“Michael, you need to be writing music”
Little did I know it back then in February 2001 but these seven words of advice, spoken by a holistic therapist at the end of my appointment would change my life forever.
It should have been very easy for me to have rejected the idea of writing music as ridiculous. After all, my musical training was limited to learning to play the trombone at school, an instrument which I gave up playing at age 18. And as much as listening to music had given me a lot of pleasure throughout my life, I was pretty sure that I didn’t have either the talent or the knowledge needed to be a composer.
On the surface, the suggestion that I should be writing music made no sense at all. And yet…..
To cut a long story short, I took the advice and began a fascinating journey of discovery. I had several more appointments and meetings with the holistic therapist, Carol Lamb, and with Carol’s encouragement I learned to compose music, not by studying textbooks or by attending classes but by developing and applying my intuition. I learned about the power of music to heal – and harm – in many and diverse ways. Through a study of metaphysics with the Academy of Spiritual Sciences I began to understand the process through which music is able to heal and as a member of Rainbow Light Trust I was fortunate to work alongside therapists to learn about the practical application of music as part of a holistic healing programme.
Most of all, I learned about the journey of the soul, the fact that we are born with a life plan and purpose and I discovered the sense of fulfilment and the deep joy that comes from engaging with that life plan.
I’m sharing much of my learning and experience in these pages and in my blogs in the hope that some people may find it interesting and perhaps even helpful. I know that there are many people who, like me twelve years ago, have inherent creative talents which have never been developed either through a lack of self-belief or due to career and family life leaving them little time to engage with their dreams.
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