Every path I make, every road leads back
This particular song addresses one of the most profound human experiences – the experience of being “called”. A calling is a strong inner impulse toward something greater than our ordinary day-to-day life. It is a mystical experience, whether we feel called to a particular career, to a mission, or to a spiritual path.
If you have ever longed to discover your life purpose, you are feeling the call. If you have ever sought deeper meaning in your life, you are feeling the call. If you have a dream, whether grand or simple, you are being called.
Our calling asks us to live our life on purpose, with intention, with passion, and with wholehearted dedication. When we answer the call, we ourselves are transformed into something more.
How is Spirit Calling You?
This song speaks to those times of challenge when we feel disconnected.
On the surface, the song is about a man who has been separated from the woman he loves. At a deeper level, it speaks to all of the types of disconnection we feel–from those we love, from our deepest self, from God.
In the opening lines, it reminds us of two great truths–nonresistance and impermanence.
I have always loved music. I can’t remember a time when it was not a central to my life. Music has allowed me to express my joys and my sorrows. It has lifted me up when I have felt the despair of depression. It has sung in my heart when I have felt the joy of new beginnings. It has been the bonding agent of many friendships as I joined with others in choirs, bands, ensembles, duets, musicals and in congregational songs at my spiritual home.
As a minister, I love finding spiritual messages in unexpected places. I love to seek out the sacred in the ordinary. I find pop music to be a rich source of spiritual wisdom. Many singer/songwriters use music to express their struggles and triumphs as they move through this human experience, just as the authors of our sacred scriptures used stories to do the same.
Songs like ‘Shower the People’ by James Taylor are sermons set to music, full of hard-won wisdom and the peace that comes from a journey toward self-awareness and self-acceptance.
As with all spiritual wisdom, it takes some effort on our part to seek out the lessons in these songs.
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