The TAO of ZIGGY!

Updated: January 12, 2016

This weekend we lost a creative genius while the other side gained one. Heaven must be having quite a party now welcoming David Bowie, arguably one of the most prolific and interesting artists of my generation.

I imagine he’s hanging out with the angels, showing them new ways to tune their harps and taking his place with others like my friend Wayne Dyer to influence us from the invisible realms.

I imagine him as Angel Special Class Ziggy Stardust whose job it is to remind us to stay authentic, take risks, and own our creativity and imagination.

Certainly he was one of my greatest influences; always pushing the boundaries of convention, refusing to conform to anyone’s ideas of what popular music should sound like. As a result he made real impact in our culture showing us how originality, creativity, flexibility and integrity open new doors and pathways. Always transforming and morphing from one expressive character to another he was able to touch many.

He was a true influencer and leader. By being himself, expressing his truth, taking risks even when where he went at the time was not “popular” or even current with expectation, he opened our eyes to see the world through a unique lens.
When I was a teen I had felt so different, so weird and so alone and his presence made me feel understood, his message gave me hope.

He polarized people. My father saw Bowie’s androgynous painted self and spiky orange hair and consequent incarnations as an abomination to society. He forbade me to listen to his “jungle music”, which in no way shape of form did I obey. There was something more than compelling about Bowie that made me see him as a role model of courage to risk such outrageous self- expression in the face of conformity. I would risk my father’s outrage to feel like I belonged.

Bowie also made an impact on me in a more personal way. It was my early twenties, and I was in my partying phase. I spent an evening at an after hours place in Toronto where the people “in the know” could go and continue to party long after the bars closed. My girlfriend and me went with a man who told us we were going to a very special private event. It was 2 in the morning and we the first ones there and then right behind us in walked the lanky Bowie with a small entourage. There were maybe 15 of us that remained talking until past 6 am.
He was kind of shy at first and very gentleman like and there was this energy about him that was just “true”. He warmed up pretty quickly and seemed more comfortable than we were. What struck me most was how interested and curious he was about other people. His conversation was philosophical and he was very funny. Without agenda this was Bowie. It was one of the best nights I remember in those hazy party days. This was what it was like to see someone comfortable in their skin.

Bowie knew he was dying for the last 18 months and spent it creating a brilliant last body of work. He spent every last day doing what he loved right until the end. He died a few days after his album dropped leaving behind a message that nothing ever dies. Certainly not Love, certainly not Art.

Today I invite you to close your eyes, and imagine Angel Ziggy Stardust as your guide giving you a gift in the form of a glittery scroll.
Imagine yourself unrolling the scroll and these 12 simple messages begin to shine as if they were written in light.

  • Imagination is power
  • Be yourself
  • Allow for change
  • Express yourself
  • Let creativity move through you
  • Create for your heart and soul
  • Never do things just to please others
  • Take risks and trust
  • Love with all your heart
  • It’s ok to be different
  • Stay curious
  • There is only one You.

Love to all… and many blessings always and forever
Love
Colette!

So the discussion for this week is this.. How do you feel about being authentic? What comes up for you and why?

I know for me that all the times I have been unhappy is when I tried to conform to what others wanted or tried to create my life to fit in to a box. I sometimes have fear and resistance knowing that many will not understand me or see me as I am. I can’t be something I’m not just to please others, or to feel safe in an established group.
I am most alive when I’m allowing my individuality to just be, and creativity to run through me as a gift from Spirit – the Source of all. Funny enough, when I do that, be my most “me” I feel the greatest sense of belonging. You?

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  • salome
    Reply

    Love your blogs so much, i am always looking so forward to reading them!
    And today a gem!
    Blessed be

    You are right on woman so write on!
    Salome from the Old Albion

    • Carla
      Reply

      Thanks Collette, for your inspirational posts! Everyone reading, LISTEN TO THIS WOMAN! Be your true, authentic self, no matter what! I spent my entire life doing what other people thought I should do, trying to be what they wanted me to be, fitting into their mold. My “wild phase” consisted of a handful of experiences which caused such guilt afterwards, that I chose to never do anything “wrong” (breaking a rule, not conforming to what was expected) ever again. I gave my power away when I was very young and only started “trying” to reclaim it very recently. While I believe that everything we experience in life happens for a reason, I also know that I cheated myself out of ALOT OF JOY! Believe me, it is very difficult to take your power back at 50-something….Please, please, please listen to Collette & “to your own heart, be true”!!!!

    • Towanda
      Reply

      Hey Colette! Great blog. I don’t usually read blogs, you where speaking about our dear David Bowie. I had to share. Life is funny. Blessed that our birthdays where on and when I was growing up I use to blast that song “Lets Dance!” I knew it drove my mother CRAZY, she allowed me anyway and God bless them both. That song reminded me when I was young, care free and willing to take on the WORLD! I feel some where along the way. I lost that and must get it back! Yes! Colette during this Mercury Retrograde. Spirit is providing me the time to recharge, let go of the old , take care of myself to make room for the NEW! I am in a total trusting mode like it or not and know all is well! You know the saying is tell God your plan and watch him laugh! I am willing to let go of the steering wheel call LIFE and allow spirit to drive the bus & see how that works out. I will keep you posted, thanks for being the BEST and everyone have a blessed & magical New Year!

    • Patricia
      Reply

      Dear Colette… Your tribute to David Bowie touched me deep inside…

      You recognized David’s ability to ‘be true to himself… to exude truth, authenticity and creativity’ as he lived out his life… because YOU too have these gifts! You inspire me. From my heart… thank you.

      Patricia

  • Lori Lambert
    Reply

    Collette,
    Thank you so much for what you wrote about David Bowie. How cool it is that you actually got to meet him! I’ve grown up on his music and always loved his flamboyant sense of style and creativity. I am also one who has always felt different but I would rather embrace my uniqueness than fall into the cookie cutter mold of the masses. You too are an inspiration to me as well. Blessings to you for an amazing new year full of wonder and fabulous surprises.

    Much Love,

    Lori Lambert

  • Edith
    Reply

    In 1969, I was only 17 and Bowie was so far from any other singer, entertainer of the day. At 17 I was only 4 foot 9 and hated my size , shape everything. I did not consider myself worthy of anything. Bowie was one of my first crushes. It took me awhile then to love me and accept all of what spirit was giving me. Now I am spiritually 6 feet tall.
    Yes we have to accept who we are but we do not have to accept societies limitations.
    Thanks for sending me your thoughts and past reflections of David Bowie. I am so glad I was around to see him evolve as I evolved also.

    Edith

  • Amber m
    Reply

    Um okay you met BOWIE…Amazing ! I love him and have been steeped in Bowie tunes and the magic he created by being authentic. This is perfect…I am going to imagine the scroll with such great advice on it as take risks and to be unafraid…I feel I have one foot in authenticity and one foot in conformity and the only culprit I see is fear. The creative process as Bowie has shown us especially in his farewell , requires one to be fearless–resistance is exposed, death is confronted , patterns are shown …whether one is painting, writing , composing songs–fear will rise up and one has to become neutral–dislodging form the ego in order to be a conduit for the artistic creative process. We are all ,by nature, creative or artists, because we evolve–conformity is contracting while creating and evolving is expanding. This blog is thought provoking with 12 superb messages. Messages I am certainly contemplating. I myself feel I am at a fork in the road. Love you Colette !

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      incredible how he described his passing via his song Lazarus. And according to news sources the last twitter account he followed by his official page was God. wild huh?

  • Sandra
    Reply

    Beautiful post Colette. How lucky you were to have met David Bowie! When news broke of his passing I was so shocked, it was so unexpected. He was truly an amazing creative artist. I will take that glittery scroll from Angel Ziggy Stardust to heart and let the light filled messages soak into the very core of my being. Authenticity is very important to me, I’ve tried to be and live as others wanted but it just makes me miserable and feeling empty. I am much happier living by my own rules so to speak, it’s not perfect or easy and at times my faith is tested but sacrificing my authenticity to conform to society’s ideals is not an option for me. Never was.

  • Sylvia
    Reply

    The title of this newsletter says “The TOA of Ziggy.” I wondered what TOA stood for so I googled the acronym. The first hit was a meterological term meaning Top of the Atmosphere, and I thought, “well, that works.” He definitely is ( I say is because he’s still around), top of the atmosphere.
    And yes, “The Tao of Ziggy” works too. 🙂

  • catherine
    Reply

    David Bowie (Jones) was such an inspirational artist and a gift to us in this time. I am grateful he was with us for 69 years. I would appreciate the tribe sending out love and prayers to my friend Keith Biddlecombe as his 25 year old son transitioned Home as well…and he is heart broken as am I. Life is so precious in the time we have and living in our authenticity as best we can in the moments we have is so important from my perspective as well…Thank you Colette…Always grateful for your amazing insights you share with the world!!

  • Kat
    Reply

    Thank you for the tribute to “Angel” Bowie. My brother and I grew up on Bowie’s music. My brother was so much like Bowie and helped me to learn how to be authentic. My brother now has his perfect Angel to keep him company… who better than Mr. Bowie!!!

  • Ana
    Reply

    Thank you for this inspiring blog. Blessings

  • Katy
    Reply

    David Bowie always was and now is a star man as he has returned home x

  • Susanne
    Reply

    Hello, wonderful Colette!

    Thank you for sharing your memories of David Bowie with us today.
    I was born in 1960, so his music was a constant companion ever since I was a teenager.
    Just a week ago I watched one of my favourite funny movies again – Mr. Deeds – and there was this one brilliantly hilarious scene of a helicopter ride, with Adam Sandler singing Space Oddity and everybody joining in (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yidtLVLdEN4 ). I was thinking about how there aren’t too many songs that would have worked as well in a comedy context, and how lucky I was to have been born at this time, with David Bowie’s music everywhere.
    Just like you, I so admired his creativity and inspiring vibes.

    “This is Major Tom to Ground Control
    I’m stepping through the door
    And I’m floating in the most peculiar way
    And the stars look very different today”

    Fly home safely, David. And thank you for writing the soundtrack for some of the best times of my life.

  • Diana Boles
    Reply

    There is an abyss that swallows the key to true love and true happiness whenever we do not live up to our own realities. So maybe the question is what is the difference between cooperation and conformity? Cooperation can be a pleasant experience. The “co-creation” of project or chore with a team effort and a “win-win” for the outcome. Conformity is a hollowing out of some emotion or desire in order to mold an exterior. The interior then collapses and the spaciousness that once exsisted for love and acceptance and dedication is now restricted into a limitation of emotion—–YOUR emotion. Is there any one aware of this? What you are going through for their sake? Nope—they are oblivious to you in the first place. They are not providing room for YOU. Do they see themselves controlling the DOOR, LOCK AND KEY to the castle of dreams come true? Possibly — probably for they do behave in a way that dictates what the dream should be.
    All of us have probably been tangled up in a relationship that consumed your spirit or doused out your flame – leaving you with a smokey pile of ashes. That smoke can make your eyes burn and tear up and, until you walk away from their bonfire of control, it continues to happen no matter which side of the wood pile you stand on.
    I am determined that I am going to remain aware of the difference between “playing nice” and “allowing myself to get bullied”. I can remain polite and be disconnected.
    Major Tom Angel Ziggy came to me yesterday. I had not heard a thing about his passing. When I got home from work I leashed up Gloria and ran to the woods to get a walk in before dark. All day long I had Bowie songs running then my head. While walking through the woods I was singing Major Tom and Young American —- and when I came home I put on the world news and was rocked to my knees. The Angel Ziggy was putting his music in the air – I then understood why I couldn’t shake Bowie tunes all day.
    Mercury retrograde seems to be creating a glitch in my postings here. I tried to post a few times last week, and somehow they didn’t get thru. So let me just take this time to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
    Peace Out✌?️

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      this is beautiful Diana thank you for adding your voice to the tribal campfire!

    • DLLGRJandfurballs
      Reply

      P : ) ace Out, DB
      glittery*sparkles
      Star
      dust …..

  • Lisa
    Reply

    Dear Colette .. Thank you for sharing your story and the fabulous list .. There is so much to learn from the life and times of David Bowie .

    I will add that you, in your work, also show us readers how to let loose and show our authentic selves.
    You have given me the gusto back .. You taught me to look up over my fears and to see that my whole authentic self is totally alright to be .. Grateful am I for the influence of Bowie back in my youth, and grateful am I for the influence of you at such a pivotal point in my life ! .. As you have pointed out Spirit has our backs, we are sent examples of people living authentically , that we might see how great it is to simply be our own selves always. Xoxo Lisa

  • Ang
    Reply

    Lately I have been saying no to the things I don’t want to do.

  • Lauren
    Reply

    I was never a Bowie fan so I will not miss him…but I know that he had a large following and many will feel the loss. I like how my sister put it when she said that there must be a large music party going on at “Home” because lots of music people are leaving the earth plane….I hope they all have fun and can send some inspiration back our way!
    I have never felt like I belong…..I am almost used to the idea. That said though sometimes I would just like to fit in somewhere for a few minutes to see what that would be like 🙂 Now to carry on and do what I came here to do because before I am ready I am sure it will be my turn to leave and I will be saying but I just have this one more thing to finish….even if that is freedom 95 LOL

  • Michael
    Reply

    I love everything about this post….possibly your best yet. David Bowie has been a profound inspiration in my life….and so many others that inspire me where inspired by him. I attended the “David Bowie Is” exhibit in Chicago pretty much exactly a year ago (please do look it up if not familiar with it) and I came out of that experience a changed person. Being in the presence of his outfits, hand-written lyrics, all of his archived creativity throughout his entire career drew me in and then shot me out star-kissed and jet propulsed…..the energy was indescribable and it has been present with me ever since. A day has not gone by that I have not thought about him and felt inspired by him. When I bring an image of him to my mind…..its like I am filled with color and possibilities. Is was so shocking to hear the news….but sadness is not really how I am feeling because I am so grateful for the endless creativity he has shared with the world….and his magic is still there and will always be there for me to tap into, to feel, to process, to fuel me as I continue to grow….reminded to just be me and express myself beyond limitations…..just like Bowie.

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      color and possibilities … endless creativity, and to ” just be me and express myself beyond limitations”.. yup and yup and yup

  • Sandy Duncan
    Reply

    It seems better somehow that you met David Bowie in the age before cell phones took photos and nothing went by without a snap of key moments in the lives of many. This way, your story is more organic as it was meant to be. Your images help us the readers create our own pictures in our hearts & minds of the conversations in the wee hours of the morning. We pay more attention to your words & less attention to the hard imagery that would otherwise accompany your writing. Well done & thanks for that. I find the Lazarus video tough to watch, along with Black Star. It’s as if David Bowie is demanding we look at him, more exactly look him in the eye with honesty before he passes away. Any thoughts about the videos? All the best, xo

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      I find the same things very tough and yes it is as if he is demanding us to look him in the eye.. like we need to look at life in the eye with honesty. He is the conduit for truth in those videos .. the darker truth too.

  • Jocelyne
    Reply

    Greetings!

    Colette, how fascinating that you met Bowie. My husband had a similar experience;
    In the late 70’s in London, England, my husband worked in the Kings Road, Chelsea as the manager of a wine bar.
    One night a couple came in and asked if they could get food, but my husband said Sorry, no, food had finished. My husband’s then girlfriend said to him, “Do you know who you just turned away? … David Bowie!!!” (My husband is a Bowie freak but has poor facial recognition of famous people!). So my husband ran out into the street and invited him back in with the offer of cheese and bread and a bottle of red wine. They talked into the small hours and my husband describes it very much like you did, Bowie being very interesting and interested, fascinated with many things. The only thing he didn’t talk about was himself.

    Very special memories for you. Thanks for sharing and as always a great lesson to be had … what a remarkable man and a unique and brave end.

    Hope Oli is doing well.
    xox

  • Luey A.
    Reply

    Thank you Colette. It has been so interesting reading all the posts everywhere about David Bowie. Really phenomenal. Love hearing your up close and personal story! BTW the links on the blog don’t seem to be functioning properly to take one to your YouTube channel and your website. I did get to Youtube another way though, and listened to your interview with Dr. Christian Northrup today too…what an inspiring interview. Thanks for that too! Do you still do individual sessions Colette?

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      ah yes mercury retrograde.. or sometimes if you get the blog on your phone it has more glitches. Yes I do a limited number of sessions per month and [email protected] can facilitate this

  • MIchele
    Reply

    Ditto what Lori said Colette! I adore David Bowie and he got me through my High School years. I would listen to his albums with utter devotional attention and when Diamond Dogs came out, I let myself start to express myself in outrageous ways that kinda made me an outcast in High School, but I had friends who got it and we were so tight and felt like we spoke a different language. We were all very creative types and just couldn’t conform if we tried. I think that is so wonderful you got to meet him and see what the real Bowie was like behind the scenes. There are some great interviews out now and he was exactly that, a gentleman and down to earth and funny too. Interestingly, he never really wanted to be the main event. He wanted to at first play bass saxaphone in Little Richard’s group and then later on wanted to write musicals, which is what he accomplished with “Lazarus”. I hope it does come to the West Coast. Thank you for your tribute and may he be free and “wild like the wind”…..

  • Lynda
    Reply

    Hi Colette –

    Believe this is the first time I’ve commented on the blog.

    To use a convenient label – I am what (I believe) is called an “older Indigo.”
    I knew early on that I was “different” – even before I was 12 years old. I was always the LAST one chosen for team sports in gym class, and never was one of the “IN” crowd in grade school, high school OR college! At first it was hard to deal with — I think every child wants to be “part” of something. Then I studied more carefully just WHAT the others were “part of” and what the cost to them was as individuals. And ~then~ I began to treasure my individuality and the fact that I didn’t *have* to be one of the “sheeple” (not meaning to insult sheep!)

    This early-on recognition of being “different” inspired me in the process of *individuation* – as defined below:

    “a. The development of the individual from the general or universal.
    b. The distinction or determination of the individual within the general or universal.
    c. In Jungian psychology, the gradual integration and unification of the self through the resolution of successive layers of psychological conflict.”

    In time, I also came to recognize those special folks who were ~similar~ to me in many ways, though not exactly the same… guess you could say I “found my Tribe!” While I am still by nature essentially a “loner,” I do value those few close personal friends with whom I can be quite open. I am so glad that I didn’t have to fight my way through layers of social conditioning and dogma to discover more and more of Who I Am.

    And I am still finding out WHO I AM every single day! I have accomplished much in the “tying-up of loose karmic ends.” My Book of Life is essentially a collection of “Short Stories” – with each one being incredibly different. The only thing that is “common” to my Book of Life “short stories” is the binding that holds them together — me! The “glue” in the binding? Spiritual awareness that “THERE IS MORE” than this Earthly Life, the desire and impetus to always learn and grow… trust and faith in “The Powers That Be” and/or “The Great Whoevers!” And the Knowledge that Love imbues everything.

    Selah.

    • Colette Baron-Reid
      Reply

      love this.. thank you so much for sharing! Keep coming back to share some more! xoxox

  • Patti Couture
    Reply

    Dear Colette, Thank you so much for this inspiring and insightful message about being ourselves! I loved David Bowie for the Creative Genius he was. I’ve been reading so many beautiful things about him from all types of people. Your story tells the same thing : He loved being around people, his calm presence and he always seemed to let others be front and center. I’m no different than anyone else, who mentioned being different or mostly alone. I’ve always listened to the beat of my own drum and people like yourself and David Bowie inspire me to do so. This was the first time I’ve written to you. I felt compelled with the message you left: Angel Ziggy Stardust and the scroll of 12. Love, Light & Blessings

  • Diana Boles
    Reply

    On The Bowmiester—when he was young he sang in a boys choir. About 1962 there was a Bing Crosby Christmas Special on tv. This choir was on the special. David & Bing sang a duet – ” The Little Drummer Boy”. Then, 20+ years later, they sang it again shortly before Bings passing My whole family was impacted by David in 1962 – my baby brother, now a grown fine musician, was barely 4 and started humming and walking like the performers. That was the first time I’d ever heard that song, though it was written in the 1940’s. Star Man – beginning to end! ?✨⭐️?⭐️✨

  • Emilia
    Reply

    I admit I love & value being Authentic yet admit I haven’t quite fully lived it. I so love the gift of the “glittery scroll”. I’ve been asking (angels)for help with my creativity & authentic expression so,perhaps, this is the encouragement. I do love it. I would have loved to meet David Bowie.

  • Elizabeth
    Reply

    The recent passing of such great people like David Bowie,Terry Pratchett and Wayne Dyer leaves me with an enormous sense of
    gratitude that they were souls here on earth, a terrific inspiration to me.
    And a reminder, as you say Colette, to always strive to be our unique selves.
    I bet each one of them ,especially in their early days had to fight for the respect their unique take on the world demanded.
    But as you also say, once you have made the mistake of “trying to fit in” and felt the crap that resulted it is actually easier
    and better to think oh what the heck, I’m just me, take me or leave me.
    It tests our mettle which is how the greatness of our soul and our special gifts can shine through on this earth.
    Love and Blessings to you and Marc and your furry family.
    Elizabeth

  • Rachel Medhurst
    Reply

    Great blog post on someone who shone with personality.

    I knew David Bowie through the film Labyrinth, being born in mid 80’s. That film was my favourite as a child and I’m sure it influenced my storytelling.

    My books are unique. They’re spiritual/mainstream crossover for young adults, which isn’t technically what’s popular in the market. I’m an indie author who writes books true to me. Some days I wonder if I should move away from what I love and instead, write to market.

    It’s not easy to put yourself out there but I love storytelling too much not to. It’s what I’m supposed to be doing. People that lead the way in being true to themselves help us to follow.

  • Rolene
    Reply

    I love your blog and look so forward to my daily Oracle card reading. I used to have a classic rock radio show and my co-presenter and I never did a show without something from Bowie. He was the soundtrack of our career. This year I turn 40 (whoop whoop!!!!!) and have decided that there is no time like the present to be my most authentic fabulous self, do the things that bring me joy and that I will be fully present in. It has rubbed some people the wrong way and I cannot say I haven’t felt a little bit hurt but I have also noticed that once you value yourself and are your most authentic, the Universe conspires to bring you great things. RIP David Bowie, the eternal Starman.

  • Julie
    Reply

    tingly…I feel tingly as I read this and picture you …as beautiful as you are today…at 20 …absorbing David Bowie and participating in what I am sure was just as meaningful to him as it was to you. Authenticity…it is was I strive to be every day…and when I find myself pulled away out of fear to fit in…or be liked…or be accepted..or be part of…or fear of being judged…I am learning slowly but surely (with the help of YOU and others) to pause…smile at myself…encourage the little girl inside who is afraid that she is loved unconditionally…and ALWAYS ALL WAYS will be…that God wants you to be the YOU inside …not the people pleaser society tries to make you…
    I take a deep breath…breathe in LOVE exhale fear…and I get a little bit closer to my authentic self. I love you madly Colette Baron-Reid!! xoxoxo

  • Barb Parcells
    Reply

    Why am I not surprised that this is the topic of conversation for this week when it is a subject that has been on my mind a lot lately? Love that synchronicity! The idea of authenticity as it affects my creativity has loomed large for me these last few months, especially after I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic.” How I choose to be creative, and how I choose to use that creativity, is a continuation of who I authentically am as a person, as a woman, and as a spiritual being. I can write a book, or write a petition. I can use it to be for or against something. In whatever area I choose as an outlet for my creativity, if it’s not authentic, it’s not truly me. I want my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren to look at my work and say, “Now THAT’S who Grandma was!” I truly believe that my authenticity is my legacy.

  • Renee Sugar
    Reply

    When our “need” for acceptance is handed over to others; that is a very fragile place to be. When our sense of self is
    too insecure it is easy to follow the “trends” to be included. Sometimes the cost is too dear. It is easy to lose the connection to our true selves.
    When we listen to the divine guidance and inspiration regardless of where it may take us, and not be concerned with critical acclaim, or Facebook “likes” it allows for and encourages the expression of an original soul print which every individual can make.
    David Bowie was an “original” and an imaginative, soul. That is what made him so attractive to others.
    It requires courage to follow the creative prompts . It is a “need” to express one’s vision.

    As a highly creative artist, I have always felt that “need”. The moment of divine inspiration is not a predictable
    one. It emerges from the inside out. One can never say or know where that moment might lead.
    Those who are called to express their truth, are sometimes called “visionaries”. They see beyond the mundane
    and can elevate our minds and hearts to a place that connects us to where we belong. We really do all belong.
    Each of us was brought to life by a divine spark and our purpose and responsibility is to become our highest and best
    selves. Sometimes that asks being a renegade and standing apart. There is no “correct” way to be “creative”. It does take
    much practice to allow the space for expressing our creative souls. The challenge can be to allow oneself to be a channel
    for this expression and to stay grounded. We are all messengers delivering our own unique interpretations of life.
    Rather than evaluating/judging what we create, and looking for approval from the outside. Let us encourage each
    other to appreciate and celebrate the many forms that the “creative muse” can take. Rather than aiming to “fit in” try
    filling our place. That is a life-long commitment, and can be a very enriching one.

  • Libby
    Reply

    Enjoyed reading this!

  • Dawn Rochester
    Reply

    Thanks Colette!

    Such good advice…I need to work on being my true authentic self…and not worry about what others may think or say!

  • Barbara Iczkowski
    Reply

    Bowie is alive in my heart. Through his death I followed the threads of his life and found myself.
    It was a very good find. Welcome home Blackstar. Thanks for helping me find myself.

  • Willa
    Reply

    I love your humour, warmth and perspective, Colette. Thank you for this blog. Being authentic for me means allowing all the different parts of me to be present, which means several of them have to come out of hiding! And I’m encouraging them to be part of the onstage drama, and stop hiding in the wings, so the story of my life is satisfying – to me – first and foremost!

  • Lee Munch
    Reply

    Colette-
    this is this just SO beautiful. THANK YOU

  • Lee Munch
    Reply

    Colette-
    this is just SO beautiful… THANK YOU!

  • Angie
    Reply

    Funny thing is, I was thinking the exact same thing about Wayne Dyer & David Bowie! Been thinking about them a lot these past few days & talking to them, and asking for guidance. I have been a huge Bowie fan since 1983 when I first saw him in concert. I learned everything about him then & became fascinated with his creativity. At that time in my life, I was exploring my own creativity. Sadly, I closed the door on that part of my life, & recently have felt the negative effects this has had on me. For the past little while I have been yearning to rediscover this part of me. Now that Bowie has passed, I feel inspired again…to the point of “I must do this now”…to explore my own creativity, & find my way to my authentic self. Thank you

  • julie
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    My gosh Colette, I just found your sight this evening and my heart started beating with joy. You are beyond brave and I look forward to learning more from you’re insight. I saw David in my 20’s -concert in Florida. (30 plus years ago). I was pretty close to the stage and I actually wept as I witnessed his extraordinary presence. He had “it” and everyone around me felt it. It was amazing to experience the loving energy of the crowd. It felt like we were levitating with awe and love.
    Thanks for inspiring me just as I’m opening a new Hypnotherapy practice- just when I needed a fix!

    Julie Pellegrino

  • karen
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    Girl I love your writings, Your ability to put it all out there.
    So first It started with me feeling guilty for reading this so late in the month (like it really matters). Now I am just grateful to have found this. (and not a moment too soon) Of course I can relate to the people pleasing existence It definitely ruled the first 30 years of my life. Not to mention I felt peer pressure even in reading this blog today …how weird right? Well as they say “some old habits die hard”. Luckily I remembered what my friends would say… “you can start your day over at any point”… Woo Hoo. …So I have here and now decided to redo my “New Years intentions” to include these
    Be authentic
    Express myself
    Never do things just to please others
    Take risks and trust
    remember It’s ok to be different and
    There is only one Me.
    Thank you Thank you
    <3 <3 <3 love and gratitude to all you loving, love energy filled beings who are making this one amazing journey <3 <3 <3

  • N. C. Enesha
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    Thank you for writing this inspiring post. I am sure that Bowie played for his heart; and for his fans too, and I was one of them. May his soulful soul sing more melodious sounds in heaven.

    What you said about imagination struck a chord in me, for I am editing my third book titled “Creative Positive Imaginations Guide,” in which I propagate the need for conscious positive imaginations by all and sundry. It is unfortunate that many people are hindered by self doubt, negative imaginations and inferiority complex. But they need not be like that, when they can use creative positive imaginations to see ahead, prepare ahead, and build self confidence, enthusiasm for work, consistency and persistent determination to succeed. The ‘universe of abundance’ contains whatever we want, but we cannot get it if we do not see it beforehand.

    To bring our desires into reality, thought disciplining is necessary? Yes, we must discipline our thoughts, so that only positive thoughts are linked to the ‘universe of abundance’ to ignite our desires—and—work with positive energy. Thanks once more, I have bookmarked your blog ; I follow you.

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