I am amused by the frequent references to “channelling” by journalists in recent months. Previously we would just “refer to”, “mimic” or “ape” but now we “channel”.
The Economist mentioned David Cameron, or some politician “channelling Churchill” and in today’s Guardian we hear about people “channelling that annoying little fawn from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”.
I love the immediacy of channelling. We are not just referring to something else, but directly expressing its innate idea.
This blog, for example, channels Arjuna and the Octopus. Expressing different wisdoms: the Octopus is the basis for Maori wisdom teaching – connecting with its arms the fundamental tenants of a life well-lived.
Arjuna, meanwhile, was involved in many adventures. We can learn a lot from his exploits, responses to crises and finally on bended knee receiving the wisdom from Krishna – “the river of Holy Light” – and channelled that whilst in the middle of a fearsome battle.
The link between Arjuna and the Octopus is purely personal. Both relate to series of experiences I have had at home and abroad. Arjuna is the hero – the struggler against fate – making peace with circumstances he finds it difficult to agree with but is forced to confront. For the sake of love, let us not forget. The Octopus is more the way things are. Resting with its arms incorporating great spiral galaxies his urge is to ask Arjuna to rest. Face what he must face and allow Octopus to care of the rest.
The Spanish World Cup winning team would likely agree.