Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Caged Bird...

When she entered the room, everyone noticed. Her aura filled everyone with joy and excitement. Kindness poured from her fingertips & her smile was gracefully given to all without limit. In her hair she wore beads of many colors...carefully chosen by hand and woven in with love. Breezy skirts seemed to dance against her body when she walked with confidence. Wherever she was, laughter was nearby.

Until last week. Last week she spoke of her new "love". Excitement filled her voice for a day or so. Then she began to change...quickly. As her aura darkened, the laughter faded. After only a few days, she stopped her kind gestures. The beads came out and her hair became neat but unoriginal. The skirts that once flowed around her spirit disappeared and were replaced with sensible slacks. Her smile was gone.

Now she sat in the far corner, studying a Bible with deep solemnity. Almost rude remarks were all we heard from her. Concerned friends flocked to her side to check on her but she pushed them away with irritated looks and cold replies.

I offered her my ear, my shoulder, whatever she needed but she denied anything was wrong. Subtly, I hinted at a change in her disposition. Her responses were that she was trying to get closer to God. Closer to God? Does she not see that she was already close to God? She spoke of God often and seemed to really live his love, his compassion, his energy.

Why then is this once-free bird now caged? It seems the closer she thinks she is trying to get to
God, the further away from God's love she gets. Who holds the key to her shackles? And why does organized and especially evangelical religion so often blind us and force us to seek that which we should be avoiding in to begin with? Is someone forcing her into this plastic mold of forced uniform religion? How can I free this bird?

***photograph by Jesse Chan-Norris @


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i find it sad.... but . for some a transation either permate or temporay serves the purpose of their path..... even if we do not like the effects...rejoice in knowing the person you enjoyed and try to learn something new about the one you feel you do not know... just an thought *hug*

Blogger Ang said...

It's true that sometimes when people try to become more religious and become "close to God", they loose the ability to let God get close to them.

Blogger jacob said...

The most important question one has to ask oneself is "What do I really want" The Christians want heaven, and in order to get there they go through hell and what do they find there in heaven, more hell. The same question is answered in Hindu Philosophy as "Moksha" meaning Liberation, freedom. Freedom from what, freedom from dogma, from the mind and ego. Freedom from the limitations of mind and body. Freedom to be available in the present moment fully. Not bonded to a future heaven. God is here and now and everywhere and at all time he is closer to us than ourselves. Is there anything we can do to be away from him? Your friend is doing God a big injustice by confining him to being in a particular geographycal location to which she has to proceed in order to attain him. Please tell her that.

Anonymous GC Rita said...

Dogma and spiritual materialism... anytime your search for the divine, god, or whatever you'd like to call it becomes a crutch- you have fallen into it's clutches. Really all that you can do is be there for her... this is her path, not yours... we all have our shadow's and the dark night of the souly... this is her part of that cycle. But hopefully like many of us, she will move past that and be the better for it. Namaste!

Anonymous Elias said...

It will not work in fact, that is exactly what I think.
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