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So, my little experiment to find the best psychic in Los Angeles had already yielded a powerful result.
I was going to Peru to imbibe the mysterious brew called ayahuasca, a plant medicine used by shamans for thousands of years in the Amazon jungle. If you venture too close to some of these tribes today, quite deep in the Manu region of Peru, you will find yourself wearing an arrow through your heart right quick. Arrows first, questions later. But not to worry: statistically, no tourists will get near these areas. Some of my friends have, now that I live in Cusco, but you will not. It takes more than a nice smile to get that far into Manu.
Back in my office in West Los Angeles, something else happened.
I had been listening to podcasts in my office for about a year. It’s the one thing I liked about my job besides the high caliber of my colleagues and my boss. I figured: I’m trapped in this office for 10-12 hours a day, (which of course I wasn’t – victim thinking), but nobody can control what I listen to.
So, I started listening to every “improve your life” podcast I could find.
These podcasts taught me how to:
1. Improve my nutrition dramatically so I could THINK in an empowering way instead of a “worker bee” way. My philosophy before these podcasts was “keep your head down, don’t do anything drastic, and work as hard as you can so you can keep paying high insurance premiums and save up for an $800,000 home.” Then, after you work almost every minute of your life to afford the $800,000 home (which you will hardly ever enjoy because you are working all the time to afford it), make sure you add additional super high insurance payments for the house in case it burns down or is leveled to the ground by an earthquake.
2. Think about my dreams as goals and work as play. Not everybody hates their job. And not everybody who loves their job is some alien species that has nothing to do with “normal” life on planet Earth. In fact -- I told myself -- start intentionally choosing friends that do love their job. A funny thing happens. You will find a job you love because you are no longer influenced by complainers, victims and ineffective people all the time.
That’s another thing the podcasts taught me. If you only follow one rule in your life and ignore every single other rule it is this:
Make sure the 3 people you spend the most time with are winners and are people you admire for their honesty and integrity. Bonus points if they run circles around you in terms of winning at life. It is a law of the universe that their behavior patterns will rub off on you.
Oftentimes, (but not always), you want to be the dumbest person in the room.
My goal was to do ayahuasca in Peru. And my purpose in doing ayahuasca was to find a mission for my life. A mission that really mattered. The BMW and perfect abs -- (note: I have never had "perfect abs") -- were no longer going to cut it.
However, it is important to note that I was willing to leave Peru without achieving this goal if I did not find the particular shaman I was looking for. I had no intention of doing one of those mass retreats whose main purpose is to separate Westerners from their money.
I was going to find the real deal. Someone who grew up in the jungles of Peru doing ayahuasca ceremonies from birth, or I would return to Peru the following year and try again.
It is very important when you set out to learn something, to learn from the very best. All other teachers or (charlatans) are a waste of your time.
One thing I am extremely grateful for in living in Los Angeles for twenty years.
My bullshit detector is goooooood.
And bullshit detecting turns out to translate well into almost any language.
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