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Reply #60 posted 09/06/19 6:20pm

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benni said:



wildgoldenhoney said:




benni said:




Actually, that "separated from yourself" is from Affirmation III.

"You’ve probably felt for many years in your former life, that you were separate from not only others , but even yourself. Now you can see that was never the case. You are actually everything and anything that you can think of. All of it is you."

This is an Eastern teaching, very spiritual. It's a Buddhist teaching about Non-attachment.

"When we reject the illusion that we have a “self” that exists separately and independently from other people and phenomena, we suddenly recognize that there is no need to detach, because we have always been interconnected with all things at all times."

When we fail to recognize that interconnectedness, then we can also feel "like a stranger in our own life", somehow separate from ourselves. When we feel that separateness within ourselves, we don't see ourselves as life happening, but rather we see it as life happening to us. We don't look at our hand and say "That is me", instead it's almost as though we see that as seperate from the self, "That's my hand". In actuality, hand is merely what we've agreed to call that as a form of identification, but it's not "my hand" it is "me".

But as you can see from what was said in Affirmation III and the quoted description about Non-Attachment, it's almost identical in nature.




Thank you for your input! I get where you are coming from and that theme also runs through the affirmations.




But I may have been thinking about the album's concept as a whole and Afirmation 3 as being part of my reason for concluding that he is speaking about disassociation and being caught up in the way of the world.



AOA is about the artificial times or fakeness and not being real. In 'Clouds' he's waking up from being in suspended animation for 45 years because of medication given him. Around the time this album came out he was around 55 but maybe at the time of writing he may have been 54, 53 so he was probably 10 or 11 when this 'subconscious break' happened. Usually a person does that to protect theirself from the hurt they experience at a tender age and cannot handle it. But at a later time in life when they are stronger and are able to handle emotional issues, the mind allows them to come outside of that protective mental wall or barrier and deal with the hurt.



BREAKDOWN


He has regrets about how he lived his life and maybe not realizing his self destructive behavior.



AFFIRMATION 1 & 2


Given by a clinically sounding voice that urges him to induce affirmations into his mind, thus changing his thinking and behavior.



AFFIRMATION 3


Again, the clinical voice is still recommending planned affirmation therapy.



WAY BACK HOME


Close to the end of the album, he's reiterating his regrets but after affirmations, he's on his way back to being himself and not what other people want or expect of him or requires of him for their own selfish gain or attention. He feels he doesn't belong in that 'fake' life because he's a spiritual person but he's there because he got caught up in the 'Conquer with no fear' could be an affirmation. He was born 'alive' whereas most people are really dead inside because of lack of love. But he has found the path back to



Most people in this world are born dead but he was born alive. It seems 'spiritually alive'. But he had found the path back to happiness because he can now 'see'.




Or something like that...





The wonderful thing about Prince is that Prince never really told anyone what his songs meant and would let the listener interpret them in the way that made sense to the listener. I've interpreted AOA in a much different way. As his LA Engineer, Peggy McCreary, said, “He always knew who he was. Everybody else just needed to figure it out.”



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Reply #61 posted 09/07/19 12:46pm

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Ugh... My conscience is bothering me for writing what i wrote. I would've been in big trouble if somebody saw what I wrote.. but, ah the good old days I would even take that if I could. sad
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Reply #62 posted 09/07/19 2:13pm

kingricefan

If you're referring to your take on the AOA album, I see nothing wrong with what you posted.

wildgoldenhoney said:

Ugh... My conscience is bothering me for writing what i wrote. I would've been in big trouble if somebody saw what I wrote.. but, ah the good old days I would even take that if I could. sad

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Reply #63 posted 09/07/19 4:28pm

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kingricefan said:

If you're referring to your take on the AOA album, I see nothing wrong with what you posted.



wildgoldenhoney said:


Ugh... My conscience is bothering me for writing what i wrote. I would've been in big trouble if somebody saw what I wrote.. but, ah the good old days I would even take that if I could. sad



Thanks. I was worried that it came out negative and judgemental on my part. hrmph
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Reply #64 posted 09/07/19 5:04pm

violetcrush

Most of Prince's songs were very telling if you pay attention to the lyrics and his play on words. What was not always telling was who may have inspired a particular song during the time it was recorded. However, it has been stated by most of his associates and pepple personally involved with him that he recorded based on what was happening in his life at that moment.

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Reply #65 posted 09/07/19 7:46pm

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Purple Music music 365 Prince Songs In A Year https://diffuser.fm/princ...ple-music/

The lyrics to “Purple Music” continue a career-long theme in Prince’s songs, about how music – especially his own – provides a better high than any drug.Don't need no reefer / Don't need cocaine / Purple music does the same to my brain,” Prince sings in an increasingly excited voice that does as good a job at simulating the highs and lows of an actual drug trip as William Shatner’s spoken-word take on “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds."

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[Edited 9/7/19 19:58pm]

Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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