Timescapes

Timescape

Rev. Rosemary C. Hyde, Ph.D.

September 16 2012

 

Leaving footprints on the virgin sands of time

My soul  wanders,

Seeking love as thirsting bodies pursue water .

While captured in prismatic time and space

My Spirit Spark suffers the mirage illusion

That the Love it must reflect

Is not within.

Flagging sometimes, it pursues the search

On the horizon of the years and hours and minutes

When within itself, all is whole, suffused, complete.

 

Reflection

 

Like most everyone, when I look at the years, the calendar, my age and that of loved ones, I wonder “where has the time gone?”  What, though , is time?  Has it come?  Has it gone?  Can I “spend” it?  Can I “lose” it?  Why is it elastic, whisking past my mind when I’m not paying attention, but slowing to an agonizing crawl if I watch it tick and tock?  I conclude, upon reflection, that “time,” as an essential fact, is, in the spiritual realm, an illusion, a mirage – Spirit in me knows what’s real, but my soul, captive in a physical reality, has forgotten.

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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