The Star

The Star ©2016 J Douglas Bottorff 

Verse 1. There are moments when your purpose seems unclear

And you’re not even sure, what you are doing here

Another day it creeps a-long like another year

Did anybody even see you wipe away that tear

 

Verse 2. When it feels like the world has forgotten you

And nobody cares what you think, say or do

Open your eyes to the pain  that another is going  through

Just take ‘em by the hand until their light shines a-new

 

Chorus

Like a star you too are a light, You may be small but you know that it’s all right

‘Cause even when you’re not feeling all that bright,

You can still guide a weary traveler through the night

 Bridge

There will be times when you lose your way,

and you’ll feel like you’re going it alone

Just give another the gift of a better day,

and you surely will have one of your own

 

Verse 3. Everybody says we’re only reaping what we sow

The day is coming when we have to pay everything we owe

So why not sow a little bit of love and let it grow

You’ll touch another heart in a beautiful way you’ll never know

 

Chorus

Like a star you too are a light, You may be small but you know that it’s all right

‘Cause even when you’re not feeling all that bright,

You can still guide a weary traveler through the night

You can still guide a weary traveler through the night

You can still guide a weary traveler through the night

We Carry On

We Carry On (click title to play)

© 2000 J Douglas Bottorff

 You know the life we undertake — is a choice that we make

We choose our highest good — when our spirit is awake

We made a choice to step upon — the unknown road we are now on

Fearlessly drawn, into the dawn, we carry on

 

There are times we wonder why — when we lose that initial high

How can we embrace this dream — when we want to turn and cry

But in these times when hope seems gone

We must be still and look beyond

Fearlessly drawn, into the dawn, we carry on

 

Bridge

Remember this vision we hold, comes from on high

We must let our stories unfold — spread our wings and fly

 

What if we never took the chance — to join life in this dance

Or did not lift our eyes — to get that first breathtaking glance

Of this road we are now on — that’s leading us somewhere beyond

Fearlessly drawn, into the dawn, we carry on

Fearlessly drawn, into the dawn, we carry on

Fearlessly drawn, into the dawn, we carry on

Embrace of the Universe

Embrace of the Universe

The idea with this series of songs is to present them in the simplest acoustic format. I’m adding my own harmony and second rhythm guitar just for a little added dimension. I’m not even editing out some of the mistakes I hear, so this is a very basic presentation. I hope you enjoy this piece.

Embrace of the Universe  (© 2016 J Douglas Bottorff)

  1. I sit alone and my thoughts are clear, thinking ‘bout yet another year

It’s the same song, with another verse

Quiet time and the moon’s up high, the winter night plays its lullaby,

it’s a pure song, no need to rehearse

I open my heart to the warm embrace of the universe

 

  1. Our soul is speaking but it isn’t clear, so busy trying to get away from here

We take our chances, for better or worse

This earthly life you can never tell, sometimes it’s heaven sometimes it’s hell

We’re moving forward, or running full in reverse

We long for our home in the loving embrace of the universe

 

Bridge

The world is such a beautiful place, when you see behind

The trappings of that shallow façade, that has left us all blind

A simple way to give your love is what you find

All fear falls away and the laughter echoes through your mind

 

  1. Looking backward we can rarely see, that we’ve been running through eternity

We miss the flowers, along this path we traverse

What we want has been here all along, the love we sought drifting like a song

Through our heart, lifting that old curse

We’re trusting our soul, to the loving embrace of the universe

We’re trusting our soul, to the loving embrace of the universe

Achieving Perfection

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“You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).

For most of us, this would seem to be a pretty tall order, one that, in our current state of understanding, is all but impossible to achieve. Yet with a little consideration, we see that the problem with this statement lies not in what Jesus says, but in our interpretation of what he means by the perfection of our heavenly Father. Our interpretation of the concept of perfection is one that is based on the belief that perfection is a state to be reached. If we consider the universe and everything in it as God’s handiwork, then we are forced to conclude that not even God has finished perfecting creation.

We solve this problem when we stop thinking of perfection as a state we reach and start thinking of it as a condition that allows for further growth and expansion. To be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect has nothing to do with reaching a completed state of being where nothing more is needed. To be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect is to be in a state of mind that recognizes its oneness with an eternal process of unlimited expansion. The concept of perfection that people commonly hold is actually the exact opposite of the state that God is apparently in. Creation is not finished, nor will it ever be because God, the Creative Life Force, is set to expand indefinitely. True enlightenment, then, is knowing this truth and consciously participating with its ever-expanding activity.

The fact is, the human design, as is, is capable of handling the full spectrum of the cosmic process of infinite expansion. But to know this requires the shift from the belief in separation to the understanding of oneness with this ever expanding process. Jesus was simply calling the need for this shift to the attention of his listeners.

Spiritual Guidance

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Spiritual guidance is an essential aspect of our spiritual approach to life. It’s important that we have a good understanding of how it works so we may utilize it in the most beneficial way.

We often think of spiritual guidance as a means of navigating from where we are to a place we want to be. Quite often that “place” involves the acquisition of a material object, a position, a relationship or a new lifestyle. What is often missed in this process is the state of being we hope to achieve with our acquisition. Our thinking is that the attainment of a thing will make us feel better about ourselves.

What is keeping you from feeling better about yourself now? What is keeping you from feeling complete in this very place you stand in your life today? The answer is simple. Only your belief that you are incomplete, that you need something added to become happy or that you need to be in some other place keeps you at a distance from the very thing you seek.

The prayer for guidance involves the release of all groping for answers outside yourself, a letting go of all sense of inadequacy that can only be addressed by adding something new to yourself or your life. Spiritual guidance leads you first to your point of strength, that inner center of light and peace that pines away for nothing more than a deeper revelation of this divine connection.

What are the dreams and goals of a spiritually fulfilled being? To be sure, they are different from the dreams and goals of a spiritually unfulfilled being. When you find yourself in need of guidance, start with the idea that your first need is to open yourself to your own wholeness. Let go of the self that fears or feels inadequate. Find your inner point of strength and know that you are being guided now to act, not out of fear and weakness, but out of the power, love and intelligence of Spirit.

All spiritual guidance leads to the holy ground of the place you now stand. The fulfillment you seek is present. Seek this first and you will know what to do next.