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Rainforest Pond Rain (River of Dreams)

River of Dreams – by David Elias

I sleep by the fire
Your song’s in my dreams
I run off to find you
You’re nowhere it seems
The blue clouds float higher
Metallic skies gleam
Your shadow’s the answer
This river of dreams

A fortnight’s a long time
To wait by the door
Your footstops don’t echo
They’ve been here before
I pull my coat tighter
Look out one time more
Your shadow’s the answer
It lies on the floor

I’ll cast one more time
To the river of dreams
WIth a net made of willow
And sycamore leaves
I won’t look behind me
As tears to to streams
Echo the answer
This river of dreams


We sometimes don’t know where our Soul has gone. We have stopped paying attention to it and we have become occupied by distractions that are often intentional. The media woven world is full of these.

I found that by filming the raindrops in the pond in the rainforest, I was able to distill distractions and cleanse my over active Mind allowing a much better space for my Soul.

River of Dreams is largely a writing and song about loss and grief. It describes water in the form of rivers and tears and loss in the forms of shadows and metallic skies.

A fire is the catalyst to the whole process of dealing with loss and grief. The Phoenix. Transformation. Casting a net made of tree leaves into this river is how we search for renewed strength in our dreams. Sycamores and Willows love riversides…

My song “River of Dreams” then seemed to fit the mediative pond in the forest with raindrops falling into it creating dreamlike patterns of reflection of the forest trees nearby. That is how the video came to be.

“River of Dreams” is currently a free MP3/FLAC audio download here…[click]

River of Dreams - audio download
River of Dreams – audio download

Here is a mediation video of just the rain on the pond in the forest for you dissolve your preoccupations in and relax to.  Namaste…

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Emergence – Grandmother Hapu’u

Within the rainforest in East Hawaii is the emergence of all that’s new. My photographs of the embarking hapu’u (ha-POO-oo) ferns in the Hawaiian rain forest (Big Island) shows some of the remarkable beauty of all that’s natural and automatic (i.e., unconsciously aware). The older ferns can be 10-12 feet tall or higher and the fronds that shoot out another dozen or more feet high.

These ominous forest inhabitants are endemic to Hawaii. That is, they exist on the these islands and nowhere else in the world. Evolution brings us to see how things are created and how they emerge. Hawaii is a living example of early evolution. The newest earth on the planet, being added to every day as lava flows from the Pu’u ‘O’o cone into the ocean on the south edge of the Big Island…a new island called Loihi. The creation of life in all forms is an observable, liveable work in progress.

The hapu’u fern is referred to as the mother of the rainforest. I think that is for reasons including it is silent and very present in the forest, providing canopy (protection) as well as nutrients to all that lies below. The trunk of the fern is saturated with water. It might be 12″ in diameter or more. Everything else can grow from that including the endemic ohia and olapa trees and many other ferns, grasses, indeed all that lives in the forest. This is true whether the trunk is fallen and decomposing horizontally on the ground, or is standing strong and healthy. It offers sustenance and protection to any “child”.

The video is a childlike message to grandmother hapu’u in the rainforest showing respect and appreciation.

Aloha Mother Nature!

emerging ferns on a hapu'u fern in the rainforest
emerging ferns on a hapu’u fern in the rainforest
the front pops out tightly curled and protected by the hair-like material (pulu i think it's called)
the front pops out tightly curled and protected by the hair-like material (pulu i think it’s called)
When the pulu falls away you can see the different branches of each frond curled inside
When the pulu falls away you can see the different branches of each frond curled inside
emergence of the fronds...evolution at play
emergence of the fronds…evolution at play
mother nature in forest green
mother nature in forest green
the hapu'u extending into the forest canopy (center) with ohia -- endemic to hawaii
the hapu’u extending into the forest canopy (center) with ohia — endemic to hawaii
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Something He Already Knows

The music for this video was recorded at a kitchen table off grid in Hamakua on a dropped D guitar tuning. I took the photos from the beautiful water side in Kapoho, East Hawaii.

In the background of the recording you can hear the cacaphony of coquis (frogs) that have premeated the quiet nights in most of East Hawaii in recent years except at higher altitudes and dry desert areas.

Coquis here on the Big Island are a good example of how balance can be thrown to the wind on a random unconscious result of “nothing intended”. Yet a lot still happens. Isn’t that the way?

Coquis were brought to Hawaii as stowaways on container ships from Puerto Rico. While having been controlled (and removed) on other islands of Hawaii, their foothold on the Big Island was never seriously challenged and so they thrived. As a result many residents live with earplugs as a way to sleep. As many as 10,000+ coquis can exist per acre with a chirp (koh-KEE!!) in the 80 to 90 decibel range, similar to a lawnmower. They have no preditor here…yet.

“Something He Already Knows” has similar implications in its message about things we know but can’t or won’t do anything about. Like the tide we watch our emotions and images of our own reality move in random fashion as if it was something external from us and not tied directly to our existence and imagination.

We are what we imagine. Something we already know. But how well do we live with that in our mental conversation with ourselves and our world?

Leave a reply and let me know if you live with coquis or you live with something you already know.