I haven’t posted on my blog for over a week. As with many I have been struggling to articulate my feelings in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Any blog on rootedness without mentioning the roots of racism which flourish underground and behind closed doors in the United States and elsewhere is at best naive, and at worst, colluding with evil.
As a white woman of a certain age, I have experienced privilege. I am aware of racism but have been largely unaware of the depth of this evil as it was not part of the day to day life in the world that I lived in on a daily basis. That lack of awareness changed for me when I was working as a psychology intern in a public school in Oakland, California. I was engaged in listening to African American children talking about their lives, their dreams, their poverty, their family members killed violently, and drugs. These children became “my children” and I became intensely aware of the school and the neighborhood around them. There was so much from billboards to attitudes that offered little hope or expectation for my children to do anything in the way of pursuing their dreams.
As communities and as individuals we can do better than that. We must do better than that. Our rootedness as individuals, as families, as communities, and as nations in this world requires of us to know evil as well as good, and to act together in confronting the evils of racism and violence wherever and whenever we see them.
I am going to invite you to engage with me in a creative practice. The first step is to light a candle and meditate on your rootedness in the Holy One. Whether you name the Holy One as God, the Source, the Ground or many other names, sit in silence and allow that silence to fill you and go down into the earth beneath you. Pay attention to the root of the Holy that is within you and how it grounds you in this place and time. Give yourself 20 minutes or more to sit with this Practice. If you found it helpful, you may return to this practice again.
The second practice is to draw or paint roots or as we imagine roots to be. (The accuracy or beauty of your drawing or painting is unimportant. ) Name the roots by making labels for each root such as God, family, self, community etc. Let the painting rest and come back to it at a later time. Perhaps at that time other roots will be drawn and/or connecting roots may be added.
The third practice is to take this picture and use it as part of your meditation. Use your journal to record any thoughts or further images. What action steps can you take to create encourage and create change in your life or create change with others?
If you wish to share comments or your thoughts on this process, please respond. Please continue to pray for Earthenware Ministry that this small Ministry may deepen and grow rooted in Christ. Please know that you are in my prayers as well.
Please also remember, Evil has roots, so does Love. Know what and in whom you are rooted.