The Awakened Heart
Chapter OneBearing The Beams Of LoveAnd we are put on earth a little space^That we might learn to bear the beams of love.^William BlakeThere is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call...
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Chapter OneBearing The Beams Of LoveAnd we are put on earth a little space^That we might learn to bear the beams of love.^William BlakeThere is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake. It is the human desire for love. Every person on this earth yearns to love, to be loved, to know love. Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire.I think William Blake was right about the purpose of humanity; we are here to learn to bear the beams of love. There are three meanings of bearing love: to endure it, to carry it, and to bring it forth. In the first, we are meant to grow in our capacity to endure love's beauty and pain. In the second, we are meant to carry love and spread it around, as children carry laughter and measles. And in the third we are meant to bring new love into the world, to be bi
'May is addressing the problems faced by all who deny themselves loving relationship with others and with God by the compulsive drive for efficiency, recognition and success. . . . (The Awakened Heart draws) on the wisdom of biblical prophets as well as philosophers such as Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, William Blake, Martin Buber and Thomas Kelly. . . '.--The Christian Century.
Gerald G. May, M.D. (1940-2005), practiced medicine and psychiatry for twenty-five years before becoming a senior fellow in contemplative theology and psychology at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. He was the author of many books and articles blending spirituality and psychology, including "Addiction and Grace", "Care of Mind/Care of Spirit", "Will and Spirit", and "The Dark Night of the Soul".