Song 68

 I will remember 

Vs. 1
Though night draws long and vision fades
Through weary hours and listless days

Where godwit wings on voyage far
I will remember, remember, who you are

Vs. 2

Though hours turn grey and thought unsure
Through sorrow deep and trouble sore

Where risen sings the meadow lark
I will remember, remember, who you are

Chorus
I am the greening; your wild unfettered soul
I am true nature; what cannot be controlled
I am the watcher; from the streamsong of your dreams
I am true nature; your life to be redeemed

Vs. 3
Though dark the way and deep the fear
Through meaning lost and fallen tears

Where bellbird strings the green guitar
I will remember, remember, who you are

Chorus
I am the greening; your wild unfettered soul
I am true nature; what cannot be controlled
I am the watcher; from the streamsong of your dreams
I am true nature; your life to be redeemed

 Chorus 2
I am the dreaming; your purpose to unfold
I am true nature; your inward shining gold
I am the witness; in the greening of your mind
I am true nature; your heart swung open wide 

25/5/13 

Whakapapa: I composed this as a song to be put to music & sung: though it also works as a poem. As I wrote it, I sensed I was moving from an inward, receptive, creative mode of being, to a more outward, active, ‘doing orientated’ way of life. I felt I was being pushed outward to be grounded in the world. Part of this process was the necessity to earn more income. I was very concerned this new way of life would affect my connection with the Self. One day, as I rested in stillness, contemplating my potential loss, the Self spoke: ‘I will remember, remember who you are.’ (24/4/13). I found the Self’s words hugely reassuring. The Self is the archetype of identity. It is the Self who guides us to discover our true selves: who we are prior to the huge conditioning process we are subjected to as we grow through our childhood, into our teens and on into adult life. Our true self is who we are deep down. Self realisation involves both reconnecting with our true selves and connecting with our transpersonal Self (or true nature). Forming a connection with our true nature redeems (or buys us back) from a life of slavery to the ego’s insecurities and vanities. Each of the three verses contains two couplets. The first couplet speaks of a life lived disconnected from our true selves: a life lost in busyness & the egos surface preoccupations; a life lost in the collective. When we live this way our soul suffers. In the second couplet the Self (true nature) speaks promising that one’s true identify & purpose, though apparently lost & forgotten, will be held and remembered. The chorus’s are exuberant and joyful as the Self describes its true nature. The Self cannot be contained: it is ‘The Uncontained’ … saying of the Self (27/5/13).          

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