Archive for Songs

I Make My Life A Prayer To You

My words to meditate on today come in the form of a song from my youth … by a singer/songwriter who truly changed my life.  I woke up this morning with this song running through my head … and truthfully?  This song has been running through my head for most of my life (although, admittedly, sometimes it was background music, lol).  It is not my intent to exclude or disenfranchise anyone by sharing a “Christian song” … that is a part of my history, and a part of who I am.  As you can read in my “About” statement, God loves us ALL and religion can often serve as yet another shell: a way to try and define something that is not definable.  God, the Universe, Love, or whatever anyone wants to call that omnipotent Force/Being … thinks you personally are SO special, that God wants to connect with you … being in this religion or that religion, or no religion for that matter, doesn’t change that.  I hope that, whatever your faith, you will be open to being moved by God … connecting with God … and feel that life-altering frisson of spiritual fulfillment.  Peace and Love.

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I Make My Life A Prayer To You

By: Keith Green

I make my life a prayer to You 
I wanna do what You want me to 
No empty words and no white lies 
No token prayers no compromise 

I wanna shine the light You gave 
Through Your Son You sent to save us 
From ourselves and our despair 
It comforts me to know You’re really there 

Well I wanna thank You now for being patient with me 
Oh it’s so hard to see, when my eyes are on me 
I guess I’ll have the trust and just believe what You say 
Oh You’re coming again, You’re coming to take me away 

I wanna die and let You give Your life to me, so I might live 
And share the hope You gave to me, the love that set me free 
I wanna tell the world out there, You’re not some fable or fairy tale 
That I’ve made up inside my head, You’re God the Son 
You’ve risen from the dead 

Oh I wanna thank You now for being patient with me 
Oh it’s so hard to see, when my eyes are on me 
I guess I’ll have the trust and just believe what You say 
Oh You’re coming again, coming to take me away 

I wanna die and let You give Your life to me, so I might live 
And share the hope You gave to me 
I wanna share the love that set me free

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Imagine Dragons – “I’m on top of the world”

I was introduced to this song by a friend of my niece … and I have to say I LOVE it! 🙂  It is SO nice to be able to feel this way (even in the midst of trouble) … we truly are capable of this place, even when we are in the midst of trials.  When your focus is LOVE, and finding God’s will for your life … suddenly all of the things that caused you so many problems before … become insignificant.  Lovely. 🙂

I’m on top of the world

by: Imagine Dragons

If you love somebody
Better tell them while they’re here ’cause
They may just run away from you

You’ll never know what went well
Then again it just depends on
How long of time is left for you

I’ve had the highest mountains
I’ve had the deepest rivers
You can have it all but not til you prove it

Now take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

I’ve tried to cut these corners
Try to take the easy way out
I kept on falling short of something

I coulda gave up then but
Then again I couldn’t have ’cause
I’ve traveled all this way for something

Now take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child

And I know it’s hard when you’re falling down
And it’s a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Peace like a river

I woke up with this song running through my head this morning … a truly powerful song, and this is a beautifully done (although somewhat turnicated) arrangement of it … sung by Daniel Martin Moore.  Peace and Love.

It is well with my soul

By: Horatio G. Spafford

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:

It is well, with my soul,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Gone Going – Black Eyed Peas

My meditations today (on my prior post, “Colored Toys“) took me to a fun, reverent, grateful place … so I decided to listen to what I considered “fun” music.  I flipped through my iTunes list and clicked on the Monkey Business album, by Black Eyed Peas … it had been a while since I’d last listened, and I always remembered it as being fun.  I never thought that I would find real meaning in a song from the band putting out songs like “Pump It”, and “My Humps” (ha!) … but there you go, we find spiritual inspiration in the midst of the unexpected :-).

This song definitely seemed to go hand in hand with my meditations for the day:

Gone Going – Black Eyed Peas

Johnny wanna be a big star
Get on stage and play the guitar
Make a little money, buy a fancy car
Big old house and an alligator
Just to match with them alligator shoes
He’s a rich man so he’s no longer singing the blues
He’s singing songs about material things
And platinum rings and watches that go bling
But, diamonds don’t bling in the dark
He a star now, but he ain’t singing from the heart
Sooner or later he’s just gonna fall apart
Cause his fans can’t relate to his new found art
He ain’t doing what he did from the start
And that’s putting in some feeling and thought
He decided to live his life shallow
Cash in his love for material

[Chorus]
And its gone… gone… going…
Gone… everything gone… give a damn…
Gone be the birds when they don’t want to sing…
Gone people… all awkward with their things… gone.

You see yourself in the mirror
And you feel safe cause it looks familiar
But you afraid to open up your soul
Cause you don’t really know, don’t really know
Who he is, the person that’s deep within
Cause you are content with just being the name-brand man
And you fail to see that its trivial
Insignificant, you addicted to material
I’ve seen your kind before
You’re the type that thinks souls is sold in a store
Packaged up with incense sticks
With them vegetarian meals
To you that’s righteous
You’re fiction like books
You need to go out to life and look
Cause… what happens when they take your material
You already sold your soul and its…

[Chorus]

You say that time is money and money is time
So you got mind in your money and your money on your mind
But what about… that crime that you did to get paid
And what about… that bid, you can’t take it to your brain
What about those shoes you’ll wear today
They’ll do no good on the bridges you burnt along the way

All that money that you got gonna be gone
That gear that you rock gonna be gone
The house up on the hill gonna be gone
The gold purse on your grill gonna be gone
The ice on your wrist gonna be gone
That nice little Miss gonna be gone
That whip that you roll gonna be gone
And what’s worst is your soul’s already gone

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Invisible Life Bird

Hiding in this cage

“Hiding in this cage
of visible matter

is the invisible
lifebird

pay attention
to her

she is singing
your song.”

Saint Kabir

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* photo from Flickr page

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach


Chasing Pavements – Adele

I don’t know why but ever since my last post, “Grasping at the Shadow“, this song has been running through my head.  It actually seems like the perfect musical finale to that post …

“Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavements?”

Well, according to what I received from my earlier meditations (detailed in that post) … BOTH of those things would be the wrong choices … both of those choices would have been based in the flaws of our own humanity, as opposed to the ultimate bit that God gave me at the end of that meditation:

We shouldn’t give up … and we shouldn’t keep “chasing pavements” either … we should be content in our connection with God … and trust that what God has in store for us is FAR better than the fickle machinations we come up with.  God knows what is best for us.

A wonderful example of this happened recently in my own life.  My sister just got married to the love of her life.  My sister who dealt with abuse, the death of her father at a young age, got into drugs in high school, married a drug dealer at 18 and had 4 kids.  Her husband ended up going to prison and she raised all of the kids on her own as a poor, single mother (for most of their lives).  Her kids (by the way) are some of the most well-adjusted, most loved young adults I have ever known … thanks to her incredible strength and the Love that she showed them.

They’re all grown now.  She has been on her own for a while, and she never really thought she would meet another man to rival the love of her life from her teens.  Well … she did.  She is more happy than she has ever even dreamed of being … she has had two grandkids this year, and her youngest daughter is getting married … AND she married her soul-mate … in comparison to this connection, she didn’t even know what that was until now.

I said to her … “Isn’t it pretty amazing?  After ALL of the things that you have been through?  God knew that this is where you would end up.  If all of those horrible things hadn’t happened, you would be in a completely different place in your life.  Would you want them changed now?”

Of course she wouldn’t … she is in love, and living out what has always been a fantasy for her.  My point is … we don’t know what is going to happen. We can try to make what we want happen, and then just go through life flailing away … trying to make everything fit our mold … OR we can focus on what we have, and trust that God will cause things to happen as they are supposed to happen.

God loves you more than anything you could chase after … however trite that may sound; go ahead, roll your eyes … it’s true.  You are LOVED.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Bold As Love – Jimi

I guess I’m in a musically epiphanous frame of mind :-).  I spent a summer listening to all things Jimi while travelling in Europe; because I wanted to absorb guitar music as a composer.  So many spiritual levels to the songs he wrote.

“But they’re all bold as Love … just ask the Axis … He knows everything!”

So sad when you think of the beautiful artists we have lost … I suppose my post on Whitney (“Home – Whitney Houston“) brought this about.  So many deep souls who get overwhelmed, and flame out.  It’s sad … they devote themselves to the Quest; seeking after what ultimately is God … and just get distracted along the way.

Truthfully though, many of these types of people have been through traumatic experiences in the life, or childhood … please … find people who care for you, and will help you.  I did, and it changed my life during those dark passages of my life.  There is no shame in it … sometimes we just need help … and sometimes, we get to evolve into the people who get to pass that help along that we once received.

If you need help, seek it out … whether in meditation with God, or if that is beyond you right now … find a person who can help you.  Sometimes we just need to get through what we are going through … so that we can fully receive just how incredibly LOVED we are.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

Let Go – Frou Frou

In my meditations today (on my prior post, “Free From Misery“) I went through all my usual rituals: grounding myself, bringing the energy of God’s Creation within, making amends for any negativity I brought into the world, and proclaiming my LOVE to and for God.  Time went by and I continued to run Love through my energy centers … and finally I heard something,

“WHY SO SERIOUS?  JUST LET GO … BE HAPPY.”

I smiled, and had to laugh at myself a bit … I do tend to constantly be searching for the next breakthrough.  I suppose breakthroughs themselves can become addictive … I have had so MANY of them this past year.  For a while I eagerly sought after breakthroughs because I just wanted to get through them … so that they’d be OVER and I could finally ARRIVE at wherever God wanted me to be.

Now, I realize that I really am just at the beginning.  I don’t seek after the breakthroughs so that they will just be over any more … now I embrace the breakthrough because each one brings me that much closer to God … and the closer I get, the closer I want to get.

What I felt God telling me is that there is no need to try and rush things.  In choosing to follow the path that is prompted by God, I am following God’s timing anyway.  My pressing things isn’t going to make God change pace.  I felt a release within … smiled … opened my heart … and just allowed joyful, happy energy to fill me.

So I did a search on the words I felt God give me today … and within a few minutes, I ended up enjoying this song.  It actually is a nice song to meditate to … I could put it on a loop and have a very nice extended meditation … perhaps that is what I shall do now ;-).

Let go … be happy … fill yourself with God’s love … and laugh a little … no … laugh a lot! 🙂

Let Go – Frou Frou

Mmm are you in or out
Leave your things behind
‘Cause it’s all going off without you
Excuse me
Too busy 
Oh, writing your tragedy
These mishaps
You bubble wrap 
When you’ve no idea what you’re like

(So let go) so let go
Jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
(So let go) let go
Just get in
Oh it’s so amazing here
It’s all right 
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

It gains the more you give
And it rises with the fall
So hand me that remote
Can’t you see that all that stuff’s a sideshow
Such boundless pleasure
We’ve no time for later now
You can’t await your own arrival
You’ve twenty seconds to comply

(So let go) so let go
Jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
(So let go) yeah let go
Just get in
Oh it’s so amazing here
It’s all right 
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

So let go
Jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
So let go
Jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

Mmm the breakdown
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
Hey, the breakdown
So amazing, yeah
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

Home – Whitney Houston

I really was looking for this song, because I felt that the lyrics really pertained to my posts this week on Self-Love … that this is how we should feel about ourselves … about being ourselves; in Love and with God … that THAT is HOME.  Then I stumbled across this Whitney Houston version, and I had to share it.

There’s a personal level to this.  You see, Whitney Houston was the one singer who inspired me to pursue a career in music.  There are certain people whom I credit for saving my life when I was that borderline suicidal teenager who just wanted to find hope … so desperately.  Whitney Houston, along with other singers like Paul Simon, or John Lennon, and many more … they gave me that hope.  When Whitney died this past year, I cried … partially because of all the memories I had of listening to her songs, and the hope that they gave me.  Mostly though, I cried because here was a pure, beautiful, and radiant soul … who never really learned how to love herself.  That is the importance of loving yourself.

Largely because of those singers who gave me hope, I made the decision that I wanted to do the same thing with my life … to pursue a career in music.  Like the psychiatric patient who goes into psychology :-), I threw myself into the music world … and have had amazing experiences that I will treasure for my whole life.  What I really was trying to do though … was to find that place … that place that was Home.

That place can really only be found within yourself … when you are able to receive God’s love for who you are.  You are beautiful … no matter where you go, what you do, how old you get, how young you are, what color of skin you have, what person you love … you are beautiful – and God LOVES you.

THAT – is Home.

Home

From The Wiz – By Charlie Smalls

When I think of home
I think of a place where there’s love overflowing
I wish I was home
I wish I was back there with the things I been knowing

Wind that makes the tall trees bend into leaning
Suddenly the snowflakes that fall have a meaning
Sprinklin’ the scene, makes it all clean

Maybe there’s a chance for me to go back there
Now that I have some direction
It would sure be nice to be back home
Where there’s love and affection
And just maybe I can convince time to slow up
Giving me enough time in my life to grow up
Time be my friend, let me start again

Suddenly my world has changed it’s face
But I still know where I’m going
I have had my mind spun around in space
And yet I’ve watched it growing

If you’re list’ning God
Please don’t make it hard to know
If we should believe in the things that we see
Tell us, should we run away
Should we try and stay
Or would it be better just to let things be?

Living here, in this brand new world
Might be a fantasy
But it taught me to love
So it’s real, real to me

And I’ve learned
That we must look inside our hearts
To find a world full of love
Like yours
Like me

Like home…

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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A Good Relationship

I LOVE this … being a musician I completely relate to the correlation of Mozart with a relationship with God (and I couldn’t think of a better comparison!).  Having performed a great deal of Mozart; if you ever pause, or take time to make your own personal statement … the music is ruined.  Mozart is SO incredibly intricate and every instrument, or voice, needs to be exactly what was written … or else it is ruined.  It’s a very good comparison to life in general … the music will continue, regardless, but the only way it becomes TRUE music is by taking your cue from the ultimate Conductor.  You can keep playing all you want … you may just be playing in a cacophony though … watching the Conductor is imperative!

A Good Relationship.

Muse – Undisclosed Desires

The latest song that I have meditatively gotten significant spiritual breakthroughs from.  For those who aren’t familiar, there have been different songs that have caused spiritual breakthroughs for me by listening to the lyrics as if God is singing the song to me … as opposed to how I would normally listen to it; that being me and someone else that I love, or have loved.  God LOVES us as much, and WAY beyond, what we have ever felt for another person, or what they have felt for us.  Music has the power to transform you, if you let it … give it a try, meditate on it … see what God says to you.

I was especially moved by the phrases that are highlighted … it seems an unlikely song for God to sing to you, at first … but when you really listen to the lyrics, you realize that God wants to know EVERY part of you … even the darkest and most secret parts.

“Undisclosed Desires”

I know you’ve suffered
But I don’t want you to hide
It’s cold and loveless
I won’t let you be denied
Soothing
I’ll make you feel pure
Trust me
You can be sure

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognise your beauty’s not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

You trick your lovers
That you’re wicked and divine
You may be a sinner
But your innocence is mine

Please me
Show me how it’s done
Tease me
You are the one

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognise your beauty’s not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

Please me
Show me how it’s done
Trust me
You are the one

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognise your beauty’s not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Thomas Quasthoff – Work of Art

Thomas Quasthoff singing Ständchen, by Franz Schubert.

For any who do not know Thomas Quasthoff, he is a world renowned bass-baritone … he also was born with serious birth defects due to his mother’s exposure to the drug Thalidomide while pregnant with him.  The world would look at Thomas Quasthoff and pre-judge him immediately … much in the way the judges did on Britain’s Got Talent with Susan Boyle, but then were wowed by her gift.

The fact of the matter is that if Quasthoff were, say, 5’11” with different facial features … he would not have the same voice, the same sound, it would be different.  The bone structure in his facial mask gives him his own particular resonance, the lung capacity and musculature in his body … these things are a part of a world class instrument.  Who he is, the gift that he has to give, is his and only his … because of the unique work of art that God made him to be.

In meditating on my post yesterday, “No one in the world was ever you before“, I found myself struggling to have the breakthrough that I knew was there.  I was tripped up because I allowed myself to become focused on my own flaws.  Because society has looked at one flaw in particular and deemed it an oddity, I sometimes think that it is something that must be “cured”.  So I spent time trying to “give” this to God, somewhat naively thinking that God wanted to cure me of it.  I ended up being somewhat frustrated because the breakthrough I was looking for eluded me.

Over the night, with dreams and half-awake meditations, I was able to see that what might seem negative or odd to other people is one of the things that makes me truly unique (in meditating on my prior post “Free the Figures Slumbering“).  For my entire life, I have always sought out the company of my elders … even as a child.  I prefer the company of those people twenty, thirty, even forty years my senior to those people who are my own age or younger … this also happens to be true of people that I have had romantic relationships with as well.  When I was in college, I was more likely to befriend my professors than other students.  I do have many friends who are my age and younger, but my closest friends tend to be older.

When I look at my life in retrospect though, I can see the blessings that have come from this as well.  My friend who got me into the world of classical music was in his eighties, my friend who opened up my mind to meditation was in her mid-fifties, my friend who encouraged me to study in Europe was in her sixties, and more recently my friend who keyed off life-changing spiritual breakthroughs for me is in his sixties.

These things wouldn’t have happened if I was anyone other than who I am.  I would not be in the place that I am in life, or in my relationship with God, if not for this feature that I have been told was some sort of psychological anomaly, or problem, by different people at different points in my life.  I am closer in my relationship with God than I have ever been in my life, and I wouldn’t change that for the world … why then would I change something so much a part of me, just because the world around sees a defect?

I realized that I was mistaken in thinking that by “giving” this to God yesterday, that God would change it or take it away.  I have given myself to God, and God may decide to do anything with me, or to NOT do anything with me, in this regard.  God thinks I am beautiful just the way that I am … God loves me just the way that I am … and God wants to use me as the being who has the gifts that I uniquely have.

I even found that I was loathe to share this about myself, because I didn’t want to be judged for something that has become sensitive to me over the course of my life.  That too was a mistake.  We each are our own unique work of art … the things that we (or others) see as flaws, God sees as opportunities to form us and use us in ways that NOBODY else in the world can be used.  The living statue that is me, being hewn from the proverbial marble, is a work of art to God … and I will cherish that.

Spend time getting to know yourself, flaws and all … give them to God.  If God changes them into something else, then celebrate whatever God does … don’t be surprised though if the thing that you are ashamed of is simply left the way that it is … because God sees a beauty in it that eludes the limited mind of those around you.  When you own that beauty … then you can begin crafting the work of art that God intends for you to create with your life.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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“Us Against The World”

In meditating on my prior post (“Perseverance Rewarded“) I was reminded of just how difficult perseverance can be.  I’m not so much talking about the “one foot in front of the other” mentality … that part, while painful, is the far easier aspect of perseverance.  What is truly difficult is Trust.

To explain – this example:

It’s pitch black, you feel blindfolded, and you are climbing higher and higher.  You believe you are on the right path but there are all sorts of rocks, and roots, along the way that trip you up because of your limited vision.  Sometimes your path is precarious, even a tightrope.  You happen across another path that looks to be blissfully free of these encumbrances, and it heads slightly downhill, which seems quite refreshing just now.  Now comes the hard part … the decision to either stay on the rocky path you are on, or change course for the path that looks easier.

In truth, that easier path could wind up being easier for all the rest of your days.  It could be a decent path … but it won’t get you to the destination that you were so zealously climbing after … that place that God wanted you to be.  So, in essence, you aren’t just switching paths … you are giving up on “the dream” (that being what you felt called to).

It sounds like not such a big deal when talking about it in terms of a parable.  When you get down to the real life manifestations of this, however, then it becomes excruciatingly difficult at times.  This also goes back to my “Unconditional Love!” post yesterday.  We have so many conditions about how things are supposed to be in our lives … so many structures built up.  Sometimes the only way to see the path you are supposed to be on is to allow all those structures to be torn down.  To just … slow it down … let God fill you … let everything else melt away … and TRUST.

So what does this mean … well, sometimes it means allowing yourself to be hurt without making the retort you SO want to make.  Sometimes it means knowing that the path you are on is Divine, and you are about to make it man-made with your actions (or rather reactions to the provocations around you).  Loving the other people around you despite what you are going through about it … and just letting those inner barriers erode and crumble.  Those are the structures that YOU built up to try and protect yourself … when you walk on the path God has designed, those things (pride, ego, sarcasm, gossip, etc. … all the REACTIONS that you THINK make you feel better about yourself) just get in your way.

Sometimes it means just letting go completely … of everything … falling … and trusting that God will be there to catch you.  That’s the hardest part … WAY more difficult than just putting one foot in front of the other.

It hurt so bad when your were in the midst of it … but when you look back, it is quite startling to witness.  You can see all those times that you wanted to take over, and make things be the way you wanted them to be instead of allowing them to unfold as God wants them to be … and, if you somehow managed to persevere and not take charge for yourself … if you succeeded in the hardest part: to Trust … you will see the plan that God had all along; unfolding in reverse.  We can’t see it looking ahead, through the chaos as it swirls … but retrospect is the best way to see how God is really there caring for, and carrying, you along.

Even then, the path is easier … but you still have to keep persevering.  Sometimes you let your guard down and before you know it you’re about to take charge again.  Be vigilant … God has great things in store for you.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Sing songs that none have sung …

Wow … looking for a quote on something else … but THIS one touched deep, and so I must share:

“Sing songs that none have sung, think thoughts that ne’er in the brain have rung; walk in paths that none have trod; weep tears as none have shed for God. Give peace to all to whom none other gave, claim him your own who’s everywhere disclaimed. Love all with love that none have felt and brave the battle of life with strength unchained.”

– Paramahansa Yogananda

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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“Make you feel my love” – Adele

Here’s my latest tearful experience meditating on an Adele song … one of these days I’m sure I’ll move on to a new artist, I’m just getting so much from her two albums.  For those who haven’t read my prior postings on how I have started listening to Adele songs, here’s the short version:

The desperation and depths of love that her lyrics, and voice, and soul evoke made me start thinking of these songs as if God were singing those words to me.  Because God DOES love us that desperately.  This particular song fits that bill even more than any other song I have posted of hers.

When the song got to the part where the lyrics are “I’d go hungry, I’d go black and blue … I’d go crawling down the avenue” – images of Jesus being beaten and dying flashed through my head.  It didn’t stop there though.  Suddenly my head was filled with every martyr, from every religion, who gave their life for loving God … and to spread that love to others.  That is what God has done as well … God literally is not just throwing everything at our feet; God is actually dying for us over, and over.  It’s not just an unconditional love that sits back and takes rejection after rejection from us … it’s a desperate love that would suffer anything for us … just to have us return that love.

If that’s not enough to bring a tear to your eye … well …

I found myself wondering if I myself would make the sacrifice that those martyrs made … because really what they did was out of love.  It wasn’t that they just believed in a religion so strongly that they refused to back down … it was that they were SO IN LOVE with God.  They embraced God being in love with them, and they returned that love to the utmost level they ever could.

I can’t realistically say what I would or wouldn’t do in some sort of drastic situation.  I can say though, that I am in love with God … and that the thought of wounding God so deeply as to deny that love … is nothing I would ever do.  When I reached that place in my meditation … I was actually able to turn the song around again, and actually sing those lyrics back to God, and really truly mean them.

Here are the lyrics … I hope that viewing this song from this perspective will touch with the the reality of how ridiculously much God loves you … and how much God wants to be loved by you.

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

When the rain
Is blowing in your face
And the whole world
Is on your case
I could offer you
A warm embrace
To make you feel my love

When the evening shadows
And the stars appear
And there is no – one there
To dry your tears
I could hold you
For a million years
To make you feel my love

I know you
Haven’t made
Your mind up yet
But I would never
Do you wrong
I’ve known it
From the moment
That we met
No doubt in my mind
Where you belong

I’d go hungry
I’d go black and blue
I’d go crawling
Down the avenue
Know there’s nothing
That I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love

The storms are raging
On the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change
Are blowing wild and free
You ain’t seen nothing
Like me yet

I could make you happy
Make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn’t do
Go to the ends
Of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love,

To make you feel my love.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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“I’m Free”

– from “Tommy”, by The Who

I found myself ecstatically humming, singing, and thinking this song throughout the day today … as a result of some pretty major meditative breakthroughs.  God is SO good.  If you aren’t ecstatic … seek after God until you get there … and then you will just keep going; it won’t even be work :-).  God is beyond the ultimate drug … anything else pales in comparison.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California,Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach