A Hundred Votes For Aotearoa

1

Where there is love
There is truth
Where there is fear
There is falsehood

2

Where there is love
There is light
Where there is fear
There is illusion

3

Where there is love
There is beauty
Where there is fear
There is darkness

4

Where there is love
There is colour
Where there is fear
There is nothingness

5

Where there is love
There is music
Where there is fear
There is ignorance

6

Where there is love
There is dance
Where there is fear
There is stuckness

7

Where there is love
There is choice
Where there is fear
There is force

8

Where there is love
There is peace
Where there is fear
There is warmongering

9

Where there is love
There is freedom
Where there is fear
There is imprisonment

10

Where there is love
There is togetherness
Where there is fear
There is isolation

11

Where there is love
There is reason
Where there is fear
There is insanity

12

Where there is love
There is relationship
Where there is fear
There is avoidance

13

Where there is love
There is rhythm
Where there is fear
There is soullessness

14

Where there is love
There is poetry
Where there is fear
There is insult

15

Where there is love
There is kindness
Where there is fear
There is greed

16

Where there is love
There is sharing
Where there is fear
There is hoarding

17

Where there is love
There is song
Where there is fear
There is false pride

18

Where there is love
There is guidance
Where there is fear
There is outcast

19

Where there is love
There is change
Where there is fear
There is fate

20

Where there is love
There is faith
Where there is fear
There is trauma

21

Where there is love
There is laughter
Where there is fear
There is slaughter

22

Where there is love
There is style
Where there is fear
There is conformity

23

Where there is love
There is soul
Where there is fear
There is dying

24

Where there is love
There is trust
Where there is fear
There is hiding

25

Where there is love
There is openness
Where there is fear
There is blindness

26

Where there is love
There is warmth
Where there is fear
There is despair

27

Where there is love
There is nature
Where there is fear
There is theft

28

Where there is love
There is belief
Where there is fear
There is doubt

29

Where there is love
There is sound
Where there is fear
There is rigidity

30

Where there is love
There is art
Where there is fear
There is pretense

31

Where there is love
There is giving
Where there is fear
There is dying

32

Where there is love
There is ancestry
Where there is fear
There is loneliness

33

Where there is love
There is forgiveness
Where there is fear
There is crime

34

Where there is love
There is communion
Where there is fear
There is confusion

35

Where there is love
There is voice
Where there is fear
There is choking

36

Where there is love
There is union
Where there is fear
There is separation

37

Where there is love
There is knowing
Where there is fear
There is forgetfulness

38

Where there is love
There is confidence
Where there is fear
There is hesitation

39

Where there is love
There is hope
Where there is fear
There is fear-mongering

40

Where there is love
There is greatness
Where there is fear
There is injustice

41

Where there is love
There is memory
Where there is fear
There is sleepfulness

42

Where there is love
There is expression
Where there is fear
There is repression

43

Where there is is love
There is mercy
Where there is fear
There is trouble

44

Where there is love
There is determination
Where is fear
There is conspiracy

45

Where there is love
There is friendship
Where there is fear
There is stranger

46

Where there is love
There is timing
Where there is fear
There is uniformity

47

Where there is love
There is passion
Where there is fear
There is addiction

48

Where there is love
There is help
Where there is fear
There is poverty

49

Where there is love
There is life
Where there is fear
There is ingratitude

50

Where there is love
There is home
Where there is fear
There is loss

51

Where there is love
There is land
Where there is fear
There is division

52

Where there is love
There is wealth
Where there is fear
There is sickness

53

Where there is love
There is pleasure
Where there is fear
There is inhibition

54

Where there is love
There is quality
Where there is fear
There is ignoring

55

Where there is love
There is permission
Where there is fear
There is punishment

56

Where there is love
There is patience
Where there is fear
There is waiting

57

Where there is love
There is clarity
Where there is fear
There is contraction

58

Where there is love
There is play
Where there is fear
There is meanness

59

Where there is love
There is fullness
Where there is fear
There is narrowness

60

Where there is love
There is history
Where there is fear
There is denial

61

Where there is love
There is evolution
Where there is fear
There is retribution

62

Where there is love
There is language
Where there is fear
There is refusal

63

Where there is love
There is pleasing
Where there is fear
There is denying

64

Where there is love
There is serenity
Where there is fear
There is anxiety

65

Where there is love
There is meaning
Where there is fear
There is ideology

66

Where there is love
There is loyalty
Where there is fear
There is mistrust

67

Where there is love
There is progress
Where there is fear
There is control

68

Where there is love
There is time
Where there is fear
There is panic

69

Where there is love
There is passage
Where there is fear
There is limitation

70

Where there is love
There is ambiguity
Where there is fear
There is uncertainty

71

Where there is love
There is wisdom
Where there is fear
There is regression

72

Where there is love
There is purity
Where there is fear
There is toxicity

73

Where there is love
There is fairness
Where there is fear
There is cheating

74

Where there is love
There is strength
Where there is fear
There is violence

75

Where there is love
There is promise
Where there is fear
There is hopelessness

76

Where there is love
There is flow
Where there is fear
There is entrapment

77

Where there is love
There is depth
Where there is fear
There is neglect

78

Where there is love
There is artistry
Where there is fear
There is sophistry

79

Where there is love
There is honesty
Where there is fear
There is secrecy

80

Where there is love
There is synchronicity
Where there is fear
There is polarity

81

Where there is love
There is feeling
Where there is fear
There is conditioning

82

Where there is love
There is seeing
Where there is fear
There is staring

83

Where there is love
There is hearing
Where there is fear
There is misbelieving

85

Where there is love
There is knowledge
Where there is fear
There is arrogance

86

Where there is love
There is talent
Where there is fear
There is parsimony

87

Where there is love
There is community
Where there is fear
There is friction

88

Where there is love
There is unity
Where there is fear
There is judgement

89

Where there is love
There is sweetness
Where there is fear
There is blame

90

Where there is love
There is joy
Where there is fear
There is sorrow

91

Where there is love
There is ease
Where there is fear
There is struggle

92

Where there is love
There is forbearance
Where there is fear
There is excess

93

Where there is love
There is agreement
Where there is fear
There is gloating

94

Where there is love
There is completion
Where there is fear
There is reduction

95

Where there is love
There is welcome
Where there is fear
There is selfishness

96

Where there is love
There is congratulation
Where there is fear
There is jealousy

97

Where there is love
There is inclusion
Where there is fear
There is rejection

98
Where there is love
There is curiosity
Where there is fear
There is criticism

99

Where there is love
There is growth
Where there is fear
There is waste

100

Where there is love
There is occupation
Where there is fear
There is desertion

Below Myself

What lives below myself is feeling.
What rind I find myself needs peeling.
I want to knife myself while kneeling.
Unwind the surface self til reeling.

My heart in treasure chest is heaving.
What is this life I live achieving?
But what’s this angry face so seething?
Where comes this cloven hoof now cleaving?

Who cuts the lock on casket hidden,
Who foists the force upon unbidden?
Who diving drops to depths so leaden,
To slice the tangled roots that deaden?

If I, who am ‘I’ when freedom comes?
So I am the feeling that was numbed.
What lives above this Self can be summed
As two entwined in doubt and not the
One.

Seasons Of The Soul

Life (unfortunately?) is not a linear progression of continual transcendence.
We loop-the-loop in periodic cycles whose zenith
Is the acquisition of higher consciousness given as grace or guidance,
And whose nadir is the sacrificial ordeal of the redemption of lower consciousness
And the gift of initiation.

A catalyst kicks it off, a season of the soul.
Looking back I can reflect ‘that was the period of my life when..’
How did that one begin? What started the wheel to spin?
We were on a roll, a spark ignited, something fired the imagination,
And we got caught on the rising tide, the movement of transformation.

The ‘New Age’ is largely a solar cult, fashioned from sunny California.
The sparkle of spiritual images from the commodity capital of Hollywood.
Bought in the marketplace we must make them our own,
Bringing image together with shadow to become real,
Find what is uniquely ours from all the ideas that appeal.

A calling turns us inward, beyond the public domain.
What got us kudos was not enough, the outward expression is flagging.
What was once professed we must now confess we know not where it came from.
And we ask in declining days of summer if we might humble ourselves to listen
and accept the lessons of the guiding ones.

Grace is the gift of those who have stopped seeking or struggling.
Outward confidence becomes the inner ability to confide in oneself.
Something nudges us from our certainty and calls into question
The mission we thought we were on.
Sweet season of touching the future self where it’s already all been done.

A crisis takes us full circumstance, opposite where we began.
We must enter the underworld embrace and allow an understanding.
Every aspect of ourselves wants to be accounted for and included.
The stretch in ourselves as we remind ourselves of the light while in the shadows.
It is the shamanic ordeal to use these tools for transformation.

And in that said period of your life, wasn’t there the determination,
To break several cycles of similar fate to gain an initiation?
The gift you receive becomes your service to see where others are caught.
What gold did you uncover? The rhythm and pulse of life discovered.
Seasons of the soul beyond which realization is sought.

 

~ Tony French 1998

 

 

A Dream About Counselling Work

My brother, Steve, and I, talking to a guy.
There’s some work he wants to offer us.
(Steve’s been struggling around work issues too).
The guy’s a brilliant young biologist.

He’s been working with trout, growing them large,
He says, up to eighty kilos.
Wow, that’s one heavy lifting job, I joke,
Imagining giving them the heave-ho.

The guy knows my joke, but knows me better,
The cap-tipping banter of one anxious about work.
Of course, I’m working with them when they’re lighter,
He says, and I, in a sudden realization, know my quirk
Of finding in images the heart of the matter.
I look inside again to what my soul calls me to.

And sunlight flashes on scales of silver,
As I lift heavy fishes and pour them on through,
To slip into streams from their large holding tanks,
And I know this is the work I will do.

 

The Holy Masculine

Bagpiper stands at the top of a hill,
And he’s calling to his clan:
I’ll find my art and perfect this craft,
Til I know the holy masculine.

And a poet prays til he falls silent,
And trusts his words again.
Then writes of things that touch his heart,
Til he knows the holy masculine.

And both alone they travel home,
To communities of other men.
To play their songs and share their words,
And embrace the holy masculine.