I was about to transcribe my interview with Steve. I hit play. Then after about a minute, it cut off. That's interesting, I thought. I checked its folder and that was the only audio file there. I replayed it. Same thing.
My heart sunk. I fucked up. I lost the whole hour.
But I knew I couldn't let it go to waste. It was too interesting. I had to email Steve again and ask him to do another interview. I was horribly embarrassed. I was expecting Steve to think, 'Great! Another amateur interviewer,' and ignore my email.
But he couldn't have been more nice about it. So we re-did the interview, and this series is the final product. I couldn't be more grateful for his time and for giving me a second chance.
That interview was a few years ago because work, life, and a lack of courage got in the way of me starting this site. But I still remember two or three lessons from it that I still apply to this day. I'm happy to say I'm a former mouth-breather.
"For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." – Jesus Christ
KB: In the third part of the interview, you spoke about how exercise is a form of meditation and how it helps you get in touch with your higher self. Could you talk about that for a bit?
SM: Everyone has a higher self. Some people refer to it as the Great Within. Even in AA, they refer to your higher power. But your higher power is not some celestial being sitting on a throne in heaven. It’s all within you.
This was a key point in all the great religious texts.
Guru is spelt Gee-You-Are-You. You are your own teacher. Everything you need to know is within. It’s just a matter of unlocking it, and it’s a matter of accepting that. You need to realize that you are God. Every person has the power to be whatever it is that they want to be.
The catch is that you have to have the faith of a child. If you have fears or doubts, then you cannot receive it.
KB: How do you dispel those fears and doubts?
SM: That’s not to say I don’t have my fears and doubts occasionally. But over the years you just realize that fear is a fraud. There really isn’t anything to fear at all.
Once you become aware of these thoughts, you start to awaken to the fact that you were taught to think like this at a very early age.
Most people are completely sleep walking. They're not even aware of what they’re telling themselves. Once you’re aware, you can cleanse them from your mind.
Some people refer to it as enlightenment. You don’t need to live in a cave in the Himalayas to achieve it. Every person is capable of doing it. It’s just about constantly monitoring your thoughts and realizing that they create your reality. What you believe is exactly what you’ll get. If you believe in scarcity, then that’s what you’ll experience. If you believe that you’re destined to have a shitty job, a crappy personal life, and a toxic relationship, well, that’s what you’re going to get. If you believe in abundance and in an unlimited universe like I do, then you experience more and more good.
Just realize that any setback you have in your life is the result of your own negative thoughts, fears, and feelings. You need to get control of that and reverse it.
KB: Do you have any specific practices for doing this?
SM: I have kept journals at different times, and I still keep them. I’m constantly writing thoughts down. I think I realize now that any discord or disharmony shows that I’m out of the flow. So then I take corrective steps to get back into it.
Life was never meant to be a struggle. So if things are effortful and are a real drag, you know that you’re headed in the wrong direction. Just stop and change directions. Or sometimes just stop and do nothing for a while. Sometimes the best course of action is no action.
KB: It’s about being keenly aware of yourself.
SM: Yes, it’s all about self-awareness. I still go through my stuff like everybody does. I’ll still run into human conflicts and fears, but at least I’m aware what needs to be done.
Even awareness at a basic level changes everything. It’s amazing what happens. You just start to see more and more goodness in life and things start to get better and better.
It’s a practice—it’s just like working out. When you first start, you can’t run very far without going to mouth breathing. Maybe you can’t do any pushups in the beginning. But when you constantly practice, you get better and better. As you get better, things in your life just fall into the place. It’s almost like a miracle, but the miracle is self-created.
"The whole reason why we’re on this planet in the first place is for the soul to learn particular lessons."
KB: I just took an 8 week meditation course. It's amazing how much I learnt about myself.
SM: You truly do.
The whole reason why we’re on this planet in the first place is for the soul to learn particular lessons. And you’re going to be here until you learn them. You’re going to be recycled back, over and over again.
Notice how the same problems always come up, over and over. It’s because the life lesson hasn’t been learnt yet. The eventual goal is to learn these life lessons and leave and transmute to a higher spiritual level. I believe this very sincerely.
KB: I think that’s all I had to ask. Is there anything else you wanted to talk about?
SM: The person who learns to be satisfied with little, will always have enough. That’s an important concept for people. People don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy.
You cannot find happiness outside yourself. I don’t care how many cars, how many houses, how much power you have, none of it means a wit. When you’re on your deathbed, it’s not going to matter one bit. It’s what you do with this spiritual life that you’ve been given that’s going to be the key. People just completely lose sight of that sometimes, and they have these really just sad, miserable lives. Everybody has the ability to be very happy, healthy, and prosperous. If they just realize that you don’t get those things from seeking outside yourself, you have to go within.
That’s what Christ meant when he said ‘the kingdom of God is within.'