Music duo Gypsy Soul—Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit—has released several folk-style, insightful albums since forming in the early 1990s.
Wanderlust (Off The Beaten Track Recordings) was released by Gypsy Soul with tremendous support from their dedicated fan base.
This inspirational, eleven-track album highlights Swann’s captivating voice and Morykit’s musical abilities
About Gypsy Soul
Swann and Morykit met in Scotland after both had been trying individually to pursue a music career: Swann as a french jazz singer in Paris and Morykit a musician who’s recording contract was recently terminated. Gypsy Soul was created upon the discovery of their musical companionship.
With ten albums and one live performance DVD released since then, Gypsy Soul is an American-based duo that’s always had the continued support of fans. Their first album, Test of Time, was released with great financial assistance from family and friends. Swann and Morykit as such believe in the “paying it forward” philosophy, and consistently support charities, fundraisers, and workshops held around the country.
The couple formed their own record label, Off The Beaten Track Recordings. Gypsy Soul’s music has been featured on television shows and movies from around the world, and the band has been recognized with many independent music awards. The duo’s music has earned spots in the Top 40 Radio Charts and the International New Age Charts.
Wanderlust is a beautifully inspiring album featuring a mix of instrumental tracks—”Prelude,” “Epona’s Wild Daughter,” and “Wanderlust”—and the soothing comfort of Swann’s voice. Following with the dedicated support Gypsy Soul has consistently received from family, friends, and fans, over $27,000 towards the production of this album was from their audience. The lyrics of the album are almost like words of wisdom or support dedicated in return to the fans.
For example, “You’re Beautiful to Me” highlights Swann’s captivating singing skills and tells a story of heartfelt love. “We Lose Ourselves in Life” is a comforting reminder for listeners to remember to find beauty in the present and not get caught up in what’s supposedly “wrong” with life. Another inspirational track on Wanderlust is “Show Me the Way,” one by which listeners will close their eyes and listen in relaxation.
Gypsy Soul’s Wanderlust album is inspirational music that helps listeners find solace and peace within its lyrics and notes. This is an album easily appreciated by listeners of all music genres.
What if you were soon to become aware of wonderful treasures which exist within you?
What if you have incredible inner resources that can easily be activated to enrich your life and help you with life purpose?
What if you you have lived many times before and have mastered many things?
What if all of your resources from past, and future lives, are available to you right now?
Wouldn’t you be more apt to be successful at attaining your goals?
You Do Have …
Well, here’s my experience:
You do have wonderful treasures within you.
You do have incredible resources within you.
You have mastered many things and have these skills and learnings available to you now.
You exist in all times at once, therefore having access to your full mastery (a bit mind-boggling perhaps).
The Wonder-When 4 Step Process …
Imagine how you could fuel your life purpose and create positive motivation for accomplishing your goals.
You can discover these resources for yourself. Here’s a simple four-step process:
1) Pick a word that represents one of your inner treasures that you would like to discover or deepen. A short list of some of my favorites are: boldness, clarity, compassion, confidence, contentment, cooperativeness, courage, creativity, dependability, dynamism, efficiency, energy, flexibility, freedom, generosity, gentleness, goodness, gracefulness, harmony, honesty, humor, independence, integrity, inventiveness, kindness, love, loyalty, motivation, openness, patience, persistence, practicality, radiance, sensitivity, sensuality, strength, thoroughness, uniqueness, and wisdom. Pick one word from this list or come up with one of your own.
2) Write down the following sentence on a small piece of paper: “I wonder how soon it will be before my inner <fill in your word> begins to express itself in my life?”
3) For the next week—longer if you wish—repeat this phrase with as much enthusiasm as you can bring forth. You can say it out loud and to yourself; quietly and with lots of volume; quickly and slowly; or with sacredness then silliness. Just say this magical affirmation in as many different ways as come to mind. The more you speak these words, and in as many different ways, the more you will be evoking your inner treasures.
4) Expect the resource to come forth! How could it not?!
If you enjoy this process, repeat it many times, using a new word each week. Without a doubt, this is the most powerful affirmation process I’ve ever used. I hope you enjoy bringing forth the wonders which exist within you. May you achieve success in realizing your goals and be on a path for expressing your life purpose.
I was corresponding with a friend regarding her career and life purpose. She’s very intuitive, talented, and hard working. However, she’s had many job struggles—like most of us—bridging into work that truly gives her joy.
It’s important to remember that it’s just an illusionary perception that one’s purpose and making money are opposites. Polarity perceptions like “business = money” and “spiritual = poverty” create confusion.
Read on to discover some of the insights we discussed.
Gleaming Hints of Joy
When you have hints regarding what brings you the most joy—your purpose—and take consistent, playful action, you begin to move the energy toward creation.
Your life’s purpose often isn’t what your mind perceives it to be. You can’t know what it is until you’re immersed in the energy of pleasant action (yes, there are sometimes “hard” parts too).
When you are moving in the fun of what you love, the next steps open up from there—and they’re most often a surprise.
Letting Go, Moving Into Play
At first, let go of any business model or structured plan. Creative career healing begins as you move toward mastery of activities you love to do. Then, as you lay the foundation by becoming skilled at thoughts and actions that bring value to others, others will pay you well to play well.
People love to flow money to people who are doing what they love, and thus providing positive benefits. But don’t focus on providing positive benefits at the outset. Start with immersing yourself, as much as you can, in experiments that give you feedback on what you LOVE to be, do, and have.
You may think you know your purpose, but perhaps your mind is in the way. You have hints, but too much thought and too little action create a kind of mental constipation; analysis paralysis. Our minds don’t really have a clue at first. Ask your mind’s money-making worries and previously-reinforced strategies to sit quietly on the sidelines and . . . watch. Then, as you continue creating with the energy of enjoyment, your mind will move from passive observer to excited fan!
The world is full of people with money who will pay you well to play, since they will receive positive benefits from your expressions.
Using Your Enthusiasm to Build Energy
Perhaps you need “a job” to pay the bills as you explore. So be it. Do that job each day with as much positive, enthusiastic energy as you can muster to avoid job struggles.
If that job is funding your “life purpose discovery experiments,” do that job well and create gratitude for the opportunity. Find ways to do your current work exquisitely and with joy. This energy will act as a powerful magnet to attract work that you will find to be even more fulfilling.
The key is to discover what you LOVE to do by taking small, experimental action steps each day, and then doing more and more of what feels really good to you.
Based upon a novel written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Pay It Forward (Simon & Schuster), the Pay It Forward Foundation promotes the global social movement based on a simple plan of action.
The idea upon which the foundation was created is simple: anyone can change the world.
The Pay It Forward Foundation seeks to educate students of its mission and works with teachers on developing strategies of how they too can pay it forward.
Catherine Ryan Hyde is an example of what happens when we follow our inner urges, and how one small thought turned into an action can ripple to make a vast difference in many other people’s lives.
The Pay It Forward Foundation
Staffed mostly by volunteers committed to its simple but profound mission, the Pay It Forward Foundation encourages everyone to do a simple act at any time for anyone in any place. Paying it forward means doing a favor for someone without any expectation of being paid back—save for encouraging the recipient of the favor to in turn to pay it forward to someone else.
The idea behind his movement is to never assume a favor you pay is too small or too insignificant, as to someone else it could mean the world. How do you know that this exact opportunity won’t change the life of a complete stranger in ways you can’t even imagine?
Catherine Ryan Hyde, Esteemed Writer and Inspiration
Catherine Ryan Hyde is an established author with several acclaimed books to her name, including Second Hand Heart (Transworld UK) and Jumpstart the World (Knopf). Her short stories have been featured in several prominent literary journals, and many have gone on to win top literary awards.
Her 2000 novel Pay It Forward was developed into a popular movie of the same name, and was acknowledged by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list. The novel appeared on several national bestsellers lists. The message of the book has inspired many people to try paying it forward in their own lives, and serves as the basis for the Pay It Forward Foundation.
Beside writing, Hyde also delivers public speaking addresses, including ones based on her pay it forward idea. The following is a transcript of Hyde candidly discussing her inspiration for paying it forward.
Setting: Echo Park, Late at Night
So, here I am in this bad section of Echo Park . . . I don’t know, does anyone know Echo Park in Los Angeles? Some of you actually do! And if you don’t, don’t run and check it out, just take my word for it, okay? It’s not really the place to be late at night. However, I lived there, which narrowed my options.
So, I’m driving home, and I should tell you that the car I was driving was not in good condition, because—at least I’m pleased to be able to say that I was young 24 years ago (I know, it’s hard to imagine)—I had this theory about cars when I was younger. I thought it cost less money if you didn’t take your car to the mechanic. It’s a logical theory when you think about it, because mechanics cost money, so you don’t go, you save money, you know? That’s one of those theories that works very well until the day it doesn’t anymore. So this is a story about the day it stopped working.
So, I’m coming home late. I get to the end of the ramp, you know, the freeway ramp where there’s a stop sign at Echo Park Lane. And I put my foot on the brake, and the engine stalled—which may sound unusual to you, but it always did every time I put my foot on the brake. That’s what happens when you don’t go to the mechanic! And then something that had never happened before: headlights, dash lights, all of the electric on my car, out.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
So, now I’m out there in the dark. That’s a new one. And while I’m pondering this, I noticed that there’s a curled smoke—right away you know this is not good news, right? Where ever the smoke is, however the smoke is, right away you’re thinking, “That’s not good news!”—coming through the firewall from the engine side. And it’s curling up under the dashboard, and it’s beginning to fill up the passenger compartment where I sit.
Now, when you’re in a car in a bad neighborhood late at night—you probably know this already—you have a very powerful incentive to stay there with the door locked. But now the car’s filling up with smoke, which has got to be a textbook definition of being between a rock and a hard place. Right? So, once again, just so you don’t have to go out and do your own research, I will tell you the smoke wins. You’re going to get out of the car at that point. So I got out of the car.
Now I’m outdoors in this bad neighborhood late at night. And I looked up and I saw that there were two men, two total strangers, running in my direction very fast. And one of them is holding a blanket.
Strangers Help Out of the Blue
Many thoughts danced in my head. Not a single which had anything to do with rescue. As a matter of fact, I think the first thought in my head was that I’d never made out a will. And then of course I realized that it didn’t matter because I had nothing to leave to anyone, anyway. Except the car, which is on fire.
So, I really thought that those were going to be the last few moments of my life. I mean, you’ve had that moment where your life flashes before your eyes. Really, never occurred to me that they might have been running to my aid. But oddly enough, that’s exactly what happened.
Apparently they had been driving by—I say apparently because I never really got to talk to them—saw the trouble that I was in, pulled their own car over to the side of the road, took a blanket out of their own trunk, [and] one of them popped the hood of my car. You know, popped it from the inside—the other one actually opened it. [He] leaned his whole upper body into my flaming engine compartment and put the fire out with the blanket.
Total Strangers Save Lives
Now, just to stop and review what I find important in this story: his upper body, my flaming engine compartment. Isn’t that an interesting combination between total strangers?
So, right around the time he got the fire put out the fire department showed up, which I thought was interesting because none of us called them. Okay, so once again, the kids go, “Okay, so someone had a cell phone and you didn’t know it. “ No, not in 1978, I really don’t think so. Apparently some other good Samaritan driving on the freeway behind us had seen what was happening and called the fire department.
Now, I absolutely guarantee you in that situation I would have done that for a stranger. If I had seen you broken down with your car burning I would have stopped at the next call box and called the fire department for you. Not sure about the thing with the upper body in the flames. I don’t know about now, but at the time I don’t think I would have been ready for that.
Life and Death Situation
And, so, to make a long story short—perhaps it’s too late for that, I’m not sure—in the confusion of talking to the fire department . . . and by the way, one of the things that I learned from them is that we all could have been killed. You know, a car on fire is a lot like a Molotov cocktail, when you think about it. You know, you have a big tank of flammable liquid with a fuse that goes into it, and once it’s burning it’s, you know . . . you have some problems.
So, I turned around to thank these men who I thought were standing behind me listening to all of this, thinking, “Boy, this better be a good thank you!” Right? This was the biggest favor I had ever gotten in my life. This had better be a good thank you . . . and discovered that they had already packed up and driven away.
So, I didn’t even say thank you! I mean, I tried, but I didn’t know they’d do that.
The Birth of Paying it Forward
And so what happened as a result of this, you know, people will say to me, “So, if they hadn’t stopped and done that for you, none of this pay-it-forward-thing ever would have happened.” And I like to take it even a step further and say that if they had stayed around to be thanked, maybe the rest of this wouldn’t have happened. If they’d stayed around, you know, I would have gotten their address. I would have sent them a Christmas card every year for the rest of their life. You know, 24 years later, it’s almost December, I would have sent them a Christmas card and maybe that would have felt like enough.
But as it was I had received this huge favor and I hadn’t done anything to pay it back. So what was I going to do?
So I found myself—for those of you who know anything about the pay-it-forward concept, you are probably guessing where we are going with this story—I found myself on the lookout for someone in trouble. I thought, “Okay, sooner or later I’ll find someone in trouble and I’ll stop and pay that favor to them instead.”
A Benevolent Virus (O Books) is what author Frances O’Brien herself describes as a spiritual fiction book.
Factually based with fictional characters A Benevolent Virus conveys a spiritual message that is very compelling to read.
This truly is an accurate description of A Benevolent Virus.
Chronicling the Lives of Ann & Daniel
O’Brien takes the reader on a journey that chronicles the lives of two people who have had the misfortune—or fortune—to have near-death experiences, or NDE. Both Ann, a television reporter, and Daniel, a former Marine severely injured in Fallujah, have near-death experiences.
A Benevolent Virus explores not just what these experiences were like for both Ann and Daniel but seeks to understand how these rare experiences go on to impact the lives of those who live this rare phenomena, and what makes it happen to some people and not others.
As you read this twenty-five chapter, 146 page soft cover book you’ll get a perspective on the good and bad parts of having a near-death experience. You’ll also see how both Ann and Daniel attempt to cope with this life altering event that impacts their lives significantly.
Scientific Data and NDE
Not only is A Benevolent Virus an eye opening look into the lives of people who experience death—before they die—it is also a journey into what happens in death, what about these experiences are like, and what the science behind it all is revealing today.
O’Brien reveals these facts and opinions through the eyes and lives of the “real” people who live again after they die. And in fact, there are many people living those lives. According to the Near Death Research Foundation, everyday in the United States 774 people have near-death experiences. And whether you believe in them or not, at one time or another most of us have at least wondered or contemplated the unknown of death and dying.
A Benevolent Virus is much a written parallel to Clint Eastwood’s movie Hereafter which stars Matt Damon and explores the impact of near-death experiences on the people’s lives that have them.
However, O’Brien goes on to explore a few more topics related to near-death experiences such as what she thinks happens when you die, what the science reveals about near-death experiences, and why she believes the skeptic community of science will embrace these experiences as real.
A Book Meant To Be Written
O’Brien’s inspiration for A Benevolent Virus came from her own innate curiosity into near-death experiences. She felt that this book was meant to be written and she was the one fortunate enough to bring it to fruition.
A Benevolent Virus is a book that wanted to be written and I had the good fortune to bring the work to fruition. Although I have never had a near-death experience, I have always been something of a spiritual seeker. It was my own spiritual curiosity that led me to devour almost every book on the subject of near-death experiences.
In A Benevolent Virus O’Brien ingeniously brings this experience often overlooked of near-death experiences to life and light. If you have any interest in this phenomena or have ever pondered death and life then this book will thrill you.