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The music of our unmarred wholeness

I finally got to see Love and Mercy about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. It really illuminates how his genius was intertwined with a high level of sensitivity; an enlightened perception that became madness when the delicate balance needed to maintain his musical vision was upset by various external factors. What stuck me was how much one person in our lives bringing love and mercy can overcome the bludgeoning effects of cruelty and the ego’s need to dominate joy.

Brian can hear music in his head and is able to translate what he hears to other musicians. This is his way of connecting to his source.

Whatever we call our source, from love to the stream, by opening up our hearts and aligning our being with the music of our unmarred wholeness and sending it out in waves, we can alleviate suffering in the world.

“We think we are separate individuals and so all of our actions are involved in maintaining this separateness. Protecting it, feeding it, clothing it, moving it around and everything we do actually keeps that illusion of separateness going. That’s who I am, I’m me and your you; it’s obvious isn’t it? Yea, they say. On one level it’s obvious but people who know say there’s only one of us. And so if we are not planting seeds that are going to reveal that oneness to us, we are simply perpetuating our own pain because all of suffering comes from being lost in separateness.”- Krishna Das

Krishna Das: Sewing Seeds of Oneness:

May your music, whatever that is for you, not only be heard but plant the seeds that grow into a tree whose roots break up the concrete of separateness.

Open your heart to the whole of love

Celebrate each moment that occurs in which we are able to bring a heightened sense of wholeness to others around us. This is not to aggrandize our ego but to recognize that we are a part of the process.  To face ourselves completely is not to be destroyed but relieved that love is real.

My friend Jordan Anderson, musician, composer, actor, director, writer, has just graduated Lewis and Clark college. He has been gracious enough to share his beautiful short about a theater class where the teacher treated those she worked with, not as students but as whole people. The young lady who narrates, describes how being treated as a whole person made her want to bring all of herself to the table every day.
 Open Your Heart by Jordan Anderson
I found this work especially intriguing as I had just been reading a chapter of Krishnamurti’s Talks with American Students in which he discusses how fragmented we are. We have several images of ourselves and those around us: we are students, we are teachers, we are husbands/wives/family members/musicians/poor/rich etc.
We are trying to conform to someone else’s authority, trying to get our act together, over time.  His suggestion is feel the fullness of being now, by being love.
Not the love spoilt by Hallmark, or the love of our nation, our religion, orientation, our spouse, significant other, family, friends,  work, ego, money, self-image… but love itself. 
He is suggesting that we feel, as Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull would say,
Thick as a Brick“. In this way we are whole and not relating to ourselves or others as symbols based upon our past experiences, but fully alive, right here, right now.
“Love is something always fresh, new, young, innocent.”- Krishnamurti
Enjoy your memorial day, and while we honor the past and those who have brought us here, let’s be willing to be wholly here and enjoy the feast before us.

Drake-ness and broad wholeness of being

I have been thinking of my friend Drake like picking up on a strong radio signal recently so when he called last night I wasn’t surprised but delighted.  Drake has been a living bridge between my wildest bohemian stance and my potential spiritual actualization.  We have always bonded in the present and regardless of time, what we hold is the assurance of each other’s wholeness.
He had just been on a tour into the South with his mother and had seen his family and heritage, including slave shacks.  He was struck by how little time had passed since these things had taken place.  He also reflected that the poverty and despair that linger are a way of looking at the world.  It becomes a mind set to break out of.  When he thought of his own struggle, working too hard, barely getting by, he set himself on his entirety.  “I have matured to the point of being in my full Drake-ness,” he said.  I love this.  This persona is an opportunity in motion! He encouraged me to become so broad that I can embrace the wholeness of my being.  “Let’s really be who we are this year,” he said.
Today, we are going to see our friend Daniel Cainer  who is here from London with an extended run of his Jewish Chronicles at the Soho Playhouse in NYC.  Daniel is a poignant and poetic singing storyteller who relates his history in a way that upholds all of humanity through a Jewish lens.  He has a song about how he played in Germany where there were no Jews.  He was asked to be part of an world arts festival.  He was well received but was struck by how the people he met actively denied and distanced themselves from their grandparents and what they did while he actively embraced who his grandparents were.
There is much to be gleaned from history and if we can stave off the negative mind set, we can liberate ourselves and those around us by upholding our light.
“Let’s really be who we are this year.”
– Drake Powe