Chant from Elizabeth Combs: Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Breathe on me, Breath of God (3x)
Til I am wholly thine (3x)
Til I glow with the fire divine (3x)
This hymn is found in hundreds of hymnals but I learned it at First Baptist Church in Winston Salem NC where I grew up singing it. It reminds me that there is really One Breath and we are all being breathed by that One Divine Breath. We are Embodied Spirit. Sometimes I chant “Breathe IN me, Breath of God.”
Breathe on Me,
Breath of God
Til I am wholly thine
Til every earthly part of me
Glows with the fire divine
The author is Edward Hatch (1878) and the tune is TRENTHAM, and this hymn is in the public domain.
From Elizabeth Combs:
I have been chanting and singing my whole life, and it is the practice that most grounds me in my heart, mind and body. I remember singing Southern Baptist hymns as my first prayer of breath and vibration. I found my way to Wisdom chant through Cynthia’s work with Darlene Franz, after many years chanting Sanskrit mantras in the yogic tradition. I enjoy creating chants — which is more like receiving chants from the atmosphere or the imaginal or wherever it is that chants come from. Some of my inspirations are sacred texts from many traditions, Teilhard’s works, poets ancient and modern, old Baptist hymns and spirituals, as well as direct from Spirit and Earth. I like to play my crystal bowls and shruti box outside in the Trees. At other times, I can be found caring for clients in my energy balancing practice, crafting herbal remedies or hanging out with my son Jack. I endeavor to be at home wherever I am, mainly in Bellingham WA and Winston- Salem NC. Singing every day reminds me that, really and truly, it is all about LOVE.