The Importance of Being Important
This book is about a revolutionary idea.
It’s a concept so radical it's been maligned, misunderstood, and misinterpreted until it sounds counterintuitive. But when enough of us accept this fundamental principle we will create a paradigm shift of such proportions that the way we see ourselves and the world around us will forever change.
Are you ready?
You are the most important person in the world.
Not more important, not less important, simply most important.
In other words, you are the centre of the universe—even though you think that sounds mean and selfish. That was my reaction the first time I heard it. I was in a workshop with twenty other people and the teacher said, “You know you’re the most important person in the room and if you don’t you should.” I was shocked. The very notion was outlandish and frankly unacceptable.
Then I posed this question: “What’s so wrong with me being the most important person in the room?” and the door to a whole new way of being opened before me. I discovered that by putting myself firmly in the middle of my life, and accepting that without me here there would be nothing, I was capable of limitless love, generosity, and compassion for all life. I realized I belong here, we each belong here, and we’re all in this together.
Being the most important person in our life is ground zero, the centre, the beginning, of each step we take, each decision we make. You, the one reading this sentence, taking this breath, sitting in this space, the skin and bones of you, you’re the most important person.
This is the story of how I came to face this fact, through my artist journey and spiritual quest and equal shares of good, bad, beautiful, and ugly experiences that ended, and began, inevitably and perfectly in this moment, here, now, the still point of everything.
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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.
That's why I wrote this little guide book, to help you face the real reality .
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.