Song 70

Go back! Go back!

To

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SUN
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 First Rising

To

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Arms
Opening

Heart
Fluttering

Mouth
Naming

To
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INCORRUPTIBLE
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 Seed

Eternally Present

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UNALLOYED
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Calling… ever calling…

Begin… Begin…

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 1/6/13

Whakapapa: written in response to the Self’s saying: ‘We need to go back to that seed where the incorruptible and the corruptible mixed’ (28/5/13). The words felt like a challenge to ‘we’ (the Self and I) to examine my life to see where the ‘seed of corruption’ had mixed with the seed of ‘the incorruptible’: (the Self being; ‘the Incorruptible’). The ‘seed of corruption’ are those elements of our ego (or lower soul) which lead us away from our call to fulfil who we are by living out our uniqueness in lives of service to humanity, the planet & to the mystery we call God.* Perhaps the greatest human struggle is to be who we truly are. Our lower soul consistently seeks to sabotage our living in harmony with our higher soul. We also live in a system corrupted by materialistic, conformist and secular values. The poem draws on my first visual experience of the Self, where (in a dream) I saw the Sun; (A symbol of the Self) rising, blazing, over the horizon of a vast sea. In the dream I was crying out ‘the Self, the Self.’ I was filled with joy, wonder and gratitude as at some deep level I realised how significant this ‘rising’ was. Many of us have experiences of connecting with the presence of ‘something’ deep & wise & powerful within us. The poem encourages us to return to the source of such experiences and begin again. After I completed the poem I remembered the phrase ‘corruptible seed’ was in a Bob Dylan song. I goggled to find what song it was & discovered that Dylan sings: ‘Well God is in his heaven, and we all want what is his/But power and greed and corruptible seed, seems to be all that there is.’ (Blind Willie Mac Tell). Because the ‘corruptible seed’ is both within and without us, we frequently need to ‘go back’ (through practices like meditation, mindfulness & honest self examination etc) to root out the ‘corruptible seed’ and cultivate our connection with the ‘incorruptible seed.’ Google also led me to a verse in the bible that points in the same direction as the poem: ‘Being born again not of the corruptible seed, but of the incorruptible seed, which is the word of God (1 Peter 1; 23, Holman Version). The Self (the inner Christ) is the living word of God within us.

*’The passions of the lower soul are powerful and impersonal forces of disorientation that obscure the Image of the Angel. The struggle against these powers and for the Angel whose light shines in every human face shapes the drama of our lives.’ 1)

 1)     Tom Cheetham: Henry Corbin and the Angelic Function of Beings: Pg 232

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