HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014
December 31, 2013
Happy New Year 2014
I just met Batman, Christian Bale to be exact in a shoe shop in LA. I had to tell him I was a fan because I am. There’s only a few for me who I believe are blessed with truth and he is one of the few. I love film and he always gives more than the average. I meet a lot of stars and usually in strange situations. I was getting an Italian take away the other day and was introduced to the other Batman Mr. Keaton. They say heaven and hell are a hairs difference away. The Italian restaurant is a five-minute walk from the shoe shop. That’s unusual right, both Batman’s, in the same town on the same street, in the same year. Which brings me to my point; choice is all the difference you need to make. How many times do we hear ‘This is my year’ in January, well this year is everyone with breath in their body, this year is the year we stop asking and start doing.
My theory – There is the human body, holding the spirit, the soul inside. Anyone seen the movie ‘Real Steel’ staring Hugh Jackman, maybe not academy award material, but Sat afternoon in your shorts, fresh juice and a bag of comfort seeds is a good day to lie.
It’s not 12 Years a Slave, but it has the point I am trying to make. It’s about a little boy who finds a robot. The robot is an x sparring boxer, never meant to be anything more, programed to stay in it’s lane, take the punches and never rise above underground level, and when the makers are through with it, it’s dumped before it’s time, sound familiar. I’m just watching with the sound down, Africa the BBC documentary by Richard Attenborough. There’s a Rhino eating, it’s again a strange looking beast, the horns, the skin, let me tell you a story. I was in London Zoo, years ago with a few friends, I was looking at this Rhino same thing, really looking, at his face his horns and in that moment I imagined what his skin felt like. As I looked I noticed standing next to me was Rhino from a TV show called Gladiators, he was with his family. He said hello to me and vice versa, then I turned my attention back at the real deal. By the way the human Rhino was nearly as big as the beast in the enclosure. The next thing I did was a little impulsive, I stepped a few paces back and ran and jumped into the Rhino area. Well there were no signs saying keep out. I landed right behind the Rhino, it didn’t move, so I held up my hand and gave it a slap on it’s rear, it turned around real vext with a snort. I then was instantly back in my body and I was out of there quicker than I got in. I remember it felt like the thickest layer of leather you can imagine, it felt bomb proof. What was funny someone shouted, “there’s an idiot in the Rhinos den” and a friend of mine Carl Pickford shouted “its just NOAH”. So back to the documentary, I’m looking at the Rhino knowing exactly how it’s skin feels, and I’m thinking, he looks like he hasn’t slept in eons, with those big grey bags, his body shape is one of plenty of eating and little exercise. He looks like he doesn’t give rats how he looks. That is what fascinates me with apes, lions, crocs; they are just powerful without the ego. They are regal without the crown, they are intimidating without the hype, and they are themselves through every season.
That’s what I’m talking about for this year, I ask the world to join me; I am going to be myself if it kills me. I am going to sing from my Soul, I’m not going to perform, just be. I’m going to shed the lessons, the programing, and sing my songs from whenst they came. No titles like fearless, proud, ego. I am going to align my inner soul with my human body.
At a point at Christmas there was a family domestic, usually I could become annoyed, ego fueled, but this year I found that place. Outside the body, outside the words, the clichés, programing etc. I looked from the outside in at myself and managed to stay through what should have been an emotional fiasco on my part… I detached, I let go of the earthly me and let the master in me stand in front of the pupil. Remember Karate kid, an 80’s classic, it’s not ‘Cinema Paridiso’, but it has charm, in Karate kid, the teacher teaches him to put wax on his car and take the wax off. This happens for months, wax on, was off. Then one day he has to protect himself, and then by himself he instinctively uses this technique, and realizes that he was being schooled by life, without realizing it. Well the master in me who was born out of philosophy, faiths, family, trials, mistakes, achievements. Through awareness, love, anger. Through every experience or encounter I have ever had. The Rhino, the music, the boxing, martial arts, the schooling, the births, the deaths, the friendships, the lies, the truths, the struggles, the joy. The TV, computers, the books, the Chinese whispers. The every member of the planet that has been before and is here under the same sky now. 1st and 2nd world wars, pioneers and stay at home prophets. Every storyteller, every birthday, dog bite, bad meal. I will always be a pupil I will always be a master, because I will always have something to learn from. This will be our year because this year, we will tell the prophets, the psychiatrists, the doctors, judges, politicians, priests…we are all unique, we know the secret…The games up, because were not playing to win, were playing for fun. If we realize the answer is knowing there is no enemy but our ego, the ego that takes us quietly aside and says, you don’t need to let go, hold onto yourself, because without that amazing personality there’s no individuality. I cannot be you, you cannot be me. If I never spoke again I would still be unique. So just like when you go to another country, and you hire another car, change your money, live in another house for a while. Do you stay the same? Do you become quieter, insecure? Taken out of your comfort zone. So why do we get away for a break, from the world we have created. Soon abroad you relax because people become just people. The veil is lifted and we are all the same. We love our children, we have dreams, we are mistreated, everywhere. We create the cycle that this year we will break. Except all is a game outside love, and realize that is the moment you stay in, beyond the words, beyond the propaganda, the manipulation, the teachings, there is something we are born with, Love. That warm fuzzy alive feeling you get, when you stop thinking and just be. This year we are just going to be, without expectation, without, judgment, without the rulebook. Were going to stay in the moment of fuzz and bliss, and if we get tricked put of that moment by our years of listening to everyone we ever trusted including ourselves. We will let that feeling go, and return to love, until one day, we really understand the concept of wax on wax off, the pupil is the master the master is the pupil, we are all one, and everything we do has a cause and effect. So the outcome of loving everything is Gods wish. To love to live & die, in forgiveness and joy, with no need to understand. The outcome of this is journey.
This year 2014 is the year for us all; it’s our year for the rest of our moment. If we fall we will get up, because falling is landing. Let me repeat or make clear what I am saying. If you feel frustrated, hurt, wounded, proud, honored, ashamed, sad, mournful, you have left the building. Words are just guidelines to communicate a miracle happening inside a miracle. Maybe God made the earth in the dark so on the last day God produced the light to unveil the surprise. Ignore everything you know and be everything you feel. Happy New Year. NFJ