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  • This morning, with a cup of tea in hand, I was sitting contemplating what I might do with the day when my eyes gazed to my bookshelf. Books are a joy. I take such pleasure in the commitment of the author to share their insight with me. It feels a very personal connection and that they have reached out to make a difference to my life. I celebrate the diligence that they have shown to bring the book into being.

    I so appreciate the people that helped them. I always savour the acknowledgment page where the author says thank you to the people that supported them. It is a window into their lives and to the co-creative process that manifested the book.

    My eyes rested on a book called ‘The Universe is a Green Dragon’ by Brian Swimme. He is the Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe and a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. I first encountered him when I watched the video he presented called 'The Journey of the Universe'. I was deeply touched by the way he weaves an understanding of the physical nature of the Universe with its spirituality. He is able to present complex ideas in a simple way and the joy he brings to what he is sharing is infectious.

    The Universe is a Green Dragon is a conversation between a youth and a wise elder about the Cosmic Creation Story. It is a wonderful example of love flowing across the generations where the youth is asking lots of questions and the elder is answering them in a way that invites more questions. The dance between them is such fun to follow and at the same time the reader is taken into the magic, mystery and beauty of the Universe. Brian Swimme has a fascinating ability to take the most complex ideas and find the simplicity that helps you to imagine things like the Big Bang and how life came into being.

    I took the book down from the shelf and sat with it closed on my lap for a couple of minutes. Looking out over the Ochil Hills here in Scotland, I said to myself ‘Ok, what message do you have for me today?’ I often do this when I am feel challenged or sometimes just because it feels a good thing to do. I find the message offers me new ways of looking and helps me to see deeply into what is happening. So I just let the book open at a page and let my eye flow over to the page and to my surprise it was all about LOVE. Brian was saying the ‘At the heart of this Creation Story is Love.’ Not human love, but a primordial quality that enables the universe to ‘be’ the creative force that it is.

    The youth asks ‘What is love?’ The wise elder replies ‘Love begins as allurement – as attraction.’ And so begins the exploration of the ‘love’ galaxies have for each other, the ‘love’ of a butterfly to a flower, the ‘love’ a human has for a beautiful piece of music, the ‘love’ that one hydrogen atom has for two oxygen atoms that gave us water. This allurement is at the heart of the creative power of the universe.

    As I was reading this I could feel my heart expanding and this day feels full of potential for joy.

    The photograph was taken one balmy evening walking along the promenade on Galway Bay, Southern Ireland.
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