In my mid 20's, I headed west to pursue a career in the entertainment industry in L.A. I considered myself to be spiritual at the time because I read spiritual books and meditated once or twice a week. But the truth is, I was a mess most of the time.
I was constantly stressed. My mind would race at 100 miles an hour 100% of the time. My emotions were like a roller coaster ride taking me from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. And rather than being the creator of my life, I was playing the victim, attributing the outside world to my turbulent inner world.
Then I found yoga and reiki. These practices taught me how to still my mind and access my soul. For the first time, I began to realize that my own mind was causing much of my own suffering. As I unraveled the layers of my ego, I discovered that peace and happiness arise from within and that the external world is a reflection of that rather than the other way around.
That would be a turning point for me. Inspired by one of my yoga teachers, I became a yoga teacher myself and depended my meditation practice. Once a week meditations turned into daily meditations that led me to experience the bliss of my own being. No longer at the whim of a merciless world, I was becoming a co-creator of my life experience and infusing it with peace and happiness. Around the same time, I did my master level reiki training and began offering reiki more regularly.
Yoga also led me to discover kirtan, the call and response singing of devotional mantra. Kirtan offered me a direct connection to my heart center and would soon influence my path as a musician. At the time, I was enjoying success in the music industry (see music bio). But something about playing the bar and club scene felt off. So I soon began integrating my background as a pop based singer/songwriter with kirtan and found my true calling as a musical artist.
Since then, I've been blessed to have studied with many wonderful teachers, all of whom have led me to become the person I am today. I am grateful for them as well as my spirit guides, whose messages keep me moving forward along my path and are now helping others do the same as well. If you're new to my site, you might enjoy reading some of their messages on the Spirit Wisdom page.
Love & Light to all, Darren.