I’ve been reading The Operator for the last two weeks. For those not familiar with the book, it’s the story of David Geffen, one of the most successful entertainment executives to live and unquestionably the most successful music executive in history. His story is one of a highly motivated, bold and ruthless deal maker who through sheer vision and determination accomplished more in his youth than most people do in their lifetimes. Think of an iconic artist, think of one of your favorite movies growing up or your favorite broadway shows, there’s a very good chance David Geffen was involved in making it happen.
In the book, the concept of morality is challenged and the saying ‘rules are meant to be bent or broken’ has never been more appropriate. I’m a pretty open minded person and for the most part manage to make my own judgement calls on what is moral without letting culture or society dictate my beliefs. However, some of the things Geffen did to get to capture the throne are unanimous decision fucked up. I didn’t know what to make of this since on his road to success he also created immense opportunity for others while essentially using them for his bigger goals. Then a friend put me on to something Nicola Tesla said…
If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
There’s no way I can capture how profound that statement is but it has made me think about everything differently. For example, when thinking about Geffen, I don’t see his actions anymore, I see his energy and what it did. Despite being extremely manipulating, selfishly cunning and Machiavellian, his energy created. Where others hesitated and cowarded, he became bold and fearless. When others laid down to die or compromise he fought to live. That resilience is what allowed him to be the broker that created opportunities not only for himself but everyone around him. By no means do I endorse his approach but I respect his energy and I’m inspired by it.
Yesterday I went to Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship in Malibu. I read The Autobiography of a Yogi about a year ago and it changed my life but I somehow never made it out there. I spent most of the day in mediation and awe at what the Swami had manifested. Yogananda’s compassionate, empathic and spiritual approach couldn’t be further from Geffen’s ruthless and harsh ways but they share one thing – relentless energy. They both created things by harnessing a fearless and bold energy. Our human eyes would look at the contrasting men as positive and negative, in the spiritual realm I’m not sure how it translates.
When you look at the world through the lens of energy, frequency and vibration you no longer see a good looking guy or a beautiful girl, a ruthless businessman or kind pastor, you see their pure essence. People can use words, concepts and ideals to mask their identity from others and even themselves. David Geffen played his victims masterfully by doing that exact thing. Look at the ‘Catholic guilt’ concept and then look at all the perverts that got exposed. They not only used the guilt to control others but also to suppress their own desires which eventually led to those acts. Similarly, a person who ‘never lies’ could be masking that very weakness and projecting it onto others. Energy on the other hand can’t be faked so focusing on your intuition and listening to your gut when dealing with people is essential.
I chose Darkside’s A1 because it’s pure energy. It’s dark, sexy, mysterious and has a bass line and groove that engulfs you with pure, unadulterated vibe – that which can’t be faked. Space Age Bachelor Pad Music at it’s very best, enjoy.
Darkside – A1