We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacie Aamon Yeldell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacie, can you tell us what you are most passionate about?
“I am passionate about transformation — my own and others — through music. I am amazed how, as humans, we can be totally transformed by the renewing of our minds through our inner work….and music can really help to facilitate this process. If I look back at my life 15 years ago, I’d probably barely be able to recognize myself. I feel like my own drive to continuously evolve really enlivens my passion to teach and support others in their own journey. I love it when I witness an individual’s moment of realization — the second I see the light flicker on in, say, a client’s eyes — when they take a step or make a leap in consciousness. Overall, I’m just totally mesmerized by the alchemy of the human spirit.”
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
“I always say that my life is mired and interwoven by a series of serendipitous and synchronous events — and it feels like they’ve led me to this very moment. My own ‘awakening’ began as a spark in the darkest days of my life: when I had lost my own music. For years I worked at record companies and spent about 20 years pursuing my own career as a recording artist. Both the business and the artist side left me drained and thoroughly spent. So, after years of groveling in this darkness, something dawned on me: I had to find a way to heal my creative injury or I wouldn’t survive. That’s when I decided it was time to save my own life. As fate would have it, I was accepted into a music therapy graduate program at NYU. Once I enrolled in that program, my entire existence began to shift on its axis. This was a huge turning point. A whole new world opened up to me as I began the process of exploring my own unconscious – and this is how I would come to help others to explore their own. It would be an understatement to say that I have benefited greatly from the utilization of music therapy. It was the salve for my creative wounds and helped to bring me back into balance. Music therapy helped me reclaim my art and rediscover my voice – a voice that I thought was lost forever through the many trials and constant disappointment. For this reason, I have become a staunch advocate for music and the creative arts as legitimate healing modalities.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Here’s a sample itinerary for a week in LA:
Day 1: Morning coffee at Urth Cafe, afternoon lounging in Laguna Beach, evening vibes at Mozambique Club;
Day 2: Day trip to Ojai, lunch at Farmer and the Cook, sunset meditation at Meditation Mount;
Day 3: Breakfast at Malibu Farm, afternoon hike in Temescal Canyon, evening show at Corazon Performing Arts in Topanga Canyon;
Day 4: Breakfast at Ostrich Farm in Los Feliz, afternoon space show at Griffith Observatory;
Day 5: Morning Hike at Runyon Canyon, Lunch at Hot ‘N Cool cafe in Leimert Park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Community is everything! I would like to shout out my spiritual communities: The Agape International Spiritual Center and its director Michael Bernard Beckwith and Carrie Brooks at True Insight Center. Also, my dear musical communities: The VCC, Rickie Byars and The Agape International Choir.
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