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Why I Think Like an Architect in the Music Studio

I would like to change things up a bit this week and share something I have learned that deeply influences my creative work. I believe it is universal to all art—be it music, vlogs, embroidery or street murals. My artistic energy has had a singular focus for the past couple of years: creating the content for the Global Education Strategy (GES) for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Embracing the power of modern media, the GES is intended to generate the necessary momentum to create MAPS, the world’s largest protected area, and safeguard our planet’s air conditioner, the Arctic sea ice. Obviously, the success of the GES means the world to me—literally! So I have been bringing all of my experience and training together for this purpose. Through this, I have been considering the essential elements at the core of all lasting works of art. What were the keys to success in the music of pioneers like Prince, timeless classic movies like Star Wars, and masterpieces like Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Picasso’s Three Musicians? I realized that they share three common principles, ones I first came across in my previous career: architecture. Though I was a lifelong musician with conservatory training, architecture was the field in which I studied and began my professional life, until…

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Embrace the Epic Hero’s Journey of Your Life

Hello! As my dear friend Darcy often said, “Happy Sunday!” My creative energy has been going in one direction for the past few years: completing the creative content for the Global Education Strategy (GES) for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Embracing the power of modern media, the GES is intended to generate the necessary momentum and speed to create MAPS, the world’s largest protected area, and safeguard our planet’s air conditioner, the Arctic sea ice. In creating and producing multiple live shows, seven albums, fourteen books, apps, anime and more in GES for MAPS, I have had the beautiful opportunity to really explore how stories speak to our souls and inspire us. Why, in a world of smartphones and convenience food, do we resonate with tales of people learning to wield a legendary sword in another galaxy (Star Wars), carrying a ring of immense power to a dangerous mountain (The Lord of the Rings), or stumbling from a closet into a otherworldly forest (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)? Something deeper than escapism is happening to give these stories such power. Their journeys all have something in common with us, something that we can embrace and in which we can find courage: the hero’s journey. I am a fan of the American mythologist, writer…

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Embrace This Gift and Discover a World of Possibilities

The opportunity for co-creation is a magnificent gift. My blog series on co-creation paused for a month while all of us at Parvati.org faced the loss of our dear friend and colleague Darcy in the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Yet co-creation has been present all along. I have chosen to allow a co-creative spirit to inform my choices as a CEO to lead our team through the storm. Awareness of a positive possibilities, co-creative universe has helped me as a spiritual aspirant to come to terms with Darcy’s tragic passing. Darcy studied the many ways we can co-create and consciously chose to co-create in the positive possibilities. Respectful, win-win co-creation is what I sought in every media interview and talk I gave about him and his extraordinarily courageous work for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Our collective efforts at Parvati.org to honor Darcy’s legacy were also a co-creation rooted in gratitude and willingness to serve. I think of the beautiful Parvati Magazine cover designed by my friend and artistic collaborator Adam Nathan of Jellyfunk, surrounding Darcy in flowers—especially roses. He created the design over a few hours after hearing the devastating news. While working, he did not know that Darcy’s favorite flower was roses, or that since Darcy’s passing, his wife Amie sensed his presence and…

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The Gift of Co-Creation and Why it Matters

A month ago, before the devastating news of Darcy’s death, I was sharing a four-part blog series about co-creation. This subject is more important than ever as we confront the ways our collective navigation system is faulty. I recap parts 1-3 here today. PART 1: The Gift of Co-Creation There is a famous and often-repeated quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” These words, sometimes mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela, are in fact those of Marianne Williamson, in her book A Return to Love. She touches on an important truth of our human existence: we are far more capable than we realize. PART 2: What You See Is What You Get. What Are You Choosing to See? Last week, we were looking at the amazing gift of co-creation. I recently had an experience that reminded me how essential it is that we understand this innate human power—as well as how our perceptions affect it. I was conversing with a group of friends who are all committed to personal and spiritual growth and the protection of Nature. Yet, the discussion became tense around the topic of co-creation, particularly when someone brought up working with a realized master. PART 3: How to Let the Power…

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How to Let the Power of the Universe Move Through You

At the climax of the movie Star Wars: A New Hope, the Death Star was poised to destroy the planet where the Rebellion was based. A fleet of rebel fighter spaceships approached it on a one-chance-in-a-million mission to stop it. They were so small and so outgunned in comparison to the Death Star, it was like a tiny swarm of insects trying to halt a massive boulder. One by one, the rebels were shot down until only Luke Skywalker remained—pursued by his nemesis, Darth Vader himself. What Luke did next illustrates the true potential of co-creation. We are blessed as human beings with the profound gift of co-creation, allowing us to tap into something much greater than our limited selves. As interconnected beings within a vast and intelligent whole, we naturally live, think, breathe and move in a state of co-creation with everything around us. The question is, what kind of co-creation are we choosing? Is it in positive possibilities, orienting us to joy and unconditional love? Is it in impossibilities, dragging us down in undertow? The answer is not always black and white. Most of us are not living at either of the extremes of impossibilities and positive possibilities, but at some point on the continuum between them. You are likely reading this because you…

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What You See Is What You Get. What Are You Choosing to See?

Last week, we were looking at the amazing gift of co-creation. I recently had an experience that reminded me how essential it is that we understand this innate human power—as well as how our perceptions affect it. I was conversing with a group of friends who are all committed to personal and spiritual growth and the protection of Nature. Yet, the discussion became tense around the topic of co-creation, particularly when someone brought up working with a realized master. Another person in the group did not see how following the direction of a spiritual master could be co-creative. To him, it seemed militant, as though the master was issuing orders for others to obey. Yet, from my experience, the spiritual master we were speaking about was anything but a dictator. The idea was so dissonant with my core that I said the metaphor felt like calling a flower an oppressive leader. Struck by the disparity in perceptions, I was reminded how what we perceive is always coloured by our personalities and experiences. Because of this, our differing perceptions influence our ability to co-create. From a spiritual perspective, our perceptions are limited by our attachments to our past and our projections into the future. The way each person responds to a situation is unique. No two siblings,…

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The Gift of Co-Creation

There is a famous and often-repeated quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” These words, sometimes mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela, are in fact those of Marianne Williamson, in her book A Return to Love. She touches on an important truth of our human existence: we are far more capable than we realize. One of the ways we are most capable, often without realizing it, is in co-creation. This is a gift, allowing us to act in interconnection with all that is. We are born into co-creation. We live through it. Yet rarely do we become conscious of it and the extraordinary opportunity it provides our growth at all levels. Along the path of personal development, we come into understanding of this essential gift and how we are using it in every moment. In so doing, we gain sight of a powerful guiding star on our way to limitless joy and unconditional love, which are our true nature. We become of greater benefit to each other and to the world around us. We can be instruments of grace. Co-creation means different things, depending on our perspective. At the most practical level, co-creation is the bringing together of two energy systems in order to…

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Find Joy Even in The Busiest To-Do List

Hello! Last week I mentioned I was working on a blog on co-creation. I have a lot to say about the topic, so the piece is evolving into a mini-series. Fittingly in this busy time of my life, my article about finding joy in your to-do list was just published on Arianna Huffington’s platform, Thrive Global. I share it with you here: I am now putting the finishing touches on five albums and fourteen books. And that is only the beginning. Live shows, animes, VR, and more… all in service to the swift realization of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS), to protect all life. Since much of my life has been balancing tight deadlines and a passionate vision, I would like to share my experience on how to find joy even in a packed to-do list. We may perceive tasks to do as objects outside ourselves to be conquered and cleared so that we may eventually find freedom and ease. We can lose sight of gratitude for the grace this moment brings, and succumb to feeling that life is happening to us. Ancient yogis and enlightened masters speak of the shimmering veil of illusions, called Maya in Sanskrit, that makes up our phenomenal world. We think that objects, including our thoughts and perceptions, are solid…

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Find Out What Parvati Magazine Readers Love

Okay… confession time. I feel a million miles away! When I go deep into creative mode it is like I have gone into another world. When I speak I am not sure if words will come out, or fully orchestrated sounds! While I listen intimately to the muse to wrap up the creative content (yes, five albums, eight books and two DVDs) in service to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, please enjoy 2018’s favourite articles from Parvati Magazine, lovingly produced every month by volunteers just for you. The Yes Brain What if children’s brains could be helped to become receptive and curious instead of anxious and reactive? Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson explore this idea in their book “The Yes Brain”. We interviewed Dr. Siegel about cultivating the Yes Brain in both parents and children. How to Transform Your Life While Healing the World Science now proves what yogis have known for millennia: when you redirect your energy to giving rather than getting, to serving rather than wanting, your entire biochemistry changes and begins to vibrate at a higher rate. You feel more connected and fulfilled in ways never imagined. A richness begins to grow deep within that banishes unhappiness, gives health and provides a sense of fulfillment. How Kino MacGregor…

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This Is What Whales Know About Karma Yoga

I am so happy to share that my new single “Ocean Anthem” and its music video will be launched later this summer at a special event for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. I will share the official launch date with you soon. In the meantime, enjoy the behind the scenes video clips and photos I have been sharing on social media platforms. And to find out more about the Ocean Anthem release, click here. If you aren’t already on my mailing list, sign up here so I can keep you posted on all the latest news about Ocean Anthem and the many other juicy, heartfelt songs that are coming soon! As soon as I emerged from creative seclusion in my music studio over four months this winter, I immediately shifted into video production to first create an epic angel costume with the help of Sandra Bueler, who just completed the Fashion Design program at Toronto Film School (where her team won the top prize at Project Creativ Catwalk!) and Dora Rust-D’Eye, who recently retired as the internationally recognized costume director for Opera Atelier. Then we came up with an inspired storyboard working with my fabulously talented friend Adam Nathan. The process has been full on, including my first ever underwater shoot this past week. How…

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