Tuesday, February 21, 2006

and exactly who is rennie d?

Rennie D was born out of late teenage shy self-awareness and a desire for anonymity, married to my first attempt at having my poetry published in a university students' magazine. In this first attempt I used my two middle-names, the second of which is now reduced to just a single initial. Both names have their origin in my maternal family line, and Rennie is my maternal grandfather's mother's maiden name, and - according to sources that claim to know - is of Pictish origin, giving a "fantastical" element to my own musings. This "fantastical" element is provoked by my interest in fantasy literature, engendered through an early exposure to C S Lewis' Narnia series (which I have read at least five times) and J R R Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m presently immersed in Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth series. I particularly appreciate the "parable" nature of this genre, and find it a faith-inspiring emersion.

I have never been a prolific poet, but find the multifaceted focus of words in poetry to be an occasional and valuable reflective tool in ruminating on the nature of faith and life in all its adventure. This blog is no attempt to share poetry (although there will be some), but poetic in the sense of contemplative cogitation on life's experience. Faith and life, the spiritual and material, the emotional and the rational, reality and fantasy are "Not one. Not two.":

“How does a person seek union with God?” the seeker asked.

“The harder you seek,” the teacher said, “the more distance you create between God and you.”

So what does one do about the distance?”

“Understand that it isn’t there,” the teacher said.

“Does that mean that God and I are one?” the seeker said.

“Not one. Not two.”

“How is that possible?” the seeker asked.

“The sun and its light, the ocean and the wave, the singer and the song. Not one. Not two.”

This blog seeks to be "Not one. Not two." Welcome to the life and times of Rennie D!


MC2 said...

Great writing


DaddyL said...

great stuff - a marvellously philosophical intro to MRD

James Long said...

It's interesting to me too how fantasy literature has a faith element. I recently read the first two books of a fantasy trilogy by Lois McMaster Bujold (normally writes space opera): Curse of Chalion, and Paladin of Souls.

The author establishes a world with five gods - mother, father, daughter, son and bastard - and she assigns certain aspects of human experience in the world to each god, thereby highlighting the act of faith involved in each aspect.

The stories are faith journeys, each beginning with a character whose heart is hardened to the five gods.

Not her best books, IMHO: her space opera is much livelier, but relevant to this post.

MotherHen said...

Thanks for sharing. I like the 'seeker' analogy.