Internationally acclaimed composer, musician, writer, and educator, Erika Luckett, grew up in a fluid crosscurrent of cultures developing an early appreciation for the interconnectedness of people and the power of music and creativity to transform lives. She graduated from Berklee College of Music Magna Cum Laude with a degree in composition and ...film scoring. With over twenty years’ experience composing and performing, her partnerships and recognition span the globe. She has collaborated with international organizations focused on deepening the understanding of human consciousness, healing, and the body/mind/spirit connection. She was honored in 2006 as “One of the 100 Most Outstanding Women of the Year” by the Jewish Post. In  2008 she performed at the 20th anniversary of the Nobel Peace prize forum. As a composer for film and television, her efforts have yielded an Academy Award nomination and two Emmy awards (Untold Stories, The Trilogy, From Danger to Dignity dir. Dorothy Fadiman.)   Together with Lisa Ferraro, she offers retreats and workshops across North America and Europe guiding participants in the transformational and healing power of music and creativity. More

Breath

Breath

Life launches with breath. Like a deep sea diver piercing the water’s surface, we emerge with an initial gulp of air. This yearning and receiving marks the start our human unfolding - our last exhalation, its final punctuation. Breathing is fundamental to our existence but usually goes unnoticed, lost in the hum of activity. Our fragile and miraculous lives begin and end with breath - every moment of the journey is stitched with this silvery thread.

Perhaps like most of us, I can overlook what is offered abundantly and value instead what is rare and fleeting. As a swimmer, I tried to maximize my lung capacity to go further and faster but it was cancer that taught me to go deeper. My lungs had filled with fluid, and tumors in my abdomen made every breath a chore. Wrestling for each inhalation, I felt the paradox of abundance and lack. There was more than enough air in the room but there was a scarcity of space in my lungs. I had to relax and focus on breathing out in order to create space to breathe in. I had to let go in order to receive.

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Creative Mysticism

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I’m offering you an invitation. It’s simple but defies simple explanation. It’s both a journey and a singular destination. It is immediate and timeless. It’s now and forever.  It’s science and spirit, energy and matter, particle and wave. It’s a resounding symphony and a faint whisper. It’s a dive and an ascension.  Creative Mysticism is an approach to living rooted in wholeness, where intellect, intuition and imagination coexist in service to something greater than the individual.  This is the launch of a blog that meets at the intersection of contemplation and creation. It will explore how we can grow through challenging times by learning to see wholeness through the fractures, and create lives of meaning and beauty regardless of circumstance. 

Let’s begin by pretending. Like we did when we were kids. When imagination was as much a part of us as breath. When questions were doorways instead of walls. Let’s imagine that we’re here to remember who we really are.  Let’s exhale with wordless wonder or the giddy excitement of noticing the steady stream of miracles in our midst – the flight of a butterfly, the way rain splats into a puddle, how the puddle reflects the skyline, and the way the skyline pulls our gaze beyond the clouds and into the incomprehensible vastness of the cosmos.  Let’s pretend we’re all waking up from a collective game of amnesia and are beginning to remember who we truly are.

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