What I drank in deeply from this tale was the fact Meg could 'see' energy.
"She tried watching TV. But it was no good. Her supernatural eyesight picked out very electron on the screen. Focusing on the pictures took real concentration."
"And the crowd went ape, especially when Cicely Ward dropped a hand over the dapper old gent's shoulder and kissed him back. It was fantastic, stupendous. An ethereal ray of white light exploded from the point of lip contact. It bathed the pores of every man, woman and spirit in the studio. Of course nobody realised that. They just knew that for a single moment everything was better in the world."
We are all schooled in the ways of scientific energy, we all know the mushroom clouds of atomic bombs & we all know what E equals.
But... emotional energy, 'soul' energy, these are the realms for fantasy or imagination.
At this time, in this world we can only 'feel' energy and we use the terms feelings & emotions. Some people experience these energy currents deeply, while others who we may refer to as 'bastards' don't seem to feel them at all.
I've been wondering if we have lost the ability that Meg has in The Wish List. The ability to see energy, and if we could see it how would we describe it?
Shakespeare (or whoever wrote his words) describes very picturesquely the energy of a tyrannical person;
"She speaks poinards, and every word stabs" - a poinyard, of course being a dagger.
Now if we could see that energy, would we perhaps see something akin to shell fire burst from that harpie's mouth, it might be glowing as if red hot. I wonder what we would see when it reached it's target.
If we could see such energy then so much that goes unquestioned & unchallenged in this world would be a thing of the past.
So I've been wondering if our ancestors saw these things that we can't. Not only do we live an incredibly different life to them, we come from generations upon generations of peoples who have been controlled & dominated in one form or another. Are we are so overstuffed with education, chemicals, religion, science, rules, time & fear that we have lost the ability to see what was once visible.
Why should the ancients go to such extraordinary lengths to describe such strange people & events.
Perhaps we've got this round the wrong way. Instead of trying to explain away giant snakes with reasoning we should be seeking to unlock the truth of our mythic inheritance by learning how to see again.
What if an ocean current, really can be viewed as a snake. Just this evening as I browsed through a fantasy picture book I came across a description of a 'Serpentine Sea' and sure enough the artist has depicted an ocean lit by moonlight that creates a serpent-like image. With my overly civilised eyes this is probably as much as I can expect to see.
What if the autumn leaves that are appearing around me are aflame. Looking at the deepening colours I can't help think of a burning bush. What if our eyes have been slowed to one speed? Could it be possible to view life faster or slower & in so viewing, that which is before us would present a different image. If you could watch the seasons in fast motion I expect the trees in Autumn would look like they were on fire. When I play with this idea I can't help seeing the similarity of the phoenix, burning up and being reborn, with a deciduous tree.
We live & move & have our beings in an essentially two-dimensional world. Flat surfaces abound in homes, tvs, computers, roads & books - all the fundamental elements of this world. The media which sucks up so much of our awareness is in effect a one way channel - no participation is required. Actually that really covers it, in this world our participation is not required. We are required to follow the rules & prefabricated lifestyle, but being a part of this world is actively discouraged.I remember reading somewhere that children raised in round homes ie teepees, develop in quite different ways to those raised behind straight walls.
How might a people who were raised in a world without the longstanding vibrations of repression develop.
A little example.
All of my family apart from my younger brother were born in Ireland. We moved here when I was very young. My brother was born after we had been here several years.
He is different to us.
He has far more of the kiwi about him, he is taller, more rugged in appearance, outdoorsy, sporty. I can't quite put my finger on it but there is a difference. I would say he absorbed the energy of this land and that it flows through him.
What was the energy of the land like when the myths & the legends were born. I really do not think that we are not living in that energy now.
I have a feeling that if we could return to storytelling we could regain some of our vision. I am quite sure that stories, myths & legends are meant to be heard not read.
For many y-ears now I have taken my stories in audio form. Initially as a mother at home with a young child, they were dear friends who warmed many a lonely day. I don't know how to describe the multi-sensory delight of having someone read you a story. It is an intimate & sensual experience because listening is intimate & sensual, the music industry would not wield the power it does if this was not so. I know I cannot listen to someone whose voice does not please me.
This world now is very visual, our others senses take a back seat. I have read that many of the US presidents of old would have a hard time getting elected these days because of their unsavoury appearances.
We think we see, but do we really? Perhaps if we started 'seeing things' that would be a sign that we were getting our vision back.
When Neo asked Morpheus in the Matrix why his eyes hurt the answer was "because you have never used them."
If energy can't be lost, only transformed, then is it possible that our vision was transmuted into a different form. Could the plants used by shamans to stimulate vision, in actual fact be our lost sight in a different form. Taking this a step further, could both the emergence of life forms & the extinction of others be directly linked to either our re-animation or our shutting down of innate abilities. I'm not suggesting we are the only important species, but we do seem to be fundamental to the direction the future takes.