On our journey to be advocates of positive futures, we will make mistakes. And it will be okay. We don’t have to be perfect to take the first step – we can start where we are. How refreshing!
During my interview with the musical visionary, Lee “Scratch” Perry, producer, DJ, musician and innovator of Dub, I learned about music, God and how to get on the path to creating a bright future. He introduced me to his Vision of Paradise. He taught me about eating and loving purely.
This interview had me bubbling with excitement and giddiness. I am sure you will find it just as delicious as I did.
What can You Do Today
to Improve all Tomorrows?
“Love yourself enough to choose only good things to eat because the things you eat become you.” Be dedicated to healthy eating habits; they affect your health, thoughts and feelings.
Don’t use substances to alter your state of mind. Don’t use substances that alter you from your natural state. Let life and God flow into you, leaving you clear-minded and available to give and receive the purest form of love.
‘Imitate God.’ Live graciously as if you were God. The message of the best life to live begins through example.
Without doubt the best known and most charismatic of all Jamaican record producers, Rainford Hugh Perry (nicknamed Lee by his mother) aka Scratch/The Upsetter is one of the reggaes longest serving veterans and his story is inseparable from that of the development of Jamaican popular music.
By 1968, he had formed his own label Upsetter Records and was enjoying hits with songs like The Untouchables “Tighten Up”. But he bacame best known for his quirky instrumental numbers whose titles often took inspiration from the “spaghetti westerns” that were so popular in Kingston’s downtown cinemas at the time.
These Upsetter instrumentals found great favour in the UK with the “skinhead” cult of the late 60s, and Scratch scored his first British chart hit in October 1969 with “Return of Django”.
I recently read, “Just Kids” by the singer, poet, artist, Patti Smith. A friend recommended the book and I instantly knew it was exactly what I needed on many, many levels.
I dove into it and after the first few pages I thought, “Oh no, not what I’m looking for – this is too serious, too many words!.” But, I carried on reading primarily because I was curious about her first meeting with the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
And then it began to happen. I began to feel nourished, fed and a new/old seed of recognition began to sprout.
I read about their passion for creating, poetry, drawing, painting – their commitment was so complete and uncompromising. They had no guarantees or even food in the fridge. They endured hunger, doubt and loss and still they moved forward towards their dreams as thirsty lovers.
By the the time I finished reading “Just Kids” I had fire in my heart and questions about my dreams and creative expression. How could I have forgotten my creativity? Why did I allow doubt and distractions to cloud my focus?
The truth is that we all get distracted one way or another. We want to lead healthy lives but we forget to eat well and exercise. We want to have fun but work endless hours. We dream of freedom but dare not open the gates of possibility.
Our art and dreams need more than the first breath of inspiration, they require our commitment to endure. They need us to persist even on doubt-drenched days and those times when exhaustion is our companion. Instead of turning away from them, they need us to turn to them. Art, dreams, creative expression feed the spirit which in turn allows us to unfold our deepest happier self.
I needed this reminder that I could pursue and persist in following my dreams even fearlessly. “What would it be like to commit to all those unwritten, unshared stories and bring them to the page?” I wondered. Instead of angst or resistance, I felt excitement and drawn to following the creative impulses.
Somehow, reading this heartfelt, real book flung open those doors, and words, characters and snatches of conversation have now begun to step into the light. They are ready to be written as first drafts, scripts and stories about space.
That’s me and my stories! What about you? Are you feeling stuck or is your creativity not flowing? What has inspired you to open the doors of possibility in the past that you could use now?
I know you’ve been through struggle and heartache in your life. So, I have a few questions I want you to think critically about before we dive into this interview today.
How did you cope with the struggle? Are you conscious of the part you played in your own struggle? What would have helped you in those difficult experiences?
When you’re done answering these questions, tell me — were you proud of the way you coped? Would you do things differently next time?
Britt Griscom, a conscious & vigilant blogger at Ancient Assumptions, answers these questions about his struggles and experiences in his own life. He teaches us the importance of our consciousness regarding the future, and how it begins with us being conscious to truly question our assumptions and beliefs, and how we interpret our experiences. Through your thoughts, creating win/win opportunities and defining the things that are most important to you, you will give yourself the sense of direction you need to create the prosperous and positive futures you’re looking for.
In this interview we explore:
- How and why to arrive at choosing positive interpretations in the face of despair & challenges
- Evidence of improvement in the quality of life for all not just First Worlders
- Conscious transformation and our relationship to others: people, animals, planet
- Becoming a multi-planetary species
- Prosperity through service
If you’re ready to tackle your future with confidence, lay bare rickety half truths and tune into razor sharp clarity, step this way.
What can You Do Today
to Improve all Tomorrows?
Establish most important values. Remember what is most important to you. Your core values will be the guide of how you should live your live. Your thoughts, actions and life should be lead based on these values. It will help you make decisions about what is right and wrong for your life.
Take charge of your thoughts. Your thoughts are a reflection of you as a person. Your thoughts determine the outcome of where your life leads. Take charge of your thoughts and choose them wisely! Choose to focus on positive and prosperous thoughts about yourself and your future, ‘We always have the choice to appreciate what we have.’ The rest follows through.
Create win/win opportunities. When you serve others, you service yourself. This is a win/win situation. Solve a problem for others, and you’ll create security for yourself. This will lead to financial and emotional security overall.
Britt Griscom holds a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Philosophy from the California Institute for Integral Studies.
Like most, Britt lived the life of a starving college student before he graduated. But unlike most, his life choices allowed him to acquire insights into prosperity consciousness.
Britt’s journey reads like an entrepreneurial quest. He launched Human Touch Staffing during the tech boom, being a headhunter. The tech bubble popped and Human Touch Staffing suffered, leaving Britt to pursue other opportunities. He then started his own small business, Griscom Test Prep where he tutored postgrad students seeking entry to elite business schools. In addition, he became a professional poker player.
Currently, Britt is a real estate investor. He is passionate about freedom, games and technology. His belief that prosperity is inevitable made him the pioneer of possibility and positivity that he is today.
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