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Jan
2011
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Finding God, Hearing Heaven

I never thought that I would hear the Voice For God in lyrics by Madonna. Intriguingly, it is a song I have heard many times before, but never really heard it. God is Life. We are the “child” of Life. We are the ones who have turned our back on our Oneness with God and have the key to see again our true relationship with All that Is:

[excerpt]
Open your heart to me, baby.
I hold the lock and you hold the key.
Open your heart to me, darlin’,
I’ll give you love if you, you turn the key.

I think that you’re afraid to look in my eyes.
You look a little sad, boy, I wonder why.
I follow you around but you can’t see.
You’re too wrapped up in yourself to notice,
So you choose to look the other way.
Well, I’ve got something to say:
Don’t try to run. I can keep up with you.
Nothing can stop me from trying, you’ve got to

Open your heart to me, baby.
I hold the lock and you hold the key.
Open your heart to me, darlin’,
I’ll give you love if you, you turn the key.”

“Open Your Heart” by Madonna

Thank you, Madonna, for sharing even more than perhaps you were aware of at the time.

Sometimes when I look at the headlines and listen to the folks on radio and TV as they share their concerns about the future of our world, it becomes clear to me that this world is not sustainable, no matter what.  It was created by Ego and our bodies are created to shut out our heavenly parent as much as possible.  But what ego has meant as separation, the Holy Spirit uses to point the way back.

That is one of the many reasons I like music so much.  It is greater than just the words alone.  This is one of the ways the Holy Spirit turns something physical, like sound and music and maybe even the world, into a way to help us understand what needs to happen inside of us:

[excerpt]
“Music speaks louder than words
It’s the only thing that the whole world listens to.
Music speaks louder than words,
When you sing, people understand.

Sometimes the love that you feel inside
Gets lost between your heart and your mind
And the words don’t really say the things you wanted them to.
But then you feel in someone’s song
What you’d been trying to say all along
And somehow with the magic of music the message comes through.

Music speaks louder than words
It’s the only thing that the whole world listens to.
Music speaks louder than words,
When you sing, people understand.”

“Music Speaks Louder Than Words” by Peter, Paul, & Mary (words by Howard Payne, Edgar Pease, and Michael Scarpiello)

That was Peter Paul & Mary in an evergreen tune that speaks a truth we all need to take into consideration.

You could say that words are ego stuff and you would right.  Words are of their very nature part of a language, part of a culture, and are part of the apparent separation between us and God.  That is not necessarily true of music and why it can add so much. When you think about it, words often do get in the way, which is why we search for songs that remind us of the Voice for God. Have you ever really understood a Buddhist or Hindu talk about God and spiritual experience…  if they are using their native language?   Music transcends that lack of understanding. Some songs remind us of our true relationship with God and each other… and it is the music which does much of the work.

From the world’s point of view, the choice for God is crazy and incomprehensible.  But is it really?  The choice is referred to in this oldie made new by Shiny Toy Guns about Major Tom.  His is an astronaut close to achieving orbit around the earth, but then apparently decides to keep on going instead.  He doesn’t respond at first to the frantic voices from Mission Control who are sure that something has gone wrong…

[excerpt]
“4, 3, 2, 1
Earth below us, drifting, falling
Floating, weightless, calling, calling, home.

Across the stratosphere
A final message, “Give my wife my love”,
Then nothing more.

Far beneath the ship, the world is mourning
They don’t realize, he’s alive.
No one understands but Major Tom sees:
Now the Light commands: “This is my home,
I’m coming home.”

Earth below us, drifting, falling
Floating, weightless, coming home
Earth below us, drifting, falling
Floating, weightless, coming home

Earth below us, drifting, falling
Floating, weightless, coming, coming home Home.”
“Major Tom” by Shiny Toys, words by Peter Schilling

The sound of Home, where the heart is.  Home is heaven.  We can never really leave, and we can never completely forget.  We can fall asleep and pretend that our temporal, temporary world is real and get all caught up in the thinking, the worrying, and trying to fix it.  If we just remember that we are already there and just look past this temporary world and see our brothers and sisters as ourselves as they really are. Just like Jesus once said: “Love your neighbor as your self.” Music helps us get there.

All of these wonderful tunes can be downloaded like I did from iTunes.com or Amazon.com.

***The use of audio selections in the podcast are used here under “fair use” exemptions.” The purpose here is commentary and teaching, the works were published long ago, doesn’t use significant amounts, licensing and permissions were not available and their use has no adverse impact on the marketability of the music involved. The fragments used are identified to facilitate their purchase online.***

 

 

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