The Story Of Time (Turtle & Tree Talk Time & Mind) Cont'd

Song & narration

Song Length: 6:09

Genre: Children/all-ages Environmental Inspirational

Lyric Credits: José Argüelles
Music Credits: Francine Jarry
Producer Credits: Francine Jarry
Publisher Credits: Rainbow Messenger Publishing
Performance Credits: Francine Jarry/vocals-guitar-piano
Label Credits: The Rainbow Music Company

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Be constant like a turtle
Be still like a tree
Innocence is the balance
Between stillness and constancy
Stay in your innocence
Every moment of time
Your knowing will turn
Your constancy will shine (x2)

After turtle sang her song, a strong wind arose, causing tree to bow and shake. When the wind died down, tree thought for a moment and said: turtle, that wind was very strong. But in my center my mind remained still. Now I can tell you what I think.

Stillness is for knowing
Hold to your stillness
And the ring of time
Will be known to you
You can know all things
When the ring of time is known to you
Knowing all things
You can extend the roots of your mind
Deep into your body
And the branches of your mind
High into the sky of mystery and dreams
This is the power of tree’s knowing mind
Knowing mind in my still center, I keep time…
One ring a year for Mother Earth
One ring a year to renew our birth
In my stillness I know you
Turtle my friend, forever true!

When tree finished, turtle remained at the base of tree’s trunk for a very long time.

After many moons had passed, turtle looked up at tree and said: I am going now tree. At last we understand each other. Remaining still and constant we will be able to endure to the end of the becoming. We will be able to complete our task for Mother Earths’ sacred biosphere. We will keep Earth’s sacred time within ourselves, no matter what else happens. These are my thoughts tree. This is what I have learned from you. This is what I have to share with you before I go.

Stillness is knowing that mind is all
If I am unhappy it is because
I am not holding stillness in my mind
Thoughts out of time make my mind cloudy
Thoughts in time make my mind sweet
What I am in the stillness of my mind
I give and receive without even knowing it

Stillness holds me in my constancy
Constancy is for moving in time
All creatures of the animal kingdom move in time
Just as Earth moves in her own time

My constancy is for navigation
When I am constant with time
My navigation always takes me to where I am going

Tree... wherever I travel through land and sea
Your friendship will be with me constantly
Be who you are, time is yours to know
Hold steady as you go, it’s all in the flow

Turtle then slipped noiselessly back into the stream. Tree nodded dreamily in the moonlight. All was well in the biosphere.

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