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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Circle of Love

Updated on June 8, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Balance that Wheel

Circle of Love is a classic concept somehow present in all of theology and philosophy. It is in all life. The circle of love is the circle of life. For a circle of life cannot truly begin or end if it is in the circle of love. Some believe in a heaven and others in reincarnation. This humble home believes we are in a circle of love that is heaven, right here and now.

Believe what you choose. I have never been called to evangelize. I would like to be. I think it would be very rewarding. I am often in love and awe of those who can really do that. We all know that it is not odd that the circle of love often requires periods of stress and failure. How can one rise unless one is down? Everyone’s down is relative to the lofty goals they aspire to. We hope you are not far down. And that your goals include loving more truly.

The Alcoholics have a notion/concept that you cannot rebound until you have hit your bottom. Please schedule time to read Alcoholics Anonymous. It explores amazing areas of love being a healer. No you do not need to be a drunk to read it. In fact I suggest you read it before you become one ;-) But it is the prevailing understanding that until we suffer enough we will not change our behavior. But that is for the people who are sick one way or another. For you “normal” people out there we hope your bottom may just be as simple as a lost job and not a life threatening illness like depression and addiction are.

How should we look at this notion of a circle? Are we so boastful that we declare our circle of love has not been broken and in need of love? Wow, do weed need a spoke to be broken before we call out for much needed repairs? Does our heart heal itself, or does it need the circle of love?

Perhaps right here and now we check our wheels to make sure they have enough air and there are no thorns. Perhaps we spend more time on the thorn than on making the pressure right. A wheel needs to be even all the way around in order to spin correctly. Or should we say it must be balanced to get us down the road to our lofty goals? Yet if we over inflate we are bound for a blowout.

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A roundhouse punch. No that is not a house that is round and serving punch for drinks. Although I have had punch that brought me around to falling asleep. Nope. A roundhouse punch is a boxing idea. The punching arm of the boxer is taken in a full swinging circle to increase velocity and power. Funny but it is the most deadly but also the easiest to avoid as it takes time (talking milliseconds here). And if it misses it exposes the thrower of that punch to an easy punch by the opponent as the arm continues around leaving the head unguarded. What in the heck does this have to do with a circle of love?

When we throw punches of such enormity we actually break our circle of love. Sure the swinging arm makes a circle but at what cost to both boxers. Our circle of love should only very carefully be used as an offensive weapon.

There is this really cool, way out there scientific deal called a centrifugal force. Yes it can split atoms and we don’t even know what else yet. Atomic energy. It is rotational. Something goes around and around at such velocity that it pulls things apart all the way to a subatomic level. It is a circle in life. Merry-go-rounds are our closest understanding I think. But of course the child’s top or amusement rides help us to comprehend such conditions. They are linked to gravitational pull. The faster the more pull to the outer leaving some to gravitate (in a way) to the middle.

So we get “gravity”, pull to the center, and the splitting of something. Is not such factor present in the circle of love? We are pulled and gravitated to the middle yet this splits us from that of us which is more attached to the outer side. We are just naturally pulled in both directions as the outer of our circle and the inner. Hopefully that will make your head spin – get it?

Let us return to the theoretical and theological and philosophical. So that we may come full circle back to our beginning. This above craziness is just the route to compare to. I need a break.

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One Day

Let Us Call It Our Circle

And what a great break it was. A bike ride, some catch out back, Vietnamese Pho’ and a short nap. Sorry but that was my life prior to quarantine although a country hike and soccer and a perfect spring roll maybe be substituted. This is the circle. If we stay in one place and do the same over and over again we are not rotating. We have a rodent. Something like a Rovoski Hamster. And he just loves is little baby spinning wheel but the poor little guy never goes anywhere. He stays in the same place while his wheel just keeps spinning around. Maybe something like a “rat race”. Sometimes I catch myself there.

If we inject love into our wheel of fortune the outcome is guaranteed. Our circle of life just must come back around to the love. I know some folks with about 80% of their circle filled with love. I think the other 20% is there so their body can survive this often brutal world. Perhaps the self would just spin of the circle through centrifuge.

Of perhaps we should just stay in place like our little Yetti and let the circle of the world swirl around us and keep our own little cycle steady and stable. I like the phrase about running from our problems; “Wherever you go, there you are.”

“What goes around comes around”. Such is the circle of love and life, your choice. Sorry that I am not all altruistic but 1+1=2. I love ‘outwardly’ and I receive love inwardly. A fun thing to think of is levels of circles. How fast does it come back around. Micro? Within mere minutes. Or yearly? Probably adjustable by God’s time, which is loves time. Hey I still look over my shoulder about things I did in 1977. Yet I hug my son and he hugged back – just morning ritual. But a circle that is simultaneous.

Food is fun. You got your food for the soul but also for the body. I eat bad and it may take a month of doing so before I am out of shape. I eat right and it may take a while to start feeling better. I need to lose some “Quarantine fat” but at best that is a pound every two days. Which is doable when you are quite large to begin with. So I am stuck? Yes I could be in a circle of weight gain and weight loss. Can the corresponding opposite occur with food for the soul – Love. Can we overeat and then in a fast live off the love stored up to make room for new healthier love in our cycle. I suppose so.

Please count me in, in the circle of love.

This One Is For Jodah!

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann my thingy do did it's thingy again and I just got your message, sorry for the lack of response in a timely, grateful manner.

      But wow you lifted my spirits up when I just needed it. Thank you.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 weeks ago from SW England

      As always, you put things into perspective with your wisdom and your imagery. You bring everything down to earth where it's much easier to understand! The circle of love is a wonderful thing - sometimes it gets a dent but it re-centres itself after the wobble.

      I always feel refreshed after reading your work, Eric. Thank you!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yahoo Tamara -- I will not tell my son how to look me up -- who would even guess it is my name? Let us raise 'em right.

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      BBYCGN 

      8 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Just so you know, this is “Tamara”. I just changed it to “BBYCGN” so my children can find me. It’s our secret code. (LOL). ❤️

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for your encouraging comment. Be well BBYCGN

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      BBYCGN 

      2 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Your eloquent words of love radiate warmth for all to benefit.

      Good advice about reading Alcoholics Anonymous while sober. LOL..

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, me too.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      You effectively illustrated the circle of love without beginning and end. Hoping that everyone finds acceptance into such a circle.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is so cool Mary, I am happy for you. thank you for sharing that good news with us.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank for adding that song Eric..I love it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks a bunch Linda. You know you are right without love life is questionable at best and my friends here are awesome.

      I was telling myself I had an obligation to write really good pieces here. Do you see how sneaky I am with procrastination. :-)

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      Mary Norton 

      2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Last weekend, I was with my circle of love. There were only 4 of us but we had a tremendous time sharing our concerns and affirming each other. It was a break from long isolation.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, how can we have a circle of life without love? An existence without love isn't living.

      I really like all the comments you've gotten here today. Seems like all the cool kids hang out here. Thanks for letting me tag along.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Mr. Jodah.

      I have added your song as it fits right in.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Manatita,

      There clearly is an inner circle and at least one outer circle. That is good. I think our inner circle kind of got caught up with love during this "break" from the run around world. (of course some had no love to begin with)

      So while gradual the inner circle of love starts going out into the outer circle it will bring more love.

      I like the notion of "high" with love.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wise words as always in your enjoyable sermon, Eric. I want to get in on this circle of love if I may. It sounds like a wild ride. It also reminds me of the Harry Chaplin song “All My Life’s a Circle.” Nice work.

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      Some say Love is like a group of drunken lovers smoking hemp. lol. They are of one mind and Heart.

      I guess Love is like that, more like a group of Rumi-styled drunkenness, inebriated with the Love of the Absolute, dancing and whirling ... dancing and whirling in Love.

      Sri Chaitanya used to be so inebriated with God's Love, that he would walk the streets chanting 'Hari Bol.' More importantly, perhaps, whomever he touched, would go into that ecstatic state. Wish I was there, Bro. Ha ha.

      You have written a most beautiful piece! Why not, we seem to be in desperate need of Love right now.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika. You made me stop and realize what a great life I have been blessed with.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chris I do not know anyone who has read it that was not made better by it.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Eric you write to let us know how you feel and what makes us smile. I smile each time I stop by at your hubs I knew that what you share is of great life lessons.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      I have read the "Big Book" of AA and it has made a world of difference.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ruby. Sometimes I write and it makes me smile. This was one such pleasure.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a wonderful message. The circle of life/love, if you give it, you will get it back. Who knows what's around the corner? Maybe someone to add to our circle! This was so uplifting. I am smiling big time!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for catching that Bill. Maybe I should of gone with roundhouses for trains. Those are cool.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Save some of them good old foties for me. And I will take mine with a sack. What up with the sack? Have you ever seen someone drink coffee out of a sack? We here in the garden spot of Sprung Valleys take umbridge with those from a town named beautiful.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Circle of love and roundhouse punches. Only you could put those two together, and you did it well. Enjoyed much.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 months ago from San Diego California

      I am one of the hoarders of brewed beverage. I always have an intravenous drip hanging from my arm. The AA and MADD conduct civil disobedience taking a knee demonstrations in front of my home, but they calm down when I pass around the old 40 Oz. Hope you have a pleasant Sunday in that mistake across the lake, good old Spring Valley USA.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, I imagine with the quarantine that takeout beer is being hoarded so hurry. Does having those pickled eggs and pretzels make a bar a restaurant nowadays? It should.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 months ago from San Diego California

      I am thrilled that love exists, even if it is not always for me. Sometimes I am a gruff, cynical, unapproachable human being. But when I see a young child embracing a grandparent, or a young couple with a baby carriage looking at each other lovingly, it warms my heart. Great sermon, now I'm off for a beer before the AA catches up.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Vikram I thank you for such a nice comment. I truly appreciate the concepts of Kharma and reincarnation. I think they are to remind us to be part of this great round circle together.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Clive -- my son is playing with a "gaming friend" from Jamaica. A very nice boy who gets called away by his parents -- life is good.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela it is a great day and you reaching out to us makes it even better. Hey give someone a ring just to share your great smile.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      2 months ago from Assam, India

      Hey Eric, yes the world needs love more than anything else. There is already so much negativity and suffering. Humans are the most advanced being on earth. It is said what you will give to the universe it will come back to you, sooner or later. So, the circle of love is a nice way to remind the world about what we are made of and desire. Thanks for sharing.

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      Clive Williams 

      2 months ago from Jamaica

      Very Nice one Sir Eric...

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think anytime we have enough pain in our lives that will be an incentive to change. No one wants to live in pain, so if there is something we can do differently we probaby will change. I like the idea of the circle of love you talked about as love makes the world go around. :-) I enjoyed your Sunday sermon as always.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am feeling your love buddy. You just reminded me of the old round house pitch - mostly in softball but was there early on in baseball.

      So you are in my circle Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I bounced off that AA bottom thirteen years ago; rebounded right into the arms of some friends, then Bev, and now I'll be damned if my life isn't pretty spectacular. Weird how that happened, right?

      Not really! It's spelled LOVE, baby, and I've got it overflowing.

      Love heading your way on this Sunday, buddy!

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