Holy Spirit, In Me

Affirming The Classics: Holy Spirit, Hear Us – W. H. Parker

Holy Spirit, in me
Infusing as I sing
Breathes into the music
United joy, I bring

Holy Spirit, joins me
Linking when I pray
Always there to teach me
Love, always the way

Holy Spirit, shines on
All I see, and read
Opening my Heart to
The compassion I need

Holy Spirit, lifts me
So that I now find
My way to be like Jesus
Gentle, pure and kind

Holy Spirit, guides me
With pure Divine Light
My true Path is clearer
Using my Source sight

Trina Graves – 16th October 2019


About This Poem

Another hymn to add to my Affirming The Classics collection where I take old inspirational poems and hymns and update the words to make them more positive and into affirmations. I didn’t know of this hymn, but came across it while looking for another one.

Here is the original hymn…

Holy Spirit, hear us
Help us while we sing
Breathe into the music
Of the praise we bring

Holy Spirit, prompt us
When we kneel to pray
Nearer come, and teach us
What we ought to say

Holy Spirit, shine thou
On the book we read
Gild its holy pages
With the light we need

Holy Spirit, give us
Each a lowly mind
Make us more like Jesus
Gentle, pure and kind

Holy Spirit, help us
Daily by thy might
What is wrong to conquer
And to choose the right

W. H. Parker 1845 – 1929

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I Walk In The Light

Affirming The Classics: Walk In The Light, So Shalt Thou Know – Bernard Barton

I walk in The Light, as I know
The fellowship of Love
God’s Spirit is a part of me
And flows from Light above

I walk in The Light, and I find
My Heart melding with His
I Am enshrined in the Pure Light
In me, no darkness is

I walk in The Light, even death
I embrace, as I share
The Joy, the Love, the Light, the Truth
And Christ awaits me there

I walk in The Light, the Love way
My unknown Path glows bright
God exists in the Heart of me
And God Himself is Light

Trina Graves – 16th October 2019


About This Poem

I did not know of this hymn, but came across it when looking for another one. I was surprised at how positive it was for being written so long ago. So it didn’t need much tweaking to turn it into an Affirmation for my series of Affirming The Classics.

Here is the original…

Walk in the light: so shalt thou know
That fellowship of love
His Spirit only can bestow
Who reigns in light above

Walk in the light; and thou shalt find
Thy heart made truly His
Who dwells in cloudless light enshrined
In whom no darkness is

Walk in the light; and e’en the tomb
No fearful shade shall wear
Glory shall chase away its gloom
For Christ has conquered there

Walk in the light: and thine shall be
No thornless path, but bright
For God, by grace, shall dwell in thee
And God Himself is Light

Bernard Barton 1784 – 1849

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The Lord’s My True Guide

Affirming The Classics: The Lord’s My Shepherd – Scottish Psalter/psalm 23

The Lord’s my true Guide, All-That-Is
He respects my free-will
Now that I follow, in His way
In Loving Peace, I’m still

My Soul, it is aligned with Him
Rejoicing as I take
Steps on the Path of Pure Love
As footsteps of Light I make

As I walk towards my life’s end
I feel only the Bliss
For I am never alone, His Love
Is comfort, I never need miss

My life is abundantly Blessed
In truth, I have no foes
Every Soul is Heavenly sent
My Pure Compassion overflows

Goodness, Love and Light, all my life
Are always there for me
God is in me, for evermore
I live to express this, to Be

Trina Graves – 16th October 2019


About This Poem

The Lord’s My Shepherd is one of the most famous hymns known, and often sung, by many people, so it was an obvious choice for me to update in my series of Affirming The Classics.

My aim with this series is to update the old favourites and turn them into Affirmations. The originals were beautiful and inspirational for their time, but now many of us are coming to the understanding that God/Source/All-That-Is (or whatever name you prefer to use) is a part of us, and we can claim our Divinity to bring a United Light and Love to this world. 

When I am Affirming hymns I always do my best to keep the syllables to the same number as the original so that they can be sung easily to the well-known tunes. This hymn is so often sang, so I especially made sure it matched!

The original hymn…

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by

My Soul he doth restore again
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness
E’en for his own name’s sake

Yea, though I walk in deaths dark vale
Yet will I feel no ill
For thou art with me, and thy rod
And staff me comfort still

My table thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes
My head thou dost with oil anoint
And my cup overflows

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me
And in God’s house for evermore
My dwelling place shall be

Scottish Psalter 1650

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Amazing Grace: Awakened Senses

Affirming The Classics: based on Amazing Grace by John Newton

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That tuned my aural energy
I once was lost, deafened by duality
But now I hear the harmony of Unity

Amazing Grace, how beautiful the sight
That cleared my optical energy
I once was lost, blinded by duality
But now I see the vision of Unity

Amazing Grace, how delicate the touch
That bathed by cellular energy
I once was lost, dis-eased by duality
But now healthy in the Well-Being of Unity

Amazing Grace, how delicious the taste
That imbued my appetizing energy
I once was lost, drip-fed by duality
But now I partake the menu of Unity

Amazing Grace, how fragrant the smell
That permeates my olfactory energy
I once was lost, clogged by duality
But now I inhale aromatic Unity

Amazing Grace, how Blissful the feeling
That flowed, uplifting my vibrational energy
I once was lost, in Earth’s dense duality
But now my senses are Awakened in Unity

Trina Graves – 18th September 2019


About This Poem

I have had Amazing Grace on my list of poems to do for my series of Affirming The Classics since I first began writing these. It is such a well-known classic and powerful hymn but, along with most other older inspirational poems and hymns, it contains negative aspects.

I have never liked the expression of ‘a wretch like me.’ And once I learned of the Law Of Attraction, I realized why. As a matter of interest, I just looked up the word ‘wretch’ in my dictionary and it is even more detrimental than I previously thought: a miserable, unfortunate, pitiful creature; a shamelessly wicked person.  

Even though it is speaking of before receiving ‘Grace,’ to ever perceive ourselves in such negative ways is destructive. Thinking of ourselves in this way, or as a sinner that needs to be ‘saved’ is the old energy of humanity, that is now clearing away.

We all contain the essence of God, it’s just a matter of how much we acknowledge this, and align ourselves with living from that essence.  

When I started this re-write I intended to do as I’ve done before, in going through each verse and make them as positive and affirmative as I could. However, this one went in a different direction, and I soon realized it was to be all about the senses Awakening. I did wonder whether or not to include this in the series, as the words are not all totally positive with each verse containing the ‘lost in’ part, but I believe it needs to be with the others.

Although I haven’t done it yet, I will have another go at working through the complete original hymn…

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace those fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail
And mortal life shall cease
I shall possess, within the veil
A life of joy and peace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, who called me here below
Will be forever mine

When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun

John Newton  1775 – 1807

The last verse (my favourite) was added at a later date by an unknown American.

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Holy Spirit, All Divine

Affirming The Classics: Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
Samuel Longfellow

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
Is within this Soul of mine
Words of God and purest Light
Are my Spirit and my sight

Holy Spirit, Love Divine
Glows within this heart of mine
Shining out for all to see
God’s higher love flows through me

Holy Spirit, Power Divine
Fills and is a strength of mine
I Am powered by pure Light
All I need to do things right

Holy Spirit, Light Divine
Leads and is the Way of mine
God is present everywhere
In His Light my life I share

Holy Spirit, Peace Divine
Always is the core of mine
I Am serene and tranquil
Steadfast in God’s peace, so still

Holy Spirit, Joy Divine
Constant is the aim of mine
Beauty surrounds, life is fun
Sings my Soul, we are all One

Trina Graves – 12th March 2019


About This Poem

I don’t actually know this hymn, but after working on a couple of my favourites for my series of poems ‘Affirming The Classics,‘ I read through some hymns and this one stood out to me as one I would like to tweak to make it more positive and as an affirmation.

Original Hymn…

Holy Spirit, truth Divine
Dawn upon this soul of mine
Word of God, and inward light
Wake my spirit, clear my sight

Holy Spirit, love Divine
Glow within this heart of mine
Kindle every high desire
Perish self in Thy pure fire

Holy Spirit, power Divine
Fill and nerve this will of mine
By Thee may I strongly live
Bravely bear, and nobly strive

Holy Spirit, right Divine
King with my conscience reign
Be my Lord, and I shall be
Firmly bound, for ever free

Holy Spirit, peace Divine
Still this restless heart of mine
Speak to calm this tossing sea
Stayed in Thy tranquillity

Holy Spirit, joy Divine
Gladden Thou this heart of mine
In the desert ways I’ll sing
Spring, O Well, for ever spring
(Samual Longfellow 1819 – 1892)

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Immortal And Visible

Affirming The Classics: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
original hymn by Walter Chalmers Smith

Immortal and visible, God is all wise
In Light and accessible before my eyes
Most Blessed, most Glorious, in all of my days
I Am victorious as I follow His ways

Perpetual calmness and silence I find
Freewill acceptance, I’m given my own mind
I climb beautiful mountains high soaring above
And float on the clouds of His Goodness and Love

To all life God gives to both great and the small
In all life He lives, the true life of all
I blossom and flower as leaves on a tree
Eternal in Oneness as God is in me

My Father of Glory, Purity and Light
The Angels adore You, love shining so bright
All round me Your presence, I now clearly see
And Your Light is the Love around and in me

Immortal and visible, God is all wise
In Light and accessible before my eyes
Most Blessed, most Glorious, in all of my days
I Am victorious as I follow His ways

Trina Graves – 11th March 2019


About This Poem

This is another one of my favourite hymns that just needed a little tweaking to make it into more of an affirmation. The original (see below) speaks of the splendour of God’s light being the reason for us not being able to see God, but as more and more of us are Awakening to know we are of the Light, we can perceive the presence of God/Source in all life everywhere.

Although I have kept to the original descriptions of God as Him/His/Father, I do not at all think of God as a male entity.  To me God is just another word for the All-That-Is or Source Energy of which ‘male’ is just one aspect.

Immortal, invisible, God only wise
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love

To all life Thou givest, to both great and small
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all
We blossom and flower as leaves on the tree
And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee

Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight
All laud we would render, O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee

Immortal, invisible, God only wise
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise
(Walter Chalmers Smith 1824 – 1908)

There is a link page for the other poems in my Affirming The Classics series, if you would like to read more.

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I Breathe The Breath Of God

Affirming The Classics: Breathe On Me Breathe Of God (hymn)
by Edwin Hatch

I breathe the Breath Of God
I Am filled with life anew
I Am unconditional love
I do what God would do

I breathe the Breath Of God
My heart is open and pure
I am aligned with God
Now and forever more

I breathe the Breath Of God
I Am a spark of the Divine
This Earthly part of me
Glows as God’s Essence is mine

I breathe the Breath Of God
Through all eternity
I know I shall never die
My Soul is God as me

Trina Graves – 8th February 2019


About This Poem

In the mid-nineties I began to go to various Christian Spiritualist Churches in Oxfordshire. I have mainly gone only occasionally, apart from a few years in the nineties.

The reasons I enjoyed going were:

  • I received an abundance of evidence of life after death. Especially amazing were the many things I was told that I did not know, or had no meaning to me, but later when I spoke to my parents, they would confirm them to be true.
  • I was given many messages that helped me, and because of the undeniable truth of the descriptions given of some of the people on the other side, I followed the advice given which has shaped my path.
  • I found it intriguing to see how different mediums worked and what they had to say, especially in their ‘address’ – a talk before sharing their gift with the congregation.
  • I felt the power of unity and faith when silent prayers of healing were offered to where there were needed.
  • I felt the joy and upliftment from singing positive hymns and songs with others – often with no music.

I didn’t know this hymn before going to Spiritualist Church, but it soon became one of my favourites! As you can see from the original hymn (below) the words were already positive – one of the reasons why I love it. So, I just made it more of an ‘Affirmation.’

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Fill me with life anew
That I may love what Thou dost love
And do what Thou wouldst do

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Until my heart is pure
Until my will is one with Thine
To do and to endure

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Till I am wholly Thine
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine

Breathe on me, Breath of God
So shall I never die
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity
Edwin Hatch 1835 – 1889

I have a link page, if you would like to read more poems in my Affirming The Classics series.

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My Eyes Are Open

Affirming The Classics: Open My Eyes That I May See
Hymn by Clara H. Scott & Frederick P. Morris

My eyes are open, I now see
The Light of truth You share with me
I have in my hands the wonderful key
My heart is open, I Am set free

Silently now I commune with Thee
I Am ready my God, for all to see
My eyes are open, You are in me
Spirit Divine!

My ears are open, I now hear
Voices of truth, pure and clear
Divine Energy speaks in my ear
Messages of love, my way to steer

Silently now I commune with Thee
I Am ready my God, for all to see
My eyes are open, You are in me
Spirit Divine!

I speak my truth and I share
Peace and forgiveness everywhere
My heart is open, I truly care
My unconditional love I lay bare

Silently now I commune with Thee
I Am ready my God, for all to see
My eyes are open, You are in me
Spirit Divine!

My mind is open when I read
Of Your love, it plants a seed
Love and Light are all I need
To blossom, grow, and succeed

Silently now I commune with Thee
I Am ready my God, for all to see
My eyes are open, You are in me
Spirit Divine!

Trina Graves – 8th February 2019


About This Poem

At the moment I have quite a few new poems to add, and I had not made a decision as to which one I would add this weekend. However, this morning I woke in the early hours with this hymn being sung on my mind! There was no reason for this, but trying to get back to sleep it just kept on repeating until I accepted that this was obviously a sign I need to add this poem today! There are certainly other poems I would have chosen to add before this one, but for whatever reason, I now know this had to be the one!

Although the hymn is full of positivity, it is written from an aspect of lack – by asking for something, we are acknowledging that we lack it. So, my version focuses on already having, or being the various aspects – along with an ‘I AM’ to boost the power of creativity!
There is a link page if you would like to read more of my Affirming The Classics.

As you can see, I wrote this in February, but today, as I re-read it, I notice how relevant it seems to so much of what I have been coming across lately..

NOW is the time for us to BE our Divine true selves and to ‘Speak Our Truth’ and shine our Light, Love, Peace and Forgiveness ‘For All To See’

Namaste & the Light of ‘May The Forth be with you!’ 🙂 

Original hymn:

Open my eyes that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free

Silently now I wait for Thee
Ready, my God, Thy will to see
Open my eyes, illumine me
Spirit Divine!

Open my ears that I may hear
Voice of truth Thou sendest clear
And while the wave-notes fall on my ear
Everything false will disappear

Silently now I wait for Thee
Ready, my God, Thy will to see
Open my eyes, illumine me
Spirit Divine!

Open my mouth and let me bear
Tidings of mercy everywhere
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share

Silently now I wait for Thee
Ready, my God, Thy will to see
Open my eyes, illumine me
Spirit Divine!

Open my mind, that I may read
More of Thy love in word and deed
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
Only for light from Thee I plead

Silently now I wait for Thee
Ready, my God, Thy will to see
Open my eyes, illumine me
Spirit Divine!

Clara H. Scott 1841 – 1897
Frederick P. Morris

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