A few years ago, I took an online course on the Hindu Wisdom Goddesses. One of these Goddesses, Bhuvaneshwari by name, creates worlds. And worlds within worlds. An infinity of worlds. Perhaps she stitches or weaves them. As in this painting. And then, maybe she flings them off into the vast universe(s). What are they going to become?
I like the image of this…that some great Goddess is out there constantly creating worlds. It’s as if she’s stretching her wild imagination to engage yet another possibility. Isn’t that what we’re being called to do now. In this time of Covid Virus, social unrest, political upheaval, planetary degradation–how can we recreate the world? How can we recreate ourselves in this current world? We have an opportunity. When there is chaos, there is expanded possibility.
I was listening to a speaker yesterday…his name is Bayo Akomolafe. Bayo is a wise thinker and activist for our times. I liked this line, this idea, his suggestion:
“Let’s stay with the trouble of our becoming. Let’s see what that does to us.”
I appreciate this thought because I notice how I, we, anyone wants things to return to “normal.” To settle down and actually go backwards into what was, but no longer is.
To find an escape of some sort so we don’t have to deal with what is happening right now. However, if we can stay with the trouble of our becoming, perhaps there is hope for something beyond that, some growth spurt of oneself and then the exponential factor can come into play–the growth spurt of many. I hope so.
Following is a five-minute video clip of Bayo Akomolafe speaking on the “cultural myth that sets up man as central to the universe…” I appreciate his way of perceiving and thinking outside of the boxes that we’ve accepted as the way it is. I like to stretch my mind to think more broadly and to be more inclusive.
I hope that you take time to listen to this and let me hear what you think.