Fame versus Significance

May 23rd, 2016

I want to make an impact in the world. I want to use my gifts in the service of others. In my mind, if I'm not famous, if I don't have 10 million Youtube followers, then I'm not making a difference. I'm conflating fame with significance. How could I not? When a simple tweet from a celebrity can launch someone's career or shine the spotlight on an important issue, of course I'm under the impression fame and significance are linked.

I realize a person doesn't have to be famous in order to make a difference – there are many teachers, activists, doctors, etc. who do great work in the world and no one knows their name, but the thing is, I'm not a teacher, activist, or doctor. I'm a writer. And in my world, if people aren't reading what I'm writing, then I might as well launch my posts into a black hole for all the good they're doing.

The epicenter of fame.

I talked about this with my dear writer friend Amal, who doesn't have this issue. He reminded me about Herman Melville, who was never a financially successful writer, by the way, even though we have all heard of his book Moby-Dick. Did you know Moby-Dick was a commercial failure and published to mixed reviews? And also that it wasn't until the late 1910s, early 1920s, which is almost 20 years after his death, that people started to talk about him? Moby-Dick was written more than 150 years ago and we're still studying it in school! Talk about significant.

I'm not saying I'm Herman Melville because I'm not, but what I'm coming to understand more deeply is the notion of artists as pioneers, something my spiritual teacher propounds. What does that mean, to be a pioneer? It means often a person won't be appreciated in their time, that they're on the forefront of society, staking out new territory to pave the way for future generations. What this means is just because a person isn't recognized, isn't popular or famous, doesn't mean they're not doing good work.

That sounds obvious I know, but right now our society places so much emphasis on social capital. “How many Twitter followers do you have? Who regramed you Instagram? Did anyone share your Facebook post?” Right now it seems easy to become famous from your living room and when 1.4 million people like a Facebook post, they turn into an important person, at least in my mind. But will any of them be remembered in 150 years? Will I?

The ultimate point I'm making in a roundabout way, is it's not my job to worry about fame. Fame doesn't necessarily mean a person is making a difference, it just means people are paying attention to them. It's my job as an artist and writer to keep being a pioneer, to keep transmitting messages and inspiration that I receive, and to surrender the fruits of my labor. It's not my job to attract Facebook followers or to cultivate a name for myself. It's my job to use my gifts regardless of how much attention I receive. And not just my job, everyone's job. We are all special and unique human beings who may never get the recognition we crave, but that doesn't mean what we're doing isn't worthwhile or that it's insignificant.

I dream of a world where we understand fame doesn't necessarily translate into significance. A world where we realize we have no idea what the future holds or what the fruits of our actions will be. A world where we keep doing the work required of us, letting go of the outcomes.

Another world is not only possible, it's probable.


Seven Steps to Awakening, Quote #717

May 22nd, 2016
In this audio we looked at the spiritually immature mind contrasted with the spiritually mature mind.
Listen to this audio
Read along in the journal

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You can listen to all of the Seven Steps audios at this link.

Regina Dawn Akers

News – Upcoming Retreats & Pilgrimages

May 20th, 2016
Here’s a list of upcoming retreats and pilgrimages that I will participate in:

September 2016
5-Day Gathering in Belfast, Northern Ireland

I don’t get to Europe often, so this is an excellent opportunity to rendezvous with all of my friends who live in Europe. More details.
October 2016
The Awakening Together Fall Retreat
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Awakening Together is offering three retreats in a row. You can register for one, two or all three retreats. The Regina Dawn Akers retreat starts things off beginning Oct 23. It is followed by two more retreats, one with Brent Haskell and one with John Mark Stroud. More details.
February 2017
17-Day Pilgrimage to Southern India

February 6-22, 2017. We will spend 5 nights in Chennai and 10 nights in Tiruvannamalai near Arunachala and Ramana Ashram. More details.
This is as far into the future as I have made plans. You can find all of the details for each of these events under Retreats on the menu bar at reginadawnakers.com.
Love, Regina

Regina Dawn Akers

The Guiding Light – John 11:38-12:11

May 18th, 2016
In this audio we looked at our “grave clothes”, which are the thoughts that interest more than truth interests us.
Listen to this audio
Guiding Light Archive Audios
Please join me live for The Guiding Light each Wednesday at 2pm ET in the Awakening Together Sanctuary.

Regina Dawn Akers

Time With Your Self Meditation

May 18th, 2016
Find a place where you will be undisturbed. If it is comfortable, put on headsets or earbuds.
Relax, and enjoy this meditation.
Time With Your Self
The music played during the meditation was provided by Pandora One.
New Meditation Schedule:
You may join Regina for meditation live in the Sanctuary on Wednesday at 8am ET/5am Pacific

Regina Dawn Akers

Changes to My Online Teaching Schedule

May 18th, 2016
In order to make more time for personal meditation and contemplation, I have made changes to my teaching schedule. Since some of the programs still have value, some friends have agreed to help out by leading some of the programs that I previously led.
  • Monthly Satsang, at 8pm ET on the 3rd Sunday of each month, will be led by Jacquelyn Eckert.
  • Tuesday meditation, at 10am ET, will be led by Bart Craig.
  • Wednesday Prayer Circle at a new time, 2pm ET, will be led by Carrie Christiansen.
  • I will still lead The Guiding Light, but it is at a new time: Wednesday at 2:30pm ET following Prayer Circle
  • Friday meditation, at 10am ET, will be led by Larry Lawhorn.
Thank you to my friends, who are stepping in to lead these valued programs.
My new teaching schedule:
  • Awakening Together Weekly Gathering on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 10:15am ET
  • The Seven Steps to Awakening on Sunday evenings at 7pm ET
  • Wednesday meditation at 8am ET
  • The Guiding Light at it’s new time, Wednesday at 2:30pm ET
  • NTI Discussion Group on Thursday at 9pm ET
That’s still plenty of teaching and sharing, don’t you think? ????
To view the full Awakening Together Sanctuary Schedule, click here.
Love, Regina


Regina Dawn Akers