“The Covenant” (Revisited)

As I explain below, this is one of those pieces that occasionally calls out to me for reinterpretation.  Now residing in my “Pages” folder, I found it calling to me yet again in my morning meditation – replaying over and over again, and so blocking any other info from entering.  With such demanding force expressed, I cannot ignore it.  Perhaps it is in response to my recent interactions with Sha’Tara and rawgod, or perhaps it is relevant again for some other reason entirely.  In any event, it is the first compelling “lead” I’ve received in days, so I offer it to you once again…

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Originally published as a regular post, I have chosen to move it here [Pages folder] for more permanent, easily accessible status.  This poem (?) originally came to me as a “flow of consciousness” piece that bordered on an unplanned case of automatic writing.  It came with such force that it drove everything else out of my mind until it was captured in writing.  Unedited, except for spelling and formatting issues, it has become one of those “go-to” works that repeatedly becomes relevant in different situations and times in my life.  Almost prophetic, it has not only explained and corrected my path from time to time, but I have been driven to share it with others occasionally to similar results.  I share it here, now, because I find references (both obvious and subtle) appearing in many other works of mine, even new ones, forcing me to acknowledge its ongoing influence in my life today…

“The Covenant”




and you, T.O.O. shall know

what I have come to learn.

It begins with This,

for this is what I know:

The time is Now…

time now to learn what each Other knows.

Why we are…

Who we are…


as before…

let us Be…


As it was in the Beginning.

For in the beginning,

there was One.

And One spoke in the Silence:

“I Am…

Alone am I…

I would be Other…

So I am.”

And as each Word was,

so it Was,

and so it was,

that One became Other –

Twelve Others.

But with Otherhood

came Different-ness.

And from different-ness

came War.

So it was through war

that each Other came to know:




And Regret.

And with regret,

came a Desire

for One.

So it was that a Council of Twelve

gathered in the presence of One

seeking Peace,

instead of War.

And a Great Covenant was sealed:

“Beyond Time and Space,

there is Truth.

Within each Heart,

there is Power.

Through each Life,

there is Hope.

Between the Lessons of History,

and the Promise of Tomorrow,

Lie the Meaning and Purpose of Today:

Peace resides where Love reigns.”

And from this Great Covenant

sprang Three Sacred States,

each a world of Four,

with Four each to guide and protect the Three.


in the Name of One…

in the Spirit of Other…

in search of Peace.


Here we are – three

in a world of four.

Our world of four

but one of three.

And the message of the Pyramids

is on the Surface

for all to clearly see:

Four Sacred Children

gather as One

to learn of What Was.

Three times they come,

and through them, we come

to know of what Will Be.

The Promise of All…

The Lesson of One.

And one is asked,

“Who are you?”

And the Answer comes:

“I am Nobody…

But because I am nobody,

I am the same as Everybody.

And being everybody,

I am the voice of All.

As All…

I am…


So who I am

is irrelevant.

All That Matters


that I AM.”

And the Truth is this:

There is no Other!


© Lisa R. Palmer, 1995


7 thoughts on ““The Covenant” (Revisited)

  1. rawgod says:

    Hi again, Lisa,
    This poem speaks volumes to me, not on a personal level of either you or I, but on a universal level, the level of Life.

    Life is one, and when it came into being in our universe, it was nothing, nobody. It took countless ages and eras to even realize it was anything at all, and that it was nothing at all. But it decided it should be something, and so it tried to be something, but it did not know how to be anything, so it became what it hoped it could be.
    (I am not going to try to interpret the 12, or the 3s and 4s, because those were side paths that turned out to be failures, but failures that are still affecting it today, so Life goes on, trying to correct those failures, and in the process both succeeds and fails at the same time…)
    Now Life, still one but many times subdivided, would like to bring itself back to One, but must ride out the plan set in motion back before it even knew it had a plan. The Plan is for Life to Become Something, but something that is worthy of being called Life. And it is up to certain aspects of itself to make it possible for this to happen.
    Life, in the long run, wants to be a positive force. That is all it ever wanted to be. But for Life to be positive, it had to learn the negative, which it has been doing since it distributed itself into more than one. But it is learning. And that is what we as diverse aspects of life, need to keep working towards.

    These of course are my own interpretations, made years ago, but brought back to conscious memory by your poem. Take them only for what they are worth, an old man’s meaunderiings through his mind.
    Always be yourself.

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    • This is a fascinating interpretation, Jerry, and one I haven’t heard before. Yes, Life seeking to learn about Itself, but in your understanding “become something.” I will want to ponder the differences between these points of view, because they are different…

      I am also intrigued by your understanding of the 3’s, 4’s and 12’s being “failures.” If only because I always thought them to be significant somehow. Mathematics is a closed, abstract system, with its own rules, making it “perfect” within its own environment. But it can achieve such perfection only because it isn’t “real” (meaning it is removed from reality)…

      My self seeks patterns, and so numerical patterns (mathematics, and systems similar) bring comfort to me, if only because you can determine immediately if you are right/wrong; there is only one correct answer usually.

      So to see the numbered portions of this “message” interpreted as “failures of Life” intrigues me. I will ponder this more deeply…


      • rawgod says:

        I wii be awaiting your thoughts. The failures as I see them are not from the math, but in tability of The One Life from seeing the negative possibilities it is divisions. Unprepared for any negatives gave the positives no defence, and they barely managed to hold on. But the negatives are at least known now, which gives more power to the positives.
        The negatives have little space left to expand–the positives have most of all universes…

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