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It's Light and Takes Up No Space
Bernie Siegel
(excerpted from Prescriptions for Living)

What will we take with us on the ultimate journey?  It's fairly obvious that we cannot take material things with us wherever we go.  Just as airlines restrict your luggage and the trunk of your car has a limited capacity, so, too, heaven has space problems.  Love is the only thing I know of that has an unlimited capacity, is weightless and takes up no space.

I believe love does go with us wherever we go.  It is the one thing that is immortal and not limited by the physical body's existence.  When I say it goes where we go, I mean when our bodies no longer exist our love continues on.  Our love goes with us wherever our spirit, soul and thoughts go, but it also stays in the lives of those we have touched.  Love is energy and is not limited by the laws that apply to material things or are associated with time.  Thus you can take it with you and at the same time leave it behind.  Love is the bridge between the land of the living and the land of the dead.

Best of all, perhaps, the love we leave behind remains strong and can grow long after we are gone.  In a study of Harvard students, researchers found that of the students who described their parents as loving, only twenty-nine percent suffered a significant illness in the thirty-five years after leaving school.  Of the students who did not feel loved by their parents, a remarkable ninety-eight percent had experienced a significant illness in the same thirty-five years.  The study took into account other variables such as smoking, divorce, death of a parent and so on.

We can give love and receive it, take it with us or leave it behind.  Love cultivates and sustains life and exerts its effect long after we are gone.  Love is like the light that shines from a torch we hold aloft.  It shines on what lies ahead, what is at our side and what we have left behind.  The illuminating power of love doesn't defy the laws of physics -- it made them.

Prescriptions for Living. Bernie S. Siegel
A nice look at life from a self-described formerly anal-retentive doctor who shaved his head, changed his name from "Dr. Siegel" to Bernie, and actually started caring for his patients. He learned more from the change than they did.



The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be,
(b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and the vile can be
transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that.  We waste time
looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.

Tom Robbins


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