Ceremonial Insight.I’m humbled once again!Who knew we’ve subsisted from the beginning?A time where no duality persisted, only one true existence!
I’m connected to all the elements..the fish, animals and plants are all inside me.Transformation and evolution are a constant in my consciousness. I learned to breathe, swim, crawl, walk and fly.Over billions of years, I’ve lived many lifetimes,Always trying to remember the one before and get it right this time!

Ceremonial Insight.

I’m humbled once again!
Who knew we’ve subsisted from the beginning?
A time where no duality persisted, only one true existence!

I’m connected to all the elements..
the fish, animals and plants are all inside me.
Transformation and evolution are a constant in my consciousness. 
I learned to breathe, swim, crawl, walk and fly.
Over billions of years, I’ve lived many lifetimes,
Always trying to remember the one before and get it right this time!

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Fatherhood.

Growing up, I rarely heard of the joys.
Mainly complaints about how much they cry and what you’ll spend on toys.
They left out everything you’ll learn and how your whole mindset’ll change.
A connection with creation!?!
You realize things’ll never be the same.
It’s like looking at a picture with a different frame.
Yes.. at times it does get challenging and I want to run for the door,
But I understand things I couldn’t comprehend before.
My place in this universe started to make much more sense!
Providing for a child hasn’t been easy.
It’s not always sunny and breezy,
Somedays it’ll rain on our parade.
The journey can be painful,
but I really cant complain ‘cause I’m so thankful!
Becoming a “man” is a tough job.
There’s no pretending.
Raising a child is something sacred,
the greatest gift that has ever existed!
It’s a shame so many “men”end up missing it!

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They are Singing Your Song

(From a story told by Alan Cohen in his book: Wisdom of the Heart)

“When a woman in a certain African tribe knows
she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness
with a few friends and together they pray and
meditate until they hear the song of the child.
They recognize that every soul has its own vibration
that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When
the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud.
Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone
else.

When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child’s song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child’s song. When the child passes through the initiation to adulthood, the people again come
together and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song.

Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the person’s bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life.

To the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community
form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.

The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.

A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.

You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn’t. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well.

You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you’ll find your way home.”

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It’s official, in July I will be traveling to the Amazon Rainforest in Peru for a 10-day journey to cleanse my mind & body and reconnect with the source of it all!! I’m excited and anxious at the same time, as I know it will be a life-changing trip! I’m looking forward to exploring my inner world but a little nervous to face what will be revealed..

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Music and the Soul.

One of my intentions entering this new year was to step into my power and nurture my musical side.  I’ve always had a love and passion for music. As a child, I would make up songs and dance for the adults at family parties.  As a teenager, I would DJ and make hip-hop beats.  Along the way something stunted my musical growth, mainly because my priorities were elsewhere but I also think it was an ego thing. Music, as with anything you create, leaves you vulnerable.  Your not sure if people will like what you’ve created or if it’ll make sense to them.  As a teenager, when I would make beats I rarely shared them with anybody because I did not want to expose myself to opportunities where I could be criticized or praised. So I would just make them for myself.  However I did notice that creating music always left me feeling fulfilled, even if no one else heard it. I never took any music lessons or studied music theory but I always could feel music in my body. When I was in my late twenties, I was in a ceremony where I had a vision that I was the drumkeeper of a village and played all night while the people danced and raised energy around a fire.  Ever since that ceremony, I have been driven to get back into the music thing because I knew it was a part of my existence.  Fast forward to the beginning of this year, after I put my intention into the universe I was talking with a friend, who has a band, and he invites me to play my drum at an upcoming show.  I played that weekend and it went really well. Since then, I have joined the band as their percussionist and have played several shows throughout New York City with them. We seem to become more synergistic with each show.  When I play, my body is physically on the stage but my mind travels and I see things from the past, future, other dimensions, etc….almost as if I get lost in the universe. It’s really wild, some would even think I’m crazy! But the feelings that I get when I get to play music are indescribable and therapeutic at the same time. Time doesn’t exist, egos don’t exist….we each play a part of something that’s creating a whole and it feels so right!  Music has found it’s way back to being a significant part of my life and I love it.

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"If you can be in harmony with a woman, if you can be in harmony with a friend, with a man, if you can be in harmony with your child or with your mother, why can’t you be in harmony with all human beings?"

The Education Epidemic! This poem points to some reasons why the “American Dream” is becoming a nightmare…..we need to stop teaching our kids to recite and regurgitate information and start teaching them to think critically!

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Sometimes there’s no need for lyrics…..music says it all!

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Inspiration for all fathers, sons, uncles, brothers, etc.. This is what striving to be a “man” is all about!