I claim who I am, the essence of my Self, established in and by Love. My Self shines with the strength, beauty, and power of its essence, Love. As I open to my Self, accept my Self, and Love my Self, the Life of Unity infuses all my activity and transforms my consciousness. Life as my Self renews my Joy and restores my trust in it.
I recently read Derek Sivers’ book Anything You Want. Derek is a musician and one of the stories in the book is about how one of his instructors would have him do a song he wrote with different scenarios: up an octave; down an octave; twice as fast; twice as slow; like Bob Dylan; like Tom Waites…and on and on. By the end, there was never one way to do the song—there were infinite ways to do the song. And all of them were right.
Then, I was talking to a friend who has been teaching me about Lady Gaga’s super musical genius (Really? Yes. Paparazzi was written when she was about 21 years old; she does all her own vocals, and that has 7 part harmony. If that’s not enough, listen to the song Teeth and follow the musical score. She wrote Teeth while touring Eastern Europe and it sounds like Cossacks could come busting through the door any moment. When touring, especially because she develops new material on the road, she often changes the musical arrangements creating seemingly new songs out of established material. They are always different. All ways different.
Finally, I went to the fluentself.com because I like to lurk there, and found a story about trying someone else on for size. Not literally someone else, but a part of you that is not you, but letting that part show you what it’s like, becoming that part of you for a time and learning about yourself.
What do these themes have in common? What is the big reminder that I apparently need from all these sources?
Get out of your rut! Break the cycle! Get over yourself.
This is funny, because I usually don’t have to be reminded so blatantly about this. I mostly do a good job remembering. So I am so very thankful to these friends who have reminded me when I need it.
What would my Self be like up an octave, down an octave, twice as fast, twice as slow, always different or, as someone else?
These are the questions I am going to ponder over the next few days, and allow my imagination and creativity to expand my rut. When a rut expands enough, it becomes a lake…or an ocean.