Powers of the Universe: “the Force” of Love

December 10

One day my grandson said to me, “the Force isn’t real, is it?” He has been a big Star Wars fan since he was 4, or maybe before. I replied that there are a lot of powerful forces in the universe that we can’t see: magnetism, heat, wind, love, his smile, (and then he smiled), love. When I reflect on the invisible forces active in the universe, the “Force” in Star Wars seems very reasonable.

When I contemplate the origins of the physical universe(s) I imagine the Big Bang as Love bursting out, creating the Universe … and in time, the Stars and the Planets, Earth, all life on earth … and us humans, you and me. I am not the first to understand Love as the Source, the Originator of the Universe.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a scientist, philosopher, and theologian born at the turn of the 20th century wrote: “Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world… Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.” Love is communion, unity in diversity. Only Love can hold everything in relationship to everything else.

My religious tradition has often personified the Divine in such a way that we have tended to limit “Him” to what serves our individual and ego needs. On the other hand, in the myths of Indigenous peoples in the South Western States the Creator is portrayed as Grandmother Spider; her web connects everything and everyone to each other and to her. Isn’t that what Love is?

“We’re all localized vibrations of the infinite goodness of God’s presence. So, love is our very nature,” in the words of Franciscan Richard Rohr. What if we really believed that? We would understand that we are participating in an Energy of infinite life-giving possibilities for good; the Force in Star Wars is nothing in comparison to the Love Energy of the Universe.

Gratitude Prompt: How am I part of the Love Force of the Universe?

See picture above.  I was so inspired by the art of Jo Jayson’s Grandmother Spider that I purchased the copyright for this website. Read more for a link to learn about the Native American legends of the Grandmother Spider. For more on the legend of Grandmother Spider: