Shifting Sands

The means change
As blowing wind

The path winds
Like a river

The “how” flows
As the moving tide

And all along the purpose is, through Love,
To see the good below, that is above!

The way turns
In the wheel of the year

Rhythms change
As Nature evolves

The journey deepens
A spiraling shape

And all along the purpose is, through Life,
To rediscover Oneness and to thrive!

Houses collapse
Destroyed in moments

People pass
Like ships in the night

Lives quake –
Identities ruined

And all along the purpose is, in Peace,
To learn that God is all there is to keep!

And all along the purpose is, through Life,
To rediscover Oneness and to thrive!

And all along the purpose is, through Love,
To see the good below, that is above!

Universe in You

This is a deceptively fast song, but don’t let that fool you. You can experience the Universe – the awareness of God – in meditation. God is the Universe, and God is You in the highest reality. The song can be a reminder, but nothing can replace your own experience of the God-Presence within.

Universe in You – Lyrics

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

Touch the clouds, touch the sky,
Touch the sun as it shines,
Touch the moon in your mind, and you’ll find
It’s true: There’s a Universe in you!

1. There are stars in the dark,
Candles making a spark;
You are here for a part:
The desire in your heart!

2. Ever new things unveiled,
People blazing a trail;
And the Truth does prevail:
It’s the wind in your sails!

3. There is midnight in day,
There’s a Will and a Way;
You are Light on display:
Show the Love that creates!
Refrain: (Twice)

That the Universe is You!

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Timing Is Everything

Sometimes we want things badly. At the time we think we can’t live without them. Our days are filled with thoughts of, “If I had this, I would (feel, be, have) so much more.” And sometimes our nights are peppered with fulfilling dreams that, unfortunately it seems, we awaken from, only to realize they were just dreams.

The key to happiness and contentment is to let these things go! That’s right, let the thoughts flow through you, but don’t hold onto them. Enjoy the dreams, whether at night or daydreams in the mind, and let them pass through your imagination unhindered by feelings of want and lack attached to them. Because it is in the letting go, that we realize what we truly have.

Desire is real and natural. God puts desires in our hearts. However, God is infinite, and the personal, human mind is not. It cannot understand God’s thoughts, God’s timing, or God’s purpose for putting a desire in our hearts. So, it asks, “If God put this desire here, why is it still unfulfilled?”

In truth, the desire, if it is God-given and not something the personal ego has decided it needs, is already being fulfilled through you. But how do you know if it is God-given? Meditation is the way to clear the mind, turn over the personal ego (limited human mind), and become aware of which desires are God’s Will in your life. If you make contact with the God-Presence within during meditation, then still desire something, it could be God’s Will for you.

Yet, we don’t make things happen by ourselves. God does, and in His own time, no less! Our time on earth is measured in days, weeks, months, years, decades – and we feel we need to force things into these periods or time slots.

The personal ego measures life in this linear time. God’s time is infinite, eternity, one moment, ever present! Contemplate this in meditation, and see how the personal ego cannot grasp Infinity even when it tries!

Those things you want? You already have them! Maybe they are not manifest, i.e. formed in your physical experience yet. But in the Mind of God, they are expressed perfectly. And in perfect timing, His Will unfolds into form.

Sometimes we have glimpses of God’s Will and desires for us. The closer we are to God’s Presence within, the more aware we become. Before our desires manifest, we may have to pass through situations, circumstances, and relationships. This is an evolutionary process – the evolution of consciousness, of awareness, and of our minds and souls in this lifetime. It is a means to get us ready for our desires, making us aware of skills, tools, and simply equipping us, in consciousness, to fulfill God’s purpose. And the more we turn over the personal ego and its will to God’s Presence and Will, the more we experience oneness with God-within.

It’s important to use our time on earth wisely. This includes not letting clocks and time-keeping devices dictate how we feel and experience life! The biggest thing we can do to help ourselves, is contact and stay in touch with God’s eternal Presence and Mind. In this eternal moment, peace and clarity fill our awareness. The result is that we do spend our time more wisely as we know and channel the Presence of God into our lives.

On a personal note, I’ve seen this at work. If you’ve checked out
Sunday Songtime,
you’ve heard the guitar. I received a guitar for my 16th birthday, learned 3 chords and wrote
Music Tells the Story,
and just couldn’t go any further. I knew what to do. I knew the notes, I knew the chords, I’d played other instruments with no trouble at all. But the guitar was beyond me, and I didn’t even know why.

I’ll spare you the years of anger, frustration, sadness, and feelings of failure! Several years later I picked up a ukulele, I told people, “Because I can’t play guitar!” It became one of my favorite instruments and still is. As I enjoyed the uke, the resentment and failure lessened. I had fun; I let the uke show me what I really could play and compose. And I felt good about the experiences.

Fast forward! Fourteen years later (count ’em, 14!) here I am playing guitar! Do I play as proficiently as I play ukulele? No, but I don’t expect to. DO I enjoy it? Yes, because I know that joy is an expression of Love, and that Love is God.

It doesn’t matter how long this took. But my guitar is named Tempo as a reminder that while timing may be everything, true time is God’s and is one eternal moment! When we let go and let God, we can experience eternity and the Kingdom of Heaven, now.

Because in eternity there is no separation.

Thank God

Instrument: Eventide – Mainland Mahogany Concert Ukulele

1. We give thanks for all the things we are and have and do.
Yet when we have nothing, we can still give thanks in Truth,
‘Cause we are Life and Love, and our existance is just proof.

2. If a Force created us, It must have had a plan.
If it were destruction, then why are we still at hand?
It’s God creating lovingly each woman, child and man.

3. We are here by God’s design, expressing all He is.
Who we are is really part of one eternal bliss.
Minds and bodies change and grow, but souls live on in Him.
Refrain: (Twice)

Everything we are, we are,
Because of who God is.
Everything we have, we have,
Because He is the gift.
Everything we do, we do,
Because He is our breath.
And so we give our thanks to God,
Who in us loves and dwells.

Beyond the Time We Stay

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar
(Capo 3)

1. I don’t wanna be your trophy.
So help me baby.
I don’t wanna be your property,
And you’re not mine.

But I’m gonna be your partner,
Different yet the same;
Your equal in the game of life we play,
To love you by the Spirit that’s beyond the time we stay.

2. I don’t wanna be your keeper.
Don’t sweat it baby.
I don’t wanna be your follower,
And you’re not mine.

Let’s let it go, let it be,
‘Cause God is all the love we see.
Let it shine, let it glow,
And don’t make up the face it shows to people.
Let us love pure and free.

3. I don’t wanna try to change you.
I’ve been there baby.
And I don’t wanna be your conscience,
And you’re not mine.

I’m gonna be your partner,
Different yet the same;
Your equal in the game of life we play,
To love you by the Spirit that’s beyond,
Far beyond the time we stay,
Far beyond the time we stay.


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I Am Your Child

Holy Breath, Holy Spirit, cleanse and comfort my mind, so my awareness is drawn ever toward You. Loose these things from me, o God Almighty! Lift my mind from fears, regrets, and dwelling in negativity. Send Your Holy Spirit to cleanse, comfort, console and Christ my mind, body, life, and the minds, bodies and lives of all those I have affected or touched in any way. Sublimate all hurt so it is as if it never happened and no harshness remains!

Help me to know what to say and how to respond to others. And when a relationship needs to end on any level, o God I pray You end it through me, by Your Power! For I of myself do nothing! It is You,,,,,, o Father within me, who doeth these works!

I am Your Child, so may the Christ Mind be made flesh through me!

I am Your Child, and I am one with You!

I am Your Child, and by Your Power, I am about Your business! You are ever present within me, guiding and directing my words and actions!

I am Your Child, created in Your image of Love!

I am Your Child, born to manifest Your glory!

I am Your Word made flesh!

I am free, by the Christ Mind within me, that is one with You, o Father-Mother God!

By Your Power I have overcome much and will overcome more! In Spirit I am already perfect, even as You are perfect! And this my life manifests, by Your will and work!

Thank You God! I let it be so, to me and through me, and to and through all Your creations!

And so it is!

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God Is All There Is

A fun Samba, great for children!

Instruments: Claves, Maraca, Eventide – Mainland Mahogany Concert Ukulele

1. Life is made for living
Gifts are made for giving
Sieves are made for sieving
And God is all there is!

2. Prayers are made for praying
Thanks are made for saying
Plays are made for playing
And God is all there is!

3. Smiles are made for wearing
Good is made for sharing
Pairs are made for pairing
And God is all there is!

4. Seeds are made for sowing
Love is made for showing
Snow is made for snowing
And God is all there is!

Repeat 1.

God is all there is!
God is all there is!

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God Is All There Is

Instrumental You

You’ve* a body, voice, and strings –
Vocal cords to speak and sing,

Breath of life that fills you up,
Open hands that make a cup;

Yet You’re* more than all your parts:
You are God within your heart!

When you work or play or rest,
By His Love You are Your best!

Heaven made and heaven sent,
You’re the Father’s instrument!

Let the song of Love that frees
Ring through You eternally!

*You (unless capitalized at the beginning of a sentence) means the inner, mystical You that is at one with God. In lower case, you refers to your physical being on earth.

Can’t Take It with You when You Go

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

1. Play your guitar now.
Fit it in somehow.
Let the music flow,
The upbeat and the slow,
Because you can’t take it with you when you go.

2. Hug your people now.
Take the time somehow.
Let affection flow,
Deepest feeling show,
Because you can’t take ’em with you when you go.

We are one in spirit, heart and mind.
So you know there’s reason and there’s rhyme
For the lives we live
And those we come to know.
So find out what it is,
And make your living so,
Because you can’t take ’em with you when you go.

3. Clear your clutter now,
All the fears and all the doubts.
Let your knowing flow,
Keep your light aglow,
Deepest feeling show,
The upbeat and the slow,
Because you can’t take ’em with you when you go.

You are eternal, and this you gotta know.
So live your life sincere, and let your wings unfold,
‘Cause the Spirit is within you,
And It’s all you’re takin’ with you
In your soul.

Yeah, you take that Spirit with you,
And that’s all you’re takin’ with you when you go.