Poem: Love’s Power

Love’s Power

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October 27 2011

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I’m learning about grief,

I’ve joined a  group of the bereaved – from months and years ago –

And still I weep, as do we all,  sitting in the circle, sharing;

The tears are welling from my eyes . 

What is this grief I feel? 

Where is this mourning springing from? 

As we talk, discussing how to use the energy of sadness,

A truth dawns.

My grief is foiled love. 

Love, the deepest force within me,

Propels me forward;  it cannot be plugged, or

Like a geyser it will devastate me from within.

It must flow forth, unite me with the universe. 

My heart’s fuel is love;   it drives me as I honor my beloved

By caring for all those I meet, and serving them. 

In loving them, I grow in strength and find serenity and peace. 

In serving many others, I still love the one I thought I’d lost.

In this way, the world for me turns right again, and grief reverts to exaltation –

The torrent of my love once more enfolds the Other;

All is well within my soul. 

 

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Reflection 

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This week, the grief group I’d joined was discussing how people who have suffered great losses  sometimes become  capable of carrying out great works of service for others, propelled by their grief and sense of devastation.  It’s a way to turn a negative into a great positive for others and, in the process, for oneself.   It’s one example of  how we always have choices about how to experience life’s losses and wins.  It seems to be a truth, that a great devastation can create an opportunity for great service. 

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There are many examples of people who have gone on from deep loss to admirable service to others.  This led me to meditate on the nature of grief, as I wondered how it can create such tremendous positive energy.  It seems that when we love someone deeply, our capacity to love increases exponentially.  Then, when the person goes away from us, we’re left with a huge surplus of love that has to go somewhere outside us toward others,  or cause us great internal pain. 

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 Perhaps this is God’s way of increasing the good circulating in the universe, by allowing us to experience the bliss of loving so that we must continue to love, or perish.  We are, after all, one with all, even though we perceive ourselves, in our bodies, as unique and separate.   

 

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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