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Singer and songwriter K.D. Lang released a song in 1992 that to date is the most popular song she has ever produced. I must admit that when I first heard it I had no idea what it meant or what the lyrics actually were. At that time in my life I actually believed the lyrics were, “I’m going crazy and have always been.” I indeed thought that I was crazy and I thought there was no way out. Thirty six years later and I had an epiphany moment. Silly me, the hook lyrics are, “Constant Craving has always been”. I want to take this opportunity with you to explore these simple yet profoundly meaningful lyrics. I believe they contain a clear and beautiful message valuable to our growth as evolving souls of light and love.
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The gist of the lyrics are:
“Even through the darkest phase be it thick or thin/
Always someone marches brave here beneath my skin/
Constant Craving has always been/
Maybe a great magnet pulls all souls to what’s true, or maybe it is life itself/
That feeds wisdom to its youth.”
Even through the darkest phase be it thick or thin: Life has it “ups and downs.” We experience our light and darkness. Our pain and joys…laughter and tears. As human beings we need to experience the full range of experiences that life has to offer. We cannot know ourselves as awake consciousness without them.
Always someone marches brave here beneath my skin: To me this is referring to our soul. That part of us that are connected to God (i.e. Source, Love, Universal Truth, Higher Self) the part of ourselves that is rooted in unchanging unwavering truth that life is perfect and we are innately peaceful beings.
Constant Craving has always been: The constant craving refers to innate urge in human beings to step off the roller coaster of life’s ups and downs; ending the suffering that emotional pain can lead to if we remain asleep in our ego consciousness. To understand that life is beautiful in the moment, NOW and in every now. Allowing everything to be exactly as it is.
Maybe a great magnet pulls all souls to what’s true: The magnet is the interplay between emotional pain that arises from ego consciousness and the peace of the soul. Emotional pain hurts, which triggers a response to find a way out of pain. This is known commonly as the process of “waking up.” Waking up is optional for everyone. You do not need to wake up if you do not want to. If the urge in a human being is strong enough, a person will be driven towards the truth of the soul.
Or maybe it is life itself that feeds wisdom to its youth: Life indeed feeds wisdom to its youth. As we evolve in our journey to connect with our soul we regain the wisdom and innocence of youth. The innocence of being uncomplicated and simple, like a child, while simultaneously accompanied with the full love and unwavering support of a mature adult that we inevitably become and realize. Ego is not longer rejected or killed, but rather loved and revered as a divine helper in life. Gone are the false ego driven beliefs that created and perpetuated our suffering. Those beliefs when they were formed did in fact serve a holy purpose. They helped us make sense of a big scary and confusing world, but as the wisdom of our soul becomes more revealed and clear to us, are no longer needed. I am not saying that waking up produces a pain free life. I am saying that in life there is pain and suffering. Pain is stubbing your toe; suffering is the story of how you stubbed your toe and why such bad things always happen to you, and how you are looking for another similar or worse event to occur in the near future. Pain in life is inevitable. Suffering is optional. The alarm is ringing; do you want to wake up? Do you have that constant craving?