musings on sacred words

pink flower petals and quote "All that you touch you change" - Octavia E. Butler


The words of Octavia E. Butler have been swirling in my mind over the last few months. In her novel The Parable of the Sower, the protaganist writes verses that begin each chapter. To me, they are sacred words – holy reminders of the delicate interplay between God, ourselves, and change.

“All that you touch
You Change.

All that you Change
Changes you.

The only lasting truth
is Change.

is Change.”

(Octavia E. Butler)

These words give me hope. It can be easy in chaotic times to give away our power, to consign ourselves to being changed by our circumstances in ways that we would likely not choose. What a glorious reminder of our ability to impact the world, this remembering of our role in this vast and interconnected universe, this net of Indra.

Yes, God is change.

Yes, change is the only lasting truth.

Yes, we effect change and are therefore part of that sole lasting truth and of God.

That, dear ones, is power. Power to claim and stand upon our sacred ground. Power that gives us great responsibility, for what we touch is what changes. How we touch it must also impact how it changes. This world and all of its beings are in dire need of more light, more love. So tread lightly. Touch lovingly. You are Change incarnate.

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