Asher Quinn (Asha) sings 'Hang on to a dream' from his album "Songs of Love and Chains". Track download and CD available here ~ http://www.asherquinn.co.uk/songsofloveandchains.htm
Tim Hardin wrote this in 1966, and along with his many wistful folk songs it has been covered far and wide by many even better known singers. He died in 1980 aged 39, falling prey to heroin, having served as a marine in the Vietnam war. By honouring this song, I talk to his soul... and I really wish to tell him some things to help heal his wounds. We can do this, you know... what we spiritualise here on earth during the course of a lifetime, can be communicated to souls who now dwell between death and a new birth, especially loved ones or kindred spirits. We can provide healing through enlightenment for those who have passed through the gates of death. Our learning becomes their learning, with the right intent.
I feel a kindredness with him, a sense of brotherhood. This is what speaks to me when I hear this song... he sings: "She's gone away and left me all alone..." Now there may have been a girl, but what also speaks to me is that the woman who's gone away is his own feeling nature. His feelings have abandoned his thoughts, because of deep trauma... not least because of the war, but also because of the heroin. And he falls into a deep melancholy, unable to escape it... and eventually perishes.
There is a configuration in the psyche known as the Puer Aeternus (Puella for a girl, from the Latin)... the Eternal or Divine Child. Such a being has great sensitivity, creativity, charm, charisma and vision, because the Eternal Child substance brings purity and innocence from the spiritual realms to the physicality of the human condition. If interpreted correctly by one's ego identity, and related to with grace and humility, this substance will take a soul to enlightenment... back to his or her Godself. But if misunderstood and misrepresented, this substance falls short of its divine potential and can lead to melancholy, fatalism, depression and nihilism. Also passivity. It can cause such idealism and perfectionism, that the fragile ego buckles under the weight of expectation, and the longing for deliverance can cause recklessness, illness or even suicide... sometimes slow suicide, as with addiction.
The Eternal Child can long to be disembodied, and find a way to achieve that. Some more eastern faiths are fatalistic, and some are more focused on pure non-attachment, encouraging the disciple to learn how to dispel the illusion of attachment and return to the Godhead. But in the west, the singular cosmic event of God coming into man with the Christ descending into Jesus of Nazareth, a new human evolutionary possibility took root... not to leave the physical and return to God, but to bring God to the physical. This completes the human being. The word human comes from Hu (the divine) and Manas (the mortal being)... so the complete human condition is to realise God in ourselves. If this is accomplished, it naturally and inevitably dispels melancholy, nihilism, addiction, depression, passive longing and all manner of Godless ills. The Divine Child substance is like enriched plutonium... if handled carefully it is a supreme energy resource, but if handled carelessly it spills radio-activity and turns Luciferic. And spiritual vitality can turn into cynicism, bitterness and hopelessness.
This song speaks to me of beauty on the threshold of life and death. He says that he was left all alone... and he sounds in deep despair. Abandoned by her and by God, it seems. But at that point I'm reminded of something fabulous that Maya Angelou wrote: “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.” If you take the Divine Child substance the right way… and Tim Hardin had it in abundance… then when forsaken you resolve to make yourself worthy of her. This is one way that a man or woman can find God… to make oneself worthy through the experience of being forsaken, worthy rather than bitter or defeated. And worthy in the right way… through humility and grace, rather than pride. This song that touched my heart when I was little, helps me to find the right path now… because I saw the possibility of passive surrender in my own heart, through pain, and I figured that there just had to be another way. So I prayed for the moral strength to find that way, and I bring that remedy now to all those who have fallen in battle. This prayer was answered by the Archangel Michael… Commander-in-Chief of the heavenly militia… the one who defeated the dragon (the lower self). Michael is actually the voice of our Higher Self in this epoch… and he speaks only when he needs to. So that voice is never urgent… only wise, calm and clear.