Expressions of Soul

Expressions of Soul

by Clayton

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Allow me to take you on a journey of love, empowerment, romance, enlightenment, heartache, release, and spiritual growth, all contained within each verse.

Are you ready to rise above the limits you have placed upon yourself?

Are you ready to open to the power within to the truest expression of you higher self?

Be prepared for this journey is not for the faint of heart.

It's a journey that takes courage, commitment and dedication right from the start.

Be prepared to explore the vistas and dimensions of other times,

And the limitless realms beyond the eyes we use to see.

Are you ready to take the leaps of faith to see what truly can be?

If you are I will guide you through what your soul wants you to see.

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ISBN-13: 9781452501130
Publisher: Balboa Press
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)

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Expressions of Soul


By Clayton

BALBOA PRESS

Copyright © 2010 Clayton
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4525-0113-0


Chapter One

Soul Scenes


Do You Hear?

Do you hear me when I call upon you,
or do my prayers fall on deafened ears?

Do you hear me when I go in silent meditation
in search of release from my confusion and my fears?

Do you hear me when I call upon you
in search of answers to the questions that I have asked?

Do you hear me while I sit in silent meditation,
and I call upon the ancient gods, the gods they say are now long past?

Do you see me when my head is held in my hands
while tears stream down my face?

Do you see me when my heart is heavy from the sadness and the pain,
even though in meditation I begin to feel there is no gain?

Do you hear me while I participate in the practice of my faith,
or are my prayers and meditation floating out in empty space?

I call upon the ancient gods, the gods who have gone before,
to listen to this humble man while his faith is once again restored.

Do you hear me? Do you see me while I sit in silent prayer,
or do my meditations fall on deafened ears?
Do you see and feel my anguish and my pain
while I feel in this lifetime there is nothing left to gain?

I seek the answers to my questions from a higher, truer source.
All I ask of spirit is to assist me on this course.

Do you hear me? Do you see me while the tears stream down my face,
or do my prayers go unanswered while floating out in empty space?


The Rose

While traveling through the barren landscapes of my dreams,
I came upon a single perfect rose.
It seemed such an odd place for such a perfect flower.
There seemed to be nothing but sand and
sun, in a place that had no end.
I felt no breeze, I heard no sound, no movement did I sense.
I slowly settled down and sat beside this single rose.
I cast my gaze upon it, watching with intent.
I had the strangest feeling this rose was heaven-sent.
I began to notice little things about this single rose;
the stem was strong and straight, the leaves, each one perfect in its shape,
and there was brilliance in the color of every petal
and how perfectly each was placed.
It still strikes me as a strange and lonely place for my rose and I to be,
but maybe one day, through enlightenment, the
answer to this mystery will be revealed to me.


My Dreams

The kiss we shared last night in my silent dreams
still lingers on my lips. A reality it seems.
The gentle touch of your sweet love, that you share with me in dreams,
still tingles on my fingertips, carried over from my dreams.
I still can feel the pressure from the gentle swelling of your breast
as I held and pressed you gently toward the hunger in my chest.
The gentle movements that we shared as, in tender love, we joined,
seemed so real, the dream has somehow come
into the consciousness of my mind.
These treasured dreams I have of you, that fill my lonely night,
I know one day will become my wakeful reality.


My Shadowed Mind

I look beyond the shadows and see the figures in the night.
They gather all around me with silent, empty stares.
At times they bring me happiness. At times they terrorize my nights.

I look beyond the shadows and see the fleeting figures in the night.
I pray that dawn will quickly come to help ease my tortured mind.
The darkness passes oh, so slowly, the whispers I still hear.
They are the voices of the past, memories now long dead.
They still quietly creep into the chambers that dwell inside my head.

I pray that dawn will quickly come and bring with it the light
that will once again release me from my fears and demons in the night.


Dreams

Dreams are the subconscious desires that lay
within the heart of a woman or a man.
The man has dreams of one day gazing into the eyes of the woman.
The man has dreams of one day gently holding and caressing the woman
who holds his heart and soul.
The man dreams of the woman he loves.
The dreams of the woman are as yet unknown to the man.
The vision of you fills my dreams.


Night Scenes

I hear the voices in the night, these things that we call dreams.
Listen close, pay attention to these nightly inner scenes,
for if you do you're sure to find a message from your higher being.


Voices

As I stand with trembling hand upon this ancient latch,
I hear the voices from within, calling, calling, "Come look, come see."
The voices come in whispers, never do they shout.
You will hear their silent murmurs if you listen with intent.
They are only here to help you cast away your fears and angers
and release your inner doubts.
Slowly, I push open the door. There's just silence from within.
"Come look, come see, there is nothing here to fear,
for I am you and you are me. Come in, come look, come see."


Twist of Time

He was sitting on a bridge, just below a castle wall,
in shadow, yet in light. The scene I still recall.
I knew him in an instant as well as he knew me,
for through some twist of time, for just a brief moment,
I was allowed to see another time, another place long past.
I was shown, for just a moment, another man, another form
of the man I used to be.


My Mind

What's going on inside my mind, a mind
that doesn't seem to be my own?
It seems to want to travel to memories and
places I wouldn't call my own.
But everywhere it travels I have a sense of going home.
It seems to come and go with a will that's not my own.
I only pray each time it leaves, it remembers to come home.


Another Time

Do I know you?
Have we met somewhere before?
Even though I've never seen you in this time,
I feel we've met somewhere before.
If I let you look into my eyes, and you let me look into yours,
maybe we can find the times and lives that we have shared before.
I know our present forms are different than
the forms of other times we wore,
so let's just look into each other's eyes to find
the times and lives we shared before.
I know I feel this kinship of another place and time,
for both our souls just stop and stare as we both seem to share
a memory from another time, now long past.
Wait! Don't go! Don't stop this soulful gaze.
Alas, you've turned, you've left,
and now the memories of a long-lost past return to a foggy haze.


Just a Glimpse

Just a glimpse is all we were given, a chance to
see what once was and can be again.
A moment when the portals of time opened to
allow us to see a love that once was
and is again.

A love so strong that it has transcended time to
live once more on this earthly plain.
A love so strong and magnetic that after both lives had passed,
it lived on to be reborn anew.

How wonderfully magnificent is a universe
that allows us to see what once was
and is again.

My dearest one, how can we ever feel anything
but love and devotion for each other
if there are forces like this that brought us back together?

In a twinkling of an eye, we were shown two people
in different lives and different times;
one so willing to love, the other so afraid to try.

Alas, here we are again in a different time and, yes, in different lives
yet in circumstances so much the same; one so
willing to love, the other so afraid to try.

My dearest love, allow us this life to share our love and our hearts
throughout all eternity.


Within

Higher Consciousness


We've all been here before, and some of us will
return for more lessons yet unlearned
for reasons we refuse to see or try to comprehend.
Perhaps it's fear of knowing more than we feel we are able to believe,
but if you allow your mind to wander and allow your thoughts to expand
through sudden insights and awareness we will come to understand
that by attaining a higher consciousness,
we can improve the situations for all of mortal man.


Inner Peace

As I saddle up old Sundance, there's a trail I hope to find.
The trail to inner freedom, the trail to peace of mind.
As I saddle up old Sundance and pull the cinch up tight,
I know the trail I'm looking for will bring
me peace and sleep-filled nights.
The trail I will be taking is not one you can really see,
for the trail I will be taking starts and ends inside of me.
The trail I will travel will take me deep inside the man.
I start this sacred quest to find the man I truly am.
The trail I travel over is a vision in my mind.
It takes me through the valleys and mountains
to the inner peace I hope to find.
I know there is a path to healing the spirit and the mind
as I ride along on Sundance and this trail I long to find.
I go in search of understanding, in search of my sacred self,
and once I find this trail to the inner peace I seek,
I'll travel back and try to guide others on their
trails, to find happiness and true relief.


Who I Am

I am a soul in search of love, integrity, and truth.
I am a soul in search of knowledge, wisdom,
and a way to serve others in this life.
I am a soul in search of meaning, a soul just
speaking out in hope of being understood.
I am a soul in search of enlightenment, serenity, and purpose to my life.
I am a soul in search of patience, faith and trust, tolerance and peace.
I am a soul in search of guidance, in trying to find the way
to make this journey a little easier for those
behind me than those who led the way.


Awareness

Awareness is a blessed gift that comes from within yourself.
So when you're filled with questions, with answers you can't find,
go off into the power, the power of your mind.
You will find the answers there; they lie within yourself.
So go and find some solitude, a place to be alone.
Now sit in peaceful quiet, stop the chatter of the conscious self.
It's time to go even deeper inside your sacred self
and dust off all the knowledge that's been stacked there on the shelf.
To your questions you'll find the answers,
so take this inner journey and seek your higher self.


Hope

I sit upon my saddle and watch the cattle graze.
I hear their gentle movements, and my tensions start to fade.
As I sit and watch them moving, from here to there, never in a rush,
I let my mind go wandering to places far away.
I find myself drifting across these grassy slopes
to days when I was younger, my heart still filled with hope.

I watch the days start turning back to times that have long since passed.
I see the child I used to be; it makes me hunger for the past.
I know I can't go back there. The past holds no place for me.
The future is where I'm heading. There's
really nothing in the past for me.

The past is only simple memories of things that used to be.
The future's where I'm heading. Want to ride along with me?


Clarity

Clear the fog, push through the haze, find your clarity.
Open up and look inside, traverse your troubled mind.
Release your fears, release your past, for once you do
you will find the riches of your mind have been waiting there for you.


Lightness

There's a lightness in my heart that I have not felt in years.
It finally came to be by releasing my obsessions and my fears.
The joy of life has finally come through the cleansing power of my tears.
It seems at times it took forever, a multitude of years.

The light of love that now shines for all the world to see
is the beacon that is saying, you need not have any fear of me,
for the power of my love shines forth for everyone to see.

So I hope you all have patience and try to understand
that I no longer have the desire to make my living off the land.
So I hope you all have patience and try to understand
that I am going on a journey to help my fellow man


Shackles

Do you fear to face your future? Are you
fearful of events you can't yet see?
Do you cling to a past that was lonely, full of heartache and pain?
Throw off those binding shackles and step up to a higher plane.
Boldly grasp your future and all that's there for you to gain.


Caged Dove

I held within my hand for years a gentle, fragile dove
who shared with me her purity and showered me with love.
But through my insecurities, jealousies, and
fears, I slowly clipped her wings.
It was not my intention to cage this gentle dove,
but still I built her prison through my lack of
understanding of how to freely love.
Yet through some source of power that was much greater than my own,
I left the cage door open, and my dove flew away from home.
I pray that one day she'll come back as she starts to understand
that her leaving sent me on a journey of my own.
The journey that I started on took me inside this fearful, angry man.
It brought to me knowledge as I came to understand
that before I could freely love another,
first I would have to freely learn to love the inner man.


Life's Highway

While I travel down life's highway, I go searching through my mind.
I'm trying to find a better place, a better space in time.
Old memories try to haunt me with visions from the past.
I know they're just memories, and old memories never last.

As I travel down life's highway, I'm searching for my place,
the place that will bring new purpose and meaning to my life.
I'm searching for the reasons, the reasons why I'm here.
I'm standing at the crossroads, but which path am I to take?

While I travel down life's highway, the
memories I thought I'd left behind
are always in pursuit of me, no rest they'll let me find.
I'm standing at the crossroads, trying to make the proper choice,
the road that will give me liberation and freedom from the past.


Trail of Memories

I ride the trail of memories with an aching in my chest,
a heart that seems so heavy and thoughts that never give me rest.

I ride the trail of memories as tears run down my face.
I'm looking for some place to hide, somewhere to heal my wounds.

I ride the trail of memories with pain I cannot hide,
with a longing that never leaves me, sorrow always at my side.

I ride the trail of memories and cuss my cursed truths,
for the things I should have said and done but
hadn't learned yet in my youth.

I ride the trail of memories, trying to heal my grief,
this place I fear I will never find, somewhere to find relief.

So I will ride the trail of memories until I find my inner peace.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................vii
Acknowledgments....................ix
Soul Scenes....................1
Do You Hear?....................2
The Rose....................3
My Dreams....................4
My Shadowed Mind....................5
Dreams....................6
Night Scenes....................7
Voices....................8
Twist of Time....................9
My Mind....................10
Another Time....................11
Just a Glimpse....................12
Within....................13
Higher Consciousness....................14
Inner Peace....................15
Who I Am....................16
Awareness....................17
Hope....................18
Clarity....................19
Lightness....................20
Shackles....................21
Caged Dove....................22
Life's Highway....................23
Trail of Memories....................24
A Deeper Look....................25
Morning Cries....................26
Look Within....................27
A Lifeless Thing....................28
Grassy Plains....................29
The Battle....................30
In My Eyes....................31
Silence....................32
Prayer of Forgiveness....................33
Heartfelt....................35
The Act of Love....................36
Acceptance....................37
Power of Love....................38
Emotion....................39
The Brightened Path....................40
Unconditional Love....................41
Presence....................42
Meaning to My Life....................43
Vision....................44
As I Watch You Sleep....................45
Awaken....................46
First Touch....................47
Mistaken....................48
A Love Like Mine....................49
Spending Time....................51
Severed....................52
I Know I Said....................53
Golden Bands....................54
Communion....................55
The Key....................56
The World Would Understand....................57
My Special Friend....................58
Silent Stare....................60
The Choice....................61
Three Wishes....................62
Alone in Love....................63
Your Picture....................64
Imprisoned....................65
Lost Moments....................66
Trust....................67
Changes of Your Heart....................68
Reunion....................69
Nameless....................70
You and I....................71
Crossing Over....................73
Death....................74
Don't Cry....................75
Last Ride....................76
Angels and Spirit Guides....................77
Whispers....................78
Lonely Post....................79
The Chamber....................80
Angels....................81
My Thoughts of You....................82
Words to Inspire....................83
Lifetime....................84
Love of Life....................85
Secrets....................86
Time....................87
Perfection....................88
Release....................89
Believe....................90
Limits....................91
I Am....................92
Cosmic Winds....................93
The Man Behind the Wood....................94
Paths That Crossed....................95
Expression of You....................96
Unveiling....................97
Thoughts of You....................98
Reality of the Heart....................99
Never in My Life....................101
Two Hearts....................102
If I Could....................103
You Already Have Me....................104
Awaiting the Call (A Prince in a Fairy Tale)....................105

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