Photo of Infinite Self by G.
Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde
Death is a part of life and yet, I am having a hard time believing that spiritual guru Stuart Wilde has departed from this earth. Several websites have confirmed the news, so I know it to be true. On May 1, 2013, Stuart Wilde suffered a fatal heart attack in Ireland. While I never met Stuart Wilde, I have been a fan and admirer of his teachings for a very long time and his wisdom has made such a difference in my life, I am forever grateful to him. Whereas so many spiritual teachings make you feel like you would have to live in seclusion for the rest of your life to achieve inner peace, Wilde’s teachings were the exact opposite. When reading one of his books or listening to one of his lectures, you felt as if you were at a pub with your good mate, who just happened to know a TON about the way the universe works and the true laws of nature. He broke things down in a way that made it simple to understand, a way in which so many spiritual teachings lack.
Stuart Wilde wrote over 20 books and ALL of them are essential reading. There have been so many times where I pick up a Stuie book, open it at random and the advice on those pages seems to be exactly what I need in my life at that moment. His books such as “Infinite Self,” and “Silent Power,” have inspired me and changed the direction of my life as his words taught me to better empower myself. He encouraged being an outsider (or “fringe dweller” as he put it) and most importantly, he always infused humor into serious subjects. Stuart Wilde’s teachings always came with the warning – don’t just read these words, TEST THEM and if they turn out not to work for you, throw them out and find what does work for you. However, time and time again, Stuart’s teachings proved to be right on.
I’m very sad that I will not get to learn from him in person, but his books and DVDs will be essential to my life for as long as I inhabit this planet. Stuart, all I can say to you is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the invaluable teachings you have left behind for not just me, but for all of us. May you rest in peace! Namaste.
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Taylor Mead and Geoffrey Dicker
Sad news! New York artist, poet and former Warhol Superstar Taylor Mead has died at age 88. Taylor was a great lover of art and you’d often see him in Downtown Manhattan supporting his friends and local artists. He could also be spotted at the Bowery Poetry Club reciting verse. I can’t believe we won’t be seeing him around anymore, but his spirit will live on forever in New York. RIP Taylor.
Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Sad news from the music world. Legendary DJ and producer/remixer Peter Rauhofer has died of brain cancer at the really young age of 48. Though Austrian, he was a New York club legend regularly spinning at venues like The Roxy. He was lucky enough to remix EVERYONE from Depeche Mode to Madonna to Kylie Minogue to Pet Shop Boys to Yoko Ono! He even won a Grammy for his remix of Cher’s “Believe.” I saw him spin many times and of course have burned countless calories listening to his remixes at the gym. He may be gone in body, but his music will live on forever. RIP Peter.
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Sad news in the music world. First we learned that Christina Amphlett of The Divinyls passed on this morning and in the evening, we learned that folk singer Richie Havens has died. I saw Richie perform once as part of a birthday tribute to Pete Seeger, which is where the above photo was taken. I hoped when they announced his name that he would perform “Freedom,” which was one of my favorite performances from Woodstock. I got my wish and as Richie tore into the song, I was so overcome with emotion, I literally burst into tears. It was a very powerful moment and one that I will not be forgetting. It’s such a great song, and such a great anthem! Thanks for the great music Richie. Rest in peace.
Autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Sad news out of Hollywood today. Actress and the original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello has died. I met her right after she announced she was suffering from multiple sclerosis. Even though you could tell she was in a great amount of pain as she signed autographs, there was no way she could turn down a fan requesting her signature. That’s a class act, according to G! She was an inspiration to a generation and she will continue to inspire. Rest in peace Annette!