‘MUSIC FOR MENTAL WEALTH’ EXCLUSIVE COLUMN BY NICK BOTTINI
THE SECRET SOURCE
THE POWER OF HEADING UPSTREAM
Hello AwareNow reader. The very fact that you’re reading this article probably means that you’re someone who is already pretty open-minded. It also means you’re probably fairly empathetic. You may even already be actively engaged in taking specific actions that take a stand not only for that which is ‘right’ but more importantly, for that which is true. So, this month, rather than spending too many valuable column inches on preaching to the choir, or extolling the virtues of raising your ‘level’ of awareness I thought, with your permission, I might endeavor to give you an experience of something that has proven to be truly life-changing for me. I’d also go one step further than that – my promise to you is that if you take the concepts in this article to heart and experiment with the exercise I will give you below, it will completely transform your world. This has been my own experience, and it also has proven to be the experience of the countless music industry and creative clients I’ve coached one-to-one.
So this all begs the question – what is it that has us up-level our life?
Or, if we’re feeling a little more altruistic – what is it that actually changes the world?
What is the difference that really makes the difference when it comes to going from merely tolerating life, or feeling like a victim, or looking ‘out there’ and hoping that an unjust situation would change, to truly precipitating, embodying or becoming that change right now?
Well, if you were to look at the countless articles, videos and products that spring up in the information age, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s a tool, a trick, or a hack. And as a result of this cultural conditioning this is what people end up googling for – hence why copywriters get taught to write stuff like this: ‘The 7 Steps to a Happier, Healthier You’, or ‘The 5 Ways to Explode Your Business in 2022’, or, in my industry, ‘The 3 Essential Tips to Giving Your Best Performance Ever’. These headlines build intrigue, and they seem simple, practical and accessible. They also appeal to our craving for instant gratification. But there’s one frequently-overlooked issue with all this which I specifically examine in my book Just Play: The Simple Truth Behind Musical Excellence:
‘There is a tacit assumption that the ‘outputs’ of high performers (states of mind, methods, practice regimes, or decisions, etc) can be adopted as ‘inputs’ with which we can reliably duplicate high-level results. This belief comes about because we like to think the mind functions like a machine. This is why it’s so common to hear computer analogies like ‘reprogramming’ the mind, or flow ‘hacking’, implying that it is possible for our mental ‘software’ to be worked around or changed at will. But while there may appear to be similarities, as we shall see, fundamentally the two are not alike. The power of the mind lies in exactly that which distinguishes us from machines – in the very fact that we are alive.’ 67 AWARENOW / THE SOURCE EDITION