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Recently, I decided to build my own airplane in Arlington, WA called a Glasair Sportsman 2+2. (See the entire build in 6 minutes.) It’s a 4-seater, high wing aircraft, capable of cruising at 150 knots. It ended up being a journey of my own limits as well as a personal realization and has brought me more joy than I had previously known of thought possible. What awoke in me during that 6-month intensive process was instrumental in leading me to My Practice, which is often the sole focus of my online world as of this writing.
After a 2-year course in the Foundation of Buddhist thought and getting certified as a Zen Practitioner a few years back, I’m hoping to share some of what I learned via www.MyZen.org (which has a long way to go but has a complete course in Zen, and my upcoming book series and Training Course called Life & Zen.)
Previously, I had known only the music industry, and was given the opportunity to produce so many bands I adored, including Flaming Lips, HUM, Mercury Rev, Verve, Spiritualized, Posies, Urge Overkill, Flickerstick, Sound of Urchin, and many others. That success subsequently built my Playground Recording Studio in Chicago, which later became WaveFront Mastering in a cozy little seaside town just north of San Diego, CA. Producing bands, touring with them around the world; it always makes me feel like one of the luckiest people on the planet. I’ve been so deeply touched by music, and all I ever dreamed of doing with my life was to make music that touched others in the same way it touched me.
After I completed the Wavefront Mastering conversion, though, I built an 8,000 sq/ft facility from the ground up in Vista, CA called Florascience with a beyond-compliant GMP testing facility inside of it called Wonderland-Labs. My focus is on manufacturing and testing exotic botanicals, preparing to move to Cannabis manufacturing once Federal laws change. Florascience has everything needed to craft the highest quality products in an Alice in Wonderland themed facility that I am currently having the time of my life with. We currently have a razor-sharp focus in manufacturing kava products (which I absolutely adore). Those products can be found on Kava.com. (I also have a Kava Commentary site at Kava.Guru.)
It sounds a little kooky and a bit all over the place to me to have built an entire manufacturing facility in 2013, but it was the right thing at the time. It’s now operational and working better than I had imagined, employing some of the most amazing people I’ve met in my life. The sky’s now the limit with that place, and I’m excited to see where it goes.
On a side note, since I’ve had so much time on my hands recently, I finally decided to chase another dream; generating a steady, passive income from the stock market. I enrolled in an accredited 2-year Chartered Market Technician course, and found that the language of the stock market was more native to my deeply analytical brain than I ever imagined it would be. I’m now generating over a 30% return on my investments for about an hour a day work, 5 days a week. I know this might sound like some lame ad, but I started working on SmallTimeTrader.com to teach other people how they can generate similar returns (for free) using the systems I’ve developed during my own training and subsequent trading efforts. It’s difficult to explain how incredibly liberating watching a small amount of money grow into something that’s enough to live a comfortable life, creating plenty of time to write, make music, and enjoy life can be.
I’m determined to help other people learn how to do the same thing.
Long story long: A long time ago, I was driven by my fear of failure, and although it pushed me to accomplish more than I thought possible, it hasn’t suited me for some time. I was a typical damaged child with an abusive childhood and an alcoholic father. I looked to my external world for approval anywhere I could get it. That led to countless unhealthy relationships, and allowed countless people to take advantage of me.
Now, I work hard to soak in as much of this life as I can, and wonder how I will ever fit all I want to do in. If I learned one thing from all my years of searching for what would bring me true joy, it’s simply this: If I’m not enjoying what I’m doing in each and every moment, then anything I accomplish will ultimately be meaningless. I also learned that being alone within an intimate relationship is far lonelier than simply being alone, but within that I learned what it truly means to truly love.
I’ve often instinctively tried to figure out a way to give back, to help out, and to actively make a difference on this precious planet of ours. I treasure those who I am fortunate enough to call my dear friends, and now only wish the same joy for anyone, especially those who are dear to me. I believe there are far more to these frames than we are ever led to believe and wonder if the Divine perhaps lives within quantum mechanics (see My Quantum God).
But the root of my personal world has quietly revolved around two breakthrough mystical experiences in which I experienced the Eternal Now and remain convinced that I personally touched the hand of the Divine. Those experience are what led me to give up my life as a record producer to explore the roots of my own religion (Roman Catholicism), the roots of my own spirituality, and the philosophies and religions that I thought may have held the answers I always sought.
When I record music, I rarely feel more alive, but I was making records since I was 15 years old. Although I adore producing records, I have many other passions that I felt compelled to explore as the early 2000’s rolled around. So, I started chasing other childhood dreams: I got my pilot’s license in 2004 (Flying Photos), worked for my DiveMaster Certification in 2005 (Diving Photos), finally got to Burning Man in 2006 (Burning Man Photos), traveled extensively in 2007 & 2008, moved to a cozy seaside town near San Diego, CA and took up surfing in 2009. I bought a Cessna Skycatcher (awesome little airplane) in late 2010, until I decided to build my own plane in 2012. This all occurred after a life-changing accident in April of 2011, where I hit the pavement at 55 mph on Highway 78 in CA. I’m told I’m lucky to be alive.
I became increasingly active and passionate in my studies of entheogens, ethnobotanicals, and Shamanism in particular. Through that passion, I somehow built a business who’s main mission was to spread the word of shamanism, entheogens, and teacher plants to as many as possible, as I began to speak on the topic of shamanism whenever possible and started a website called Entheology.com. I had a particular passion for the Mayan culture, and some of the rare (and genuine) artifacts I’ve collected that show that the Mayans were a shamanic culture. I built IAmShaman and ShamansGarden into businesses that employed 24 people, and was one of the earliest vendors to introduce Salvia Divinorum and Kratom to the general public, and for that, I will remain ever-proud.
As long as I am being as true to myself as I know how to be in as many moments as I possibly can, then I can never go wrong. My passion for life runs deep. Since nothing was ever handed to me, yet I’ve had so many dreams come true, I feel it’s possible for anyone to make the same thing happen for themselves if they dream passionately enough and have the courage to live a life on their own terms.
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