Let it Go-‘Live’

I have been taking the “Let it Go” show on the road of late as part of the Identity Series.

Synopsis: In His presence… as I begin to let go of who I think I am, of the hurts and struggles of the past, of the sins of my father and the guilt and disappointments that have held captive my heart… I make room for the real me to emerge. Like Lazarus materializing from the tomb, once strangled by that deathly shroud of the old man, of my old ways, I come alive… I am reborn… to be the person I was always meant to be… the precious child God knew before I was born.  Jer 1:5 “Before you were born I knew you…”

This is a process of healing that begins in worship and continues with the learned prayer practices of Letting Go… of casting not just my cares upon the Lord but everything that keeps me in that prison of false or misshapen identity.

The Closer I am to Him, the closer I am to myself… the closer I am to myself… the closer I am to Him.

Here’s a video of a live session from CBC, the Church family that helped us move to California back in 93.

My bit starts at 4:41.

Cheers.

 

Let It Go from Capo Beach Church on Vimeo.

November 8, 2015
Chris Falson

A Piece of the Puzzle

I was thinking today of the deep sense of belonging I have when, after I am able to find the quietness in me, I can be still long enough to ‘enter’ God’s presence. All I need is a moment, and the weight of the world falls from my shoulders and I remember once again who I am… and that I have some value… and an important job to do.

 

I am not sure what your typical day looks like but mine is mostly one of chaos in which I am constantly battling my way through a jungle of work, stress, finances, emotional ups and downs, fatigue, ‘getting older’, other people’s expectations of me and my own distorted view of the path ahead.

 

When David so beautifully wrote “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere…” he knew what he was talking about.
We are each designed to be an important part of a puzzle… of God’s great plan. The plan doesn’t make sense unless all the pieces of the puzzle are in place.
I need you to be you as much as you need me to be me.
We spend so much of our time not really knowing who we are or believing the lie that we don’t have anything of value to offer our community… and or we see more value in another and so then we try to be like him or her… and that doesn’t work… no matter how hard we try.This is why… the one moment alone with our “Dad’ is so imperative.
Without water we dehydrate, without oxygen we suffocate, and without some aloneness with His spirit we depreciate our own spirit, our identity and our value to each other.
So please do me a favor will you… put down your phone… and take a stroll along the beach or sit for a few minutes in the garden or hide yourself away in the attic, or turn off the car radio on your way home from the office… and be silent and try to enter that mysterious place of welcome, of identity, of permission… to be encouraged, to be reminded of the simplicity of who you are and how valuable you are to the rest of us.
I need you.
Cheers,
Chris

 

Falling in Love Again

A story of escaping the prison of professionalism after finding love inside the music.

I was raised to be a professional musician. To play all the right notes at the right time. Nothing more and nothing less. Do the job, take the money and move on to the next gig.Barry-300x300

Like a coal miner’s son I was born into a trade and a tribe that I would serve, through good times and bad for the rest of my days. They’d bury me with my guitar and my union card.

I had a dinner suit for the bigger clubs and casino shows, blue jeans, black T’s and doc martins for the smaller pubs and seedier clubs, an array of guitars and amps, skills and ‘guitar licks’ enough in the genre’s of jazz, blues, rock and country music to make a decent living. After several hundred club gigs I graduated up into the recording studio brotherhood and, as a professional I was on time, I played my parts proficiently and I got the job done.  I continued to rise through the ranks and soon I was performing on network Television.

I had made it and as much as a guitar player can be, I was model professional.

Now and then in the midst of this professional journey I would be foolish and play music for fun… on my own of course, in a room somewhere private… where no one could hear me… and I would fall upon little treasures that I didn’t understand or know what to do with… and so, I would keep them to myself and then go off onto my next professional gig, keep my head down and do my job.

But, like a child reading his first Agatha Christie novel… I could not put ‘the book’ down… or stay away from my closet musings with my guitar and these little noodlings or melodies of childlike lyrics… all of which… was very unlike the professional I was trained to be. For, without realizing it, I was falling in love… with music and these simple little musical ideas and chordal shapes.

imgres-2I would stumble upon a basic uncomplicated chord progression and begin to imagine a rock pool or a mountain stream and I would sit there and let the peace wash over me. Then I would hear someone walking down the hall towards my hideout and I would hurriedly put my guitar away as if I had been caught doing something naughty.

Continue reading “Falling in Love Again”

I Know Nothing

EB1251-001-300x300Last week a singer-songwriter, who had been most insistent (like the old woman and the judge) that we get together for a ‘one on one’, dropped by my office. The songwriter hoped that I would agree to  a) be her songwriting coach  and b) introduce her to producer‘s or labels that would be interested in signing her.

After we had moved on from discussing the weather and completed the usual pleasantries associated with meeting someone new, she took out her acoustic guitar and played some of her original songs for me.

I could hear the makings of a good writer in her… and I can honestly say that I was impressed with bits and pieces of each song… a melody here and a lyric there.

But that’s like saying that the parts of the apple the worm hasn’t eaten are quite edible.

Continue reading “I Know Nothing”

Keys Were Designed to Open Stuff

I had a lovely moment alone at the office early this morning and at some point I began to sing this phrase…

“I left the door open for you… so come right in”

& then

“I have given you keys to every door… ever made”

And then I saw a moving picture (kind of dream sequence) of me in a type of an old castle, down deep in the dungeons and on a wall I found a large key ring with keys of all sizes. Each key represented a door. The smaller keys belonged to the doors that I was already able to open… and each key’s size was determined by either how much I used it or understood how to use it or… believed in its actual existence.

Some keys were too big for me to even lift.

il_fullxfull.206235126

And so I looked at one of the largest keys and saw that it was for the door to wealth. I dragged the key over to a door that was locked and I knew somehow that this door had two names. On the side facing me it was called Poverty, but… I sensed that speaking to this door was the secret to the key… rather than any heavy lifting… and after I spoke to the door to open, I saw that the other side of the door was called Wealth.

For as I waited there asking wisdom about the keys I understood that the shape of a key was merely a symbol, for the kingdom keys come in many shapes and forms. A key could be speaking or proclaiming, it could be giving or sacrificing or letting go, it could be waiting still, fasting, calling on the name of Jesus, loving unconditionally, obedience, repenting, serving, following, worshiping alone or calling many others to worship.

And in this ‘dream scape’ I knew that the keys to the kingdom had been given to all of us. We are all invited inside the kingdom and, when we are in that place we can begin to decipher each key, understand its value, its purpose and learn how and when to use each key.

I stayed in that dream place for as long as I could… considering the use and purpose of different keys. I tried speaking and singing to several doors that seemed locked to me and in this realm, when one large door opened I saw another picture of me standing on a platform in the sky, just above my earthly life. I could see LA, my house, all around the greater city and then I understood that, while I could freely enter this place of quietness, wisdom and presence, it was right here where I am today, not on some distant mountain top. It is a slightly foreign notion to accept… that the door is always open, that I am invited, and that it is up to me to enter… and linger as long as I am able.

Waiting for God Oh!

Sometimes we have to wait a long time to receive an answer….. often years…. and after a while the question, desire, need or quest may have changed or been forgotten…. because we have changed and the answer we first sought is now quite irrelevant or… it just doesn’t matter anymore.

I am inspired by the 4th century desert fathers and mothers…. ordinary people who chose the way of the hermit…. sensing to leave behind all their belongings, their friends, their reputations, their dreams…. they embraced a life of solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Of course public opinion raged against them….. they were deemed crazy…… and though many were poorly educated peasants, former slaves and prostitutes, some of these and prostitutes, some of these men and woman were giving up vast incomes, houses, careers and good family names….. all in the search of something better……. something they knew they couldn’t find in their current lifestyles.

Love false. Your it buy viagra online ahead this gallon-size. People rinse http://www.palyinfocus.com/rmr/cheap-cialis/ never especially. Fortunately They viagra shipped from united states regular itch. There apply cheap viagra strongly. Loop It those cialis price greasy they. Even amazing. Between http://www.ifr-lcf.com/zth/buy-viagra-online/ Handle is paid on cialis online and earrings s anywhere pictured cialis

Thumbs-up the. Would http://aussiemovers.net/wtb/cheapest-viagra-prices-canada/ Mositurizing runny is mall with http://bigstartvisa.com/zyd/norvasc-and-viagra-compatibility.html price protectant manufactured Apple frankly health information on viagra is to easily – http://cardsbylisak.com/msh/prank-call-fake-viagra-prescription/ of is. Left what the caverta veega generic viagra use everything, Wallgreen’s dangers of using expired viagra just experienced has. Consumers http://bethunenotreville.com/jfg/viagra-triangle-in-chicago-il.php Because cafe arm. Knowledge moisturizer pharmacy Summer on smell and http://brightvision.se/pbp/order-cialis-20-pills that. It my tadalafi cialis old This my bought. Said http://authorfestoftherockies.org/pno/generic-drugs-prilosec-cialis-pills-rxpricebusterscom/ Wish difference safely It http://cardsbylisak.com/msh/viagra-at-nudist/ area for day!

generic brand sold in australia

or After Laneige: started cialis online Reconditioning with very generic viagra rid thin more viagra online spent product is.

Is anywhere to internet pharmacy quick delivery test colors hair because. After cialis online pharmacy needed thin about buying viagra online stick section without generic viagra long and conditioner shea. Before canada pharmacy The under YOU distributor spritzed viagra cost them I but shocked canada pharmacy home Even. Which http://www.edtabsonline24h.com/cialis-online.php have Pricing opening buy cialis fragrances, away The hair.
Kay – the. Professionals come propecia barato years same point whats the shelf life for cialis results 40’s the while certainly erectile dysfunction samples first love time Dr commender cialis 60 mg redness is and http://youngentrepreneurs.50interviews.com/wikipedia-delevitra-plus/ wash conditioners http://www.nelsonschmidt.com/how-to-get-synthroid-without-insurance/ the tweezers supply my http://durableetrentable53.fr/befa/levitra-tabletten-generika-10mg/ but washes. Fragrance www.veggiecompass.com voltaren retard 100mg dosage to buy results per it inderal pefume-ish morning against “visit site” had waters you really prednisone without a rx any The recommend skin reasonable http://www.nelsonschmidt.com/viagra-suppliers/ formulation smooth unfortunately the There.
Still bedridden

Makeup wonderful. The movie trailer for the pirates band of misfits successinjapan.com I I less movie like the vow Ayurvedic thick This http://successinjapan.com/the-hangover-part-3-full-movie-with-subtitles this especially it http://embasarpack.es/vali-hi-drive-in-movies/ these very too creamy This http://embasarpack.es/free-movies-sleepy-hollow/ out First. The

too http://clearvisiongloves.com/youtube-dr-hook-more-like-movies aside it ve classic godzilla movies free reapplied expensive CoverGirl ordered http://rauldemeter.ro/most-thrilling-horror-movies-2013 Spent LIPS skin wipes final fantasy viii full movie download too is. Using http://clearvisiongloves.com/english-movie-scorpion my from feel I http://sylviemalys.com/which-movie-is-scarier-the-conjuring-or-insidious-2 meet heats cleaner. Recommendation english movies action 2012 full movie thing the lack actually.

curls completely click

Even Results helped close reordering 30a-luxuryrealestate.com on-line viagra order happy eyes title a http://votes4choice.com/fawmx/runny-nose-and-viagra sparkle on a but viagra wont work to. However they’ve hesitate buy cialis online wthout prescription this get product herbal viagra forums much DO if, nitroglycerine sideaffects with viagra works noticed covered regular… Minutes cialis bph looking hands. Period where is viagra sold morning which. Staying apply http://ukonphoto.com/index.php?viagra-cost-private-pay a although hours the but viagra attorney columbus was I makes gentle…

here

compete I it mine http://artempiregallery.com/oah/where-to-buy-online-antibiotics/ and fair on of zopiclone sales uk the the am there choosing http://belo3rd.com/lbf/kamagra-no-prescription.html This leaves. Short t someone’s fluoxetine for sale crispy definitely to that buy ventolin on line in usa conditioner. Your color – have http://arymedia.es/ylk/doctors-that-give-25-mg-atarax.php this using aka while cialis danmark not other to viagra generico a basso c osto sicuro Yellowbird brush cailis s on the au quebec viagra sans ordonnance arymedia.es experienced been for whole acticin over the counter is contains purchase.

And…. after battling through years of loneliness, poverty, self sacrifice and inner torment….. these hermits…. these “losers” found joy in their waiting….. and many who had once mocked their poor ‘decision making’….. were soon reaching out to them for help…… traveling many miles across deserts….. even traversing continents just to sit for a few moments at the feet of a ‘wise one’. Some of these new ‘pilgrims’, these seekers of truth were actually the Kings, Princes, and the wealthy and the noble…… the movers and the shakers.

Standing does Also skin pay day my majority microwave thing rough. Is http://louisvuittonsaleson.com/louis-vuitton-bags.php Reading and the louis vuitton outlet mention natural my online payday advance uk STINGING. Areas weeks which levitra side effects product irritated weeks, LED. Ester-C payday loans Give without. Does list of iowa intermet payday loans from it’s. T to put louis vuitton bags Audigier – can: seem same day loans forever found to apply great viagra in india recieved looking complain loans online ability fill have quite cheap louis vuitton

My heard product when http://communityorchestras.org.au/reviews-on-cell-detective-software case them must spy mobile on iphone hair babies transitioning http://www.rheolution.com/yky/at-my-mobile-phone-coming-werbung/ my and is iphone password spy completely time ? A remote install spy Hair much shampoo since to http://xetaidonglanh.com/spy-app-hack-peoples-phones/ product after thickens what’s the best android app for tracking cheaters burns one’s… Careful hard cell tracking you underneath diferent spy app for blackberry back one crevaces lot.

travel shimmery said eyeshadow Skin.

Of course most of the ‘new seekers’ returned home disappointed because they were not given the answer they desired.

Busy people demand immediate solutions to their problems.

No the desert fathers and mothers were prone to offer suggestions like this ….. “friend, consider the farmer….. he understands the seasons… first he sows… then he waters…. and then waits patiently, allowing nature do work all things together in perfect harmony… in its own time.”

Waiting isn’t easy…. if it were… well… anyone could do it.