"Our greatest power is our perception, our interpretation + understanding of events, moments, feelings, people + places.
The world is a massive metaphor made for loving guidance. All that we experience are but symbols of our Soul's communication. Each blade of of grass bending, each breath of wind whispers to us our Truth --
You are Light. You are Love. And your vibration is immutable."
- Journal 10.12.13 -
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I found this book in a thrift store, mixed in with the well-thumbed Stephen King stories & nondescript romance novels. The ornate design & lack of title on the spine piqued my curiosity, which rose again when I pulled it from the shelf to find an even more intricate cover, but still no title. Taking note of the gilded page edges that matched the golden inlays on the cover, wondering what old tale they contained, I opened the book. It was blank. No text, no lines, no markings other than the spattered pattern of old moisture that had sneaked onto the very first page. Thinking to myself, “Oh, OK, it’s a journal! I could put this to good use,” I flipped to the flower patterned paper lining the inside of the front cover.
That’s when I saw it. The faded inscription, dated “5-79” in the upper right, read:
You once told me you wanted to write a book.
So why put off until tomorrow. Here’s something I hope you’ll use to scratch your thoughts in.
You’re a very special man Kevin, and very gifted.
Use your gift well & you’ll always find happiness.
- K -
I stood there frozen, reading it 3 more times. Those 4 hopeful, hand-scrawled lines - but not another word in the entire book. My heart broke for Kevin. And for K.
Then I realized my heart was really breaking for me – for my own empty pages + unfulfilled promise, for all the half-finished ideas + half-lived moments, for all I watched go by + never really opened myself up to. Without sobbing or moving a muscle, my eyes welled up & spilled their slow warmth down the sides of my face. In that moment I felt the weight of everyone with their work undone, their song unsung, their deepest desires unexplored. I was so deep in that unfulfilled feeling of holding onto a gorgeous gift – never given, never received – that just sits in the closet, still expertly wrapped in its wistful wondering.
Then I smiled. And I laughed. I realized the intention + energy, the potential + promise embodied in this gift can still be fulfilled – by me.
Kevin & K.,
Thank you both for all that was + all you are.
Thank you both for giving + letting go so I may receive.
Thank you both for caring + communicating.
I am writing a book.
I am scratching my thoughts into this journal today instead of putting off until tomorrow.
I am a very special man, and very gifted.
I am using my gift well + finding happiness. ALWAYS.
∞ DJ ∞
Sunday, August 11, 2013
"Write about your life. You are the story."
I've had this epiphany converge on me from several different directions lately. From my own experiences with writing (and later reading what I've written) to the books I've been reading (especially the ones that magically appear) and the people crossing paths with me in life right now, the message is the same; Be the story, tell it from the center of the thing and the gravity of your unique experience & perspective will pull the reader right into the middle of it with you. And that is the way we learn + connect + expand best – by experiencing, by being immersed in a moment, an emotion, in understanding.
Wherever you go, there you are. And that is where the story is.
The interaction between mother & child you saw leaving the store is your story. Your relationships, their interwoven complexities + their common element of you, is your story. The beautiful creature or amazing insect that crossed your path + drew your attention today is your story. The thing you dissolve rapturously into, losing all track of time & the rest of the world, that is your story. The unresolved turmoil tugging at the back of your mind is your story. The fleeting idea you just had, then dismissed as too ______ (fill in the blank), that is your story. The thing in your life you don’t like to remember or admit to is your story. Your ability to finally face it, acknowledge, explore + overcome it – that is your story.
Everything you have ever done, seen, heard & experienced, all that you are + all you are bringing into being – THAT IS YOUR STORY.
You are a unique experience + individual expression of Life. Be your story unfolding. This allows you an intense power. Embody this expression + embrace this experience.
Right where you are, right now, write about where you are, write now.
Let it open up + free you. Let it reveal your wounds + heal you. Let it hold you + release you to all you already are, all that’s been hidden behind the quiet of the empty page.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Joy is like the sun. It never really goes anywhere or disappears. With the rotation of our perspective around it, we may turn away for a time or even fear in that dark night it is gone for good. But there it is, always burning bright in its barely contained ball of massive, explosive energy, radiating light & heat that can still be felt intensely even at great distances.
That joy light is rising in me right now, shining as long & bright as summer solstice sunshine, warming up the whole world & invoking all day play in the world of sensual experience.
|Sunrise - 8.8.13|
And, ever so subtly, I feel the pitch of our planet hurtling through space + the spin of its rotation surging beneath my feet.
This simple moment – being awake, alive + aware that I Am – is experiential ecstasy.
May the rays of joy illuminate your day + your life,
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Embrace the energy that is you. Use it to cultivate + create. Rise within yourself & you will uplift others with your simple act of presence. Say less so you may hear more. Do less so you may be more (but remain aware of when to act). Emanate your purest heart without expectation of response or reaction. Enslave your ego.
“You are awareness itself and not all these thoughts.” – Yogi Bhajan
There is no tomorrow, so all of your life + energy has but today to blossom. The amazing equation is if you will give everything you have, there will always be more to give. To be faithful with the gifts you are given is to open the door to unspeakable fulfillment, peace, joy + light. To be true to your own unique brand of genius is to mainline the miraculous into your life. This is the genesis of every great act.
Our only responsibility in this life is to hear the sound of our heart & heed its call. That’s it. All the mystics, all the secret-sayers across all of time, truly this is all they have to say. Create the time in the quietest part of your day to be still & listen and you will hear. You will have a gentle urging where to go.
But the map is not the road. To understand is not to Know. You have to dig in + do it. Experience is the element that elevates an idea or insight into a full-blown, running-naked-through-the-streets, earth-shattering epiphany.
Everything changes when you Know. But who am I to say this? Why am I even here?
I am here to help + heal + hold, to guide others toward the Truth of their own Knowing. I am uplift personified.I am Daniel interpreting the waking dream of the world. I am shifting consciousness through evocative communication. I am a sacred instrument in tune with earth + the cosmos. I sing the soul strings’ crescendo. I am purpose fulfilled + renewed. And I am cycling into dawn on a new phase of Life.
Happy + new this year,
∞ DJ ∞
I’m still a kid, you see, but I’d almost forgotten. I’d moved away from this playful core of innocence & wonder in a years-long game of make believe that I was something other, something to fulfill the fantasy implanted by the static hiss of frozen culture, something I thought I was supposed to be to impress the idle chit-chat of passing acquaintances.
Then one day while at play the question came to me: Why work your entire life around a passing moment of external acceptance? You must live in the company of yourself always. This unique essence that flows through you is the one to build your life around.
There is untold power in the simple act of expressing who you are on the deepest, purest level & allowing others to not only be illuminated by this but inspired to uncover their own light & let it shine.
But how do you know what you are meant to be? Well, what did you ♥love♥ to do as a kid?
There is something specific that invigorates you and enlivens all of your senses. You know this feeling well. It's when the whole world is simultaneously eclipsed & integrated into your act of being in rapturous harmony with the moment.Things just flow. It is the place where we find the most support & the most solace. When you're there, it's almost too easy to just be. Just being what you are meant to be, wholly & completely given over to the power thriving & pulsing in you, is the supreme devotion and the most sincere worship of your Truth.
But life can be a bit like a church with a playground inside. We’re compelled to be stoic in this hallowed place to the point we nearly forget the swings are there to swing upon, not just sit still. The slide is there to be slid down & climbed again. It’s OK (and in fact intended) to be merry as we go ‘round.
We can rejoice in play. We can find a sacred place to swing & slide & go merrily 'round.
Right now, I’m finding this sacred space to play by finding messages in magazines & old books, hidden amidst the everyday ads & articles, then extracting those puzzle pieces with scissors & blades. This way I can sift through & intuitively organize the message meant to be.
This whole process is symbolic of my life right now. I am picking through the elements of me constructed over a lifetime to find the most meaningful bits so I can focus on & rearrange them into something stunningly poignant & seemingly new. Yet they were there all along.
So I have decided to play and jump and yell. I have decided that kid in me still needs playtime and naps and to be excited by his creations. And I have decided to give that kid what he needs.
You can decide some things, too. What would you decide to do?
We were wild with joy because tomorrow
We would leave the known world behind.
What a wonderful feeling . . .
To be able to decide your own life and destiny
Obeying without limitations your own mysterious call,
And dreams and passions.
- Douchan Gersi
Would you leave the known world behind and perhaps remember when you were once excited by the simplest things?
∞ DJ ∞
There is meaning in all things if we look at them with truly open eyes, when we become aware of how moments within moments & events coincide. It’s no mistake I’ve had an irresistible urge to start cutting up magazines & collaging lately. At the same time I’m picking out the most powerful elements I love in my life and rearranging them to create something unique & beautiful out of what was already there, just waiting to be extracted, interpreted & reframed. If you pay attention, you’ll find your creative life reflects (and can redirect) your inner world. Whether you create by writing, painting, collaging, making music, cooking, organizing, etc., realize your medium and your message are there to speak intimately to you. Listen to what they have to say.
Right now I’m listening & feeling my way into purpose, into receptivity, attraction & understanding. I’m figuring out how my work life, my creative life and all that day-to-day life in between serve my whole life’s purpose (and getting clearer on exactly what that is). I know I can communicate. I know I can help & hold & heal. But how do I synergize these gifts into a passionate patchwork of service? That’s what we’re going to find out here, together. You’ll learn a bit about me, something new about yourself and, most importantly, come closer to being “us” than just you & I.
We’ll look at what we believe and discover how it colors our world. We’ll become aware of where our energy is invested & redirect it as needed. We’ll start asking the right questions instead of fumbling blindly for answers. We’ll stop debating & start deciding. We’ll stop thinking & start acting. We’ll learn to turn our thoughts into feelings & feel them until they’re real. We’ll laugh along the way, we’ll weep with joy & we’ll let go of everything that weighs us down. And when we let go of it all, open palms upturned to receive, what do we find looking back at us but a brand new pair of eyes with which to see the world.
I am grateful you’ve chosen to come along for the ride as I write through the wild. We’ll talk again soon.
∞ DJ ∞