I am a member of a small group of people of like faith. There is a chapter in Alberta and British Columbia. My faith is open to change and tries to find the best in others and incorporate those qualities and characteristics into my everyday life.
Stay with me, as the pieces will all come together.
I read a book, the first in a trilogy, titled The Son of a Trickster, by Eden Robinson. It won second-place for CBC’s Canada Reads. The author is Indigenous and wrote the story in that style. I didn’t fully understand what that meant but was drawn to the distinctive construction. It is not a book I would have usually been interested in reading. Without giving too much away, it starts with the stereotypical biography of Jared. He is a young Indigenous fellow. Then somehow morphs into a fantasy with talking animals. Some very mean with the intent to kill Jared.
The story took a non-linear timeline with looping. The fantasy portion snuck up on me with a few teasers to get me seduced, then became a prominent part of that latter part of the story.
I’ve worked with many indigenous people throughout my life, with a few who have become lifelong friends and acquaintances. I learned the hard way that when an elder talked at a meeting, it was often difficult for me to track the flow of his story. I learned that I had to have patience, and by the end of hid delivery, I got it. I understood the points he was making.
I struggle with the use of imagery and finding meaning in life’s experiences. I tend to believe that we humans like to give meaning to almost everything that happens.
Some people have a strong connection to the elements of the Earth; water, air, land. I am making connections, too. For example, Life is impossible without water to drink and land to provide food. By honouring the water and land in small ways, daily, I understand how that reinforces our need to care for the water and land. Without proper care, we have a reduced chance of a satisfying future.
The fantasy parts of the book weave such messages into a framework I understand and appreciate their paramount importance.
I am encouraged to incorporate such fundamental truths into my beliefs. How will that change my thinking and my behaviour? A starting point is to reflect daily to remember that without water, there is no life: For example, when I’m drinking water, flushing the toilet, feeling the rain or snow, floating on a river or lake, splashing in a puddle, consuming my favourite coffee. I live in the city and spend most of my time there.
I don’t need to wander in the wilderness to make these obvious connections.
Please give a bit of a think.
What are the essential elements of your beliefs? How do you try to behave, consistent with those beliefs? Is there one discrepancy you can focus on, to better align your beliefs with your behaviour?
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-for those with a curious spirit