Launching My YouTube Channel Soon And Facing Fear

I’ve been deeply involved with music for most of my life. And according to an astrology report based on my past lives, I’ve been a musician several times before.

You’re probably thinking “so, what’s your point?” And depending on your mental models of the world, you may even be thinking “astrology? Seriously?  Past lives? What?!”

Don’t worry. This article is not about astrology. Maybe in the future. I’m not an astrologer but in my experience, it’s quite a profound tool for self understanding. Even enneagrams (from Sufism) are being accepted into mainstream psychology and the corporate world. I’m simply more familiar with astrology.

And even though I believe (and perceive) that consciousness transcends death of the physical body, I still face my own mortality most days. This inspires me to use my talents and abilities the best I can every day.

I feel like I really have something to say. And if I don’t say it now, I may not get another chance.

sidenote: It’s a paradox to believe in reincarnation but to also be present in the moment. It can be pretty amazing when the veil lifts and the infinite reveals itself to be right here right now.

I’m on a mission to express my soul.

 

What Is Success?

Success to me is being able to express my true and authentic self. My soul. This includes my musical abilities as a singer, songwriter and guitarist.

BUT and this is a part of the struggle I’ve been facing. I also have another part of myself that yearns expression. I’ve been a “mystic” since I can remember. As far back as I can remember  the presence of a mysterious and formless Higher Power has been self evident to me.

Many strange experiences since childhood and I’ve now been seriously practicing a meditative and spiritual path for many years.

I finally realize it’s time to stop thinking about how to blend these 2 voices and just simply start doing it.

 

My Essential Strategy And Main Point Of This Article

My essential strategy for 2018 is to build my fanbase. I intend to do it with YouTube. I’m a bit scared but my excitement and passion are bigger than my fear right now.

I look at my YouTube channel and see my numbers and I think “man, that’s pathetic!” I have like 20 views or something like that on videos.

I should have many more than that! Not because anyone owes me anything or I think I’m “God’s gift.” I’m saying this to myself. “Dude! You should do something about your YouTube channel!”

So far I’ve only used YouTube as a repository to hold my videos so I can share them with you — my subscribers or anyone who happens by my website.

The numbers are pretty low and I really really want to take action on changing that. At least as much as I possibly can.

Will I succeed? Who knows. But I should be able to at least grow my fanbase to larger than it currently is. So I think that makes it well worth the effort and risk.

 

Launching My YouTube Channel

Yes. I already have a YouTube channel. But I’ve never truly “launched” it before. And I’ve certainly never committed to regular video uploading.

This is what I intend to do. I’m going to come up with a schedule that is realistic. Something along the lines of one upload per week along with one blog post per week.

My content will consist of my original songs since that is my main goal. I want more people to be aware of my songs so that hopefully more people can benefit from the inspiration, beauty and entertainment that they perceive in them.

And songwriting is really the reason why I do what I do at the end of the day. For me, there’s nothing like having an idea in your heart and mind and then bringing it to life.

I’ll also do my best to do a new blog post like this once a week or so. We’ll have to see how the scheduling goes because I’m already so busy writing, practicing, learning and upgrading skills, teaching students, etc.

I may need to cut back on how much social media interaction I do from my Instagram channel. I usually do this in the mornings — but I’ll probably cut back to 2 or 3 days weekly so I can blog and create video content.

 

Cover Songs

Since not very many people have heard of me, and the Internet world’s a pretty big and noisy place, I’ll need to do some cover songs so that people will find me on YouTube.

Here’s where it gets tricky. I have made a list of cover songs that I think I would enjoy doing a version of, but I don’t want to paint myself into a corner and wander off track from my original music.

However, I think I’ll have fun doing some covers. Mostly just guitar and voice so it should be fun and challenging to make them come to life in an interesting and cool way.

 

Guitar Instrumentals

I spend a fair amount of time playing my guitar (not as much as you may think since I need to spend time singing and keeping my voice strong as well as writing music and lyrics. Not to mention maintaining some basic chops on the piano). So I’ll probably do videos where I just play guitar. Acoustic and electric.

 

Behind The Scenes

There’s not much going on behind the scenes here, but if I think of something I’ll share it. Perhaps something I’m working on, new lyrics, how I work, etc. A few videos of this nature.

 

My Story

I’ll definitely share my thoughts. I can’t make music videos all the time — they tend to take a fair amount of preparation.

I think deeply a lot about life, who we are, mystical experiences…some call it “woo.” I find the term derogatory and arrogant since the fact that we exist at all is ALREADY pretty “woo” don’t you think?

That said, I do respect the beliefs of others. I believe very strongly that Love (understanding, empathy and sanity — not sentimentality) is the answer. We all have mental models of the world. Some of us don’t realize that we do, however.

So I’ll make videos about “woo” and how to overcome challenges, never give up, etc. They may also include books I’m reading that I’m excited to share.

I’ll probably write about spirituality and “grounded transcendence” in my blog as well.

 

Then What?

If I can grow a fanbase around my music this year, I’ll be thrilled to say the least! I don’t know what then, but hopefully many more possibilities will  open up to me that aren’t open to me right now.

I’ve come to realize it’s not so much about how good your music is as much as it is the experience of connection it provides for people.

Although for myself as an artist, I derive my own sense of satisfaction through creating something that reaches up to my own standards of what I want to hear. I also believe there’s a certain energetic “fingerprint” that gets encoded to the music. But that’s for another article on another day.

Although the past year has been a success filled year in many ways (and for which I’m incredibly grateful) hopefully my music will resonate with more even people this year!

Maybe I can even manage to outsource some of the recording responsibilities. When I do ALL the recording myself it takes a tremendous amount of time.

That way I can focus more on creating new music and other value filled content.

 

My Purpose

Another deeper and more soulful purpose with this mission helps to fuel me is this: I hope my story and journey will inspire others to do the same with whatever their mission is.

I really want to do my part in my little corner of the world to make the world a better place. By “better place” I don’t mean some kind of utopia like the one John Lennon sang about in Imagine.

Although I’m idealistic as well, I’m more of what you could call a pragmatic idealist.

My wish is to simply bring more sanity into the world.

If my sparks can help spark someone else, then I’ve done my job. Let’s bring more sanity in and eliminate more of the madness that seems to surround us. That’s our task right now.

Bigg Luv,

Dave

 

Further Reading

Once A Musician Always A Musician

Why Am I A Spiritual Teacher?

What Is Success?

Practicing Persistence

Why Do I Do It?

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What Is Holding You Back From What You Want Out Of Life?

What is holding you back from what you want out of life? Recently I’ve been asking myself a lot of questions. The kind of questions that have the potential to bring new information to light and reorganize our minds. “What do I really want of life?” has been the main one. “Who or what am I?” are ongoing for me as part of my spiritual practice.

Often our minds have a state of inertia to new information, however. Our ego wants to keep us safe in our comfort zone and will resist taking in new information that has the potential to change our lives.

By the way, my song Butterfly is about this idea of transformation after a struggle.

 

What Do You Want Out Of Life? Looking Within For Answers

Questions such as “what is life? What do I want out of life? What actions can I take? Is there anything I need to learn? Is there anything I’m not looking at? etc.” can be helpful in getting answers.

The trick is we need to be listening when the answers come on cue. And they do. But we have to be willing to listen.

Recently, a few people have randomly said something along the lines of “when you’re famous” to me when talking about my music.

I didn’t pay any attention to it at first. Here’s why…

Being on a path of personal and spiritual growth I made a decision many years ago that fame was “bad.” Not to mention observing so many celebrities having huge issues and falls from grace.

I thought fame was a dangerous thing (perhaps it is — but that’s for another discussion). Many years ago, when I was aligned with that kind of  thinking, I got into trouble with alcohol etc. I was very active in bands and although this was because I was a serious and dedicated musician, I also based my sense of self worth on how well my band did. I wanted notoriety — and actually had some here in Toronto’s club scene with one of my bands starting to build a small and loyal following.

Energy Vampires

sidenote: It turned out that my co founder in that band was an “energy vampire” and I eventually realized I had to walk away. The gift in that was that I realized I truly wanted to be a solo artist. As a highly empathic person it took me a while to understand learn that there are people who truly do not have your best interests in mind.

But because of what people said to me (about being famous) recently, I reviewed my feelings about fame. I discovered it was probably better to have an open mind to the possibility. Especially since on a conscious level I’ve been doing my best to find the people who would appreciate my music and be uplifted by it.

 

Everybody Wants To Rule The World…

If I’m pushing away fame, I may inadvertently be blocking the flow of energy I need to get my music and message out in front of people.

I realized with all the reflection and self inquiry I’ve done in my life — along with the experience I’ve gathered — that I’m now far less vulnerable to either criticism or flattery (I’m not perfect — I DO certainly prefer compliments, but it doesn’t make me overly excited. It’s more like “Cool. That’s very nice to hear”).

It suddenly struck me that fame being dangerous was nothing more than an unexamined belief. Fame is like anything else. It’s neither “good” nor “bad.” There’s no need to label it. There’s enough polarization going on in our world as it is! I don’t have to agree with your opinions — or even like you, for that matter — in order to Love you as a part of the tapestry of Life.

Besides, I have a theory that eventually fame won’t be something that exists anymore. Everyone will be so connected and a vast number of talented people will be heard in various ways. It’s already well on it’s way now.

I don’t need fame to own my own sense of natural self esteem — the kind where I don’t feel above or below anyone. Even thought we’ve been taught since any of us can remember about the “pecking order” in our society.

I don’t need fame to prove myself to anyone, although that might be a little gravy to add to the pie where any naysayers are concerned!

 

What Are You Afraid Of That Just Might Be Holding You Back?

But I’m no longer afraid of it. Wanting to hide our light for fear of others disapproving of us is an almost universal plight. I’ve been struggling with it my whole life, but I think I’m beginning to see results and feeling much more freedom!

I’m not saying that “fame” will happen for me. I honestly don’t think it’s a realistic possibility as I’m not very aligned with mainstream media. But the subconscious fear of fame is no longer blocking my energy, beliefs or actions.

Why all this talk about fame? I’m a musician and speaker. The more people know about me, the more impact my message has. And this means I can spend even more time and energy focusing on creating this message via my music, writing and talks.

As I said, I’m fairly confident that fame in my case would definitely not be celebrity status. That’s fine as that is not what I truly want. What I want is more like that 1,000 true fans type of ideal. I’d like to be able to continue life normally while making my authentic contributions.

Like a successful self-help book author whom you may not recognize on the street type of thing (unless you were their fan). That would be really nice.

If not, I will continue learning, growing and making the best music I can. Writing the best articles I can.

Loving the people in my life to the best of my ability. And above all, being grateful for what is here now in the present moment.

What about you? What do you want out of life?

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Resurrect Your Heart

I wrote “Resurrect Your Heart” in August of 2017. It was inspired by hearing Mary give healings and readings. She is often coaching people who are experiencing love relationship difficulties.

Our “egoic” selves are conditioned to look for fulfillment in the world.

The trick is, it’s not there! Unless you’re talking about the kind that comes and goes.

If you’ve ever bought a brand new car, you’ll know the “new car smell” eventually fades.

We need to find the source of Love and Happiness within our own beingness. The kind of peace that is unshakeable.

“Resurrect Your Heart” is about finding that Love within. I know there’s a whole movement these days that says love yourself. And that can be confusing. Who is loving who? What part of you is loving some other part?

We already ARE the love that we seek. And the more we remember that, the more love we have to BRING to relationships instead of looking to GET love from relationships.

And in my experience, the more I realize the truth of my nature (this is not an intellectual realization, it’s directly experienced when thoughts slow down) the more relaxed and less fearful.

This in turn leads to others feeling better when they are around me, which simply becomes an upward spiral.


Sidenote: You don’t have to formally meditate to experience your thoughts slowing down. You can easily  do this through saying “yes” to the present moment. Letting go of resistance to “what is” is my favourite method and the one I use most.

You can also do this in flow state such as when you are deeply engaged in an activity like gardening, playing sports or playing guitar.


That’s basically what “Resurrect Your Heart” is about. I’ve had times in my life when I didn’t know what I do now. At least not through my own direct experience.

I unwittingly believed (due to conditioning) that love was somewhere in the world. This leads to disappointment and even “bad” choices.

Often this pain is what leads us to  question what we were taught, and to turn around and look within. We want to free ourselves from the unnecessary pain and suffering.

But then once you find the love inside yourself, you just want more of it!

And you want others to find it too! So that’s why I wrote the song “Resurrect Your Heart.” No matter where you are, how long you’ve been there, in whatever dark place, you can resurrect your heart.

And since we are spiritual beings having a human experience, all is well and unfolding as it should.

Hope you enjoyed this article and my song “Resurrect Your Heart.” Please share it with others if you think they will too. See the lyrics below.

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Resurrect Your Heart

Crash tested heart
Crushed to dust
You thought it was different this time
You believed those kisses said she loved you

Your frozen limbs and bottled tears a nightmare of your worst fears
How could a lover do this to ya’?

ooh ooh the shadows grow blacker in the night
ooh ooh when you’re afraid of morning’s light!

Chorus
When there’s so much pain hey!
Things never seem to go your way
Don’t you know you can resurrect your heart?

When there’s so much pain hey!
It never seems to go away
Don’t you know you can resurrect your heart.

Verse
Why comb your hair?
Says a ghost of despair
your mind can’t find a signal
Why did someone take your disadvantage?

Yes, take some time to clear your mind
Some things no longer serve you
But don’t get stuck in those voices in your head

ooh ooh the shadows grow blacker in the night
ooh ooh when you’re afraid of morning’s light…

Chorus=>

Bridge
‘Cos you’re not alone
So many hearts have been there
One day you’ll know
that true love lives inside you
no one can forsake your love
no one here can break you…but you!

Chorus=>

Outro
cos it’s your heart now and you can
resurrect your heart if you play your part
it’s your heart now and you can
resurrect your resurrect your heart
‘cos it’s your heart and you can
resurrect oh resurrect your heart
if you play your part now you can
resurrect your oh resurrect your heart!

Music and Lyrics ©2017 by Davidson Yeager

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Being An Artist In A Fast Changing World

Davidson Yeager spiritual teacher and musician

“How’s your writing going?” someone asked me today. She was referring to my songwriting. I was flattered like anybody is when someone is interested in what we do.

“It’s going great!” I confidently shot back. And in truth, it is. This person is a musician also (in a professional orchestra) and was in town for rehearsals and shows.

sidenote: this took place after a Zumba class where Mary will often play my songs for the cool down at the end of classes.

I explained further that I am fortunate to work on it everyday — albeit and hour here, 2 hours there, 30 minutes there.

I went further and shared that I’d made a decision many years ago that no matter what the world said or didn’t say in regard to my music didn’t matter.

“I don’t need the world’s permission to be an artist!” I said.

She agreed. Then she said, “ but it must be so hard. I mean everybody here loves your music and appreciates it, but there’s so much competition (and noise!)”

I replied “true, but that’s how I know that there are people who will genuinely appreciate my music. It’s up to me to find more of them somehow.”

 

Being An Artist…

This brief conversation got me reflecting on my decisions a bit. And I decided to write about it here.

I know I’ve talked before about being at the “crossroads.” And it wasn’t to make a deal with the devil, it was feeling frustrated with being a musician.

Having a calling can be a double edged sword. A blessing or a curse depending upon how you look at it.

And the view can change dynamically in real time as your life unfolds and depending upon context.

It also depends a great deal upon how you’ve integrated the lessons involved.

By lessons I mean there’s a wild untamed spirit inside of us all. We get socialized. I have nothing against society. There are many benefits to being a member.

But I realize that I’ve never allowed my wild spirit to be completley squandered. By wild spirit I’m not talking about having issues with authority and rebelling (been there, done that!) .

 

How I Managed To Do This Despite The Best Efforts Of Others Is Revealed Below…

It’s useful to be able to use the various personas and masks that we all develop in order to interact with society.

I just never completely bought into them. I almost have at times. But fortunately for me, I always managed to escape at the last minute.

I’m finally beginning to learn and assimilate how to be true to myself and also contribute to society and the lives of others at the same time.

Most of us are unbalanced on one side or the other. Many people sacrifice themselves and then end up resenting or being cynical. It’s not easy — no one gets taught these things in school, that’s for sure! Of course, it’s the opposite.

 

Beginners In Love

You could say that society and relationships were first designed for survival. But we all know that Life is more than mere survival. “Work to get money to buy food to get strength to work to get money to buy food to get strength…”

But after thousands of years, humans in general seem to be at a crossroads. One where relationships are chosen for a sense of connection and intimacy. A synergy between the partners.

I’ve seen this type of relationship coined a “vital” relationship.

And this synergy can expand into the community and into the world.

So we’re all beginners in this expansion  together. It’s pretty cool do this dance. Is there one word I could use to say what method I personally used? Yes. Love.

If you read this far, keep the fires of love for yourself and Life burning. Whatever it takes, do this! This creates an alchemy of character and soul that no science can ever explain.

Nothing in the world will ever be able to hurt you.

Butterfly: A Soothing Song About The Transformative Power Of Love

Butterfly soothing song
Artwork by Mary

Butterfly is a soothing song is about how my relationship with my wife Mary has transformed me.

After the honeymoon brain chemicals wear off, we have a choice to explore love. To be creative with learning about love.

Luckily for me, Mary’s on the same page.

Sometimes we don’t agree. And sometimes these can trigger sensitive issues from the past. We need to be careful with these situations. I look at these disagreements as opportunities to release suppressed energy from the past.

The trick is to stay alert while you feel these intense feelings. It’s usually a feeling of wanting to control (or be out of control). But because you love the other person and you want to grow, you do your best to let go. Breathe. Listen.

And when it’s appropriate to get some time on your own, you can use specific spiritual tools or methods to get in touch with your core essence of Love. Things will usually shift right away.

Of course, a little arguing is like rain. It’s healthy.  It can clear the air. But too much causes a lot of serious damage!

 

 

Butterfly: A Soothing Song

The other fantastic thing I’ve discovered is that the more I transform negativity within myself, the more Mary is willing to listen to what I want.

So I’m also practicing and learning to actually listen to her. Understand her. Without needing to be “right.”

This creates space for Love and Creativity to enter. To heal. I am able to love unconditionally at a much higher level now than I ever could in the past.

If my heart does close out of fear, I’m able to open it up again relatively quickly. Thanks to my muse and honey, Mary! 🙂

It’s a really incredible journey we are taking together!

So that’s what the song is about. I like to say Butterfly is a soothing song.

 

How “Butterfly” Came To Be Produced

As usual, I wrote the song and proceeded to record it. I played and sang all the parts in my home studio.

I then mixed the song to the best of my ability. I’m getting pretty decent at mixing, but I wouldn’t call myself a world class mixing engineer. But I’m pretty good.

My friend and mentor Gary Gray has helped me a great deal with my mixing skills by giving me feedback on my work.

I then apply his suggestions until the mix is ready.

 

Now The Story Gets Interesting!

I had actually forgotten about the song for a couple of years. I write a fair amount of songs, so I’d already moved on.

Butterfly sat on the shelf.

One day, Mary was filming in her office looking for fairies. She’s really into the whole realm of Nature Spirits.

They show up as orbs and dancing lights. Dusk is the easiest time to see them. If they show themselves.

I wasn’t sure about them before, but I’m a believer now. I’ve felt their presence and seen them too many times now.

The film Mary took that evening was the first time I’d seen them.

And she was playing my unmastered version of Butterfly while she filmed!

I was listening and thinking to myself “wow! It’s a better song than I remembered. Hmm…”

 

Enter Magic…

Around the time of this fairy filming experience, I was notified that I was a finalist in an international song competition I’d entered.

I’d won a prize of $2500.00 worth of mixing and mastering. Help from the fairies? Perhaps it was. I can definitely use all the help I can get! 🙂

The studio I used was Gary’s. He’s worked with a lot of very talented people down in Los Angeles, so I feel very grateful to have his input on my song.

That’s how I got Butterfly mastered. That’s the version you hear now.

Gary’s partner, Kristen LaRoche is a rock solid and very talented drummer. She played live drums in Gary’s studio to replace my drum programming.

 

What Is Mastering?

Mastering is bringing the sound to a certain standard. The song could be played beside anything you hear on the radio.

This requires a great deal of technical expertise which I don’t possess!

It basically has to do with the loudness, punch and shine of the music.

There are people who will do it for you on the internet for a cheap price — but the results are not at all impressive.

Major artists will typically be very selective about their mastering engineer. I’ve read that Canadian artists Rush will personally go to New York to a mastering engineer there.

Mastering is the final stage of production. But it’s no less important than the original songwriting, performances in the studio and mixing.

Here’s The Video Where You Can See Fairies And Orbs

Important Note: The music gets really distorted for some reason at a couple of places. But I thought the video is still interesting and decided it was worth posting. This is the unmastered version of Butterfly with my “drumming” (played on keyboard).

The 2nd song is my song “Whispers In The Wind.” I recorded that several years ago when I was first learning to record my own projects at home. I will quite possibly re do this song again in the future. I think it has good potential.

Butterfly Lyrics copyright Davidson Yeager

Butterfly before I found you I was on the run

Butterfly I knew a change had to come

Butterfly I left the past behind and I reached for the Golden Sun

Butterfly somthin’ in me had to die for you to come my way

And I went down so many dead end roads lookin’ for you

Now that I found you I don’t want to go oh no

Butterfly you dry the tears from my eyes

Butterfly no clouds in my sky

Butterfly you bring the world on a string

Butterfly let’s dance and sing!

Butterfly now that you’re with me my heart it sings so free

Butterfly you’ve opened up my eyes I see through this world’s thin disguise

Butterfly on the day I die you and I will continue to fly

‘Cos my Butterfly Destiny. Dance partners under the sun.

ooh I went down so many dead end roads lookin’ for you

Now that I found you I don’t want to go oh no

Butterfly you dry the tears from my eyes

Butterfly no clouds in my sky

Butterfly you bring the world on a string

Butterfly let’s dance and sing!

Now that I’ve found out where I’d hidden my pot of gold

It wasn’t at the end of the rainbow

It was with me all of the time, Butterfly

Butterfly you dry the tears from my eyes

Butterfly no clouds in my sky

Butterfly you bring the world on a string

Butterfly let’s dance and sing!

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Song About Spiritual Awakening

 

 

A song about spiritual awakening. People have reported feeling calmed and uplifted by listening to “Soul.”. It’s definitely a song that comes from higher realms.

To be honest, most of my songs come to me as flashes of inspiration.

Either the main part or the entire song.

From there, it’s a matter of applying craftsmanship to bring it into the world.

 

Playing And Discovering Between Guitar Students

I also teach guitar. (I’ve now taught over 10,000 private guitar and piano lessons in my career!)

I’d finished teaching for the evening and has about 20 minutes before leaving to participate in Mary’s Zumba class.

I was noodling about on my guitar. In this case I think it was my acoustic steel string.

The entire melody and chords just popped right in out of thin air. Even a few of the lyrics.

In these situations where I don’t have much time ( that’s usually when these flashes of inspiration happen!) I either record it quickly or write it out on music notepads.

I recorded it so I wouldn’t forget it — plus some of the lyrics were coming out spontaneously as I vocalized the melody.

You may also enjoy reading about how songs happen.

 

Song About Spiritual Awakening And My Left Brain

The left brain part of writing kicked in quietly and suggested it be a song about spiritual awakening. Yes! 🙂

When I wrote the song I was connecting with some very deep parts of Life. And I was truly feeling that come hell or high water, I was going to bring my Soul’s mission to bear in this world.

Whatever perceived failure (and I’ve had oh so many! Lol) I may have to go through — and whatever success might come my way, I EXIST!

I have a right to be me. And my voice deserves to be heard.

That’s the basic vibe of “Soul.” So I want you to bring YOUR Soul to bear on the world. Don’t allow fear and doubt to hold you back.

I’ve experienced fear and doubt at every step along the way of my journey. But I learn and get stronger by going around it or simply ignoring it.

Like I said above, I’ve had more than my share of “failure.” As an artist it feels like you’re literally putting your heart and soul on the line.

People are busy so sometimes all you hear for all of your hard work is “crickets.” But you can’t stop making music when that’s what you are here to do.

Making music is my calling. Not only because I love writing, singing and playing guitar. Because it’s my sacred duty.

 

Song About Spiritual Awakening
Soul Cover Art by Mary

“SOUL”  by Davidson Yeager

                                                              © 2011 all rights reserved

All of my walls falling down

Down to the ground

Down down

 

Choirs of Angels call my name

Where do I start?

Where is my Heart?

 

I’m bringing my Soul to this world

Calling It down ’til It walks this ground

Bringing my Soul to this world

Don’t know what else there’s to do…

 

Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid

Go with the flow

Give up your control

Choirs of Angels call your name

Where do you start?

Where is your Heart?

 

You’re bringing some Soul to this world

Calling It down ’til It walks this ground

Bringing some Soul to this world

Don’t know what else there’s to do, hey!

 

Me and you. Not a lot to do.

Let’s bring Soul Love to this world

http://davidsonyeager.com/songs-by-davidson-yeager/that’s so blue yeah!

 

Bringing my Soul to this world

Calling It down ’til It walks this ground

Bringing my Soul to this world

Don’t know what else there’s to do…

Thanks for reading. As I said above, “Soul” is a song about spiritual awakening — so please share this article with anyone you think will be uplifted and inspired by it 🙂

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Searching For My Soulmate: “Wonderwoman” Song

Searching For My Soulmate
Wonderwoman

 

 

For many years, I was searching for my Soulmate. Wonderwoman is about part of this search. What I had to do. The courage. The faith. The trust and the inner work. It’s like this:

Soulmates are the one. Twin flames feel like the one, but they aren’t. Twin Flames can be sometimes, but that’s only after going through chaos and doing a lot of inner work on yourself.

I wrote this song to inspire myself, console myself and to give myself hope. It’s one of the songs from my EP “Hey Mary Hey” which is inspired and dedicated to my wife and Soulmate, Mary 🙂

 

Searching For My Soulmate (Somewhere In The Late 1990’s…)

I was co founder of an original band playing the Toronto club scene (and searching for my soulmate in my spare time 😉

We had a strong following, but things were going sour with band relations — as they tend to do — and it was no longer fun for me.

I stopped bringing in my ideas to the band practices and soon left the band. I hit the open mic circuit really hard with a lot of unleashed musical creativity.

I was dating different women at the time. In a few cases, even though there was attraction and/or connection, deep down I knew we weren’t meant to be.

I knew I couldn’t settle. Or even hope that things would work out with these women in the way I wanted deep in my heart.

That’s how I came up with the idea for this soulmate song, Wonderwoman.

As I said above, it’s a song about soulmates and twin flames.

 

Searching For Your Soulmate? Follow Your Heart

I felt as if there was a knowing in my soul that was calling to me. My soulmate. I couldn’t see her, and I didn’t know who she was.

I just knew she existed. Somewhere. I could feel her in my heart and soul.

I named her Wonderwoman. And I wrote the song. About never settling for less than your Soulmate.

Check this out:

When I did meet my Soulmate (Mary) many years later, she was a huge fan of Wonderwoman and Lynda Carter.

How about you? Have you ever felt these kinds of feelings? Are you searching for your Soulmate? Have you had a Twin Flame experience? Are you with your Soulmate?

Please leave me a comment below. And please share this post with your friends.

You may also enjoy reading:

Finding Your Soulmate Song: “Hey Mary Hey!”

Eternal Soulmates Part 2

Return to Songs by Davidson Yeager

 

Wonderwoman Lyrics

Wonderwoman   words and music by Davidson Yeager copyright 2015

VERSE 1

I…you know I am a lover

It’s just me and sister music undercover

I just wanna be a friend

It’s just the way I am until the bitter end

No you… you say you’re in love

But all your bags are packed with pain and misery

You don’t wanna be free

CHORUS

I was dreaming’ of

Me and Wonderwoman

Inside of my mind

There’s not enough time enough time

She says

Me and Wonderwoman

You know it’s outta control

But if you believe in her

She’ll give you her soul

Give ya!

VERSE 2

I…I’m trying’ to break black water

And my heart is like a lamb being led to the slaughter

You…you’re such a smokin’ hot glamour

Yeah but I’m just using you you’re using me

I’d much rather be free!

CHORUS

Now I’m back to

Me and Wonderwoman

Inside of my mind

There’s not enough time enough time

She says

Me and Wonderwoman

You know it’s outta control

But if you believe in her

She’ll give you her soul

Give ya!

OUTRO

Woman

Wonderwoman

Me and wonder woman

My wonder woman

Well I wonder!

Woman

Wonderwoman

Wonderwoman, etc.

 

The Goal Of Meditation

The goal of meditation is to realize that you are not your thoughts or feelings. It’s to realize your true nature — Consciousness or Beingness.

Meditation can’t really be learned, it’s more like it’s “given” to you. There are many techniques that can assist you with realizing your true nature, but they are not the thing itself.

However, most of us can make good use of these techniques — especially in the beginning stages.

Some examples of techniques are breathing, visualizing, chanting and the “technique that requires no technique.”

There are other paths as well. These are outlined very well in yoga literature. For example the path of service — karma yoga. Or the path of devotion — bhakti yoga.

No one path is better than any other. The best one is the one that works for you. Everyone has a technique that will work best for them.

Don’t overthink it. If you’re inspired by spiritual growth and discovering your true nature, anwhere you start is good. From there, your intuition will gradually open up to the point where your own Inner Guide(s)/Teacher will begin to instruct you.


The Mind Is Noisy

Just like your heart beats and your fingernails grow, your mind makes noise. It chatters. It thinks. It “chews” on things.

In other words, our minds are simply a tool (like any organ in our body) for our Beings to use in order to experience ourselves in the physical dimension. In time.

The mind can’t be found, because it’s simply a composite of programs. Most of which were created in childhood.

Does this mean you need to spend years in therapy? In my experience the answer is no. Although an enlightened therapist can be helpful for some, focusing on “fixing” and digging up the past is not very effective.

It’s much more direct to simply drop the whole thing.

How? Again, when you meditate — and remember you can meditate with your eyes open and in the midst of action — you observe your thoughts and feelings and have the direct experience that you are the one watching them. You are not them.

As soon as you see this for yourself, the pull of these patterns begins to weaken. With persistence, you can free yourself from many of these problematic patterns.

 

How Much Do You Want Freedom?

One of the keys is to want freedom more than you want the world. I believe Jesus is quoted as saying this in the New Testament. And of course, none of this is new. One of my favourite spiritual teachers Lester Levenson (founder of the Sedona Method) is fond of saying this.

Most of these insights have been around for thousands of years. It’s just that they don’t have a big audience.

Most people want to get their happiness from external things in the world. This is futile. Have you ever seen the movie Ice Age? The mini animation at the beginning features a sabre toothed squirrel named Skrat. Skirt will do anything to protect his acorn. Search out the video if you haven’t seen it — it’s very funny because it’s how most of us live our lives.

It’s not that you won’t have some successes and wins, it’s just that if you pin all your hopes on things of the world your going to be waiting to be happy.

note: as a matter of fact, our minds are storehouses of great potential creative power. We have to power to co create our lives. We are not victims of fate. I will be writing about this more in the future.

 

The Goal Of Meditation: Work From The “Inside” To The “Outside”

Instead of wanting a certain condition (a spouse to behave in a certain way, a promotion, your children to do better in school, etc.) to make you happy, you can give yourself the happiness directly.

It’s as simple as making a decision to not need that person, place or thing to be a certain way in order to be happy.

Another way of looking at it is the things that make you unhappy no longer need to be a reason to create more suffering for yourself.

I realize this is not easy. It takes practice. It goes against the grain of everything in our culture and conditioning.

But the more you practice, the more and more freedom will open up inside of you. And one day you’ll find yourself noticing how much of your power you’ve taken back.

Like anything, we’ll all probably have to practice this for the rest of our lives. But the cool thing is that you’ll gain your own direct experiences.

Many people are stressed because they are overly identified with their mind and body as being the totality of who they are.

When you believe you are the body, you know that you don’t know when your planned expiration date is. Just that it will happen.

 

What Are You?

But when you have direct insights into the truth of who you are, you realize the answer to the question “what happens when the body dies?” Nothing. Nothing happens.

You are pure awareness. You are Beingness. You are. You were never born and you’ll never die. You are Unlimited Beingness playing at being limited in a human form.

When you have those insights for yourself more often you begin to relax more. You start to become more spontaneous and loving to the people around you.

You may still get upset at times — but instead of being something that you use to be right and to cut yourself off from others, you use it as an opportunity to let go and get back into alignment with your own inner happiness. It’s always a choice.

Our ego’s/minds want to hold on to the suffering because that sense of being a separate individual is what feeds the ego.

But what we find out as we relax into the feelings and allow them to flow through us is that we’re still here.

I’m planning another meditation and mindfulness workshop in October — depending on when I can book the room.

I have some new and fun experiential mindfulness techniques to explore with you — as well as some new guided meditations.

I’ll keep you posted as to the date.


 

Yoga Classes

Yoga is a great mindfulness exercise in and of itself. Be mindful and get fit at the same time!

Classes are on Monday’s at 6:15pm at St. Nicholas Church 1512 Kingston Rd. (at Warden)

Tuesdays at 7:00pm at Kingston Rd. United Church 975 Kingston Rd.

Saturday’s at 10:00 am at Kingston Rd. United Church

note: These yoga classes are in Toronto, Canada.

My Recent Bob Dylan Phase

 

I recently went through a Bob Dylan phase.

Every once in a while I go through a phase where I get obsessed with an artist or song. I listen to them. I read about them. I check out interviews.

My musical influences are many and fairly eclectic.

But as I said, right now I’m in a Bob Dylan phase. “Dylan?” you say, “that’s nothing new.”

No. He’s been around for a while. And I know some people who refuse to listen to him because they don’t like his voice. I say, who cares about that. I like his voice. It’s Bob Dylan.

But you know what? His lyrics and melodies break your heart open if you listen and can understand the symbolic language of poetry.

Leave your left brain at the door when listening to Bob Dylan and you’ll be well rewarded.

 

Not My First Bob Dylan Phase

This is not the first time I’ve had an intense phase of learning about Dylan’s muse. The previous several times were more focused on the work that everybody associates with him. “Like A Rolling Stone”, “Tangled Up In Blue”, etc.

This time ‘round I’m really digging into a larger span of his work. A brilliant album from 1983 called “Infidels” that was produced by Mark Knopfler and features Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) and Sly and Robbie (drum and bass duo from Bob Marley’s band).

I love most of the songs on this LP. Check out this gorgeous song called “Sweetheart Like You.”

Also some stuff from an album in 1997 called “Time Out Of Mind” that was produced by Canada’s own Daniel Lanios (producer of U2’s The Joshua Tree, etc.)

And there’s a really cool song he released in 2000 for a movie soundtrack called Wonder Boys. The song is called “Things Have Changed” and ended up winning a Grammy for song of the year.

Did you know that his lyrics are now studied in major universities such as Harvard?

He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

He’s definitely an interesting cat. To quote the New York Times, it’s something about his Trickster Mystique.

Earlier in the summer I had a Burton Cummings/The Guess Who phase. I love the way he can either croon like butter or sing raspy and menacing. High or low. Crazy set of pipes on him. And he’s from Winnipeg which just happens to be where I was born.

Before that it was Led Zeppelin(again). And I also had a mini phase looking at Bobby Darin.

Mary says that because I have a Cancerian influence in astrology that it gives me an appreciation of the past. Cool.

 


New Songs In The Fire

I’ve been busy writing and recording new songs. I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you!

I also have some new and unexpected developments happening in terms of my music. I’ll let you know as it unfolds more.

This year has been full of so much change for me! I’ve been at the crossroads several times before — where I wondered if continuing to make music was worth it. And I’ve always been guided to continue. And it’s been more than worth it everytime.

This is the one time I really thought I had to put my dreams away. And I have. They were old dreams. Related to an old point of view.

Funny thing is, that the music is flowing through me even stronger.

Maybe because I don’t care as much. Maybe because I’m not as attached to any outcome. I just love to create music and share it — as long as I don’t have to compromise my happiness by being away from home and family a lot.

So I’m still an artist. It’s my calling. I didn’t choose it. I was born this way. 

I am however, branching out. As you know, I now teach yoga. Love it!

 

note: Monday’s at 6:15pm at St. Nicholas Church (Warden and Kingston Rd.) if you’re interested.

 

I’ve always been a mystic and poet at heart and studied metaphysics. So helping Mary with her psychic business and doing some tarot readings to teach people wisdom is a perfect fit.

And of course my meditation/mindfulness workshops. It’s all about letting go of baggage. Y’know?


My Life Vision

I put my Life Vision into words this summer: “To inspire and teach people that the true source of love and happiness is within. And to make as much music along the way as possible.”

Yoga Teacher Trainings And Intensives

 

I’ve just completed a series of yoga teacher trainings and intensives. What is going on? Well, I’ve always appreciated (hatha) yoga as a form of fitness and self care.

And my insights into “who am I?” and “what is this Life?” are pretty much aligned with the “spiritual” and “philosophical” branches of yoga.

Yoga Teacher Trainings YogaFit Level 1
My YogaFit Level 1 Karma Hours completed 🙂

 

I have practiced hatha yoga since the millenium — I had a great teacher whose classes I used to attend regularly. He’s now retired, but he was a really cool older english gentleman who was also a jazz musician.

His classes were filled to capacity back in the day and I really enjoyed them.

However, once I started to practice on my own and look around at some other yoga schools, I just didn’t find a fit.

Although I entertained the idea of yoga teacher trainings, I never took it seriously at the time. I was far too busy being a musician!

And frankly, some of the poses were quite daunting. But I kept up a somewhat consistent practice of it throughout the years along with more traditional forms of fitness.

Mary has also been involved with yoga for a while — she even had the same teacher as me, but we didn’t attend the same years.

As someone who was already successfully teaching fitness classes, she had no trouble jumping in and getting some yoga teacher training.

I watched her and was so proud of her for going after something she’d always wanted to do.

 

Yoga Teacher Trainings: Wanna Try Level 1, Honey?

Yoga Teacher Training
Mary picking me up after yoga teacher training

Recently, after she had quite a few training levels under her belt and had also been teaching her own yoga classes for several months, she suggested I try my Level 1 yoga teacher training.

I resisted a bit, but then thought “what the heck. I enjoy yoga and I can always learn more!” So we went to the training together.

Even though Mary already had her Level 3 training plus some other necessary courses under her belt, all yoga teachers have to take a Level 1 retraining at some point. So she got hers out of the way.

It was an all day 2 day training. Very intense! The teacher was a master instructor with many years or experience — not to mention being an expert on anatomy. She is completing her degree in osteopathy.

I loved it! The next thing I know, I signed up for Level 2 a couple weeks later. After Level 2, I signed up right away for Level 3!! I was hooked and on a roll.

Level 2 was with another master instructor who had a different approach. He was absolutely amazing and brought a level of “game” to the training that was extremely high.

After that, Mary and I both took the Meditation and Mindfulness intensive to add to our training hours.

I’m now taking a break, catching my breath and digesting the massive amounts of information I processed during the trainings.

I am looking forward to doing some more yoga teacher trainings and completing my 200 hours.

 

Yoga Karma Classes

I am teaching a few “karma” classes in August. These are free classes. We have to teach 8 karma hours to receive our Level 1 certificate — mine are done! But I’m doing a couple more just to get some practice and to promote my classes a bit.

My classes will be put on the schedule at St. Nicholas Church on Mondays at 6:15 pm starting in September 2016.

I’ll see how it develops from there.

The school we are studying with is incredibly well put together and thought out. I’ll write another article about it sometime. It’s called YogaFit and you can read about it here.

Yoga Teacher Training
Final meditation/relaxation at one of my karma classes

 

Growing My Positive Mind

Meanwhile, when I haven’t been at yoga teacher trainings, I’ve also been involved in studying and taking tests from the Postive Psychology approach to life. It’s essentially about discovering our inherent strengths and then focusing on them.

Apparently our weaknesses change very little (3 to 7% at most) over the course of a lifetime — and even that’s only in people who are actively engaged in self improvement or 12 step programs.

However, our strengths are almost unlimited in the potential they offer us to grow and be creative and deal with the challenges of our lives.

note: By the way, this book/course was actually on the resources reading list in one of the yoga teacher training manuals. I’m checking it out independently because I love this kind of stuff. Almost as much as music!

It’s called Growing The Positive Mind: With the Emotional Gym & The Positive Mind Test.  Just to let you know, this is an affiliate link to Amazon. That simply means I’ll get a few shekels if you buy the book 🙂

One of the assignments from this positive psychology is to divide our lives into 15 areas:

  • Professional
  • Financial
  • Spiritual
  • Physical
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Intimacy
  • Home and Environment
  • Play and Fun
  • Education/New Learning
  • Adventure
  • Growth
  • The Completley New and Novel
  • New Learning
  • Breaking Taboos
  • Wild and Frivolous Wants

Many of these areas overlap. But the idea is to come up with about 15 or 20 ideas for each area. Write them down on sticky notes. Eventually these areas will be collapsed to about 6 or 8 areas.

For now it’s simply about dumping out the brain of everything. Even ridiculous or sublime desires are to be acknowledged.

By doing this work, and weeding through the sticky notes, themes will begin to emerge.

This will lead to 6 or 8 five year goals.

There’s more involved than this brief description, but you get the idea. It’s both fun and very enlightening.

Especially for someone like me who is currently navigating a major transition in my life’s journey.

 

We Can Grow More Intelligent Brains

Oh — and did you know that current brain research shows that our brains are designed by nature to expand and grow as we age and go through transitional stages in our lives?

The more positive our attitudes to the changes we encounter as we age, the more complexity unfolds in our brain.

That’s why as people get older they think they are losing their memory. But they aren’t! It’s just that our brains don’t want to be bothered with “diddle” such as phone numbers, names, etc.

We are using our processing power to see the big picture instead.

Research has shown that young people do better at remembering minor details such as numbers, names, etc. but the older people in the studies do much better at the deeper comprehension of the big picture.

I always felt this to be true within myself and through my own self observation. I always thought I was getting wiser and stronger. One would hope 😉

 

Music Sweet Music

I’m supremely inspired with music right now! I know, it seems strange because of the decision I made recently about giving up on any commercial aspirations. Aspirations that’d been with me since I was a teenager.

Other than continuing to teach my guitar and piano students and perhaps get a song or two licensed to a movie or tv show, I currently have no commercial plans or intentions.

But I feel as if I’m still growing as an artist and getting even better and more authentic. Man, I love music!!

I have some really cool new songs in the works. We’ll see what happens. It’s going to take me until September to “concretize” my goal setting work as I stated above.

Thanks for reading and supporting — I love you 🙂