Originally, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was a show tune by Rodgers and Hammerstein from their 1945 musical “Carousel”.
It has been recorded by scores of artists. Roy Hamilton, Frank Sinatra, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge, and Doris Day all had hits with it.
For over forty years, Jerry Lewis used to perform it at the end of his MDA Telethon.
More recently, it has been covered by the Dropkick Murphys, Celtic Woman, Josh Groban, Trisha Yearwood, and the Spice Girls’ Mel C (Sporty Spice).
It’s a song of hope. It’s a message of faith. And, in my own personal experience, it’s a reminder that, no matter what happens, your guides are with you.
Spirit Guides have been very important to me ever since I found and began to travel along my spiritual path. I find the fact that a spiritual team is with me to be so comforting, even if I only know or feel the presence of one member of that team.
I tried to explain Spirit Guides to my mother recently, telling her that, wherever I go and whatever I do, I’m never really alone. She said that I must find that comforting. And she’s right, I do. And that led me to want to help others find that, as well.
We all have our own team of guides. And there are lots of different philosophies about who they are (and who they are not), and what their purpose is.
I believe they are people in spirit, who we may or may not know (or know of). They are with us to give us guidance and support. And they are still with us and still love us, even when we don’t take their guidance.
They do not live our lives for us. They don’t make decisions for us and they don’t give us winning lottery numbers. They are also not Santa Claus.
But connecting with them can give you the love and compassion to get through difficult times. If you’re willing to allow it, of course.
Some believe you have a specific number of guides, who all have specific purposes. And it’s up to you to figure out who they are and what their purpose is.
I don’t believe that.
As with so much that falls under the heading of Metaphysics, I think your intention is of the utmost importance. That said, I was told who my primary guide was by a psychic medium. I did buy a pendulum and figure out how to connect with my guide that way, and was able to proceed to get to know him better and grow that relationship.
My relationship with my primary guide, and my other guides, gives me strength when I don’t always feel that I have any more. And the love and compassion they have given and shown to me is bigger than any emotion I could imagine.
And that is all something I want to share.
I’ve teamed up with Psychic Medium and Author Toni DeMaio for a Spirit Guide Workshop, as well as individual and private Spirit Guide consultations.
The workshop will be a small group, and it will take place on our Blog Talk Radio channel. If you are unable to attend this first one, I am pretty sure there will be others. This is something I feel very strongly about, and I would like to offer this up to anyone and everyone that is interested.
In this workshop, Toni and I will explain more about Spirit Guides, including our own experiences with them. We will go through the group one-by-one to give you messages from whichever of your guides step forward, and we will let you know whatever they would like you to know about them. And we will give you tools so that you can begin to connect on your own.
Also, for any that sign up for this workshop that are musically-minded, I will also let you know who in spirit is willing to work with you. This is not necessarily someone who is or will be a guide. I will let you know who they are, and give you suggestions on how to connect. It will be up to you to follow up and grow that relationship.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am not handing out guides, or assigning dead rock stars to be on your team. I will only be letting you know who has come forward that is willing to work with you. What happens after that is up to you.
All those who sign up for this workshop by June 11 will also receive a free pendulum (which I will ship to you so that it hopefully arrives in time for this workshop). I will clear all the pendulums before I send them, but since it will pass through many hands on its way to you, it will be a good idea for you to clear it again, and I’ll include instructions for you on how to do that.
Sound good? If you’d like to be a part of this workshop, you can sign up for it with the Paypal link here:
Spirit Guide Workshop
For a very long time, I felt that I knew what good music was. And, just as important, I know what good music wasn’t.
In my teens and early 20’s, I liked singers and bands that most people hadn’t heard of, yet. Once those artists became popular, I moved on to someone new. I had disdain for almost everything on Top Forty radio. This includes songs I hadn’t heard, and artists I hadn’t heard of.
That softened somewhat with age, and even more so as I found my metaphysical and spiritual path. As recent as five years ago, I had an instant reflex where I’d change the radio station in the car the moment I heard the opening notes of a song I didn’t like.
For the most part, I don’t do that anymore. But there has been one hold out.
I have nothing personal against the current or former members of this band. I never met any of them. And I don’t even eschew them their success.
But their music is connected to a person and situation in my past. While I won’t go into details about what happened (or who was involved), that bad experience has been connected, for me, to this band for decades.
It’s finally time for me to let this go.
I wanted to share this because you might have something similar in your life. It’s probably not a decades-long grudge against a band you never met. But maybe you have connected things, places or even people to something that they don’t really have anything to do with.
This may sound silly, but shortly after I got out of a long-term relationship, I visited a restaurant that had been significant to that relationship. It was a small, regional chain that I’d been to before, but it had taken on new meaning during the course of that relationship. And afterwards, I had trouble separating the two.
So I went there, by myself, almost once a week. And slowly, it lost the connotation I had given it.
A relatively simple solution that simply took time. And money.
I could do something similar with Journey, but I don’t think that’s the answer. In fact, I don’t think what I did with that restaurant was really the answer, either.
The answer is forgiveness.
I have forgiven the person I was in that long-term relationship with, but that restaurant chain has no locations where I now live, so I have no idea if that would have made a difference. Especially since my continued immersion in it at the time seemed to do the trick, anyway.
This other situation has had a lot longer to fester. And I don’t think locking myself in a room and listening to Journey for hours would change anything.
You know what did change things? When I forgave them.
It was a long time ago. We don’t even know each other anymore. We’ve all moved on, and have our own (reasonably) grown-up lives now. Carrying a grudge seems pointless. And letting it continue to have any power over me seems more than counter-productive. It’s dumb.
Forgiving doesn’t mean deciding someone’s bad behavior is acceptable. But it does mean not carrying around the weight of anger, disappointment and hurt feelings.
So how does this song fit into all this?
“Lights” was a minor hit for Journey in the summer of 1978. It was the third single from the band’s first album with singer Steve Perry. None of those singles cracked the top forty. “Lights” had become more popular over the years, and is now a staple on classic rock and oldies stations.
The song is about visiting, or returning to, San Francisco.
And the sun shines on the bay
I want to be there in my City
Well my friend I'm lonely too
I want to get back to my City by the bay
Songs often serve as an audio yearbook, freezing in time certain people, places, things and events. Dick Clark called it the soundtrack of our lives, and I think that’s wonderfully appropriate.
But when it’s connected to something that doesn’t make you happy, that doesn’t bring back good memories, it’s time to take a look and see how forgiveness can help you let it go.
Here’s Journey’s original video for this song, filmed just a couple years before MTV…
Ken Kessler has always been interested in psychic phenomena, and like Mulder on the X-Files, wants to believe. But like most, he tends to look for, and accept, rational explanations. (More)