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18 November 2020

LOVE is the Answer 

We suggested in our recent essay that “Love is the Reason for Medicine” – a variation on a statement the great physician and philosopher Paracelsus made centuries ago. This simple but profound idea should be obvious, but passed over our head for decades. All the same, we doubt that it would come to mind to even a few physicians if pressed to consider the “reason for medicine.” Such questions were never posed in medical school, in our experience.

But, there is an even wider, deeper idea which stands behind it.  Our friend BBB in NYC places it on her email signature line in these words: Love is the Answer.

Love is THE Answer in an ultimate sense to ALL of our questions and problems, needs and concerns. Here, we speak of Real Love.

The song from 1980 called Looking for Love comes to mind. It speaks of “looking for love in all the wrong places.” How common is that for all of us?

Under ordinary circumstances, Motherly Love may be the only kind of human love which approximates the Real Thing.

Fortunately, there is one true and abiding Love. That is the Love of God. It is everywhere  in the kingdom of heaven which lives in our very midst. The Divine Within lies hidden in all humans, all creatures and the whole of creation. Yet, it is strangely hidden to us even though we are made in “the image and likeness.”

Still, if we try, we can access that Love in the heart of our very own being. But, the first step is to recognize its existence within each of us.

The story is told that when the creation of the universe was accomplished, God called Lucifer to him and asked his help. “Now, that the beginning work is done, I need to find a place for myself so humans will remember and reach for me. But, that place needs to be distant enough that they won’t take me for granted and must seek diligently.”

So, Lucifer thought and thought and thought. He presented all manner of ideas as to where God should settle in the new creation. That God should find place on a high mountain, dry desert, in the midst of the sea, in outer space. All of Lucifer’s suggestions fell short. Although people would have to work to find the Divine, such placement would be beyond the physical means of young and old, lame and poor.

Inevitably, the Lord took the task back and eventually determined to place Divinity – Love – within the heart of all beings.

There we can and shall all one day find the Love of God. That is, when we seek diligently and persistently while endeavoring to share that great gift even as we discover It.

There is another story told years ago by my old friend, Judith Barr. It is about the Treasure House and goes something like the following.

Generations ago, there lived in Cracow an industrious rabbi named Joseph. He was the spiritual leader of his small, poor community; a kind and warm man who spend much of his time in thought and contemplation. The rabbi was also a student of dreams and paid close attention to his own.

Inevitably to Joseph’s surprise, he experienced the same dream three nights running. In it, he saw himself unearthing a treasure of gold under the bridge at Prague.

“Three nights in a row!” Joseph had to act even if Prague was over 300 miles distant.

Soon, he was ready to travel and made the journey as much by foot as through rides offered by fellow travelers. Joseph arrived in Prague in a few days and soon found himself beneath the very bridge he had seen in his dreams.

Joseph procured a shovel and set out to dig when a gendarme appeared and asked him about his endeavor. The little man told him only that he had dreamed of treasure buried at the base of the bridge.

The gendarme laughed and said, “Oh, sorry, my good man. Only old ladies believe in dreams. My wife is one of them. For myself, I think nothing of such things. But … let me tell you about my own dream I had a few days ago.

“As a matter of fact, it was like yours – about treasure. You see, I dreamed of a little man in Poland who discovered a pot of gold hidden in his own hovel. I remember seeing him digging behind his stove and then … But, I don’t waste my time with dreams. Nor should you. Good day. Good luck, you will need it.”

Joseph immediately turned on his heel. He completed his return trip more quickly than the first. The rabbi found his sad home unchanged. Still, he dug and dug and dug behind his little stove until he found a great Treasure in his own House.”

We all can seek, dig and discover – the great Treasure.
The creative, sustaining, and empowering Love of God
dwells quietly and expectantly in each of our own homes.


“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven …
for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21

Comments always welcome at theportableschool at gmail dot com.

Dr. Bob took a jaunt across America in 2002.

He started in Lavina on June 11 and

arrived at the Statue of Liberty

on November 3, 2002,

which happened to be a Sunday

and the day of the New York Marathon.

"His marathon" was over in time for a good rest.

2002 Route
Dr. Bob's Route

The memories remain and prompted a book 10 years out, 

then followed four walks to the West.

Later still came other experiences

to get him “On the Road Again."

2012 Walk - Montana to Nevada (Blogs 01-14)

Ready for the Road
Out the Door
Harlo to Livingston
First 100 miles
Heading for Idaho
Over the Divide
Three Amigas
In the News
At Center for Peace
All’s Well
Recapitulating Lessons from Roads

2013 Walk - Montana to Nebraska (Blogs 15-28)

Ready Again
Changing Plans
First Week Out
Good Man
This Bud
Seams Right
Forsyth News
Walking the RR
Natural Healing
Back from the Edge
Living on the Edge
Another Man’s Shoes
Healing Friends


2014 Walk - Wyoming to Kansas (Blogs 29-40)

In the Saddle Again
Down the Road
Favorite Spots
Great Dictator
Good Neighbor
Kindness of Strangers
Dorothy in KS
JFK Report
Rules of Road
Planes Trains Autos

2015 Walk - Arizona to Idaho (Blogs 41-55)

Snow in Snowflake
66 at 66
The Night Shift
Sweet Alternative
Montana Again
Navajo Nation
Phone Power
Mormon Trail
Raindrops Falling
At the Junction
Photoblog 1
Photoblog 2
Photoblog 3
Presidential Politics
2015 Map

2016-17 Silent Path (Blogs 56-65)

A Silent Path
7 Weeks In
7 Months In
Silent Reading Joseph & JFK
Moments of Silence
Old Dogs
Robert Robot
Rollin’ River
Like a River

2018-20 Inner Journeys (66-73)

Dreyfuss Road
Law and Love
Play it Again, S__
It Ain’t Easy
It Ain’t Easy Being Rich
It Ain’t Easy Getting Old
The Reason for Medicine LOVE is the Reason
LOVE is the Answer

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