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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Beauty Which is You.

Updated on February 6, 2016

They must love what they see and that is beautiful

A radiation of beauty
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A fullness of beauty

Just recently I sent a mail to my youngest daughter. It had a link to a youtube video pictures of Ulma Thurman. It was tasteful and done in black and white. It was done as a backdrop to Leonard Cohen’s “If it be thy will”. The photos struck me. There was an empty beauty. Oh by no means to say that that lady is an empty beauty, but it was clearly the intent of those pictures to express a vacuous existence of beauty.

When my sweet daughter emailed back she deferred of her beauty as gifts of genes from her mother and I and it took me aback. Understandable for sure. Scientific for sure and probably a good deal of truth in that. But it hit me broadside empty. That simply was not the beauty that I had in mind. And then it started to gel in my psyche. What people exude as beauty is not what they project like a portrait. Beauty is not in the perfect nose on the perfect face – although it is in a way.

No the wonderful awe inspiring beauty is a take in. It is a culmination of what is taken in and then radiated out. No intent or makeup required or even important. Oh this is most certainly found in men also. Make no mistake there. So what we speak of here is a core of taking in.

I take in a dog, in through my senses. The dog is. My senses trap the dog into my knowing and that is easy. Sometimes I take in the wonder of the beast. Sometimes I even love the dog. I like to be with it and share some experiences. That is good. But what a truly beautiful person does is take into themselves the beauty of the beast.

I cultivate and love my roses. They bring much joy. I appreciate their beauty and I share that beauty with others. But somehow that beautiful person sees and smells the roses and it gets inside them. They take the beauty to be within them. No harm to the rose. A sharing.

My daughter does not take in like I do. Sure on 40% I get beauty and soak it up. But she does nearly 100%. It gathers in her and radiates as though she is not even aware. Just a shoot back of what she sees.

Do you see the defects or the beauty in the rose?

How we take it in, determines how we send it out.
How we take it in, determines how we send it out. | Source

You do not need sight to take in the beauty

Spreading the love of life.

A mirror seems too reflective and immediate. Hers is like a sun that pulls in all things in its field and then shines brightly with warmth. A synergism of energy of beauty because that is how she perceives life. And it is captivating and glorious and addicting.

And so we are to just learn a little. Perhaps much from people that are beautiful in this sense. Oh sure most would say I am handsome to a degree. But my aura ebbs and flows. My beauty has a thermometer and mine stays pretty low much of the time because I got nothing to radiate out. Darn it! So can I change that with effort?

Maybe we could start to look at life like we were sucking beauty into ourselves. And then let it shine and be beautiful. I have to think we could learn that trait, so I will try. But some folks I know just take on a radiant glow when they lower themselves to smell a flower and appreciate it.

Now back to that daughter of mine and small children. It is downright alchemy. The chemistry and the ability to make children shine and be their best around her is just startling. The energy is just amazing and spellbinding to me. Let me give a testimony here. I am well into my late fifties, I did a lot of stuff when I was younger that does not promote later life knee joint flexibility. And I am married into a Vietnamese group that sit like they do on their haunches. I cannot lower my 230 lb frame to such machinations. But that girl of mine invites me in with the children and there is ease of movement and I can suffer through it. Maybe the energy flow of beauty is all it takes.

Sometimes it is easy to see the beauty

Actually taken at a memorial service
Actually taken at a memorial service | Source

You are so beautiful to me

Now go be beautiful

So where does this leave us? Well it takes some hankerin to figure it out. And I hanker that it is a thing about beauty that is real. It is not so much about what it exudes as it is about what it takes in. kind of hard to explain. Sort of like the gravitational pull of a star. These special people take in beauty from what they are exposed to and leave out the ugly leaving a bright glowing energy.

As always I am not easy to leave it at that. I want to learn from it. Can I take in that energy of beauty also? I think I can but I have to try real hard. Perhaps we can all try real hard to see the beauty within and without and let it radiate from us.

So why not just slow down a bit from time to time and actually concentrate on the beauty of something. Meditate in some fashion and let our insides soak up the beauty outside. Learn to smile at beautiful things and appreciate them just for their beauty. This of course would require some discipline for most of us have a bit of a critical eye. We would have to make note of what we are critical of and then gently shove that aside and not dwell on it. I like to use my roses as a touchstone. Every rose has a flaw. But almost every rose is beautiful in some way. Perhaps I could stop looking at the flaw as much and spend more time just concentrating on the beauty.

And of course we get to people. Every person I have ever met had a flaw. And I am often focused on that flaw. I don’t know why, it just is. Perhaps I could stop looking at the flaw as much and spend more time just concentrating on the beauty.

Here is a fun one. It just is a natural fact when there is an accident on the side of the road people slow down to look at it. It is as though they do not want to see it but cannot help themselves. I am guilty of this. And what about reading someone’s writing if it has a flaw people will focus on that misspelling or wrong word and miss the meening. I bet you just did that but because I misspelled meaning you got the drift because that is what you were drawn to look at. Probably effective if done properly, because we are drawn to the defect.

So what if we train ourselves to avoid looking at the defect and just look at the beauty. Do you think it would make us more handsome? Well it just might and what do we have to lose anyway.

Now go find some beauty and soak it up so that you can look your best to the world and others will have your beauty to concentrate on, and it will go on for infinity.

I suppose in the end that daughter of mine, sees the beauty in me. And so what I see when I look at her is that beauty shining back at me.

(Sorry about that focusing on my daughter but I needed an example, I could have used another. Personally I really like old ladies that take life in with pleasure)

Let me end with one of my favorites scripture readings from Paul: “Therefore, my brethren, those things that are true, those that are honorable, those that are righteous, those things that are pure, those things that are precious, those things that are praiseworthy, deeds of glory and of praise, meditate on these things.”

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      Nadine May 14 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Eric my sincere compliments on this article. Indeed A mirror seems too reflective and immediate. I rarely do look at myself in the mirror, unless I need to see if an outfit to a function is suitable, but only when I'm in a good space. My partner often sees my inner beauty that I find difficult to comprehend, but that seems universal in the human experience. I must admit that the older I get the easier it gets. I care less and be more myself.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I was watching the James Blunt video last night "You're Beautiful".....perfect for this sermon. :) Have a great weekend you old softy!

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nadine, it is great to hear from you. If no one ever told you, that picture of you is hot! And that would not happen if you were not also beautiful on the inside. Keep that partner. Thank you for joining me.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, we are "planting" a rock garden today. My son heard the term and laughed to hard so now he wants one. It will be a great weekend. You have one too you old dirt farmer.

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      Shaloo Walia 14 months ago

      Peals of wisdom in this thought-provoking hub! It reminded me of a sermon by my spiritual master where he says "You are unique. You are a masterpiece- your master's piece."

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      Kathleen Kerswig 14 months ago

      This article reminded me of a comment my ex-husband made when we were having an argument. He told me how frustrated he was that I always found a way to see the good in people, no matter how wrong those people were! He wasn't saying it as a compliment, but I have always chosen to take it as one anyway. I do see beauty and blessings in every person and situation and I thank you for sharing this hub since it reminded me of this ability. It always helps to remember it because I am then more open to learning the lessons in challenges that are mine to learn. Great job!

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shaloo it is a blessing to hear from you. We are connected though millions of miles apart with different "faiths". I think that even if we cannot fully believe,,,, that we are better off at least envisioning ourselves as works of art. And then set our intentions on treating ourselves accordingly.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kathleen, it drives my wife crazy. Every person, place or circumstance has a cloud and every cloud has a silver lining that I choose to see. Maybe we are goofballs. But I will be darned if we are not Happy goofballs. Keep on being you as you are wonderful!

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      Clive Williams 14 months ago from Nibiru

      Nice hub eric, I always try to believe i am beautiful and then a spider bites me and i wake up

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am so sorry about that deformity you call a face. Perhaps the spider bite could help. You always bring levity and good cheer and I thank you for it, it is down right beautiful.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 14 months ago

      I am happy to be a Happy goofball right along with you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      It's funny how we look at different things, one sees beauty, the other sees the flaw. I try to see the beauty/ good in everything. That doesn't mean I do not get uptight. ( cell phone ) I always feel blessed after reading your words. Thank you..

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I wonder Ruby if I am not one ugly dude when I have to learn a new gadget. How about a bad hair day? I can find the gnarly in anything. But today I am trying to find the beauty in house work. Ruby you clearly look for the good in my works and I appreciate it greatly!

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      Linda Lum 14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, the problem my friend is not what is inward or outward.

      What is the definition of beauty? For some, it is only skin deep, and what a pity is that. True beauty is not in a perfect nose, a gleaming smile, a skillfully crafted paragraph, or even a flawless rose. Beauty is what is inside. And so we get back to the same theme again. All that glows, all that matters, all that is beautiful is LOVE.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just want that love in everything Linda. It is achievable. I am wrapping up my day with it. And no matter what my young son does I have been wondered by it today. Wow what a difference in just and attitude. I am convinced we can do it,, even if it ain't natural.

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      Clive Williams 14 months ago from Nibiru

      lol alot

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Beauty is "radiated out." That's true. I like the image you paint of beauty shining back and forth between individuals as between you and your daughter. We can choose to see beauty instead of the opposite. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I like to say we are so blessed but I have to chill out and say: I am so blessed. My heart to those that are not. Goodness can prevail.

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      Denise W Anderson 14 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      You have given me a new perspective. Right now, my family and I are dealing with the most beautiful aspect of all life. My father-in-law left us on Friday of last week and is now in the presence of his Maker. We love him. We are looking back at his life and seeing all of the beauty, the love, the honesty and integrity. He lived a full life. There are many things that we don't talk about now, and we hope to forget. Right now, we want and need to see the beauty. As we see it in his life, we go on to become better people.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Condolences my friend. What a wonderful testimony you give. Celebrate that life and the beauty within it. I think that if I were dead and I believe we have a soul that carries on. I would love to see my family and friends celebrating me. I better get to work so they have something to celebrate that with you father in law.

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      Marlene Bertrand 14 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Very nice. I never thought about beauty being something tangible that we could take in. I would see beauty but never really thought about soaking it up or taking it in. You have given me a new way to experience beauty.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene, I took my sermon to heart. Whacka wacka. I got no business being an old guy and feeling alive with a new look at that which is old. But wow what an attitude changer. A bip boppity boo in my step. I just found out from a friend that I am not ugly. Life is full of beauty.

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      CrisSp 14 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I know, I know, I've missed quite a number of your Sunday sermons and what excuses do I give you but to say that I was busy finding beauty. :)

      And here, the preacher is right! Perhaps, we should stop looking at the flaw as much and spend more time just concentrating on the beauty--specially the inner beauty and the one that we could all take in, breathe in and live in.

      Lovely photo of your wife and son. Thank you for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cris, I loved you latest hub. And your photos make me want to go riding. Maybe this weekend. You have that radiating something that I tried to describe. Thank you for being you.

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear Eric,

      This is written beautifully from your beautiful heart! I love the beauty of an old woman too. True beauty to me is seen and felt through the heart, and not as most of the world deems what is physical beauty. The more imperfections, the more beautiful to me. Our imperfections is what makes us beautiful. Sharing ...

      God bless you real good

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      God is blessing us Faith and you are counted among our blessings. You know we worry about someone who has their spot in a pew and does not show up. Be good and keep us to date on your wellness.

      My six year old are gardening and learning the difference between a dandelion and ground cover. Mom ain't got no allergies at all so the yellow dandelions went into the flowers we gave her for Valentine's day. Whoa even the rich dirt gave me pause of beauty and purpose.

      Thanks for coming by and letting me know you are fine.

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      Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

      Eric it is not your softness which is exposed.. it's the beauty of your Sunday sermons... wonderfully shared.. awesome :)

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Frank. You are a wonderful supporter and I appreciate it.

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