Spirit Bright

For the 2014 Be the Change Songwriting Challenge at SongU.com.

I don’t usually post lyrics and chords, because lining them up is a feat requiring great patience and a certain amount of insanity if you can’t see the screen! But this song is especially important to me, so I thought it might be to someone else as well.

Spirit Bright – Lyrics and Chords

Instrument: Cedar/rosewood tenor ukulele (linear/low G tuning)

3/4 time
Key of A


A7 D
We use our hands to meet demands
A E7
That people ask us to.
A A7 D
Not always well or in our plans,
A E7
But it starts with me and you
D E7 A A7
To let the Truth shine through.

D E7 D A
May your hands reflect your heart,
A7 D A E7
And may your heart be light.
A E7 D A
May your mind always come back to its part
E7 A A7 D
And follow your Spirit bright,
A E7 A
Follow your Spirit bright.

Our hearts are touched by every spark;
Not one can pass us by.
To harden them would leave us barred,
Because even when we cry,
In Truth we never die.


The mind, it spins and whirls around
With what was or what could be.
A F#m D A
By worrying it hits the ground
(cont. as prior verses)
And can’t look up to see
The Truth that sets it free,


Last refrain:
D E7 D A
May your hands reflect your heart,
A7 D A E7
And may your heart be light.
May your mind always come back to its part
A E7 A A7 D
And follow your Spirit bright,
A E7 D A
Follow your Spirit bright.

Prayer Through Depression

In light of recent events, I offer this meditational prayer treatment for anyone experiencing inner turmoil.

I am tired of the lists, the plans, the goals, the ruts, the failures, the decisions, and detours!

I can’t take any more of the feelings of low self-esteem, inadequacy, disconnect, and depression!

I desire to move beyond thinking, doing, feeling, struggling, striving, and trying to be fulfilled by outer things.

I give up my personal ego, that part of me that believes it is all I am. That part of me that sees problems, thinks it can solve them but falls far short, makes decisions out of fear and loneliness, and constantly repeats the same patterns and ways of being. Because this part of me is nothing; it is not who I am. It does not work for my good. It has no creative power, and it does not plan my life.

God is the only creative power! Through meditation I connect each day with the God-Presence within me. Through God’s power, I see negative feelings and experiences for what they truly are: Not as who and what I am, but as feedback, communication, and guidance to shift my awareness back to God.

Circumstances and events may seem bad. However, God is above, beyond and within all things. All-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful, ever-present God uses circumstances to work for His glory. Even through negativity, God is there, at the peaceful center of my being.

Every day I turn within myself, know God’s presence there, and realize that God creates and directs my life. For I am more than my feelings, thoughts, and emotions, and I open to this Truth every day of my life.

There is a conscious, Christ-Mind point of contact where my soul is one with God. I know this point in meditation, and carry that awareness with me throughout my day.

For this realization I give thanks. I let it be so. And so it is!

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What your Voice Reveals

“I can hear it in your voice.”

Someone who knows you well has probably told you this. And you may have been happy, but you probably felt vulnerable, exposed, and uncomfortable.

Our voices reveal a lot about us! Our thoughts, opinions, beliefs, self-image, feelings, emotions, and more flow through our voices. Not everyone consciously discerns them, just as many people don’t consciously project them. Nevertheless, there they are! The voice expresses our overall vibration and harmony, or dis-harmony as the case may be. By noticing what the voice has to say, through its quality, tone, rhythm, pitch, how we use it, etc., we can direct our awareness inward to restore and maintain wholeness.

The physical voice alone has no power or creative force. But there is an essence, cosmic consciousness, God, or Spirit, a natural intelligence that creates and sustains the voice. Through contact with this Higher Self, we move into the voice God has for us!

I offer these posts for contemplation and meditation. Your own truth and voice will come into your awareness if you open to it!

As St. Paul writes: My speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, … Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things.
–1 Corinthians 2:4,13, World English Bible (WEB)

May the Spirit also speak to, and through you!

Harp and Drum
Tune In!
I am a Godsong
Instrument of Peace
The Voice of God
Throat Full of Song
I Invoke
Prayer to the Subconscious/Namaste

Peace is patiently awaiting our discovery!


Photo credit: http://www.yourlifeyourway.net/2012/03/09/10-simple-tips-shortcuts-to-inner-peace-joy/

“The calm within the storm is where peace lives and breathes. It is not within perfect circumstances or a charmed life… it is not conditional. Peace is a sacred space within, it is the temple of our internal landscape. We are free to visit it, whenever we seek sanctuary. Underneath the chaos of everyday living, peace is patiently awaiting our discovery… go within.”
― Jaeda DeWalt
Source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/serenity?page=3

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I Invoke

I call upon the Spirit of All,
Welcome the Creator of Creation,
Channel the Love of Life itself,
Set upon the Universal Mind,
Cultivate the Consciousness of heart-centered Peace;
I invoke God.

From within me
And through me
God comes forth,
Making known,
And being known.

Imparting in Silence,
Seeing in Sight,
Focusing Thought,
Speaking in Word,
God invokes us,
Calling us forth,
Higher, deeper, wider…

For as we invoke God,
We are invoked by God,
Eternally one,
In Spirit,
And Voice,
Invoked by the Spirit of All.
–And so it is!

About Singing

Barbara McAfee’s book, Full Voice, has been an uplifting, entertaining, and informative resource on more than the act of singing! Thank you, Barbara! To you, me, and everyone else, may we all sing our hearts open!

Full Voice -- Barbara McAfee

“I’m the world’s worst singer.  Can’t carry a tune in a bucket!”

“I used to sing. Then I stopped.  Went to school, got a job, had a family, got busy.  I sure miss it.”

“The only reason I go to church, confidentially, is for the singing!  Where else do people sing any more?”

As a visible singer in the world, I hear a LOT of stories about singing.
Some are tragic.
Some hilarious.
All touching.

Mostly I hear about why people don’t sing.
They’re waiting for a better time, the right teacher, or – heaven forbid – the perfect voice.

Here’s what I have to say about singing.
Want it to sound beautiful every single time you open your mouth?
It won’t happen.
Want to quit your day job, be “discovered,” get a recording contract, make a ton of money?
Don’t hold your breath, Sweetheart.

Music is not a commodity.

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