An Ode to Captain Stubing

When you call me you need help. Usually you need very specific help. And usually you need it yesterday. You’re not just looking for a feel good experience. (Otherwise you’d just chow down on some chocolate or watch old school Culture Club videos, right?) When you schedule a sacred sound session you want results.

And I want you to get results. Here’s the best way to make that happen:


There’s a lot of talk about intention these days. It’s kind of become a new buzzword. And, like a lot of buzzwords, sometimes it can feel a little fuzzy. Intention can be a confusing, complicated or even an intimidating word for some people.

It feels like something big, or complex, or esoteric. If I were to ask you, “What’s your intention for this session?” – which I wouldn’t, because I totally don’t talk that way – there’s a good chance that I’d just be adding some stuck to the stuck that’s already there.

Not. Helpful. At all.

The truth is, intention is just a gussied up way of talking about what you’d like to work on during your session. What do you want to focus on? What results do you want? How do you want things to look in your life?

All of this matters because it sets the course for your session. That happens in three important stages.

(Warning: The waters ahead are filled with a lot of nautical references, such as the waters ahead.

This set of only-slightly mixed metaphors was inspired by The Love Boat, to which I lost devoted countless hours during my formative years. In fact, I settled on the whole nautical theme just so that I could pay homage to reference Captain Merrill Stubing.

You have been warned. Anchors aweigh!)

Destination set

The first thing your intention does is determine where you’d like to go. Sacred sound can take you practically anyplace, but, when going on a cruise, usually you have a specific destination in mind. (Otherwise, how will know when you get there?)

Knowing where you want to go is good for you. It’s also good for me. It makes sure that we’re both on the same page, heading in the same direction. How unhelpful would it be if you wanted to go the French Riviera and I set a course for Lake Okanogan? Oopsie.

My primary goal during your sacred sound session is to help you to get exactly what you want – to realize your specific goal, to make specific changes, to get specific results. In other words, I want for you whatever you want for you. I’ll put 100% of my resources behind that. So it’s really helpful if we both know what you want.

The results you want become the destination you set. Sharing that with me helps me to help you get there.

Plotting the coordinates

I do not sail ships. But I imagine that the sailing of said ships involves plotting coordinates of some kind. (I have seen this in a movie, ergo it must be true.)

When you go on a cruise, it is not your job to know how to get from port A to port B. You don’t have to (or want to) worry about that. That’s the captain’s job*. That’s what he trained to do. That’s why he gets to wear the fancy white outfit and the uber shiny shoes.

When you come to see me, you don’t have to know to how to get from where you are to where you want to be. That’s my job. That’s what I’m trained to do. And while I don’t have a fancy white outfit or uber shiny shoes, when I know where you want to go I can figure out the quickest and most effective way to get you there. I can plot the coordinates accordingly.

By sharing the results you’d like to see, or the changes you’d like to make, it gives me someplace to start. Maybe the path to your destination involves gently helping your heart to open, or carefully clearing away old stuff leftover from a past relationship, or fortifying your ability to believe in yourself.

Each of these points act as ports-of-call on the journey from where you are to where you want to be. And once you share your desired destination with me, you can take it easy and relax into your experience. Sip unbrella-ey drinks at the bar. Play a game of shuffleboard or two. Dance the tango under the moonlight on the upper deck.

Your session is your time. Tell me what you want and then take it easy.

Romance on the high seas

How do you add some spice to this already radtastic cruise of yours?

Hmm. How about a little romance?

But this romance isn’t of the tall, dark, handsome stranger variety. It’s the kind of chemistry that unfolds when your intention cozies up next to sound at the bar.

A wink here. A coy smile there. A bit of mutual mingling. And that’s when the magic happens.

We’re talkin’ fireworks here baby!

(Excuse me while I dip into woo-woo for a minute. Romance does that to me. What can I say? I’m a total sucker for a good love story.)

It’s the marriage of sound and intention that creates sacred sound. The intention you set informs and consecrates the sounds you hear during your session. These sounds are, in fact, a direct reflection of the intention you’ve set.

Sound without intention is just noise. And noise – even really pretty noise – has a limited ability to shift stuff.

But when you introduce intention into the equation, sound becomes something more. Something bigger. Something capable of moving mountains and making miracles. Sound becomes sacred.

And when that happens, the sound affects much more than you could ever imagine. It travels to the heart of your challenge, and transforms it. It literally shifts what’s happening so that struggle gives way to ease, stuck transforms into flow and ugh turns into awesome.

This happens because the sound carries your intention. It feeds it, empowering it with a level of presence that it didn’t have before. Sacred sound brings your intention to life.

And because this sound is basically some sort of aural magic, it fills every pore of your being with its magicalness. By the end of your session, you are so full of this ooh-ey goo-ey goodness that it just spills out of you and into your life.

That’s when you see the changes.
That’s when you get the results.
That’s when your intention becomes real and realized. And that’s why sacred sound rocks.
All because intention and sound met at the bar and got cozy. (Who knew?)

Thank you for sailing with us

Attention! This is your captain speaking.

We are pulling into our port of destination. As we do, I’d like to thank you for sailing the seas of sacred sound with us.

On behalf of the cast and crew of the Buster Poindexter, I’d like to say thank you, enjoy your stay and, please, sail with us again soon.

(Oh, and let the record reflect that, despite the fact that it has taken every ounce of self-restraint I can muster, I have resisted the temptation to make a joke about the poop deck. Thank you.)

* Yes, I realize that it’s not actually the captain’s job to figure out how to get from place to place. That’s the navigator’s job. But this is an ode to Captain Stubing. I’m willing to embrace poetic license in order to pay proper homage to the good captain. Thanks for indulging me.

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