Movin’ Around

Scriptures for Meditation and Contemplation

The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands, neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things. He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live, and move, and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’ Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man.
–Acts 17:24-29*

Psalm 23*

*from World English Bible (WEB)

Movin’ Around – Lyrics

Instrument: Eventide – Mahogany Concert Ukulele

1. I was born in a city,
But I don’t remember that.
I’ve wondered how it was
And if I should go back.
Refrain:

2. I was raised in the country,
And I knew the quiet space.
But it took a lot of time
To go from place to place.
Refrain:

3. I’ve come back to a city
Where things are close at hand.
And in me still the bless’ed Peace,
Because in God I stand.
Refrain (Twice)

God resides in me,
And I’m at home in Him.

Refrain:
Movin’ around, movin’ around,
Finding a new stomping ground.
Keep it going, ever flowing change.
But wherever I go, wherever I live,
There is One I travel with.
Because God resides in me,
And I’m at home in Him.

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Building and Building Up

Why does it always take longer to build something than to destroy it?

Why does it take so much more time to build up a relationship, a skill, a practice, a career, … than it does to tear one down?

Time is an illusion, and I’m preaching to the choir. If you’re reading this, you either already know that, or you’ve heard me say it before, or both! And it’s still true: Time is an illusion, and eternity is forever!

So, what’s that got to do with building, or building up anything?

Everything, actually!

In the Eternal Mind, Cosmic Consciousness is always aware of everything, all the time. Not so for the human mind that is temporarily in a state of unawareness. In the human mind, everything takes time. That is, days, months, decades – linear time as we know it is necessary for life and living.

In a way this is true, but it’s not the whole Truth. The mind and its personal ego, also an illusion by the way, fixates on an idea. It wants it “done yesterday,” but there are obstacles, barriers, or steps to take and things to learn or put into place first.

This is the Universe or God at work. We think we would be so happy if everything just fell into place naturally. But what we call “natural” is, you guessed it, another illusion! That is to say, Nature goes beyond thinking, feeling, and doing. Nature is Universal, and Universal Consciousness is God.

In building something, or building up to a result, God knows and has the full picture already. And not just the picture, but the thing accomplished! It’s already done, no question, no doubt in the Mind of God.

If this is true, then why do we experience time delays? (And don’t give me that illusion stuff again! I can’t take it anymore!)

Time delays are opportunities: Opportunities for the personal ego to get its act together, connect with Universal Mind, and move away so that we can realize what the Mind of God already knows.

The ego is always slow to respond. It has to be. It’s limited, un-knowing, and afraid. It thinks too much and spends more time trying to think itself into connection than truly tapping into the Universal Mind. But Universal Mind knows that and just keeps existing, beyond the personal ego.

And that is the good news. God Mind and all that It knows, is always available. The reason it doesn’t all come rushing into the human mind at once, is that honestly, we couldn’t handle that!

Have you ever seen an explosion, or implosion? It takes seconds! And it destroys everything… That’s just what would happen if God Mind rushed everything into the personal ego, like the breaking of a dam or the opening of flood gates. Our lives and identities as we know them, would be completely destroyed.

This is why it takes more time to build and build up, than to destroy. It’s a favor, a Grace, that God extends to us. And not just extends, but follows through. It’s not a linear progression:
Level 1: God
Level 2 (a little lower): Grace
Level 3 (lowest): Human realization

No, God exists within Itself, within the Grace, and within the human mind. If that doesn’t blow your mind, nothing will!

Now, it’s time to relax and enjoy. The Universe is at work, within every process, every setback, every lapse, every step forward and leap backward, God knows, and Eternity is at hand. The ego cannot understand this. In fact, it’s probably telling you “No!” right now. That’s ok. Only the Mind of God can realize Truth within and through each one of us.

But it is done in Eternity, and not human time and space boundaries. Through meditation we come to strip away the personal ego’s layers and limitations and move into the Universal, God Consciousness that is always available within us.

Through this realization, we can build and build up positive things in our lives, by the Power of God working through us.

May it be so for you,

And so it is!

Standing in Eternal Mind

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

1. You have a purpose for being here,
Even when it doesn’t seem to be very clear.
In the Cosmic Mind,
You are well defined.
Listen deep inside and you will hear.
Refrain:

2. You have a reason for being you,
Even when you don’t know what to say or do.
In the Mind that knows,
Feelings ebb and flow.
Listen to the quiet coming through.
Refrain:

3. You have a Power that loves and guides.
Even when you cannot be convinced It abides.
Whisp’ring at your core
Is God that’s Life and more.
Listen to the gentle Voice inside.
Refrain: (Twice)

Refrain:
Put one foot forward,
Moving on.
No, you won’t be here for long.
Take one step farther,
Keeping time.
Standing in Eternal Mind.

Peace, Be Still

Instrument: Eventide – Mahogany Concert Ukulele
Mixed with real ocean sounds

Refrain:
Peace, be still
We are fulfilled
Held in Your Will
Peace, be still.

1. In You we rest
All’s for the best
For we are blessed
In You we rest.
Refrain:

2. We’re safe and sound
Your Spirit grounds
Good things abound
We’re safe and sound.
Refrain:

3. With open hearts
We do our part
To be Your spark
With open hearts.
Refrain:

Peace, be still. (twice)

Within Dependent

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

1. We can never freely be
Unless we freely let the others live.
We’re not given to receive
Until we let it all go and forgive.
And there is freedom from the limitations
Of this world we’re in.
It only comes in quiet Love
And seeing through the Mind of God within.
Refrain:

2. We can never make the rules
Or rule another person on their way.
We are just a pack of fools
Who put our foolishness out on display.
And there is freedom from the narrow bondage
Of this world we’re in.
It only comes in quiet Love
And seeing through the Eyes of God within.
Refrain:

3. We can never be ourselves
Unless we find the Self of Peace inside.
Our independence is a well,
Dependent on the only God of Life.
And there is freedom from the stormy waters
Of this world we’re in.
It only comes in quiet Love
And seeing through the Heart of God within.
Refrain:

Refrain:
Dependent on the One who made us all!
Within, dependent on the Answer to our call!

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