Posts Tagged ‘soul’
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
– Mother Teresa
Ayanna Witter-Johnson, to give Ayanna her full name, has an incredible voice, comparable with Aretha Franklin.
I am no great fan of jazz. I sometimes listen to Ken Clarke’s jazz programme on BBC Radio 4. It does not matter what he plays, to me it all sounds the same.
But Truthfully by Ayanna is different. It has character, it has soul.
A powerful soul jazz fusion.
It is the saints who know what being in love is all about. Earthly love pales by comparison. — Thomas Dubay
I do not like yucky Christian worship music. It makes the skin crawl. They all sound the same, the same syrupy saccharine lyrics, you can almost hear them drooling.
It does not compare with with traditional Victorian hymns and earlier, a competent choir.
Even less with earlier polyphonic music.
The lyrics of Harlot are fantastic. Hard to believe this was a spontaneous recording in a prayer room. Some prayer room! It sends shivers down the spine! Play it loud!
It is a pity Misty Edwards & David Brymer had not thought to embed the lyrics. Hopefully this they will do as both FLAC and mp3 make this possible.
The cover art is also excellent.
A pity it is not on bandcamp to order as a CD. I can think of two places it would sell.
A very moving album.
‘Mary, Don’t You Weep’ from the 1972 album Amazing Grace by Aretha Franklin. The double album was recorded ‘Live’ at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles during January of 1972.
Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now.
“I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself.
She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none. After her first romantic disappointment, she had never again given herself entirely. She feared pain, loss, and separation.
These things were inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all.
In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes not to see the bad things in life.
Ever since time began, people have recognized their true Love by the light in their eyes.
“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
“Don’t bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and invisible is by trying to explain your emotions.”
“But how will I know who my Soulmate is?” Brida felt that this was one of the most important questions she had ever asked in her life.
“By taking risks” she said to Brida. ‘ By risking failure, disappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in you search for Love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.”
Nothing is completely wrong. Even a broken watch is right twice a day.
Brida is the real life story of a young woman learning the Tradition of the Moon.
For my lovely friend and soul mate Sian who I am missing.
Before reading this note please take time to read a beautiful Christmas story just posted in Paulo Coelho’s blog. I refer to it below and you will miss the point if you have not been enlightened by its message.
I want to thank Paulo for this beautiful and inspirational story – It has touched me greatly.
We all want to be able to reach our true inner soul—the light of God.
The following analogy has been helping me to move toward my inner light.
Think of your true inner soul being covered by five various shells – much like the Babushka Dolls of Russia.
If we can take off or get through the outer shells, we will discover our Divinity. We learn by removing each shell on our journey inward.
SHELL ONE: Even though it might seem awkward, risking by praying to your Higher Power with your own words/thoughts — Some might start with memorized prayers of their religion, then move into a conversation with their Higher Power… (much like Tevya, from Shalom Aleichem’s stories) Always keep a prayer in your heart.
SHELL TWO: Reading and learning from various scriptures and articles from various faiths – ALL religions have truths sent by God/Goddess — ponder them and meditate – and listen for your inner voice Patience is required here… Listen..Listen..Listen
SHELL THREE: Not to be afraid to show charity for those less fortunate — remembering that ALL of your cohorts here on this world, man, (rich, poor, well, sick) animal, plant, and even land, at times need a helping hand — if you are continually praying, seeking and especially listening, you will know those who need your aide. You were blessed with talents…USE them for the Good of the entire Soul of this World.
SHELL FOUR: This is where most of us stop. To literally break the shell of this doll, we must not be faint-hearted and fearful because it is only through true humility that we will get to know our higher power… We must develop a deep lasting faith– and become “lowly in heart.” We begin to remember and rejoice over all that is good in us. This will strengthen our inner selves and leave us less dependent on outward acclaim. When we pay less attention to public praise, we then also care very little about public disapproval. Competition and jealousy and envy now begin to have no meaning. Patience and unconditional love is gained as we overcome our weaknesses; and like the boy in this beautiful story “even through the journey gets heavy,” the rewards though any times not seen are of such profound strength and quiet triumph of faith that we are carried into an even brighter sphere. This fourth doll is broken open, just as a contrite heart is broken and we are reborn.
SHELL FIVE: The inner doll… our true soul… the sacred center of existence — the boy, through the recognition of the beautiful Vicar was able to feel of his true being…. For those of us who have the courage and faith to break through to the center of our existence we will find the brightness, the wisdom, and the warmth of a the loving power who keeps all of this universe in a continual motion…going forward with brightness.
My blessing for all is for you to know that YOU ARE HOLY— that YOU HAVE DIVINITY right there within you waiting to be uncovered — unleashed— brightened.
Merry Christmas …
((((LOVE)))) and ****Warm Bright Blue Light**** radiating your way from this side of the world,