Friday, September 23, 2011

All Creatures Great and Small: Conceptions of Infinite Love

Today is Feminism Friday and  I am thinking, like I always am, about how to live my life authentically. I seek this quality in all areas...my relationships, my work, my spirituality.

I had a conversation yesterday with a friend in which I was trying to explain how "God-fearing" spirituality could fall outside of both Christianity and monotheism. I didn't have much luck.

I don't proselytize or seek converts--just respect. Maybe a little, just a little, understanding that the divine exists outside of our man-made labels and can't be absolutely confined or defined by them.

Feeling a little down, as I can get, when I am misunderstood by someone I care for--I sat outside reading some work by Zitkala Sa.

Zitkala was an early political activist for the rights of the indigenous. She was a thinker, a beautiful,brave, woman and a courageous, courageous writer. She gives me courage every day to affirm my identity, my ancestors, and my spirituality.

She said it better than I ever could, so I will leave you with her words:

Still I would not forget that the pale-faced missionary and the hoodooed aborigine are both God's creatures, though small indeed their own conceptions of Infinite Love. A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan.

Zitkala-Sa.

2 comments:

  1. Hey Gypsy....I just wanted to take a moment and say a few things to you.....I was on line looking at photos of Zitkala-sa,and somehow your blog showed up..I started reading it and was digging it..but the reason I wanted to write to you.....(I had to join the "Life in High Times" just to email you I found out) was to tell you about a Poet I leared about last December when I was in New Orleans..and also a book I discovered last week..The poet who I suppose you may allready know?..Is Brenda Marie Osbey..I started reading her stuff and for what ever reason it caused a strong reaction in me..and then I find out she's a native of New Orleans..she could have been from Mars for all I knew..and I think she may be part Native American, because her first book is called "Ceremony for Minneconjoux"..I was thinking you may be part Native American yourself?..reguardless I just felt like you may share the same kind of energy as her,relate and or be inspired by her..Like I said ,I don't know if you know of her or not,but if you don't it just seems a natural that you should..and the other book that found its way into my hands last week was "The Sexual Mountain and Black Women Writers" by Calvinn C. Hernton..don't know if your Black exactly,but I think it would be a good book for any one that cares about.....life I quess..and expecially Ethnic female writers..and one more I guess..Toi Derricotte's "Natural Birth"..I don't know if you can Google a poem,But it and Hernton's essay on it are really something......anyway's I have been intreigued by this "random"? crossing..and happy that I could pass on these things,and wish you all the best..and how about lunch next time I'm in New Orleans..:) Connan

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  2. very late seeing this comment...but thank you soo much for reading...I love the writers you mentioned...please send me emails of what you are reading..you seem you like you read good stuff!

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