The Bone Collector

As the days move forward after my first native sweat lodge ceremony this past Sunday, things are becoming more clear.

I came to Lillooet, BC with intent to spend my summer after graduation in the majestic mountains, inspiring youth, and healing as an individual. Coming into 2013, and the winter solstice, my paradigm has been completely altered. I realized I needed to learn to love myself again, before I could be in a healthy relationship with anyone else. In doing so, I went into my first sweat lodge in search of healing from things in my past that I’ve never worked through. I knew I’ve been holding onto my “story”, and my past experiences because they make up the very fabric of who I am. However, I never understood the simple principle – “We only know what we are taught”.

I wanted to start out my day right today, so I pulled a tarot card while drinking my coffee. This is what it read:

The Bone Collector:

“You are whole and have everything you need within.”

“When the Bone Collector appears, she is asking you to look closely at your circumstances to see if you’re fully present or reacting out of past conditioning and unconscious expectations.

Whenever we’re wounded, especially when we’re young, it’s as if something essential is stolen from us. We adapt, and accept a particular version of the truth that then sets us up to behave a certain way in the future when faced with a situation that reminds us of the original event.  What we know about ourselves thus becomes influenced by a perception of limitation.

You may feel unworthy or without courage; you may see yourself as flawed or unlovable, or expect to be criticized. No matter what your question, the Bone Collector reminds you that the truth is that you are a powerful being with limitless possibilities. She has kept safe what was stolen from you in the wounding and is here for you as you reclaim it now. You have everything you believe you lack, and the Bone Collector is your inner resource. Act as if you have what you need and you’ll find you have it after all. Anything is possible. With awareness, the wounds of the past need not define you.”

 

I’m still baffled by how dead on this is for me! Maybe some of you are feeling the same, and if so, I hope this helps you find clarity.Image

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The New Rules to “Higher Education”

I’ve come to the point where I can’t sleep because my mind is racing with innovative ideas. For me, the best method of expression, is writing everything down and making structure of whats going on in my brain. No, I’m probably not your average full-time student, working two-jobs, all in between an internship and some kind of social life. But with a lot of practice at this college thing, Im able to process what I want for my future, imagine what it will take to get there, and create my own destiny.

You see, four years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, studying Broadcast Journalism with a minor of Environment, Society, and Culture, was more than a defiant experience in my history. Not because my  Advisor told me, “If you think you will ever make a change in the television industry, you’re in for a rude awakening”. But it was like magic when I realized that I had the passion, educational tools, talent, and natural intelligence to go against assumptions made of my capability.  I decided I would make the change I wanted to see in the world, and I would do it on my own terms.

So I stopped trying to convince myself I needed some type of corporate career to be successful, and I used my life, with positive mentors and friends around me, as a new higher education. I pursued my hobby of writing music again, and I emerged myself in the local music scene. Almost instantaneously, I moved to the Twin Cities, transferred to McNally Smith College of Music, and started working with the non-profit, Environment Minnesota.

As If my heart always knew I would eventually, “come home”, I was welcomed with open arms by other amazing, talented, and aspired people, who enjoy the same pleasures the cities in the Midwest have to offer- Art, Culture, History, Food, and Music. I am learning from great people in the industry, and I can see clearly ahead to where this path will take me!

I’m currently  in the process of  combining my world experience with my education. I have tapped into the resource in my mind that holds imagination, creativity, love, and humanitarianism. All the work I’m putting into releasing a demo, establishing a band, and starting a non-profit, is for the greater good and comes from the most genuine place. My question is, “What happened to the Talented Tenth”?

As I move forward, I would like to focus my purpose with a deeper responsibility. I have been strongly influenced by a recent TED Talk I watched titled, “Ken Robinson Says School Kills Creativity”. I encourage people watch it, because he goes under the surface about our education system; for example he discusses the hierarchy of subjects taught  in concurrence with industrialism, the education system is focused on university acceptance, and that intelligence is diverse, dynamic, and distinct.

I think, people will resort to new experiences for education. Since we don’t know what’s going to happen in five years, its undeniable that degrees aren’t the most important criteria for having a successful career. Experience, skills, image, professionalism and networking is what employers are looking for, and gives a fresh perspective on how you should pursue a career.

Robinson says, “I believe the only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology. One in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity. Our education system has mind our minds in the way we have strip mined the earth for particular commodity.  And for the future, it won’t service.  We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children.”

Ken Robinson says school kills creativity

Mikel Wright and the Wrongs – CD Release!

Released July 20th 2012

Last night, July 20th 2012, marked one of the best CD Release parties of the summer! A night filled with familiar faces, and friendly greetings, it was no doubt a great success. Mikel Wright and the Wrongs released their album “We Get Down”, and there was a big dance party, as expected!

One of the best things about the MidWest Music Scene is the deep-rooted, collaborative community that is found here. Mikel Wright demonstrated this type of community perfectly with his opening bands!   For example, Dj Nimo Thehooligan, Duenday, Down Lo, and P.B. & The Jam.  He took the event to a different level by having special guests super jam during each set! Special guests included, Big Zach of Kanser and More Than Lights, Mammoth Jackson, Culture Cry Wolf,  Sine Circle, Tom Alane from Circle of Heat, Mark Joseph from Mark Joseph Project and Down Lo, Sean Anonymous, not to mention, Reed Grimm and Ben Peterson from Shoeless Revolution.  This was a great way to mass support local artists, and the perfect place to do it- The Twin Cities.

Beyond the special experience of being surrounded by such wonderful musicians, collaboration is the leading theme for Mikel Wright’s album, “We Get Down”. Mikel Wright & The Wrongs first broke onto the Minneapolis Music scene in 2007.  The currently tour the MidWest and play at multiple music festivals. Together Mikel and the Wrongs are continually creating a sound of their own. Mikel has the vocal depth of an old blues man with the heart of a twenty-two year old musician. His dynamic voice enforced by the talented band creates a unique funk-filled reggae rock sound that is one of a kind. The bands charismatic rhythms and fascinating lyrics are guaranteed to captivate any audience.

Mikel Wright and the Wrongs’ live shows are always a treat! Fun and interactive, Mikel has a whole “Wrongs Family” that he plays with on different nights at different shows! If you would like to know more information about the “Wrongs Family” check out their info! But no matter who plays, its that kind of music that revives your soul in just one night! Their positive message is refreshing after a long week!

Make sure to follow Mikel Wright & The Wrongs on Facebook, and Twitter, and for more information on the album and band members check their BandCamp.