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This came about after a very deep meditation I had in 1998. I'm not overly 'religious' but I like to think that I am spiritual; not following orthodoxy, but what I 'know' and have seen in meditation. Well as I came out of this particular meditation, I just felt inspired to write and when I did, the pen flew over the page leaving me with no time to think about what I was writing. It came in a flash as it were and I couldn't believe what I'd written as I lay down the pen after and read the words. I copied it onto my computer including it in a a book I began to write about my 'experiences' at the time. Having spotted it last week I re-read it and decided to record it, with some backing music and this is the result. Hope you like it and that I don't sound too much like a Sunday Vicar delivering a sermon.
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In Praise of God.
Oh, Magnificent Lord, in whose keeping I am entrusted, with humility, while still allowed and encouraged to address you in this way.
You whose thoughts have made the stars and all the universe, and spread them in a balance which has brought us into being, yet still listens to the call or prayer, that is uttered from our soul, and carried on to you as droplets in a stream are carried onward to the sea.
Lord, whose heart is kind enough to welcome all whose backs were turned, through greed and selfishness, but then returned, to recognise the hatred in their deeds.
Sweet Lord, our Father, Parent, whose love was handed on, to mortal parents for their children’s needs; reach out we pray, and touch the hearts of all the ones who’ve gone astray. Bring them back into the fold of human love, we all should know, yet hold within our hearts, just waiting to unfold.
Help us to help the weaker ones; bring love and needs to everyone who lives in darkness or in fear; let us bring the lightness near, to show the way that they must tread to leave the dark behind.
Oh, Lord of Light, whose call we hear through silent prayer and humbleness, be near us every living day, and through the night as sleep gives rest to tired limbs; but nearer still, as through our dreams we travel on, to other realms (where love still waits with those long gone), for short sweet meetings ‘till the dawn, when we return to carry on this mortal life of goodness, only if we will.
Help us to live our lives in truth, unselfishness and care for life, the preciousness not understood or comprehended as it could be, were we just to live our lives in innocence, as we should.
Praise alone is not enough to thank you Lord for all you’ve done; the words are lost in meaning of the love, which is the very essence of your being and your deeds.
How can a person such as I, insignificant in others eyes, be so important though to you, that if I were a speck of sand, your recognition I’d command?
Oh, all consuming Lord of Love, there is no other way to show how great I hold you in esteem, than base my life upon the theme you’ve set me as a task. I’ll carry on, do as you ask, and care for others when I can, forsaking evil every day, and putting goodness in its stead.
These things I’ll do for worship of you; and for man, to guide him closer to your side, as was your plan.
Encourage him to then abide within the arms of all that’s good, his feelings never hide, but open to the world, as only then they can be shared, as any burden should.
To help each one I come to meet, and by example, show the love which made me so, leaving them to wonder if they’d missed the path, but found the stream, whose waters now are pure and clear.
Waters from which, if they should drink, will also lead them for to think, that as they lean toward that font, a clear reflection too they’ll see, of all they’ve missed; but yet should want.
For, all I’d pray is just to be, a droplet in your loving stream, a mirror of your loving ways,
That lives with me through all my days, reflecting in my acts and deeds, and helping fill all others needs,
My joy? . . . . . . .Your name to praise.
Maurice Vizard



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Axgrinder said 3744 days ago (August 24th, 2007)
Very uplifting!
You put a lot of feeling into this and did a nice job of narrating as well. I'm not religious at all but I am extremely spiritual. People need more of this in there life's. you have a nice speaking voice. Thanks for sharing and nicely done my friend!

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Moviz said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Nice to
hear from you Alvin and thank you for your words. I didn't want people to think I was 'preaching' here and I hope that comes across. I would like more people to meditate though if anything, as I think it's very beneficial in many ways. Thanks again, M

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said 3744 days ago (August 24th, 2007)
Trip the people out!
Moviz this is what you do so well! you have a way of reaching out with voice especially in the spoken word, my friend youve got the magic/golden touch.
Moviz said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
I knew
you would listen to this one LOL. You say "Trip the people out"... Hope it does, the natural way... without the pills. Thanks once again Tom for listening and for the nice comments; they're very encouragingfor me. Regards M

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Aureliano said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
oye vicar M
I also meditate and your pic is a trip in its self.Thanks 4 sharing your deepest visions, I would liked to hear some thunder, echo and angelic singing in the back ground and more drama, I truly enjoyed ur loving stream in fulfilling my needs....thanks
Moviz said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Hi Aureliano..
I knew that anyone who meditated would understand the picture, which I also did years ago. I'm pleased you listened and enjoyed this writing and I did consider the odd sound effect like a rippling stream etc., but decided that it would both detract from the meaning in the words themselves and from any meditational effect the words might have. It was the part about having"missed the path, but found the stream...." etc. that I wondered if people would understand; as it being so symbolic, it took me a while to work it all out too. That's the suprising thing about things like this, in that it's as though I personally didn't write it... since it's not written as I would normally write. That's why I put this under 'Inspirational' After this, there were seventeen pholosophies that followed and all of them about love,
cheers M

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Feter said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
In Praise of God
the honest words explaining the truth
the joy of narrating the word with belief
made this music your master piece my friend
Amen ..and Kudos !!
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Moviz said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Hi Feter..
So glad you enjoyed this and apreciated it. I hope it brings a lot of comfort around you too. As regards myself... I am very sincere, so that's why it comes across that way in the expression. Thanks again my friend, M

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Roxylee said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Awesome praise, Maurice
I'm downloading this to keep as a morning praise. If everyone lived like this, the world would be healed. Thank you for posting this, it is truly lovely.
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Moviz said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Thank you Roxie
I'm pleased that you approved. I agree; If only people would..... Nice that you DL too, regards, M

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kristyjo said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
wow
I really like your narrative voice. This isn't 'preachy', but it's more like you are letting us join you in your own heartfelt prayers. As Roxy said, 'If everyone lived like this, the world would be healed.'
The background voices are actually pretty good in this context. I like the swell of voices at the end.
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Moviz said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
I'm pleased...
That you got that impression Kristyjo, that's really nice and suits me fine. I did want to 'accompany' the voice, but of course I didn't want to take away from the message, so it was like walking a fine line with the backing, but so glad you enjoyed,Thank you for your comments, regards M

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Henke said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Inspirational!
Thank you M for this! I know what you mean by this kind of inspiration, that it does not feel as if it were you who wrote it. I am no writer but has experienced, in the past, a similar flow of inspiration. My occasional music making is a little of the same sort. But that is another story.

Except for the praise also given above by others, my only suggestion for this piece is if you would consider a few pauses in the reading here and there, to let the words sink in a little..? Like when you read or chant the psalms, I think you are supposed to pause a little after every (other) line of verse, if you know what I mean.

All in all: Nice "colaboration"!!!

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Moviz said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Hi Henrik
Thanks for calling in and commenting. I know about the pauses though, but it's so long as it is, that I thought it might loose any impact it might have if I spread it further. We'll have to talk about the "collaborators" sometime LOL, Thanks again M

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bonnieprincejohnny said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Very poor.
Unimaginably awful. I'm shocked. Be good.
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John Stebbe said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Johnny ---
Johnny, if you can't say something nice -- well, you know the rest. (I hope.)

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Moviz said 3742 days ago (August 26th, 2007)
Well
Johnny, all I can say is that if you're 'shocked' at sincerity, you're missing a lot in life and you'll have quite a few disapointments to come. I hope everyone is as honest in their opinions with you also, cheers M

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John Stebbe said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
An affecting track.
Well, I must say, this track is different than any track I have heard on MacJams. And different is good!

This is an affecting track. The backing music really makes you sit up and want to listen to the narration. And I must say I really love anyone with a British accent. I could listen to it all day.

Reminds me of a Bible-On-Tape series I have heard advertised, narrated by Alistair Cook (I think).

Makes me think of James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

So you're not religious? Could have fooled me. Lots of folks nowadays will say "I'm not religious, but I am very spiritual." I don't see why there needs to be a line drawn between them. Nothing wrong with being religious, if it draws you near the true God who saves sinners.

Your narration has a very musical quality to it. Sounds like you've had some experience doing voice work, perhaps in radio. Am I right?

Beautiful work here, Moviz.
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Moviz said 3742 days ago (August 26th, 2007)
Hi John
first of all thank you for listening and for your nice comments. When I say I'm not religious it certainly doesn't mean that I don't have faith. I mean that I don't need (at the risk of offending some) 'Orthodoxy', because as it says in the Bible 'the Kingdom of God is within,' and through meditation I'm able to 'visit'. You're correct in saying there is only one true God; it's these different inerpretations of people's impressions of 'how it should be' (Orthodoxy), that I don' go along with. I do have faith of course, but I meant that I'm not fanatical in any sense. Sincerity and open-ness is my main thing in life.
Regarding my vocal... no I haven't broadcast before. In fact when I 'trod the boards', I spoke very little in between my songs because I hated to speak into a microphone. I think now, it's because I know the sentiment in the words that I'm able to be honest with the emotion, so that others will understand them better.
Thank you for the praise (Pun? LOL) and the 'musical' effect maybe comes from the writing itself, because, as with other writings which came the same way after meditation and at speed, there is a rhythm or vibration (and everything that IS is a vibration), so that even where there is no rhyme, it still comes across as though it were a poem.
Again John, I thank you for your comments, regards M

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paul f. page said 3743 days ago (August 25th, 2007)
Bless YOU...
Maurice, for this beautiful prayer. My wife teaches world religions and spirituality and I am passing this along to her. I know her students will love it. ... Your speaking voice is very comforting and, as John Stebbe said above, we Americans love the British accent of our common tongue. Thank you so much for sharing this number. (And do NOT listen to the nay-sayers.)
Peace.
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Moviz said 3742 days ago (August 26th, 2007)
Paul
I'm so pleased that you're passing this on, as the students will have some fun with the symbolism (which seems to have by-passed some) towards the end. Strange how Americans like our accents. I would have thought that to you all, we might sound cold and 'clipped' LOL. Thank you for your words, regards M

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said 3741 days ago (August 27th, 2007)
FULL OF FEELINGS
Mr. Maurice this is really deep song and touched me, the words made my day, your voice is rich and the background music (strings) has a huge effect in this piece ! Touched me

Take Care
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
Moviz said 3741 days ago (August 27th, 2007)
Hi Yeman,
It's so good for me that someone as young as yourself is able to be 'touched' by someone else's words, while also you are so keen to listen and to learn from everyone here. You are wise beyond your years I feel and as bright as a pin. Thank you so much for calling in here and leaving those words my friend, regards M

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said 3741 days ago (August 27th, 2007)
Wonderful work Maurice!
In spirit not unlike the Prayer of St. Francis, and containing that timeless wisdom that can only arise from deep meditational states. These days I am also decidedly non-religious, yet I remain a committed traveller on the spiritual quest. Materialism is utter delusion.

This is the most uplifting piece I've ever heard at MJ. It is a pleasure to know you are a fellow traveller on the way.

Be well friend!
Moviz said 3740 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Hi Michael.
I answered this post once but it didn't appear for some reason, but thank you for the comments. Yes I think we may well be on the same path and it's nice to know. Thanks again, M

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thetiler said 3741 days ago (August 27th, 2007)
Terrific
Great combination! The soft sounds in the backround and the outstanding narration. Your soft sound style is so pleasant to hear Moviz a real treat !

WAy to go!

Very enjoyable for me and a bet others as well.
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Moviz said 3740 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Glad you .....
liked it Bill. Like I said once before though; the kids never said I had a nice voice as they were growing up LOL, but your comments are always appreciated, cheers M

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poodyglitz said 3741 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Simply Beautiful
You should do a whole CD of this kind of musical poetry.
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Moviz said 3740 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Hi Poody G..
Thanks for calling in and listening. I have enough of these for a CD for sure, but I'm not proficient enough at the recording process I think. (My son does the same job as yourself), Cheers, M

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digitalnirvana9 said 3741 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Boy Maurice!
That was some meditation you had....Its funny how inspiration comes like this. The key is stilling the mind and opening to the infinite. Music and Word masterly blended with a wonderful voice and accent (at least to us in the US) which furnishes gravitas without being preachy. I'm excited to download this and share your inspiration in my future meditations...Thank you my friend!...Its always good to meet a fellow traveler.... Digitalnirvana9/Norman
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Moviz said 3740 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Thank you Norman..
I've had quite a few 'something' meditations believe me LOL and yes you do need to still the mind, but it's easier than some might think (with my technique). Thanks for downloading and I hope it helps you. Again thank you for the compliments; they are truly appreciated, regards M

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Macaudion said 3740 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Timeless knowing...
Certainly, I'm not in any way shape or form, what one would consider to be, a religious creature, but I do want to be a "good" person - I think that this would make for good guidlines for any decent doctrine of life, unless you're the "devel's" child...

This did come from deep withing - Thanks for sharing it Movtz. Macca
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Moviz said 3740 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Thanks
for that Macca. You're dead right, it did come from 'within'. I'm glad that you took the time to listen and of course you don't have to be religious to live a good life, cheers M

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mvh9591 said 3739 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Very Nice M._____
I just had my morning prayer. Thanks M.

Greatly appreciated,

mvh : )
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Moviz said 3739 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Thanks Michael
Glad I could help LOL, Cheers M

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buckhorn said 3730 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Really nice sound.
Sorry, I found myself listening to the sound of your soothing voice, and not paying much attention to the meaning. ( same thing used to happen to me when I used to go to church.) You sound a little like Richard Burton.
I don't pray often, but If I were in a falling plane Im sure I would pray my tail off. Interesting and original work. Regards
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Moviz said 3728 days ago (September 9th, 2007)
That's
very nice of you to say Mathew and I'm glad that it held you long enough for you to listen. Don't worry about it not sinking in LOL... it will have. Have you ever been reckoning money or numbers, then been distracted for a while.. and then... when you look down you've written the answer and had to re-reckon, only to find that the answer you wrote was correct?, Well who reckoned it up? whooooeeeeeooooohhhh! Thanks too for the Richard Burton remark; that's brill, regards, M

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davisamerica said 3721 days ago (September 16th, 2007)
breath deep
truly a nice piece. wonderful voice.
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Moviz said 3720 days ago (September 17th, 2007)
Thanks D,
for dropping in on this one and for the nice comment, cheers M

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RickB1 said 3629 days ago (December 17th, 2007)
Very intimate and warm
You have a wonderful voice for narration. It is tender, compassionate, and warm. Your prayer is rich, full of life, and colorful. This connects with the listener in a spiritually intimate manner.
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Moviz said 3610 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Thank you
Rick for those kind words. I'm glad if you saw those qualities in that prayer and felt 'connected', that's praise indeed, regards M
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said 3413 days ago (July 20th, 2008)
In Praise of God
Wow Maurice this is similar to what happened to me years ago
i went to Church and felt very moved by the sermon and wrote my first poem when I came home. I felt so good too. like a spiritual awakening and I am not that religous but I do believe in God!!
Wow I know this is very special thank you. I will also download this and listen to it often as well.
Maurice.
It sounds soo awsome and very Moving too. :)

Peace Dee.
Moviz said 3412 days ago (July 21st, 2008)
Well Dee
I'm so pleased you listened to this as it is something special to me. Thanks again for listening and your comment, regards M
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Soulman4270 said 3393 days ago (August 9th, 2008)
Holy Spirit
Amen my brother a man can only write like this only by the power and influence of the Holy Spirit who dwells in all men and women of God.....

God bless you my brother......Thank you for this prayer to honour the Father.....it has moved me.....

God Bless
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Moviz said 3393 days ago (August 9th, 2008)
Ahh! Thank you
Soulman for that recognition and for taking the time to listen and comment. Your words are very kind, regards M
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scofugate said 2960 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
This is Great
Love the accent we were talking about. You should read the King James Bible in CD!!
The meaning here is amazing.
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Moviz said 2960 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
Pleased
that you listened to it Scott and thanks for the nice words.... glad you got the 'meaning' too; I travelled very deep for that, cheers M
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maxruehl said 2938 days ago (November 8th, 2009)
This
is so incredibly peaceful. I'm not a religious person, but I can appreciate this all the same. Thank you for this unique contribution, Mo.:)
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Moviz said 2928 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
Thank YOU Andy
For listening to this... I'm really pleased you got some feelings of peace from it.... that's what it all should be about....... whether we 'believe' or not. Thanks again M
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