I want to share a true story that moves and inspires me.
It’s a reader’s story, someone I’ve never met, whose life was transformed by 1 of the exercises we’ll be doing in Sunday’s workshop, “Crystal Clear for the New Year: A Soul-Guided Journey to Your Deep Truth“.
Her name is Fereshta. She first wrote me back on July 5:
My name is Fereshta and I came across your work from the lovely Daphne Cohn!
I wanted to thank you personally for this beautiful exercise of clarity that you have gifted us with.
I’ve been stuck in a rut of a thousand great ideas for a while now. As a singer, songwriter and peace activist, there are so many ways I can share my gifts. Everyone tells me, to get a following, I need to play dive bars to semi-interested strangers. Well I’ve done that and found very little joy in it.
Having just gone through the 5 senses to clarity exercise, I saw that the brightest beacon for joy in my heart, right now, is to go home to the motherland (Afghanistan) and teach songwriting as a healing modality for catharsis, the release of toxic emotions in the body and for freedom of self-expression.
I could see myself standing in front of a classroom full of children, walking the isles and teaching them songwriting, grading papers and tutoring students. I could hear children’s laughter, my name pronounced correctly in the mothertongue (there is thrill to this I cannot fully explain! when you never hear your name pronounced correctly, it almost feels like you don’t exist), lots of gregarious conversations in Dari. I could feel the warm pink glow in my heart with golden sparkles shimmering all about, feeling warm, relaxed, connected, purposeful, alive and in spirit. It feels like velvet to the touch, with a soft silk lining, like the velvet jackets worn by musicians, poets and revolutionaries in the 60’s. It tasted like chocolate, almonds and green tea with cardamom and smelled like a rose garden fully in bloom.
So thank you, because this clarity after months of soul-searching is an incredibly sacred gift. It may not be what everyone is telling me to do (tour, perform, make money) but it is the experience and contribution my soul longs for most at this time.
With peace, love and blessings,
In September Fereshta wrote me again:
I hope this finds you well and inspired by your days!
I wanted to followup with you and let you know that my vision is expanding. For years now, I have been struggling to “make it” as a rockstar here in LA. Despite an incredibly determined (immigrant) work ethic, nothing has moved forward in my career and I have been incredibly frustrated. When I finally did play a show at the Roxy on Sunset (a dream come true), I could FEEL in the core of my being that something was truly missing. The idea of playing to hundreds or even thousands of semi-interested, mostly drunk strangers who just wanted to party felt so out of alignment with the impact I wanted to make as a healer and a peace activist.
When the gift of your clarity work so beautifully found its way to me, I was able to see and FEEL something so sacred in returning home and helping the war babies of my country heal and empower themselves through music just as I did. It is a far more humbling call than the arenas I longed to play when I began this journey, yet it inspires me to the marrow and infuses me with such a deep sense of contribution and aliveness.
Since then, I’ve begun focusing my efforts on peace and humanitarian work. It’s been so life-giving to align myself with like-hearted companions who share the same intention and moral imperative to unify our human family and revision humanity so that it works for all!
I was limiting my soul by thinking I could only be a musician. I was limiting my soul by focusing on “making it” in LA. Now I have this deep, sweet knowing that being a teacher, role model, poet, activist, musician and global healer are all part of my destiny in this lifetime.
I began as a shy poet girl and thought the top of the mountain would be singing and performing at the Roxy. After all, Tori Amos, Miles Davis and Bob Marley all sang on that stage! And for that shy girl, who was scared to death of being in front of an audience, that stage was the end goal.
However, when I reached the top of that mountain, I sensed more deeply that another mountain was waiting. For me now, that is the children. That is teaching and sharing my story in a way that benefits and contributes to others. And I sense later that it may be global leadership and global solutions as an activist!
I would love to meet you one day and hopefully do that interview. I just spoke at my first elementary school to a room full of 5th graders, and they were so curious and full of questions, learning about the plight of children in Afghanistan and wanting to know how they could help. It was such a moving experience to see children wanting to make the world better, with such open-hearted love. 🙂
Peace, love and blessings,
Now Fereshta just sent me a wonderful update on December 31:
I hope this finds you well and inspired by the promises of a new year!
I just had to write you and let you know my grant application has been approved! I don’t know if you remember, but I wrote you a few months ago after listening to one of your exercises, and having the realization that I am needed in the motherland (Afghanistan) to nurture and support the war children, and to show them a path through music and self-expression that can become their healing modality and life-giving art form. Well, my grant application was approved and I’ll not only be going there for a summer residency and songwriting masterclass, but I’ll actually be paid a teacher’s salary which I was totally not expecting!!!
I am OVER THE MOON excited to see this dream manifest so effortlessly. It seriously required about four emails and some patience on my party, and the Universe said a loud and resounding “Yes!”
I’ve had so many rejections in the LA rock arena, and yet I sensed even then, despite my frustrations, that I was being redirected to something better, something deeper and way more meaningful to my soul and the journey she longs to create!
So thank you, a million thank yous!!!
Wishing you immense joy, deep satisfaction and peaceful bliss!
Pretty darn inspiring, don’t you agree? Plus Fereshta writes so beautifully…
Find out more and connect with Fereshta at www.fereshta.com
See Fereshta’s inspiring “Global Nation” video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Awc83xwjXc
Fereshta will be getting even more clarity and transformation in this Sunday’s “Crystal Clear for the New Year” online workshop. Will you?
Love and blessings,
P.S. Nothing is more fun and fulfilling for me than to help people access their own deep wisdom. The clarity you seek is within you, longing to be heard!