ABOUT THIS SONG
Attributed to Nelson Mandela in his Inaugural Address, this idea that we are Born to Manifest the Glory, is actually penned by author, Marianne Williamson, Here it is...
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.Your playing small does not serve the world.There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others. —Marianne Williamson
My song was inspired by it. I fed it the dynamic that I and many others go through in waking up to the Truth of Our Being, the remembering followed by the doubting. Realizing a new thought that stirs us deeply only to have a knee jerk pull to return to the same old behavior patterns. It is a roller coaster for awhile indeed.
The most powerful place in the song is the bridge towards the end where it lifts in a key change to challenge us to finally show up in the I AM frequency that we are. I love singing this song. It is moody and pierces the resistance of anyone who hears it, steering them directly into the personal place that remembers who they are...even if only for the duration of the song.
And, yes, it was written for a Sunday talk that was aligned with Marianne's speech. I met her earlier, pitching a song to support the Healing of America book she was pushing. I gave her the lyrics and a recording of the song in hopes that she would see the vision and invite me to accompany her. She left the recording and the lyrics in the back of the limo. Disappointing, yes...but several years later I still used her words, with honor, to create Born to Manifest the Glory...I am Divine, sometimes I show it, God I Am, sometimes I know it...
SONG LYRICS: BORN TO MANIFEST THE GLORY
I Am Divine sometimes I show it
God I Am sometimes I know it
Glowing up in me the Light
Reveal myself to me Light
My one true destiny this Light
I have my moments of challenge I have my despair
I shout hallelujah I scream “Oh God that’s not fair”
I get crucified I hang long on my cross
Long enough to see the Light in the core of the loss
Out across the plain I see the whole of I Am
Yes, there are cracks and crevasses but there’s lots of I Can’s
Born to manifest the glory
I lay me out a table I invite my past
Cover me with oil, Lord, annoint me fast
My cup it runneth full with Light
My sacred Holy Tool this Light
Universal Glue this Light
But my knees get weak I fall just like a rock
And the fear comes dancin’ she laughs and he mocks
But hey, I Am Holy I’m pure I’m Divine
I take fear by the hand we embrace this time
Inside the torrent there’s an island so warm
There’s love I can count on in each breath I’m reborn
Born to manifest the Glory
Do not live a small small life
Shrinking will not feed this life
Your essence cannot be denied
Raise your hands and whoop it up just ride
The Spirit cleanses all releases the mind
The limitations oscillate and fade away with time
I gaze into the darkness it reveals a brilliant light
I smile at my reflection he laughs back in delight
As the wind swept mem’ries lean hungry toward the sun
The angels look down say “our work is almost done”
Born to manifest the glory, glory, glory
Are you yet who you wanna be Do you stand upon that cloud?
Do you stand up tall No matter what comes rainin’ down?
Do your eyes see eternity in the corners of each face?
Can you feel the everything though you touch just a tiny trace yeah
When the day stops movin does your heart still spin and whirl?
Does the thought of Wholeness make you rush into the world?
Can you see yourself with love Can you accept the Grace?
Can you be brilliant though you’re feeling out of place?
Can you trust a God who would give you Every chance and endless ways
Can you trust a God who would give you Endless love and endless faith
To become to become to become the Glory
I Am Divine sometimes I show it
God I Am, sometimes I know it
© March 29, 1996. Music for Every Soul. All Rights Reserved.
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