(This was written Sunday, August 16th, 2015)
I had one of my largest shows yet last night at the Tannery Row Ale House in Buford, GA.
We had a pretty good crowd. I had the privilege of meeting many new faces, but also felt the comfort of being surrounded by the familiar. My family attended along with several of my friends. I felt such a sense of support and camaraderie that it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
I always get nervous before going on stage, yet I also have this innate sense that I am exactly where I need to be. The lights, the instruments, the rumble of the audience, the vibration on the platform from all the physical and metaphysical energy happening – its pretty spectacular. I have to pinch myself sometimes when I think about how happy I feel sharing my songs, voice, and heart with people. It is such a privilege and one I take very seriously.
I would be lying if I told you I knew where this journey is leading me. I don’t. But I do know one thing, and that is this: with whatever platform God chooses to give me, I want to be a force of light and love that the world has not yet known. I want people to walk away from my performances feeling inspired, joyful, and confident in their own ability to follow their dreams.
There is a dreamer inside each and everyone of us just waiting to launch out. Like a tiger in a cage, but much less dangerous. It begs us to unlock the door – to let us play – to let us grow…
So why am I telling you all of this?
Because the peace I feel on stage – knowing where I am is exactly where I am supposed to be – is a feeling I want everyone on planet earth to feel in their own personal way.
Its when your actions line up with your purpose. Your dreams line up with your reality…
We are all capable of achieving this.
It doesn’t really matter what your dream is… what matters is that you unlock the cage and show up for your dream.
Literally, just show up.
I was invited to open up at this show last night from attending an open mic night on Thursday (read the full story here). I wasn’t going to attend. My guitar player had a last minute work obligation and backed out, I was tired, I had already attended an open mic night last week, etc., but something in me said you really need to show up.
So I did. I showed up. And I sang my heart out.
And then I was “spontaneously” invited to open at this show. I put the word spontaneously in quotations because I don’t believe it was sponateous for one second.
Bill Moyers once asked Joseph Campbell, “Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?”
And Joseph Campbell replied, “All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
I have experienced this before, I experienced this Thursday night and last night, and I know I will experience this again. It is a universal law.
When you follow your dream, or as Joseph Campbell says, your bliss, it is as though the Universe, or God, or however you define it, says, “Yes. I’m so glad you are finally doing what makes you happy. I am delighted to assist you in every way possible. Keep following your heart and I will be the wind beneath your wings.”
This isn’t just true for me or Joseph Campbell. Its is true for all of us. Ask anyone who is living out of their bliss if they have experienced these miraculous moments and I guarantee that, if they are honest, they will say that they have.
You can experience these “helping hands” if you haven’t already. You have everything you need already inside of you. Everything.
Start by showing up. It really is that simple. Just. Show. Up.
Go to the class. Lock yourself in your room and set aside uninterrupted time to create. Read that book. Attend that lecture. Reach out to that mentor. Contact that coach.
Trust your gut, your soul, your inner REBEL. Ask it what to show up for and if you listen closely, it will tell you. Deepak Chopra describes this voice as your soul speaking between thoughts. Listen… then show up.
Its so simple. Show up for your dream, and the universe/God/however you want to define it will show up for you.
Thank you for stopping by my website and reading my blog. I’m honored and I hope that this post inspires you to live a life of your dreams and to release that part of you that “dares life not to let you do what you love.”
You are amazing.
You are unique.
You are one of a kind.
Only you can do what you do the way that you do it. So go and do it.