Acupuncture has become my way to link the physical and spiritual. I love that it takes medicine and the body and uses nature as analogies to explain issues and treatment. I love how it addresses feelings as symptoms and treats them physically. I can even come to acupuncture for inspiration. I had a different acupuncture treatment recently for “breaking old patterns.” It used a sugar plum hammer, it is a smaller hammer with small spikes on it. The treatment involved lightly hammering by my shins till the area was red and awakened. As I received the tingling I thought of the story of the clay buddha statue. I’ve heard a couple variations but the basis of the stories is that the giant statue sat in a temple for hundreds of years. Some versions say an earthquake cracked the clay, or a leak in the roof caused the clay to get wet, I heard that workers were trying to move the statue when a rope broke and it fell, thus cracking it. Either way, a crack was made in the clay revealing that the statue was actually solid gold. I felt like I was this giant statue with this little hammer breaking through a clay shell to be a brighter version of myself.
Within a few minutes of my treatment I was thrown back in time to all the church lessons I’ve had. I still believe in having a one-on-one relationship with God. Usually I keep it to myself but these new ideas got me excited I just wanted to share. Please, change my wording into whatever makes you feel comfortable or skip my thought process all together.
I thought about the Biblical analogy of the creator being like a potter and we are the clay that he has formed, like Adam being made out of dust. I’ve always interpreted the analogy that we are only useful as vessels to hold water which is often used to represent the Holy Spirit. What if there was another way of seeing this story? What if our clay vessels merely cover up this amazing gold being that is our true self? What if we aren’t just a hollow vessel? All we need is to break away these earthen shards.
Imagine what this means? I hope you take time to meditate on this. We are bombarded with so many analogies of who we are as humans, why we are here, what our potential is. So often it is so servile and menial, which I’m not arguing with. We aren’t that special and unique but life isn’t purely service, humility, and putting our needs last. We are solid, substantial, an element, a fine crafted piece of art, not merely a ceramic pot. We’ve been made in God’s image and His image is pretty fantastic. I think we were made to shine, to glow, and to reflect the glory of the Universe. It brought up the idea of the light under the bushel. Have you seen how gold catches light and reflects it? Remember the other verses about how valuable our life is to God?
Does this make sense to you? Maybe what you have been told who you are all your life is misinformation, a cover-up. I’m so excited to explore this different idea. Have you found inspiration or new perspective? I would love to hear about it. I have more thinking to do on this idea. Thank you for your time.