CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47) Payback Day has finally arrived for the true artist & entrepreneur. No longer will a deceitful industry dictate to an artist how it will be. Screw the archaic protocols of the past. Screw the business bloggers and music critics who repeatedly forecast a future of doom. And screw the dying gate-keepers who once prevented you from exploiting your art or business to a huge audience.Thanks to the many creative geniuses who have contributed so much in our lifetime; tech-geeks like Steve Jobs, bio-geeks like Bruce Lipton, guru-geeks like Deepak Chopra, psyche-geeks like David Hawkins, marketing-geeks like Seth Godin and inventor-geeks like Ray Kurzweil. Thanks to them and many others, we are all now profoundly connected to each other. And our awareness level has been kicked up a notch—can you feel it? Can you sense a shift in the wind? As we witness awesome breakthroughs in new technology everyday,  and as we see the pillars of established enterprise begin to weaken  and crumble, the world is slowly beginning to see thru the old worn out (transparent) masks of greed and deception. And we are quickly discovering that it’s the artists, designers, writers, editors, programmers, inventors, philosophers, poets, songwriters, script-writers, story tellers, directors, producers, thought-leaders, creative thinkers and innovative entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more transformed world. The human family is now eagerly inviting (rather depending upon) all creative entrepreneurs and artists to put their ass on the line, take big creative risks and inspire, teach, entertain, lead and motivate us with their impossible visions, fantastic inventions, intuitive technology and extraordinary productions—for the benefit of ALL of us...with no one left out!Are you ready for such a shift? As a creative person, can you see the unlimited opportunities that are staring you right in the face? Are you prepared to boldly manifest your most outrageous ideas and impossible dreams—for the benefit of all of us?Listen once again, as the great Irish Nobel Prize winning poet and philosopher, George Bernard Shaw whispers to us from the deep silence of his grave:  “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
J Michael Dolan

CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)

Payback Day has finally arrived for the true artist & entrepreneur. No longer will a deceitful industry dictate to an artist how it will be. Screw the archaic protocols of the past. Screw the business bloggers and music critics who repeatedly forecast a future of doom. And screw the dying gate-keepers who once prevented you from exploiting your art or business to a huge audience.

Thanks to the many creative geniuses who have contributed so much in our lifetime; tech-geeks like Steve Jobs, bio-geeks like Bruce Lipton, guru-geeks like Deepak Chopra, psyche-geeks like David Hawkins, marketing-geeks like Seth Godin and inventor-geeks like Ray Kurzweil. Thanks to them and many others, we are all now profoundly connected to each other. And our awareness level has been kicked up a notch—can you feel it? Can you sense a shift in the wind?

As we witness awesome breakthroughs in new technology everyday,  and as we see the pillars of established enterprise begin to weaken  and crumble, the world is slowly beginning to see thru the old worn out (transparent) masks of greed and deception. And we are quickly discovering that it’s the artists, designers, writers, editors, programmers, inventors, philosophers, poets, songwriters, script-writers, story tellers, directors, producers, thought-leaders, creative thinkers and innovative entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more transformed world.

The human family is now eagerly inviting (rather depending upon) all creative entrepreneurs and artists to put their ass on the line, take big creative risks and inspire, teach, entertain, lead and motivate us with their impossible visions, fantastic inventions, intuitive technology and extraordinary productions—for the benefit of ALL of us...with no one left out!

Are you ready for such a shift? As a creative person, can you see the unlimited opportunities that are staring you right in the face? Are you prepared to boldly manifest your most outrageous ideas and impossible dreams—for the benefit of all of us?

Listen once again, as the great Irish Nobel Prize winning poet and philosopher, George Bernard Shaw whispers to us from the deep silence of his grave:  “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

COMMENTS


Posted By DinoMattHelm
thepastisthefutureisthepastisthefutureisthe past
So, i do agree with just about everything you say in your writings. I would expect you to think positively about the "Occupancy" groups now in each major city. Would like to hear your take on that. ANd, how can I, as an "artiste" (songwriting/r+rband)best benefit from all this change, because I, being cynical, have a not so sneaking suspicion, that in the end, even all this will wind up as Gordon Gekko said: "Greed is good." Sorry. Mark Horton Boston, Mass peachykeen999@hotmail.com


Posted By Rachel
Honesty and peace...
Honest..One thing artists need to be..deception comes in all forms..but the truth sits peacefully. Have a wonderful day Michael, and all! Rachel


Posted By Adaria A. Armstrong
The Great Turning
In the mid-90's during my grad school years, I studied under many a creative and artistic soul. On my way to an MA in social and cultural Anthropology, I had the absolute honor of sitting at the mighty feet of Joanna Macy. Her take on the shift was one from an unsustainable Industrial Growth Society to A Life Sustaining One, as she termed it, The Great Turning. This included not only a true shift in consciousness of how we lived or rather didn't live with the natural rhythms and bio-regions of our amazing planet, but the great flowing forth of all creative energy to see each other into being,in order to fulfill the greatest potential of this creativity for ourselves and each other. She envisioned us all as a giant neural synaptic web, all interconnected or if you will, an ongoing ripple in a body of water, flowing ever outward. I'd always felt alienated from this western society of material culture of de-evolved(we are devo, ha ha) masses, and didn't know quite how to continue along my own widely creative path as a writer, comic, musician, dancer, singer, etc., and Dr. Macy, and my other inspiring prof and all around amazing human Dr. Lisa Faithorn, helped me make my own great turning towards connectivity and saw me into being on a path I continue to this day. I've always felt my life was in service to my community and to my earth but felt frustrated at the lack of connection. They helped me understand through their life works that the Universe was the ultimate creative being that birthed us to look back upon itself with fierce compassion, wonder, joy, awe, respect and love. They helped me find that song I needed to be singing in praise of this, and my hope is that others find it as well. Thanks for the inspiration JMD and for reminding us what we are really here for. I see you!


Posted By Bob
Baby/bathwater
JMD, exciting times indeed for creative types. The cyberworld has democratized creation and distribution of all kinds of artistic endeavors. However, as a veteran music critic and editor, I'd urge caution in blithely dismissing informed criticism. I hope the public will still seek out honest and open-minded professional critics, and that we'll still be able to be paid for our work and valued for our experience.


Posted By Dave Walker
yes...
2012 is being predicted as the year of massive change, where the paradigms of entrenched institutions, corporate greed and the Orwellian model are turned on their collective heads. Liars, cheats and the grubby energies are dissipating before our very eyes. Those with honesty, openness, wisdom and deep self belief will shine. JMD, you have personalised this belief system for me in your article and I thank you for it. In amongst all the things I am reading about what is happening to us energetically right now, your blog is really resonating with me. I urge you all to pick up your instruments and sing, meditate, pray, reflect and do whatever you do to be joyful on November 11 - 11/11/11 is going to be an incredible day and every day after that will be astounding for those of us with the courage to listen to our souls Blessings. Dave


Posted By Richard Lupien
To boldly go!!
Beeing an artist has truly become a new adventure!!...remember the old days when it was almost impossible to record at home and have someone listen to your music!!...while some think that society is on the verge of collape, others are working there butts off to make things for the better!!...especially artists!!...the creators of this new world order that awaits us!!...let us be those that lead the way instead of the speculators on Wall Street by bringing a new light on to the world, the light of peace!!...let us ALL meet under the Imagine Peace Tower!!...


Posted By Rick
Tactics
Sure, opportunity has threaded the US throughout the centuries,but the real challenge has always be how.


Posted By Georgia
connected!
Dear JMD, I agree that these creative types you mentioned have connected us in a new more transparent way. We must keep our focus on this UNITY, this connectedness as humans around the globe. Then and only then can THE PEOPLE demand PEACE from presidents, dictators, prime ministers, et al, because the masses rule! Let's make our senators and reps accountable to the people and vote against those who don't represent us. But as we embrace technology, let's not abandon actual human contact, helping others, hugging and supporting others, contributing our gifts personally to others. Our CREATIVITY and CONNECTEDNESS can do both--Technology can greatly contribute. Let's use our Iphones to not only expose/video tape the dictators abusing their people, but let's video the new governments to be sure that a Terrorist state does not displace the fallen dictators. Creativity needs to invade government too, as much as it is the blood of the artist and entrepreneur!

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• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)