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Melissa Portan MSW, MEd

Writer & Sexologist

Melissa is a 5th generation spiritual guide and healer who specializes in helping others find their own spiritual path. She is also a sex and relationship therapist practicing in NYC.

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What Love Does to a Spiritual Pracitce


Photo Credit: Melissa Portan

Photo Credit: Melissa Portan


Love is warm and it illuminates the darkest parts of the heart. When there is love, challenges and fears fade away, troubles melt away, and there is comfort, wholeness, light, and warmth. Love is the Sun of the Soul.

When it comes to spiritual practices and all the different paths that exist, love is the one thing they all have in common. Whether it is a monotheistic path where a single God is worshipped or a polytheistic path where there are multiple gods, like the Greek Gods, love is always at the center of the practice.

Love is always at the center of a spiritual practice; however, this does not mean that love is at the center of the practioner. And during difficult times when someone struggles with feeling alone, empty, unloved, spirituality seems distant and like a farce. Without love spirituality looks fake and empty and what someone takes out of it or gains from his or her spiritual practice is very little. What love does is expose, like the sun moves shadows and exposes, love lifts the shadows from the person’s heart and mind. Love and affection moves away the burden of knowledge, of finding his or her true self, and makes life weightless. This state of weightlessness is the true state of the soul. It is with love that we can reach and embody that high state of consciousness.