Living my bliss is definitely a conscious choice that I make each and every day. I made a decision many years ago to check in with my thoughts and emotions as much as possible throughout the day in order to gauge where I am. In doing this, I realize that when experiences and people make me feel uplifted, energized, joyful and clear, then I am allowing great things to happen consistently. I call these my “open door” days when opportunities line up, people appear, issues are resolved and I feel comfortable and calm. I also believe strongly in walking a playful path and not seeing play simply as a “break” or a “distraction.” The work of the human soul requires that we engage playfully in the world and that we not abandon our instincts to explore, discover, trust and love. Play is dancing, romping through nature, eating great food, playing games and doing exciting things for the first time. And if there’s mischief involved, even better! When I play more, I not only get more out of life, but I feel open to whatever the universe has in store for me- and that leads to prosperity and success.
How did you create yourself as ’The Modern Muse’?
I had already been helping and inspiring CEOs, rock stars, millionaires and some of the smartest people you will ever meet. But I wasn’t a traditional consultant. I am not a psychic. But for some reason, people just gravitated toward me seeking answers. Maybe on some level they knew I could help because, I can see people not just as they are, but in their bright, shiny, beautiful potential. I felt constantly compelled to share with people exactly what I saw in them and how they could embrace their greatness to become what they truly were meant to be. But there just didn’t seem to be a label for who I was or what I was doing. I remembered seeing years ago Albert Brooks’ film starring Sharon Stone called “The Muse”. It suddenly became very clear. It’s about a woman who uses her powers of charm, wit, intelligence, intuition and inspiration to help people bring their greatest ideas forth. I thought, “Wow. This is what I already do!” So instead of trying to find a job I fit into, I assumed my role. This is role consciousness vs. job consciousness.
Is creativity your life blood?
Yes. I have been a creative all my life. I’ve studied ballet, drawing, writing and sculpting. As a professional, I came from various design traditions including graphic, interior, jewelry and environmental design including creating mandalas. I think self-identifying as an artist for most of my life made it easier for me to accept the idea that we are all creative beings and that is a powerful and important part of the human experience. I don’t think you have to be an artist or a creative to make creativity a guiding principle in your life– it’s just in us. We do, after all, create our own realities each and every moment.
Have you long been an out of the box thinker?
I’ve always been an out of the box thinker though in my early life it was a very traditional environment that you could say was like living “in the box.” But I was always finding ways to express myself and explore the world. I have an adventurous streak and I enjoy being open to new possibilities, new ideas and new opportunities to co-create with passionate people.
Who/what inspires you?
Where do I start! I have a unique condition called RDA or Rapid Distraction Ability. Basically, I get excited about the smallest things that make me feel like a dog surrounded by squirrels. I am constantly looking up screaming “Squirrel!” I also have BAS or Beauty Arrestment Syndrome. This happens when beautiful light streams through a window or when water is flowing and it looks like diamonds. I stop for these moments and take in the beauty, however small. As far as people (or beings), I am inspired by those whose lives border on the mythological. Recently I have been inspired by Casanova, Pan, Cleopatra and St. Germain.
Are you as bold and outrageous in your daily life as you seem to be in the intro to your website video?
Let’s put it this way. The day of that film shoot, I grabbed a friend and his camera. We hopped in my Cadillac, headed downtown, parked in front of the Driskill Hotel and, bam, shot it. Nothing was staged or propped. It was naturally spontaneous. It was just a normal day.
How can we each live what you call a ‘ravishing life’?
I think it’s important that everyone define, for themselves, what a ravishing life is. Don’t be sucked in by what other people have or want or do. Listen to your own voice and decide what will make you feel most alive. I really encourage people to “go for it” in every moment. If life gives you an Oreo cookie and you only want the white part, just eat that! You don’t have to have what you don’t want. Living a ravishing life is about making choices for your highest good all the time.
What are some of your favorite inspiration inducing exercises?
Sometimes I will literally just sit there and ask myself, “What can I do within the next five minutes to make me feel better so that I can raise my vibration?” This works especially on the days that I am not feeling a high vibration. Sometimes the highest vibration I can give myself is to be kind and compassionate and give myself a break. I also love to put my iPod on shuffle and allow the universal DJ to sing the messages I need to hear. It can be uncanny. I also scan my vibrational diet– the food, people, music, environment and visual field I am surrounding myself with. Trust me, there is always room to clean it up.