Reflections about Love Attributed to Einstein

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Recently a friend shared an article entitled Einstein Letter to His Daughter on the Universal Force of Love. The article is very touching and one I think readers might enjoy too. And this sparked for me many questions about love: what is it, when and how is it experienced, why do we crave being in loving relationships, how can love be the source of deep pain and grief?

A few highlights from the letter: “There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force…This universal force is LOVE. When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl [Einstein’s daughter], we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.

It is especially relevant to us in this era of Covid that has caused so much isolation, stress and loneliness, to explore the topic of love like is in this beautiful letter. I wonder how many of us are feeling less loved during this pandemic because we are having fewer loved-based interactions. If love, seen by Einstein as a force, as energy, is essential for us to give and receive, what are some of the ways we can do each of these things in a pandemic that forces us to isolate from each other?

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While not as satisfying as being physically present with someone, being intentional to reach out to loved one in the ways that are available to us – texts, emails, Zoom calls, cards and letters, phone calls – can help unleash the energy of love and provide a deep sense of connection and belonging that we all need to experience. We can claim the power we have that can give us hope and emotional strength. Perhaps the Beatles were right – All we need is love!

Invitation for Reflection

  1. What springs to your mind when you hear the word “love?”
  2. How does this information add to what you understand about the nature of love, especially considering what is contained in the Einstein letter?
  3. What changes in your experiences of giving and receiving love have you noticed during the pandemic?
  4. What specific steps can you take every day to give and receive love in your life?

Regarding the controversy surrounding this letter: “‘The writings were not donated by Einstein himself, nor his daughter, Lieserl. The letters were donated by Margot Einstein, the scientist’s stepdaughter,’ claims Diana Kormos — Buchwald, editor — in — chief at the Einstein Papers Project. *Note that the Huffington Post published an article refuting the article as being written by Einstein – but even if not written by Einstein, it contains some fascinating perspective on the nature of love.

Diane Wagenhals, Director, Lakeside Global Institute