Happily, beauty can be found in many places, such as in many forms of nature and in all types of artistic expression.
For me, the epitome of beauty occurs when people collectively open their hearts at a gathering—ranging from an audience experiencing a rousing performance, to a graduation ceremony, to a wedding, and to a spiritually uplifting congregation. The gorgeous synergy that folks create when they unify at a heart level can be termed a love field. Personally, I find such a field more fragrant than a perfumed flower garden.
My wife, Ruth, and I were the recipients of the ineffably sweet energy of a love field that emerged when 100 of our strong local supporters attended the September 4th launch of our marital enrichment book, Secrets of a Soulful Marriage: Creating and Sustaining a Loving, Sacred Relationship, published by SkyLight Paths. Since everyone ultimately longs to give and receive love, those in attendance rallied around the theme of the book, as well as celebrating us. The love in the room was palpable throughout the festive evening party. Ruth and I were saturated with the heartfelt expressions of all of the well-wishers, including those of many people who were unable to attend.
I believe that humanity can’t have too many love-filled gatherings. Although the essential nature of God is Love, and we are created in God’s image, people often live out of fear. In 1965 Hal David, Burt Bacharach and Jackie DeShannon collaborated to release the song, What the World Needs Now Is Love. I’d say that the world has always hungered for love and always will need large doses of it, as we individually and collectively journey toward the One and reclaim our true identity.
May you be caught up in a grand conspiracy to spread love; may that sweetest of “rains” be showered upon you and may you soak up the joy.