I remember from the early age of 5 years old, looking up at the ceiling before going to bed one night thinking to myself, “Who I am”. Even from that tender age, I have always wondered what my place is in this world. My heart has always been open and I have always been able to connect with that loving side of most of the people I meet. When I was at the tender age of 12, one of my best friends committed suicide. He mentioned to me 2 weeks before doing it, that he was thinking about doing it and It took me many years to forgive myself and realize that it was not my fault and that I could live without him, although never would I be quite the same again. My friend’s death ended up being a CATALYST OF LOVE for me. Around the same time, my parents became deeply involved in new age spirituality, meditating every day and reading books from Shirley Maclaine, Richard Bach, and many more spiritual leading authors. I embraced this new spirituality as a way to cope with his death and read every book they passed down to me after they had finished reading them. I am and always been an avid reader of spiritual uplifting new age material. My mother took my sister and I to learn transcendental meditation with a teacher when I was 13 and I received my first mantra. This also started me on the road to look within myself and to be mindful and truly appreciate the present moment for the gift it really is. Both my parents, my older sister who I learned so much from growing up and my entire original family especially my grandparents too, have always been a CATALYST OF LOVE for me.
You see, when you lose someone you love dearly, you realize how short life can really be. I also realized just how precious life really is and how I never wanted to lose someone again without letting them know just how much I love them. Although, I thought I was entirely over the loss of my friend, 11 years later I met an amazing lady who later became my wife and the main CATALYST OF LOVE for me in my life. It was only then that I realized that for many years, a part of my heart had been closed due to the loss of my friend. My wife’s love essentially healed that part of my heart that had been closed and in many ways helped me to become whole again.
I should also note that since I was young, my true friends have had an immeasurable positive effect on me. True friends are invaluable in life as they accept and love you for who are you and they have the courage to tell you the truth when you have gone astray, to help get you back on course. My true friends like Pierre, Marcel, Patrice, Sean, Ian, Dwight, Leymis, Stephanie, Patrick, Charles, Timmy and handful of others have been there for me and have helped me to become a better person and have also been a CATALYST OF LOVE for me.
Over the years, I kept on searching and reading spiritual material from most of the major religions with more of a focus on New Age, Hinduism and Buddhism, Rastafarianism and Christianity. Some of the authors that have had a more recent and profound effect on me are Neal Donald Walsch, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Abraham-Hicks, Don Miguel Ruiz, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle. Louis Hay and most recently Anita Morjani and Mira Kelly. I am so grateful for these authors as I have taken bits and pieces of the wisdom I read from these spiritual texts and incorporated them into my life over the years.
A huge part of me is also the fact that I was born and grew up in Kingston Jamaica. One of my deepest passions has always been my love for classical positive reggae music. Artists like the great Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and many newer Rasta reggae artists have become a CATALYST for me and the energy behind my inspirations to write my poetry. You see, true Reggae music always exudes One love, One Heart, and One mind vibration. In my late twenties I owned a Reggae Clothing line and was deeply immersed in the Reggae culture and hence, started to write some of my first poems and many were inspired from my realization that through reggae music, powerful positive words can shift your vibration and bring you happiness and peace in a matter of seconds. Positive spiritual reggae music for me has and always will be a CATALYST FOR LOVE!