CAM00263-1August is nearly over and that means that we are drawing ever closer to autumn with each passing day. The long, heated summer afternoons will soon be behind us; the festivals just a memory; and the clothing-is-optional social gatherings will soon be replaced by… well, honestly, I am not sure that last one can ever really be replaced.  In any case, as I begin to reflect on the amazing experiences that I have had this past summer; from my journey to Mount Shasta with writer Sarama Sun Teague (which was followed by a 240 mile bicycling tour to Sacramento, California); to my guest performance with Pennsylvanian powerhouse rock band Hierosonic (at the 3rd annual Zeitgeist Media Festival); I am filled with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for this life of mine that I have been co-creating.

In the weeks to come a number of amazing events will be taking place, some events I will be directly part of, others I will be a participant of. During this empowering time of change I found myself rereading  Kahlil Gibran’s book The Prophet. I first discovered the book several summers ago and have returned to it on occasion for inspiration. Last night, as hostess of Mental Mondays Evy “Spiritluvchild” Trezvant guided the poets and audience through an evening of laughter, joy and spoken word, I could not help but recognize that she too found strength in Kahlil Gibran’s words. This morning, as I began my day, the following quote came to mind

Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self.
You are the way and the wayfarers.
And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone.
Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone.

Kahlil Gibran, “On Crime and Punishment”

The idea that we move, as a procession towards some higher sense of self has been a though that I have been meditating on; most recently at Akilia– in which I asked, during the closing tribe circle, “what is safety?” At this moment in time I do not have a clear answer, the best that I can surmise is that we, each of us, is here for one another; we are here to share in this experience of life–as conduits of peace and beacons of light that provide guidance for those who are still wandering through darkness. My meditations on past experiences, have brought many insights to the light of day, and as I look towards the week ahead I cannot help but express gratitude to those individuals who served as lighthouses during my own days of darkness.

Mon Amour
“Mon Amour”
Michael Ray De Los Angeles 2012

For those of who are still wandering about in the caverns of obscurity, without light, fear not, there is hope. As I come to the close of this post I would like to share a few words that have helped me along my journey of personal growth:

“Follow your Bliss”
Joseph Campbell

“Wisdom comes with Winters”
Oscar Wilde

“Just because no one ever passes notes to me doesn’t mean I’m not super duper” Andrea Gibson

“In this society, if a man is called a woman, that’s the biggest insult he could get…Is that because women are considered something less?”
Andrej Pejic

Well, we are nearing the end of this post, be sure to keep in touch, and please share your inspirational quotes, stories, poetry and videos in the comment box bellow. However before you go, take a moment to review the community calendar.

Community Calendar

Voicing RhythmWednesday August 28th, 8:00-9:30
“Voicing Rhythms Open Mic” @
The Healing & Arts Community Awareness Home in Highland Park, California.
MichaelRay@Loraxcommunity.org
to schedule a feature performance or workshop.

Tuesday August 27- Thursday August 29th
“Corporal Expression with Master of Arts in Theatre Alejandro Molina”
Congresso de Paisos, Covina, CA.
Contact: mimosbinbon@hotmail.com
818.554.5592
for more information

Sunday September 1st, 3pm.
“Casa De La Cultural De Guatemala Los Angeles Presenta:
Cindero Nostajico” con
Ricardo Rodas, Wenzy Zapatero, German Toledo, Maria Santacruz y Alejandro Molina”
The Los Angeles County Fair

1147009_643325869025658_307756785_oSunday September 1st, 9:45pm
“Do it for the Music Tour, featuring Eye in I
Hollywood Bar & Grill in Hollywood

September 11th, 8:00-9:30
“Voicing Rhythms Open Mic” @
The Healing & Arts Community Awareness Home
in Highland Park, California
MichaelRay@Loraxcommunity.org for more to schedule a feature performance or workshop

Monday September 23th, 6:30-9:30pm
Mental Mondays, Hosted by Evy Spiritluvchild Trezvant
@ House of Brews in San Fernando

Sunday September 28th, 9:00pm
Eye in I @ Chain Reaction in Anaheim

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