Archive for September, 2014

Lifetime regression

In meditating on acceptance throughout the day, I was taken to a point of contemplating the True Self.

My definition for the True Self is this: who you are when you are not reacting to internal or external phenomena. By this I mean we are most often reacting to either a tangible event in our lives, or our fears and paranoias that have accumulated over a lifetime of experiencing such events … events that we are hoping to avoid.

Over time these reactions can become an extremely complex web we spin for ourselves, a web that comes in many forms: white lies and subtle manipulations, at first. As we go further down the road, we see that we keep getting what we want and it continues to evolve. The problem is … that person is not our True Self.  You can’t even find the True Self in the midst of all that chaos.

When we truly get to a point of acceptance (something which many wrongly construe as resignation) we allow all of these “chains” that bind us to disappear … the web dissolves. What we are left with is the True Self.

When you can accept where you are, or what has happened, or what might happen, or might not … and let go of it, allow it to be? Then you can breathe deeply and realize that you are free. Now, with a clear head, you can move forward as your True Self. That person who is following Spiritual guidance, as opposed to man-made constructs.

I went back in time; wondering if there was ever another point in my life where that True Self was evident. Certainly not in my memory. I went back to infancy. Many believe that “mankind is fallen”, even from birth. I just don’t believe that this is true (having looked into the eyes of many babies). That is our soul as the True Self.

What happens though is that we are quickly trained that if we cry, we get what we want. We learn that by taking our fate into our own hands, we can make the world do what we want. That trait is encouraged and empowered throughout our lives. The more aggressive we are, the better. Most often that does not concur with what God wants us to be. When was a child rewarded for sitting in a room, meditating, and being with God? In certain cultures that may be the case, but not in American culture, for the most part.

So the search for the True Self is really about undoing everything that has been trained and ingrained.

My ultimate point is that when our focus is on God … we can trust God to guide us. When I say that we need to go through a lifetime regression I am not saying there should be no rules. I am saying that we should spend our time listening to God for such guidance … instead of relying on man-made crutches. If God REALLY is there … why do we need anyone else to tell us what God is saying?

We should let be letting go of all of the negative reactions we have allowed, accepting where we are, and then moving forward in life as that True Self … not reacting, but ACTING as we are guided by God.

In order to get to that place though … each of us has to let go of our tangled web we’ve woven. We have to take the time to sit, and connect, and listen to what God has to share with us. We must let go of control, throw our arms wide and TRUST.

I realize that many people get nervous about something so unstructured … but I believe that when God is the basis of any action, LOVE will be the result. It is a curious musing that I found myself on today … I welcome any and all to agree, disagree, or expound.

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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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Edited and refined from Lifetime regression.

New Song For Collaboration – Unconditional Love (Reggae singer wanted)

This project seems completely boundless … a reggae singer audition!? I hope this collaborative music idea works, because I want to hear it … not to mention be involved in it! Maybe I should practice channeling a reggae vibe (lol).

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This past week I was filled with inspiration to write a new song. I already have a lot of original songs lined up for this song project … but every so often a song comes along that is SO inspired that it rises up through the “ranks” and shines.

Interestingly enough, I hear the song as a reggae song … and anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a reggae singer! (lol) So this will be a HUGE opportunity for someone possibly new or unheard of to swing for the fences with a lead vocal!! 

If you want to be considered for the lead vocal of this new reggae Musical Mosaic project, send me a recording of you singing whatever you want (songboy_s_c@yahoo.com). I will go with whoever MOVES me the most. This is a song about Unconditional Love, so if you share your soul when you sing … go for it!

I will intro this awesome new song at a later date, as I do not want to take away from the current Musical Mosaic song project. Listen to the current song project here, “Faith Is A Bird“, and record whatever you think will sound awesome as an accompaniment. Whatever your instrument, I want to hear where your unique Muse takes you during your own flight of inspiration!

Don’t let Resignation hold you back … aren’t you SICK of being resigned yet???

Open your heart and let it fly out! Send me your recording in a .WAV file at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com. If your accompaniment is selected you will receive EQUAL musical songwriting credit for this song on the album.

– art by Chris Dyer,  Peeling Bodies.

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That its heart may stand in the sun

My words to meditate upon today:

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“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

– C. S. Lewis

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Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain … accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.

– Kahlil Gibran

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Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

– Voltaire

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pic by deepintheforestcat

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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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re-blogged from: That its heart may stand in the sun.

Live demonstrations of musical options for song project …

Cute and definitely funny … can’t wait to hear how the final version of how this song comes out and I love the concept of incorporating different people, styles and ideas from all over the world.

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Here are a few video clips giving tips or pointers for anyone not quite sure how to contribute their ideas, or get started.

My sister-in-law came up with the idea of putting together some videos that might help people who are unclear on how to contribute music for this song project. She was unsure of where to even start if she would want to contribute something and thought this might be helpful for people who felt the same way (intimidated or unsure how to get started).

I truly want to hear from EVERYONE who has an interest in contributing their voice, whether you are amateur or professional. I will be layering tracks of peoples’ contributions into the accompaniment, so even if you think what you have to offer is simplistic … that is totally fine.

You finding your “voice” in terms of instrument or singing is what is important to me. Each of you has a UNIQUE voice. First, I am starting with my niece and nephew with some pointers for guitar and voice:

Secondly, we travel into the comedic world of my brother and his eldest daughter, allowing the muse to move them in the art of table drumming (comedy ensues, lol):

… and lastly my sister-in-law demonstrates how you might get started on coming up with an accompaniment on piano:

So there you have it … you do NOT have to be a professional musician to contribute (although that doesn’t hurt!) :-). Just listen to the song, play around with different ideas musically, and then record whatever you think sounds good! Send your recording to me at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com as a .WAV file.

If your arrangement is selected as part of the finished version of the song, you will be given equal musical songwriting credit on the album.

You can listen to the vocal version of the song, “Faith Is A Bird”, here: 

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The Soul Finds the Path

My words to meditate on today:

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

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“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness. God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?”

– Paolo Coelho

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“Some say an army of horsemen, or infantry, a fleet of ships is the fairest thing on the face of the black earth, but I say
It’s what one loves.”

– Sappho

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pic from Walking In Stillness

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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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via The Soul Finds the Path.

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.

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

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

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