My presentation was okay and it did get some feedback on the direction the Spiritual Awareness Community of the Cascades might go, but it was still just a presentation with some discussion. I did preface it with a couple of relevant short stories and I did a heartfelt reading of What a Wonderful World but this kind of event needs some meditation time and a song or two that energizes each individual’s life. Finding an appropriate song for what will create a profound feeling for our wonderful world didn’t turn out to be as easy as I had hoped, but there is this eight hundred-year-old poem that is presently in a song format that at least proclaims a goal.
I Am That Great and Fiery Force by Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179
I am that great and fiery force
sparkling in everything that lives; in
shining of the river’s course, in
greening grass that glory gives.
I shine in glitter on the seas,
in burning sun, in moon and stars. In
unseen wind, in verdant trees I
breathe within, both near and far.
And where I breathe there is no death,
and meadows glow with beauties rife. I
am in all, the spirit’s breath, the
thundered word, for I am Life.
The story makes sense when we get to the final line where the subject becomes obvious. Life itself is the great and fiery force, and that is what I am trying to generate enthusiasm for in this spiritual group. Perhaps the majority of Americans are not firmly associated with any religion, but the survey polls say that most of us claim to feel that we are spiritual. That sounds like a desperate cry or borderline despair. People want their lives to have a deep meaningful purpose and yet the commercialism of our culture only caters to obviously transient things. There is a whole society trying to promote some latest glittering product that can be sold at a great profit but these things soon lose their value because they are displaced by the next heavily promoted glittery thing. The fabulous glitter of today is tomorrow’s rotting junk.
What we need are personal tasks that energize our lives with purpose.