Friday, February 10, 2006

On The Path

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The other day I heard this story about how when a woman becomes pregnant, cells from the fetus get into the woman's bloodstream. Scientists drew blood from women in their study group and found fetal cells in all of their blood. What's strange is that these fetal cells stick around for a long, long time in the mother's body, up to forty years after pregnancy. And each pregnancy results in these cells getting in, regardless of the outcome of the pregancy- stillbirth, abortion, doesn't matter- the baby's cells are going to keep floating around in the mother's body for the rest of her life.

The other thing they found was in studying women with active disease processes, such as liver cancer. When they did biopsies of the liver tissue, they found a high concentration of these fetal cells had attached to the liver and were actively repairing the damage being done by the disease. And wherever they looked at the disease process, the scientists found these fetal cells at work.

This seems too beautiful to believe, and it seems to be correct.


This story is the kind of thing that jumps out at me all the time of late. Despite all the horrors that threaten to destroy us, love is at work in the tiny mechanisms of the universe.

The Holy Grail of physicists has been the discovery of a unified theory that would explain all the physical processes of our universe. Strong and weak electromagnetic force, gravity...

love?


If you dug down into the center of my being you'd find my heart. And if you took me apart down to the quantum level, would you find love as the glue that binds my soul to the machine?


I think so. I really do.



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It is easy every day to lose sight of what's important and we should make a concious effort to remind ourselves that we are all playing a very serious, very fun, very dangerous game here. And that, like a game, there is a time for it to be over. It isn't a regimented game like football or baseball, with those kinds of rules, but more like the games you played as a child in your neighborhood. A pick-up game of freeze tag or kick the can, where you join in the game already in progress, and you play your heart out, running, freezing, laughing and crying. The sun sinks toward the horizon and the first stars come out but you pay it no heed. One by one mothers come to their doorways and call in your friends, who veer off from the game and run homeward, to a place of light and warmth and love.

You'll be called home soon, too.


So run your little heart out while you can.



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3 Comments:

Blogger vicci said...

Oooohhh...the fetal cells hanging around in a woman's body..this is really amazing! A mind can really wander...wonder... with this thought..that our "unborn children" are actually helping us to heal...love is just soooo dang powerful! Have an awesome weekend!

8:10 AM  
Blogger whowelling said...

Dishwasher,

This is one of my favorite quotes that speaks to love:

"Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation."

love
Billy

10:37 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

Wonderful post. Simply beautiful.

12:12 AM  

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