How to Be a Lightworker

A Lightworker is someone who puts their energy and efforts into making the world a better, more connected place. This is something that has been on my mind for a long time, but it’s only recently that I’ve begun to feel like I’m actually moving in that direction.

Not all of us may feel they have the opportunity to make a living doing something that makes a difference in the world. Most of us feel we have to make a living where we find it. I certainly felt like that for a long time. It’s only recently that I opened my eyes to the fact that many of the tasks that I do in my daily life do actually make the world a better place, even if it’s a small improvement. But each of us doing something small, making the world incrementally better, can have a big effect if we do it consciously and know that others are working with the same goal in mind.

Whether it’s sharing your talents with someone who needs them, volunteering at a local charity, or contributing to a cause that means something to you, it’s critical to look for ways to make the world a better place, and act on them.

Doing so, we are able to imbue life with meaning, even when we are feeling a little stuck. 

Manifesto: Make Your Own Fate, Construct Your Own Happiness

I didn’t want this life. I didn’t choose the situation I fell into. But like every person needs to, I made the best of what was given to me. I made my own happiness.

I created a situation in which I could sustain myself and my loved ones, in which I could make music with beautiful instruments, travel the world, practice yoga with incredible teachers, and eat fabulous vegetarian food. I used my brain and the skills I acquired to support myself and contribute to the world in a positive way.

This is the life I’ve chosen.

This is the life I lead intentionally.

This life is no mistake.

There are no mistakes.

This isn’t a plan B.

Yes, I could have chosen to spend my life clawing toward the bleeding edge as a writer, as a musician, as a yoga teacher, as an artist... I could have chosen that bitter path, and lived a frustrated life, struggling to eat, struggling to get paid, drifting from one situation to the next in anonymity.

I could have done that and perhaps been a better writer, a better musician, a better artist or teacher.

Instead, I chose to take the tools I was given, the talents and skills I forged myself, and made the most of life. I took the brains I was born with and the instincts that came built into this body and used them to be happy and loving, and to try to imbue the world with positivity, joy, and wonder.

I’m not perfect - no one is. But I try to live consciously, comfortably, and I do try to use the resources at my disposal to contribute to the world in a positive way.

Channelling Inspiration

I’m not afraid to say yes, I can compose to order. I’m not afraid I will lack inspiration, or that my output will be just plain lousy. At the same time, I feel much less that I am actually the personal author of the work. I feel that I’m part of the process, I watch from afar, as it were, and see something like the satellite phone system, where I’m not originating a transmission, but it’s passing through me and I’m responsible for keeping its coherence and its intelligibility.
— Wendy Carlos

Going Modular, Part One: a Brief History

Going Modular, Part One: a Brief History

It's no secret that modular synthesizers are back in vogue. Having been too large, too unwieldy, and too expensive for the electronic music hobbyist in the past, things have significantly changed over the course of the past decade. As niche manufacturers of unique synth modules have gained popularity, and systems like Eurorack brought cost and size down considerably, this once obscure instrument is now within the reach of the everyday hobbyist.

In the upcoming blog series, I plan to document my descent into the world of modular synths. We’ll begin here with a brief history.