Wayne Dyer addressed a crowd of hundreds many years ago, and in an odd moment--or so it seemed to my friend--Mr. Dyer seemed to say to my friend directly, “Don’t die with your music still inside you.”
It hit my friend hard. Having been in the music industry for years as a producer, others reaped the benefits of his hard work. But not any longer. It was time for HIS music to emerge!
Since that message that seemed to be intended just for him, he’s written some amazing material, both pop and ambient, and now he’s opening for audiences of Dr. Joe Dispenza, James Van Praagh, Dannion Brinkley and yes, even Wayne Dyer!
Each one of us has a unique gift, and part of life’s joy is figuring out what that gift is. This process can also be life’s greatest source of frustration or even embarrassment! But even from these we learn what not to do, so that what to do becomes clearer. Like digging for gold, you need to get through layers of dirt until you can claim the prize.
The first lecture I ever gave on mindbody medicine could easily have been considered a flop. At an expo serving thousands, I was given a room that holds 200. There were five people in the room.
Another one I did a few months later with two copresenters was attended by just one. Can you say, "Awkward!"?
But I knew I had a gift. And I also knew that to refuse this gift was like slapping the creator in the face. So I figured I’d better not die with my “music” still inside of me. Learning from each of these alleged failures, I eventually got really good at speaking to groups (Not bad for a shy kid from "Lawng" Island!), and I was asked to share the bill with my own mentor, Deepak Chopra in front of thousands at NYC’s Javits Center.
So why are we so afraid to fail? Why do most of us never find our “music”? Even though many of our greatest discoveries in science, medicine, and metaphsyics are the end results of numerous failures, most of us have some degree of perfectionism in us, and it is very likely the reason we don’t try new things, learn new material, or even go outside our comfort zones (Not you, of course!). While that may be safe, it’s certainly not growing, and growth is why we’re here. Our soul knows exactly what we need and directs us to the perfect opportunities for us to learn and for it to experience, but we let our fears take over.
Ask anyone who’s accomplished anything great and they’ll tell you that they were able to do so because they looked fear in the eye and worked through any and all obstacles. And people who face their challenges are always more whole than those who don’t.
What have you accomplished in your life? What have you done and not celebrated? Write in the comments below and celebrate it with others!
Take an honest inventory of what’s important and focus on these areas. No one ever died saying they wish they made more money. As author John Haines said, “Don't be one of the people who work hard and spend their health trying to achieve wealth; then retire and spend their wealth attempting to regain their health.”
The growth of your soul through experience and expansion is the only reason you are here. And that’s most often done, or at least easiest done, while searching for and then sharing your gifts. What is your “music” and when will you share it with others? Don’t die with your music still inside you!
Editor's PS: Perhaps this quote was borrowed from the poem, "The Voiceless"
"Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them."
-Oliver Wendall Holmes