Above All Else

Celestial Ceiling sLook up. What do you see? Blue sky? Grey clouds? A ceiling that needs a coat of paint? Or one that’s been sumptuously decorated?

What is beyond where you’re looking? More sky? Then what?

Think of more than  your physical surroundings.

Your creative prompt today is a chance for you to let your mind wonder about all the possibilities. How big or small do you consider yourself to be in the great scheme of things? What else is out there?

Spiritual awareness is one of the traits of being human. Whatever we do or don’t believe in, we have the capacity to express an interest in thoughts beyond the physical.

The dictionary (the Oxford, my old faithful) describes ‘spirit’ as:  (a) the vital essence of a person or animal or (b) the intelligent, non-physical part of a person; the soul.

How would you describe your spirituality? Do you have a formal religious faith to follow or are you more of a free thinker? How would you explain your beliefs to someone else?

Another big subject to get your writing teeth into!

Try turning some aspects of your spiritual awareness into an uplifting prayer, a hymn or a song – or (of course) a poem.

I am someone who constantly wrestles with the guilt associated with stepping away from formal religion, beset by the childhood indoctrination which was a Roman Catholic education. Even as a child, I questioned everything. And although I am still looking for answers,  I have eventually landed on some vague spiritual beliefs I’m comfortable with. Mostly.

So you might be surprised by my choice of example here. A favourite prayer from my distant past for you to plunder for ideas (don’t copy, just use it for reference):

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying we are born to eternal life.

This is the 72nd new creative writing prompt in a series which began in March 2020 as a Lockdown project to kick-start new writing: short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir,  creative non-fiction, whatever. Originally, I created 42 daily prompts and exercises, with a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Now they’re every Wednesday at 5pm (Dublin time).  It all began here