Let's Get Metaphysical
"Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into." -Wayne DyerIt was just several years ago when I apprehensively dipped my toe into the pool of writing about it. I tried to slip it into the conversation when readers were looking the other way.
I'm talking about the expanding core of what I write and speak about. It's evolved from talking about marketing tactics (such as press kits, cover letters and package design) to encouraging musicians and creative people of all stripes to embrace positive thinking. Now I also touch on concepts that border on being "metaphysical" or "spiritual" in nature.
Coming Out of the Touchy-Feely Closet
The good news is, I'm not alone in delving into these less tangible topics. Enlightened people have been talking about them for centuries. But only in recent years have I noticed authors and speakers more openly expressing the principles to artists, writers and performers.
Examples: Author Joe Taylor Jr wrote recently about Music Miracles and the Power of Intention, and soon after David Hooper responded with Manifesting Music Business Success on his blog.
What's most amusing to me is that three different people located in different parts of the country, who spend a lot of waking hours thinking about music career success, have come to similar conclusions: We live in an abundant world, and with the right mindset, we can tap into its many gifts and rewards -- while giving back at least as much as we take.
No Gurus Allowed
If you've seen the movie What the Bleep Do We Know? or read books by Wayne Dyer or Deepak Chopra, you know what I'm talking about. This isn't about promoting a religion. In fact, it's not about religion at all. I don't sit around and burn incense and meditate all day. I don't pretend to have all the answers to life's great mysteries.
I'm just a regular guy who has learned to open his mind to the possibilities that everyone has access to. And that's probably the biggest thing that has influenced my writing in recent years: understanding that answers, solutions and opportunities aren't "out there" somewhere. They reside within, and it's up to each one of us to stop searching high and low for the Holy Grail and look under our own noses for the real keys to success and happiness.
The DIY Mindset
This philosophy dovetails perfectly with the "do it yourself" movement that is sweeping the planet. People are learning that they no longer have to rely on gatekeepers or lucky breaks to influence their progress.
Hot tip: Want to connect with the most powerful person who can impact your career in the arts? Look in the mirror.
"All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth." -Napoleon Hill