It is astonishing to me, that our genetic code is written with instructions, consequences, punctuation, notes and even has intervals of no code at all, as it anticipates the uncertainty of our future and already knows the outcome of it all. ‘There’s a hole in my soul and its a real big place’ sings Robbie Williams. It is this longing for wholeness that I want to explore here and understand the shape of its form.
I’ll start with the smallest part of ourselves, the gene that makes us human. It looks like a twisting ladder of two strings and its rungs are made up of base pairs to form combinations in the same way that letters form words as instructions to our proteins to build a body and there house a mind, emotions and a breathing soul. 1] Exploring the framework of these instructions, my drawings of houses began to encompass it all.
And then I placed all kinds of houses, from French chateaus to plaashuise, to squatter shacks around and within like souls in DNA landscapes and wondered whether age-old promises encoded on our souls could be re-written by the way we live in the land. Epigeneticist, Adrian Bird, says ‘attributing behavioral consequences to DNA methylation may be overreaching.’ 2] Implying that behavior cannot re-write our genetic code, yet we all know we are changed as we grow older by the lay of the land.
Still that DNA double helix resembles a twisting ladder and I wondered what needed to happen to make it to turn straight.
I then read about a woman who needed two names to describe her whole:
There was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation was called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and deeds. And it came to pass in those days that she was sick and died. They washed her and laid her on a bed in an upper chamber. And then sent two men to Peter, begging him to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper chamber where all the widows stood by weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas had made while she was still with them. But Peter pushed it away and kneeled down and prayed : and then turned to her body and said, ‘Tabitha arise.’ And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up and called the widows, and presented her alive. And it was known throughout Joppa and many believed. 3]
Tabitha was her Hebrew name and Dorcas was her Greek name. Both names meant gazelle and was used to describe her soul. 4] 5] In Hebron, Tabitha was filled with good works, which made her stand out as a beautiful gazelle and in Greece, as Dorcas, her name described a Christian woman – someone whose soul has been quickened by the Spirit of Christ. 6] For she then walks freely without condemnation, agile and light like a gazelle, from the parched lands on earth through the shadow of death into the paradise of God and back.
As a gazelle-woman with a DNA soul, thirsting and longing for that which is real and beyond this world, she cannot walk beyond the borders of this shadow land, but reconciled to God by what Christ has done, she can. 7] I then imagined the living waters flowing deep into her soul, turning her double helix ladder straight until she becomes a new creature with a woman-gazelle soul. 8] Using the form of a teapot combine, I then visualized her renewed soul in physical form and shaped her gazelle behavior and combined it with her carnal ways and then began to fathom the miracle of her whole as I poured fragrant waters deep into her teapot belly soul.
- Strong’s Greek concordance, 5590, breath i.e. (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished from the rational immortal soul.)
- Hall, S, 2013. Behavior and biology: the accidental epigeneticist. Nature Journal, [Online]. 505, 7481. Available at: https://www.nature.com/news/behaviour-and-biology-the-accidental-epigeneticist-1.14441 [Accessed 2 October 2017].
- Acts 9:36-43
- Strong’s Concordance, 5000, Tabitha: gazelle, a Christian female. Its Hebrew root is 6646: a female gazelle to be compared with 6638 in the sense of prominence, splendor and beautiful as a gazelle.
- Strong’s Concordance, 1393, Dorcas: gazelle, a Christian woman
- Rom 8:10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is alive because of righteousness.
- 1 Cor 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
- 2 Cor 5:17-18 Therefore if you are in Christ, you are a new creature: old things have passed away and all things have become new. And all things are from God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.
- Rev 22:16 I, Jesus, I am the root and the offspring (=shoot) of David, and the bright morning star