Just before turning off the bedside light after New Year’s Eve, I glanced at my iPhone. The calendar in the little white box read “1.” The number was black, below red lettering of the word, “Thursday.” I was struck by how much space there was in that box. After all the celebrations of this season, space feels like the stillness after a windstorm. I lay back and took a deep breath, thinking about the meaning of one.
Here are a few of the expressions involving one:
One for all, all for one,
One by one
One and only
One and all
One is like the color black. It encompasses all. It is both an only, as in an individual, and all—everyone or everything all rolled into one. One is the sign of union, the universe, and of wholeness. For some people it is also the word for the Creator, as in the Divine or Supreme Being. In the philosophy of one, marriage is sometimes given the equation, 1 + 1 = 1. Two individuals become one, yet for a healthy union they must also remain one unto themselves.
This brings me to the subject of love. To love another deeply, we must begin by loving ourselves. To love ourselves, we must have received love from others. Love is one ever-expanding circle. It has no limits.
May love heal all.
May love be all.
May love be in all
as we heal towards wholeness.
This is my blessing to each of you as we begin a new year, one and all.