Bringing It   5 comments

welsh-taliesin-picThe Awen I sing,
From the deep I bring it,
A river while it flows,
I know its extent;
I know when it disappears;
I know when it fills;
I know when it overflows;
I know when it shrinks;
I know what base
There is beneath the sea.

(lines 170-179, Book of Taliesin VII, “The Hostile Confederacy“)

Oh, Taliesin, how do you know these things? I say to myself. How is it you enchant yourself into wisdom?

I have been a multitude of shapes,
Before I assumed a consistent form.
I have been a sword, narrow, variegated,
I have been a tear in the air,
I have been in the dullest of stars.
I have been a word among letters,
I have been a book in the origin.

OK, you know it because you’ve been it, I say to myself and the air.

When I sing, I hear a music that both exists and does not exist until I open my mouth. We create in the moment of desire and imagination. “From the deep” we bring things that flow like rivers while we sing. But before the song, or after?

Contrary to what I may think in the moment, so many things are matters of doing rather than believing. Challenges behave much the same as joys. When I’m afraid, I have a chance to show courage. What else does courage mean but to be afraid — and to attempt the brave thing anyway?

And when I sing, that takes a kind of courage too. I mean by this that singing when the sun shines is easy enough. Necessary, too. A gift. But singing in the dark, singing in pain, singing in uncertainty — or singing in joy when joy itself is suspect and the times are bad — there’s a song of power Taliesin would recognize.

The Awen I sing,
From the deep I bring it.

Another tool for my tool-kit. Sing it and you bring it. Make it come true when before, without you, it not only hasn’t yet arrived, it won’t and can’t arrive until you do.

IMAGE: Taliesin.

5 responses to “Bringing It

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  1. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:
    I love this post! It’s beautiful, and I’ve been feeling very much in the same space. “Sing it and you bring it.” Indeed!

  2. Thanks again, Laura. Your kind comments always bring this blog a “Bruno Bump” in readers (like the Colbert Bump only more sincere 🙂 )

    Sound and chant are so central to my practice and I realize how little I’ve said about it.

    • LOL, I like that! The Bruno Bump! I used to chant for two hours per day. That practice got me through some really rough years of life and managed to keep me in a relatively blissful state most of the time. They are powerful. I keep reminding myself to utilize them when already in a good space in order to generate an even better space. Thanks and blessings…

  3. I am really looking forward to see your perspective in future posts about the reasons behind the importance of sound / chant / music…to go, if possible, beyond the effects and closer to the why. It might be worth the effort.

  4. Spira, thanks for the suggestion. I’ll contemplate and see what comes of it.

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