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“Sometimes you just show up, pay attention and MUSIC happens”

” Sometimes you just show up, pay attention and MUSIC happens ” The Shift – Dr. Wayne Dyer

I was recently watching the movie, “The Shift” by Dr. Wayne Dyer, and when the above quote was spoken, it literally took my breath away. It resonated so deeply inside my body.

I’m often asked if I plan out sets, or asked how do I know what to play next? This quote answers that question perfectly. I often think of my music and DJ’ing as an athlete would when they are in what they refer to as “Being in The Zone.” The zone meaning; connected to source. When I am up in the booth, it feels as if something bigger takes over and it’s as if I slip into becoming a conductor for the universe. Songs play and I hear a whisper of insight as to what needs to be added to the music or what space needs to be cleared. After the insight comes, my mind identifies the missing element and then my body locates the track. It happens so quickly; it’s like one seamless thought.

When we are connected to source, we are given infinite insight, yet our mind and ego want to take all of the credit.   The mind of course is necessary, we need it to execute insight’s desire; it’s a co collaborative effort.  But I find it fascinating how after the execution takes place, the ego wants to chime in and say, “ Wow, look what I just did “ instead of, “Wow look what we (source and I) just did.” After I play, I often reflect on the set, the night, the energy and the crowd and compile a list of things I’m grateful for, this keeps me connected to that infinite source that I am creating with.  Sometimes if the gig was off, my ego wants to be upset or sad. Ego, the ultimate micro manager, has a field day by criticizing and judging every little thing I did or didn’t do.  The more still and present I become the more I can literally feel my ego come into play. Ego is the protector the big brother that says, “I’m not going to let anyone hurt you”.  It’s amazing how that big brother can be so belittling to ourselves and to others at times.

This business, that I have chosen to be in, is filled with ego. Yet it is a business that was originally built on love, dance and freedom of self-expression. Over the years it has been slowly but surely corrupted by ego, power and force. Which promoter is going to out do the next one? Which DJ has the hottest body? Which party will be the highest attended, regardless of the entertainers and patrons that have been lied to or taken advantage of. This saddens me. Although there is no point in wishing that it could be like it was in the past, or waiting for it to be better in the future, I choose to stand for what I believe it can be…..now.

I believe in the power of music and I believe it is merely one vessel that connects us all to ourselves and to source. With that being said, check in with yourself and ask, “ Why do I love this music, the dance or the party? “ If you get quiet enough and truly listen to the answer of your inner-self , I’m sure it will be one of the same… the connection we feel to the music, to our friends, and to the party is energy, we are all energy, and that energy is … source.

Seek on,

Alyson

The Shift

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5 responses

  1. chris chaney

    i feel you on the shift. but i am also concerned. it seems that more and more, electronic music festivals have turned into a mosh pit of extremely “high” dancing patrons… using these chemicals to have a great night but destroying there bodies. How will the electronic music festival evolve away from the drug image and what are you going to do to help? How are we going to make it about the music again and not chasing the next chemical high with music as the side note?

    take care and hope to hear from you soon.
    chris

    October 10, 2010 at 6:53 am

    • Hey Chris,

      I feel you on the scene and how things have changed. I do believe globally people are shifting and when individuals shift, things happen. It’s not possible to change people, people have to want it for themselves. It saddens me to look out into the crowd at times and see what has happened but in the same breath I have to stand in what I believe in. The Music. How I intend on helping is by simply being a pointer, a channel for source to come thru the music. I can’t tell people how to live, I can’t preach to what they should or shouldn’t do, I can only be a vessel and live by example. As Ghandi says ” Be the change you wish to see in the world ” I believe I am that change and I stand for something deeper and will continue to stand in that change until a new shift arises.

      XxOM

      A

      October 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      • chris chaney

        🙂 love your words. thank you. allow me to introduce myself. chris chaney here… born in louisiana, lived all over but back in new orleans. Im 25 years old and engaged to my love brian.

        you speak with a lot of positivity mixed with some great philosophical ideas… you must have some pretty cool hobbies besides mixology and production… reading any cool books? what other channels besides music do you get your positivity and personal fulfillment from?

        I love music, especially electronic music. I spent a number of years when I couldnt resist going out dancing every night living in the french quarter mixing my own music. I remember hearing you in houston and completely blown away by the journey you took everyone on. Made me HIGH on life completely sober.

        I have shifted away from Christianity and personally feel I have evolved past traditional religion into a place that does not need myth to justify morality. Philosophy is what I spend most of my time on currently. Thinking of the world as a single unit and how we can bring positive change to it.

        So what are you seeing out there as you travel? I def see a huge change coming in our way of thinking and how we live our lives. later gator.

        chris

        October 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      • Hey Chris,

        Nice to meet you. I’m from Louisiana as well. 🙂

        I’m always reading, right now i’m reading several books. It depends on the mood that day. I have a list of authors and teachers in the teachers section of this blog. All of them have helped me on this path.
        Browse thru them, maybe something will stand out for you. If your into philosophical type of teachings, try Ken Wilber. You may like him 🙂

        XxOM

        A

        October 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm

  2. michaeltopher

    I love that you recommended ken wilber… I actually recently finished his book the marriage of sense and soul. Good stuff.

    I wrote an article recently about higher consciousness and what it all could mean… why we always feel so connected.

    Would love for you to read it after realizing how much philosophy you are into. May i ask you to email my personal account so i can send you a copy? michael.topher@gmail.com

    good luck with your upcoming sets!
    Later gator.

    October 15, 2010 at 6:31 am

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