Under the Category | Reflect & Discard
Steven Oberg (33 yrs old / DJ / Las Vegas, NV, USA)
Boom boom boom boom. I am a Las Vegas DJ. I love my job very much. As many people know, Las Vegas is a world of entertainment and fun. Thousands of famous people worldwide create excitement every night with impressive sounds and colorful lights. It is a great honor to be able to work as a DJ in a place like this.
It was 1999 when I first entered the world of DJs. I was fascinated by the incredible skills of those DJs. They were like rulers over the masses. People liked them just because they were DJs. They were not only strong but also always full of confidence, and they seemed to enjoy life. I wanted to be that way too. After practicing hard for about two years, I finally felt that my skills had improved to the point that I would be able to become a professional.
Gradually, I developed my methods and techniques to entertain the audience. I also experienced something extraordinary. It’s a bit hard to explain, but the next song pops into my mind like magic as I perform. I listen quietly and I play music. The music always fits the mood, it fits perfectly. As a result, people always praised my song selection. How could this happen? The best way I can explain this phenomenon is that everyone in the club creates a ritual together and tells me the next song through nonverbal communication. Such a connection between my heart and their hearts, such an experience, led to my interest in learning about the mind.
DJ was the right job for me, who loved to entertain people. But on the other hand I ran into a massive stumbling block. It was my pride and inferiority. I always started DJing in a state of high tension when there was a big crowd. My hands became moist with sweat thinking I should never make a mistake because I have to be the best. But on the outside, I seemed very confident. In the DJ world, there is a very common piece of advice that goes, “Never let them see you sweat.” Anyway, this extreme tension disappears after a while, and the show goes smoothly.
The real problem started one night. That night I felt like I was in a fantasy world and it wasn’t really me in that world. Leaving that world and returning to reality, I always wondered if my pride and sense of inferiority were visible. I always thought that I am not outstanding, and relationships were so full of pretense that even conversation was difficult. I wasn’t happy. I thought to myself, “I am a DJ who has fun. But why am I not the same in reality? Why? Why? Why?”
I searched and searched for the meaning of life. While wandering like that, I accidentally came across a guidebook for this meditation, and the first thought that came to my mind after reading it was, “This is the answer to everything!!” How much each word touched me and gave me an answer about my heart and my inner self was incredible. It was a relaxed way to escape from the wondering and pain that I had been struggling with for so long. Perhaps the strange phenomena of the mind that I felt while working as a DJ helped me recognize the infinite pure universe consciousness, the destination of this meditation. I am currently practicing this meditation for the first year. I have changed so much that my friends and family can’t believe it. I can’t believe it either! I now have gratitude for life that I had never had before. The world is one, and the journey to find that one world is truly the best.
I’m going back to Las Vegas soon. Probably, to work as a DJ in the evenings and weekends. In the afternoon, I will help those who practice this meditation at the local center. I desperately want everyone to go to Truth by throwing away their minds that they are holding as I did.
I will also change my name from DJ Steven Jaye to DJ Helper. “I love life!” “I love happiness!” Now, I am not in a fantasy world but living in the real world as a Las Vegas DJ Helper who conveys real lasting happiness, joy, and love.