Imagine having the relationship of your dreams starting by declaring it so…
Jacqueline and I are celebrating our 4th year together as a committed couple. This temporal demarcation leading to our 5th year occurs with the knowledge the last four on our journey of deeply connecting emotional, sexual and spiritual intimacy somehow just kept getting better. “Better” –a word that hardly describes the leaps and bounds we’ve experienced since our honeymoon phase, which now seems contrite by comparison.
As we woke up this morning in the warm embrace of each other’s arms, we soberly reflected on those past four years and why we have such a different relationship than what most couples seem to experience. And it was from this intimate pillow-talk discussion that we decided to publish our Extraordinary Relationships Manifesto. This is not a statement of what we think others should do, but instead a declaration of the outcomes we stand for, possible ways to achieve them and what we truly believe is possible for all committed couples on the planet.
Extraordinary Relationships Manifesto
We Believe every committed relationship has the ability to achieve truly extraordinary levels of emotional, sexual and spiritual intimacy that only grows stronger and deeper over time.
We Believe every couple, regardless of gender or orientation, has the right and ability to experience this kind of intimacy.
We Believe every couple, regardless of physical limitations or circumstances, has the ability to experience this kind of intimacy.
We Believe that every couple who lives this enhanced intimacy and have children will inherently be teaching them about genuine human connection. Thus spreading the seeds of a powerful shift in relationship dynamics that can change the world.
We Believe that deeply connecting emotional intimacy is the foundation of all other forms of intimacy.
We Believe that a state of unconditional Presence is the most powerful and quickest way to achieve these levels of intimacy.
We Believe that unconditional giving in all forms is the source of the greatest receiving.
We Believe that our Hearts, not our egos, are the true essence of who we are and that the Heart can never be hurt or broken, is never needy nor jealous and is always seeking to give and receive love unconditionally.
We Believe that vulnerability, the willingness to feel everything, is a strength not a weakness and a gateway to living life fully as a couple and individually.
We Believe that authenticity, the willingness to show up without pretense and communicate what needs to be said without reservation, is a key to sustained trust.
We Believe that being open-Hearted, the willingness to remove all ego-imposed armor and protection, is a key to deep connection.
We Believe that the strongest relationships are not held together by a legal document but instead by a commitment that requires daily renewal.
We Believe that individual growth is crucial to relationship growth.
We are committed to seeing the above declarations and intentions spread far and wide until we have a world where this kind of extraordinary intimacy is considered commonplace.
~ Michael J. Russer and Jacqueline V. Lopez – October 9, 2016
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