Life as sacred pipe

“I raise the pipe of my being to the rising sun in openness and humility.”

Richard Wagamese in Embers

About a month ago, I participated in a book study about Richard Wagamese’s beautiful book Embers. That night the leader asked us to pick a line at random and answer a series of questions. The line at the top of the page was my line.

What words does it bring to mind? 

The sacred pipe in Wagamese’s First Nation context is the pipe shared in a circle as part of community. It brought to mind blessing, cleansing, centering, sharing and accepting each other in community.

What does it remind you of? 

It reminded me of the Hafiz quote from my last post and the poem I wrote for Jessie. “I am the hole in a flute that God’s breath moves through.”  

What does it call you to do?

It calls me to be an instrument for co-creating using what nature provides. Using matter–the science–to create a beautiful story.

If I am a sacred pipe, I am blessing, cleansing, centering, sharing and accepting others in community. Passed from person to person in a circle,  never-ending, with respect and with intention.

That was my line, brought to my attention just weeks before Jessie died. I send you out into the day to find your line. Choose a book you love, pick a line at random.

What words does it bring to mind? What does it remind you of? What does it call you to do?

About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on December 18, 2018, in Inspiration, spirituality, Writing and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. What words does it bring to mind? For me, the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace . . . ” https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/57142-lord-make-me-an-instrument-of-thy-peace-where-there

    The line that stands out here fits the season too: “For it is in giving that we receive,” a call for action to practice daily.

  2. Arlene, continued consolation as your mourn the passing of Jessie. ((( )))

  3. I’m not surprised that you enjoy “Embers” Arlene. It was gifted to me last spring and I have read from it every morning since, after writing my daily poem. The line that resonated today is “Is what I’m choosing to think, do or say, moving me closer to my Creator or farther away?” It brings to mind how important my spiritual journey is and reminds me to be grateful always in all ways.

    • We are soulmates in more ways than one! Here’s my appropriate one for the day: “We approach our lives on different trajectories, each of us spinning in our own separate shining orbits. What gives this life its resonance is when those trajectories cross and we become engaged with each other, for as long or as fleetingly as we do. There’s a shared energy then … No one is truly ever ‘just passing through.’ Every encounter has within it the power of enchantment, if we’re willing to look for it.”
      So happy our trajectories crossed.

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