In every challenge…

This post from Purplerays inspired today’s
NaPoWriMo entry.
Thank you!

Challenge

Something to give
And good to receive.
Things to let go
And blessings to keep.
Challenge is change
But not what it seems.
Draw from the Spirit within.

Something to pick
And new life to grow.
Things to transform
And colors to show.
Challenge is work
Much more than we know.
Draw from the Spirit within.

Something to drop
And good to take up.
Things to pour out
To refill this cup.
Challenge is flowing
So don’t hold it up!
Draw from the Spirit within.

Purplerays

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…………….In every………..
……………challenge………..

………there is a lesson………
……………..to learn………..

……….and a blessing……..
…………….to keep……………

– (~Zen Garden~)

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Paradise

Happy Easter! May the blessings of the Resurrection be with you, now and in any moment!

Instrument: Brio – Red Cedar Concert Ukulele

1. In every trial
And extra mile,
Through all the while,
The peace in knowing;
In His Presence be still.
And every day
There is a way
To be ok
And feel the blessing
Of the Power that heals.
Refrain:

2. There is a Word
That isn’t heard,
But it is stirred
So deep inside us
By the Spirit of Love.
So much to be
And do and see
When we believe
Upon the living
Christ and Father above!
Refrain:

We may be with Him
In Paradise!

Refrain:
For Christ is risen!
And hope is given
That we may live in
Paradise!
Safe in His keeping,
Waking and sleeping,
Laughing and weeping,
He is our Light!

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!

Based on mystical meditation and Aquarian Gospel 150, Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11: The Triumphal Entry.

Some Christian denominations take a break from the word (and hymn if they use one) Hallelujah during Lent, and “resurrect” it at Easter. Metaphysics has no preference, as many Metaphysical ministers don’t even use the word. I, however, like the way “Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!” sounds, so it’s included here.

Today is Palm Sunday, as well as Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere, and Full Moon is in 3 days! May we cooperate with the God-within, Source and Creator of all nature!

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen! – Lyrics

Note: My usual recording device is on the fritz; I apologize for this poorer quality.

Instrument: Nell – Long Neck Soprano Ukulele
(Reentrant Bb tuning)

Refrain:
Hosanna! Son of David,
Lord of hosts, and king of kings!
He’s come to love;
Above all heav’n and earth we sing!

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!

1. Riding on a donkey,
But not sitting on a throne,
Jesus showed the world
How the kingdom can be won.
Refrain:

2. “Hosanna in the highest!”
In joyful voices raised.
With open hearts and minds,
The little children sang and praised.
Refrain:

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!

3. Humbly Jesus came to earth
To do the Father’s Will.
And humbly does the Christ unfold,
Our purpose to fulfill.
Refrain:

4. If we don’t sing His praises,
But choose to keep our peace.
The stones will start to cry out;
May His glory never cease!
Refrain:

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!
Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves a mark
On every ripened heart.
The shadows drawing down
Are equal to the spark.

But as the sunlight fades
And heat becomes the shade,
Remember there is more
Than what we see displayed.

As outward nature dies,
May inner spirits rise,
For gentle autumn leaves
Are shedding Light inside.

For support in this or any time of transition,
Metaphysical Treatment Services
may be helpful.

Related

Wings of Autumn
Autumn Transitions
Phoenix Rising – Meditation Poem
Live Like a Leaf Meditation

One in You

A little bluegrass to celebrate the coming of Spring to our northern hemisphere, and remind us of the Infinite, ever present Spirit of the Universe.

And bluegrass on a uke? Some would say no, but clearly it has its place.

Instrument: Eventide – Mahogany Concert Ukulele

1. No matter where I am;
No matter what I do,
I feel something in nature
And touch a part of You.

2. No matter what I think;
No matter what I see,
I know You are the rhythm
Of life inside of me.

Refrain:
You are the Springtime blossoms
And the Summer heat.
You are the Autumn harvest
And the Winter freeze.
You are the ebb and flow
Of sun and sea and moon.
You are the All in All,
And we are one in You.

3. No matter what I planted;
No matter what I reap,
I know You are the Presence
Of all Eternity.

4. No matter where I’ve been;
No matter where I go,
I know You shine within me –
I take the path You show.
Refrain: (Twice)

You are the All in All,
And we are one in You.

Earth Day Affirmations

Feel free to use these as reminders, in meditation, contemplation, or
prayer treatment,
on this Earth Day or any day.

Recognition – I recognize that I am one with God. Therefore, I am one with the creations of earth, sky, and beyond.

Meditation – Through my daily practice of meditation, I make and maintain contact with the God-Presence within me – the same God-Presence in the earth, its vegetation, rocks, animals, waters, and all lifeforms.

Guidance – Universal Consciousness or God guides me in how best to respond to and care for the earth and all that live here. I am a living, breathing manifestation of God’s Power, and this Power encourages me to be a vessel of good to the earth and its creatures.

Realization – I realize the earth plane is one of change, evolution, and movement. I respond positively and spiritually when I notice conflict, and God works through me for the highest good of all.

Release – I let go of the need to fix anything, stamp out injustice, resolve conflict, and improve from the outside. As I become more aware of God within me, I respond naturally, and outer conditions improve from within.

Gratitude – I give thanks to the Spirit of the Universe that creates and sustains all life. I see the wonder, beauty, and order of God’s design. I give thanks for this divine Will and Plan and know that it unfolds perfectly in the Mind of God.

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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Related

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

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

Keeping the Silence

I’ve fallen into the trap of telling people. I tell them the truth. I tell them the principles of this or that. I tell them how to do something they want to learn.

There’s nothing wrong with telling. Some people communicate concepts well using words. And some people learn well by hearing them. But most of all, people learn in the silence. They learn from living examples. So many times we talk, talk, talk, talk. When what we should do is walk, walk, walk, walk.

The key is not to ask others to do something we haven’t done ourselves. But to live the truth of what we’ve been given. Talk when needed, but the rest of the time, keep silent. Not out of lack, piety, limitation, inadequacy, or fear of speaking. But out of knowing, intuition, faith that our example is the Light.

People learn subconsciously. The mind is a sponge, even for those sad people who think they can’t learn anymore. Still, they are taking in information all the time. Why else do you think advertising works? It gets into the subconscious mind, takes root, and expresses as learning, buying, doing, being.

So, get into people’s minds. We can do this with words. But more than that, we do this by our actions. How do we look at people, physically? What expression is on our faces? How do we act around them? Is our body saying, “I have to go, hurry it up!” Do we turn away when people smile at us? Are we the first to offer a smile to someone we haven’t yet met? It’s about kindness, empathy, living in harmony with our fellow spiritual beings having a human experience.

Verbal communication is a God-given ability! And so is silent encouragement. What is the attitude we hold in our own subconscious mind? How does that affect our everyday mind that carries out daily tasks? How does it express itself in our actions?

Are we pure in heart, in the deepest levels of our minds? Because if not, people will know this, on some level of their own being. We are only responsible for ourselves, our own minds, hearts, bodies, and souls. But in being so responsible, we radiate something. We don’t live in a bubble. Every thought we think, every belief we subconsciously hold, every memory we shrink from, expresses itself. It is a part of our overall vibration. And when we speak, all that takes form, as words. And when we do not speak, all of that is contained in our silence.

So we first keep our own peaceful, loving, enfolding silence, a companionable silence flowing between God-mind and what we see as our personal existence. As we hold this gentle silence, we communicate with, to, and on behalf of others. Because whether we like to admit it or not, we are all one, one Life, one Mind, one Love, that contemplates itself.

Is our contemplation pure, or tainted by suppression of beliefs, thoughts, words and actions? Is it fear-based, or loving? Only we can really know that for ourselves, and this knowing takes place within the depths of the mind. In reality the mind is our only organ of sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell, and the much more subtle senses of intuition, feeling, emotion and psychic vibration.

By keeping our own silence, we unconsciously give others permission to let go and find comfort in their silence. This is how the world changes, in the quiet, little by little, through a process that goes unnoticed much of the time. But it’s the most important process that was ever created, it is the creation process itself.

In the beginning there was silence. And out of the silence, God spoke. May we learn to speak from this universal silence of peace and oneness, and may our world gently shift as a result.

And so it is!

Related

Keeping Your Own Council

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!

Seasons of Song

Born on a late Fall evening;
Told I could grow and fly.
Fingers and wings were strengthened;
That’s when I learned to cry.

Resting in Winter’s snowstorms,
Darkness so wide and deep…
There was a star to follow,
Waking my heart from sleep.

Blooming as buds in Springtime,
Reaching up toward the sun,
Knowing I had the Spirit;
Letting God’s music run.

All Summer long together,
Everything dry and bright.
Fires were quenched and started,
Flings of the dying light.

Fall is again upon us,
Breezes that warn of chill;
Mind, body, soul transforming…
Cycles within His will!