There’s just something iconic about that 1985 song, “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & the News. For those of you not familiar with is, here it is:
Are we rooted and grounded in love and its power?
In 1965, a song hit the charts, written by that famous team of Hal David and Burt Bacharach, called ” What the World Needs Now”. It was a call that resonates in our hearts today. Here it is:
My heart has been hearing the call for LOVE and the full extent of its power in our lives and society.
A phrase I have been mulling over lately is “being rooted and grounded in love”. What does that mean? What does that look like? What is the power of love that the world needs?
Let’s dive into that phrase –
“Being rooted” of course is an agricultural reference. Roots grow below the surface and in most cases are unseen. Their function is to anchor the plant in place in order to resist the forces of wind and water that come at them.
In addition, those roots take in oxygen, water, nutrients and move them through the plant to stems, leaves and blooms.
Easytogrow.com tells me, “to evaluate the health and long term performance of a plant it is all about the roots.” “Signs of poor, damaged roots will lead to an unhealthy plant with short life and limited blooms.”
So, we see that the roots are the indicator of the plants quality of life.
I’m told that you can tell if a plant is stressed out if you look at the leaves. If they are limp or yellow then those are signs of stress caused either by extreme temperatures, drought, predation or disease.
Lord knows, there are enough stress factors on us plants, right? Are we showing signs of stress, limp or yellowing? Then let’s check our roots, what are we rooted in?
Just think now, if our roots, the roots of our life, were embedded and fixed in LOVE. Only love, all love, exclusively love.
Think what the effects would be if only LOVE was the nutrient coursing through us, feeding us, watering us and growing in us.
May we choose to plant out roots deeper and deeper into love and receive all the nutrients we need so that love grows and blossoms from us.
Oh, the power of love.
The second part of that phrase, is “grounded in love”.
This is a building term, referring to laying the foundation and making a building stable, having it grounded and ready to be built upon.
Yet, I am going to look at the electrical perspective of “being grounded”.
In electrical appliances a grounding wire gives the appliance a safe way to discharge excess electricity. The electrical circuit receives both positive and negative charges in order to operate. If something goes wrong, there will be a build up of energy within the wiring that will be stored there.
Picture that, a build up of positive and negative charges, building up and being stored, unseen within the wiring. What we have here is an explosion ready to happen. An unseen power surge, ready to cause damage. This build up will not be noticed until contact is made and then the excess energy will be released.
A grounding wire in that same appliance will take that build up and send it outside of your home, back into the ground or external housing – hence, a “grounding” wire.
So, when the malfunction happens, rather than having the energy build up in the circuit, it flows back to the ground and turns off the circuit and pending explosion.
Imagine now, you are that appliance, you have been receiving all kinds of negative and positive signals. Something goes wrong in your life and now these charges are building up inside of you. Unseen to others perhaps, but they are there, caught in your circuitry.
When contact is made, with another “conductor”, sparks fly and an explosion and potential fire erupts.
But what if, your grounding wire were firmly attached to an external housing of LOVE thereby allowing love to shut down any circuits from blowing?
Imagine love being your grounding wire. The source of not only your power to shine, but also you ability to sort through positive and negative charges and malfunctions in your life. Love, as the grounding rod or copper water pipe of your life .
Oh, the power of love.
May we be healthy plants with strong roots, firmly established in love. May we also be those lights who are able to withstand overloaded circuitry malfunctions because our ground wire is in love.
What the world needs now is love, the power of love. Love flowing in us, through us, from us.
Cheers to you.