Transcript: Thanks, Allan. This is David Brower with Your 20 Minute Podcast. Our special guest today from Phoenix, Arizona is Alijah Morton. He’s a musician, producer, and visionary. Been playing the piano since 1995, a talent that was granted at seven years old. You use this music forever, not only to entertain others, I assume, but also as life went on, you found ways to find music to help people heal. Is that right?
Alijah Morton: That’s absolutely right. Also, myself, it started with healing myself. My childhood was a little rocky. There was some phenomenal times. Then there was some not so phenomenal times. I would always turn to music to escape those not so phenomenal times, even it was just for the duration of like a three to four-minute song. I use that ability to help to heal people as well.
David Brower: You lived in Detroit for a long time. So just appearances from news snippets, it makes you think that those phenomenal times could be pretty tragic from time to time.
Alijah Morton: Tragic actually is a great word to use. It’s not as sad, but the stories have truth to what you hear, like in the news. Some of those stories do have truth to them. There were … I grew up around people who had just a different energy from myself. Not saying anything bad about them.
David Brower: Right, right. We’re all different.
Alijah Morton: Absolutely. It’s just even younger or even starting out in my younger years, I realized that their path wasn’t the path that I wanted to take, that I did want to impact people, and going down their path wasn’t the best one for my particular journey. Growing up, that caused a bit of friction.
David Brower: I bet. I bet. People having expectations of you that were 180 degrees apart from where you felt you needed to go.
Alijah Morton: Absolutely, absolutely.
David Brower: Yeah. You discovered music or music discovered you when you were at the age of seven. How did that come about?
Alijah Morton: I think me and music discovered each other. It was actually after a near death experience. Me and my older brother we were swimming in a neighbor’s pool. This was when I was about seven years old. We were swimming in a neighbor’s pool, and at the time, I couldn’t swim. He couldn’t swim. We were using this huge beach ball as a volleyball, playing back and forth. He hit the beach ball to the deep end of the pool, and me being the stubborn Aquarius that I am, although I knew I’m not supposed to go to the deep end of the pool, I go anyway.
He’s telling me, “Don’t go over there or you’re going to drown.” I go to tell him … I don’t even know if I was able to say the words. My intention was to tell him, “I know what I’m doing.” Before I could even do that, I fall in, and I just remember … I actually don’t remember falling in. I’m just like panicking and I’m kicking. I’m swinging my arms, heart racing. The next thing I remember is pulling him under to try to save myself.
David Brower: Sure.
Alijah Morton: Then literally the next thing I remember after that is panicking, throwing my head out of the water, and two friends were with us at that time, and they’re screaming, “You’re drowning your brother. You’re drowning your brother.” I looked down, and I’m holding him under in a panic trying to save myself. Not wanting to drown my brother, of course, I let go, and I fall in. I’m exhausted from this fight. This happened all so quickly. I come to the understanding that I am about to die.
David Brower: Wow.
Alijah Morton: Me dying, that thought wasn’t the scary part, because I was okay with it. It was the fact that my mother was about to lose both of her children, her only two children, when she was innocently taking a rest on a summer day. She was going to wake up and she was going to realize that she’d lost both of her kids. That was the worst part about it, and I did not want that for her. As soon as I felt that, as soon as I pretty much said with my soul, “I don’t want that for her,” literally instantly I’m leaning over the shallow end of the pool taking a breath. Everything’s calmed down. Everything is relaxed, and everything is happening so quick, it’s like a montage.
The two friends are yelling, “You just saved your brother’s life. You just saved your brother’s life.” I turn around, and I realized they’re looking at me and telling me that. I’m like, “I didn’t save my brother’s life. I almost died. Did you not see what?” They’re like, “No. You just saved your brother’s life. You grabbed him, and you swam with one arm and you swam both you guys to safety. You saved your brother’s life.” My brother’s looking at me dumbfounded, like, “Yeah, that just happened.”
David Brower: Wow.
Alijah Morton: To this day, he says the same thing. Yeah. He says it’s like he remembers it like yesterday. Like, “Yeah, that is what happened.” I actually got a reading years and years later, and she told me that out of nowhere, she just told me, “Something happened to you when you were seven. You almost lost your life, and it was to shake you up to the prayer aspect of yourself so you could know who you are. It was to shake you to get your attention.” That’s exactly what it did.
I say all of that to say after that experience, maybe about a year or two later, I just had this insatiable hunger to learn the piano, and I would beg my mother to get me this cheap little $80 Casio keyboard, which she did. She also bought classical CDs just out of nowhere. After that, I would just sit and listen to like Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart. I would just start playing it [inaudible 00:06:40].
David Brower: Oh, my God.
Alijah Morton: This was something that was also unlocked during that very dramatic near death experience. That’s what the medium told me as well. It was very interesting to hear it from someone that had no idea that even happened.
David Brower: Absolutely right. I went to one of those many years ago and had a similar experience in the conversation, so I get what you’re saying. The thing that I’m struggling with is I can’t get rid of the goosebumps. You know what I’m saying?
Alijah Morton: I had them, too. I feel them, too. Every time I tell that story.
David Brower: Oh, Lord, brother. Yeah. Wow. Snippets from a movie. Quick, quick, quick, quick, quick. I get that. In your mind and your heart and your soul, everything is going to the tank. Your mom’s going to wake up from a beautiful rest and know her kids are gone. Then all of a sudden, the world changes. You saved your brother’s life. You’re okay. Did your mom realize what happened?
Alijah Morton: Yeah. I went in, and I … After everything happened, I went straight to her. I was still dripping wet. Walked in the house. My grandmother was mad that I would get water on the carpet, but I walked to my mother and I told her … She was still asleep … that I almost drowned. Of course, being a mother and hearing that, seeing the trauma on her child’s face, she was first grateful that we didn’t die. Then she went down and talked to the guy and told him he needed to keep a better eye on who’s in your back yard.
David Brower: Well, there’s no such thing as a coincidence, man. Like the medium told you, this all happened for a reason, and over time, you started to figure it out. Right?
Alijah Morton: Oh, absolutely. Even after that, I had an insatiable hunger for music, and there was also just for spiritual knowledge. I would just stare out at the moon and stars and I became obsessed with the universe and planets and how it all operated and worked together.
David Brower: My God. All right. We’ve gone from goose bumps to speechless. I’m fascinated by all of this. You were seven. May I ask how old you are now?
Alijah Morton: I’m 32.
David Brower: Okay. So in the last 25 years, the world has done some amazing things in your life.
Alijah Morton: Oh yeah, it has. It’s done amazing things, and it was also at times, it appeared to be a curse. I say appear, because it was just my perception of it. Spiritual growth isn’t for the timid, I believe.
David Brower: Agreed.
Alijah Morton: There are things that come at you that really present you in a very naked form, so to speak, and present who you really are. That can be uncomfortable for some people.
David Brower: Very uncomfortable. If you don’t have a strong enough faith at some level to be able to trust what’s going on in your life, good, bad, or indifferent, man, you have many opportunities for many train wrecks along the way.
Alijah Morton: Oh, yeah. That’s actually what helped me through everything was faith, was knowing that this is all for a reason. Even though I’m going through pain right now, one, it’s temporary, and two, it will make sense. It will make sense soon.
David Brower: Sure. Then when did you discover that you could turn these gifts around to help others?
Alijah Morton: This was fairly recently. I would say about 2011. Around 2011, because that same medium, she actually told me that I’m also intuitive, so I started using that aspect as well.
David Brower: She told you were what?
Alijah Morton: She also told me that I was intuitive as well. I started using that aspect as well.
David Brower: Nice. Nice. How did your first experience of any consequence, I guess, in helping someone change their lives? How did that come about?
Alijah Morton: Well, that actually started … My very first situation where I knew that I could interpret information was actually when my father died. He died at 28 years old. This was ’96. The moment it happened, the moment he was getting murdered, I knew. I knew exactly what was happening to who, and I kind of just went quiet. I was watching TV at the time, and I just went quiet and sat down. The rest of that day was kind of quiet. My mother woke me up about 3:00 in the morning. She didn’t really know how to tell me. She kind of had to gather the words.
David Brower: Oh, I bet.
Alijah Morton: She woke me up. Yeah. She woke me up at 3:00 in the morning and told me, and my response was, “Oh.” Originally she thought that I was like, “Oh, okay. Whatever,” but it was more so like, “Oh, I know.”
David Brower: Wow.
Alijah Morton: My first experience with helping someone actually was a friend. Her sister was heavily addicted to drugs. This was when I really realized that I could help. Her sister was severely addicted to heroin. She called me in a panic to do something, because she knows that I can do this type of work. I started meditating. I started visualizing what her addiction looked like if it were turned into another form. If it were put into pictures, symbolic pictures.
David Brower: Sure.
Alijah Morton: Through those symbolic pictures, I was able to make her addiction, the energy behind her addiction stand down. Literally, probably about two or three days after that, she randomly called her sister to say, “You know what? I’m going to go to rehab.” Just literally out of nowhere. “I’m going to go to rehab.” She went to rehab, hasn’t touched any kind of drugs since. She actually had a son since then, a beautiful son. She’s very much so in love with him and found a new meaning for life.
David Brower: Wow. If that’s not the pay off, I don’t know what is, man. Gee whiz.
Alijah Morton: Oh, yeah. Absolutely. It’s absolutely the way people thank you. It’s just the energy behind them saying thank you. I don’t know how to pay you.
David Brower: Yeah. I don’t understand it. I can’t comprehend it. I don’t get it. I don’t deserve it, but yet here it is. Thank you just doesn’t quite cut it, but thank you.
Alijah Morton: Absolutely. That’s the best feeling in the world.
David Brower: I love it. I love it. Since then, it’s gone on and on. You’ve changed more and more folks and you’ve developed the freedom essence website. Tell us a little bit about that.
Alijah Morton: I’m actually in pre-launch with that. What I’m doing is I’m developing a product called Pure Rejuvenation. That’s a working title. It’s that title [inaudible 00:13:38]. What that does is it speaks about dissolving the ego and spiritual protection. When I say spiritual protection, I’m not talking about throwing fire balls at people or anything like that. I’m talking about just centering your energy, protecting your energy so that the peripheral events and circumstances that are unfavorable, they just bounce off.
David Brower: Gotcha. So you’re in the process of developing this. How close are you? Are you testing it out? How does this play in your mind?
Alijah Morton: That’s actually the next step, testing. I’m looking for a test group, looking for 100 people. I wanted to lead with integrity. I didn’t want to out the gate start charging people, since this is a new product that I’m developing.
David Brower: You bet.
Alijah Morton: I wanted to get 100 people for the test in the test group, completely free, so no credit cards, no anything like that. I wanted to get results first and then put a price tag on it.
David Brower: Good for you.
Alijah Morton: I kind of want to lead with integrity.
David Brower: Well, you started with integrity, you care with integrity, and obviously your life has been filled with integrity, which has brought you to this point. Your journey at 32 years of age has been quite a road, and you’ve got a long left ahead of you, man, to help thousands of people, I would think.
Alijah Morton: Oh, yeah. I say it just … I personally feel as if my life literally from I would say about two months ago just started, because there was so many rocky and turbulent times in the past. Now I’m at the place where if it is presented to me, I know how to maneuver around it. Before I couldn’t do that. Everything triggered.
David Brower: Yeah. Well, you had to … I can’t even imagine the journey, really. All these years that you’ve spent with this and your faith obviously has helped you through a lot of trials, tribulations, hills, valleys, bumps, whatever you want to call it. But as you’ve grown through this and you’ve found more enlightenment, maybe, more intuitive situations that you’re able to pay attention to more, feeling more in control of your ability to help others before you even start this process. I can’t imagine how invigorating that is.
Alijah Morton: Oh, yeah. That’s really it. The crazy, the way that I compared this was Michael Jackson was a huge part in my healing, his music. I remember the first time I even heard of who Michael Jackson was, I was just a fan. When he passed away, I told my mother, “If I can impact someone and leave just one person the way he impacted me, then my job is done. Anything over that is just icing on the cake. Just [inaudible 00:16:33].”
David Brower: Well, and when you do that, even if you get a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percentage of what he was able to do and you touch one person and then that person passes the word and then that person passes the word. Referrals and the good feeling around everybody that you touch is just going to be unbelievable. It feels so right. I don’t know you from Adam, but I just know you’re on an incredible journey. I’m so excited for you. I can’t even tell you.
Alijah Morton: Thank you. I do appreciate that. That’s what it’s about, too, like just this avalanche of domino effect of spreading the light. I think that’s how the world will be able to change. It starts with just this small light gets bigger around the whole world.
David Brower: Absolutely. Well, when does your group of 100 begin? Do you have that in the works yet?
Alijah Morton: I don’t have it. I have it in the works. I have the website and things up. I’m actually going to start promoting it maybe this week. It may already be filled by the time the podcast is up. I’m not sure when it’s going to come out. It may or not be filled by then. There may be some slots still open. We’ll just have to see when we get there.
David Brower: Okay. Well, when you get it going, if there’s some slots open, let me know, and I’ll just put a short tag at the end of the podcast to encourage people to reach out to you and see what kind of magic happens, man.
Alijah Morton: Absolutely. We appreciate it.
David Brower: Yeah, you bet. Hey, our guest has been Alijah Morton. We could go on for a long time on this conversation. It’s been so cool. He’s producing music for meditation that bathes the soul. He’s helping to change lives. He certainly has used his faith and intuitive gifts to change his own as well as others. So a work in progress would be a huge understatement, man. Congratulations to you, and continued success. I’m looking forward to hearing all about you on the Detroit Free Press.
Alijah Morton: Absolutely. Thank you for having me on.
David Brower: Right.
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