My friend Lew Doty is an uber-talented musician. His songs are nothing short of spiritual sustenance that make my heart dance. I was introduced to him back in the early 2000′s perhaps and have been hooked ever since. He is kind of the ‘musician in residence’ at CCL (Center for Conscious Living); a New Thought Church in Moorestown, NJ. Today he brought his guitar, multi-range voice and inspired songs to Circle of Miracles. As always when a friend is ‘on stage’, I sit back and watch, tears flowing and goose-bumps popping up, like a proud mama whose little one is up there giving it his all.
I have an extra dose of gratitude that Lew was present today. Back in December, after the release of his CD called Angel that I reviewed for Beliefnet last year, he had a major wakeup call that he described as wearing ‘a pain sweater’ that sent him to the ER to have two stents inserted in his cardiac muscle that had been 92% closed. His spiritual/emotional heart remains blessedly open.
One of Lew’s observations is that we are instruments of the Divine. He claims that he doesn’t write the songs that have, thus far, filled 3 CDs, he “is just the first one to hear them.” I feel the same way about the Muse whispers that come through me. I am the first one to see them, feel them, taste them, touch them and smell them as my senses are at the ready to receive them. It is like being a Reiki practitioner; as we were taught that the life force energy comes through us first before it can flow out to anyone else. I write for three audiences: God, my readers and myself. I think the first two are more satisfied than the third. This perfectionista runs a fine tooth comb through each article, making sure it lands just right and even after reading and re-reading, sometimes I still come up with boo boos that I missed. If I can change them, I do. If not, I shrug my shoulders and let it go.
One of the concepts that Lew put forth is the ‘do what you love and the money will follow,’ mantra. How many of us were told that and would sometimes….ok, often….get frustrated that it didn’t always seem to play out that way? I’m raising my hand and wiggling my fingers at that one. He shared that it didn’t always come from the source we expect. Rather than exorbitant CD sales, he discovered that he kept getting progressive raises at his mainstream job. I too have found that the same is true in my work. If I had expected that my book would generate sales to enable me to retire, I was in for a surprise. Writing the book did, however, allow me to connect with people that I would not have otherwise that DOES allow the money to flow in~
I call myself God’s Typist since the inspiration arises from that same Divine Source and as I allow the words to flow through me, I am in tune.
http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/lew-doty/album/one/track/i-am-an-instrument I Am An Instrument-Lew Doty