Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in (Anthem by Leonard Cohen)
I was downloading this music with these lyrics into my NOOK tablet this morning when I realized how prophetic the words are.
We clay jars—humans made from dirt and Spirit blown into our beings are best when we let the cracks happen and the Light come in. Yes, I know we come from an egg and a sperm, fertilized ovum, that stays deep in the darkness of the womb until forty weeks later a human baby is born to a human mother and father who wait patiently for the baby to come out into the light and be born. Where did Adam and Eve come from and why did they have to leave the Garden of Eden (I know this is a particular group’s creation story)? Yes, I know scientists say we came from an evolutionary process over millions of years, but it all had to start somewhere at some time by something or someone. Adam and Eve is a creation story. Many religions have creation stories. A creation story in religious texts is like a scientific formula is to scientists such as E=MC squared. But the Source of creation must be One? The One? What we call God? Einstein our great genius was a believer in God–why? Is God all powerful, all knowing, everywhere? What is Light? What is Water? What is Earth? What is Air? What is Fire? What is Sound? What is Vision? What is in Everything all at once? How does the Light get in? What is Love? What Is Forgiveness? What is Truth? What is Beauty? What is Perfection? Or is all that Is-Imperfection?
Was imperfection woven into all creation to begin with?
Cracks let the light in……..ponder it…….imperfections let the evil out—a spiritual concept of the Navajo….ponder it………
“A blanket must have an outlet… a mere thread of a different color or a slight, apparently accidental, break in the border pattern, which looks like an imperfection. But if it were omitted, the woman might get the blanket sickness and lose her mind.” –From www.navajopeople.org.
The purpose of the purposeful imperfection is to allow evil spirits a place to exit the design. Its creativity is compromised without a hole or other imperfection to usher out the ‘bad’ built into the piece. Also, the maker–the artist herself–can become ill from the harbored evil. Shih nih bi-teen is the Navajo word meaning “mind my road” in a literal translation. The creative idea includes a part of the mind the maker has put into the piece. It apparently requires an outlet from the art, the “road,” if you will. Block that road or trap your psyche inside the art and you’re headed for creative insanity, perhaps.”
Cracks in our physical and spiritual lives reveal imperfections and some say let the light in; others say let the evil spirits out, so we don’t lose our minds. What interesting spiritual concepts to ponder!
So you don’t think I’ve lost my mind in all my questioning, pondering, wondering…….I will end this prose with some fun from Albert Einstein:
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I hope reader of this writing that you are not a “sheep,” but are stretching your vision, your imagination, enriching your life’s journey all your life, accepting imperfections with all that they can offer!