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I am from a family that likes to sing. I started as a young boy in the mid-60′s singing along with my mom and aunts and my brother. Lots of religious music infuses my way of looking at the world.

I am most attracted to the kind of gospel songs one finds in pentecostal churches. The kind of music that makes you just get so freaking happy and other times just tugs your heart out to the point of tears.

I can listen to a Mahalia Jackson or Happy Goodmans or Dolly Parton gospel song like twenty times in a row when it is where my mind is at. Only the Blues comes close to keeping my attention like that on just one song. And it is no accident that singers who do R&B or the Blues or some kinds of Country  RnR started off singing in churches. Their music reinspires me the closer it is to songs that imprinted on my soul when I would dance around the middle of my family as they sang songs together.

While many songs in this genre are about how much the singer cannot wait to get to heaven, so many more are about becoming more open to the Will of God.

Now, being a heretic, I hear in this the notion that we must become more open to the possibilities of the All-Embracing, the Encompassing, the ONE LOVE that is BEING-TISELF.

When I hear Dolly Parton’s song “The Seeker” (see lyrics below), I don’t concentrate on the ways that she describes herself as being unworthy. I take that for granted, dearest friends, because to be a sinner is literally to-be-off-track. No one is substantially evil. We are all-off-course, lost on the beaten tracks and scared to go where few have gone.

I am unworthy of the All-Embracing insofar as I am the one that denies my being at-one with Being. That I am some silly individual who shall overcome or get over my dependence on those around me. Piffle, Friedrich. I do not desire to become the Overman. I seek-after being the Embracing-One.

I am these ones with which I find myself. I am this one that is the ONE.

If I would be “shown the way” I must turn toward that which embraces ALL by reminding me that I am not where the answer lies. In fact, there is no solution in the sense that there is the ONE answer. There is only the detachment (L. SOLVARE=to detach) from such delusions.

Delusions work by making darkness & shadows out of false-play (DELUDERE). Literally, delusion is the fracturing of good will. If we would be en-lightened and not de-luded, we must find the strength to turn toward BEING PLAYFUL IN GOOD FAITH, by accepting that only elucidation of being-open can make us free.

Seek the transcendental awareness… climb up, go beyond.

If I go beyond, it is only beyond my own opinions.

If I go beyond, it is only beyond my own presuppositions.

If I go beyond, it is only beyond my own misconceptions.

If I go beyond, it is only going yonder-to-Being.

Only in the transcendental comprehension that I am not separate from the All-Embracing, do I work-through how very much I do not have the reach in my expectations and my answers to encompass more than my own hubris.

But letting my own standing-forth-as-encompassing-possibility become the way of  my seeking, I let the very reality of that which is BOTH more than myself as well as my very ownmost self become the reason for LIVING.

Amen.

Lyrics to Ms. Parton’s “The Seeker”

Chorus:
I am a seeker
A poor sinful creature
There is no weaker than I am
I am a seeker
You are a teacher
You are a reacher
So reach down
Won’t you reach out and lead me
Guide me and keep me
In the shelter of your care each day
‘Cause I am a seeker
You are a keeper
You are the leader
Won’t you show me the way
I am a vessel that’s empty and useless
I am a bad seed that fell by the way
I am a loser that wants to be a winner
And you are my last hope
Don’t turn me away
Chorus:
I am a seeker
A poor sinful creature
There is no weaker than I am
I am a seeker
You are a teacher
You are a reacher
So reach down
Won’t you reach out and lead me
Guide me and keep me, Lord
In the shelter of your care each day
‘Cause I am a seeker
You are a keeper
You are the leader
Won’t you show me the way
Oh, I know you are a mountain
From which there flows a fountain
So let it’s water wash my sins away
‘Cause I am a seeker
You are a keeper
You are the leader
Won’t you show me the way

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