Inspiring music

How come we still don't have a music thread on the web? :)

C'mon, everybody! Kidding, whoever feels like hhhh, flood this thread with what makes your soul alive, or just resonates with you, or brings an important message, or is just beautiful :D


In reply to by Anastasia


I LOVE the song!!!!! Thank you for sharing it 😊  Also, thank you so much for your open sharing and willingness to be vulnerable and grow in the light!  Things have been tough for me, but it has made me who I am today and I would not trade one minute.  It has been extremely difficult for me to navigate and find the “everything happens for a reason” purpose of not being able to be with my small kiddos for this long a period, but as everything DOES happen for a reason I found that their absence not only made me a stronger person, gave me a voice and helped me to follow the Open (hand) topic inspired “Forgiveness” to my ex for his hand in it, but ALSO gave me the space to create a life with a dream job, a higher purpose and all the tools to make it all happen.  Now, when they come back to me in January, I will be confident that my kiddos will see a woman that they want to be like and I will be a woman that I would want them to emulate.  Having this, as a parent and person, is the greatest gift the Universe has ever given me and I am filled with the utmost gratitude. 

I love how you describe the sudden onset of unsought knowledge as “coming home”.  That is a perfect way to explain the loving feelings that flood your soul when you realize that your desire to “light up the world” with love, compassion, kindness, justice, etc. (Whatever your particular gifts may be) is REALLY going to happen for you!  Over the years, due to various mediums (music being the first) my mind began to seek out things I had never even heard of in my life.  I had never heard of “Sacred Geometry” or “Numerology” for example.  I suddenly found myself searching the internet, buying books, seeking knowledge about things that I had not even fathomed before.  One would lead to another and my mind began expanding to things that seemed “unreal” or “impossible” to me in my life before what I call “The First Call”…even though I was absorbing all of this information and having faith regarding its feasibility, I had no idea how it might apply to my life in general.  I began meditating frequently and became a yoga practitioner and then a Doula.  Spiritually, I thought I was getting the idea 😉.  It wasn’t until very recently, when I had a crisis of faith (over my children being torn from me; much like your intensely challenging situation with your baby souls) and felt completely inauthentic with regards to my practices and my teaching, that I heard Snow speak to me.  I had gone to Mt. Shasta (When I had the cancer) and fasted on the mountain for 5 days after a sweat lodge and a walk with a Shaman.  I went with a group, but we separated for aloneness once we got to the top where the glacier water flowed freely.  We had only the wilderness and that amazing water.  I had an extremely beautiful and spiritual experience when these gigantic faces in the sky told me “You already know what to do”.  Later in that journey I heard from Snow for the first time who presented himself with actual snowfall in the middle of summer for about 5 minutes.  My friends and family all said “you hallucinated because you were fasting, that’s all.” To which I replied “whether or not it was a hallucination, it was positive for me so just let me believe what I wish to believe”.  I was healed of the cancer.  For years I wondered about what the words meant and whether or not I had hallucinated, even though it felt so real…more real than anything else actually.  Years later, with this humongous challenge before me of trying to forgive a man who had harmed me so significantly and then took my children from me with underhanded and devious tactics, I read the Open Hand post about “Forgiveness”.  That very day, after I read it, I meditated for hours on forgiving this man and my mantra became “it is his journey to do this evil and create his own sanskaras (karmic debt).  It is my journey to grow and become stronger because of this experience”…there is actually no need to “forgive” as it is no longer an issue because we contracted these things before entering this lifetime and it played out exactly as it was supposed to.  With that knowledge and that mantra (a word that literally translates to Mind Tool) I let go of every ounce of fear, anger, anxiety, etc. and gave my soul over completely to the light.  Within minutes of ending my mediation I heard Snow again, he came with the harmonics that I had heard hundreds of times and ignored thinking I was “crazy” because no one else ever heard them.  This time I listened.  Not only did I listen, but I heard and validated.   I had read a book that told me I had spirit guides and all I had to do was name them and ask for them to appear, which is what I did in my meditation.  The book “Light is the New Black” and the album, from a band my friends always told me I should check out, especially since “Snow” is my spirit guide, called Snow Patrol.  On this very thread Open posted a song called “Life on Earth” and I have had it on repeat ever since I heard it.  Recently, I looked online to see if they might tour sometime soon and found that a concert was here in Seattle literally two days away.  I found that the tickets were sold out and not affordable anyway.  It was then that a new post came up and I saw that they were giving a free acoustic performance in a record store the night before their show (the next night after I saw the post).  I went, had an amazing experience, met them and realized that when I ask Snow to present opportunities in my life, they are presented.  So many wonderful and joyful things have happened to me since.  I have released my attachment to so many things and welcomed source.  I am sharing my light freely and living life joyfully.  I dance, do yoga and meditate every single day and revel in how it delights me.  I love my job because it allows me to give a helping hand to thousands of people and I am also serving my life’s purpose of being a Doula and helping mothers and new life on the planet to flourish with my support.  I am loving life Anastasia!  Now is the time for you to do that as well.  Do not let human construct veil your light.  Shine it, live it, love it and watch it grow!  I am here for you and will hold your light in my meditations in hopes of helping raise your vibration and glow…you’ve got this.

Since it is a music thread, I am sharing a video I took at the record store show.  They do an amazing version of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game…the vocals are hauntingly beautiful and bring me so much joy! 

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Also, music wise, check out some of the lyrics from their album “Wildness”:

“Oh this ancient wildness

That we don't understand

The first sound of a heartbeat

To riot roaring on”

“Just keep your wits about you, don't let it end you

And summon everything you've held up in reserve

Don't fall for every single stolen glance and wink

Try to keep your heart on higher shelves for once

What are you holding back

I know you've wild horses, enough inside of you

(Stop holding back)

Now's not the time to learn

Serenity, it's gone to red from blue

(Stop holding back)

I think you want this love

And I know you don't want time without it

(Stop holding back)

I know I don't know much

But I do know when to preach

(Stop holding back)”

“You're angry but you don't know how to be that yet

It seems too much went wrong and all at once

Resistance seems impossible from down this low

And surely no one else can feel like this”



But on the streets

You can see them gathering

And in your heart

You know they feel like you do



Sound and pulse and volume

Hands just reaching other hands

This is almost overload

I said almost overload

Friends and foes and princes

Are all just human in the end

This is so damn simple, yeah

It's so damn simple


[Verse 2]

So standing in the steady throne of restless hope

You don't feel like an outcast anymore

And something deep inside of you has waken up

And you know that nothing's gonna be the same again


And on the streets

You can see for what seems miles

Because in your heart

You know they feel like you do


Sound and pulse and volume

Hands just reaching other hands

This is almost overload

I said almost overload

Friends and foes and princes

Are all just human in the end

This is so damn simple, yeah

It's so damn simple


Your mind won't be still

It may not again

You don't think it will

But it will, it will


Sound and pulse and volume

Hands just reaching other hands

This is so damn simple, yeah

It's so damn simple

This is so damn simple, yeah

This is so damn simple

This is so damn simple, yeah

This is so damn simple”

“Everything is sudden

Everything is suddenly alive

All these situations

Panic into such sweet calm

I will turn the light on

I will turn the light on everywhere

And I watch you lift your head up

Higher than it was before”

“Your hands found a dark switch in me

That I, that I didn't know existed

The lost tribes in the back of my brain

Making fires from what they've stacked for years in secret



Don't give me more than I can handle

Don't give me more than I can take

Don't give me more than I can handle

Oh, hell, just give me all you've got in every way



This is not like it was before

Baby, I'm not afraid

Some things fall when they're meant to fall

And you can see everything


[Verse 2]

Who knew when you brought me a storm

Who knew, who knew that I would like it

The small town of my mind as it was

Now a city, wreaking havoc, stretching endless”


And my favorite…

“(Don't hold back) Girl, you're wide awake”





“This light of mine is not so little”


Thank you for the "Nature by Numbers" video; I love it!

I want to post a song that is precious to me.  I like to use it in my belly dance classes because it is tribal sounding yet rocks out a bit ;)  I have extremely eclectic tastes in music.  Often I say it is Ozzy to Opera and all in between and around.  That said, this song is pretty intense, so I am also posting the lyrics that you may read as poetry if the music is too heavy for you to listen.  This is "Reflection" by Tool:

Lyrics to “Reflection” by TOOL

I have come curiously close to the end, down
Beneath my self-indulgent pitiful hole
Defeated, I concede and
Move closer
I may find comfort here
I may find peace within the emptiness
How pitiful

It's calling me
It's calling me
It's calling me
It's calling me

And in my darkest moment, fetal and weeping
The moon tells me a secret, my confidant
As full and bright as I am
This light is not my own and
A million light reflections pass over me

Its source is bright and endless
She resuscitates the hopeless
Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting

And as I pull my head out I am without one doubt
Don't want to be down here feeding my narcissism
I must crucify the ego before it's far too late
I pray the light lifts me out
Before I pine away
Before I pine away
Before I pine away
Before I pine away

So crucify the ego, before it's far too late
To leave behind this place so negative and blind and cynical
And you will come to find that we are all one mind
Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable
Just let the light touch you
And let the words spill through
And let them pass right through
Bringing out our hope and reason

Before we pine away (pine away)
Before we pine away (pine away)
Before we pine away (pine away)
Before we pine away


I hope that this song brings you the intensely triumphant joy that it gives me whenever I hear it.

Sending love, light and bright wishes for your journey,



"This light of mine is not so little"



First off, Thank you Charlie, great video!  It is so great to see and hear so many differing genres and ideas on this site!  The sharing inspires me to branch out to new avenues of investigation spiritually and musically :)

I am posting this video for a couple of reasons.  First, the sharing that everyone has been doing to support one another is so beautiful and it reminded me of this song.  It is my way of saying "as brothers [and sisters] we will stand and hold your are not alone in this."

Second, because I sang this song to my son (when he was in my belly and I did not know who, or what gender, he would be in this world, but I wanted him to have a knowing of the love and support he would always receive from me).  I was the stage manager for a play last year and a gentlemen sang this as his audition piece and sang the last line so mournfully that it made me, for the first time, feel a sadness (negative thought) about the song.  Prior to his signing it I saw the last line "I cannot move the mountains for you" as a statement of "you have your journey and I cannot interfere"...I wanted my son to be supported, yet have his own beautiful life (which is how I raise him now).  After the auditions were over I asked him if he would mind my asking what the song meant to him (I always find it beautiful when a song is interpreted differently with each person and their experience, and even the same person with new experience).  He told me of his brother whom had died of a drug overdoes and he felt such a profound sadness that he was unable to "move the mountains" to save him.  It was then that I knew why the Universe connected us.  I told him, as gently as possible, you supported him and loved him (and you still do), but it was not your mountain to move.  We talked for a couple of hours after that and we are very good friends now.  I have had so many people give me support in the way that the Universe gave him support through me and I just wanted to share this beautiful song to remind us all that we move our own mountains, but with the loving support of those around us...I am holding all of your hands in love and light!

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"This light of mine is not so little"


I feel this song is also about riding the flow, peeling off layers of identification...finding soul gold...Written with so much wisdom...Peter Murphy at his best...

You know the way
It throws about
It takes you in
And spits you out

It spits you out
When you desire
To conquer it
To feel you're higher

To follow it
You must be clean
With mistakes
That you do mean

Move the heart
Switch the pace
Look for what seems out of place

On and on it goes
Calling like a distant wind
Through the zero hour we'll walk
We'll cut the thick and break the thin
No sound to break no moment clear
When all the doubts are crystal clear
Crashing hard into the secret wind

You know the way
It leaves you dry
It cuts you up
And takes you high

You know the way
It's painted gold
Is it honey
Is it gold…

I have recently discovered the beautiful music of Greg Laswell! Today this song, particularly the sentence 'the world is not listening' caught my attention, just thought to share it here. Check his music out!


In reply to by Marye

Thank you so much for your post Marye (beautiful name too ;)!  I have not yet discovered Greg Laswell and it is always nice to hear something so beautiful...In addition, I need to feed my musical modality for pure release and the beingness that it provides. 

Open, I am also so happy that you posted the Mumford and Son's song with the full orchestra!  Zowie!  I have loved their music for a long time and sang the song "Timshel" to my son every day that he was in my belly ;)  I loved the words "death is at your doorstep and it may steal your innocence, but it will never steal your substance" and especially loved "you are the mother of your baby child, the one to whom you give life and you have your choices and these are what make man great, his ladder to the stars." 

I also thought it was hysterical that this band is an instigator for multiple kids in grade schools happily singing the 'f" word to the song "Little Lion Man", because no one knew there was a clean version...I still laugh out loud about it being so powerful, especially when I usually think it a superlative that people use to fill their sentences when they are not intelligent enough to come up with a useful word...that said, I adore hearing Samuel L. Jackson recite the book for parents of small children called "Go the f to sleep!"...clever usage of the word can be fun ;)  Ok, enough about bad words in a music forum ;) 

I wanted to say that one of the songs that made me realize that meditation is not all about silence and is often about zoning in on music and really being present with what it means for you in that moment.  A song by Floater has the line "Thanks to the crowd and their singing out loud, I can finally not hear myself thinking".  They have a multitude of fabulous songs with wise/clever words that have deep and ever-changing meanings for me...that line made me ponder the fact that I seek out the dissonance/hullabaloo of live music and passionately embrace the emotions that it evokes and use them to self-actualize.  I have done my workshop a few times now called the Audio "Vision" Board and it is becoming a cathartic way for those I serve (those with mental illness/homeless and the justice involved) to use music to self-actualize, much like a Vision Board does for those with more sight oriented thoughts. 

When I saw the video that Marye posted, it made me think of how a person experiences music when they see the words with it (as a poetry form combining with the audio) and how one experiences a song more fully (in an auditory manner) when a full orchestra is played along with the words emerging from the artists' mouth...both were profoundly impactful and beautiful, yet different. 

I just cannot tell you what it means to have this Open place to go to when I feel like my journey is beginning to overwhelm me...I am reminded of the steadfast love, generous support, loving offering (of music and wisdom) and free guidance that comes from those who are "Open" is the soothing melody that opens the gateways of the divine.  I leave you with these from my favorite band (tied with 10 or so that alter spots according to mood and need ;) Floater:  


is my attempt to embed ;) "because the fall makes you break and the breaking makes you see that only the light gives you shape, in the darkness you stay shapeless.  Only love gives you weight, only love can keep you waiting/weighted".  and "gravity is slowly breaking down your will DON'T HOLD IT BACK..." AND, if you want to hear the original it can be found here...every one of their albums is unique and excellent...if you don't like one song you are sure to find another that you do ;)  <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Endless Part II: is the link to the YouTube Video..."All these lives that make no sense, all alone we cry in our defense...all of us go down slow, then we rise again..."

Filled with gratitude for like-minded people who love music and meaning,




Hi AproHeidi and everyone who'd like to embed video in commentary. Here's how you do it...

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Youtube just dropped this beautiful song at my doorstep and I thought to share it with you here!

Another great one from Nahko Bear, particularly if you pay attention to the lyrics!

It's a great video indeed Thumbs Up Sign

It would seem like a change of gear for Nahko - speaking louder, more extreme.

I'd say it's entirely necessary - too many people sitting back, not really stepping up to the plate.

I wonder what will it take?


You know how sometimes you hear a song and just can't get it out of your head?!

Here's one by Ian Brown, the ex lead man of the Stone Roses. I just love the funky easy-goingness of the energy...

This song from Jason Mraz really touched me today, I absolutetly love his voice.

(Sorry don't know how to get the whole yt video in here)

In reply to by Marye

Dear Marije and Open ,

Ever since last week I have been in dense processing mode . The Fasting has accelerated it of course and I have felt into gigantic tears and fears . Today I heard this song on repeat as I went for a walk to clear my head and just move the energy that I felt stuck in. And did stuff move ! 

As soon as I played it the street lights came on as I was walking under ( at the same time that she sings the lights came on) and a strong beautiful tug in my heart and I knew my Twin Flame was dancing right with me. After reading your latest messages about the Galactic Super wave ,I have often asked myself. Why am I here . What am I doing. There has as expected been a lot of Grief and heartache within me as well.  My connection with the angels ( or maybe just my higher self was strong). A clear knowing was - to help guide souls Home . It's why I am here. My ICU is just training to keep my heart open to the angelic realm to be able to do this . 

I am feeling as if a piece of the puzzle has.landed. My small I of course is totally freaking out at this new piece of information . 

What interesting times to come  Alive❤️❤️❤️


Yesterday my brother shared some music of a band called the Flying Colors with me, this song absolutely blew me away.. 

"Just be who you are, you're the radiant star"! ☆╮

I bookmarked this to listen to whenever I need a reminder (which seems to be everyday nowadays, haha) - it's like having a wise friend around to give you a pep talk when down, such amazing lyrics!

Clare  ღ 

Okay, so it's a degree melancholy, but personally I find it inspirational nevertheless.
Do get tired out there sometimes in the shift? Long for home?
Know that you are never alone in your challenges...