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
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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