How can you function in life without a skin?
The short answer is, and we all know this, you can’t. Unless you lived in a bubble you’d be instantly invaded by all sorts of life forms that, through no ill intent, would quickly render your body uninhabitable by your spirit. And if you didn’t have a healthy spiritual immune system, you’d be overrun with the agendas, emotions, feelings, whims of others. You wouldn’t know who you were or what you wanted or thought. You would have to work much harder manifest the wonderful brilliant uniqueness that you came here to share.
Sadly, I think that this is how many of us live. And I’m not just talking about this in an esoteric woo-woo way. To me, the current “Occupy” movements spreading around the globe are a fantastic example of people waking up to the fact that they’ve given their power away, referring to those “in power” as being someone other than themselves.
By definition, this is going to look different for everyone. Some of us have known since we were children what we came here to do and be; others may not know on their deathbed. Regardless, I believe that our gifts are a natural extension of who we are, and that it is a very real human need to develop fluency in expressing this light within, in the way that only we can.
For me as a musician, I notice that when I’m not allowing my music out, it makes me sick and ties up my energy. Instead of being a frivolous waste of time, exercising my creativity gives me more vitality and makes me more joyous, focused and effective. When I’m feeling sapped by interactions with others, it is especially powerful: instead of participating in an unconscious unhealthy exchange where I’m drained and can’t replenish, when I practice or perform, I’m popped into a completely different paradigm, tapped into my infinite supply, flowing and joyful. This doesn’t change the other person, but it completely changes my relationship with them.
I have a hunch that this is true for everyone. This especially comes up after a performance, and often someone will come up to me with tears in their eyes, saying something about how much my music touched them. If there is space and time, I like to ask if they like to sing too, and often they’ll come alive with telling me what they really love to do, whether it is sing or write songs, or paint, or write, or cook or . . . the depth of passion it stirs tells me that there is a deep need to be intimately involved, on a daily basis, with our creativity. I’m convinced that the natural function of the human being is to create — which I believe is what is meant by being created in the image and likeness of our Creator. I wonder how many big pharmaceutical corporations would go under if more people would start giving time and importance to their unique creative expression. No time to be sick — I’ve got a rich life to live!
Meditation: Opening to the gifts of life in each moment.
There are so many ways to meditate, and many other experts who can tell you a lot more about meditation than I can. The important thing that I have noticed, which is what I want to share with you, is that when I give time to open my awareness, surrendering my mental agendas and survival motives: to drop into a timeless space, even for a moment: I have noticed that when I do this, even when it’s hard (maybe especially when it is hard), there is a profound shift in my perspective. My cup is filled. I have more resilience. I am more resourceful. I have more inner space. I get the insights and inspiration I need for my next steps. I definitely have more of a coherent ‘container’ for my life’s garden. If you have not tried meditation, I urge you to. If you’ve tried it but have gotten discouraged, I understand: paradoxically, sitting there and doing nothing can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. But the results speak for themselves, which you’ll hear from those who have been meditating for a long time.