The Lord’s Prayer: In Oneness

Affirming The Classics: The Lord’s Prayer

Great Spirit, God, The All-That-Is,
Known by many names, all One Source
Uniting Heaven and Earth in Oneness.

I give thanks for Your everlasting abundance,
And for Your gift of freewill to choose my own way.

I open my heart to Your Omnipresence and guidance,
As I now choose Your path of: Love, Light, Peace, Forgiveness and Joy.

I acknowledge my Soul is a spark of You.

I Am always in Your Kingdom.
I Am Your Love and Light,
United with Your Divine Power and Glory
In Eternal Oneness.
Amen

Trina Graves – 28th March 2019


About This Poem/Prayer

(In my series of Affirming The Classics I aim to re-write well-known poems to take out any negativity in them and turn them into affirmations.)

Although I have never been a very regular ‘church goer,’ I was brought up in a generation where all children learned The Lord’s Prayer at school, and so whenever it comes up at Weddings, Christenings and Funerals the words have always easily come to my mind.

In my childhood, and occasionally as a younger adult. I went to Christian church services, but I have always found them much too negative. In the 90’s I began to go to a Christian Spiritualist church (and continued on-and-off for several years) where I enjoyed the service because there was hardly any negativity. However, the one thing that they did do, that I considered contained negativity, was saying The Lord’s Prayer.

To me the words of the original prayer are negative because we are giving away our power, which although it is to God, it is saying that we have no choice. I have never liked saying the part about temptation and evil, as just speaking these words seemed wrong to me in a prayer that is supposed to have been said by Jesus.

I wrote my version at the end of March, but, I have not felt the need to share it, and I was beginning to wonder why. I have noticed that when I hang on to a new poem it’s usually because I need to change something about it, or there is Divine Timing at play. This one was seems to be both! Trying to keep at least some of the original prayer in the words, I had started it with ‘Our Father’ which, although I do not perceive God as only masculine, I thought at least it began in the traditional way.

About a week ago a book kept coming to my attention in various ways, I was beginning to wonder if it was a sign I should read it, then it appeared at a reduced price, giving me the extra push, and so I bought it and began to read. I have not yet finished, but while reading I knew I had to change the beginning of this prayer!

I have known for many years that the Bible is not complete and was thoroughly edited. I had also discovered and believed in the stories of Mary Magdalene being the loving companion/partner or wife of Jesus. But, if it had not been for the consistent ‘signs’ I would not have got the book – Mary Magdalene Revealed: The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel & The Christianity We Haven’t Tried Yet by Meggan Watterson

Along with my inner-knowing of the truth in this book, I also had a meditation experience a week or so before I started to read that had an amazing link with this book. I will write more about this at another time, especially as I haven’t finished the book yet.

Another interesting link has been to do with the making of the picture below. I worked on this yesterday and found I was definitely drawn to the pink/red background, but thinking it was too feminine for this prayer I tried other colours, but none seemed right to me. So I stuck with it. Today I uploaded the image to this post and noticed a block of white on the border, so I went back to re-do the picture. I had the main part in a rectangular block and however much I reduced the corners and then exported the picture, extra white blocks would appear in the exported picture that were not in the original. This has never happened before! I then made it into the oval shape that fitted to the words and the blocks were gone!!! The result, I believe, is now a balance of masculine and feminine energy with the straight and curved lines, along with the feminine colour balancing the masculine energy of the original prayer…

Our Father
Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come
They will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For Thine is the kingdom
The power and the glory
For ever and ever
Amen

The Lord's Prayer: In Oneness by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

The Greatest Illusion

When we arrive on this planet
We know we are One
A part of All-That-Is
Shining brightly as the sun

Not able to tolerate
The density of 3D
We escape to the other side
Sleeping blissfully and free

But we chose to come here
So get stronger each day
We have years to adjust
As we learn through our play

Those early years shape us
In innumerable degrees
Anchored to who we are with
Through their calm or rough seas

Our intellect develops
As the years pass on by
But the beliefs we took on
Are our truth, even if a lie

The memory of Oneness
Lies hidden, waiting inside
The mass-conjured illusion
Takes us on a dramatic ride

Daily fed with society’s ways
Wanting to belong, to be a part
Seeking the elusive Oneness
We forget to follow our heart

Keeping the people occupied
On materialistic endeavors
The dark illusion makers
Gather and tighten all their tethers

There have always been those
Who remember or never forgot
Standing out from the rest
Often persecuted or even shot

Their sacrifice showed the way
Inspiring others through the years
To live from integrity of the heart
Letting go of illusionary fears

As generations continue
The greatest illusion is wearing thin
More arrive steadfast in Oneness
Knowing their connection is within

We are part of a Cosmic Family
Each a spark of One Source
Infinitely connected
To All-That-Is, the Divine Force

Trina Graves – 2nd October 2018


About This Poem

This poem came about because of a comment from Amira  (BodyAndSoulNourishmentBlog) that she added to my poem ‘You Cannot Be Separated From Source’ on her blog. 

“There are times when we feel lonely, and it’s our illusion of separation that makes us feel like that in this 3D reality. However, the greatest truth is that we belong to our Cosmic Family, we are part of the One Source, and that link is always there, we just need to remember.” – Amira

Amira and I have never physically met, but are most definitely kindred spirits, as this has happened several times where I have been inspired by her comments, or in writing a comment to her, the inspiration for another poem manifests.

The Greatest Illusion - inspirational poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By
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The Most Perfect Prayer

Title Quote: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Prayers are said the world over
In a variety of different ways
Many pleading for assistance
To ease their saddened days

Most are taught as little children
Prayers to say before they sleep
Generations passing down words
Children’s Souls, they aim to keep

For some, prayers are repeated
Words they learned ‘off by heart’
Repetition brings them soothing relief
Releasing thought right from the start

Even those who do not believe
In the existence of a Greater Power
Will ‘pray’ in their own way to receive
Throughout life, a Blessings Shower

Whatever you’re version of prayer
I respect your truth and your way
I, like all, have my own beliefs
I follow my own path, wherever it lay

In deepest truth there is no right or wrong
The intention of the prayer is the key
Our beliefs throughout life are just perfect
In each moment, for who we came to be

Prayers are uttered to many ‘Gods’
Time and religion changes the name
But in Essence, they are all One
And we too, are of the same

One single grateful thought raised
To Heaven is the most perfect prayer
Feeling the prayer is already answered
Will manifest blessings everywhere

Like many I believe that Gratitude
Appreciating all my Blessings each day
Is the ultimate communication of prayer
Thankfulness felt in every word I say

I Commune with the Forces-Of-Creation
The All-That-Is, Source-Energy of Love
I surrender my Heart and Soul to the flow
And unite my own Light with God above

Trina Graves – 25th September 2017


About This Poem

Although I used the quote from Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 – 1781)  

One Single Grateful Thought Raised To Heaven Is The Most Perfect Prayer.’

for the title of this poem, I also wanted to incorporate a quote from Gregg Braden (1954) I heard years ago watching one of his videos, that really stuck with me. 

‘Feel The Feeling As Though The Prayer Has Already Been Answered,
And In That Feeling We Are Speaking To The Forces Of Creation,
Allowing The World To Respond To Us.’

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Give And Take

Quote Title: Kahlil Gibran
Give And Take: For To The Bee A Flower Is A Fountain Of Life, For To The Flower A Bee Is A Messenger Of Love. And To Both, The Bee And The Flower, The Giving And The Receiving Is A Need And An Ecstasy

Give and take – it’s all about the balance
Both are vital, it’s certainly not by chance
That if we favour the one, over the other
Our growth in life, we will then smother

It’s easy to see how people who take always
Are blocking their integrity in selfish ways
Someone who just blindly focuses on self
Will never gain true freedom, or true wealth

Surprisingly though what many do not know
Is focusing on self is actually the way to grow
Seeking our Soul Guidance we become Aware
Of our true selves, then we desire to share

The difference is our attitude, or way to be
Focusing on self, but with a heart that’s free
Open-eyed and embracing, seeking love and fun
Living consistently with the truth: We Are All One

The Givers, we always respect and admire
Icons throughout history perpetually inspire
Teresa, Gandhi, King, Mandela – to name a few
They evoke our Awakening to the path so true

Worldwide there are billions of people everyday
Giving of themselves to aid others, in their own way
There are no actions or gifts that are ever too small
For even a smile uplifts, giving to the One-And-All

For all the givers there have to be
The ones to receive, even you and me
Both are essential in life, we need the contrast
Enriching each other, we weave a web so vast

In life there are Infinite ways to give
Embodying this is the way to live
Balanced with receiving in Gratefulness
We’re open and flowing, our lives are Blessed

Trina Graves – 31st January 2017


About This Poem

I work my way through a list of quotes to use on my quote poems and this was most definitely one I thought would not be easy. So, when I got to this one I read the quote and did my usual praying for guidance, and then realized it was obviously way to long to use the whole quote for the title. Cutting it in half was still too long, so I thought to just use the start.. so much easier! Once I had this shortened title the words began to flow.

Reading through the poem today I thought the word ‘take’ has a bit of negativity to it, so I just checked my dictionary to confirm the definition and was amazed that there are 35! As I perceived it as a more negative word, as in taking without gratitude, I’m now wondering does that reflect on something I need to work on, or is it a universal way of seeing the word within the context of ‘Give and Take?’ What do you think?

Many people inspire us, along with the great icons of history there are our own heroes, whether well known, or people who are part of our everyday lives. 

The people who have inspired me have changed over the years: As a child it was my teacher, who developed my love of music.  As a young teen it was the Osmonds with their music and values of family and faith. I can’t remember any strong influences from the 80’s, but in the 90’s, and until today, it is those who have a strong connection to Spirit or God/Source: Betty Shine, Eileen Caddy, Neale Donald Walsch, Wayne Dyer and Abraham-Hicks. Also, I have two amazing friends who inspire me with their creativity and ever open hearts. We no longer live near to each other, so I don’t get to see them very often, but they are both so caring and wonderfully inspiring. They are both a blessing in my life.

Who has inspired you in your life? And why? I’d love to know, if you’d like to share. 🙂 

Trina Graves quote from inspirational poem Give And Take - Spiritual Quotes To Live By