Life Changing Experience
Trip Start May 18, 2006
32Trip End Aug 19, 2007
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I took my final trip to Barcelona, the city of vibrant Karma, making final arangments before leaving northwards. And I met my good Rainbow brother Huog, who plays ther flute. So I offered him to go play Terraces on the beach to make some money, and so we did.
Well, coming back to city after some very deep insights I´ve had in the meditation center turned to be a somewhat shocking experience and the busking wasnt the best - so we just chilled on the beach playing for the good people of Barcelona.
I don´t mean to brag or anything, but I have become quite accustomed to the fact that when I play and sing, people gather around to listen (some run away also ;) - so wythin a couple of tunes there were about 10 people with us listening and some drumming on empty beer cans..
While playing, I just felt very strongly the graet change that has come in me since my immersion into the practise of Vipassana.
Before - I would just do things.. because. dunno why, but I just did - I had no thought of the purpose of my actions, or the meaning of them.
And now - as I was playing I began asking myself : ´Why am I doing this?´
Is this just for pleasure? is it to satisfy my ego? (look at me with my guitar im sooo great) What is the point of this?
And after an hour of playing I got quite depressed and started playing a critical song I wrote a couple of months ago (´people got ears but they dont listen, people got eyes but they dont see, people got tongues but they dont speak the truth - people got hearts but they dont really care.´ etc..).
And then I didnt feel like playing - this felt pointless.
I mean, if there would be there some other person to vibe with, musically - on a deeper level, than there would be some chance for exchange, communication, love.
But this? ---me standing alone on a stage making noise for all to see..? ...is THIS why i play?
well, soon enough i was packing my guitar, when this guy who just sat down waas saying : ´hey man, where you going? play some more..´
and I said : ´Im gonna go try make some money on the terraces, ´.
And he asked : ´so you going because you cant make here money?´
´no, i just dont feel like playing for fun no more.´
´come on, one more song, where are you from?´
´from Israel, why?´
´because Im Palestinian..´
I was shocked, confused --- I have never before in my life actually MET a Palestinian..
´So, my borther - I will play, just for you 3 songs. Excuse me my brother but I have to hug you.´
And with tears of joy and relief I threw off my big straw hat, got to my knees - and hugged with all my heart the sweaty bare chest of.. My brother.
He was different of how I imagined - he was blond with blue eyes, but nevertheless a faint mustache.
His mother is Norwegian, and when he grew up he wanted to go throw stones at the border but his father told him no, and that he must find an Israeli woman to love and have children with - and that way we´ll all be mixed together.
So I played.
But form a different place, and my brother Bilal joined and sang with.
He really loves Bob Marley, and he loves smoking good Ganja..
I was so excited and I sang so loudly for all the beach to hear that Im here with my Palestinian bro and that : ´world peace starts with peace inside, world peace starts right here right now ´.
You may say Im naive, you may say im young and inexperienced..
I am young - and that is my greatest power, i havent yet been tainted by the stains of pesimism and the arrogance of those who live a riskless life.
So, Ive found a breath of fresh air to inspire the REASON for my making music.
Everything is connecting - and the puzzle which is Omri is beginning to unfold.
Jah love to you all.