Sin City Presents Magazine November 2016 Volume 3 Issue 11 - Page 21

Seven years ago you wouldn't have known who David Reed Watson was. Even though that is my real name (it's on my birth certificate), seven years ago I was just Dave Watson. I was Dave Watson the Graphic Designer who sang in bands here and there. During the last seven years there have been many distractions. There has been a lot of tension with family and society about what I should do as a responsible citizen, but I just put the blinders on and keep reminding myself why I'm doing this.

I'm doing this because this is what my soul requires. Even though being a musician is not the most lucrative of occupations, it is the most fulfilling to me. When I was in the design world I didn't really think about money, other than what bicycle I wanted to buy next, or what snowboard, car, guitar, etc. But my soul was aching for something that was missing, it knew I was just biding my time until that spark turned into a flame. My sister was the catalyst, yes, but my soul was always hinting here and there to me to just say, "Fuck it. Just do it already!"

Keeping those distractions at bay is hard. Hands down, take it from me... moving forward sometimes is very difficult and more than once I've wanted to throw in the towel. There are days that I sit here not knowing what the fuck is going to happen next, and yet, again... I put on the blinders. I've trained myself to look for those 'hints' that are talking directly to me, gentle reminders that I'm on the right path. Tonight was one of those nights. Taylor and I sat and watched the newest version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. At the end was that gentle reminder....

Don't just dream it. Be it!

Again, the theater bringing me back home. Telling me I'm ok. Reminding me of what I already know. I often tell people I'm a Human 'Be'ing, not a Human 'Do'ing. Through the many seminars, coaching's and spiritual beings in my life that 'do'ing something will get you nowhere unless you are actually 'be'ing a part of what you are doing. I know that I'm good at Graphic Design, but I was always just 'do'ing it. Like a machine on autopilot. I know the difference... and as a musician I am 'be'ing a musician.

So what distractions do you put around you to stop that voice in your head? Do you find yourself playing mindless games or creating drama around you to avoid what you're actually here for? Do those voices in your head tell you that you suck? That you're just not good enough to do what it is that you want to really do? Do the people around you tell you to go to college to become really good at it but then you tell yourself that it's an impossible dream because you can't afford it? Do you ever listen to the voices that are pushing you to do what you love? Why not? What are you afraid of?

What if I told you that you can do whatever you want to do?

How? Surround yourself with like-minded people. Let the ones that tell you that you can't... let them go. They are only telling you that you can't because they have failed themselves. People who fail and give up don't want to see you succeed because that makes them feel bad about themselves. Gently let them go... but if you don't feel you can let them go, encourage them to succeed. But by no means buy into their negativity otherwise you too will quit. Then you'll end up like them, saying that you can't do it. It's impossible. So again, surround yourself with like-minded people. Find them if they aren't already around you. Do the scary thing that I once did and change your label. You need to 'be' that person that you want to be... no amount of 'do'ing will ever change your thought pattern.

When I decided that I was going to 'be' a musician I introduced myself as that. "Hi... I'm David Reed Watson." "What do you do David?" "I'm a Vocalist and a Reiki Master. How about yourself?"

If you would like help, let me help guide you. We all need people to guide us. I have people who help me along my path as well and I'm always doing what I can to surround myself with like-minded people... the journey never ends. Let the power of Reiki heal those old thought patterns. Let me help you change the mantra from 'I can't' to 'I can'.

Namaste!

David