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on Oct. 20, 2012 :
'A is for Zebra; exploring the art of soul writing' is about the spiritual journey of a young South African writer who seeks to raise his awareness above worldly matters. The chosen title marks his intention to start his experience from the source of life itself, the original energy that created humankind: God. There, is found the realm of unlimited potential for self-growth. This is also the realm of sheer brightness and happiness, and our souls are yearning for this ultimate destination.
Johan van der Merwe uses writing as the medium to unite with God or our maker (for non-believers), source of love, peace and happiness. Slightly distancing himself from his topic, he gives an honest and objective view of his own personal walk to enlightenment. This spiritual journey entails the move away from inherited beliefs and instead, the adoption of a way of thinking informed and impartial.
He draws his inspiration from the awesome South African landscapes, especially the mountains of Haenertsburg where he lives. And there, the stunning vistas might be like privileged windows for the exploration of the soul, especially at sunset and sunrise. These are the times when we can really stare at the sun, the embodiment of God.
As he puts it, both brightness and darkness are blinding. Sunset and sunrise are the twilight, the go-between. They might be a metaphor for the balance necessary to a harmonious life, thus connecting us with the Almighty. No wonder why kings from the Ancient Egyptians onwards associated themselves with the sun.
A trained theologian, he is aware of the power of words, but also of their limitations, their weaknesses in translating thought into action. The reason is that words turn emotions (energy in motion) into matter. In doing so, words confine the thoughts to the realm of the limited world. This limitation gives way to fears of ill-defined thoughts that might be misinterpreted by the audience.
Consequently, words have to be weighted for quality writing. And under the pressure of commercial writing this is a real challenge. He chose then to write for the sake of writing, with the double purpose of benefiting himself and others.
Yet the boundaries of the conscious and material world allow for dichotomies or contrasts to be expressed. Van der Merwe analyses his experience of these polarities that shape our lives, starting with the exploration of his primary love/hate relationship with writing.
In ultimate truth, contrast is the means through which God/Our Maker can experience himself. Love wouldn't exist without fear, hot without cold, generosity without greed, and so on. The polarity right/wrong (though there is no right or wrong in life, but 'good' and 'not so good') has been misused by men who sought to control others.
Their endeavour at mastering their entourage gave birth to a set of beliefs that have ruled human lives through generations. Beliefs might also be seen as a desperate attempt at suppressing change, freezing all opportunities for personal growth.
Yet life is about change, and as he stresses, outdated and uninformed beliefs are harmful. We need to have the courage to let the river of life flow freely in revoking taken-for-granted beliefs first. Then, we need to open our hearts to giving and receiving, to sharing our experience with others. This openness to our surroundings broadens our knowledge and uplifts our awareness, conditions necessary to make the informed choices that help our self-realization.
The author of this post, Beatrice Setze writes about Self-development @ SafariComic.com
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