for some reason,
i am so drawn to the hope of the music of the sixties
i remember being a teenager then having lost my parents
and looking for answers i could not find
not in the promise of business
or the lure of psychology
i found momentary peace in the company of the long hairs
those people called “hippies”.
my home was the road
it took me from where i was
to a new place i did not know
hitchhiking around the world
trying to catch the wind
i remember sitting on street corners with a big pad of paper
and charcoal pencils
drawing the people and places around me
i was definitely not a good artist
and yet in just about every place that i visited,
people would come out and sit with me
bringing wine and cheese and bread and olives and whiskey
and something to smoke
and we would sit together
strangers, often not able to speak
a word of the other’s language
and laugh together and smile and hug and love each other.
we live in a beautiful world
where people are so kind and generous and loving
where people are good
and every country treated me with kindness and fed me
and i would sometimes put a tablecloth on the street
and put whatever little offering i had
on the tablecloth for people to take.
i would put food, and drink and money on the table cloth
and others would come and do the same
and as evening came
we would all gather what was on the table cloth
and someone would invite us to their home
and we would drink and smoke and cook and eat together.
my heart is so happy when i remember these times
and the innocence of those moments
and i stare now into the world
and my heart grows sad.
those days seem harder to find
until . . .
we leave our televisions
and go back to the streets
moving from town to town
chasing the wind
and when we sit face to face
with no expectation of each other
no desire to fix each other
or prove the other wrong
when we just sit together
and laugh and drink together; when we smoke something
and eat together
and just enjoy each other in the moment
the world is a beautiful place
the people are beautiful people
the love is so real.
it is so simple, when:
love replace fear
kindness replaces hatred
finding unity replaces finding differences
happiness replaces anger
togetherness replaces loneliness
and peace replaces war.
Sakshi Bansal – A Follow Up Conversation with Someone Who Was A Stranger And Is Now A Friend
THIS IS A CONVERSATION FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BELIEVE, WHO WANTS TO TRUST MORE AND WHO FEELS A LITTLE STUCK i was struck the first and only other time we spoke by how much i had in common with an indian woman living now in london. none of that matter.
she loved having conversations with strangers and she had a series of conversations that she had recorded too
and we both felt the desire to explore if there was a next step we could take together.
our conversation started without me recording it, but very early on, i realized, the stuff we were saying i did not want to forget. somehow with her i feel the courage to create a space where together we and many more of us can hold space for people to express whatever and whoever they are.
there is something in our energy together that allows this to happen and so i came to her fresh off a conversation i had just had in the zoom room, with someone who responded to a post i put up saying i wanted to talk to someone different than me. i love what came through in this conversation and we will speak again soon to take the conversation even further, but i wanted to share it with you because i believe it is a conversation that need to be heard.
One by one, the characters of The Mosaic are coming to me, asking me to share the beauty f their messages with you. Today, i was blessed to be visited by THE GARDENER. He came t me in a different way, first by guiding a mediation and then by telling the story of how Mo, the protagonist in The Mosaic came to discover him and then by coming into your now open being and removing the weeds that strangle the flowers of your garden from growing.
Call on THE GARDENER whenever you garden has more weeds than you can handle. he will come and help you remove these weeds so that you garden looks exquisite.
Please listen now to THE GARDENER MEDITATION . . .
i am starting to build the network.
if you are willing to HELP create
THE MOSAIC CONNECTION TOUR
this will be a one year trip across america
i will sit with people in bookstores,
at truck stops
in town squares and parks
and in people homes.
i will do media in every town, village and city i visit.
the idea is to reconnect a disconnected world
to make the united states of america
rather than the divided states of america
to find places where we agree
and to listen, really listen to each other
because i believe when a person feels heard,
there is connection.
so i will travel from town to village, to neighborhood to city
i will have a sign that says
“please tell me your story”
and i will film it
or invite others to film it
and for those of you who choose to do so,
i invite you to send me a 2-5 minute video
telling me whatever you want to say.
my goal is to make a documentary
we are the voices of america
and my goal is to help our voices be heard
not in opposition but in celebration.
so if you want to donate,
help us set up a gofundme account
or help me find a sponsor to get a van
and wrap the van with The Mosaic Connection tour
and a list of all the sponsors on the van
if yo want to be a part of the conversation
let me stay overnight in your house, feed me a meal
set up an event in your town,
bring friends to you house,
connect with your local community,
and the one next to you, and the one next to that one
help get tv interview, radio or newspaper
if you are an organizer and are willing to help organize
set up the route,
contact the people
work with the media.
help in any way,
film the event, make a sign,
walk with me through your city,
build a website,
manage a landing page,
create a sales funnel,
put together a sponsorship deck
there are so many ways to help
please leave your name, email and phone number
or private message me
as the trip is conceptualizing
the tour is contagious.
LET’S CONNECT TO EACH OTHER.
the way of the Mosaic is to connect,
how can we connect to each other
and what can i do for you.
what do you want to say,
tell me your story
so i can share it on the road with others.
i woke up this morning, like i have every other morning, but today something was different. my eyes opened like usual, i sat to meditate like usual, i offered my prayers of gratitude as usual, i listened to my guided meditation as usual, but something felt somehow different. a shift happened allowing me to see for the very briefest of moments not what i have been looking at but what was behind what i had been looking at. i saw differently.
it felt so good to see life from a different perspective, and then in a moment, it was gone. someone walked into the room and the strength of the stories we share together, pulled the carpet of the new something i was feeling that was different out from right under my feet, and i was back immersed in the same old thing i had always seen. stories of pain and suffering and of trying to help someone find their place in the world and know themselves again when it was none of my business to do so. how quickly the glimpse reality of what i saw changed. and yet, how ever fleeting that memory is, it lingers with me. i know that just behind what i see, something else exists. how thrilling.
these last few weeks, i am looking at the stories i repeat over and over in my head, in my language i use to tell those stories and in the memorisation of stories that i repeat word for word from a seeming script that i never even realised i had written.
STORIES THAT HOLD ME BACK AND LIMIT MY ABILITY TO SEE DIFFERENTLY
like an autistic child, i just keep repeating these stories as a way to communicate to a world i feel uncomfortable in. my stories fill the space of my emptiness, my words infiltrate the beliefs that continuously play like a scratched vinyl record going deeper and deeper into me, until i start to believe their stories, even though i know they are not true.
some of my script points read like this:
i can help you
when i look out at the world i see, i see a world that is separate and in constant argumentation with each other.
i see silos of like minded people, reinforcing what each other believe and alienating and attacking those who believe differently from them
everything that i love has and will be taken from me
i am uninterested in living in a world where people behaves the way they are currently behaving
i have the honour and blessing of having a developmentally delayed daughter
i am a monk
i am so tired of people trying to sell me their services and telling me how great they used to be
i fell into a pothole and no longer realize how beautiful the road behind me and in front of me is
offering what i am to the world is just an act of prostitution
that i have any right at all to tell someone what to do or help them be better
and the list goes on and on
i woke up today and remembered who i am behind the stories that i tell you and myself. i woke up today and saw a person not in alignment with what i really believe.
i never made up my mind to believe differently than what i believe, but rather small, almost imperceivable shifts of thoughts over time became huge divides between who i am and what i believe. i was out of alignment with myself. here is one very simple example. i started to believe that the world was not a beautiful world, i started to see all the discord and fighting, all of which exists, but it blocked me from remembering the simplicity of this beautiful song and this beautiful world i live in.
THE REALITY I REALLY SEE BUT FORGOT I SEE
THE MOSAIC PODCAST
one of the reasons i love having The Mosaic Podcast is because it allows me to see the world i see differently. i get to meet and speak with people who surprise me every single day. lorna davis was one of these people. i discovered her trough her Ted Talk. she ran a major corporation and was responsible for bringing the oreo to china. when first introduced, the chinese people did not like it. they didn’t respond the way the rest of the world responded and she was given the job of finding out why. when she listened to what the chinese were saying, she realized they needed to change the filling from the standard vanilla to a green tea flavour and in a moment, the oreo in china was launched.
over time, she came to realize that the hero way of thinking was holding back innovation and that there was a new way of collaborative leadership that allowed conversations to happen and solutions to be found. it was for these 2 reasons that i wanted to have her on my show. i never expected the conversation that emerged. a conversation that was so rich and insightful that i walked away feeling changed and inspired. i invite you to listen to that now.
click here to hear it on apple podcast. click here to see it on YouTube.
WHEN WE CHANGE THE WAY WE SEE THE WORLD, THE WORLD WE SEE CHANGES
there is a very blessed and sacred moment, where what we have always seen, we suddenly see differently. in my book, The Mosaic this happens when Mo, the main character sits with the people he meets along his journey and listens to them tell him their stories. in 100% of the cases, the person he sees after hearing their stories is entirely different than the person he first saw.
to experience this reality, take 10 minutes out of the course of your life and sit with someone you have never met before, someone you seemingly share nothing in common with and just ask them how they are doing. what you discover may surprise you.
to experience a change of perception, you must be able to do in life what you must do here to see this picture differently. can you see the old hag AND the socialite; can you see the old cowboy and the young cowboy. you can not see them at the same time, in order to see one you must change the way you see the other.
this basic skill will change the way you function n business, in your relationship, how you show up with your children, and how you live your life. enjoy the process of becoming aware of all that is right in front of you.
DOES WHAT YOU SEE, BLOCK YOU FROM SEEING WHAT ELSE IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES?
CHANCES ARE IT DOES.
BRINGING THE MONASTERY INTO THE MARKETPLACE
everything is connected. for far too long, i/we have lived compartmentalised lives. separating out who we are from our public persona, doing business one way and spirituality another. and this way of living has left us feeling unfulfilled and alone. feeling that the totality of who we are is not acceptable to the world around us. if you have felt this and feel like is time to mind hack that beleif and any others that keep you limited, i have come out from my monastery and returned to the marketplace, merging the businessman and the mystic to work with those who have achieved all they thought would bring them happiness but still find fulfilment to be elusive. if it is time for you to connect all the pieces of your mosaic, let talk about doing some wrk together.
everything you need is right in front of you. you do not need to search to find it. all you have to do is see differently. i will support you in that process. to work together, contact me.
may 2020 be the year of your perfect vision 20-20 and may you become all that you are. blessings and love.
MANY YEARS AGO,
my late wife and i took our developmentally delayed daughter, Elisa to The Option Institute.
They had done some amazing work with autistic kids
and thought Elisa is not autistic, she is on the spectrum
and we wanted t see what they would suggest
for how we could best be with her.
that story is a different post
but there was one thing they noticed that changed my life.
they noticed, that i was a sucker for crying.
the moment our daughter started to cry, my heart melted
and i gave in to anything she wanted.
it happened over and over again
and when they called it to my attention, i saw it clearly.
so they asked me to record 15 minutes
of my favourite piece of music
and 15 minutes of elisa crying
and told me to listen with headphones on
to the full 30 minutes as least 3X a day
and then said to me,
when you get the same amount of pleasure from elisa crying
as you do from your favourite piece of music,
you can stop doing the exercise.
moments are just moments, sounds are just sounds,
feelings are just feelings
none of these have meaning
except for the meaning we give them.
is the mantra i am trying on now
to see if i really believe,
everyone has the right to live theirs lives just as they see fit;
i am on the journey of love and acceptance
doing my best to love and accept people right where they are.
with people i don’t know it is easy.
with those closest to me, i have a much harder time.
one step at a time, i continue to move forward
making, making one day made.
how are you in this adventure?
please comment below.
IN A SOUL SESSION TODAY
i felt that
the soul of the person i was speaking to
wanted to increase the flow
they were allowing to move through them.
by both turning up the water pressure
and increasing the size of the hose
their soul said to me
there is so much more i want to give
than what you are letting come through.
as we spoke more, this person explained to me
all the work that they have done on themselves
affirmations, law of attraction, hypnosis, body work
and then i heard their soul ask me to tell them:
“the answer to your tension is not found
in the conscious or unconscious mind,
you must experience THE SUPERCONSCIOUS MIND.”
the superconscious mind elevates
it neither rationalises nor explains
it is the place where problems cease to exist.
i would watch people come to my teacher,
Swami Kriyananda wanting him to answer their questions
and after sitting with him a few moments in meditation
their could no longer remember the question
they wanted to ask.
they were then told to write their questions down
and they would come with a list of written down questions
they would meditate together with him
and then he would ask them to ask their questions.
they would look the list
and say to him none of my questions make sense now.
all of us have the ability
to tune into the superconscious mind
to listen to the voice of our soul.
when we quiet the noise within us and simply listen
our soul gives us more than we could ever dream possible.
to go beyond what you see
i invite you to read The Mosaic
available on Amazon
everything in it’s story
is about how what we see is not what is
to buy the Mosaic on Amazon: http://a.co/dvgsgG3
or perhaps you might be interested in a soul session
where together we quiet the noise around you
and listen to what your soul is saying to you
message me for more information
“All is well and I feel like I am growing in leaps and bounds! I was thinking about our conversation when we were talking about helping to shift the soul of an organization. . . ”
SOUL SESSIONS connect you to you.
the most important voice we could ever hear
is the voice of our very own soul.
it connects you to your answers.
but sometimes it is hard for us to hear our souls
because the noise we listen to blocks the whisper of the soul.
The Mosaic (available on Amazon) has awakened in me
the ability to sit in the quiet of you and listen to your soul
if you would like to hear the voice of your soul,
lets have a conversation
to see how together we can make that happen.
when each of us take care of each other, miracles happen.
if you are interested in Soul Sessions, contact me.
may the voice of your soul always guide you.