The Importance of Being Important
Everything I needed to learn, all the messages of healing and happiness, were in my songs, but I wasn't able to hear them.
Until a few short years ago I believed I was a failure, that my life didn't matter and no amount of success I achieved had anything to do with me.
Then I heard a meditation teacher say, "Remember, you're the most important person in the room", and I was spun into an emotional crisis. The very notion seemed wrong, mean, and counter to everything I believed. The idea was heretical, selfish, but at the same time it sounded revolutionary, like the answer to a question I hadn't known to ask.
“What’s so wrong with being the most important person in the room anyways?”I wondered, and that was when the door to a whole new way of being opened and pointed me to here, this one infinite and perfect moment, and now, at the still point of everything.
Knowing we are the most important person in our life is ground zero, the beginning of each step we take, each decision we make. You, the one reading this sentence, taking this breath, sitting in your body, the skin and bones of you, I want you to know, you’re the most important person.
Not more important, not less important, simply most important.
This memoir is about my artist's journey along a path to spiritual and creative recovery, but moreover, it's about what I've learned over the past six years from the time I went into my office and closed the door and wrote the first draft of this book. It's about how I shifted my thinking and feeling and dropped into my body, and how I took full responsibility for all my choices, including those with heartbreaking consequences.
Even now, as I move towards publishing and releasing the 12 songs I recorded to accompany each chapter, I continue to understand how imperative it is that each of us know our one life matters. It's the key to personal happiness of course, but equally, living our own best life is what brings us into connection with everything around us. It's at our perfect and balanced centre that we're able to feel infinite compassion and belonging and know we're all in this together.
Book TBA, Songs for the Book Release Spring 2023.
Mining for Gold Lyric Writing:
Tap Into Your Source of Creativity and Write Great Lyrics
If you want to develop a good working relationship with your imagination, find your lyrics and write a song that you can share with the world, this is the book for you.
In each of us is a story to share, if only we will listen. Part of my mission is to show you that you have a song, or maybe dozens, and poems and stories, just waiting to be born.
I believe that when we use our creative muscles we are on a journey back to our innate joy. Our attention moves into the centre of our consciousness and we find ourselves in the place where our personal myths and symbols are formed. Here is the world of imago, here where our individual experience is made visible through our awareness, where knowing is centred in our feelings, where we live simultaneously in spirit and matter, and where we are led by intuition and personal wisdom.
The deep, sometimes hidden and often unconscious material is the content we need for our writing to be meaningful in the outer world. We collect it, carry it out, spread it onto the page and shape it into a form to share.
The core of my teaching is based on the principle of writing from the inside-out. I’ve broken this process into six steps, each stage flowing into the next, and the result is lyrics that are both authentic and emotional, and will resonate for you and everyone who hears it.
The process is a kind of circling, in and out, and the more often you move through it, the sooner you'll make the journey your own. It will become like breathing , simple, natural, and life giving.
Rule number one in Mining for Gold Lyric Writing is—There are no rules! In your imagination, everything is possible. Every step you take is your choice, and your desire to write a song is real and it matters. And as you take one step and then the next, and then the next, may each one be your favourite.
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A Guide to Your Creative Genius
We are, every one of us, creative. Our nature as humans is to create.
We are creating our reality in every moment, and in order to do that we don't need to be a superhuman internationally celebrated icon who offers world shaking visions.
We could devote every moment of every day to our inspiration, like, say, William Blake for example, who was an exceptionally inventive person, most would agree, and made his living as a printmaker while leaving us with some of the greatest poems of the English language. We could be like Blake, if we choose. Or we could choose to not do anything at all.
Sadly, most of us have been convinced that the choice is not ours to make..
Cultural programming is the big reason many people don't show up for their creative passion. Many of us were told as children that our imagination is fantasy and fluff and when we grow up we’ll need to get real. Many of us had a teacher or someone we respect declare that we couldn’t sing, dance, draw, ________ (fill in the blank)…and we believed them.
We began to ignore our little artist voice and eventually, finally silence her. Not being good enough was the story we came to live by and we stopped trying. We lost our connection to our personal muse.
Believe it or not, you are a creative genius. You're creating all the time. In this book you'll find a synopsis of what I've learned from more than four decades of teaching people how to show up for their creativity. Whether you've always secretly wanted to sing, draw, dance, write or start a new business, you'll learn how to walk through your fears around self-expression, to connect your body, mind and heart, and discover personal joy and fulfilment and the potential of creativity to transform your life.