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My papa gave me Bowie- we endlessly listened to Ziggy and Station to Station on his vinyl (which I still have). Then in the 80s in Philly we went to the Let’s Dance tour and I was obsessed. I SAW BOWIE DURING the LET’S DANCE tour!!! Whaaaa?!! In 1990 I went to see him as Tin Machine at this scary club in an East Village of yesteryear called The World. I was on lots of drugs and he wore a long Union Jack jacket and I was just wanting to hear old Bowie songs so I wasn’t into it (youth is wasted on the young!)
What can I say. I owe like everything to him. I sampled his “Stay” on Fried Chicken, on my first album Strictly Platinum (it sold like 5,000 copies so please don’t sue me); I was jealous of Iman and said something snarky in “Welcome to my World” on Princess Superstar Is; and my sci-fi concept album My Machine is basically like 100 percent Bowie in electronic and hip hop form. And I am sure there are other references which my super fans can tell me- I never remember my lyrics.
I am so sad right now.
No musical artist has influenced me like he has and I am eternally grateful for his light and wisdom. Also by the way he was sober, like I am. He was definitely connected to the Source. THANK YOU DAVID THANK YOU! Black stars never die….
Some of my looks that would never be without him:
just came back from the world peace and yoga jubilee where i gave a speech on “speaking your truth” and “being the change you wish to see in the world.” it was a wonderful festival and i thought i would reprint the speech so you could read it. please comment and let me know what you think!
I am so honored and excited to be here, speaking in front of some of my teachers and friends who have totally changed my life. This also makes me a bit nervous, but luckily I subscribe to the theory that we are all one- that I am you and you are me- and so, this will be the best speech of all time! And if it sucks, well, it’s your fault!
I love that the theme of this conference is “Speak your truth.”
Here’s my truth I don’t know what my truth actually is. Well, I do for now, but truth is an ever evolving experience as we move closer to it. Any truth that stops changing is right for that instant, and thereafter nevermore. I know that sounds like it comes from some really deep teacher or something and it does. Actually, i have the great fortune to study with an amazing teacher -who prefers it if I don’t share his name- and he believes that there are many layers of ego, and a true seeker is always in the search. The problem happens as soon as we know something for certain. That’s when we fixate and our ears and minds become closed to any other point of view. Suddenly we have created separation and disunity and therefore deny the truths of others. How powerful can our truth be if it must squelch the truth of others in order to have veracity?
But I could be wrong…
Every time I am certain I am right that’s when I’m the most wrong. This my teacher has shown me time and time again.
For example. I am a vegan, and I am proud of that because it took me a lot of sacrifice in the beginning to give up what I thought was my favorite food. But I was more interested in following my truth- which is that I didn’t want to hurt animals and I didn’t want to hurt the planet- as you all know factory farming is destroying the environment. But it is important never to rest on your laurels or your identification as “vegan” if it is making you act arrogantly or not in ultimate service of the Divine. It’s important, even in this regard, to not even think you “know.” Buddhists say cultivate the “I Don’t Know Mind.” I don’t know… but sounds like good advice to me! One day, someone gave me the book “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” translation by Swami Satchidananda. Satchitananda says he used to go see a saint who drank brandy and ate meat. And I couldn’t believe it. I am not suggesting you go do this because anyway I am not convinced yet that any of you are saints- but I think the more humility we can cultivate, actually maybe the more we can get our way! When I first met my illustrious teacher, he was eating chicken. And then actually lit up a cigarette !! Now, not only am I a vegan but I am obsessed with birds. I have 2 cockatiels that I’ve adopted named, in fact Patanjali, and…Ernie. I am a staunch anti-smoking advocate. I was sure this guy was an asshole. Then I heard him speak, and then I saw him look right through me with uncanny precision and tell me what I do to sabotage truly knowing and becoming my truth- truly becoming my expressed self. I thought back to the yoga sutras and I thought maybe I should listen to this guy. And thank God I did because he has brought me closer to the truth than I have ever been. And I never saw him smoke again either. Holding space for the chicken eating..in a non judgemental way!
Even Gandhi understood this concept that no single truth can represent the whole. In one story, Muslims had killed the son of Hindu man and the man asked Gandhi what he should do. Gandhi told the Hindu man to adopt an orphaned Muslim child and raise him Muslim, not Hindu. Why do you think Gandhi would suggest this? The man would be forced to find the truth in the religion he hated. Also, the child would grow up learning to love Hindus. It was the ultimate surrender- giving up the security of everything he knew to be true to find an even higher expression of truth.
Gandhi also said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”- yeah ok but how? There are so many levels to the Ego and the unconscious that it requires HUGE amounts of courage, willingness, plus a good guide to unearth the trappings. Most of us are just sheep, doing what we are told and following what everyone else says and does.
Close your eyes….get really comfortable…. And… become relaxed but receptive….. Aha!!!! You did just what I said! My point exactly. If you want to find what keeps YOU from your truth, you can consider the 7 deadly sins list: Pride, Greed, Envy, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Sloth. Notice that Pride heads the list. That includes Arrogance, or thinking you “know” anything. Spiritual pride? Blechhhh! Remember, the meek shall inherit the earth. By the way humility does not mean that you don’t know that you are great at what you do. For example I know that I am awesome at music, because of the Divine flowing through me- That is Divine Pride. Ok so after you have identified one -or let’s face it- probably ALL of these sins- or shall we call them rather: Universal-human-attributes-that-are-less -than -helpful -on –the- path -to -enlightenment-, THEN ask the Divine (whatever your concept of it is) to illuminate something you are doing that you don’t even KNOW you are doing which is in service to your Ego. Then wait for signs in the outside world to show you where you are still accepting a limited truth. Not to fear- we all do that-it’s just- how dedicated are you to your own evolution? And since we are all one organism- therefore how dedicated are you to the planet’s evolution?
My favorite prayer I learned at Jivamukti Yoga is “Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu” – May all beings everywhere be happy and free; and may my thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all. Thoughts, words and actions! Wow that is a lot of vigilance that is being asked of us. But this is the only way to evolve the human race. There is so much unconsciousness in the world and in myself we have a heavy task ahead. But I ask you- is there any other task? Amassing more money, more fame, getting the perfect boyfriend? I would rather have perfect thoughts, words, and actions personally, and I chase that with all the earnestness I possess. That’s not to say that I don’t fail miserably. Constantly. I don’t know about you but I have had the experience of meditating very peacefully on this very mantra, and then my boyfriend will clang pans and pots, completely oblivious of my “precious” meditation- and I have cracked an eye open and said “What the F are you doing?!” Hmmmm. Lots of work to do. Ram Dass said, any idiot can meditate in a cave, but try living with your mother for 2 weeks and not go crazy! Real spiritual practice that is.
It takes tremendous courage to go into the dark depths of the human Ego and shine your little God flashlight in there. And nobody really wants to do it, preferring to be emotionally and spiritually shut down with any number of human inventions- alcohol; pot; non-purposeful relationships; Entertainment Weekly; Haagen Dasz; (or maybe for this crowd- pints of Coconut Bliss); mind numbing television; excessive spending; not paying attention to my awesome speech- the list goes on and on.
Most everyone here agrees that being of service to our fellow man and our earth, and doing God’s will is why we are here on this planet. How do you know what is God’s will and what is your will? My teacher says it’s simple. Usually, whatever you DON’T want to do is God’s will and whatever you DO want to do is your will. Damn. Thus you see how willing and courageous and humble you have to be to actually know the truth- i.e. God’s will- and then heaps more courage to actually speak it out in the world. Massive amounts of courage, willingness and humility will be the only way we can evolve and change the world. So better pray for this holy knowledge and for a guide like the one I miraculously found.
Some great guy said “A life unexamined is not worth living.” I didn’t have time to google who said it- I am busy examining myself so I can know my truth. So, Leave no mental stone unturned, let us all cultivate humility and not-knowingness, and let us all truly be the change we want to see in the world. Thank you.
this weekend october 21-24 in ohio i will be giving a speech and djing at the world peace jubilee!
i am super excited. please join me in the hippy fest!
if you can’t make it i will most likely be posting my speech on the blog.
peace out yo.
check out this great video that brian castallani made of me at the yoga /music festival wanderlust in lake tahoe:
here is a nice email i got today from friend and fellow vegan moby about his new book gristle.
Subject: from moby
Date: March 9, 2010 11:02:56 AM EST
today is the release date of ‘gristle’, a book that my friend miyun park and i have edited for the new press. the chapters in ‘gristle’ were written by different experts about the consequences and ramifications of animal production(like, for example: 24% of climate change is the result of commercial animal production, more than every car, bus, truck, boat, and plane on the planet combined…not sure why al gore never mentions this…). it’s a great book(i can say this objectively, as i didn’t actually write any of the chapters…), and i hope that you get the chance to read it.oh, any/all profits from the sale of the book will go to different animal welfare organizations. thanks, and here’s the link to buy:
I am sure I am gonna get in a lot of trouble with people, but aside from the breathtaking visuals and awesome animals-from-another-planet constructions, I left this movie feeling totally empty. First of all, I can’t stand faux new age philosophies which are so surfac-ey that they APPEAR to be affecting change but actually don’t do shit. Like “The Secret” for example. Just manifest everything you want in your brain and you can have that!! YEAH, the only problem is that your EGO is doing all the manifesting!! Where is the acceptance of what you have RIGHT NOW? Where is the Acceptance that nothing happens in this universe by mistake? Even your pain is designed to help you spiritually progress. So it all depends on how you use that pain- run from it (by tv, drugs, drinking, eating, negating that it’s there by lame ass “affirmations” etc.) or face it head on? The Secret perpetuates the “I will be happy when…” philosophy that- guess what? Will always keep you miserable. A million dollars and a record deal or book deal or boyfriend or girlfriend etc. is NOT gonna make you happy if you are miserable now (and treating yourself and others like shit.) Trust me in this. So what can you do RIGHT now to be happy? Well, you gotta look realistically at your ego and your unconscious patterning that keep you stuck. I am doing this work called The Process which is exactly that. I have changed a thousand percent because of my willingness to go into the icky crappy mire that is your ego- and to feel the pain. But you need a good guide, and you need support! And also you need to surround yourself with people who are on a similar path so you can lift each other up (and get rid of the people who bring you down.)! My good friend (and the person who put out my first album Strictly Platinum), Jason McFadden, posted this on his Facebook:
People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. — Augustine of Hippo
Which brings me back to Avatar. “Oooh it’s so beautiful, it’s a perfect race of people, in touch with the earth and each other and then the bad white man comes and ruins everything out of greed but look they’re not all bad because they can change! And once they change then they can rule the perfect race!” Which is TRUE (sort of) but it’s so simplistic. It’s all blame and no personal responsibility! What are the bulk of the people gonna do before/during/after the movie? Eat Mcdonalds and act like the same old assholes in their lives. I mean Avatar was BRANDED ON MCDONALDS HAPPY MEALS! There is a total disconnect! It’s so beautiful and amazing and heartwarming to commune with animals and be peaceful and “see” each other’s souls but once I leave this movie nothing is ACTUALLY gonna change in my life and in my actions. Let’s all marvel and wonder at the beauty of animals and the planet but let’s keep eating meat and trashing the earth. It’s much easier to blame “them”- like the General and the war machine is bad- but what about each one of us? What would have been way cooler is if at the end the camera pans back and shows that the General and the perfect people and planet were all inside our own heads- that we contain all of this life inside and it’s up to EACH ONE OF US to not be the asshole General in our own lives.
So don’t get sucked in to the hype. Or see the movie and then see where YOU personally are messing up the chance for us to be on planet Pandora. I know where my ego sabotages me in my life and I am working on it- and that’s all I ask of you. And if you want to turn the sound off the movie and put on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or the Mahavishnu Orchestra and watch it, I approve that for proper usage of the film.
if you ever wanted to know why i became vegan just watch this film earthlings.
and thanks to chloe jo for sending these quotes to me:
“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
“Thou shalt not kill” does not apply to murder of one’s own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai. — Leo Tolstoy
“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” — Leonardo da Vinci
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Albert Einstein
“If you have people who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have people who will deal likewise with their each other. Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” —Elie Wiesel
“The victim feels the suffering in his own mind and body, whereas the victimizer … can be quite unaware of that suffering sildenafil price. The sword does not feel the pain that it inflicts.” — Philip Hallie, From Cruelty to Goodness
“People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times. “ — Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904- )
“We are the living graves of murdered beasts, slaughtered to satisfy our appetites. How can we hope in this world to attain the peace we say we are so anxious for?” — George Bernard Shaw (Living Graves, published 1951)
“A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.” — George Bernard Shaw
“By insulting vegetarianism you are insulting you own divinity. Who are you worshipping?” — Rosa Ena
“”For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” — Pythagoras
“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” — Alice Walker
“Animal cruelty is not a personal growth journey, it’s a social justice issue.” Karliin Brooks
“All the arguments to prove human superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering, animals are our equals.”- Peter Singer
“To animals, all people are Nazi’s.” Isaac Bashevis Singer
“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.” Henry David Thoreau
“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.” Isaac Bashevis Singer
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.” Leo Tolstoy
Day 1 and 2
My friend Shana and I joined up with the No-Impact Project to see how mindful we could be with our impact on the environment. Unfortunately the first day of the experiment started with us in Berlin, and we failed so miserably we decided to call it the Huge Impact project. The main thing was we had to take a long haul flight to get home, which uses tons of fuel and lots of carbon. The day before we bought all these nuts which were in these plastic tubs. We rationalized it by the fact that we are both raw vegans which means we barely use the stove (electricity) plus being vegan means you are not buying into the factory farm system- thus using less water, avoiding more pollution, and saving the earth from global warming (the #1 reason for global warming is from the over abundance of cow’s farts– no kidding!) At the airport we bought water in plastic bottles, and felt guilty, but we don’t want to drink tap water which I believe has lots of chemicals in it. And- the people need me alive and healthy to spread my no-impact propaganda, right?! At the Berlin airport we ran into famed porn star Ron Jeremy. He’s also got, uh I mean made a HUGE impact!
The Berlin airport is cool because they have trash cans that sort trash- paper, plastic, and refuse. You never see this in America. I splurge and have a Starbucks coffee with soy milk. I really don’t like to support Starbucks but it was 5 in the morning and I was in Berlin and I was tired!! Also, the soymilk in Europe is non-GMO and not filled with crappy sugar, unlike all of our soymilk. But yeah I am not really supposed to be doing this, I hate Starbucks, and normally I am carrying my own container which I forgot at home. At least I threw the plastic lid in the recycling section. PS if you want to learn more about GMO’s and your food supply I HIGHLY recommend the movie “The Future of Food.”
On the plane we did well- we refused napkins, something I normally do in my day to day life except when absolutely necessary- and also refused the food and brought our own. In the hotel we had prepared a beautiful salad of lettuce, sundried tomatoes and hijicki, and I ate it with my wooden spoon that I bring with me on the flight- and had the stewardess fill up my stainless steel water bottle from her big (plastic) bottle of water. That is much better than using the individual plastic cups. Since I travel a lot I try to always do this and use a lot less waste. Just looking around at everyone’s trays as I write this there are at least 8 different plastic wrappers contained in one meal plus 1-2 plastic cups. Wow.
Back home in NYC where I can control some of my impact a lot easier. I am already a dedicated composter- I put my vegetable scraps in a bag in the freezer and then take it to a local East Village garden regularly. But I still have a serious take-out addiction. Especially places like Caravan of Dreams and Liquiteria, so my plastic consumption is less than great. After a nice meditation, my friend Miguel and I decide to hit the streets of NYC and clean up some of the plastic to pay back for our sins. We meet some nice construction workers and they gave us a giant sack to collect the plastic. People look at us weird for collecting trash on the street. I think it’s weird that nobody else does it! We try to move fast to get some exercise while we are at it, but we end up on the Lower East Side next to some famous Jewish bagel shop and Miguel decides to buy some bread to eat while we are exercising. Nice. Even though I am mostly raw I succumb to the temptation and eat some and it’s heavenly. But then I notice the pigeons are kinda hungry so I end up feeding lots of them instead.
It’s so strange, because then I run into more famous people- this time cast members of that show Rescue Me (which I actually have never seen since I have thrown out my TV a long time ago) and Luis Guzman from some incredible movies like Boogie Nights and Carlitos Way. Luis is exercising on the Williamsburg Bridge and we totally end up hanging out with him and walking. He is one cool dude- he was telling us stories of how he was a kid hanging out in Washington Square Park with Dylan and Hendrix. Now he’s working on a show for HBO, playing a character that goes around to NYC bodegas trying to sell and energy drink called “Rasta Monster.” It sounds hilarious. We leave him and figured we messed up our exercise anyway with the bread, so we head over to Babycakes, the best vegan bakery ever- and pig out. I refuse the containers but take a small paper bag. It’s so hard not to make any trash!!! It’s so hard not to consume!
The good news is that today’s challenge is transportation, and I am proud to say I only walked or biked anywhere. No taxis (another challenge for me to give up.) Whew.
Miguel and I went to hear Gabriel Cousens give a lecture on his new program Fasting to End Global Warming. I’m gonna be assisting them and I’m so excited, since I really believe in fasting and Gabriel’s whole mission. I did a year of nutritional training with the amazing Amy Rachelle so I am psyched to help others become vegan/raw/healthy. We shop at the Union Square Greenmarket and buy locally grown food, but we have to make sure we buy organic because not all of it is- looks are deceiving. At another favorite shop of mine- Organic Avenue– we buy green vegetable juice in glass bottles and a raw vegan portabello mushroom wrap in a biodegradable corn container. Way to go! But what would be even better is to not buy at all. I’m getting there, I’m getting there….
Today is save energy day. I walked up 9 flights of stairs instead of using the elevator. Good for my ass, but I was exhausted. I use less lights. It’s more romantic in my apartment. I’m doing a juice fast and eating fruit today so not using any kitchen electricity (except for the juicer.) I’m psyched because I already do lots of things that the experiment suggests we do, but this whole thing has been making me be way more conscious. I want to also put in a plug for lemon as deodorant- just glide a lemon wedge under your arm after you’ve showered and presto! Your underarms will never stink. It’s astonishing! And you won’t be using any plastic deodorant ever again.
Today we have to watch our water consumption. I have a policy in my house – if it’s yellow let it mellow if it’s brown flush it down! Lots of water gets wasted by constant flushing. Leave the pee up in there, unless you’ve been eating asparagus- asparagus makes it smelly funny! Ever notice that? I went to the worst place possible to conserve water- The Russian and Turkish Baths. Even though there’s a sign saying “Please conserve Water” that’s the last thing they actually do. I turn off the shower in between my shampoo and my conditioner and try not to use a lot of their towels. Later that night, I go to a workshop with Greg Scherick, and do his incredibly high consciousness work called The Process. It’s all about commitment to the higher self, purifying all the unconscious ego crap that get in the way of true joy. This feels totally aligned with what I am doing in this experiment- cleaning up the environment=cleaning up my brain and soul!
The day of Service. I think it’s beautiful they put this in the experiment because really nothing is more important than service! I am a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and my relationship with my little sister Iyana is incredible. Causes close to my heart include animal rights organizations like Farm Sanctuary and PETA. Check out my PETA ad I did in Germany…
I also think that “Service” doesn’t mean just volunteering or giving to charity- it also means being kind and compassionate to every person/animal/being you come in contact with. Be like Buddha. Be like Jesus! That’s the ultimate service. I’m not saying I can do that all the time-I yell at my boyfriend believe me- but it’s what I attempt.
One person I really look up to as far as the ultimate in Service to the Environment is Julia Butterfly. She is so inspiring. I first heard about her at Jivamukti Yoga where they encourage you to examine your relationship to the earth- and that even small things add up- so try not to use napkins or paper towels or straws, etc.
Eco-Sabbath. They say don’t do anything- don’t buy anything, don’t use electricity, etc. Argh. This has got to be the hardest one for me. I am a doer. I am addicted to doing. Thus, Non-doing is really really good for me-except I didn’t do it! I feel like I did really well this whole week- but today I really messed up. I bought a vegan brownie in a plastic container at Whole Foods, I took an elevator, I kept the lights on, I worked on the computer, I paid money for yoga class. Oh well, there’s always something to strive for. Tomorrow my single Life is But a Dream is coming out so I had a lot of work to do. Maybe I will try to Eco-Sabbath someday this week. I’m totally impressed by this whole experiment and pray that the whole world will join in and that I can step up my own commitment!
so my new album is gonna be called the new evolution.
and it’s gonna be more than an album, it is a movement.
jimi says it best here – how music is an electricity that enters you;
that people are gonna rely more on music than politics for leadership;
that you gotta be careful of the ego.
thanks jimi, that’s the scene-
i’ll continue what you started.