'Breathe' by Pink Floyd

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'Phases of Alternate Nostril Breathing' by Caroling Wholeo

The Four Elements Expressed in Breathe

Breathe, breathe in the air
Don’t be afraid to care
Leave but don’t leave me
Look around and choose your own ground

For long you live and high you fly
And smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be

Run rabbit run
Dig that hole, forget the sun
And when at last the work is done
Don’t sit down it’s time to start another one

For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race towards an early grave

The first verse refers to the elements air, water and earth, directly or indirectly: breathing the air, consciously looking around and flying high (air), caring (water) and ground, as the field you choose to work in, the path in life you choose to take or the environment in which to build the life you want (earth). In addition, the four sensations - smile, cry, touch and see - can perhaps be equated to fire, water, earth and air respectively.

It is positive, suggesting the way in which we ought to spend our lives. It points us upwards to life’s potential and indicates the balance between masculine freedom of mind, resulting from individual power, and feminine openness of heart, resulting from the flow of consciousness with the universal whole. Identity is masculine and it is limited to the physical ego unless it opens up to the infinite, feminine whole. It is thus that we can lead balanced lives and live in unity. As this cool translation of Lao-tzu (three statements selected from Chapter 28) says:

“’Know the strength of the male
yet keep the female’s care.
Know the white
yet keep to the black.
Know honourable action
yet stay humble.’”

(Taoist Astrology. A Handbook of the Authentic Chinese Tradition by Susan Levitt and Jean Tang, Vermont, Canada: Destiny Books, 1997, p.15).

In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius tells us that the individual who is indifferent to pleasure or pain, who strives not to be overwhelmed by anything that happens, welcoming wholeheartedly whatever comes, without worrying about what other people say, do or think or being driven by selfish motives “keeps in mind that all rational things are related, and that to care for all human beings is part of being human. Which doesn’t mean we have to share their opinions.” (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, tr. Gregory Hays , London, UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson History, 2003, p.29, 3:4).

The sun (the fire element) is not mentioned in the first verse but the individual him or her-self may be considered a kind of sun. Hold your head up confidently and breathe in the air. ‘Breathe in the air’ can mean that we are to refresh our minds through nature and the universe. Breathe in the fresh air of the universal heights, of truth, rather than just that of your own limited mind. Know the freedom and power of thought. Look around and find what is right for you, like the sun, shining in the sky, expressing its potential. Decide what you want to do in life. The individual with true power can afford to open up to feel. It is one’s continued openness to the whole of consciousness that enables one to transform it into completed identity.

Your life is a dream and, when you awaken, you leave it behind. The tears and happiness that depend on the external world belong to the temporal realm of the senses. You are here for a while and you will learn and encounter many things. You may reach maturity and wisdom and develop a complete identity and broad view of the world through your experiences. All of our experiences in the finite world of opposites represent the foundation of life and consciousness, the circle which we need to rise above and perceive objectively whilst continuing to feel.

Whilst developing the airy qualities of reason and freedom, don’t forget to care. When one is free from fear, it feels natural to care about others. It is fear that keeps the heart closed. Remember the consciousness of all and be conscious of other people. Be aware and be sensitive, open to all, not rising into the air and forgetting the oneness of life. On the subject of regeneration, Michael Palin writes, in his contribution to ‘A Londoner’s Diary’ page in ES Magazine: “there is a danger of forgetting that a community is more than new trees and landscaping. It’s a collection of citizens with everyday needs, hopes and concerns.” (Free magazine with the Evening Standard, ES Magazine, 28 January 2005, p.3).

We retain the level of water whilst ascending to the element air, each of us elevated to a position where we are different and unique. Leave the ground and rise above the world but do not forget that we are all One. We are collective, not separate. We are parts of a greater whole united by our common Source. The growing plant rises above the ground. It can then choose objectively which direction to focus its attention whereas the seed or seedling is limited by subjective concerns.

We can enjoy freedom of thought as well as the flow of feeling, and we can relax into who we really are as this excerpt from the song Maybe Tomorrow by The Stereophonics (2003) suggests: “I wanna breathe in an open mind. I wanna swim in the ocean. Wanna take my time for me.”

The second verse makes references to each of the four elements: digging a hole, working (earth), the sun (fire), riding the tide (water), flying high (again) and balancing (air). The rabbit is running fearfully away from the sun. It is under the spell of inertia, burrowing a home in the earth every time it incarnates. It moves through life in the physical dimension alone, clawing at the next wall of restrictive dirt that it encounters instead of turning back and exiting the seductive, sluggish darkness to the freedom of eternity. Like the hare in Aesop’s fable, it relies on its external personality alone and considers the tortoise to be no match. It sees only the immediate factors of the race so it does not realise there are other, more subtle layers of consciousness to awaken. The hare cleverly connects with its environment and integrates itself socially so it is conscious of that which it perceives as advantageous to its personality and remains unconscious of its deeper Self. Alternatively, the tortoise, resides in the still centre and takes its eternal home with it wherever it goes. It appears to the worldly to be slow and dim because it functions on deeper levels. The tortoise is constantly active and aware, taking everything in the world of limited matter in its stride because it understands that this is only part of the cosmic whole, a projection of Universal Mind. Thus, it achieves what it sets out to do without distraction, without being sidetracked by the subconscious and ‘sleeping’ in the oblivion of habitual thought patterns.

When a rabbit is produced out of an empty hat, it appears from nowhere like a person who has been reborn spiritually. The magician taps the rim of the hat and a magical rabbit ascends, held by the ears. Metaphorically, it has been raised to a higher frequency of being beyond the physical plane. Conversely, the usual trick is for the rabbit to disappear down a hole, dead to the world of the spirit. “I don’t understand,” Willy Wonka feigns quizzicality. “The children are disappearing like rabbits” (played by Gene Wilder in the film version of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, directed by Mel Stuart, 1971). Mr. Wonka uses magic to produce chocolate and the four greedy, demanding, selfish, annoying and arrogant kids are tripped up by his tests, trapped like rabbits that have fallen down dark holes or, rather, walked into predicaments of their own making. It is possible that the rabbit disappearing down a hole, or being chased into the darkness, is a symbol for death.

“If you would but recognise it,” says the Ramala source, “the only thing of lasting value to you is your consciousness. You incarnate onto the physical plane of Earth to evolve your consciousness. That is the sole purpose of your physical incarnation, the reason for you being in this school of life which you call Earth. Now that does not mean that you can ignore the physical reality of Earth. You must be responsible for the physical body in which you dwell, your fellow human beings, the society in which you live, the material possessions which are placed in your guardianship. That is all part of the lesson of physical incarnation: to handle the Earth plane with consciousness. But that is not the total lesson. You must learn to handle your physical reality with responsibility, but you must also learn to ground and manifest your spiritual consciousness. You must learn that your consciousness is a tool for you to use on Earth, a means by which you can express the deep cosmic knowledge which you possess…You incarnate on the Earth plane to evolve both your consciousness and the group consciousness.” (Ramala, channelled through David Jevons, The Wisdom of Ramala, Saffron Walden, UK: The C.W. Daniel Company Limited, 1986, p.188-189).

The rabbit runs without taking a rest, probably until it is ‘run down’ (either through exhaustion or by a vehicle!). In so doing, it is forgetting its true purpose and individual identity, expression and happiness (the sun). Neither the physical ego nor the culture of individualism upon which it depends (and vice versa) can afford to rest. Its work is never finished. Even its philosophers cannot afford to reach a conclusion because they are paid to analyse constantly, to go round in circles, never actually leading us to the truth, the heart, because then the whole system would collapse. It is rare to find an intellectual who raises his or her hands in the air and concludes that the nation is founded on a heap of lies designed to sustain a Western war machine and that, in fact, we are incredibly ignorant because all the Ancient Wisdom teachings went up in smoke long ago. We are conditioned by society to be blind so our authorised thinkers are blind men who cannot see the truth themselves. They make up for truth with long words and other proofs of rational thinking and intellectual ability, just as the privileged upper classes have been making up for true authority with displays of moral responsibility, exclusive, posh accents, social codes and etiquette.

Those who can see cannot endure or breathe in the stuffy air enjoyed by the cultural mentors and those who are committed to established ‘knowledge’ are not free to look outside of it for answers to the most important questions of life. If they were open to the truth they would be risking their lives because their identities depend on those materialist traditions and institutions. Society can be held together either by truth or ignorance, by spiritual or physical identification.

Many people, consequently, are cynical about study. To make matters worse, children are now starting to be educated for vocational purposes before they know anything about life. They do not even have faith in the absurd notion that the Church is looking after their spiritual needs for them whilst they dedicate themselves to material life (whilst people are filled with subconscious guilt which confirms that they are all worthless sinners and always totally dependent on religion). They associate learning with conventional roles in the System alone, like easily-programmable robots whose existence is convenient for politicians and industrialists.

In the West, people fear losing what little freedom they have or risking the potential freedom they could gain if they obey and conform. You are free to be a limited physical identity, to be ignorant, to be a blind man, to work towards self-destruction and invest all of your time and energy in digging your own grave. Westerners have been inclined to appreciate that it is possible to achieve as much freedom in the more hierarchical countries of the East. The spiritually-grounded tribes of Native America themselves afforded greater freedom to those individuals who were ready to explore their inner potential. The ‘progressive’ cultures of Western civilisation are not ends in themselves. They are a bridge between the earthy ways of previous cultures and the future ‘Thunderbird times’ when the Great Spirit awakens in humanity and spreads His wings of conscious Being across the world. Freedom for all is in the wings since external freedom cannot exist except as an expression of inner freedom. In the West, we are told that we are free even though people in positions of power eclipse that ideal of individual freedom with their own fears. The individual must discover that one cannot rely upon external sources for freedom and that true freedom can only come from within oneself. The influx of higher frequencies of energy in our world inspires the universal self-actualisation of the cosmic beings incarnated in human bodies.

The negative ego is constantly having to reinforce its limits to protect itself from the true Reality and Identity that is the sun, the Light. It cannot afford to relax into itself since the forgotten source is an unconscious threat to its very existence. It must constantly turn its attention to the familiar, temporal world of matter and materialist, consumer society. Driven by this unconscious, unacknowledged fear of the unknown, of the feminine whole, the Goddess, it works away in the direction of matter, not spirit, to prove that the soil is real and needs to be tackled directly. Burrow after burrow, this way and that, any way but back, within to the Real ‘outside’ world where all is Light.

The First Verse portrays a human scene where we stand up and look around us, and where our hearts will fly and our minds will reach heights of positive awareness, elevated attunements to the eternal, golden sun beyond mortal life if we did but know it. In the Second Verse, the limited, animal part of us, the lower self, runs and hides in the dark unconscious mass of inert matter where it feels protected from the divine Source. It sinks down into its physical personality as the caterpillar might shun the painful process of death and transformation suggested by the chrysalis phase. The difference between a caterpillar and a butterfly is that the former is slow, chunky, ugly and stuck to the ground or to the food it finds to eat whereas the latter is graceful, beautiful, light and free. The caterpillar simply exists physically, attaching itself to a leaf which it slowly munches, indulging its senses and accepting the status quo and its own sluggish body-oriented behaviour. The butterfly views the material plane with the perspective of a being who is not identified with matter but who flies freely through the air, settling on flowers rather than leaves. The flowers may be said to represent divine consciousness and the stillness of the butterfly is meditative as opposed to the lethargy of the caterpillar. The butterfly, symbolically, is propelled from within, by a higher frequency of energy. It resembles a flower in flight, opening to the sun. Its orientation is mind and it is identified with the subtle power of the spirit rather than the density of physical form. The caterpillar knows only the world of matter. The butterfly knows the sun of Reality, the flowers of expression (the bliss, love, peace and perfection of Creative Being) and – lastly – the mundane world of slow, restrictive, drudgery and mediocrity. It lives lightly on the earth plane and, while the ‘heavy’ caterpillar remains in the ‘cabbage patch’ for the duration of its life, the butterfly helps to spread the pollen, the divine essence, of refined consciousness throughout the garden and further afield even.

Flying high above the ground of mortal life, the butterfly is authentic, true to itself, free as a cosmic being. Like the tortoise, it carries its multidimensional, spiritual consciousness with it and is therefore self-contained, finding everything it needs within itself. A Sufi named Sa’d Al-din Mahmud Shabistari counsels us to “Rise above time and space, Pass by the world, and be to yourself your own world.” (The Little Book of Sufi Wisdom, p.16). The caterpillar is not true to its eternal Self. It lives only for the leaves which it eats and devours. It destroys and so is itself destroyed. Dependent upon the cycle of life and death as part of the food chain, it is eventually confronted with the darkness that contrasts its pleasant but finite and illusory light. All must be transformed and born again t the Light which has always been there but one never before thought to look up at it let alone realise that it is one’s true nature. The butterfly does not destroy but adds to life’s energy and beauty. It knows it is the sun and therefore free to interact with the earth as an individual being with wings to fly, with balanced, conscious awareness to know the truth, to observe the whole.

The flower might be said to represent the spirit within the individual, the butterfly, and the petals to represent layers of eternal consciousness within us, including the spirits who form our inner guidance and network of acquaintance. The flower, the spirit, is smart. Its pollen, energy, collects onto the butterfly and is carried to the next flower the butterfly is attracted to and alights upon. As the perfume wafts through the flower from within, just by being itself the butterfly allows the flower to express itself further. The creative, inspired, human butterfly brings the energy of the spirit into the world and helps to create new flowers, new expressions of spiritual power in the world. It is attracted to the spirit in others and thus interacts with them, subtle releasing the spirit within to pollinate, or inspire, the spirit to awaken and be expressed in the other person. If the other individual is spiritually-aware then the spirit is recognised and enjoyed mutually as well as expressed more fully in the world through the rapport.

The hole in the earth takes us down, away from the sun we have known, and the wave lifts us up emotionally, perhaps, but also crashes down and destroys us. It is not safe for us to rely on the temporal world to carry us up because what goes up must come down. No matter how hard we strive to maintain our balance, our very foundation is illusory and taking us for a ride towards oblivion. As the process of earthly experiences unfolds, it climaxes and dies and the whole purpose of life is to carry us up to meet the sun and recognise it as one’s source. The wave of consciousness itself is only an experience designed to reacquaint us gradually with eternal reality and to elevate our conscious awareness that we may identify with that light individually. It is a dream form which to awaken. To be centred in the sun, however, to live in the reality of the bright sky, is to be free of the wheel of life and therefore perfectly balanced. It is the circle of illusion that spins us around and gets us lost in its seductive, labyrinthine web. When we remain connected to the hub and view the wheel for what it is, in true perspective, the whole context of balance has changed. Instead of searching for balance in a world of opposites where we do not know whether we are ‘coming or going’ since one always leads to the other, we remain true to the centre and regard all opposites equally as finite and temporal parts of an infinite whole. We observe them from the inside out.

“I was born when the sun didn’t shine
I became a man who would work in the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
The foreman said, ‘well a bless a my soul.”

The hard-working poor man in this song Sixteen Tons (written by Merle Travis, 1946), the Stevie Wonder version of which I am familiar with, sings in the chorus:

“Ye load sixteen tons and what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
St. Peter don’t you call me cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store.”

People break their backs so others can sip champagne and plot a new course for their ship of power and ambition which the galley slaves will be forced to propel with their bodies. People are too busy, too fearful and servile. They accept the status quo and conform to society. They want to ‘fit in’ like slaves. Once you are caught on the wheel, society will not let you rest; you cannot stop. It feeds on your feeling of neediness and stirs up insecurity and dependency so that you feel you have no choice but to comply with its dehumanising monotony and dullness. All of your energy is invested in trying to survive and look after your family. The physical ego, as I said earlier, lives on tension. It is always active; even when it appears to be relaxing, it is not true, deep, natural relaxation that invites the spirit to flow through one’s body and mind from the heart. People in our society are active even when it is destructive to themselves and others. They cannot help themselves because they know no different. We are only given the masculine side of life: all meat and no vegetables when it would even be healthier to eat vegetables alone and just not demand so much from ourselves externally since the true Self is revealed to us within ourselves, in the quiet, still centre of the heart. ‘How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?’

Providing you passively ride the tide of experience, you will live and long and full life which will all have been for nothing because life itself has relatively little value. It is an important foundation for evolutionary development but it is a means to an end not a means in itself. We depend upon consciousness as a whole until we have matured as spiritually-aware individuals. We then achieve our own harmonious rapport with the Universal Mother as expressions of the Creative Father. Of course, one will derive some spiritual benefit from one’s experiences. But the circle of life is really a spiral that should lead us to the centre as an ocean reflects the sun and introduces us to a higher reality of which this world is an experiential projection.

If you conform to society, you will receive the material and emotional support you need to sustain your life and go far. It will never be enough, however, and never lead to true fulfilment. If you achieve too much and have too much, succeed and live a full life (such people are always bragging that they have got ‘a life’) actually you will not live long. It will simply appear that you have the world at your feet when it is but an illusion that is due to collapse. It is a wave of pure momentum that seems so invincible yet is actually fragile and made of nothing but water which is rolling along and set to crash. If you build your life on water you may reach a height of consciousness that seems very full but will be revealed as being utterly empty. The highest experience we can attain is the expression of our divinity as expressions of sun reaching out across the sky. Our highs are no longer emotional and dependent on earth but the state of our true being as the sun.

Even if you perform the most remarkable balancing act atop the wave’s lunar crescent in the ocean of life, you have already missed the point. It does not matter how far you go because you are really going nowhere! This shit is good old hippy inspiration! You are caught up in life and lost to your spirit and so, whether you are heading straight for physical death, you are certainly heading for a total eclipse of the spirit, dying to your true potential. If your identity is centred in the sun of the spirit then you are bigger than life and the rising and falling of waves will not affect your core Self. If, however, you are dependent on the personality riding the wave, you will find that life is bigger than you and it will increase its size and power over you until, finally, that personality is no more and is simply washed away with the tide of mortal life and death. When the dream of life is over, you will continue to exist on other planes of life but you will not have realised your true nature as the eternal Self. Waves come and go but the sun never ceases to shine. How can you know yourself if you don’t follow your true destiny?

"And as you cross the circle line,
Well the ice wall creaks behind
You're a rabbit on the run.
And the silver splinters fly
In the corner of your eye,
Shining in the setting sun.
Well do you ever get the feeling
That the story's too damn real
And in the present tense.
Or that everybody's on the stage
And it seems like you're the only
Person sitting in the audience

Skating away, skating away, skating away On the thin ice of the new day."

- Ian Anderson (‘Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day’ by Jethro Tull, 1985).

When dealing with a wave, with emotional experiences that build up as a result of circumstances, one needs to be open and flow with collective consciousness, not close oneself off from it. One needs to go with the wave. If one is merely a physical ego, a separate, finite identity, one will be carried along by the tide of the subconscious responses, which have been conditioned from childhood, and lose one’s balance mentally. If one goes with the wave without increasing it with habitual responses one may yet find salvation through allowing the wave to roll but not being part of it. The song, for me, is saying: don’t get caught up in the experiences themselves because they will be reduced to memory. Be detached and free – mentally - as an individual. Take what you need and express your own identity.

The mortal personality is limited and insecure. It is not a positive force in the world creating its own life. It will be consumed by nature – won’t live long because not true eternal Self. This is perhaps why patriarchal society devalues and wages a war of terror on nature. Ultimately, man, living as an isolated ego, is at her mercy. Nature creates and destroys and man is ruled by the masculine principle of the eternal, constant source, the One Centre bt takes himself as a physical ego to be the centre of the world and therefore imposes his power on the world in a desperate attempt to prove his immortal glory. All the while, however, he is a child that is dependent on its mother. Whilst the Goddess loves her children she also has a responsibility to teach them certain lessons to enable them to mature. She must wait until they are strong enough before they can endure those lessons. If her children have made her ill and now see that her critical state of suffering deprives them of a stable, nourishing environment and nurturing ‘home life,’ they may finally realise that they need to serve her as she serves them.

‘Man’ cannot stop now because nature will destroy civilisation in order to release the negativity from her system and recover from her torments. The dame is done. A friend tells me that we have caused such a mess that if we scrapped all of our industrial endeavours now without replenishing the carbon dioxide that we have removed from the atmosphere the situation would become much worse since a kind of balance is being maintained by the pollution. We would have to plant vast numbers of trees, especially in places like Arizona where they can grow a great deal faster than in other regions of the planet.

I conceive that the children want to live as their father does and therefore try to create the same conditions that he enjoys. The father is the enlightened civilisation of Atlantis and the universal community living on higher planes: all who express the creative power of the Creator. The children neither have the tools nor the know-how to realise their dreams. They have not seen their father for so long so, whilst they know, or remember, that there is a way to live on Earth without being dependent on nature and limited to matter, they are not even able to imagine their true potential. They do know the power of conscious, creative will or how to express it and this is just as well since they would be likely to misuse it. It is for that reason that the ‘father’ has not yet returned to show human beings what gifts they possess as a cosmic beings.

The Third Verse, the Breathe Reprise, runs like this:

Home, home again
I like to be there when I can
When I come home cold and tired
It’s good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells

These verses are each open to interpretation, as you can see, and the only reason I am taking the trouble to examine them like this is that this inspired, unconscious allusion to the four elements probably provides us with a more vivid illustration than a conscious, planned example might. It seems to me that this verse is celebrating the warmth of one’s own spirit in contrast to the cold, trying world outside. The fire at the heart of the home is the faith and warmth of the Spirit in one’s own heart. It is there that God, the eternal Centre, truly resides in us.

At home, one is able to relax into one’s consciousness, leave the world behind and be conscious of the Self to some degree, which is diminished when one pays attention to all the cares of the world. At the end of day, I can relax and be myself because I am free of the limitations that a job imposes on me. I hear the voices of the past or think about people who are following ways of thinking that are dying out.

Paralleling the draining, chilling experience of working out in the world, or interacting with it per se, is the distant, archaic scene of faithful religious followers worshiping on their knees. Conscious Individuality has replaced unconscious dependency. The individual turns within to know him- or herself and realise the truth without relying on external sources claiming to be the one truth for all. The herd is pacified, like sheep. They may make use of the resulting inner space for spiritual reflection and prayer. They are also being hypnotised, bewitched into believing what they are told and obeying the powers that be with the same blind faith that they are conditioned to have in religion. They become slaves of the aristocracy, the Church, of those with money or positions of authority, the farmers and their sheepdogs.

The bell is loud, calling to people far and wide, ringing in their souls and rattling their cages to unsettle people. The sound commands the will of all people within its range. It overwhelms the will and can induce fear. It can serve to bring feelings of guilt and insecurity to the surface. It is the sound of certainty and power. It conveys the authority of the establishment. It tells people to obey. Those with power and prestige have a responsibility to be present at the church and be seen to be part of the establishment. It is here that people enter into a trance where they are most suggestible. Their subconscious minds become subtly conditioned to respect those people who are ‘above’ their own status. People find a degree of solace in this blending of consciousness. The gathering in God’s name of itself is a nourishing and uplifting experience that helps people to feel comfortable and secure within themselves, again in contrast to their external focus and anxiety during the rest of the week. People relax and receive healing vibrations, to be administered to by the spirits and to charge themselves with the strength and energy they require to cope with the week ahead. Potentially, their bond with the Self, with God, is strengthened and the experience can be empowering. They feel more whole but, if they are not careful, or aware, they are also being turned into passive prey by those who use the illusion that people depend on the Church and cultural authorities for this feeling of peace, joy and rejuvenation. They could easily have gathered in small groups of their own and worshiped God in a different guise, which, of course, is why the Church condemned anyone who dared engage in such subversive activities.

This is an important aspect of life that has been lost as a result of religion’s demise in the West. As more people awaken individually, however, they will gather in groups with those with whom they feel a spiritual affinity. Social equality will have replaced the hierarchies of old so no one will be poisoned by the experience because no one will be using the power to manipulate and exploit others. The poor have a duty to turn up to church whether it is in the hope that they may receive some benefit on any level (they have nothing to lose) or unconsciously fear the consequences of not including themselves in this assembly of the social hierarchy and not at least pretending to be ‘believers’, which is all many of the more ‘respectable’ members of the congregation are practicing. The difference is that the latter derive power from the assembly whilst the former give their power away through blind obedience.

One may liken the first two verses of Breathe to a plant’s existence above and below the soil: conscious and unconscious. The plant rises above the ground in the First Verse which is positive, pointing upwards to what we should do as individual lights in the sky of progress and collective awareness. In the Second Verse, we follow the roots in the soil and revert back to the past, to the primeval unconscious state where even the evolutionary wave of consciousness disappears. The seed is stuck in the soil, down a hole in the ground that has been created of our own doing through fear and inertia. The roots are, however, strengthening and therefore instrumental in pushing the plant upwards like a lever that, by sinking down, elevates the other end of the equation. The unconscious depths help the plant to grow in stature but a plant is no ostrich with its head in the soil: it does not identity with the roots. It uses them in order to realise its original nature, the sun.

Not To Touch the Earth

Not to touch the earth
Not to see the sun
Nothing left to do but run run run
Let’s run
Let’s run
House upon the hill
Moon is lying still
Shadows of the trees
Witnessing the wild breeze
Come on, baby, run with me
Let’s run

Run with me
Run with me
Run with me
Let’s run

The mansion is warm at the top of the hill
Rich are the rooms and the comforts there
Red are the arms of luxuriant chairs
And you won’t know a thing till you get inside.

(First part of a Doors song on the album Waiting For the Sun; lyrics by Jim Morrison).

The language and principles of alchemy reveal themselves in our more inspired musings even if we do not fully understand the poetic thoughts that sail through our minds at such times. Alchemy Rocks! “Make me know you really care. Make me jump into the air,” sings David Bowie. Is it such a Moonage Daydream to hope that themes such as this chapter’s might one day feature in the popular press? Or, is art dead? On that note, I should like to end with some vintage lyrics of my own:

Don’t Be Afraid To Love

Oh on the Seventh of December
You were there you should remember
The lights went out that day
And all the children ceased to play
We had to hunt for our food
Until our hearts were renewed

And on the way down to the creek
We forgot what we should seek
And so we stole all that we could
Until we’d spoilt all that was good
We sought refuge in every vice
Until terrified by advice

Oh Children of the Whispering Sky
Oh Stars of the All-Seeing Eye
Don’t be afraid to love
Don’t be afraid to love

Make peace with all you meet
Cause all the strangers in the street
Are only angels in disguise
They need love more than they need lies
All belong to the one who is never paranoid
Our true Identity whom we avoid

And all you governments and law
Self-defeat is all you’re fighting for
Cherish people and sing their song
Try to heal all nations’ pain
And the sooner you declare the world as one
The sooner we can start again

Oh Children of the Whistling Sun
Know that freedom has just begun
Don’t be afraid to love
Don’t be afraid to love

Oh Children of the Listening Sea
Love, and be at peace
Don’t be afraid to love
Don’t be afraid to love

I’ll be in touch.


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