One and All June 1 2011

One and All

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Who am I?
Am I real, or do I only think I am?
When my body’s done, what will happen next?
Will I still be myself?
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A hundred strong, we’ve come here from across the world
To be together, sharing love, stepping forth as one.
I’m a member of this group.
That’s who I really am.
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Each of us who’s here is one, and also All.
Each, like me,
A raindrop in the showers falling gently on God’s earth.
A single note singing out within the universal chord of praise,
A hue that lights the rainbow spectrum of the spirit,
A voice in never-ending choral love,
A wave that meets the earth in ocean’s dance.
I am, like each, a one; Each one is also All.
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Reflection
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I once had a parrot who could imitate sounds perfectly. I was amazed that, where I heard one blended sound in the squeak of a hinge or the tone of a bell, he obviously heard every single harmonic and tone that made up the whole sound. Inexplicably, when he made his perfect echoes of the sounds he heard, he produced many, many tones simultaneously, parsing out and singing forth all the strands making up the one unified sound. I felt great awe when i realized how complex a single sound is, and how each strand within it contributes to creating the whole. 

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Similarly, I’ve experienced the complexity of a beam of light.   I remember a mystical moment in which I perceived I had left my body and entered into the most beautiful, loving, soft rainbow light. I was united with the light. My heart felt bliss. But I still marveled at the infinite variety of single hues that composed that amazing light. They were at least as numerous as the stars in the sky on a clear night. 

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These perceptions taight me to appreciate the way in which all experiences contain complex blends of elements, each one essential to the nature of the moment.  The same is true within groups of living beings. 

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Recently, at our wedding, over 150 guests came from all over the country to celebrate together. We spent the weekend becoming a single blended family. The shared love felt awesome – transcendent. Each person contributed his or her unique love and spirit to the blend; and the group’s existence magnified the joy and power that transcended any one person’s single being. Together, we manifested and experienced infinite love and joy.

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This week, our class has come together in a similar way, expressing the loving energy and knowledge of the greater whole. We are as waves, raindrops, hues, tones, voices; Our hearts, minds, and love gloriously ilumine and blend our shared experience. We can rejoice to be an each within the All. I feel deeply grateful and blessed.

 

About Rev. Rosemary Hyde, Ph.D.

I am a grandmother, a classical homeopath, a mystical poet, and an interfaith minister. I also have a large, enduring place in my heart for Paris. I first spent time in Paris in 1961, as a Fulbright scholar. I remained in France for three years, living also in Toulouse and in Nancy. I have revisited France and Paris multiple times since then, and have come to know central Paris reasonably well. I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where there were many Franco-Americans, and their language fascinated me. I was fortunate in 6th grade, when my family moved, to find myself in a Catholic French speaking girls' school, where I had the wonderful fortune of becoming bilingual. It still feeds my soul deeply, to visit Paris, speak French, and reconnect with the little French girl in me. I am serving presently as co-minister at Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NC. I give talks one or two Sundays a month -- please go to the website, www.unitychapelhill.org, and sign up for the weekly e-news to learn what's going on -- special events, seasonal interfaith ceremonies, and Sunday themes and talks. My vision for the Unity Chapel Hill ministry and for myself is to become a loving, uniting presence in the lives of all those who cross paths with us. That's all there is, really -- loving presence. And so it is. Amen. My goal as a minister is to add richness to life for those who resonate to more than one religious tradition or to none -- those with mixed religions as well as the unchurched, untempled, and unmosqued. All of us, whatever our cultural allegiances, hunger for and need support in finding the transcendent joy that's ours to find in this earthly life. All of us need and want to celebrate beautifully the great and small milemarker moments. All of us crave the beauty of prayer as an expression of our participation in universal love. All of us wish to learn a greater vision, to see our lives opening to the Divine. All of us desire deeply to find serenity and peace that lasts no matter what happens today and tomorrow. This is the meaning of Transcendessence. We find the essence of spirit and transcend the narrow constraints of our bodies and egos. Join us today by subscribing, so you won't miss a single poem, message, prayer, or meditation.
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One Response to One and All June 1 2011

  1. Shannon says:

    Rosemary, just sending you love. I have no time or “brains” to write more, but I loved reading this! Blessings

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