Sunday, 11 May 2008


I never really got into the TV programme 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', in spite of being by the creator of Seinfeld - which I loved at the time, but tired of after the endless, endless repeats.
CYE just didn't hit the spot for me.

I realised today that I had never actually known the original meaning of enthusiasm; inspired by or full of god.
At the same time, the vicar told us that in two of the biblical languages, the Holy Spirit is feminine - our vicar in any case refers to the Holy Spirit as she.

Today was not just Sleepy's birthday, but it was also Pentecost, the time when the Holy Spirit inspired and enthused the disciples, possessed them if you like. The divine coming down to the earthly.

The Yang balancing with the Yin.

"The principle of Yin and Yang is the foundation of the entire universe. It underlies everything in creation..... Heaven was created by the concentration of Yang, the force of light, earth was created by the concentration of Yin, the forces of darkness. Yang stands for peace and serenity; Yin stands for confusion and turmoil. Yang stands for destruction; Yin stands for conservation. Yang brings about disintegration; Yin gives shape to things.....Water is an embodiment of Yin as fire is an embodiment of Yang"

And this interests me further because I am reading a book recommended by Sleepy, 'Disobedience' by Naomi Alderman.
One voice tells us that Torah brings life to the world, Torah is compared to water. Torah comes only and forever from the Almighty.
As water is purifying so Torah cleanses those it touches.

She inspires, she gives life, she cleanses, she is spirit and she is light, but she is also earth and deep, womb-like darkness.
She is spirit and she is form.
She is and she is not.

1 comment:

Sleepy said...

The gaff looks the business!