In addition to erotic, philic, and agapic love, the Greek language identifies a fourth type of love – storgic love. We will reinterpret storge here, just as philosophers have long reinterpreted agape, philia and eros.
For us, storge refers to the striving for intertwining one’s soul with the soul of another person so closely that the latter stops being «another person» or «another ego» and becomes «another self,» with whom one can live as a single whole. The simplest illustration of storge is the myth about the existence of two souls as halves of a single whole that are released into the world in order to unite in love.
In the first part of this book, we will describe the foundations, meanings and types of storgic love.
In the second part, we will outline the principles and stages of the personal spiritual life of a man and his Paths of Ascent.
In the third part, we will speak about the woman’s Path of Ascent and about the highest form of storgic love between man and woman.