Song 28

I
Am
Pounamu

Green
Fire
In
The
Heart
Of
Stone

Gift
Of
Papatuanuku

I
Reach
For
Your
Hand
From the creek bed of your dreams

I
Am
Precious

Fruit
Of
The
Fault
Line

Son
Of
Pressure

Daughter
Of
Fire

I am the yoga of your new belonging

The
Jade
Door

I
Am
Healer

I
Am
Weapon

I
Am
Mana

I
Walk
In
You
As
You
Walk
In
Me

I
Am
Aroha

I
Am
Oracle

Rivers

Green
&
Winding

Way

9/8/12

This poem was born as part of an opening to ‘Green’. For me Green is new life emerging from Nature after winter. I feel as if I am moving toward & into a time of Green. Green symbolises hope. I am looking to connect more deeply with Nature… which to me is symbolised by Green. I also support green political movements & causes. The occasion for the poem was drawing card 21 from: ‘Wisdom of the Four Winds by Barry Brailsford’. (I highly recommend this set of cards & accompanying book). Card 21 is ‘Greenstone – Pounamu’. The ‘voice’ of the poem is the voice of Pounamu.

However Pounamu is also the Self. (The Self is often known as the Stone… or Philosophers Stone). In the poem Pounamu & the Self speak with one voice.

 Many of qualities of Pounamu are also qualities of the Self. Pounamu is born along the fault lines beneath the Southern Alps. The Self is born along the psychic fault line… between consciousness & unconsciousness. Pounamu is born of extreme pressure as mountains are pushed upward. The Self is born out huge pressures within the inner & outer world. Pounamu is born of fire. Barry Brailsford puts it this way: ‘One hundred & fifty million years record its journey from the magma’s fire within the Earth, to its long journey along the earthquake plane. Its journey is one of travail.’ 1)

The Self is also born of fire (& travail). One of the central images in Alchemy is the alchemical fire over which various elements are melted & transformed in the search for gold. Psychologically the soul is cooked & heated until the elements within it are transformed. Traditional symbolic uses of Pounamu include that of healing, weapon, & of holding Mana (or power). The Self is a healing & transformative power. It is a weapon in the sense that it fights against the darkness of unconsciousness. It carries mana in the sense that it carries spiritual power, influence & authority by its very nature. The Self is also an oracle… a ‘talking stone’ because it communicates… often through dreams & images… but sometimes through a voice. ‘Papatuanuku’ is the earth mother… the land. Barry Brailsford’s Wisdom of the Four Winds has further insights into the gifts of Pounamu. 2)

1) Wisdom of the Four Winds: Barry Brailsford. Pgs 212/213
2) ‘When Pounamu calls to you it brings the power of the healing way. Yet, there is more, for this stone gathers to itself the most ancient of wisdom. It joins as one the seer and the sage. The spirit of Pounamu is healing and reconciliation. The gift of Pounamu is love. The love that helps us to see deeper into ourselves; the mirror placed to reflect back the essence of our being. Pounamu takes us beyond the hurts of yesterday and into the place where we stand tall to honour the uniqueness of our being, and hear the sacred song within. Pounamu is the touchstone of the truth that heals; our inner wisdom.’ Wisdom of the Four Winds: Barry Brailsford. Pgs. 212/213

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