When I asked this question to the universe, the answer I got back was, "you are".
Is love a state of being? An emotion? A feeling? A quantum field of energy?”
Such a beautiful question, thank you.
Love can be described in all of the phrases you've used, but none of them is a definition of love. It is sort of like saying – “What are you?” You may answer, I am a woman, a sister, a teacher, an African-American, a Buddhist, a Democrat, a mother, a vegetarian, a runner, a dancer, an artist, and a human being. These are adjectives, but not definitions. You look like these things, it may be true. But what you are is so much more. Your essence is not quantifiable.
Love is like that. There is no such thing as more love or less love. Love is. I am not an expert on “a quantum field of energy” but I suspect it can be measured and contained. Maybe not, as Quantum Physics is only recently being considered legitimate and yet it seems to introduce more questions than it answers. This is good news, for in the questions we discover the unlimited nature of creation, as well love.
Love is immense power. It is the force of creation itself. When you step back far enough, it will be all that you see; a single answer to every question. Singularity. Oneness. Love is life itself and as such, a challenge to encapsulate with words. The adjectives you used within your question are attempts, yet each is too limiting; love is everything.
An answer starts to sound further and further from daily life, yet absolute truth is like that. If you consider the consciousness shift we are undertaking, it may help to put this answer in perspective. We are moving from polarity to unity; separation to oneness. A definition of love from the viewpoint of polarity will quantify it. Phrases like “I love you more than anyone else.” “You are the only one for me.” “I love my family/country/religion/nationality best.” “You complete me.”, all sound terribly romantic and emotional yet they are separatist and not sustainable. For every one of these declarations demand a denial of love; love of any other. We are not built for that, which explains the drama of the human condition.
Ultimately, we cannot deny what it is we are. If you have a cat, for example, you will not ever be able to teach it to sing like a bird, fetch like a dog, or stay off the kitchen table when you aren't looking. It is a cat. After some time, you will get that and not expect it to be anything but what it is.
Being human, you will not ever be able to stop loving. Everything. Period. That love may look like admiration, friendship, passion, assistance, fondness, caring, nurturing, interest, fascination, collaboration or a warm smile – yet it is an expression of your love all the same. Love cannot be contained within boundaries of any sort.
Boundaries, names and our desire to define things are all part of the human condition. They help us make sense of a world that is entirely self determined. Since we cannot deal with that as a daily occurrence, we say “Love looks like this”, “Life is this”, etc. The trouble shows up when something outside of the usual definition appears. Now what?
Now we reach for truth and a definition that encompasses everything love does and is. Truth can be found when considering love as an intelligent force running through all of creation. That may sound like your definition of “god” or “source” or “eternal essence”, and maybe those are other words for love. Love is not good or bad, alive or dead, human or animal, happy or sad – these are human parameters used to explain the way creation shows up here.
The reason your question is perfect for us right now is because it sort of summarizes our shift. As we gradually “get” oneness, we will get love. Borders and contracts and definitions that attempt to contain the force of creation itself have never worked. The internet is a tool we created to demonstrate in a physical 3D way, our connection and the unlimited reach of love and of us. Accept that we are one, and that yes, we are love, and you allow for a constant expression of love in every moment. Love is that big. It is beyond description, as are you.
I don't know if this helps or adds to the confusion, but I will be happy to discuss this further. It is my favorite subject! Enter the drawing this week for a group Skype session with myself and "Roy", this would be a great topic!