Jimi Hendrix, Hippies, Love and Creating Lasting Change on The Sheri and Erin Show

This episode of The Sheri and Erin Show was one day after we watched 2 documentaries on the Bio channel, one about Jimi Hendrix and one about hippies. We discussed how music impacts people and how everything is intertwined.

We are all connected and when one of us is bold enough embrace authenticity and creativity, to break free from “right/wrong” reality, it can impact many people for decades to come.

We discussed the power of love and the value of accepting people for who they are as well as the damage of judging and categorizing groups of people like “hippies”.

The hippie movement left a lasting impact on society at large, even on those who were not hippies. Hippies created a cultural shift in California that can be felt to this day.

We discussed the difference between Truth and illusions. One way we keep illusions alive is by being afraid, feeling guilty and clinging to something we heard or experienced a long time ago. We keep illusions and pain alive by bringing old memories into present day reality.

The idea that you did something “wrong” is what keeps you in bondage. The moment you forgive yourself is the moment you are free. You can choose to be “In Joy” and enjoy your life or you can stay in bondage to the past, it’s all a matter of perception.

Sometimes you have to acknowledge your pain and take steps to heal it. Not all pain and wounds can be washed over by thinking positive. Ultimately we are the only ones who can heal ourselves. Experience is the best teacher. Acceptance is the key to freedom.

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To be galvanized is to be free from fear, strengthened by Life, bold enough to be whole and to have fun doing It.

Creativity, Lady Gaga and Bullies on The Sheri and Erin Show

In this show we discussed how some people cut themselves off from creativity at a young age for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we are distanced from our creativity because of fear of rejection and disapproval or we learn to deny our creativity and authenticity because we have been bullied by others. Erin shares a story about her son and how he uses his imagination during play.

We discussed the role of creativity in innovation and the interview on OWN with Oprah and Lady Gaga. We discussed how our cultural contempt for creativity has damaged many aspects of our lives from family life to government.

We discussed how againstness and “right/wrong reality” create problems on a personal, professional and global level and how bullies suffer just as much as the people they bully. We discussed how sometimes we are our biggest bullies and the bullying we do to ourselves can often end up hurting others when we lash out. We discussed how living in the box mentally keeps you and your loved ones in prison and how to live free by accepting others as they are.

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe Day – January 11

January 11 is Sister Rosetta Tharpe Day. This video from YouTube tells an interesting story about an African-American woman who had a heavy influence on rock and roll. Musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe started as a gospel singer then began to sing more racy songs at request of the record label. Her talent and her boldness attracted huge audiences. 25,000 people attended her wedding and she had a hit song on the radio in the 50’s. Her energy is infectious and she sure can play guitar.

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Was Henry a Student, Teacher or Angel?

I teach in the Human Services department at Long Beach City College and Henry was my student one Fall semester. He didn’t make it to final exams. He died while lying in bed reading, two weeks after he did something very special.

Henry was a Veteran who was enrolled in two of my night classes. He was galvanized. From the tiny snippets of information he gave me about his life, I can piece together nothing less than a life of anarchy and chaos. But Henry wanted to use his life for good. He wanted to be a good father, he wanted to be a good student. In fact, he was highly passionate about it.

One night, I passed back tests after a mini-lecture on the importance of studying and how you generally get what you give when it comes to grades. Henry did poorly on the exam and he was clearly not happy with himself. He came to me after class to tell me that he really took it to heart what I said. He joined the computer lab, he stayed on campus all day. He looked me in the eye and promised he was going to do better.

When I offered to give extra credit to students for bringing in outside speakers, Henry arranged a to have a speaker come to class. But he wouldn’t tell me who it was. He was so enthusiastic. He would say things like: “you’re not going to believe what this student of yours can do,” “Bring your camera” and “man, you are not going to believe who this speaker is.”

Needless to say, this piqued my interest.

Who the heck is this special speaker Henry booked? Were they famous or something?

The night of class I saw Henry standing in the parking lot, clearly looking to connect with the speaker for the evening.

I admit, I glanced around to see if anyone looked familiar.

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By the time class started I was definitely curious. Then, in walks a woman who was my roommate 22 years ago and even a bridesmaid in my first wedding. This is the person I lived with when I was a waitress, working multiple jobs and studying for college every chance I got. A woman who decided to get her own education and now has a master’s degree. A woman with a 22-year-old daughter in college.

Whoa, can you take a few moments and let that all sink in?

I was the COLLEGE PROFESSOR and she was the guest speaker with a Master’s Degree who worked with veterans! Henry’s enthusiastic participation and act of kindness created a “full-circle” moment and a sense of gratitude that I felt in my cells. This event gave me a renewed enthusiasm about the journey we’ve all been on for decades.

Two weeks later, Henry is lying in bed at the Veteran’s facility where he connected with my former roommate. She was his counselor. He was reading books and his on-going issue with heart disease ended his life.

Was Henry a Student, a Teacher or an Angel? You decide.

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The Impact of Music on Our Spiritual Self and a Tribute to the Power of Soul Train

Music is a great medium to evoke miracles in life and an immediate shift in perception. In this show, Sheri and Erin discuss the passing of visionary TV producer Don Cornelius and the profound influence Soul Train had in their lives.

Sheri and Erin discuss the inspiration that creates music and the inspiration it provides to listeners. Music can move the spirit in a way nothing else can and even instrumental music or music that is sung in a language the listener doesn’t understand can evoke a deep emotional response that can be healing and enlightening.

We were joined by singer/musician and creator of affirmationsforliving.net, Edwige Bigue and she shared the spiritual nature of music and the power it has to connect people.

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In Style Wants Me Back – They Can’t Have Me

instyleenvelopeIt’s been almost two years since I held a subscription to In Style magazine. Ever since then, they’ve been sending me letters like this, letting me know that they want me back.

As much as it feels good to be wanted, it feels better to deny In Style.

My decision to cancel my subscription was not without hesitation. I do love pretty pictures, clothing and accessories. But one day, as I sat at my table with the 500 page magazine before me, I had an epiphany.

As I turned page after page of advertisements and eyeballed one unattainable image after another it struck me: I was paying money to be advertised to.

Not only that, I was paying money to feel rotten about myself. That’s not a wise move.

instyle I wrote an article about this back in 2007. I concluded that since the magazine often led me to desire things I could not afford, I was paying to be dissatisfied and in debt. Again, not a smart way to spend my time or my money.

Today, I choose my media input wisely. I spend within my means and do my best to concentrate my mental energy on things that are uplifting and empowering. Every small step I take towards honoring myself makes me just a little bit stronger and if you ask me, it’s worth the effort.

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As an amazing side benefit, I discovered Advanced Style and got the courage to find my own Moxi. I also got back into a hobby I had in the 80’s which is designing my own outfits and clothing. It turns out I was repurposing but didn’t even know it. It’s amazing what you remember when you’re not bombarded with someone else’s sales pitch.

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My Life’s Symphony: Fallout, Clean-up, Repurpose

At times, repurpose and refine go hand in hand. Said another way: the symphony of life has it’s high’s and low’s, and each aspect of life can be reused or refined over time. This inspiring video with Benjamin Zander is a great demonstration of the impact refinement plays in mastery. It has a underlying message which is “don’t give up”. If you keep at it, you’ll get better automatically.

Sitting still and practicing transforms the nature and quality of Life. Malcom Gladwell writes about mastery/refinement like this: “do something for 10,000 hours and you are a master.” In relation to Life I would say that means 10,000 hours of doing something a new way or practicing a skill can lead to mastery in that skill.

Just like sitting at a piano practicing scales makes you an improved player, your habits and routines define the excellence of your craft.

This is all moving in a very Harry Potter direction that could become confusing and overwhelming. So rather than pontificate to the point of boredom, I will do this; I will end here and invite you to review the story as it’s been told so far. See if you can make the connection between refinement, repourposing, mastery and resiliency. If not, I’ll be back next month to try and explain.

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