Rara and The Moon

I believe in the power of fairy tales, and it’s never mattered to me if someone else understands why.

It doesn’t matter if the forest was really as dark as they said, or how old Goldilocks was, or whether or not it was a wolf or a fox.  It only matters that the story was heard and a lesson was learned.  Stories make sense out of science and carve tangible morals out of mathematics.

My favorite story is the one about the universe, and how she came to be.  I am a character in this story, and I am living my role.  My thoughts, words, and actions have impact.  When I die in this story, the particles that are me will scatter about the world and make more life, brighter stars, darker days, and new chapters.

I believe in faith.  It’s powerful, a subset of love– and it gives me strength when I most need it.  Strength is a complex thing.

People always talk about mothers who lift cars off of their babies.  Science is what helps them accomplish the task.  Love, and faith, is what makes them try in the first place.

I don’t confuse the concepts of faith and knowledge, though I do use them as words of equal value because they are of equal import in my life.  My faith doesn’t spit at science, or laugh at math, or mock the wisdom of wise man no matter what label they took for themselves.  My faith is thousands of years old, and preaches love and truth above all else.

I am a Hindu in a land of Christians, from a family of mixed faiths, married to an atheist.  I know we are different. I know we love each other.  I have faith in that love.

I know the moon is about 3,470 kilometers in diameter, and I have faith that she fuels me with coiled feminine power.

I like to tell people about the moon, and how I loved her before I chose my religion– back when I thought she could fit in the palm of my hand.  Knowing the truth of her dimension makes her more real to me, but understanding that I am connected to her power makes me 3,470 kilometers stronger.

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Created at the request of Le Clown by the inimitable TJ Lubrano.

I don’t feel the need to prove my faith, nor am I selling it.

I don’t mind when someone tries to argue me out of my faith, but what argument stands against love?  You can tell me that my husband is 10% darker than the metrics of what is considered attractive or remind me of some terrible choices he has made.  You could ask me complex hypothetical questions about rocks, and whether or not he can lift them, but it wouldn’t change my love for him, or my faith in him.

You wouldn’t expect it to, because love is a powerful force.

There are people out there who use the shields of love for their own personal gain and vendettas.  Even someone like me, who believes in fairy tales of words and beliefs, knows this to be true.

These characters are written into the stories that build the framework of my faith– how could they be forgotten?

An unkind queen sends her step-son to the depths of the forest under the guise of an unsurvivable hero’s journey.  His wife and her brother join him– bound by love.  They fight monsters, complete their journey, and are guided home by the strength the moon has lent to her community of tiny families.  There are no little characters in fairy tales, though.  Unified, they are transformed into a giant pathway lit with small candles.

The dark sky hides from the welcoming brightness because there are no small lights in fairy tales, either.

There isn’t a good guy in those stories, or a bad guy.  In Hinduism, good and bad are two constantly spinning dancers wrapped so tightly together that you hardly know where one starts and the other stops.

Duel, by Grayson Queen
Duel, by Grayson Queen

There is bad in me and there is good in me, and science could probably measure them– but they are footnotes of my faith.  The only thing that matters is whether or not there is love in me.

Sometimes I lose sight of love– it buries away behind hurt and fear, but fellow believers help bring it forth.  The organization is rooted in centuries old love and it connects us the way leaves of a tree are connected to each other.  Fellow believers talk to me.  They write.  They assemble their thoughts, and they re-light my spark.

I use that spark to light a candle, and I place that candle on a pathway, outside in full view of my beloved moon.

It’s a thank you to the universe for putting me in the presence of constantly refueled faith, and a thank you to the people who filled the world with particles of love.  It is a beacon to everyone who needs to find their way home.  It is a reminder to me that I am a piece of the universe, and that somewhere on the other side of the globe is a frightened girl lighting a candle to thank me for the things I did today that changed her world.

I am not a little character and it is not a little light.

It doesn’t matter to me if someone else doesn’t understand the reason I light that candle.  It only matters that the person who needs the reminder sees it, even if that person is me.

It doesn’t matter to me why I could lift a car off a loved one, it only matters that I would.

My faith is like the moon.

It simply doesn’t matter to me if you can quantify her power or understand why she shines.

It only matters that she does.

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Do you feel attuned to any element of nature? I remember my little sister being enamored of blades of grass, similar to my fascination with the moon.

Do you remember the way you perceived the moon before you learned all about her?  I remember thinking she was small, and a light source of her own, and that she followed me wherever I went.  Now, we know more.  In fact, just recently we found signs that we may have stolen her from Venus.

Still, facts and all, I love her the same.

73 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing Rara! I like the moon too! My sister and I used to and still see the lady in the moon with her baby. It’s there when you look at her when she’s full! 🙂
    Love trees too…this started recently….but I just accept it and go on!
    Faith, God, Believes…to each their own, and when we find souls who resonate with us, then we are more than one, but only to be fellow travelers, because you know, in the every end, the basic truth is that this journey we call a life time, is ours…no one else’s. It can sound lonely and sad…to be alone…but then we remember that we are ALL fellow travelers. We are all here in one form or another to lend a helping hand, to learn to love, understand and be compasionate, because the thing is though it is a lonely path, we aren’t alone…not really. In fact, we all play a part in each other’s lives…

    Ok…no idea if I’ve gone completely off tangent from the message you hoped to deliver..but there ya go! hehe.

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    1. Thank you, Shree– this was a beautiful comment! And yes, that is a good deal of the point of the post. Everyone’s journey is unique, but that doesn’t mean we’re alone… but it does mean that religious arguments are somewhat meaningless.

      I love all the things people see in the moon– it’s magical! 🙂

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  2. A beautiful piece of writing, Rara, very moving. I, too, am connected to the Moon – and work with her phases.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Ali, for reading! It’s nice to know that many of us of are so connected through the moon. We’re a great, big, moon-mad family. 😀

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  3. That was a really good read. Faith is a very personal thing and everyone devises his/her own faith. Sometimes the matter of our interest is a material thing like our physical possessions and sometimes they are immaterial like love, empathy, and even pain.
    Beautifully written.
    Just a personal note: I guess fairy tales are never meant to end on a happy note. The wife who accompanied the step-son in his banishment was abducted by a demon… but later on, freed again by the mighty hero who eventually leaves her, because of the norms of society.

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    1. 🙂 That’s the kicker with Hinduism. Good and bad, happiness and sadness– all wrapped up together. Not every story ends happily, but our modern day fairy tales are much the same– life isn’t bad, good, sad, or happy. It’s just life. 🙂

      Thank you for your thoughts, I completely agree with you about the personal, customization of faith. That, in itself, is a wondrous thing! 🙂

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  4. This is beautiful rara 🙂 I believe a lot of what you said here too. I like to say that I am who I am- carved by the elements around and of my being. I do dig the moon.

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    1. Thank you, Meka! 😀 I love the idea of the elements around us carving our being… It’s a lovely thing to imagine these magnificent things are so much a part of our story! 🙂

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      1. It is… Easy to try and distance ourselves from them, but it is us or at least has shaped or affected who we are. With that knowledge and acceptance comes a glorious beauty indeed and gratitude for such a magnificent story 🙂

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  5. Awesome Rara post once again! They are always full of awesomeness . I love trees and am drawn to them but I also absolutely love mountains!! Can’t choose between them, well can I? No. The moon, I love the moon and she captivates me when full.

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    1. Haha, thank you Dawn! Trees and mountains are beautiful! I have many readers who are called to them as a totem or life motif– they are wondrous, too! 😀

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  6. The post you wrote at Le Clown’s place (I like to think of blogs as little houses, lol), was probably the first I’ve read from you that spoke about religion. In consequence, the comment I left was the first time I’d spoken about my religion either, because once again, the parallel was undeniably ‘there’. It was a beautifully resonating write, just as this one is. I don’t write much about my religion either, not to justify, to explain, to defend or to preach. It stays between me and God, which is what religion is supposed to be, in the end. But, from one moon mad lady to another, you sure can write!!

    Rawr rawr Rarasaur!!!!!

    Hugs and muffins,

    Your Friendly Neighborhood Cookie Monstah

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    1. I do, too! As I was writing “Le Clown’s bloggy home”, I realized how my silliness didn’t really match his persona, haha. Still, blogs really are like homes! We all decorate differently, and welcome people into different areas, etc. The style of our home sets the tone for our guests. When Dave was watching me reply to comments on my post for Le Clown, with my smilies and hugs he said, “It looks like someone let a carebear into the Munster’s mansion.” Haha! 🙂

      Anyways, yes, my moon-mad twin– *hugs* Thank you!!

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  7. I love the stories of the Universe as told through Hinduism. Funny how science has validated them in recent centuries even though the stories are thousands of years old. I loved both of your posts, Rara and I so appreciate your willingness to share them.

    For me, the mountains call to me and I’m so blessed to be able to live in
    them. And the moon? She feels like a miracle to me every time I see her.
    Cathy

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  8. Gold! My favorite blogs about God/faith are the ones by writers who don’t write exclusively about God/faith, but when it is an important part of you it is going to bubble to the surface. Thanks for giving us something to think about.

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    1. The harvest moon is a truly wondrous thing! 🙂 She is beautiful and never ceases to catch my eye. Thank you for reading and for your kind words!

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  9. I believe in fairy tales also…and fairies. I have some unconventional beliefs about faith and religion. I don’t worry so much about what other people think, because what other people think of me is none of my business. I believe in ancient aliens theories and the Hindu faith because they are the only ones that make scientific AND philosophical sense to me. Starting in foster care as a child exposed to many missionaries, and later as an adult with many questions, I have studied many religions. Because I am not a practicing religious person, does not mean that I have no faith. I have more faith in my little finger than most have in their whole bodies. And I dare to be different. The stories passed down through the various Hindu cultures tell how the universe and mankind were created and warred and lived in harmony over millennia…not just centuries or years. Being the oldest faith in the world, there has to be more truth to it than most. I am not Judeo- Christian, nor am I atheist, or simply agnostic. I am just myself with my own ideas. The doctrine that works best for me has not been complied as of yet, and may not be in my lifetime. Okay…I have taken up enough space on your blog to express myself….my apologies for that…but you started this…Nanny, nanny, ha, ha! LOL

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    1. 😀 I love comments that pack a punch, so no worries there– it’s fun to spur thoughts and sharing. 😀 I love your insights, but my favorite is this line, “because what other people think of me is none of my business” – haha! My entire post was basically a complex way of saying, “I’d explain it to you, but it’s none of your business” — so I really enjoy the profundity of turning that common statement around. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!

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      1. Haha! I just realized I didn’t answer your questions…I got off on a tangent…My element is water. It is to me the most essential. The sea changes, but the sea does not change. Water is emotion, dynamic,evolving constantly whether atmospherically or confined to a body. When I was a child, I thought the moon had people on it until I saw how desolate it appeared through a microscope. It has such an obscure yet potent effect on us and on water. There is no heavenly body so close to us and it is a nurturing feeling to be embraced by her.

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  10. This is a truly beautiful post and an exceptional take on faith and love. I enjoyed it immensely. I love your blog…you are quite talented!

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  11. I loved your post at Le Clown’s, but I almost think I love this one even more 🙂

    I’ve always loved the moon, as a kid I thought it followed me too 🙂 So attuned to the moon I would be; also Trees. Any trees will do but I love Willows, Sycamore and White Birch the most.

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    1. Awww, thank you, CK! 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed it… I hesitated over posting this one, because it’s quite similar really– but I asked TJ to draw the moon in ‘specially for me, so I wanted to show why. 🙂

      When I lived in Washington State, outside in my front yard, we had three threes. A willow, a sycamore, and a white birch! 🙂 I had never seen any of them before we moved there. They are stunning! 😀

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  12. An inspiring read. Thank you. Today I took a walk in the splendor of the autumn woods with my loved ones. For me, the source of faith and spirituality is most often found in nature. I am privileged to be a small part of this amazing universe. It brings out the best in me and constantly reminds me to be a loving, caring person. We are only here for a short time.

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  13. I’ll just leave you with two thoughts. The “bad” in the world is often associated with fire – homes destroyed, burning anger, smoldering hatreds, blackened skies. Yet fire is what keeps us alive, warm, fed, transported, and entertained. The good in you makes you a star. The bad in you, handled properly, is what makes you SHINE.
    Secondly, everyone has faith. No scientist at the LHC in CERN has seen a boson, meson, or quark – yet all have faith they exist. So much of our scientific certainty IS faith. My favourite thought in this line is a challenge to a scientist in the movie “Contact” – “Did you love your father? Prove it.”
    Oh, and to answer your questions, I was always intrigued by the moon, and keep up-to-date on information about her. And my element of nature is trees. I grow them, I trim them, I cut them down, burn them or make furniture out of them. I sit here in a room without insulation in the walls, but every wall has wood paneling – and there’s no other room in this house I feel warmer in. Proof? Of the 4 places I’ve lived, I planted trees or bushes, or encouraged wild trees to grow. In my folks’ far back yard grows a huge maple, over 60′ tall last time I saw it. I rescued it from between bushes about 35 years ago, a spindly little thing a foot high with 6 leaves total. Every time I’ve visited my folks, I go see him. (And I won’t say this out loud, ’cause people already think I’m nuts, but I know he misses me, as I do him. 😉 )

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    1. Beautiful, John! I loved your tree story. That’s a post in and of itself. 🙂 Do you have pictures? 🙂 I’ve planted several trees, but never stayed around to bond with them.

      I love the star concept and I will be quoting you on it sometime very soon! 😀 xo!

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  14. Sorry I’m late… long weekend so far. Known fact: the Moon exerts an unexplained influence over everone. It is amazing… we evolved under our Moon.

    I love your writing. It is lyrical.

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    1. I’m sorry for the long weekend. I would turn the government back on for you, if I could.

      I love the beauty of the idea of evolving under our moon. *sighs happily* What a lovely thought.

      Thank you, Rants. 🙂

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  15. As a Jewish skeptic married to a Christian, raised by an atheist mother, I salute you! I keep Ganeesh and Lakshmi together in my bedroom. They like each other and I’m pretty sure they like me too 🙂

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    1. I salute you as well, Marilyn! 🙂 I actually just today completed a sunrise to sundown fast for you, which I wouldn’t have mentioned at all except— that’s right, the prayers were to Lakshmi and Ganesha. To help overcome obstacles, and to let money come your way. 🙂 It’s kinda perfect that they’re there with you. I hope it helps. (Oh, and I hope me praying for you doesn’t offend. It’s why I don’t tell people, since I know it’s strange.)

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, though I’m not sure about all this crying I’ve been inspiring lately, haha. 😀 I guess so long as they’re happy tears, I’ll be okay with it. 🙂 *hugs* I’m glad you enjoyed the writing, and I’m glad we share a love of the moon.

      And yep, their art is pretty fabulous. I’m working on an art gallery page to go up soon– yay!

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  16. Lovely lady, you are a poet, a stringer of fine strands of thought. Thank you for your thoughtful insights into spirituality, though yours personally, it did speak to me as well.

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    1. Thank you, I’m so glad it spoke to you as well– I always feel like there is a thread connecting all of us, so though all our journeys with faith are different– it doesn’t surprise me to see elements of each other in each of our stories. 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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  17. Ciao my Rawr lovely!

    Your post is just gorgeous!! I’m not sure if I have a specific element in nature that I love. I love trees, I love how the sun shines her light through the leaves. I adore the way nature changes color with her seasons. I love the sound of the wind going through leaves or how water carries the calming sounds of taking worries away with each ripple or wave. Nature in itself is one big wonder and filled with magical elements that we can’t see yet 😀 Fantasy and the real world are just as intertwined as the good and bad. They both carry a different sense of hope and faith for me.

    As for the moon. Ever since I was little and it was dark, the first thing I looked out for, was the moon. Not sure why really. There’s something re-assuring to have her up there while the world goes to sleep and you’re still awake or outside when it’s dark. It’s like her light is a big smile, you know? Sending out positive energy to everyone on earth.

    You’re so right. Live your life in a good way, actions will show what kind of person you are, you don’t need to preach to everyone why you’re living your life the way you are or what kind of religion you turn to. Accept and respect the many differences in the world. You can only learn and expand your horizon when you do. I want to be cast into sparkly particles as well. 🙂 I love that thought. I can only hope that I make a difference with all I do in life.

    I could ramble more, but it will be a blog post in a comment!
    I adore the way your write. Kid you not!

    xoxo!

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    1. Nature is absolutely a wonder! Every element of it is amazing if you really give it thought. 🙂 Art is a wonderful mechanism for “lighting a candle” to make a difference in someplace unexpected– and you are an artist, so of course you make a difference. 🙂 Thank you, TJ, for reading and for sharing your insights– and for drawing me the moon! 😀

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    1. He paints with a variety of things, acrylics usually… but this is watercolor as he’s shifted over mostly to that recently. 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

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  18. Rara, this post is perfect for the theme of “reclaiming humanity.” Your uniqueness shines a light of common humanity for all of us. I love the image of you putting out a light for someone on the other side of the globe, because your blog does this everyday. I love the analogy of lifting a car off a loved one. Yes, faith is about strength, courage, and devotion. We know what we would do when the situation occurs. The hows and whys are just details.
    As usual, you redefine love as something worth striving for. Your love for Dave, your readers, and yourself shines brightly as an example of who we all can be.
    {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

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    1. 😀 Thank you, Kozo. I like to think all of our blogs do that– in a way, we’re the virtual version of a thousand candles lighting the way for the heroes. And I do love my readers… I posted this right before I went to bed and thought, “Erm, maybe I should make a note reminding people not to squabble about religious technicalities”… but realized I didn’t need to. My readers are awesome. 😀

      I have a post for you about words and their power to reclaim humanity, I’m going to try to put it in your drafts tomorrow! 🙂 xo!

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  19. Faith seems to have a different meaning for every person, and I am glad you shared yours — it was another beautiful post!
    I have always felt connected with the moon primarily and trees secondarily. I know the moon is a rock in the sky reflecting light from a star, and I know trees are giant, ancient plants. But the moon has always been my beacon home, and trees have always been kindly, elder souls who listened to me.
    I do like the point you made: how your faith is not why or how you do something, but whether or not you would do it. I found this profound in a way that I can’t quite explain — maybe I’ll be able to articulate it later.

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    1. Thank you, 🙂 I loved the way you described the reality of the moon and trees– even when just callin’ it like it is, they sound pretty phenomenal, don’t they? 😀 And thank you– if there was a point in my ramblings, that would be in. I consider the “Why do you believe this?” or “How do you explain this?” type of questions to be invalid… not because they’re actually invalid, but because my faith hinges on “what” I do with what I have. I’m glad that point made sense. 🙂

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  20. Beautifully written post Rara. I love how the energy of the full moon shines on my face through the skylights when I’m sleeping. I am drawn to the mountains and to the sea, the soil and to trees and flowers. There are places in nature that I visit or have been to where you can FEEL the energy of the sacred.

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    1. Oh I love skylights! They’re an amazing way to stay in the light of the moon. I also love finding those areas of the world that, as you say, are full of sacred energy. 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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  21. You like fairy tales? Oh good, perhaps I’ll have something of interest for you at my main blog.

    I am LDS “Mormon” as far as my religion, but Taoist as far as my day-to-day philosophy. I figure I am fortunate, because as I dig deeper and deeper into my religion, I’m really not finding anything that fundamentally clashes with my studies of other belief systems, including Eastern paths.

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  22. Rawra, believe in whatever it is that gives you strength. As long as you stay the awesome person that you are, that’s all that matters.

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  23. I can’t like this enough. You can’t see me clicking the like button a thousand times, but know that in my single click it was really that many.
    Specifically – “Science is what helps them accomplish the task. Love, and faith, is what makes them try in the first place.” – The simplicity and the truth of these words is what makes them resonate with me.
    The moon… ah, the moon. I don’t remember my first impression of it, but I do know that when I first began to beleive in magic, and that I thought we all had the capabilities within ourselves if we just believed, that the source of that power was the moon… I would pray to it every night even as I said my nightly prayers to God. I beleived in them equally. I had faith in them equally.

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  24. I find the moon fascinating but I’ve never thought about a relationship with her. I feel more connected to water – it has a more powerful effect on how I feel. As I get near water, I can feel my troubles sloughing off my shoulders like outerwear. When I turn around & continue on my journey, all my troubles are still there to be picked up & every step away just adds more & more weight to my soul.

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  25. This one needs to go in the book, for sure. To answer your question, I’m connected to the ocean. It breathes life into me, refuels me, reflects me, centers me…

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