The Comfort of Control

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It’s so much easier to feel connected to God when things are going well. Have you ever wondered why that is?

This was the subject of my meditation time today and I discovered some interesting things.

For me, the most intimate connection I have with God is when I have taken the time to ground and center myself. I open my heart chakra and make myself completely vulnerable … and I allow the Spirit to just fill me up. Then I proceed into what usually is an hour long meditation time where I am basking in that, and asking questions, and listening for answers, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, and opening myself more and more internally so that God can then fill those places as well.

This is what spending time with God means to me.

In looking at the opposite, the times where I feel distant from God, I discovered that the REAL reason for it is really all based in MY decisions. Sure, it is stressful when finances disappear, or you get blindsided by a catastrophe, or perhaps it’s just one of those days where something isn’t quite aligned and you pay the price.

In all of these situations though, I am the one who closes my heart. I am the one who severs that sacred cord of connectivity that flows from my heart to God and back again.

Those blindsides seem to cause almost a knee-jerk reaction … like you don’t even have time to make a decision! I will bet though that somewhere along the line there was a conscious decision. The initial closing of the heart might have been a knee-jerk reaction … but KEEPING it closed is the conscious aspect. We don’t want to let go of the precious control we feel we have (but actually do not). We want to comfort ourselves with food, or relationships, or going out and getting more money, or addictive behaviors. Those are the conscious choices.

Try it out just once … don’t take it on as a “should” to take on for your whole life. Just once, when you feel blindsided or in despair and you want to turn to those things that are your adult “security blanket” … stop yourself. Take fifteen minutes to open your heart back up and allow God to fill that space … let go of the control you think you have, or at least want.

Then, if you still want that cheeseburger, or cocktail, or more work to get more money, or an ogle of admiration … go get it. Just notice the difference … see if there is one after having taken some time to open your heart back up. There’s nothing wrong with some of these things we use to comfort ourselves … it’s the reason that we use them.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Better ways to spend your time?

Bringing inspiration to the world is a very spiritual endeavor, I would say. Can’t wait to hear what this sounds like!

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Collaborative Composition: Musical Mosaics that span the globe

Tired of being bored? What gives you passion and makes you feel as if you are “living on the edge”? For me, that feeling comes from being inspired and contributing something that is completely unique to me.

That concept is at the core of this new Musical Mosaic project … HOORAY, finally someone who really WANTS to hear exactly what is unique about you!!!  ;-)

I have uploaded the first “a capella” (vocal, without accompaniment) song of what will be a 12 song album … and here it is, “Faith Is A Bird”:

I want to hear from any and ALL of you as to what YOU think would sound cool as an accompaniment. Whether you are professional, amateur, or music afficionado … you have a voice. You could be a pianist, a singer, a guitarist, a drummer, a crystal singing bowl wizard, or literally ANY kind of musical creation known to man. If it is your voice, I want to hear it!

All you have to do is put an earbud in your ear, listen to the sung version of the song … and record whatever comes to you. You can take some time to really hone what you want to contribute … or you can do it on the fly. It’s YOUR voice, so do what you want to do. Express yourself!

Whoever is selected will receive equal musical songwriting credit for that song on the album … what do you have to lose? I really, truly want to hear from YOU … send me your recordings at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com and let’s make some revolutionary music together!

Chris

re-blogged from Collaborative Composition: Better ways to spend your time?.

Harbingers of Self-Sabotage

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I find it amazing how often the SAME things come back into our lives for us to work through!

My biggest obstacle has always been fear; and primarily fear of rejection (i.e. what others think of me) and fear of failure.  These past couple of years, however, I have overcome all of what I know to be my greatest fears and have thusly felt liberated and vindicated!  It kind of blew my mind a little to realize (while meditating yesterday) that sure enough I was allowing those SAME things to sabotage me yet again.  How did they manage to creep back into my brain so stealthily?!  I am grateful at least that I have gotten to a level where I can identify these harbingers of self-sabotage and work them out to a point of respite and resolution.  In this light, here are my words for meditation today:  :-)

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“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

Paolo Coelho

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“Something did happen to me somewhere that robbed me of confidence and courage and left me with a fear of discovery and change and a positive dread of everything unknown that may occur.”

- Joseph Heller

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“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

- John Lennon

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

via Harbingers of Self-Sabotage.

LAUNCH! “Faith Is A Bird” – a Musical Mosaic project spanning the globe

An exciting project … now to figure out what music I am going to contribute! Seems like an awesome way to bring people around the world together through music!

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Kicking off this year long Musical Mosaic project – here is the first a capella song, “Faith Is A Bird”.

 

I will be uploading one new original song each month, totaling TWELVE Musical Mosaics to create an album. If your contribution is selected, you will receive equal musical credit … the same as me or anyone else involved in that song.

As an example, if there are 14 contributions selected for the entire song … then there will be 14 equal songwriting shares for the music on that song.

For now, here are some bullet points to help you express yourself fully: 

To read more click here: LAUNCH! “Faith Is A Bird” – a Musical Mosaic project spanning the globe.

The Folly of the Follower

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My words for meditation today:

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“Ester asked why people are sad.
“That’s simple,” says the old man. “They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.”

Paolo Coelho; “The Zahir

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“He thinks great folly, child,’ said Aslan. “This world is bursting with life for these few days because the song with which I called it into life still hangs in the air and rumbles in the ground. It will not be so for long. But I cannot tell that to this old sinner, and I cannot comfort him either; he has made himself unable to hear my voice. If I spoke to him, he would hear only growlings and roarings. Oh, Adam’s son, how cleverly you defend yourself against all that might do you good!”

C. S. Lewis; “The Magician’s Nephew

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarin,San JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

via The Folly of the Follower.

“Faith Is A Bird” – a new song that YOU can help compose the music for!

So excited to see how this “worldwide musical mosaic” unfolds … very cool!

- re-blogged from Collaborative Composition.

Here we go … launching forward into possibilities heretofore unknown! Exciting!! I will be posting the a capella recording of this song, “Faith Is A Bird”, on Sunday, September 14.

The idea of fusing some of your amazing ideas together into a worldwide musical mosaic has me, as a friend described yesterday, “luminescent”.  :-)

I am happy to share songwriting credit with any of you whose ideas are included in these songs. I will be posting a new original song each month, for one year, with the intention of putting together an album of songs that are completely groundbreaking … through all of OUR contributions fused together!

If you think I am somehow not excited to hear what YOU specifically have to share and contribute? Well … that’s just Resignation whispering in your ear, my friend. You have a unique voice that nobody else has … and I want to hear it, and share it, and bring you along with me on this journey of songwriting.

Read the rest of the post here: “Faith Is A Bird” – a new song that YOU can help compose the music for!.

Stasis Clarity

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If you could strip away every single thing about you … just exist; one and at peace with God. What would you be? Who would you be?

Every hope, every desire, every reactionary display of either aggression or insecurity?

Gone.

Every possession, every learned conception, every belief you’ve learned to “know” is truth?

Gone.

Every aspiration, inspiration, or daily exacerbation?

Gone.

Every relationship, every fiber and follicle of your corporeal being … every instant of time?

Now what? What do you do, where do you go, who will you be, what will you know? If all your knickknacks, paddywhacks, dogs to give a bone to … were just gone.

Maybe that’s a good place to start from. Maybe in that stasis you would actually find clarity. Maybe that’s what being enlightened is all about. Being able to literally “Let Go” … of everything … and just be with God, in God, of God … pure Love.

Impossible? No, we’ll all get there eventually … so perhaps the ultimate task is to make such a thing the conscious decision and expression of your life … instead of the unconscious and ultimate conclusion of mortality.

Peace and Love.
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This post came as a result of meditating on my prior post, “If we could strip our nature“.
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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarin,San JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

Stasis Clarity.

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