Sunday, June 24, 2007


The Harris Poll® #11, February 26, 2003

The Religious and Other Beliefs of Americans 2003

Many people believe in miracles (89%), the devil (68%), hell (69%), ghosts (51%), astrology (31%) and reincarnation (27%)

My fellow writer and friend, Kario turned me on to the Indigo Girls. Not only did she turn me on, she made me THREE amazing CDs of her favorite songs. I listen to them ad nauseum. There are so many on the mixes that sing my song, but I'm nutty cuckoo over "Galileo", nutty CUCKOO!

I've thought for years about the concept of reincarnation. When my brother married a Tibetan Buddhist I probed this belief deeply with her. For me, it makes sense. It makes a hell of lot of sense. I don't believe in hell as a place, but a state of mind, so I like to say things like "hell of a lot" just to bug.

As I dig into the joys of memoir writing, I feel ancient "stuff" coming up. It's GOT to be older/bigger than me, and if my dreams are any indication of my psyche, and I totally believe they are, they confirm this fact. Ancient symbols and stories are coming up for me dream after dream, night after night. I realize this is all a bit "woo woo", but that's OK, I AM a bit "woo woo". Being woo woo has led me to the studies of intellects that believe when a human "does the work" they are clearing the path for seven future generations, and purifying the path of seven previous generations. That's me, a little path clearer/purifier. No need to thank me, it's all part of my karma. BTW, I'm a full believer in karma, too. I define Karma as "reaping what you sow" from one life to the next. You kinda gotta go with the notion of karma if you're going to go with reincarnation, hard to pull the two apart.

Anyway, back to the Indigo Girls. Here's their great song about reincarnation. Something to chew on. If you take a bite and there isn't a speck of truth to it, spit it OUT. But if there's even the smallest taste of "aha", chew, swallow, and see what happens as you begin to digest.

GALILEO by Indigo Girls

Galileo's head was on the block
The crime was looking up for truth
And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode
I try to trace them to my youth

And then you had to bring up reincarnation
Over a couple of beers the other night
And now I'm serving time for mistakes
Made by another in another lifetime

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of Galileo
King of night vision, king of insight

And then I think about my fear of motion
Which I never could explain
Some other fool across the ocean years ago
Must have crashed his little airplane

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of Galileo
King of night vision, king of insight

I'm not making a joke, you know me
I take everything so seriously
If we wait for the time 'til all souls get it right
Then at least I know there'll be no nuclear annihilation
In my lifetime I'm still not right

I offer thanks to those before me
That''s all I've got to say
'cause maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime
Now I have to pay
But then again it feels like some sort of inspiration
To let the next life off the hook
But she'll say look what I had to overcome from my last life
I think I'll write a book

How long 'til my soul gets it right
Can any human being ever reach the highest light
Except for Galileo God rest his soul
(except for the resting soul of Galileo)
King of night vision, king of insight

How long
(till my soul gets it right)
[til we reach the highest light]
How long
('til my soul gets it right)
['til we reach the highest light]
How long


Sue said...

I love that you're a bit "woo woo"; hell, you wouldn't be our Carrie if you weren't.

(Um, I have a lot to do if I'm going to clear the path for seven future generations AND purify the path of seven previous generations. I think I'd better get started right now...)

Love the Indigo Girls lyrics. Thank you for adding them ...

I think you're finding your inspiration in stepping back from your everyday life. If you have to be a little more "woo woo" to get to where you need to be, who the f cares.

Your dreams are your muse.

I'm so proud of you.

kario said...

Got goosebumps just reading the lyrics, my dear! That is one of my all-time favorite IG songs, too and it has prompted discussions of reincarnation with my daughters many a time. They fully believe in it, by the way.

Glad the music is speaking to you. I had a feeling it would...

Eileen said...

Love the Indigo Girls, and that song is a favorite! My friend has been pushing me to meet with this local past regression therapist, that she loves, I am thinking about going. I am up for risks, and I do believe.

grammer said...

I see you with your psychic/karmic dust-pan and corn broom, clearing the way. Go go go ~ on and on, into the next life, and the next life, and the next ...

Jerri said...

You introduced me to the IG not long ago, and I've been hooked ever since. Now I've got to get this song, too. LOVE the lyrics.

I'm in a "how long til my soul gets it right" kind of place today, and the lyrics remind me I'm not alone here. Really glad you posted them. Thanks.

Terry Whitaker said...

I hope I'll get to be your neighbor again in the next one!

Michelle O'Neil said...

Your soul's doing just fine.

Kim said...

Love that song. I'm not there yet w/ reincarnation, but it's definitely food for thought!

riversgrace said...

When my 2 yr old sings Sanskrit mantras in her car seat, I'm pretty convinced! It's all wildly, perfectly conceivable if we follow the thread of frontier discoveries in science, which point right back to the simplest teachings from the spiritual texts of the world. At this point, 'woo woo' is when one wholeheartedly believes in material reality. What's up with that!