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In January-June of 2012, I decided to build my own airplane in Arlington, WA called a Glasair Sportsman 2+2. 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. MyZen.org will not go online until it’s complete, and it will include a complete course in Zen.
Previously, I had known only the music industry, and was given the opportunity to produce so many bands I adore, including Flaming Lips, HUM, Mercury Rev, Verve, Spiritualized, Posies, Flickerstick, and many others. That success subsequently built my Playground Recording Studio in Chicago, which later became WaveFront Mastering in San Diego, CA. Producing bands, touring with them around the world, riding on buses with everyone from the Flaming Lips to the Rolling Stones; 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.
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, including several equally damaged band members from various bands that I held up on a pedestal.
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.
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 God. 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 California and took up surfing in 2009, bought a Cessna Skycatcher (awesome little airplane) in late 2010, and had a life-changing accident in April of 2011, where I hit the pavement at 55 mph on Highway 78 in CA.
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 sole purpose is 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. 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 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. But now, I care about caring for the people close to me and my spiritual practice, the only section of this website, if I choose to, that will likely be updated this coming year.
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