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upliftment from despair


Like many of us, I sometimes crumble under the weight of the suffering in this world. Sunday was one such day. The heaviness descended suddenly as though my being could not take one more assault in a world gone mad. The feeling was so pervasive it took longer than usual to work through.

The respite I sought was first to be found in the music of Eric Clapton. I listened again and again to “Holy Mother,” sung by Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti and the East London Gospel Choir. Clapton wrote this song during a desperate time in his life during which he begged for help. The help he needed came in the essence of the Divine Mother. I also listened to “My Sweet Lord,” written by George Harrison of the Beatles. His song addresses religious conflict and is an appeal, through the blending of religious traditions, to move beyond the destructive divisiveness that afflicts our world. Through these songs I found my way back to my self and the Holy Presence that underlies and perfuses the entirety of life.

This is a time that calls for strong faith.

This is a time that requires heartfelt connection.

This is a time that begs us to elevate above and beyond the vicissitudes of human life.

May you find solace by listening to these profound songs:

MY SWEET LORD: Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Gary Brooker, Bobby Whitlock, Badfinger group members and others.

HOLY MOTHER: Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir.

Many blessings to each and every one of you during this time of tribulation. Be strong, be loving, be masterful in being and expressing your magnificent light!


Barb Woolley

© December 5, 2023, Barbara J. Woolley, Spiritual Messenger and Mediator. Please feel free to share this post in its entirety with others.

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