This land between the worlds is that inexplicable place we all recognize once we experience it, but its nuances slip away and shape-change if one tries to pin them down, except when we use poetry, music, dance, or story. There is speculation that the immune system of the body is rooted in this mysterious psychic land, and also the mystical, as well as all archetypal images and urges including our God-hunger, our yearning for the mysteries, and all the sacred instincts as well as those which are mundane. Some would say the records of humankind, the root of light, the coil of dark are also here. It is not a void, but rather the place of the Mist Beings where things are and also are not yet, where shadows have substance and substance is sheer. One thing about this land is certain, it is old, older than the oceans. It has no age; it is ageless. Archetype exists everywhere and yet is not see-able in the usual sense. What can be seen of it in the dark cannot necessarily be seen in daylight.
So, to further our kinship relationship with the instinctual nature, it assists greatly if we understand stories as though we are inside them, rather than as though they are outside of us. We enter into a story through the door of inner hearing. The spoken story touches the auditory nerve, which runs across the floor of the skull into the brainstem just below the pons. There, auditory impulses are relayed upward to consciousness or else, it is said, to the soul ... depending on the attitude with which one listens. Ancient dissectionists spoke of the auditory nerve being divided into three or more pathways deep in the brain. They surmised that the ear was meant, therefore, to hear at three different levels. One pathway was said to hear the mundane conversations of the world. A second pathway apprehended learning and art. And the third pathway existed so the soul itself might hear guidance and gain knowledge while here on earth. Listen then with soul-hearing now, for that is the mission of story.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
The cover image is not accidental. Although one of the bird symphonies was recorded in it, it does not mean that it is worth making the cover. I chose it because it looks perfect, and at the same time it is not. By means of symbols such are trunks of trees, which are straight, it composes a record that describes us too. Some DNA and archetype.
released March 12, 2020
The recording is part of the thesis by Martina Testen:
Analysis of the influence of the sound environment on customer behavior - EF Ljubljana, 2016 COBISS-ID-24042726
Recorded by Martina Testen and Simon Šerc, spring 2015
Recording locations in Slovenia and Italy
Edited, mixed and mastered by Simon Šerc
Front photo: Mešnjak forest, photo by Martina Testen
Back photo: Focce dell'Isonzo, photo by Simon Šerc