Everything we teach derives from two core principles:
1) Marriage is created for Happiness – primarily a spiritual bonding of two souls
The unique relationship of marriage was designed for specific benefits, all of which should create immeasurable happiness.
There is no higher relationship than marriage. The material benefits from marriage are ”nice, but secondary to this primary, spiritual principle. Being spiritual, all practical efforts should be made towards the realization of love.
2) The first purpose of marriage is happiness, achieved from unconditional love.
What makes marriage so incredible is that it is designed to be a safety zone in an otherwise hostile world. It is a place where soulful love can be expressed safely, and is encouraged.
We call this concept The Sacred Space of Marriage™ and you can read more in Our Approach. This is key. Unless your marriage is all about happiness you will miss everything.
What Is Marriage?
Any given dictionary will define marriage as, “a union between two people who have established their decision by legal commitment, religious ceremony, etc.” While this may describe what happens, it’s NOT a useful definition of marriage.
We define marriage as a spiritual relationship that provides a practical means for:
A) Realizing the happiness from unconditional love, and
B) Creating a family system which provides a loving environment for children.
Marriage is a unique venue of life, a unique relationship, unlike any other. The elements that comprise this sacred relationship work together synergistically to give individuals the incredible happiness obtainable from marriage.
The principles we espouse are to be used as tools used for the purpose of gaining happiness from marriage. They were discovered, defined, and instituted by our founder, Paul Friedman, and are strictly adhered to by our staff, volunteers and marriage professionals.
Marital success depends on a proper understanding, as demonstrated by those who follow our teachings and have established life-long, incredible marriages.
Marriages are seldom “broken”. They are not appliances. Marriages not delivering the promises inherent in a lifetime commitment of love are usually just encumbered by incorrect attitudes and behaviors.
Our most core principle is that any couple who learns what we discovered will live in a very happy and successful marriage.
The Marriage Foundation is not affiliated with any other organization, religious or otherwise. We don’t attempt to endorse or promote any political agenda or religous dogma.