Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
G is for… githerments. A random assortment of unmatching things.
I suppose many people have a junk drawer, and that might be a perfect example of githerments. But if you’re more like me, an eclectic gatherer of odd things that delight, you might just as easily be able to pull together a gathering of githerments within arm’s reach.
But today I’m thinking of githerments in a wider sense. What if embraced the idea that our entire collective of humanity fell under the heading of githerments?
I’ve been ponderirng something Margaret Mead said:
“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentials, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”
This, to me, is such a powerful understanding, and such a shining example of a pragrmatic interpretaton of what unity consciousness is about. It is my belief that true enlightenment is when we step out of separation consciousness into unity consciousness. And that is not hoping to homogenize ourselves into cookie-cutter sameness. Hardly. It’s celebrating diversity; it’s allowing authentic self-expression; it’s realizing that wholeness is reflected by folding in all the pieces; it’s understanding that the core spark within all of us, within everything, is the same and that we are simply transmitting it differently – having chosen particular facets to shine through in our embodied experience.
Don’t you want to live in a world where as Mead advocates, there is room for every human gift to find a fitting place?
But returning to the more traditional definition of githerments…I recently participated in a online group where we each put together a “junk journal.” I’m a great gatherer of ephemera and had a wonderful time simply binding together bits of paper and image, cards, whatever – a gathering of githerments. Here’s a peek at one of the spreads.
It just so happens that today, April 8, is “Draw a Bird Day.” You can read more about it here. But now you know why one the githerments here today is a bird. The peace dove print is from a linoleum block I carved, so it definitely qualifies as a bird I’ve drawn.
What “G” word is inspiring you today? If you leave it in the comments, we’ll no doubt have a perfect example of githerments.