The word love can refer to many different things.
It can mean romantic love, which is really attraction.
It can mean an open heart and a feeling of love and compassion. A warm feeling of connection.
It can refer to what happens when a human self functions within the context of what we are awake to itself.
(And probably a lot more that doesn’t come to mind right now.)
In the first two cases, it happens within content of experience. It is an attraction. Or a warm feeling of compassion and connection.
And in the third case, it is not content of experience. It is just what happens when Big Mind is awake to itself and functions through a human being. It is independent of any feeling. It is expressed in action in ways that often looks like love and compassion. And it can certainly generate a feeling of love, although it may not, and it doesn’t really matter.
Specifically, anything this human self experiences – including other beings – is all recognized as awakeness itself, as the play of awake emptiness. So here, acting from love and compassion is as natural as the left hand removing a splinter from the right. It happens without hesitation. And independent of – and flavored by – states.
So say I pass two guys at a street corner, holding a sign asking for food money. I can act out of a “should” and give them money, maybe feeling a little guilty. I can act out of a warm feeling in my heart, an experience of warmth and compassion for them. Or I can just act, independent of any particular experience of state, from a recognition that the Reality in them is what I am. It is all there is.