Interview by Visual Collaborative
October 2020 8 min read
Mei-lan Maurits is a performance and studio recording music artist. Her mastery of sound intuitively guides listeners in healing and attunement. She identifies her soul’s purpose to be a conduit for light, love, and divinity. Through her sound healings, guided meditations, and courses, she brings frequencies of love and peace to assist in humanity’s healings. As a feature in our Eta Carinae interview series, Mei-lan talks about her musical background and shares a perspective about healing in today’s world.
(VC) What is the earliest music memory you have?
(Mei-lan) My childhood was quite musical — my older siblings were talented musicians, so my family performed together as we grew up. My first time singing on-stage was when I was about five years old and I kept performing until I was eighteen. Throughout those early years, I performed hundreds of times. By eighteen, I remember feeling so tired of it that I thought I would never do it again. I ended up taking a long break, but the music never really leaves you – even when I didn’t want to perform, I would still hear harmonies and sing to myself in private moments.
Over time, the music in me kept growing and now I feel ready to share it again. It’s really special going back into it! I’ve always had a very strong emotional connection to music. When I would hear a song that really moved me, I would put all of my emotions into that song. It was a way that I processed and still is.
(VC) You have created a lot of healing music through frequencies. How do you define your sound to an audience hearing it for the first time?
(Mei-lan) To me, music is the language of the soul. It’s a universal language that no matter what your background is or belief system, music is something that we all connect to.
I’ve had my share of challenges, heartbreak, and difficulty, and have seen a lot in my life that has shaped who I am now. I have this well of emotions in me from going through those experiences. I draw from this well when I sing and, to me, it feels like tapping into the soul. When I sing, it’s pulling up those emotions — I go deep into the well and the sounds that come out are from this part of my soul that has experienced heartbreak or has experienced challenges, but also beauty and hope and love.
For someone that hasn’t heard my music, something that seems to be expressed is that I’ve touched their soul or connected them back to their emotions and it’s because I can meet them there and empathize with their experiences on a soul level.
(VC) A perfect world does not exist, but if one did, what core values would you make a staple in the immediate community and your sphere of influence?
(Mei-lan) Compassion, kindness, acceptance, equality, and respect.
I think the reason why the world is in the state that it’s in is because of a lack of compassion towards one another. There’s so much separation within ourselves, as we focus on societal pressures.
We’re losing the whole; the whole essence or the whole point of what it is to be a human being. I believe that as humans we are naturally very loving, and we want to support each other; encourage and be connected—we all long for that, right? I feel when we can incorporate just seeing each other through the lens of compassion or equality, like you are a human being I’m a human being. We are one and the same, and yet so uniquely different. Instead of judging each other, how can we express kindness to and just honor and respect our fellow human beings?
(VC) Based on your observations and experiences of inner-work, as it relates to how you engage with others, what chakra or part of the body would you say needs the most healing?
(Mei-lan) The heart—the center point of the body. And then for women, the womb, and men, the Hata; this second center point. The voice too; they’re all connected. The womb area (second center point) is connected to the throat. When that’s shut down, the womb will shut down. They all affect each other. I chose the heart because we’ve gone so much into the mind we tend to cut it off from the heart, and when we do, we’re not in our fullness.
When we think something, it goes to the heart and the heart will send it to this second center point to the body. That’s where all of our emotions are, and then also where lifeforce energy is. The heart holds our ability to create. Women can literally create life — whether literally creating a baby or starting a business. When our hearts get damaged due to repression or abuse—and this goes for men and women—we can feel insecure and not value ourselves and we feel restricted because we’re not feeling this openness or freedom to express. It’s all connected.
(VC) At this stage of your collective accomplishments, If you can work alongside any international public figure, brand, or enterprise. Who would it or they be, and why?
(Mei-lan) Overall, I’m interested in working with individuals who are focused on creating lasting change in the world. Whatever the medium is—mine is music—as long as the intention is pure and the work is for the upliftment of humanity, then I would look alongside them. When you can combine an intention, purpose, and art, the outcome is powerful.
If I have to point someone out specifically, Hans Zimmer is someone that comes to mind. I am fascinated by his creative genius and his ability to express emotions and convey the emotions of a scene. When I go into the space to deliver a performance or create something, I’m always connecting to an emotion, and I think he is a true master of that art.
My music’s purpose is to bring connection and peace to humanity. Whether that’s connecting you to your own emotions, or helping you release emotions; whether it inspires you or brings about your creative expression, I aim for my music to bring healing and love to the world
(VC) The media shapes society’s perceptions of awareness. What does self-awareness mean to you?
(Mei-lan) Self-awareness is the ability to be accountable for who you are in every moment and have the awareness of what you are feeling as well as being able to empathize with the experience of a person and being able to be present. Being able to ask and understand:
How am I showing up at this moment?
How am I showing up in this conversation?
How am I showing up for this person or for myself?
Having awareness around how you choose to show up puts you into your power as you are able to master who you are in every moment.
(VC) Does your current music in the creative space align with any of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?
(Mei-lan) My music’s purpose is to bring connection and peace to humanity. Whether that’s connecting you to your own emotions, or helping you release emotions; whether it inspires you or brings about your creative expression, I aim for my music to bring healing and love to the world.
(VC) What is your go-to approach or practice today in terms of claiming your creative power of inspiration and imagination?
(Mei-lan) My personal practice is really important to my creativity. I have a physical practice that I do, which is yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. I also listen to music. The two genres that really inspire me are classical and ethnic. Creatively, my practice is the mindset; the mindset that creativity is always a natural, powerful force within us, and when you unlock its power, and you trust that creativity, it will effortlessly flow and support you.
In the times when I need to perform, that creativity is something that is just with me that I fully trust. I’m confident in my creativity, and it’s because I’ve developed a relationship with
(VC) Some mention different historical times as a period they admire for affluence or culture. If you can time-warp to any era to collaborate with its culture, what time would it be and why?
(Mei-lan) There are so many cultures and times that interest me. A few that come to mind are the Vikings and the Danes; the east and the Renaissance. The first place that I would want to try and time travel to would be the Renaissance—and maybe that’s because I’m in the middle of creating an album where those sounds are really inspiring me right now. It was a time where music and art were beginning to be celebrated. Beauty was being expressed after a time of oppression and dread.
(VC) Thanks for joining us for this sitdown. Is there anything you would like to share with our international audience?
(Mei-lan) Believe in yourself and don’t settle for less.
Doubt and fear might always be present, but know that the potential that you hold inside of yourself, may surprise you. You might end up doing things that you only dreamed of—I know