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I'm Demian Yumei, singer/songwriter, author and human rights activist, survivor of incest, stubborn idealist and dreamer.

Keeping the Dream is about the healing journey and addressing obstacles to embracing our dream. The Morning Tea portion of this podcast is designed to give you snippets of early-in-the-day inspiration to think about and contemplate throughout your day. Once a week, I'll present a longer episode for deeper contemplation. But the idea is to encourage you to walk your journey, one little step at a time. Don't get overwhelmed by the distance you think you have to travel. You'll get to where you need to go.

Addressing covert abuse is a big part of my work. In over 30 years of walking my own healing journey, I've come to see covert abuse and its dynamic of entitlement and manipulation as the supporting mechanism behind most, if not all, forms of abuse. Whether it’s the cover-up of sexual assault, the lies of drug addiction or the gaslighting of an unfaithful lover, entitlement and manipulation is a common denominator.

Learn to recognize the signs and red flags; develop the skills you need to deal with covert abuse, reclaim your right to love and trust again and take back your life. You can live an empowered life, one that is authentically yours.



www.keepingthedream.com

Keeping the Dream Podcast Demian Yumei - Artist Activist

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I'm Demian Yumei, singer/songwriter, author and human rights activist, survivor of incest, stubborn idealist and dreamer.

Keeping the Dream is about the healing journey and addressing obstacles to embracing our dream. The Morning Tea portion of this podcast is designed to give you snippets of early-in-the-day inspiration to think about and contemplate throughout your day. Once a week, I'll present a longer episode for deeper contemplation. But the idea is to encourage you to walk your journey, one little step at a time. Don't get overwhelmed by the distance you think you have to travel. You'll get to where you need to go.

Addressing covert abuse is a big part of my work. In over 30 years of walking my own healing journey, I've come to see covert abuse and its dynamic of entitlement and manipulation as the supporting mechanism behind most, if not all, forms of abuse. Whether it’s the cover-up of sexual assault, the lies of drug addiction or the gaslighting of an unfaithful lover, entitlement and manipulation is a common denominator.

Learn to recognize the signs and red flags; develop the skills you need to deal with covert abuse, reclaim your right to love and trust again and take back your life. You can live an empowered life, one that is authentically yours.



www.keepingthedream.com

    Letter to Mason ktd-011

    Letter to Mason ktd-011

    [Edited June 10, to add that sweet Mason has arrived! This morning at 6:31 A.M. Welcome beautiful grandchild, welcome with so much love and joy 3 ]

    Transcription:

    This is Demian Yumei from KeepingtheDream.com, I dedicate this episode to someone whose arrival I am waiting with great anticipation. 



    ~ ~ ~

    I Promise

    For My Dear Grandchild Who’s Expected to Arrive Soon,



    I promise I will be your "little bit crazy" Nana.



    I promise I will always believe in stuff like keeping your dream, making wishes on stars, and faires that live in flower beds… oh, and unicorns.



    I promise I will never stop planting milkweeds or calling butterflies or listening to their wisdom, when they light on my glasses.



    I promise when I get discouraged or see things that sadden me, I will paint words of hope like graffiti in open spaces, and bring kindness into the tender places of the heart.



    I will not be quiet. I will make people turn their heads, click their tongues or avert their eyes, on the chance that someone might be inspired.



    I will be noisy.



    I will not tell you to be quiet when you are.



    I promise I will read you stories and write stories and songs, and sing them, or leave them to be sung by others.



    I will fight for you with every ounce of love I possess, for the right for you and all children to live in a world that is clean and sustainable, that’s filled with equity and love.



    We have a long way to go, but you are worth the effort. Every child is.



    I promise, for you, I will expand my heart and what I believe is possible. I will let good things happen. You are one of those good things.



    I will help you to face what's bad and hurtful, though I would shield you from it if I could, and support you in keeping your heart open to love, always.



    Most of all, I promise to learn from you, to let you teach me everything you came here to teach. I will try to be a good student.



    You have such amazing cousins and big sister, your grandparents, aunts and uncles, all, who love you. And you couldn't have picked a better mommy or daddy to have you.



    I didn't think it was possible that I could love more. But here you are.



    This is a beautiful world we live in. With all the things that need to be healed or changed — and there’s a lot — it’s still a beautiful world. I think you coming here makes it just a bit more beautiful.







    A number of years ago, I wrote and recorded a song to go with a children’s book I had written, Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes. Your Auntie Brhiannon was about 7 years old. She and her classmates sang on the recording.



    The story I wrote is inspired by the teachings of Thich Naht Hanh about the interconnectedness of life. If ever there was a time to learn this truth and to honor it, it’s now. And so I want to share it with you.



    I’m so glad your journey is bringing you to us. May you have a beautiful journey ahead of you, and let me end this little letter to you with my favorite blessing:



    My dearest Mason, may you stay true to your journey, to the light in your heart, to who you are and who you are becoming, always.



    Wo ai ni, Aishiteru, I love you.

    Your Nana







    LYRICS (to the song played at the end of the episode):



    Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes

    Lyrics and Melody by Demian Yumei

    Arrangement and instruments by Stacey Young

    I love little yellow pear…Little yellow pear tomatoes

    • 6 min
    Who Benefits from Realistic as Negative? ktd-010

    Who Benefits from Realistic as Negative? ktd-010

    Who benefits from you believing that to be realistic is to be negative, that holding a dream is a fantasy and giving up on it is reality? Those who would have you believe this are not your friends, they are not anyone you can trust... or listen to.



    "People in power, and those who support a status quo that favors them, benefit from you lowering your sights. They steer you to filling the empty places of abandoned dreams with trinkets that they sell. But your life is worth so much more than being a scavenger’s meal."



    ~ Demian Yumei



    SHOWNOTES:



    Copyright 2020 Demian Yumei, All Rights Reserved.



    Written, narrated and produced by Demian Yumei



    Songs: For the Sake of Love and Look Inside You, by Demian Yumei and Stacey Young.



    LINKS:

    KeepingtheDream.com



    Patreon.com/keepingthedream



    Related links:



    What is the Healing Journey?



    Keeping the Dream -- What Does it Mean?



    In the Middle of a Nightmare, Remember to Dream

    • 6 min
    Realistic, Not Fatalistic ktd-009

    Realistic, Not Fatalistic ktd-009

    When did being realistic become synonymous with being cynical or fatalistic. Who says having a negative, hopeless, "why try?" view on life is being realistic? To deny the potential of humanity for good isn't realistic at all. It's fatalistic, and I'm not about that. It's time to let that nightmare of a fantasy go.



    "Is it realistic to dream? In a word, yes. It’s not a waste of time, because being who you genuinely are and are meant to be is not a waste of time."



    Demian,

    ~ Keeping the Dream



    SHOWNOTES:



    Copyright 2020 Demian Yumei, All Rights Reserved.



    Written, narrated and produced by Demian Yumei



    Songs: For the Sake of Love and Look Inside You, by Demian Yumei and Stacey Young.



    LINKS:

    KeepingtheDream.com



    Patreon.com/keepingthedream



    Related links:



    What is the Healing Journey?



    Keeping the Dream -- What Does it Mean?

    • 6 min
    A Little Bit About Demian Yumei ktd-008

    A Little Bit About Demian Yumei ktd-008

    I've introduced myself in earlier episodes, but I thought you might like to know a little more detail about who Demian Yumei is. I share a bit about my background, my early years in Japan and New Mexico, what the creative process means to me and how it fits into my activism.



    Creativity is central to my healing and spirituality. It's helped pull me through some of my darkest nights and gave voice to the pain I experienced and the healing I received dealing with the incestuous abuse of my childhood.



    "I began writing songs in earnest two years into my healing journey that began when I was 31. Since then I’ve written a number of songs about the healing journey, and also in honor of other people who cannot speak for themselves or face reprisal if they do... Love is the message and creativity is the language through which I speak."



    Demian,

    ~ Keeping the Dream



    SHOWNOTES:



    Copyright 2020 Demian Yumei, All Rights Reserved.



    Written, narrated and produced by Demian Yumei



    Songs: For the Sake of Love and Look Inside You, by Demian Yumei and Stacey Young.



    LINKS:

    KeepingtheDream.com



    Patreon.com/keepingthedream



    Related links:



    Who I Am



    What is the Healing Journey?



    River of Heaven

    • 6 min
    What is Covert Abuse? ktd-007

    What is Covert Abuse? ktd-007

    "As a survivor of incest, I do not diminish the impact of being sexually abused as a child, but I’ve come to realize that the dynamics of covert abuse helped my father to justify and sustain his abuse.



    As egregious as the sexual abuse was, it was the cover up -- the denying and the recreating of reality, the manipulation of what was into what he wanted us to believe, that inflicted the most harm."



    Discovering, defining and embracing my dream is a major part of my healing journey. Facing and dealing with the impact of covert abuse is the other.



    ~ Demian



    SHOWNOTES:



    Copyright 2020 Demian Yumei, All Rights Reserved.



    Written, narrated and produced by Demian Yumei



    Songs: For the Sake of Love and Look Inside You, by Demian Yumei and Stacey Young.



    LINKS:

    KeepingtheDream.com



    Patreon.com/keepingthedream



    Related links:



    https://keepingthedream.com/wts-series-covert-abuse/

    • 8 min
    Keeping the Dream – What Does It Mean? ktd-006

    Keeping the Dream – What Does It Mean? ktd-006

    But we’re not the only dreamers. There is another that dreams. It’s Life, Life dreaming you.

    This Dream of Life, well that’s the fingerprint of your heart’s desire. It’s your spirit’s dance and your soul’s whispering. It’s the call of every human heart, and it expresses itself through you through your unique vision and inspiration.



    Keeping the Dream isn't just the dreams we hold. It's about honoring the dream Life holds for us. On my healing journey I have witnessed and experienced the power of holding your dreams. I have also witnessed and experienced the desperate attempt of controlling people and entities to make you give up on them.



    Maybe you know the importance of holding your dream, but have you ever thought of how important your dream is to the world? Or perhaps just how much of a love letter it is between you and Life?



    ~Demian

    SHOWNOTES

    Copyright 2020 Demian Yumei, All Rights Reserved.

    Written, narrated and produced by Demian Yumei

    Songs: For the Sake of Love and Look Inside You, by Demian Yumei and Stacey Young.

    Links:

    KeepingtheDream.com



    Patreon.com/keepingthedream



     

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Janette1592 ,

Amazing podcast

I’m probably a bit biased as I can count Demian as a long time friend. Her grace, wisdom, and kindness are utterly astounding and they sing through her podcast.

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