Game of Trust

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Is your higher-self real? If so, could you trust that part of yourself? Could you?

My wife and I are about to embark on a new journey, traveling the USA. The plan is, well… there is no plan. All we know is that we want to see the country, teach, create, perform and enjoy the ride. There are so many factors in this; business opportunities, areas of interest, weather, campgrounds, etc. We don’t expect things to be perfect, we know there will be hurdles to overcome; rv repairs, living in a small space, facing our fears.

What keeps me up at night is knowing I haven’t conquered certain fears. I’m not okay with not breaking through. I have to! And the journey through this process is trusting my higher self. Your higher-self is your north star. It holds information about why you are here. Your higher-self is the parent of your soul totality, there to guide you when needed. The big question is, are you open and willing to listen to this part of yourself? Is it real? Can you trust it?

At one point in my life I decided to get on a train going west. I didn’t have much money and didn’t have a place to stay. Courageous or stupid? Probably both. Anyway, I ended up in Santa Monica. It was winter, but the weather was warm. I explored a little bit and then just sat on a bench and enjoyed the view. I figured I just end up sleeping on a bench or something, but I ended up meeting a woman who was homeless and she told me to go wait at the Venice Skate Park around sunset. A bus would pick us up and take us to West LA. And that’s where I went. It was a homeless shelter. Now I know it may not seem this way, but everything worked out. I was safe and it was pretty effortless. I ended up homeless for three months out in California. It was adventurous, liberating, miserable and joyous. In no way am I encouraging anyone to be homeless. Not at all. The point I am trying to make is that sometimes we let fear take the wheel and we never end up at the destination we want. What if you trusted yourself? Sure, you may fail or experience rejection, but you at least made an authentic step in your own direction.

Do you hear a voice screaming? Screaming to tell you to go on an adventure? To dance? To sing?  To paint? To move somewhere? To start a business?

When I am old and dying I want to smile thinking, “damn that was crazy ride.” I want it to feel as if I just got off a wild rollercoaster ride. I want to feel satisfied and happy I chose my truth over fear. That’s how I want to die.

Listening to your higher-self means something entirely different than it would for me. It’s a very unique relationship and it’s different for everyone. What is true for you may not be true for others and that is okay.

Is your higher-self real? If so, could you trust that part of yourself? Could you?

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#NotGettingHigh

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I might as well just start off by saying, if you do get high, it doesn’t bother me at all. This isn’t a blog post about why people shouldn’t do drugs or alcohol, it’s a post about why I don’t.

I’ve spent a good part of my life, out of my body. The culprits: drugs, alcohol, depression, boredom, etc. Now, what does it mean to be out of your body? Well, when we sleep we are out of are bodies. When we get drunk, we are typically out of our bodies. Even when we are day dreaming, we are out of our bodies. You ever see someone with the thousand yard stare? That is what it looks like when someone is out of there body. Now, there is nothing wrong with being out of your body. I enjoy dreaming, but I don’t want to be out of my body all the time.

So, what does it mean to be in your body? Well it’s different for everyone, but I know when I experience the following, I am moving back in my body; being in nature, falling in love, having new experiences, exercise, practicing singing, etc. Your physical body is always in present time. When you are with someone you love or are doing something that you are passionate about, your spirit and body meet. To me, that is magic; when all the bullshit fades away, your senses are heightened and you feel alive. My drug is feeling my own energy flowing through my body. It never gets old.

What did get old for me were the hangovers, the clouded mind and the way my body felt after smoking a cigarette. I started to realize that if my body could have a dream, it would be better health. If I could make that happen, it would make it easier to fuel MY dreams; traveling, teaching, creating, performing, etc.

I’m a very spiritual individual and often when people think about spirituality the topic of out of body experiences arise. When I got into spirituality, that was my primary interest too, but over time I quickly learned that having an in the body experience was where its at. Sometimes I wish I could find the words to describe what it is like after leaving a meditation class or what it is like to just have received a healing. It’s just something you would have to experience for yourself to understand, but being in my body, being present – that in itself is a dream of mine. To sink into my skin, to be in my heart, to feel my energy flowing, to be grounded and starting out my eyes at this beautiful and fucked up world we live in… yeah, thats a dream of mine.

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Forever a Risk Taker

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I learned early on that in order to achieve success for myself, I would have to take risks. There was no way around it. If I really wanted my autonomy and dreams, I was going to have to build courage and learn to jump. And that is exactly what I did.

Now for the record, just because I decided to take a leap of faith, didn’t always mean I had success. I have failed many times. It’s devastating and embarrassing. But, after failing so much, I kind of stopped caring. I don’t understand the concept of failing once, throwing in the towel and just going about life. Sure, I may fall to the ground and stay there for a while, but I always get back up at some point. I have the warrior spirit within me. It’s the archetype that helps us overcome our obstacles in life.

I am comfortable with taking risks. I like being out on the edge. It’s the place where I get space and perspective. That’s very important to me. Yes, I do get afraid. I don’t believe people who say they are fearless. What I do believe is that some people are more willing to push through their fears to achieve their goals.  I remember doing stand up comedy in Wilmington NC. It felt like I was going to have a heart attack waiting to be called up on stage, but once I got up there, the fear went away. Fear is a funny thing. It can stop you in your tracks and keep you from moving forward, but it is just an energy and it can be cleared.

My motivation in life is knowing that if I don’t go big now, I will have major regret later in life. I’m not willing to let that happen. Death is my motivator and I HAVE to have certain experiences before I make my final departure from my body. It’s a must. I am loyal to my cause the way a dog is loyal to its owner. I wake up everyday with full awareness of my dreams. They haunt me like debt collectors reminding me of the consequences if I don’t take action.

Dreams are real. Take a look at history. There are many people who have weaved their dreams into realities. Sure, there is a lot of failure involved, but they are real. After working 40+ jobs, fucking up a lot and receiving a lot of help – I finally found success as an entrepreneur. As I hold onto this piece of my identity, I intend on making another part of who I am shine. The artist. I don’t care how long it will take, but I will make it become a reality. There will be more risks to take, more growth periods to endure, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What risk are you wanting to take?

-Andrew

 

 

an Experience I won’t Forget

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Creating art is what helps me get through most things in life. So as we transition from one business to the next and transition from being location dependent to location independent, the writer in me will become very active.

We are in the unknown, but I am very familiar with this space. It’s a time of uncertainty. Just like when Heather and I moved to PA. We had a goal, but didn’t know how everything was going to play out. As a matter of fact, a film is what brought us here, but that didn’t exactly go as planned. Another surprise that came about was our business – Dogs, Cats & Rock n Roll.

At that point in my life, I was determined to be my own boss. I tried starting a business a few years back, but ended up failing. I wasn’t crushed, simply because I was so used to failure. So, when Dogs, Cats & Rock n Roll blew up, it took us by surprise.

There was no intention of settling in PA, but with our pet business growing, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I’m certainly glad we didn’t. I was able to explore another part of my identity, a part that has been wanting to emerge for quite some time. The entrepneur in me was finally awake.

I look back and the three things that have impacted me the most are traveling, clairvoyant training and running a business. When you travel  you get to meet different people with different beliefs, that have a different way of doing things. You tend to open your mind more and gain a better understanding of the world, yourself and others. Clairvoyant training for me was a year long journey of self discovery. Restoring confidence in myself and my dreams was a big deal. And then running a business… When you run a business you really learn about responsibility. If something is going right, you have yourself to thank, but if something is going wrong, there is no one else to blame. It all rides on you. That may sound terrifying, but I prefer it that way.

What I have learned from this experience is that business is all about relationships. Without my wife, our clients, the employees and pets – there wouldn’t have been a business.

I’m sure some people look at me and think, wow, how does a guy with a face tattoo run a business? To be honest, my tattoos never got in the way of me getting a job or landing a client. As a matter of fact, our business name and my tattoos probably helped attract some clients rather than hurt our chances.

I won’t forget the first time we landed a client, the time we legally registered our business, the time we needed to acquire management software, the time when we needed another car because we were getting so busy, the time we signed our lease to our apartment because we finally were making enough to fully support ourselves with the business, the first time we did our taxes, the time we hired our first employee and our last day of dog walking. I won’t forget.

-Andrew