Simple Blessing – Music and Poem

This is an original instrumental, played on the harp. As you listen, I invite you to contemplate these words, or your own thoughts and feelings about giving thanks and counting blessings.

Simple Blessing

Blessings come in many forms,
Much more than what we see.
And blessings best are counted as
The God in you and me.

We’re given Life, and not just breath
Upon this spinning ball…
But onward, upward all the time,
To God the Source of all.

In having what we need we take
A moment to be glad.
But lacking something, would we still
Give thanks for all we had?

For what is there if not the things
We see as good in life,
The money, job, the home and friends,
Success, and being right?

There’s still a Spirit deep within
That shines from all we are!
If nothing else, give thanks for this,
For it’s our Source, by far!

We think we have security
From all these earthly things.
But they are tools that Heaven rules,
Just servants of the King.

And so take time to give Him thanks,
This day and every one,
For all we are and all we have,
Is ours in God the One.

Blessings come in many forms,
Much more than what we see.
And blessings best are counted as
The God in you and me.

Affirmative Prayer Class Week 5

This is week 5/6 of Affirmative Prayer: What is it and why Should I Care? (Click to review previous weeks.)

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We began with some metaphysical prayer treatment. Talk is cheap as the saying goes; so I wanted everyone to participate in the treatment experience.

Treatment for Health

This treatment and the following one, are spontaneous, channeled prayers. I transcribed them later from my class recording.

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I acknowledge and recognize that there is one Mind and one manifesting body in the Universe. This Mind is the God-Mind, and the body that is the Universe, is God’s body. This body that is God’s is my body now. I know that God within me is the source of health, strength, and vitality in my own physical body.

I know that when I experience pain, it’s a signal to my mind and body to reconnect with the Presence of God within me. Pain is only a signal; it is neither good nor bad. Illness and the appearance of any sickness, is an opportunity to reconnect and bring my awareness back to the health that is my divine right.

I realize and I accept that health can be mine, through the God-Presence within me, that is all-loving, all-knowing, and all-seeing. Limitations as to how health can come to me, or what has to happen for me to be healthy, fall away. I bring my faith and my awareness – my inner knowing – back to the God-Presence. And I release physical outcomes. I accept that God knows I have physical needs, and that I can have the health that is my divine birthright. God-Mind wants its creations to be healthy, and I as a child of God, am healthy now.

I allow the reality of my ultimate, divine health to manifest itself in all perfect ways. These include mental health, physical health, emotional health and well-being, strength and vitality whenever and wherever I need it.

In the peace and calm of this time, I release attachments to having to do things to create my own health through a personal ego sort of action; physically oriented steps. I know that when I must take physical action to manifest health, I do so with divine inspiration. SO that the actions I take are the right actions for my path, according to the God within myself.

As I realize my own health on all levels of my being, I give thanks. I let it be so, now and always. And so it is!

What is God’s Body

I’ve never used those words in a treatment before. But they came up this time, and someone asked what they meant. 🙂

If God-Mind is Universal Mind or consciousness, then God’s body is the physical universe. The manifest Universe, everything that has any form at all, is God’s body.

If your personal mind is an individualized manifestation (form or part) of God-Mind, then what is your physical body? An individualized part, as a drop is of the ocean, of God’s body.

In the Bible the body is called the Temple of God, Temple of the Holy Spirit, body Temple, or body of Christ. What is it really a Temple of? God-Mind. Our bodies, as the physical forms they are, contain the God-Mind. They contain it in that they are vehicles to manifest God-Thought. And they contain it, because our bodies are made of, and come from, God-Mind or Universal Consciousness.

Christ Consciousness is another name for the God-Presence within us. So the body of Christ, is truly our body (including our physical bodies) as well.

Treatment for Financial Well-being

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God-Mind within me, Universal Consciousness of all, I know that You know I have financial needs.

I know that Your desire for me, as one of Your creations, is that I have all I need to have a fulfilling life on this earthly plane of existence. I know that my desire to fulfill all my financial obligations is good, and I know that it comes from You, the Source of all things.

I know that the people I receive services from are one with You. They come from Your oneness, and they are made of Your presence, just like I am. It is right that they receive their compensation for the services that they provide.

I know that money is a form of exchange here on this earthly plane. And I know that at its essence, money is Your presence. All desires of my heart and my mind are implanted by You, and where there is a desire, there is always fulfillment.

And so I release all attachments that I have to sources of income, means of payment, ideas of how money must come to me, or how obligations must be met. You must have ways of meeting obligations that I, in my personal mind, know nothing about. I accept the possibility that somewhere, beyond my ego and any attachments I hold, all my financial needs are met, now.

In Your peace, I rest in the realization that the people who provide me services, the people that I owe money to on this plane – their needs are met as well. Because You are the Source of all desires, you are the Source of all fulfillment. Nothing can exist apart from Your presence.

I allow Your presence to meet all of my needs and the needs of those who provide me services here.

I accept that all my financial obligations are immediately met. I do not need to know how they are met, and by what means. I only need to know and realize that in Your ultimate presence, all needs are met.

I give thanks for the meeting of these needs, in whatever form that manifests. It could be money, but it might not be. And I give thanks for the infinite number of ways, that You have in Your wisdom and presence, of meeting the needs of all Your creations. In peace I realize that I am one. I am one with You; I am one with any desire and its fulfillment. And for this, I give thanks. I let it be so. And so it is!

The Treatment Experience

Everyone in the live class, myself included, felt relaxed after our prayer treatments. Some felt a sense of possibility and openness, and that their focus shifted from the problem, to a better state of mind.

The rest is yours! It is for you to take the time to pray/treat. It’s up to you to allow the God within you, to expand your conscious mind. Even when working with a Practitioner, it’s still your allowing that makes a treatment successful – or your not allowing that makes it seem like it didn’t work.

Where does prayer/treatment come from, and what should I pray for?

Prayer comes through us. If you’ve ever enfolded someone in love, sang and wondered where “that voice” came from, or felt amazed at something you created or accomplished; then you’ve had the experience of being a channel.

“Lord, make me a channel (or instrument) of Your peace…”

When we pray out loud, the words flow through us. We simply allow them to be spoken, or written by our voice, or our hands. Our sense of personal, solitary existence falls away; and we feel divine oneness. This is like a meditative experience and can also be felt in prayer. For me, that feeling comes when I know, no question, that the prayer is answered. We call this step realization.

Prayer comes from the Divine Mind. It comes from God, the Source of all desire and fulfillment of desire.

And that is how we know what to ask for in prayer. We ask, aloud if need be, for the prayer to come through us. We ask to be a vehicle or channel of God-Thought. And the prayer is carried out, answered or demonstrated through us.

If we don’t know what to pray for, or how to pray, or what words to use, we ask for divine clarity and intuition. Then, we let go of personal agendas and give thanks for the ability to channel God-Thought into our minds, hearts and lives.

Letting go is the key. Put down the personal ego, release the intellectual thinking mind, set down the monkey-mind (you know, the one that chatters on and on endlessly all day long…), and go within where Truth lives. This is a peaceful place, and many of us have trouble being here. It’s because we’ve been taught to struggle. But whatever we’ve learned, we have the choice and opportunity to unlearn. Whatever we’ve accepted to be true and real, we can sublimate with something better – Ultimate Truth. Meditation and prayer, done separately at different times, work together to bring us back to oneness, where isolated, personal existence is less dominant. And all I can say to that, is, “Thank God!”

What is a Successful Treatment?

Simply and beautifully, a successful treatment shifts perception and perspective.

Did you start our treatment for health with a list of issues? Possibly, and that’s ok.

Did you end with a peaceful knowing? A sense of possibility and openness? Even relief on any level? If so, then the treatment was successful for you.

A successful treatment brings our awareness and perception back to ultimate, divine reality. Now, it’s not far off and something we just read about; it’s ours and we know it in a conscious way.

Yet metaphysical treatment itself doesn’t do that “for us.” Neither does meditation or any other practice. Metaphysical practices are just tools. Each of us individually, needs to allow and cultivate our own connection to God-within.

Class Outline

Follow along below in the last section of the class outline. Explanations begin with *.

VII. Prayer Practice Guidelines

* You are encouraged to create a prayer practice that is a joy to you! Below are just some things to consider as a starting place.

A. Quiet yourself as much as you can

* Using meditation, relaxation techniques, deep breathing, and/or focusing our attention on a calm feeling, we allow the mind to become quiet. Anyone can pray anywhere, at any time! And the more consciously we pray, the better. This is why inner quiet is encouraged.

B. Go within, directing attention to God at the center of your mind

* Phrases like:

* God-Mind at the center of my mind

* God within me

* Higher Mind at the nucleus of my mind

* Universal presence within

* Spirit at the core of my being

And more are used to direct our attention inward. Christ said, “The kingdom of God is within you.” This is where we direct our attention before and during prayer – to the core of our being which is Universal, God, Spirit, Cosmic or Christ Consciousness.

C. Adopt the right attitude of prayer

* See last week for a refresher of the attitude or mental space to hold for effective prayer.

D. Pray at least 3 times daily

* Why? Isn’t that a little strict?

1. As continual treatment of your consciousness

* Prayer, like any other thought, is cumulative. The more we pray, the more our mind is being opened and expanded. And the more we live as though our prayer is answered. So we pray for instance, 3 times a day, to continually tune up our mind to the Truth.

Since prayer doesn’t take long and can be done anywhere, it doesn’t have to be a large time commitment. Prayer may take longer at the beginning, but the more we pray, the more quickly we realize–make our prayer real to us. The more quickly we “realize,” the less time prayer takes.

2. To expand this “treated” positive consciousness

* Again, this is an opening of consciousness, or personal mind. As we pray, positive thoughts, feelings and beliefs accumulate. Where? In our subconscious mind, which controls our surface, or conscious mind. So regular prayer expands both the subconscious and conscious mind, improving the root of our beliefs and our daily attitude all at once.

3. To keep consciousness open to the power of God to answer

* We’ve said before that more doubt than prayer, breeds answers that take longer. Regular prayer keeps positive, ultimate reality at the forefront of our minds and hearts. It keeps us open to and conscious of the God-Power within, and its ability and desire to answer our prayers.

4. To strengthen your faith that the prayer is answered

* Prayer feeds itself. It feeds strength, faith, intuition, knowing, and daily life. Doubt and negative feelings feed themselves too… So our choice is, which will we feed? Prayer, or negativity? Faith, or doubt? Knowing, or wobbling? More faith, through prayer, gives us more faith. When we live this faith, from an inner knowing that it is so…

5. As a tool, use with visualization of, and meditation on the prayer in completed form (demonstrated)

* then so it is! Use verbal or written prayer as a tool. Combine it with meditation and/or visualization. Be conscious of visualization, as not to limit the outcome. Ask for, “This (visual or feeling picture) or something better.” This way we don’t limit what the God-Mind can express to and through us. See the prayer already manifest, answered, formed or demonstrated. See it done; live it done. Because in God-Mind, it is already done. The sooner we intuit this, the sooner manifestation happens.

As always, if you have any comments, questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me!

Star – Relaxation Music

I wrote this instrumental on the ukulele, in November, 2010. In December it naturally became a harp piece, as you find it here. It’s called Star, after my favorite shape, something to shine, look up to, and be comforted by.

Harp and Drum – Musical Poem

I wrote this poem in August, 2010, only a month after beginning committed metaphysical study. It was part of Poetry and Prayers of Unity, the week we discussed The Instrument.

The discussion isn’t included here – the poem speaks for itself, especially with the audio reading-instrumental. However, I welcome anyone’s thoughts or feelings about the poem!

I imagine it speaks to musicians, as it does to me. But you don’t need to “be a musician” to resonate with it! We are vibrational beings, and it’s as much about that as what we describe as music.

Harp and Drum

Instruments: Celtic lap harp, buffalo frame drum

The harp is a Spirit
That carries the light
Of truth, peace and wisdom
Through any dark night.

The drum is a gateway
To journey in you
Reclaiming your wisdom
Your essence of truth.

The harp is your voice
And the drum is your heart
Each working together
To help do their part.

The voice of your Spirit
The rhythm of all
The harmony sings
When you answer the call.

Your Spirit is calling
Just listen, you’ll hear
Its small voice of purpose
That says, “Cast out fear!”

For fear is a rhythm
A dissonant hum
That isn’t in tune
With your true harp and drum.

Now may you be blessed,
May you always feel whole,
Fulfilling the purpose
That’s deep in your Soul.
And so it is!

Divine Guidance Positive Prayer Poem

Use this positive, effective prayer when you desire guidance of any kind.

Though all guidance comes from within yourself, your mind, feelings and circumstances can block you from hearing the truth you already know.

Prayers, affirmations, poems and meditations like this all-in-one help get past the surface, down deep to the truth. This highest truth will never fail you, never lead you astray, and is always within you.

All you need to do is ask, then listen for the answer. It may come as a feeling, imagined words, images, someone physically saying something to you throughout your day, or in any number of ways. It doesn’t need to be a lightning bolt… Just be open to the guidance you asked for, and unattached to how you receive it.

Prayer for Divine Guidance

You, the knower of all things,
Source and substance, guiding star,
I unite my mind with you;
I am wisdom as you are.

Quietly I listen now,
Hearing in me perfect truth.
I receive the word I seek,
Thinking now at one with you.

When to speak and what to say,
All of this I clearly see.
Where to go along my way,
Everything is here in me.

Lovingly I now release
All confusion, fear and doubt.
They are gone and I’m at peace,
Knowing what to carry out.

Thank you, bless-ed voice of all,
Loving, knowing, guiding light,
Flowing like a waterfall,
Never ending, day or night.

I have asked and I receive
That which I have sought to know.
I release this into law,
Where it manifests and flows.
Amen.

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Light – Metaphysical Christmas Song

Merry Christmas… in July!

Metaphysical science, Unity, religious science, and New Thought have many common beliefs. One that stands out at Christmas time is the idea of Christ. Although most of us believe Jesus existed, we see him as a teacher, a wayshower, and no better than any of the “rest” of us humans experiencing life on earth.

Christ is a state of consciousness. It is already within us; our purpose is to become knowingly aware of it and to demonstrate, or show it in our lives and the world around us.

It is at Christmas that we focus on the Christ mind within us. Though every day we can renew the Christ child within, we’re especially mindful during Advent and Christmas.

Remember that the season of miracles and giving is not just when it’s magically bright, cold (or hot), with carols ringing through the air. These are just outward manifestations of an inward consciousness or state of mind: the belief, as in Santa Clause, that anything is possible.

Because truly, anything is possible, not just at Christmas, but all year long. And the more we let the Christ light shine within us, the more light we see in the world.

Light – Lyrics

Instrument: Celtic harp

1. The Christ in me lights up the world
As peace and love are now unfurled.
I give and through it I receive
The greatest gift of Christ in me.

2. I see the Christ in others shine,
Lit from within by God divine.
And as each candle lends its light,
In harmony we all unite.

3. So like a baby love is born
Where there was not a light before.
And in the light, the darkness fades.
Now comes the dawning of the day.

4. And so it is in every life-
Each one can choose to be the light,
To hold a candle high above,
And share with all your gift of love.

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Namaste – 2 Meditation Affirmation Poems

Two poems and a harp meditation to affirm the truth and see love in everything. Recite “Namaste” silently or aloud, to anything or anyone troubling you, and you will see love instead of negativity.

Prayer to the Subconscious

You know my thoughts, and you obey.
My word sets you upon your way.
Because you always carry out
Intentions from my thoughts and mouth,
I choose to plant the perfect truth
Within the fertile law of you.
–And so it is!

Namaste

I offer you a Namaste!
I know your greatness in all ways.

The love in me sees love in you.
My highest self affirms your truth.

I recognize your perfect soul.
I know that you are always whole.

No matter what the world may say,
You prosper by this Namaste!
–And so it is!

Free – Meditation Affirmation Poem

Harp meditation and prayer-poem to feel and live as free as you already are in Spirit.

Inspired by
Daily Word
for October 28, 2010: Free.

I recorded the harp outside, and you will hear a child’s laughter and maybe other sounds. I left them in because they brought me joy.

Free

God the good is all there is,
The one and only cause,
The peaceful, perfect freedom
Extended to us all.

I am within that freedom.
It is my very soul,
The brightest light of being
As me is pure and whole.

I realize my freedom
From this one earthly plain.
I’m in it but not of it,
For Spirit in me reigns.

Releasing lower ties now,
I’m bound to nothing more
Than Spirit’s freeing likeness
That pulses at my core.

I know this glorious freedom
To be my essence whole,
And so, in grateful peace and love,
I give up all control.

I float among the beings
That live on earth with me
And demonstrate that love
And truth will set us free.
And so it is, namaste!

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Centering Practice

Harp meditation to re-connect you with your true center – a place of calm, peace, stability and pure joy. Give yourself the gift of “calm” that is not dependent on outward circumstances, people or events. This centered state is the true meaning of serenity. Get there using this meditation, and you will be able to bring yourself back at any time, living more and more consciously in this peaceful place that is always within you.

Sleep Meditation Poem

Sleep, a time of great subconscious work.
Slumber, where beliefs are given birth.
Resting, in the arms of purest love.
Cradled, where below touches above.

Spirit, of the day and of the night,
Keep me, as my soul now takes its flight.
Lift me, to the possibility.
Show me, all I am, can do, and be.

Sleep, now fear released is turned to love.
Slumber, touching Spirit like a dove.
Resting, in the comfort of the truth.
Cradled, now I lay my thoughts to roost.
Amen.