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so, i’ve been working with this company, international scherick.
it’s a new concept in artist development- helping the artistic channel to open,
the consciousness to flow, and divine inspiration to surround you.
maker of miracles, this guy greg scherick and posse have totally changed my life,
transporting me into the truth, making me happy beyond my wildest dreams.
now greg is coming to new york to do 2 special workshops for women.
artist or not…we’re all artists anyway-
the intro event is this friday october 23. and ladies, it will be the best money ever spent. ever.
by his uncanny ability to identify unconscious sabotaging patterns that run us and mess us up at every turn,
greg will be able to pry open your head and get those nasty things out- so the new improved magical sparkly you can emerge!
it’s got the princess superstar guarantee!
in case you didn’t feel like reading my manifesto “drinking and drugs suck” just watch this hilarious video:
(and beware of the grasshoppers!!)
How much plastic do you use? How much trash do you make?
How much energy does it take for you to eat your food?
How about taking a look at your habits for one week and finding out how you can better protect the earth and our resources?
I’m joining a bunch of others in a no-impact experiment to see if I can really go out of my comfort zone and not get take out for a week (that’s gonna be my hardest thing, I’m already doing a lot of other stuff which helps the earth, like being vegan, taking 2 minute showers, composting, not using napkins wherever possible, bicycling etc.)
I can’t wait to see the movie where this family sees how they can live in new york city for a whole year doing the least amount of damage to the environment. Turns out Michelle, the wife/mama in the movie is an old friend of mine who was one of the first people to interview me for the Philadelphia Inquirer in like 1994 or something crazy.
I will be posting my blog to see how it goes. I already screwed up because day 1 was in Berlin and I had to take a long-haul flight home wasting tons of fuel. Oh well. Planet, forgive me.
I’ve been meditating for 17 years.
Meditation brings you inner peace but did you know that it brings outer peace too?
They’ve done studies that show that a group of meditators can actually lower the crime rate in cities.
If you look at this picture, you will see my beloved birds Ernie and Patanjali perched on my shoulders- animals respond to meditation too. They literally feel the energy. The ONLY times they will stay perched on my shoulders is during meditation. (Please note the lopsided Ernie in the bottom picture- if that isn’t the cutest thing you ever saw I don’t know what is!! Oh and please disregard the granny boob thing happening in the t-shirt area- I definitely do NOT have granny boobs thank you very much, I don’t know why that is occurring in the picture!!)
I do many forms of meditation, Transcendental Meditation (which the Beatles did, and David Lynch too); also a meditation that was created by one of my amazing teachers Amy Rachelle; plus a method taught at Jivamukti Yoga.
I am a certified Jivamukti Yoga instructor and love to teach people how to meditate- it can really really change your life.
The first thing I can share with you is to just sit for 5 minutes uninterrupted, eyes closed, in a comfortable cross legged position, and focus on your inhalation and exhalation. When thoughts arise, gently turn your attention back to the breathe. Repeat this process over and over again. Don’t beat yourself up for having thoughts, and don’t try to have an empty mind- rather, just sit with the breathe going in and out, focusing on that pure feeling. Try to sit and practice every single day.
Am looking forward to hearing about your experiences with meditation and your comments/suggestions/requests- so please comment away!
Time to Cut the Shit and Evolve: Manifesto #1
“Drinking and Drugs Suck”
`“You should be able to remember your zip code even as you drift into intergalactic ecstasy” –Ram Dass
What if there was a way to feel unbelievably high and amazing without using drugs or drinking? What if I told you that I am living that way every day and have never been more fulfilled or creative? What if I also told you that you will never TRULY experience this sustained bliss – a life filled with miracles – if you currently rely on mood altering substances to get you high? Would you want to quit?
Know the saying there is nothing worse than a smoker that quit smoking? Well there is – Princess Superstar quitting drinking and drugs.
I am on a high horse about not getting high and it’s hard to kick me off my horse, just like it’s hard to kick horse. (Do people even call heroin “horse” anymore? Or am I stuck in the 70’s?)
Drinking and drugs suck. All of it. Even occasionally. If you get wasted in excess, please, get your ass to Alcoholics Anonymous or rehab. Believe me, this stuff is too hard to do on your own, and getting support from AA will probably be one of the most incredible things you do for yourself. If you drink, or smoke pot from time to time, and don’t really care about health or have much of a spiritual connection you may want to stop reading and please go enjoy your Senor Frog’s Mojito. But, if any part of you is looking for a brighter way, read on. This may be just the dose you need to wake you up from the fantasy so that you can live your dreams NOW!
If you are on the path to enlightenment, seek the truth or have the courage to be the highest expression of yourself that you can be, well your eyes are exactly where they need to be. Keep them WIDE open!
And to all my yogi friends that think it’s cool to smoke pot, that somehow pot smoking can fit neatly into your quest for enlightenment; and to my “healthy” friends that think it’s okay to drink organic wine- you are fooling yourselves. Of course, this is my opinion. Everyone is entitled to one, afterall. I say in all humility that perhaps I am the one who is wrong. But since I detest being wrong about as much as I detest mind altering substances (as much as I once loved them,) I will be get by with a little help from some expert friends and guides who have discovered similar truths.
Many people think the Beatles made some of their most genius music because of LSD when it was really their travels to India and their exposure to Indian philosophy and mythology, chanting, meditation and yoga that informed their music and ignited all that creativity. In fact, George was totally against drugs:
‘He never considered himself an intellectual, but George was indeed shaken from his ordinary perception by the drug (LSD) and assumed at first that others were having the same insights as he. Then they’d open their mouths, and he found out users “were just as stupid as they’d been before” and concluded that chemicals did not provide a path to enlightenment. “You can take it and take it as many times as you like…but you get to a point that you can’t get any farther unless you stop taking it.”’
Many musicians think they need some kind of substance to create their art. I say that maybe these artists created their art IN SPITE of being fucked up. It was like the gift was coming through them, because it needed to for the world- but the artist suffered unnecessarily (at his very own hands.) I personally made some great music while I was getting high- however I was spiritually empty at the time and my personal self was miserable, disconnected and filled with future based fear. I also created a lot of havoc in the relationships I was in, and spread bad vibes all around. It was when I got sober that I started making the best music of my life AND got happy on top of it- and from that basis I could make the people around me happy too.
When you are sober you come to rely upon an inner strength and confidence that lies dormant in people that rely upon an outside influence. It truly is mind blowing because it is a whole other level of intimacy with yourself and with others. If you are high and you feel like you are being intimate it is just a fake expression of the real thing. The drug is simulating that which really cannot even be simulated – a deep spiritual experience based on being 100 percent present. When there is an outside crutch, there is limited development of the person. Ram Dass who wrote the highly influential “Be Here Now” says, “The goal of the path is to BE high, not GET high.”
The intimacy that occurs within yourself when you quit substances actually is the intimacy with the Divine- that I dare say absolutely cannot exist if you are high. By the way when I say the Divine, I am not referring to the man with a beard, unless that’s what gets you through the night, I am talking about a spiritual force that is bigger than you. If you don’t believe in anything right now, fake it. Call the ocean God and pray to it. See everyone you meet as God and love them. Spirituality is going to be necessary if you do end up quitting this toxic crap- otherwise you are going to be one angry resentful ex- drunky.
Let’s get back to the fun part- BEING high instead of GETTING high, as Ram Dass puts it. According to Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga, accomplished author, and a very important teacher of mine- our bodies are our own pharmaceutical laboratories. We can actually make the same chemicals that we look for in outside sources. Sharon writes:
“Any external drug that has an effect in our body works because it behaves like a similar internal chemical that is natural to us. Our body is able to recognize the external drug because our body already has its own receptors that were designed for the internal natural chemicals that we are able to manufacture ourselves. One major problem with chemical addiction is that when you habitually rely on external means to feel good, your body’s own ability to manufacture those chemicals decreases, and you become more and more dependent on external means…Addiction suppresses spiritual, emotional and physical development –retarding growth– keeping a person bound to staying the same. Addiction inhibits the blossoming of creativity, the potential for change and the evolution of consciousness. “
Highly prolific and 10 bajillion album selling artist Moby agrees:
“See, i like balance. And the human organism seems to do best when balanced. Pot and wine (etc.) push us out of balance, unfortunately. And for every action there’s an equal and commensurate reaction. As we know, we easily come to rely on things that do the work for us -drugs and booze are like our Smithers. *”
*In case you ain’t know, the Smithers reference is a sycophantic character from the Simpsons, who does everything for Mr. Burns to the point of ridiculousness, having no life whatsoever.)
Yes, I’m into the evolution of consciousness. I’ve noticed that the more you are willing to be “uncomfortable” the more you evolve and the more happiness you have. It was pretty uncomfortable for me to give up my whiskey, wine, my codeine, my liquid acid and diet coke combo- but when I did (and pursued spiritual and emotional growth, most notably with a 12 Step program, Jivamukti yoga and working with International Scherick) my happiness and my consciousness exploded. If you are attached to a substance (even that “occasional glass of wine” which I am guessing is not really that occasional if you really get down to it) you are attached to desires and your growth and therefore your joy is limited. Buddhism teaches us to be free from desires. Why? Life is a lot better that way. In case you haven’t noticed, all you do all day is go around commenting in your head about your experiences “This is great! This sucks! This is sorta great! This sorta sucks!” It may seem impossible to be desire free but what if you have your desires but are not attached to whether or not they are fulfilled? Can you imagine how free you would be? So guess one way of doing that- not giving in every time to the voice in your head that says “I need a beer. NOW” or “it’s a good idea to finish off this entire pint of vegan ice cream” and instead just observing those desires and not acting on them. Learn how to be comfortable in the uncomfortability. Swami Vivekananda, whose teachings influenced Gandhi and who is regarded as a key figure in introducing yoga to the western world, said, “A man who has attained certain powers through medicines…still has desires, but that man who has attained Samadhi (enlightenment) through concentration is alone free from all desires.”
“WHY DO I HAVE TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE, EVER?”
-Princess Superstar’s unconscious brain
This has been my unconscious operating system since I was little. It unknowingly ran my life entirely. It has led me to quit many things such as karate, Italian, and romantic relationships. It had me finishing a workout at 20 minutes instead of the 45 I set out to do, probably a thousand times by now. It has made me move out of countless yoga poses that challenged me; shortened hundreds of thousands of the meditations I have done in my lifetime, and made me eat many things that weren’t good for me. It led me to smoke a pack a day, be mean to people, and to drink alcohol until I threw up.
My experience has shown me that the willingness to sit through that discomfort held the key to life. Working with my teacher Greg Scherick and his team at International Scherick doing The Process, I have learned how to turn on the light so I can see these unconscious sabotaging patterns. So now, instead of running from my fear I say, “come on, give it to me, make me uncomfortable!” Because I know that is the key to true happiness and serenity, beyond what you can even imagine. If you are going through something painful, GREAT. Pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth. IF you use it that way. Now you can really start to shake shit up and change. Guess what substances do? They anaesthetize the experience- and not fully allow one to experience the unknown. Without the discomfort, very little change and growth is possible.
Joe Dispenza, who was featured in the movie What the Bleep do We Know?, says that change is uncomfortable because chemically the body feels threatened by unfamiliar firing of peptides and neurons in the brain.- “If you remember one thing about change, remember that it causes the “self” and the body to go into complete chaos because the self no longer has any feelings to relate to in order to define itself. If we stop having the same thoughts, feelings, or reactions, we stop making the same chemicals, which sends the body into a state of homeostatic imbalance…Therefore when internal order is altered by our change in thinking, we do not “feel” like the same person. As a result, our identity wants to return to the feelings of the familiar, and our body is trying to influence our brain to return to a recognizable state of being, so that the body can recalibrate itself with past feelings.” I believe that the degree of willingness to experience this uncomfortability/unfamiliarity is the degree to which you can grow as a person. And also the degree to which you can experience true joy and true bliss, which- as Sharon Gannon says- is our true nature.
WHO’S IN YA CREW?
Do the people that surround you lift you up or bring you down? And don’t answer in one second, think it all the way through. Because maybe there’s a “spiritual” person in your life who actually is a complete asshole. Oh wait, I don’t mean asshole, I mean, a sick and suffering person I have compassion for. But that doesn’t mean you need to hang out with that person! This is going to be key because we have never really evolved past the school yard- if you hang with the stoners, you are gonna be a stoner, if you hang with the nerds, you will be a nerd.
There is actually scientific PROOF that your friends and even your friends’ friends can influence you to drink too much, or even to gain weight! Two social scientists, Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler have found that since people are connected, so health and habits are connected as well, even to 3 degrees of separation. They found that:
“A friend taking up smoking increased your chance of lighting up by 36 percent, and if you had a three-degrees removed friend who started smoking, you were 11 percent more likely to do the same. Drinking spread socially, as did happiness and even loneliness…<so> if you want to improve the world with your good behavior, math is on your side. For most of us, within 3 degrees we are connected to more than 1,000 people – all of whom we can theoretically help make healthier, fitter and happier just by our contagious example.”
Support and guidance is key, especially if you are trying to quit substances, and to potentially influence 1,000 people to do the same! Please go find people who are on the path to help you. Swami Satchidananda (who gave the opening speech at Woodstock and who is one of my most favorite Swamis) said the most important spiritual practice you can do is Satsang- the Sanskrit word for “Hang out with Seekers of Truth.” So surround yourself with people who lift you up and help you fulfill your highest potential on this planet.
“If 5 million do a foolish thing it is still a foolish thing”
Why does everyone do this thing? We all know drinking and drugs can give you liver disease, brain damage, stinky skin, the list goes on. I know one DJ who drinks a bottle of tequila almost every time he plays. How does the body take it? I marvel at the human body and the beating it can take. So imagine if you stop filling up this marvelous body with toxic crap. Then everything can function at optimal levels- from the immune system to the brain. Maybe you would even begin to use more of your brain, and maybe you could even develop the part that really knows how to be happy. We know that hard drugs like cocaine and heroine etc. have a devastating effect on the brain and body but what about the seemingly innocent Mary Jane? According to a Cambridge University Press article,
“The parts of the brain that control emotions, memory, and judgment are affected by marijuana. Smoking it cannot only weaken short-term memory, but can block information from making it into long-term memory. It has also been shown to weaken problem solving ability.”
What’s the one problem everyone wants solved? How can I be happy??! So maybe without substances the brain can actually do its job. And you can make space inside for something larger than you to do its job. God, the Ocean, the Force, G-Unit, whatever you want to call it. Cleanliness is next to Godliness remember. Sometimes I don’t make my bed at home, but at least in my liver, my bed is always proper.
FAME! I WANNA LIVE FOREVER!
Let’s talk about health for a second. So, there are these people that eat only raw uncooked vegan food (I am one of them.) I believe that being vegan is a pathway to greater consciousness. As you clear your digestive system and your body from processed, crappy food (such as meat, sugar and white bread) one’s consciousness naturally expands. Some people eat this way because it makes you look hot (it is the most anti-aging way to eat), or the fact that is the most ethical way of eating (you are not torturing helpless animals,) and some people eat this way because it brings you closer to the Divine. Either way, if you eat this way and drink- I know a bunch of people that do- that’s pretty idiotic. This restaurant, I love it- Pure Food and Wine-but what the hell is with the wine? Why are you gonna eat the most clean beautiful diet and then poison yourself with toxic acidic wine? Wine is NOT good for you ok? Whoever made that up was a wine grower who paid off lots of doctors to say so. Alcohol totally dehydrates your body and makes your liver work overtime. Your organs have enough work to do living in this polluted land without having to clean up your mess. If you want the one thing in wine that’s good for your heart, take the vitamin that has it in it. I forget what it is but you probably don’t need it anyway.
Gabriel Cousens, pioneer of the raw scene, 20-year raw food eater and MD says, “Live the Garden of Eden diet- an organic vegan 80-100% raw food DRUG FREE diet.” Gabriel quotes a spiritual text supporting this (I think it’s Judaic but I am too tired to Google it) “The Lord said to Aharon ‘ Do not drink wine or strong drink [any form of mind altering drug], thou, nor thy sons with thee, when you enter the tent of meeting, lest you die; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.” –Leviticus (Shemini 8-10)
Look, maybe I am being annoying and preachy and possibly elitist. Not to mention that I cannot even BELIEVE that I just quoted Leviticus- let alone something that said “Lord” in the quote. A lifelong atheist, I only became spiritual when I became sober a bit over 5 years ago, and I learned to see where religions are helpful instead of hating them. All religions at their core have the same beautiful principals- Truth, Love, Peace, Service- I am sure you can at least get with that. If you are on the fence about being spiritual, you can use the word “Love” instead of “Lord”- for me it’s the same thing.
You know, I only want the best for you. Whatever you are doing I have compassion for it, believe me. I have been there partying my ass off and thought I would never ever EVER quit. But by some miracle I did and now I am so happy beyond my wildest dreams in my life. I just want to spread this love and happiness to you. I want us all to evolve into our highest expression. I want heaven on earth. I welcome all discussion because as I said in the beginning, it’s possible I am wrong. But only just tiny corner of an acid tab of a possibility. 🙂
I really really look forward to your feedback.
All my love,
no, not a motorcycle, a bicycle.
so, it’s fashion week here in nyc. i was invited to an armani party and
the truth is, i have no money right now. so that’s how i rolled to the party.
i was debating on telling the world that fact, because you know, princess superstar is supposed to be fabulous and shit, riding in limos and like, whatever.
on the way to the party, i passed a billboard for absolut. I fucking hate alcohol (more on that later, i am writing a paper called “drinking and drugs SUCK!” which will be published here shortly.) anyway, the billboard said something like “take different actions to expect extraordinary results” which i ABSOLUT-ly love. what it’s doing on a vodka billboard i will never understand- what, take a different action to drink a different mind-numbing substance? oh that’s so daring and extraordinary!
so i am taking a new action, telling you about my broke-ness.
truth is the new fake.
i want you to know me.
i am working on my album, basically not really djing for the most part and i have 8 bucks on me. IN CHANGE.
and the truth is, i have never been happier. actually. or felt wealthier. because sometimes wealth is not measured in money but in experience. and sometimes you have to go to zero to realize the abundance of life around you and just how much the universe is supporting you.
my friend miguel called me and read to me out of one of those cheesy chicken soup books and quoted me the following brilliance:
“when asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is:
I AM THANKFUL I HAVE THE CUP”
there i was coming off the beach in long island with my friend heather laine,
and beckoning me from the ocean, a sign from a lovely burger king-
telling me -come on get angry!!
i suppose burger king figured there wasn’t enough anger in the world
so we need crispy angry onions, (what’s a crispy angry onion?)
angry sauce, and furthermore, a command to get angry!
thanks burger king i am angry! at YOU! I HATE YOU!!!! YOU NEVER LOVED ME!
YOU NEVER LOVED ANY OF US!!!
i wonder if the people at the check out get yelled at even more now for being slow.
(the funny part about this story is that while we were taking this picture,
a car rolls up blasting a really obscure song i recorded ten years ago with mc paul barman
called “mtv get off the air part 2”, and the chick had no idea who i was,
and i was so stunned since i haven’t heard the song in years so i went up to the car and was like,
oh that’s me from ten years ago, how weird!
and she flipped out and took a picture with me.
i should have disowned her as a fan because she was going to burger king,
but i can allow it just this once, for the sheer timing of the whole incident was strange.
You need to see this movie, The Future of Food.
Basically this crap company is running small farmers out of business, monopolizing seed and creating tons of genetically modified foods (outlawed in europe for good reason- if you can afford it, buy organic!!). Now on top of this I read the following about their shadiness in Iraq and Afghanistan. Appalling.
Monsanto in Iraq and Afghanistan
By Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq.
Organic Consumers Association,September 2, 2009
From the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, OCA has been tracking the opportunities for Monsanto, a well-known war profiteer (Agent Orange, Vietnam), to take advantage of the current occupations. These include pushing glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) for poppy eradication in Afghanistan and opening the Iraqi market to the patenting of plants and seeds while preventing farmers from saving registered seed varieties.
As Vanity Fair reported last year, “In Iraq, the groundwork has been laid to protect the patents of Monsanto and other G.M.-seed companies. One of L. Paul Bremer’s last acts as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority was an order stipulating that ‘farmers shall be prohibited from re-using seeds of protected varieties.’ Monsanto has said that it has no interest in doing business in Iraq, but should the company change its mind, the American-style law is in place.”
In fact, Monsanto has already been doing business in Iraq. According to a 2004 USAID Transition Plan for the Agriculture Sector in Iraq, “All the major international players in the pesticide field are now present in Iraq: Dow (USA), Syngenta (Swiss), Dupont (USA), Bayer (Germany), Monsanto (USA), Novartis, FMC (USA), Dupont and Uniroyal, BSF and Cynamide.”
Monsanto’s latest opportunity to do business in the US’s occupied territories has been created by the National Guard’s “Agri-Business Development Teams.” The Missouri National Guard, which has maintained Agri-Business Development Teams in Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan since fall 2007, hosted Safi Mohammed Hussein, agriculture director of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, on a recent visit to Missouri. While in St. Louis, Safi toured the headquarters of biotech giant Monsanto.
Check out this article from Organic Consumer’s Assoc.
Apparently you can make fuel from cow’s pee.
I hope this is not yet another way of exploiting and hurting animals for our use.
Personally I think we should use our own pee for fuel-
I mean you are supposed to drink 3 liters of water a day for optimum health.
I don’t know about you but when I do that and I have to go, I can definitely drive a car with that force ! 🙂
i asked this question on twitter and got back so many amazing responses i
thought it would be nice to record it here in all its glory.
i like: my willingness/surrender to evolving as a person. and my humor when things suck.
ok that’s 2 things.