Why You Matter

Naked Songwriter Episode 5: Whose Story Are You Living in?

supergirlIn this 30-minute podcast, DK argues that your individual vision is important to the world. Why?

It’s not because you’re unique, like a snowflake. It’s because following your heart – finding the courage to express your vision and live your dream – is a profound act of creation that changes the narrative of the world.

“Eternity is in love with the productions of time.”
– William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Continue reading

Self-Forgiveness – Imagination in Action

Naked Songwriter Episode 3: Celebrating the Solstice with the revolutionary Prophet of Imagination

naked songwriter podcast episode 3 - imagination in action

Forgiveness: your capacity to create a new life with your mind.

William Blake saw forgiveness as imagination in action.

During a recent “dark night of the soul” experience I received the immense gift of insight into what self-forgiveness means. And what “imagination in action” actually looks like in practice.  Continue reading

Poetry Busking with afrose fatima ahmed

The Naked Songwriter Episode 2: Wrapping the Sacred in the Profane

afrose fatima ahmed poetry busking

afrose poetry busking. Photo (c) James Curtis 2015

DK interviews poet afrose fatima ahmed on taking the plunge and doing what you love, writing intimate poetry for strangers on the street, love, loss, and giving yourself permission to just be you.

“I find that every time I take the risk and I put out the thing that feels too edgy, people respond really well to it. They’re really grateful that I chose not to just wrap it up in puppies and rainbows. They want that rawness. They’re hungry for it. Because we’re all experiencing it every single day but we often don’t find spaces in which we can acknowledge it openly…”

Get your own heart-crafted poem (while metaphor supplies last!) or pick up Afrose’s wonderful chapbook he won’t dance with me at afrosefatimaahmed.com.

Mercury Retrograde Libra Sept. 2015 Podcast

I get as frustrated as anyone during Mercury retrogrades. But I have also learned to love these periods, because Mercury Rx tends to be when I make the biggest changes in my thinking, changes that lead me to more freedom, more money, more joy, and more of what I want out of life. Think of this podcast as a guided tour to the secret places Mercury’s publicist doesn’t want you to know about. And yes, the guided tours I’ve enjoyed most were the ones where the tour guide was obviously just a bit cracked… Continue reading

On my walk today…

What I’m Thinking about When I’m Walking

I do a lot of meditating in motion nowadays. I thought it might be interesting to record my stream of consciousness on my daily walk. The results reminded me of a period when I was crashing at April and Chad’s pad in Berkeley and had just read one of Castaneda’s Don Juan books. I forget which one – I’ve read several of them more than once. But I seized on Don Juan’s statement that if a person would just write down their entire stream of consciousness for (a week? 10 days?) they would overcome the egoic mind and enter a permanent state of nonordinary consciousness.  Continue reading