Rulers of the earth

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He create them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, ond over every living things that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1 v 26-28

If earth is our Mother
could God be our Father?
He Spirit
She Matter
we are made of both

like trees with wings
or birds with roots
like gods on this planet
we have great power!

This power is choice
to destroy or nurture.

We do the universe a favour
when we slow down and savour
what has been given
the soil that we live from
the alchemy of creation
a marvellous constellation of planets and stars
balanced in perfection
for life right where we are.

In slowness can we discover
the abundance of the moment
more than enough for everything and everyone
but only in slowness and fairness and kindness

when racing and chasing
overtake us
push out time for
waiting, resting, contemplating
we turn into disconnected creatures that grab and grope
we become empty and without hope

when we fail to learn
mercy and justice
befitting of kings,
we turn into thieves
who steal from our mother
and all whom she births

Our bodies of soil
our breath of the spirit
connecting one to the other
might unleash the superpower
of who we really are

Could we discover the ultimate union again?
Father and Mother
one and the other
both together
maybe then we will know where we’re from.

Could we discover a Father again?
Forget all we’ve been told and the things that we’ve heard
about who He might be
and return to awe and wonder
at the Creator of our beautiful Mother
the earth that He made
full of wisdom and thunder.


I grew up with the Bible, the holy book of the Christian faith. I believe, but I do not practice in the traditions of Christianity as they have been handed down to me anymore.  I am grateful for the message and the salvation it brought me through faith, but have since cast off the straightjacket of the religious practices of that particular tradition. Well, to me it was a straightjacket and now I am free, now the meaning of the words of the Bible is so much richer and truer and real in my life. 

Surprisingly, it is a practice of Yoga, a practice that integrates spirit, soul and body, that has opened up a path of freedom and well-being for me. Interestingly, Yoga means Union and it is in this practice that I find such wonderful integration. My life and I are not in pieces anymore, rather a weaving and joining is taking place that is utterly wholesome to experience. 

Then there is the run. The run that is out there and filled with freedom and gratitude, ending with blissful contentment. One of my favourite stories about Jesus is the one where he confounds the accusers of the woman who was caught in the ‘act of adultery’. Once they all turn away he tells her ‘go and sin no more.’ I have often wondered about this and what it really means to go and sin no more and I think it is very specific for each and everyone of us. Sin is not a modern day concept, but we all want to do the right thing. We campaign against bullying, we campaign for equal rights, woman’s rights, there are many charities in society that work to help those who need it. In our hearts we want to be kind and good and happy too. Really, I believe, we all want to take care of ourselves, each other and the planet we live on. But how? I’ve decided to just keep it simple for myself, I do the things that light the light in me. Then I can better see the light in others and this releases positive energy. I hear His voice in so many ways, whispering to me the things I can do that will keep me from ‘sin’ and I’m so grateful one of them is to run. The best thing is that it is no chore, it is a happy place where I celebrate the joy of being alive and find space to meditate on the beauty and the pain that is all around.

Life is mostly bittersweet and with all this mixed together I can eat it and enjoy it and be content with my lot in life. 


One Comment Add yours

  1. Carina Malan says:

    Liefste Thia Dankie dat ek dit kan lees. Dit verwarm my hart. Ek dank die Heer vir die vreugde wat jy vind in hardloop en in jou intense belewing van die skepping. Die magic gaan sowaar nie by jou verby nie. Gus het hier opgedaag gisteraand. Hy slaap al die hele dag. Hy is ‘n gewonde, verwarde, woedende en verdwaalde mens. Bid vir hom Baie liefde Mamma

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