“Few are those who can see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
Lyric Benson Fergusson loves God and life so much she feels they should both be a part of the Divine joy she lives. There is no place Lyric refuses to take God. Hence-French Kissing God.
I began the interview with, “So, let’s ask the most obvious question-How did you come up with this awesome, yet provocative title and how does it tie into your book of poetry.”
Her answer astounds me with her Inner-guidance journey.
Lyric took me on a wild ride through her life of Hollywood Royalty to Celibate Monk.
She explained how her book, French Kissing God, is full of wildly fun poetry as courageous as its title. In this radio interview, she also explains in detail how she came up with the provocative name for her book and how it is a perfect fit for her life.
What makes Lyric’s poetic story so astounding is her upbringing as a Hollywood offspring, raised religious free, yet still finds her bliss through God’s imprint on everything-practical and impractical.
It does not seem likely that the daughter of actor/director/songwriter Robby Benson of the movie and television productions Ice Castles, Beauty and the Beast/director of sitcoms Friends and Ellen and whose mother is actress/rock star Karla DeVito who toured with singer Meatloaf and starred on Broadway’s Pirates of Penzance, would trade in an elite Hollywood life for that of a celibate monk, but Lyric did.
So, what created the profound shift in her life?
At the age of nineteen, suddenly faced with a major family crisis, her own unimaginable physical pain, and the loss of a dear friend in the Twin Towers collapse on 9/11, Lyric was in such extreme emotional and physical agony, she began to pray.
Prayer created the moment that changed her life.
Lyric’s spiritual search for God became all consuming. “My parents were wonderful loving people who just did not believe in religion. I lived in a Hollywood-influenced home. For some reason, my search and love for God became of paramount importance in my life. I found my way to transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and joined his coherence-creating group for world peace.” Lyric spent the next eight years in eyes-closed meditation for up to ten hours a day while living a monastic life.
In silence, she awakened to God’s presence through a stage of extreme bliss.
“In my humble experience, the path towards God-realization is at times extremely challenging, because you are swimming in such a different current than the rest of the world. But, life is often challenging anyway. So you might as well hold God’s hand through the process. Once your grip is tight around God’s palm, and you feel the heat of His fingertips as your own-creation becomes so strikingly beautiful.” Lyric says.
During this interview, Lyric leads us on a journey of enlightenment from her life as a celibate monk seeking God to experiencing “unimaginable Divine Union and bliss” to a everyday housewife.
What does living a monastic life mean? It entails:
- Rising at 3:45 am for eight to ten hours of
- Simple meals
- No TV, radio or “outside influence”
- Living in a state of celibacy
Lyric says she deeply experiences God as a manifestation in everyday experiences, in everything we touch, in every human being. But, as unknowable as Divinity may ultimately be, she still finds God completely intimately accessible.
While Benson Fergusson may only be 32, her timeless wisdom speaks for itself. As she read one of her Rumi-esque poems I was magically transported through the thrill of a young woman’s awakening in her body, mind, and soul to the unspeakable immensity of Divine love. Lyric masterfully unites the spiritual with the sexual.
But there is an earthbound love story involved here, too. No! Not the one about kissing God. It is about how Lyric reconnected with her college boyfriend after he too had chosen to live a monastic life. It is a beautiful love story. It’s unfolding shows how true love is timeless and conquers all when blessed by the Divine.
Today they are happily married and on the same incredible path that still revolves around their faith and belief. That is vivaciously refreshing and downright sexy.
About the guest: Lyric Benson Fergusson is the author of French Kissing God, grew up in Hollywood and is an enthusiastic screenwriter (she attended NYU Tisch Film School), poet, actress, photographer, spiritual teacher, and activist. An avid practitioner of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Maharishi University of Management in 2006 with a degree in Vedic Science. It was this experience that led Lyric to delve deep within herself in an exploration of consciousness, fueling her desire for enlightenment. Learn more @
About the host: Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is a TV/Radio Producer/Host of Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™ and Author/Lecturer of the International award winning bestseller, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing which promotes patient advocacy and connecting with inner guidance for success in health, wealth, and love, contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams & Premonitions, PATHEOS Blogger and Columnist to Women Voices Magazine: SOUL and HOME, Kat taught Special Education and Psychology. She has been featured in newspapers, on CBS News, in American Express Open, and published in medical journals. Learn more @ www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com