A famous philosopher of the 20th Century, Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “If you are aware that you are aware, you are not aware.” The perplexity of the modern age leaves many searching for personal transformation and awakening experiences to arouse them from their internal slumber, occasional numbness and disparity about the uncertain future of the world today. But, the punch line is that is if ultimate freedom becomes an individual’s ambition, then our very culture tells us that the appetite for attaining the goal of freedom and enlightenment will never be reached and becomes a bottomless pit for ‘give me more-more-more-NOW.’
For 15 years, EscapeArtist has offered readers the opportunity to move ‘from’ and ‘to’ a location and a state of mind, and we have introduced many opportunities for greater freedom to experience life with new vision and find the EscapeArtist dream for themselves. We know, personally, people who have glimpsed nirvana from the decks of their sea-worthy yachts, or from the front steps of their villas in exotic locations and those who have escaped their repressions (real and imagined) to find peace in the bliss of travel, exploration, power, personal knowledge, learning something new, being in the arms of someone they love, and of course, through the great elixir of monetary success. There is no doubt that surrender and gratitude are all powerful drivers that move people to find the pearls of great price: Joy and peace.
As simple pin-pricks have burst the personas of many ancient and modern-day prophets as well as religious and spiritual leaders and in their place, found mere-humans hiding behind the masks of many of them, it’s still hard to argue with the powerful effect their influence has had on society as a whole. After all, if you’re struggling to find relief from pain and suffering, even a simple reed on a riverbank will suffice if you’re floating down a raging river.
Adopting the awareness that life is a series of opportunities and choices to stay alert and awake seems like a harsh lesson in light of so much pain in the world. After all, with so much poverty and disease in the world, what can a single individual do except protect themselves from the reality of the fact that one billion people do not even have access to clean drinking water or educational opportunities? Many think, “I’ll leave that to governments to sort out. Or, the United Nation. Or, the Red Cross. I can’t think about it. Too upsetting.” And so, we soldier on, fighting our own battles closer to home, doing what we can to stay centered with routine, responsibility, and entertainment to give us purpose and find meaning and hopefully experience good health, love and a good night’s sleep. But wait, is there more to life?
“How can one remain awake and alert to the world around them even in the face of pain and suffering and still find joy and peace?” That is the question that deserves addressing because that is the journey we all take, by choice, every day of our lives.
On a personal note, I am a US expat living in Latin America. I wake up every morning to the sounds of exotic jungle birds in my tropical beach paradise and I smile to myself even before I open my eyes because I no longer have the drive to ‘search’ for more; and after a lifetime of searching . . .
- I’m present, awake and alert
- My standard of living is higher now than it’s ever been and my expectations are lower
- My needs are far more simplified now and my pleasures are amplified
- My incessant consumerism has virtually evaporated because all my needs are met and I don’t need a ‘thing’ to fill the void
- I see the truth of most situations and people much faster than I have in the past and the confusion is gone.
Living in a ‘foreign’ country is NOT a new experience for me. I’ve traveled to over 45 countries and lived in six countries in my lifetime and I’ve seen much of the world from the back of limousines and from the comfortable leather seats of Lear Jets. Obviously, I’m not a new kid on the block of expatriation. I’ve asked myself many times, “Why here? Why now? Why couldn’t I have found this joy in other places and other times in my life?” The answers to these ponderous thoughts could be bottled and sold at inflated prices, but since all our paths take us all down different roads, I’m quite sure my answers would not be heard or understood by anyone. But what I do know that can be told and perhaps understood by others is that in the face of my own personal life experiences, I have not turned a blind eye to the violence of the world, or the suffering, or the loneliness that permeates the human soul – including my own. I have stared it down without flinching, and in that process, I have come to know and understand myself. I have not ‘gone placidly among the noise and haste,’ nor have I built a grand monument to memorialize what I have found on my own personal journey. I have, however, claimed joy in the quiet of my days, and I can now see it in the eyes of others and that is my own transformation.
Walking among us are healers, guides, gurus, patient and gracious souls. There are many good people in the world with crystal visions of whom we are and who we can be. I believe that. Because of charlatans and false prophets in modern life, people have turned a blind-eye to those around us who can actually hasten our growth through true mentoring and leadership and introduce us to our own joy.
I write this to introduce you to a person of clarity of vision and purpose, Kute Blackson. He has spoken to audiences in major corporations, and conferences, on four continents, from 10 to 10,000 people, sharing a message of love, inspiration, and empowerment. He has spent his life ‘uncoaching’ people to help them break through their limitations and awaken them to the beauty around them.
He is announcing a sacred trip of personal transformation to the beautiful country of Bali in a trip he has labeled Boundless Bliss. This unique 11-day, transformational, experiential, immersion, seminar training without walls, uses the beauty of Bali as the backdrop. This is an intensive participatory experiential immersion journey that will transform your life, unlock your true potential, and catapult you into living the life you were born to live. It will be unlike anything you have ever experienced.
Kute Blackson is taking 22 committed leaders on a thrilling adventure through the heart of Bali, showing you the Bali that most tourists will never see. This is not the Bali you will find in a guide-book. He has created and customized a cutting edge journey, tailored to assist you in breaking through old limitations, accessing your true power, and experiencing a deep bliss and fulfillment in every area of your life.
Will you answer the call? Is it your time to awaken? And, if not, when?
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