Arrai. Reflections & Inspirations.

June 23, 2021


The Seven Nations


Ah, mythology. Joseph Campbell said that myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is. Sometimes I wonder. 

There are myths and legends about Air in every world culture, and loads of wind gods and goddesses. I was drawn to Shu, the Egyptian god of peace, air, and wind. His name means emptiness or he who rises up. It seemed perfect. And then I read more.

In the beginning, there was primordial darkness and chaos. From that emptiness, the Egyptian god Atum, also called Ra and Re, came into being. He was the first god, creator of himself. Seeing the nothingness around him, he determined to create a world. He had intercourse with his hand and ejaculated into his mouth, using it as a womb. When he spat out the substance, he created the twin god and goddess named Shu and Tefnut, siblings and lovers who shared a single soul.

Well, maybe not so much with the mythology this time. I will leave it to you to wander down the wind god and goddess rabbit hole if you are called to do so. Have a nice time.

Instead I will offer more recent reflections on Arrai as a relationship with spiritual energy. This quote from mystic Hildegard Von Bingen has long been a favorite.

Underneath all the texts, all the sacred psalms and canticles, these watery varieties of sounds and silences, terrifying, mysterious, whirling and sometimes gestating and gentle, must somehow be felt in the pulse of the music that sings in me. My new song must float like a feather on the breath of God.

This lyric from Phil Collins is also a favorite. I played this album at perhaps excessively loud volumes when I was in Ireland last September painting the cottage – although I did find dancing on a ladder a bit challenging. Yes, I realize the whole song has a bit of a different focus, but I love the chorus.

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, Oh lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment, for all my life, Oh lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh lord, Oh lord

And finally this from Peter, Paul, and Mary…because it’s all just blowing in the wind.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before they call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
How many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many years must a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea?
How many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
How many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
How many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
How many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Indeed. So many answers are blowing in the wind. May we embrace the energy of Arrai. May we find the inspiration to find those answers.

Judith –

Note: Mukanda Dawe is an ascended master and one of my spiritual teachers. These are his teachings. The Shakti Tao book that holds these teachings and insights to a practice of connecting with the Nations is available online.