Authenticity and wisdom seem to be rare characteristics in people of stature today, what does this mean to you?
“A woman of wisdom and power’ to me is someone who loves themselves first and foremost, and prioritizes self-care and self-love and self understanding; and understanding of our spirit, and having a life that is lived in service of contributing to the planet. Knowing that if the cup is empty, that there is really nothing to contribute. So having that priority to be the self first, and contributing, and being of service and nurturance to other people, being secondary to self.”
As a musician and influencer of others, what drives you?
So my aspiration turned from trying to be perfect to ultimately trying to be whole. And that changed everything for me.”
Far be it for me to stand on a pulpit or a soapbox and say what I think George Bush should be doing, or anyone who is in the public, in any sort of leadership role, should be doing, if I myself am not living it. And I believe that when I am living it, it ceases to be a huge incentive for me to tell other people what they should do.”
If I am in a place where I can’t resolve a conflict in a room with one person, how dare I say how everyone else should resolve their conflicts. So my energy, I think, is best served by focusing on myself, and taking responsibility for my own actions and my responses, and my own ability or inability to resolve conflicts. I’ve always believed that the micro is the macro, that what is happening in my living room is a model version of what can be extrapolated into the larger world and the larger context.
So I believe that the source of what causes so much unrest in the planet is a void of spiritually within us, that a lot of our energy goes into dealing with the symptoms and putting Band-Aids on certain things, and not going necessarily to the core and (going to) the root of why these things are happening to begin with. And the root, certainly in my estimation, is a spiritual void that has been there, and a lack of understanding of who God is.”
How do you believe true performers can accelerate their own successes and influence others to greatness?
I quickly realized that the more transparent I was the more empowered I was. The aspiration to be as transparent as I possibly could be, having felt the effects of having hidden parts of myself or cut off parts of myself, feeling depressed, feeling sick, feeling stunted and half of who I was – quickly realizing that the more transparent I was the more empowered I was, the more peaceful I was, and the more communicative I was.
What inspires your life?
Contemplative time alone is very valuable to me – whether it’s writing in my journal or meditating or praying. Prayer to me is an opportunity to express gratitude. So as best as I can, and I certainly don’t always do it, I aspire to each day have moments of expressing my gratitude.
I think one of the biggest catalysts for me to be able to step out was a compassion for self. I got that from my family, from my own experiences, from my spiritual connection and just understanding why it is that I am here.
You are known for being outspoken on women’s issues, sparking many to see you as an angry feminist. In fact you personify strength, individuality, and independence. Why is this?
I think it would be hard for me not to refer to the context that we’re in. So within a patriarchal context for a woman, and women as a gender as a whole, to realize that it is a scarcity mindset that has made it so that women have not been able to work together to move forward. And there’s been a pitting against each other of sorts in order to take the one seat, whether it’s in the workplace, in the business world. Whereas with more of an abundant mind set and, as best as we can, pulling out of patriarchal context, there is an abundant amount of opportunity and creative expression.
And there’s so much room for all of us to do whatever it is we want to do. There’s not a select group of women that have these opportunities – we all do. And I think it’s within a patriarchal realm that we have not been given that communication, that there is that room. There has been that perception that there are only so many women who can succeed in that context, and shifting that belief, that’s the basis, would be a great place to start. Certainly in my life.
Your positive attitude and views on life itself is inspirational, what drives this energy? How can others learn from this?
Part of what has inspired me to push through difficulties and to push through confusion has been this belief that I am innately ‘joy filled’, and that whatever it is that is keeping me from my joy is something that is really up to me to push through, and to understand it and to evolve. And really that I’m here to perpetually become whatever it is that I choose to be, and that that’s what this life is about to me. To continue defining myself in whatever it is that I choose, whether it’s what I choose to wear, what I choose to surround myself with, what I choose to believe, the thoughts I choose to think, the choices I make in terms of who I spend time with, where I spend my time.
And feeling empowered by the knowledge that my life is created based on what my intentions are for my life. So coming to that realization over the last few years has really allowed me to align everything, to align my spirit, my mind, and my body, to get them all on one track, to get them all to agree in order to manifest what it is I want to manifest.
Canadian born, seven-time Grammy award winner, Alanis Morissette was recently honored by Glamour Magazine as Woman of the Year. Edgy, uniquely talented, and sometimes dissonantly controversial, she is most famous for her album, Jagged Little Pill. This premiere CD sold 40 million copies and launched her career into the cosmos with super stardom status. Earlier this year, she was awarded Producer of the Year at Canada’s Juno Awards. Her latest work Under Rug Swept, resulted in two hits: Hands Clean, and So Unsexy.