Speaking of Volumes #SixSentenceStories

Braille books are huge!

Not only are the physical books big, but it takes many, sometimes many, many, many, numerous volumes just for the Braille equivalent of one single, normal size, manageable print book.

For a totally blind student, it’s hard, if not almost impossible, to learn to spell with any proficiency, unless you read Braille.

This is doubly true if you take a foreign language, of which I studied five!

I was lucky, because I had access to Braille books from elementary school all through high school.

Unfortunately, seven years of carrying Braille books from class to class in an extremely overloaded backpack gave me chronic back, neck, and shoulder problems, which still plague me every day!

For Denise’s
#SixSentenceStories Prompt, Volume.

Lullaby of the Ages DSE #10 #Music

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I wrote this song in June. You can listen to the lyre arrangement with lyrics

Today you’re hearing alto recorder, then lyre and zither played together. The melody is on zither, with accompaniment on lyre. Note the bell-like ringing in this arrangement, made possible by having two sets of strings.

This is the tenth and final piece in my
Double Strung Experiment Series.

The next time you hear mention of double strung something, it will be a harp! I’ve had fun and learned a lot while arranging and playing this series, but I will also be glad to sit in a chair and play! I’ve been sitting cross-legged on the floor to make room for holding the lyre and zither balanced precariously on my lap!

I hope you enjoy this piece, and as always, I appreciate any comments and feedback you want to share!

Thanks, and thank you for listening!

Call to Rest #Decima #Poem

The call of nature sounds within!
Dark seasons come to find the Light,
And day is resting through the night.
The veil is growing ever thin.

When quieting our mental din,
We hear the wisdom of the call
To rest, reflect, regroup, to pause.
We can be calm; we can be still
And let our breath the silence fill.
Creator rested; so must all!

A Decima for Ronovan’s weekly challenge:
Still. This week, it’s the D rhyme line.

The Decima has become one of my favorite poetry forms, joining the Limerick and Triolet as my top three!

Epic Fail: A Twisted Tale #Poem

This is the tale of a real epic fail;
So you already know from the start.
But you get to decide, after reading inside,
What the failure was, and on whose part!

A woman divorced had good friends through its course;
She played music with gusto and skill.
When her birthday came round, o the pleasure she found
In the flute that her wishes fulfilled!

On the hard other hand was a more jealous man,
Her fiancé with masculine pride.
He was at his wits end, because one of her friends
Gave a gift that he couldn’t provide.

Well, his anger was great, and he clouded her day
With his questions and rantings and worse.
And it hurt her a lot, took the pleasure she’d got;
In her mind, then the flute was a curse.

So it came in the end, she lost touch with her friend,
For the man she loved didn’t approve.
Now she plays through her tears, for a friendship of years
That she sadly had sent down the tube.

Yes, she married the man with his ever high hand,
And she so needs the music for peace.
But down deep in her heart, she is pained by her part
In a tale that’s more bitter than sweet!

Written for Michael’s prompt
Tale Weaver #294: Epic fail.

Theocentric Psychology – One Year Later

Last September I changed the specialty for an additional doctorate through the
University of Sedona
from Relationship Dynamics to
Theocentric Psychology.

The curriculum is designed to encourage a lifestyle centered around Universal Mind, Spirit, or God, thus the word Theocentric. It does not seek to replace clinical or behavioral psychology, and graduates are not clinical psychologists. Theocentric Psychology simply, yet profoundly, adds the often overlooked spiritual dimension to the study of the human mind.

The late Dr. Paul Leon Masters wrote the Theocentric Psychology curriculum. As he often stated, “Common sense is Universal sense.” I.e. true spirituality, and the immutable laws of the Universe, are common sense. I’ve found this to be true throughout my studies of Metaphysics. This program has been an asset to my life and, I pray, to my work with others. As you probably know, I’m primarily a singer/songwriter, poet, and musician, and I do the best I can to offer inspiration and common sense, spiritual truth through my writing.

However, I still have a personal life, and sometimes that life and parts of it are difficult! That doesn’t go away when a person becomes spiritual; in fact, at times the difficulty increases, as you become aware of the huge contrast between what you possess, or what you want to have spiritually, and what is actually occurring in your outer life.

So, I thought I would share a list of some of the curriculum modules I’ve found most difficult, because for me they emphasized the contrasts in my life, and those I’ve found most resonant or interesting–the ones after which I said, “Amen!”

Modules of Contrast

* Dealing with the Lack of Personal Love in One’s Life

* Love Relationships – The Metaphysics of Ending or Renewing

* Sexuality as a Means to Enhancing Spirituality and Contacting God

* Real Love vs. Imagined Love

* Improving Communication in Love

* Healing a Love Relationship

* Spiritual Bonding with Another

* Sexuality and Spirituality

* Soul Mates

* Is It Love or Fantasy?

* Many Lives, Many Loves. Have You Loved Someone Before?

Do you notice a pattern here? Yes, I’m working on it!

Resonant Modules

* Combining Medical and Holistic Metapsychological or Metaphysical Treatment

* Following Through

* Freeing Oneself of Blockage to the Creative Flow

* Holistic Spiritual Healing or Practicing Spiritual Healing While You are Healthy

* How to Metaphysically Cope with Stress in Today’s World

* Personal Will vs. God’s Will

* Pseudo vs. True Spirituality – The “Stripping Away” Principle

* God as Your Guru

* Personal Ego vs. Universal Identity

* Mystical Prayer

* The Power of Commitment to God

* Discovering Your Life’s Purpose

* Keys to Immediate Happiness

* How a Mystic Succeeds

* Spiritual Keys to More Income

* The Kingdom of Heaven Mystically and Psychologically Understood

* Spiritually Healing Others

I’ve finally finished the 121 curriculum modules, and that was both an accomplishment and a relief! It’s not the time involved, though it certainly takes time to read the module once, read the associated exam questions, and go through the module again to write the answers to the open-book exam in your own words. As I said, it’s the mental and emotional realizations that can be difficult. In spite of all that, and/or because of it, I made the right decision in switching programs. And I was blessed that the International Metaphysical Ministry University System staff allowed me to switch programs, even though I originally paid tuition for Relationship Dynamics. I hadn’t submitted anything for that curriculum; so, it was a simple specialty transfer.

After a short break I will continue on, to finish the Theocentric Psychology program! There are video lectures to which I must write responses, as well as responses to shorter audio messages on Metaphysical/spiritual topics. And we can’t forget the 15,000-word dissertation! That will be a feat in and of itself!

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming! Thanks for reading!

Gratitude DSE #9 #Music

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I wrote this piece in 2010, on a small Celtic lap harp on which I took a few lessons. I’ve lost that old harp recording, but you can listen to a ukulele version with lyrics

This piece is also part of my
Zither Review,
as well as the
Lynda Lyre Review
I posted in March.

So, why this piece, and why am I sharing it yet again?

First, it’s a calming melody written especially for healing music sessions, and who doesn’t need more of that? 🙂

Second, this is the ninth in the
Double Strung Experiment Series.

Now you can hear the piece as if it had two voices. That is, the melody is echoed, and two sets of strings put the echo in the same octave, similar to the ukulele version, instead of one being an octave higher than the other.

If this makes your head spin, pay it no mind, and just enjoy listening! You will understand. 🙂

If you’ve read and listened this far, I really appreciate it! I’d also love to know if you have a favorite out of the versions I’ve linked here!

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot #Music

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There’s an all too rare appearance of alto recorder along with zither today! The recorder tends to be loud, so I put a makeshift mute on it. Unfortunately, it flattens the pitch along with making it quieter. But I hope you still enjoy listening to this familiar tune, an African-American spiritual first recorded in 1909 by Fisk University’s Fisk Jubilee Singers.