The Healing Journey

Demian Yumei’s thoughts about the healing journey, the dreams that call to us and the voices that hold us back. This is a collection of writings and musings that arise from quiet moments and panicked ones, from inspiration and despair.

No one is 100% idealistic or positive all the time, and that’s okay! Each step, dark or light, takes us further along the journey to our selves, to home, to a place where we are just a little bit more whole — step by step.

Even though no one can walk this journey for you, even as there are some things we have do to on our own, you are not alone.

Welcome to the Journey <3

This is how I feel about getting older

This is how I feel about getting older

Written by on November 2, 2018 in Poetry and Song, The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

I first wrote these lyrics and the melody in 1990. Eventually, after many years it evolved into the form we have here. Arranged and produced by Stacey Young. ~ demian No apologies Sensuality belongs to me All the lies are fading Truth and power waiting Here for me! No apologies All the roads I’ve traveled […]

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Keeping the Dream Alive

Keeping the Dream Alive

Written by on June 4, 2018 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Dedicated to the Students of Tianamen Square and anyone who has ever experienced a tragedy. Listen to “Keeping the Dream Alive” by Demian Yumei. Summer 1989. I remember standing in the living room, staring at my television screen in wonder. “Does the world realize what’s happening here?” I thought. Such courage, such hope. The students, […]

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Not So Long Ago

Not So Long Ago

Written by on April 28, 2018 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

The air slowly takes off its winter jacket, draping a shawl of spring around its shaking-off-slumber shoulders. Birdsong emanates from the trees like their sister-leaves emerging from limbs that promise to stand stark against the sky no longer… Soon… I hear a whisper. Every moment breathes a promise. It is peaceful. I am peaceful. Not […]

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A New Home, A New Life

A New Home, A New Life

Written by on January 8, 2018 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

On November 1st, 2017, my world made a dramatic turn into a whole new direction. I had already gone back to work a couple weeks earlier, not very happy about it, but a necessity. My first night at work alone, I received a text from a friend who informed me the apartment in her home […]

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What is the Healing Journey?

What is the Healing Journey?

Written by on September 18, 2017 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

This blog, Keeping the Dream is about the Healing Journey, my healing journey, actually, and one I wish to share with you. The healing journey, for me, is inextricably tied to the creative process. For that reason, creativity in its various forms are an intricate part of this blog. The healing journey is made up […]

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My Cup Runneth Over

My Cup Runneth Over

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Poetry and Song, The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

My cup runneth over… Divine Love, expand my cup Expand the cup of my willingness to receive Broaden my mind to ponder truth Sharpen my ears to hear your voice Awaken my eyes to see your presence Strengthen my legs to walk your path Sweeten my tongue to speak with kindness Temper my pride to […]

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No Guarantee, Only Trust

No Guarantee, Only Trust

Written by on August 19, 2017 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

 As I take a step on the walk leading up to my house, I startle a monarch butterfly from my little flower garden. I’m hoping it’s one of my caterpillars come through the cycle of chrysalis to wings. It flies quickly away, lighting upon a hanging plant for half a moment before heading out to […]

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In loving memory – Liu Xiaobo

In loving memory – Liu Xiaobo

Written by on July 16, 2017 in Poetry and Song, The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

  Liu Xiaobo 12/28/55 – 07/13/17 They took your body ravaged by sickness given time to grow unimpeded — “Death of a thousand cancer cells” — and burned it tossing ashes out to sea not in honor but in haste to get rid of all evidence of your voice and their crime But they do […]

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