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, songs and poetry that arise from quiet moments and panicked ones, from inspiration and despair.

No one is 100% idealistic or positive all the time, but each step we take, dark or light, takes us closer to home — to our truer selves, to wholeness and connection with one another.

You’re 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. After many years it evolved into the form we have here and was finally recorded in 2007 for my 52nd birthday. Arranged and produced by Stacey Young. ~ demian No apologies Sensuality belongs to me All the lies are fading Truth and power waiting Here […]

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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. 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, the adults supporting the students, not just academia or […]

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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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Day 1: Thank you, Mrs. Douglas

Day 1: Thank you, Mrs. Douglas

Written by on January 9, 2018 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Day 1 from Gabriela’s Book Club diyMFA.  When did I become a writer? Happy the Sad Dog of Dogtown — don’t remember what spurred me to write that story, my first attempt at a chapter book. I just remember the joy of writing it as I labored over the steel keys that stuck out from […]

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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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