There Are Answers

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1. There are answers, to your healing prayers
In the silence, you will find them there
Omnipresence, you know it is your home
Find your center, while through this earth you roam

2. Take a moment, to touch the light
The healing Spirit, will restore your sight
There is no time, this moment is the harbor of your soul
There is no space, there isn’t really anyplace to go
Break

3. On your journey, the darkness it will fall
You once had courage, but now you’ve lost it all
You’ve come too far, even when you feel you’ve lost your way
Keep moving on, the sun is rolling out another day

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Yes I know, the many questions in our hearts
And I feel all the pain in the world
But I know as we lift our eyes, we will see all this and more
The healing light spread upon the earth
I have seen it be-fore
There are answers

Chant I am alive now, I am complete now, a new expression of God
I am alive now, I am complete now, a new expression of God
I am alive now, I am complete now, a new expression of God
I am alive now, I am complete now, a new expression of God

4. There are answers, to your healing prayers
In the silence, you will find them there
There is no time, this moment is the harbor of your soul
There is no space, there isn’t really anyplace to go
You’ve come too far, so even when you feel you’ve lost your way
Keep moving on, the sun is coming out another day
There are answers

© 2015 J Douglas Bottorff

Filling Your Life

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For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away” (Matthew 25:29).

These words are a summary of Jesus’ parable of the talents. In the parable, a homeowner went on a trip and entrusted three servants with various sums of money. Two of the three invested the money and were commended by the homeowner. The third buried his portion because he feared the consequences of losing it.

The key to the kingdom illustrated in the above parable is this: begin giving now from what you have and from where you are. Wallace D. Wattles (18601911), author of the classic, The Science of Getting Rich, wrote these simple words of wisdom: “Put your whole mind into present action.”

Where do you want to go in life? Invest all of your being in your vision doing everything you know right now to bring it about. Do not bury your “talent” wishing, worrying, regretting or discussing how bad things are. Pull out all the stops and start pouring your imagination, faith, and ability to act into the thing you desire. Are you in need of healing? Commit absolutely to it now. Make every mental image, every emotion conform to what you want and settle for nothing less. Do you need more supply? Then at this very moment, be done with your lacking image of yourself and start investing all your energy into the condition of plenty.

Do not be afraid to give from where you are. You have access to unlimited energy (talent) that can be translated into any condition you desire. Invest all your energy into what you desire and more energy will be given you in the form of new ideas, new enthusiasm, and new opportunities. Don’t wear yourself out looking for results. Fill your life right where you are with an absolute commitment to your desire, and it will be yours.

The Star

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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

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© 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.

The Bedrock of Individuality

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Jesus advised us to love our neighbor as ourselves. We often focus on the first half of this statement yet engage in a rather abusive relationship with our self. I’ve said many times, however, that you can only love your neighbor to the extent that you love your self.

Self love is not the same thing as self-centered egotism. In her book, Lessons In Truth, Emilie Cady draws a very clear distinction between individuality (the spiritual dimension within everyone) and personality (the spiritually disconnected ego). The love we experience—both given and received—is really a welling up of a deeper dimension of our spiritual nature, that deeper foundation of individuality. Love is not a quantity of beautiful emotion that we possess and give out or withhold at will. Love is an integral component of our being, like the color blue is an integral component of white light. The expression of love must include the embracing of one’s Self, not in an egotistical way, but in a way that recognizes our role as a channel through which love is expressed as an aspect of our wholeness.

Our individuality, our true Self, is that which the Bible refers to as the image and likeness of God. It’s that part that rises up from the Eternal. Many of us have fallen out of touch with this deeper dimension and have lived and thought of ourselves only in terms of the personality level. It’s very important that we reconnect with this foundational aspect of our being, for from it all the good that we seek flows. The true Self is our source of contentment, of power, of peace and of joy. If we are not centered in our spiritual nature, we try to get what we feel we lack from others and our relationships run the risk of becoming needy and manipulative.

To be in integrity with your Self is to express the qualities of God in all the things you do, including your relationships. When you love from this Self, you will have no trouble loving your neighbor.