This album is titled "Integration" because this body of work seemed to end up representing my efforts
to integrate and unify the dualistic sides of myself and the world. It is my experience that we all
deal with duality internally and externally and find it hard to accept ourselves, the people around
us and our world. This duality is what makes us human and what empowers this three dimensional
plane called our reality, which we collectively have created.
As we are becoming so acutely aware of the enormous imbalances and injustice in our world and daily
experience, and are all screaming for change within and in the greater consciousness, I think it is
vital that we begin to integrate these forces and recognize our divinity and our power. Many are
remembering Gandhi and the famous idea that we must “be the change you want to see”. I think,
generally, people find this to be daunting. But, I was just reminded that the caterpillar and
butterfly have the same DNA. I knew this logically but, really think about this!
We face what I think will be the biggest shift in human consciousness and evolution in recorded
history thanks to our instantaneous ability to communicate. It seems we are just in time before we
completely destroy ourselves or the planet. I feel we all have a very special gift that will help
this process and I also believe what is inside, mirrors what is outside, so integration is necessary
internally to create change externally or, we create our experience. I have also learned through my
study of Mayan and various indigenous prophecy that, the shift in consciousness to make us
understand this is here, its been here, and “we are the ones we have been waiting for” - Hopi Nation
Right now, it seems the single most important thing we can do to support a transformation is to use
our precious energy to create within ourselves and with all that we encounter, unity, joy, gratitude
and peace, at all cost. Without integrating and accepting our dualities and the worlds, this task
appears nearly impossible. I have tried, and only in the last few years have I slowly been able to
completely shift my daily experience from frequent internal struggle to a much calmer, more aware
contentment. By meeting all sides of myself and the world with the only real medicine that I find
can permanently change anything, unconditional love, I have found hope. As Ziggy Marley puts it,
“Love is my religion”.
These realizations and ideas that I write about often feel as if they come from what I think of as
"source energy" and I do not even feel I can take credit. But, much of what you will hear is
inspired by work I did with Landmark Education in the last year, time spent with a Mayan messenger
named Ac Tah (actah2012.com), various books such as "The 5th Agreement" by Don Miguel Ruiz and
"Unplugging the Patriarchy" by Lucia Rene, documentaries such as "Kymatica", "Zeitgiest" and "What
the Bleep Do We Know?" and so many inspiring men and women in Pittsburgh, or as the Community of
Unity now calls it, Peaceburgh.
So this album was an exercise in letting both sides of myself and that of the worlds, be present;
the ying and yang, shame and pride, anger and calm, masculine and feminine, the ego and oneness,
separation and unity, and love and fear. They all make an appearance on this album. I wanted to
show a glimpse into my own energetic process of awakening over the last few years, in hopes that it
will be helpful or inspiring to others during this shift, just like art and music has inspired and
helped me. I think of it an expression of a sort of spiritual activism and if I had time, this
album would have 20 more songs, there is much more to say in future music.