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The power to destroy and create

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“You see, I am an artist. I believe that art saves. I believe it is often the only thing that stands between us and chaos. I have faith that while the world is crumbling, art survives.” — Janis Ian (thanks to annemichael.wordpress.com)

Some of the thoughts that I have been reading here on WordPress the past days have given me pause. In the wake of the violent tragedy in Colorado, I have read beautiful words by several of you, dear blogging friends. A comment I had to one of my posts spoke to the idea that in the absence of creativity, destructive energy has an easy opening into the human psyche. Other thoughts which I have pondered include the undeniable loss of basic human morality in our current society, and the idea of losing one’s way when one loses sight of their core beliefs. In a beautiful post by Jeremiah of Knowthesphere.wordpress.com he contemplates humanity’s power to destroy, and writes,
“We have the power to destroy this entire planet… and it only takes one person to kindle the fire… The only thing that separates us from totally destroying ourselves is the love we all have within… To understand that we can change is only the beginning… Changing is the task.”

All the energy and emotions of the past days and weeks have made me quiet and contemplative, simply taking it all and looking, being with, working to accept this ride we call life. Death and loss are inevitable and vital parts of life’s essence. Likewise darkness too has its place in the whole, along with the light. I think that we tend to want to forget, or not recognize the truth of these words, we seek the light, the good, the beautiful, as we ought to do, it is natural for humans to want these qualities of being. And, somehow I know that we cannot have only the light with no shadows as long as we remain humans on the earth. As much as some of us would dearly love to ascend to something higher, another dimensionality (and I have been reading about this shifting to a fifth dimensionality, there are some excellent blogs which speak about it and work to explain what it is about), I still maintain that part of our task of being human is to struggle with all the sides, all the facets, then work to understand our multiplicity, to love and accept that we are all of it. Made in God’s image… all those metaphors work with this concept. They ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, their eyes were opened… and they had the power of free will. For good or for ill. It is our collective, human destiny to have this power. And find out what it is, and how to use it, not abuse it. But to transcend it totally?  Hmmm.

I have a dear friend back in the States who comments on my blog regularly. He is a firm believer in the idea that evil is not a force outside of ourselves, but that negative impulses come from within each human, and that it is by recognizing, and essentially loving, all the aspects of ourselves, both light and dark, good and destructive, high and low, that we evolve to a higher level of being alive and conscious. I cannot fully agree with his theory that there is nothing outside of ourselves, but I also cannot with any certainty claim that it is not true either. In this world of illusion, it appears that there are forces ‘out there’ which act upon us and affect us in ways that we are not fully aware of. It is like the sun and the moon; they are outside of us humans, and they affect us profoundly whether we are aware of it or not. Same with the fixed starry world, which of course is what astrology is based upon. So to say that there are no forces outside of ourselves just doesn’t feel quite true, to me at least.

Tonight I watched a Youtube concert of one of my favorite performers, Peter Gabriel. It was a film of his Secret World tour, made quite a few years ago now. If you are familiar with his music, you know that it is rich with depth and meaning, powerful imagery and wonderful imagination. It would be difficult to name a favorite song by him, but one of the most beautiful songs he ever wrote is called The Blood of Eden. He and his band, along with a beautiful woman singer, Paula Cole, perform this song during this concert. Here are the lyrics, which I find so beautiful:

I caught sight of my reflection
I caught it in the window
I saw the darkness in my heart
I saw the signs of my undoing
They had been there from the start

And the darkness still has work to do
The knotted chord’s untying
The heated and the holy
Oh they’re sitting there on high
So secure with everything they’re buying

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
With the man in the woman and the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
We wanted the union oh the union of the woman, the woman and the man

My grip is surely slipping
I think I’ve lost my hold
Yes I think I’ve lost my hold
I cannot get insurance any more
They don’t take credit, only gold
Is that a dagger or a crucifix I see
You hold so tightly in your hand
And all the while the distance grows between you and me
I do not understand

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
With the man in the woman and the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
We wanted the union oh the union of the woman, the woman and the man

At my request you take me in
In that tenderness I am floating away
No certainty, nothing to rely on
Holding still for a moment
What a moment this is
Oh for a moment of forgetting
A moment of bliss
Oh….

I can hear the distant thunder
Of a million unheard souls
Of a million unheard souls
Watch each one reach for creature comfort
For the filling of their holes

In the blood of Eden we have done everything we can
In the blood of Eden, so we end as we began
With the man in the woman and the woman in the man
It was all for the union, oh the union of the woman, the woman and the man
–Peter Gabriel, The Blood of Eden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=V3T9ZSFFaVs&NR=1

Dear Readers, I wanted to share this song with you because it speaks so deeply of our human condition, our longing for what is real, what is true, what is whole and good and beautiful in a world full of madness, greed, ugliness, horror and apathy. I can guess that many of you, like me, take solace in music as well as silence. This music tonight, of Peter Gabriel and his very talented band members, reminded me that hope still lives in the human heart, that we have the power to heal from everything imaginable, and that the creative, or art spirit, when kept alive and nurtured, is the most powerful force which we have available to us. Love and creation live together, they are one and the same force which exist both within and outside of us. Even in the blackest, most desperate of circumstances, we always have the power of our imagination. It seems very important to remember this simple and profound truth!

As a writer, I have come to see how easy it is to fall into sentimentality or banality while writing these blogs, to stay too much on the surface of things, to sink into traps of platitudes. There is an art to writing of life’s pain and sufferings, to honor all of it, to not jump to easy answers: there aren’t any.  All of you who have responded to my words of late, and have written beautiful, thoughtful words of your own, have helped me to understand and to remember the power of not only love, but of Art, of Imagination, and of Creation as the best way to heal, to find solace, and to move on from the edges of insanity.  It seems an invaluable tool to combat the negativity which is all around us, and to lift ourselves up to a more conscious life. And if I understand all of you correctly, that is what this whole dance is really about, isn’t it?

 

  • Oblivion (knowthesphere.wordpress.com)
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Author: SingingBones

When we sing over the bones, we are calling the wild nature, the instinctive soul back, singing it alive again. To live with our wildness intact, is the greatest gift a woman can give herself. "It is the holy poetry and singing we are after." C.P. Estes

6 thoughts on “The power to destroy and create

  1. Thanks for the mention.. And wonderful post. You illustrate the importance of accepting both inner and outer dualism. As much as we would all like a perfect world, I imagine this is an impossibility of Earthly existence. Perhaps we move on toward a higher level of compassion and being, and the more we work on it here the better it becomes later.. Personally, I just enjoy the mystery.

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    • You are so welcome. I also enjoy, while needing to sometimes work on accepting the mystery. And I also believe that perfection is not a state which is within the human realm while on earth…. thanks for reading.

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  2. Great Peter Gabriel concert…I am a fan,too! Saw him in Australia in 1990…anyway, I have been meditating on the tragedy in Co, and I have come up with a number of “explanations”, each of which seemingly has validity…one, the projection of unhealed wounding out into the world, two-the fact that there are NO jobs for the young now and a sense of hopelessness is creeping up for them, three-the increasing gap between the haves and have nots, four-the addiction to technology and the subsequent losing touch with the natural world and five-the lack of a vision for the future – “keep shopping: is not very inspiring to our higher self. All of these together is a toxic mix, I am afraid.

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    • Although I can completely understand your rationale here, Dr. Banner, I suspect there is more at work in some human’s psyches than the ostensible, outer world reasons for such inhumane acts. Perhaps your meditations will take you further into the soul for deeper answers…. although we will never really know the reasons for such violence, as much as we would like to understand. Thanks for your comments, as always.

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  3. I have been a William Blake fan since I was about 13 years old. Lovely to see “The Tree of Knowledge” on this post. Knowledge–a fraught enterprise. But you see: art survives!

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