Blessings Be upon You

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God bless us!

This does not sound like a Christmas song. Even people surrounded by family and others can feel most isolated at this time of year. And if my prayer list is any indication, people want to feel some glimmer of hope and blessings, now more than ever! That’s why this isn’t a Christmas song, and why most of my holiday songs are more generic–because it’s not only on a holiday that we long to experience something higher than our human thoughts and circumstances! This longing is universal, and Higher Consciousness is, too! And so, may blessings be upon you, now and always!

Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”

Blessings Be upon You – Lyrics

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

1. When times are dark and dreary
And you feel worn and weary,
I ask that blessings be upon you.

2. When every wish you’ve wanted
Is like a haunting hunter,
I ask that blessings be upon you.

3. When careless words are working
To keep you hard and hurting,
I ask that blessings be upon you.
Refrain: (Twice)

May the Lord give you peace!

The Lord bless you and keep you
And shine His face upon you.
The Lord be gracious unto you
And give you peace.
The Lord give you peace!

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Mountain of the Lord

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Isaiah 2:1-3,5 (NKJV)

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow to it.
Many people shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
O house of Jacob, come and let us walk
In the light of the Lord.

The Mountain of the Lord

Mystically understood, the Lord’s mountain is a meditative state, a place of Higher Consciousness. It rises above the hillsides, the height, of everyday awareness to something greater. And it is for everyone, for all nations, all people, not just a chosen few. The mountain of the Lord is always present, and we can climb it, learn his ways, and walk in his light in our daily lives.

Mountain of the Lord – Lyrics

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

Let us go up (3x)
Up to the mountain of the Lord!
Repeat from *.

1. His house is greatest,
His mountain highest,
And every nation shall flow to it, saying,

2. There on his mountain,
His ways he teaches,
And every nation shall flow to it, saying,

3. His mountain rises
Above the hillsides,
And every nation shall flow to it, saying,
Refrain: (Twice)

Up to the mountain of the Lord!
Let us go up (3x)

Let My People Go

The story of Moses and its mystical connection to our own lives.
Instrument: Tempo – Seagull excursion folk acoustic guitar

(Capo 2)

1. The Lord said tell that Pharaoh man,
Let my people go!
So Moses with a staff in hand said,
Let my people go!
The Pharaoh wouldn’t listen, but the good Lord paid no mind.
He took down that Pharaoh in His will and time.
He drowned the ruling army in that Red Sea, you know,
‘Cause they would not take His order
To let my people go!
He said, let my people go!

2. God’s children came from Egypt land.
Let my people go!
But took the law into their hands.
Let my people go!
They built themselves an idol and prayed to it each day,
But God gave them commandments to live a better way.
They wandered through the desert a long long time, you know,
‘Cause they would not take His order
To let my people go!
He said, let my people go!

3. O we’re all children in God’s fold.
Let my people go!
Our bondage is a mind so cold.
Let my people go!
He frees us from the thoughts that keep our mind enslaved,
And up into the love and freedom that we crave.
We find that promised land where milk and honey flow
When we accept His order
To let my people go!
He said, let my people go!

Let my people go!

What You Write in Your Song

In setting your intentions and goals for 2016, may they be God-sent and God-guided! And may your life song:

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
–Psalm 100 (KJV)

What You Write in Your Song – Lyrics

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

1. We feel things,
And we’re not afraid to show them.
We let ourselves expose them
In hopes of being freed.
But real things,
They still remain inside us
And always do provide us
With what we truly need.

2. We think things,
And we speak our own opinions.
We try to have dominion
And make everyone agree.
But in sync things,
By the Light of all creation,
We are one eternal nation,
Under God, the King of kings.
Refrain: (Twice)

And your legacy lives on
With each note in your song.
And when you’re laid to rest,
The words that you express
Keep sounding like a ripple or a gong.
So be aware what you write in your song.
Be aware what you write in your song.

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He Slumbers Not

He slumbers not, aye, though I sleep,
The God who does my soul inspire.
Awake to peace and order keep,
He slumbers not, aye, though I sleep.
When in the darkest hour I weep,
He breathes upon the inner fire.
He slumbers not, aye, though I sleep,
The God who does my soul inspire.

See also
Psalm 121 (KJV).

This poem is a
(Tree-oh-LAY or Tree-oh-LIT), meaning “little trio” in French.

Be Lifted Up

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
–Psalm 24:7 (NKJV)

Instrument: Brio – Red Cedar Concert Ukulele

1. Lift your voice and sing! Sing!
Let your Spirit ring! Ring!
And the King of glory shall come in!

2. Lift your head and see! See!
Let your mind be free! Free!
And the King of glory shall come in!

3. Lift your hands for more! More!
Let your feet be sure! Sure!
And the King of glory shall come in!

4. Lift your heart and know! Know!
Let God make you whole! Whole!
And the King of glory shall come in!

Repeat 3, 2, 1.

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.

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.

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.

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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So It Goes

Today Christian traditions celebrate Palm Sunday. So you may wonder why this song is about time and based on Ecclesiastes 3. In short, it’s because Jesus experienced good times and bad times, just like the rest of us. What’s more, his personal ego didn’t like the bad ones – but he didn’t let that overpower him.

Matthew 26:39* reads: He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”

Please enjoy the beauty and joy of Palm Sunday, when crowds welcomed Jesus. As Holy Week unfolds, may your contemplations center around the Presence and Will of God in all things. No matter what we’re experiencing, we are never separate from God. He knows the purpose for our lives and is there through and in everything.

*From World English Bible (WEB).

So It Goes – Lyrics

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

Refrain 1:
For everything there is a season,
A time to tear, a time to sew.
We may not understand the reason.
Even so, the Father knows.
And so it goes.

1. There’s a time to birth and plant,
And a time to die and pluck.
There’s a season to break down,
And a time for building up.

Refrain 2:
For everything there is a season,
A time to tear, a time to sew.
We may not understand the reason.
Even so, the Father knows.
Things come and go, to and fro,
By ebb and flow, they change and grow,
So it goes.

2. There’s a time to dance and laugh,
And a time to mourn and weep.
There’s a season to keep still,
And a perfect time to speak.
Refrain 2:

3. There’s a time to gather stones,
And a time to cast away.
There’s a season to let go,
And a time we may embrace.
Refrain 1:

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See the following post for Ecclesiastes 3:
What Time Is It?

Also related:
Live Like a Leaf – Meditation, Lecture, and Song

Knowing Alpha and Omega

Cling only to the God-Presence within you, because in Truth, there is nothing else!

People, don’t last. Things, don’t last. Relationships, don’t last. Financial security, doesn’t last. Created works, don’t last. Self-help, doesn’t last. Self-improvement, doesn’t last. Addiction, doesn’t last. The world, doesn’t last.

But God does! God-Mind is infinite and eternal. God-Spirit is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end (Revelation 22:13), in and out, our waking up and our lying down… (Psalm 3:5) All of these God knows and sees and is, and beyond, God still is.

For this realization, we give thanks! We let it be so throughout our being – in body, heart, mind and soul! For it is God who has made us, and not we ourselves. (Psalm 100:3) And so it is!

Top 5 Benefits of Praying for Others

Society seems to become ever more individualized, independent, and self/ego-centered. The general population behaves as, “Every man for himself,” and, “What’s in it for me?”

Noticing this, it’s easy to feel discouraged. You may also be wondering why you should pray for others, and indeed, how you can possibly pray for others when your own situation seems so hopeless. Yet there is hope, and contrary to your personal opinion, your prayers will make that clear to you.

Still, why pray for others? Isn’t praying for ourselves enough? Yes, in a limited sense of “enough,” but where has that sense gotten you so far? It’s time to open the flood gates again, and this time to Truth.

Here’s what praying for others really does.

1. Shift your focus.

You’ve heard the phrase, “Snap out of it!” That’s what prayer does. It changes what you’re focusing, concentrating, and dwelling on in your mind. It takes the mental chatter from the broken record about your situation, to new territory. As a bonus, it also frees up your energy! You’ll be amazed how much thought time you have now, and you’ll spend it more wisely after the shift in concentration.

2. Feel compassion.

Negativity, worry, loneliness, fear, inadequacy… These are feelings you probably know well. In broadening your focus, you let yourself feel something else. Compassion. This doesn’t mean you get caught in someone else’s negative feedback loop and take on their situation and feelings. Instead, feeling compassion means recognizing an empty place and filling it with gentle, positive energy.

3. Experience detachment.

You are not in other people’s situations. We are all one in Spirit, and this is why prayer works. However, we all experience things differently. By praying for others, you can find out what it’s like to be presented with a situation, and to respond.

This is very important. A response is not a reaction. It comes from a higher part of you, an observer, the Spirit within you. It isn’t the usual knee-jerk reaction, “That’s terrible!” or trying to analyze how you can fix the situation.

You cannot use willpower or any personal asset you think you have, to accomplish this. Detachment is an inside job and will be done through you, lovingly and with the compassion of Spirit. Far from being uncaring, detachment is one of the best things you can offer anyone.

4. Lift up your head.

The Psalmist wrote, “I lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” The hills are a state of mind, a way of being, within. This higher consciousness is called Christ Mind, Higher Awareness, Buddha Mind, etc. It’s not the status quo of human consciousness and mental activity, but a spiritual renewal of the mind.

From here, you’re a vessel of positive energy, Light, and the Peace of God that radiates through you to others.

5. Be the butterfly!

Butterflies seem so tiny compared to people! Yet we think we make no positive difference? This is entirely false! Not only do we make a difference, but we cannot know how far it reaches. (See The Butterfly Effect and You!)

This effect begins in your own consciousness. If you haven’t yet realized the power of Universal (God) Mind, see above or nearly any other post here! You are a psychophysical unit – big words to say that what happens in your mind affects your body, and vice versa.

But we’re talking about others here, right? Yes, but as we are one Spirit, “your body” is the entire outer world! No matter whose you call it, your own prayers and positive mental activity affect your own and others’ health, finances, relationships, and circumstances.

We don’t change others’ situations, or take credit for them. However, by being an open channel of God Mind, we co-create a way for their consciousness to lift as well.

As humans, we do often emulate others. So, you never know when you might be an example for someone! Allow God Mind to guide you, and give it credit for every shift in focus that answers prayer.

And in case you’re still wondering what’s in it for you? Read that last part again… I’ll wait!

Got it?

What you do for others, you do for yourself. Cultivating higher awareness, compassion, and detachment serves you as much as anyone. That is God at work! So thank God we can experience His Miracle Mind!

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