When I sit in front of my computer most mornings, what I should write often comes to me. I see this as a spiritual exercise. And usually the words that come to me are related to spiritual matters as well. One of the reasons I began to write on this blog over 4 years ago was because I hoped I might learn how to express matters of the Spirit better, even knowing the Spirit is ineffable, that is, cannot be expressed by words. One reason I was led to try to do this was because of the decline in the number of people who participate in organized religion. I believe we all yearn to know of the Spirit. Thus people who don’t “go to church” need some other way to meet their spiritual needs. I’m not saying I do a particularly good job of trying to help with those needs, but I try to discern what the Spirit says to me, hoping these messages might sometimes help others.
Probably the best anyone can do is encourage others to carefully, deeply listen to what the Spirit within themselves is saying to them.
Stories become one of the best ways we can share our spiritual experiences with each other. The great religious books are full of stories. Stories are how we try to describe the actions, the things we do have words for, that come from following the Spirit, that we don’t have words for. I like the following quotation about stories.
ALL THAT WE ARE IS STORY. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind. We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship — we change the world one story at a time.Richard Wagamese (October 14, 1955-March 10, 2017)
Ojibwe from Wabeseemoong Independent Nations, Canada
Usually what the Spirit is suggesting I write is pretty straightforward. Probably the reason for writing what I did above is because I’m feeling led to write something, but the message isn’t clear. I’m really uncomfortable now, but I know times when we take risks are times when we grow.
I know this relates to the recent photograph of a black hole. How the ideas of a black hole are a challenge to imagine or begin to comprehend. The ideas of spacetime and four dimensions, of vast weight, of swallowing light are so foreign to most of us. And a different understanding of time. This parallels trying to understand the Spirit.
All of this is reminding me of two of Nahko’s songs. One is titled “We’re on Time”. I’ve thought about that phrase a lot. It seems to be saying that although we might feel we are early or late, we are actually, always on time. Here and now.
The other song is Mitakuye Oyasin (All my relations). The lyrics of songs are also stories. This one talks of the Spirit, and of time. “To bring celebration through meditiation”. “Something holy moves here on land”.
Plans are also about time. “It is the way we make our plans, we don’t make them”. When we are truly Spirit led, we don’t make plans. We wait to know what the Spirit is asking us to do. “Where I live and where I give my whole being to the Great Spirit”.
Aho Mitakuye Oyasin
This is the place for all my relations
To bring celebration through meditation
Giving thanks for all of creation
We are so provided for
Something holy moves here on the landMitakuye Oyasin (All my relations) Nahko Bear
It is my brothers’ and my sisters’ hands
It is the way we make our plans
We don’t make them
Well this is it, what is this?
This is Eden, Eden is
Where I live and where I give
My whole being to the Great Spirit
We’re not waiting we’re on our way