I'm going to tell the story of why I am still in Cusco, Peru.
I lived in Los Angeles, California for almost 20 years. I was a television colorist. It was my job to make reality television shows more beautiful by adjusting all the colors. It's a very good job. It pays extremely well.
But I had this feeling that I was meant to do something else.
I drove expensive cars and I lived in a somewhat fancy loft apartment in downtown L.A. on the border of skid row. Many of my friends lived a life of luxury in these apartments while people were homeless and suffering just two blocks away from where we all drank our beers every night, living like kings. Most of us were born into a very privileged class where the entire world just looked like one big opportunity. We all had excellent educations and parents who cared deeply about our future. The deck of cards was stacked in our favor from the beginning.
I felt guilty about my unhappiness. I should have been happy. But I was hiding from my destiny which was to explore the world and search for knowledge that was well outside the confines of my education.
There are many people in this world with almost nothing but the clothes on their back. And all they want to do is help people with knowledge that has been handed down to them for generations. Knowledge about how to be a good person in the world. To not feel envy. To feel mostly content with whatever they have. To nearly eliminate desire.
So i decided to use my resources to seek out the best psychics and healers in Los Angeles. It started with Krishanti. She gave me the confidence to follow my dreams. Shortly after, one of my closest friends in the world, Marisa Sommerville, introduced me to Periscope which is a live broadcasting platform owned by Twitter. As soon as I started using Periscope (I'm @seekthegurus - Periscope link at the top of this blog) I realized I was going to move to Peru and show people the beauty of Peru.
Then, my good friend Maria Riley of University of Southern California (USC) repeatedly told me, "You can do this! You are meant to show people awe inspiring things around the world!"
That was the final straw.
I sold everything and brought little more than $10,000 U.S. dollars (my life savings), a laptop and a cell phone to Cusco, Peru, my new home.
I spent the first three months in Cusco dining on expensive food and drinking a large amount of alcohol with my good friends here. I was escaping but also healing. I had spent many years in Los Angeles hiding from what I really wanted to do with my life. I want to make it clear that I am extremely grateful to my friends in the television industry for providing me with a good life while I was trying to find my way. Most of the people I worked with were incredibly talented. I was, in fact, astounded at the level of talent and dedication in the reality television industry. It is unbelievable how much talent goes into making shows that some people consider trivial. There is a reason that it has become a huge part of American culture. And that reason is that these people are great story tellers. When it comes down to it, life is all about good stories.
I spent 8 months in Peru trying to figure out how to make a living by telling stories.
I ran out of money at 8 months. I gave myself one more week before I was going to buy a plane ticket back to Virginia to live with my parents in utter defeat. This was a result I had prepared myself for mentally when I first decided to fly to Peru. It is pretty dire for some Americans to live with their parents at 45 years old without a single penny to their name. But I was prepared to meet that fate. Plus, I missed my parents anyways. Even though my parents didn't believe in my dream to be a television broadcaster, they still supported me in their own way.
I couldn't blame them. Who starts a career as a television presenter when they're in their 40's? It's pretty much like dreaming of walking a wire between the twin towers in New York City!
So with one week left in Peru, I received a call from a very talented television producer in Los Angeles named Rhett Smith.
He said he would pay me to make travel videos about my purpose.
He understood that my purpose was to travel the world and find the gurus. People whose purpose was to help others with ancient and esoteric knowledge.
And just like that, my dream came true.
In a way it doesn't matter if I end up on the Travel Channel or Bravo or any of those networks.
I had a dream to expose an audience to what is possible in this world, and that's what matters to me.
The idea that if people need help, and they feel stuck in their life -- if they are deeply unsatisfied and don't know what to do -- that there are ways to seek out help that are way outside the box.
There are people in this world that see far beyond the third dimension that we normally exist in. People who have made it their life mission to help others. That's a serious calling. The highest calling.
If it weren't for Marisa and Maria and Rhett and Krishanti and my shaman in Peru, Juanma, and numerous others I would be lost. I would still be after bigger apartments and fancier cars.
But here I am in my 250 square foot apartment in the Andes mountains of Cusco, Peru, continually searching for a way to expose teachers that are of the highest caliber. The Gurus!
It has been hard.
I've had food poisoning five times. I've had the flu for weeks at a time. I've had parasites that make you run for the bathroom every day. When I took the bus, I couldn't eat any food for fear that I would have some horrible 'accident' in the middle of nowhere.
And I wouldn't trade it for the world.
I had a girlfriend, here in Peru, named Luciana. Her search for ancient wisdom led her to enlist the help of a shaman and hike very high into the Andes mountains to have a ceremony. High enough to make you sick to your stomach. She decided to dedicate that ceremony to me, completely selfless, so that I could continue my journey. She said the shaman agreed to dedicate the ceremony to me and screamed into the mountains of Cusco that someone should help me. Directly afterwords, a huge gust of wind blew all of the items off the blanket dedicated to the ceremony in what she described as a very odd moment.
A few days later I got a call from Rhett, the television producer in Los Angeles, that the company would pay me to make very short travel videos about spiritually and the beauty of world travel.
Peru is marketed as a place of magic. Ayahuasca ceremonies in the jungle. Plant medicine. The knowledge of the Quechua people living very high in the Andes mountains.
But Peru is a place of actual magic. It is one of the most magical, bewildering places on Earth.
If you come here for a period of time you will see things you would not believe. Things that are utterly stupefying.
My message is this:
Life is short.
Whatever your dream is in this life, believe in yourself. Your life will expand in proportion to your willingness to leave your comfort zone.
I wish you all the happiness and love in the world.
Believe in yourself.
Love and luck!
Scott in Peru.