I feel I could get from a relationship. A separate desire.
This one comes easily. It’s a desire to build a common future together with someone. To actively work together in putting it together, build something that is unique to us. Taking things that are just about us, weaving them into a beautiful tapestry. Have children, perhaps.
Is there something deeper to this desire? Almost certainly.
But I don’t go there, not at this stage. For now I’m happy to just rest in the peacefulness, rest in the mental image of building a common future with someone.