When I was a child I used to go on long summer trips with my grandparents. My sister and my cousin Angela would drive with my grandmother. The people who had the honor of driving with my grandfather was Angela’s sister, Aubrey (my aunt Ruth loves the letter A) and me. As young kids we did not like our grandfather’s old people’s boring music and being a fan of old people’s boring music my grandfather was not a fan of our young people’s music filled with clicks and whistles. One album we all could agree on was the Muppet Movie Soundtrack. Imagine sitting in a car while driving across the country listening to the Muppet Movie Soundtrack for hours. It doesn’t get better than that. The film was okie dokie.
As I am older I enjoy listening to songs of my youth to remember the great experiences. Plus it is fun to see how much of each song I can still sing along to word for word. Since I have had a few spiritual awakening experiences I am listening to the songs with a new awareness. Listening to the soundtrack of The Muppet Movie there are two songs that really stand out that makes me think there was more to Jim Henson than just his talent with puppets. With his genius for having two beautiful songs written by Paul Williams in the Muppet Movie.
Enlightenment can be a tricky concept to understand. One of the reasons it is so tricky is that the less you understand the more you know. Messages can exist in the most unlikely sources. As an example of my satori experience with the movie Kingpin, mentioned in the blog about the day I discovered personal responsibility. I was surprised when I listened to these two songs again and noticed how they described parts of my new perspective of this wonderful world.
The Rainbow Connection is the most famous song of the Muppets. Has been one of my favorite songs since I have been a young child. I had the Rainbow Connection on a 45 record. Here is a link to the history of the 45 for your younger kids.
The entire song brings up a lot of thoughts. The part that really stood out to me is:
Have you been half asleep? Have you heard voices? I’ve heard them calling my name. Is it the sweet sound that calls the young sailors? The voice might be one and the same. I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it. Its something that I’m supposed to be.
What an amazing line that encapsulates the inspirations that can tell us our purpose. During your average day, when you are half asleep your resistance to your spiritual self is at its lowest during your waking ours. How many times have you gotten a great idea or had an inspiration about your purpose in life? I know it has happened to me many times. I get goose bumps every time I hear this part of the song.
The above is the best sounding copy of I’m Going to go Back There Someday I could find on YouTube. It is an added bonus that the video is of Avatar the Last Airbender. One of my favorite cartoons.
This song is amazingly beautiful. This song actually used to make me feel sad as a child. From my perspective it is a great example of a person who has gone through an amazing spiritual awakening and is looking to recapture the feeling. Almost every line can be dissected for a deeper meaning. Of course the meaning of anything is determined by the listener. Some people might think I am over analyzing a great song. Still, this post is a good excuse for you to listen to it again. I will pick out one of my favorite lines to give a little commentary.
There’s not a word yet, for old friends who just met
Is that a great line for the concept of universal oneness. Going through an experience of universal oneness all people seem like old friends even though you have yet to meet them in this reality. Also could be an example of when you meet someone and it feels like you have known them for years on a deeper level. Just a beautiful line.
Looking out in the blogosphere I noticed that K T Cat of the blog The Scratching Post agrees with me about how deep the Muppet Movie. This person may have a different perspective, however it is is just as beautiful as mine. Posted a blog about Old Friends Who Just Met in 2006.
What is an unlikely source of some Universal Wisdom that you have found?