Creativity Challenge 32
The Challenge here is to use your creative talent to bring light into the current distress in the world around you, in whatever form that talent takes. Please remember that we are reaching out to a world that is facing upheaval and possibly a great number of changes. Let us reach out to that world and bring it the lessons we have learned by becoming artists and writers. You may use images, photos, music, poetry, prose, short story fiction, personal essay, or whatever suits you best. I will post one word a day, adding a few of my own thoughts about the word. The rest is up to you. You may post as many times as you like, and may use old or new pieces, as you choose. When you have finished creating your post, return here and leave the URL in the comments section below. Then post it to whatever social media you are involved with. If you are not connected to some form of social media, consider joining one now. If not, say so when you post, and I will attempt to post it on mine, which is Facebook.
Word for Today
I am a word person. To explain my understanding of the word prayer, I must tell you a bit of my history. When I was 27, I had a spiritual experience that changed me, the way in which I saw the world, and my place within that world. I love to study. To explore. My experience didn’t change that aspect of my person. So I studied religion, especially those that I was most familiar with. And that study often entailed the language used, and what it originally meant. Thus, I discovered that in ancient times, when you gave your name to another, it meant that you entered into an obligatory relationship with that individual. That meant you could ask for something you needed and expect your request to be honored and visa-versa. In its original meaning, the word prayer did not mean supplication, or pleading, or begging. It meant a conversation between two individuals, between equals. So, when I speak of prayer, I mean: getting quiet by breathing deeply, going within and centering myself, and only then, having a conversation with God, the Universe, Higher Power, or whatever word/s one chooses to define that aspect of ones reality. I am fully aware that others might, and do, define prayer in other ways. That’s fine by me. Today’s task is to pray for our world and for what we believe that world needs, for healing and growth, and in whatever form you choose. If you don’t believe in prayer, then simply express what you most desire to see in the world around you, at this moment in time.