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“You are Spirit” was developed unexpectedly as an experiment with my musical DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Was attempting to come up with an EDM style that kept repeating. After I laid down some initial ideas, I started conversing with a singer about my goal to put out some minimalistic songs with very few words.
She then proceeded to tell me how the Sanskrit language is capable of saying a whole lot with very few words. I’d already written a song like that called, “It is What it is”, and the lyrics are nearly all just that phrase.
However, I thought “You are Spirit” would end up minimalistic too. The exact opposite happened: It became a complete philosophical statement to help convince the listener of a very specific conclusion.
Musical Work Theme Context
I’m very excited to get this song’s public version finalized.
My Story (available on this site) dives in great detail about my upbringing in Evangelical Christianity and evolving into association with the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement.
In short, at 14 years old, I embraced a focus on being a spiritual being having a physical experience.
Even throughout high school as I was weening myself away from strict paradigms I maintained the strong belief that we are all spirit, soul, and body.
Even the famous Apostle Paul wanted his Roman readers to stop focusing on their physical body identities and instead meditate on their spirits.
Romans 8:6 says, “The mind set on the flesh is death; the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.”
But “You are Spirit” challenges all rigid Christianity based perspectives.
As matter of fact, it is rooted from an exact passage extracted from a book called, “The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ.”
After you read the lyrics, you can explore my quote from that book in the “Musical Work Inspiration” section.
Musical Work Lyrics
| You are Spirit |
© 2021 Words and Music by Ryan David Dwyer
Even before time began
You were not forsaken
Even before time began
You were not forgotten
Musical Work Inspiration
There is a book called “The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ”, which is written by Levi Dowling. He claimed that The Holy Spirit being the “knower of all things”, contains within Herself the record of every thought, word, and deed across all past, present, and future time. It makes perfect sense…if The Holy Spirit is God, then as “the guide into all truth”, it would be expected one could develop a relationship to such a degree that all secrets of existence are opened up to them. It is a humbling idea to entertain the notion that everything we think, say, and do are being recorded. Except, T.A.G.J.C. brings a hopeful perspective to this:
The Human Spirit has always existed as one of the manifestations of God.
This means that all mistakes or failures which we do while in a physical body do not represent the whole story of who we are. As matter of fact, every life we live in the flesh is just a spec of dust in the halls of time. Everything we think, say, and do is recorded (including all the good).
Here is a full quote from the preface section of Levi Dowling’s book regarding the Human Spirit:
“What is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that thou visiteth him?” This was the earnest question of David, the Hebrew Psalmist, and the 8th Psalm is given wholly to the contemplation of man, the crowning work of manifest creation. Among the many great lessons that Levi has been permitted to gather from the Akashic Records, or the Universal Mind, we find one on Man in which his descent into physical matter and his final ascent into an eternal oneness with God is so graphically described that it certainly merits a place in this Introduction, and we give it in full:
“Time never was when man was not.
“If life of man at any time began a time would come when it would end.
“The thoughts of God cannot be circumscribed. No finite mind can comprehend things infinite.
“All finite things are subject unto change. All finite things will cease to be, because there was a time when they were not.
“The bodies and the soul of men are finite things, and they will change, yea, from the finite point of view the time will come when they will be no more.
“But man himself is not the body, nor the soul; he is a spirit and is part of God.
“Creative Fiat gave to man, to spirit man, a soul that he might function on the plane of soul; gave him a body of the flesh, that he might function on the plane of things made manifest.
“Why did creative Fiat give to spirit man a soul that he might function on the plane of soul?
“Why did creative Fiat give to soul a body of the flesh that it might function on the plane of things that are made manifest?
“Hear, now, ye worlds, dominions, powers and thrones!
“Hear, now, ye cherubim, ye seraphim, ye angels and ye men!
“Hear, now, O protoplast, and earth, and plant and beast!
“Hear, now, ye creeping things of earth, ye fish that swim, ye birds that fly!
“Hear, now, ye winds that blow, ye thunders and ye lightnings of the sky!
“Hear, now, ye spirits of the fire, of water, earth and air!
“Hear, now, O everything that is, or was, or evermore will be, for Wisdom speaks from out the highest plane of spirit life:
“Man is a thought of God; all thoughts of God are infinite; they are not measured up by time, for things that are concerned with time begin and end.
“The thoughts of God are from the everlasting of the past unto the never ending days to come—And so is man, the Spirit-man.
“But man, like every other thought of God, was but a seed, a seed that held within itself the potencies of God, just as the seed of any plant of earth holds deep within itself the attributes of every part of that especial plant.
“So spirit-man, as seed of God, held deep within himself the attributes of every part of God.
“Now, seeds are perfect, yea, as perfect as the source from which they come; but they are not unfolded into life made manifest.
“The child in utero is perfect as the mother is.
“So man, the seed, must be deep planted in a soil that he might grow, unfold, as does the bud unfold to show the flower.
“The human seed that came forth from the heart of God was full ordained to be the lord of plane of soul, and of the plane of things made manifest.
“So God, the husbandman of every thing that is, threw forth this human seed into the soil of soul; it grew apace, and man became a living soul; and he became the lord of all the kingdom of the soul.
“Hark, now, let every creature hear, The plane of soul is but the ether of the spirit plane vibrating not so fast, and in the slower rhythm of this plane the essences of life are manifest; the perfumes and the odors, the true sensations and the all of love are manifest.
“And these soul attributes become a body beautiful.
“A multitude of lessons man must learn upon the plane of soul; and here he tarries many ages until his lessons are all learned.
“Upon the boundary of the plane of soul the ether began to vibrate slower still, and then the essences took on a garb; the perfumes and the odors and the true sensations and the all of love were clothed in flesh; and man was clothed in flesh.
“Perfected man must pass through all the ways of life, and so a carnal nature was full manifest, a nature that sprang forth from fleshly things.
“Without a foe a soldier never knows his strength, and thought must be developed by the exercise of strength.
“And so this carnal nature soon became a foe that man must fight, that he might be the strength of God made manifest.
“Let every living thing stand still and hear!
“Man is the lord of all the plane of manifests; of protoplast, of mineral, of plant, of beast; but he has given up his birthright, just to gratify his lower self, his carnal self.
“But man will full regain his lost estate, his heritage; but he must do it in a conflict that cannot be told in words.
“Yea, he must suffer trials and temptations manifold; but let him know that cherubim and seraphim that rule the stations of the sun, and spirits of the mighty God who rule the solar stars are his protectors and his guides, and they will lead to victory.
“Man will be fully saved, redeemed, perfected by the things he suffers on the plane of flesh, and on the plane of soul.
“When man has conquered carnal things his garb of flesh will then have served its purpose well and it will fall, will be no more.
“Then he will stand untrammeled on the plane of soul where he must full complete his victories.”
“Unnumbered foes will stand before the man upon the plane of soul; there he must overcome, yea, overcome them every one.
“Thus hope will ever be his beacon light; there is no failure for the human soul, for God is leading on and victory is sure.
“Man cannot die; the spirit man is one with God, and while God lives man cannot die.
“When man has conquered every foe upon the plane of soul the seed will have full opened out, will have unfolded in the Holy Breath.
“The garb of soul will then have served its purpose well, and man will need it never more, and it will pass and be no more.
“And man will then attain unto the blessedness of perfectness and be at one with God.”
At the age of 14 I was officially going to a Southern Baptist church which has a very specific disdain toward Pentecostalism (speaking in tongues, etc.).
However, through independent study reading Apostle Paul’s teachings about the phenomenon he said, “When I speak in tongues my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.”
And I came to that conclusion…telling myself, “I have a spirit and Paul had a spirit, therefore, I CAN speak in tongues.”
And that’s what I did…
Spoke advanced words I KNEW my brain did not invent.
Later in life, when I abandoned all religious ties (both physically and mentally) these words became more advanced, thus confirming when one surrenders themselves to the Spiritual Identity, unlimited possibilities begin to manifest.
The whole idea of “receiving” and/or being “filled” with the Holy Spirit is a concept that since The Holy Spirit guides into all truth, then one is accepting their Spiritual Identity (the truth of being Spirit).
This also means letting go of “sacred cows”, ideas one are sure are true about all of reality, including religious books.
The Christian religious book, Hebrews, states concerning Spirit, Soul, and Body:
“The word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword, able to distinguish between Spirit, Soul, and Body.” [Paraphrased]
The Book of Jude also states,
“May your spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless before the coming of the Lord.” [Paraphrased]
There is a VERY clear consistent teaching in the Christian writings that Body, Soul, and Spirit are NOT the same concepts.
Iesous told a woman getting water at a well, “The true worshippers shall not worship on this mountain or in Jerusalem, but in Spirit AND Truth.” [Paraphrased]
One must ask themselves a question, “Is it true that I am Spirit?”
If so, then worshiping in Truth only occurs when you worship in the Consciousness of yourself as Spirit.
This is a stark contrast from what most religions attempt to have us do.
Religions have a tendency to get their converts to believe in themselves as mere “sinners”, disgusting beings in the sight of “God”.
They try to get followers to do prayers, songs, and “worship” in order to please their creator.
Always trying to do more and more to gain the approval of their Lord.
However, Iesous made it very clear that True Worshipers don’t “go” anywhere to worship.
Actually, what is indicated is that True Worshipers simply worship as a State of Being.
It is a natural outflow of the Consciousness of Being Spirit.
Thus, the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement is in a constant war between their reality of letting their Spiritual Being flow and manifest, and the actual false teachings that directly contradict the very same Spiritual Identity they know to be true through first-hand experience.
Even the most knowledgeable of Scripture will completely miss out on these foundational truths.
For example, Nicodemus (one of the most advanced teachers of the Hebrews) was provided a revelation by Iesous:
“Flesh gives birth to flesh and spirit gives birth to spirit.”
Iesous made it very clear that the concept of being Born of the Spirit is about Identity, NOT an issue of a heaven or hell you might go to when you die.
Humans, gives birth to humans, dogs give birth to dogs, fish give birth to fish…
What then would God give birth to?
Even more so…
The Child in the womb exists before it is born.
And when deeply contemplating Spiritual Birth, one has to accept a pre-existence as Spirit.
(Accepting that in one’s life by concept and experience is the ultimate liberation.)
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