The God Line was written about three years ago. I took the writing from one of Dena’s Daily Napkins and shaped it into a song. Dena and I have co-written a number of songs over the last five years or so and this is one of my favorites. Click here to read the original Daily Napkin post.
Inspiration for the God Line
The main inspiration for The God Line came from the tradition of Navajo/Dine’ rug weaving. In this tradition, the weaver intentionally places what’s called a ‘spirit line’ which is a flaw in the design of the rug that stands out from the rest of the pattern. From what I’ve read, some Dine’ weavers say it shows that people and the world aren’t perfect. Therefore, the weaver adds it to symbolize the positive attributes of human imperfection and humility. Other Dine? weavers say that the spirit line is a pathway for the rug weaver’s spirit to leave the rug, a path of escape.
One Dine’ rug weaver, Ron Garanez from New Mexico, says that the rugs, “communicate the Navajo relationship with the Creator.” He also says, “The traditional teaching of the Navajo weaving is that you have to put a mistake in there. It must be done because only the Creator is perfect. We’re not perfect, so we don’t make a perfect rug.”
Perfection in the Imperfection
I like to think of a God line that runs through all of creation. It doesn’t matter whether what’s manifested is uniform, smooth, or without cracks. I frequently like to state that I am “perfectly imperfect!” For me, this means that I am perfect just the way I am. In other words, I don’t need to change to please anyone else. Another way to say it is that it’s “all in Divine order.”
On a related musical note, I really like this song written by Greg Tamblyn. It’s called The Grand Design. When I listen to it, I’m reminded how all of Life is connected, inside and out.