WE'D HAD ENOUGH
As best-selling Authors, TV & Media personalities it seemed that happiness was always 'just around the corner'. My husband and I had spent 15 years pursuing 'meaning' and 'happiness' through Goals, Fame, Self Improvement, the High-Life & Hard Work - and it seemed the more we 'got', the more we realized...... "THIS ISN'T IT!"
We had it ALL and life still felt empty, meaningless, and unfulfilling...........Does that sound familiar?
THE RADICAL RE-BOOT
SO, WE DECIDED TO TURN LIFE UPSIDE DOWN
We put a clip on YouTube and 64,000 emails and 12,000,000 hits later we had given away EVERYTHING we owned for FREE to people in need. Our cars, clothing, jewelry, furniture, electronics, designer collections, 3 businesses, et all.
(NOTE:- We do not recommend this - we just felt inspired to do it at the time).
CRAZY? Perhaps. But it was our first real lesson in FAITH. NO excuses, NO retreat, NO chickening out.
So, we jumped in our van (see image below) and embarked on an 8 year, 33 countries, soul-searching adventure to find out if God was a real thing. If Faith was a practical way to live or just wishful thinking, and if there was a secret to happiness we had been missing.
WISDOM HUNTING:- We lived, worked with, and interviewed hundreds of people from Gurus and Pagans, Preachers, Buddhists, Hindus, Evangelists, Hippies, Hare Krishna's, Mystics, Witches & Warlocks, Psychologists, Psychics, Atheists, and many, many more wonderful people. Each one, sharing their beliefs and cultures. Sometimes we would stay a day immersed in their world-view, sometimes a month, sometimes more. It was Scary, Uncomfortable, Humbling, Exhilarating, Shocking, Challenging and, of course, utterly life-changing.
After experiencing so many alternate ways to see the world, it gave us a perspective on life that few people have the time, luxury or willingness to experience. It was not easy, at times, having nothing and giving up everything (see why we worked for free). Occasionally we thought we might be more lost than before, but we never thought of giving up. Going back to our old life was not an option.
Ultimately, through our winding, whirlwind-of-a-path we found a kind of freedom we never knew existed, a fresh start, and a new perspective on life that has changed everything. Our hunch was right: there was far, far more to life than we ever imagined and it came in a way we least expected.
8 years, 33 countries, 100's of interviews, 1000's
of experiences. A soul-searching adventure to find out:
Is there more to life than we are led to believe?
Is God a real thing?
Is Faith a practical way to live?
Is there a secret to happiness?
Who has the answer? Or is all this spirituality stuff a fairytale?
WHY DID WE WORK FOR FREE?
As part of our own life journey, we decided we wanted to take the experiment to the next level by pitching in, easing burdens, solving problems, taking on beliefs, and doing life as willing spirits where it really mattered - without thought of payment, barter, time or trade.
What we discovered was, working absolutely for FREE (no strings attached) was one of the most profound experiences we had.
As part of our experiment, we wanted to be able to say we FULLY gave of ourselves with no expectation of return. The act of making a difference our only reward and WOW!!! What an experience. We had no idea the amazing opportunities, goodwill, and lessons it would open up in our lives.
Many religions talk about helping your 'neighbor without thought for yourself'. This seems naive in a world where everything we do is measured and paid for. What we found: when we GIFTED our time and talent to others, literal miracles would happen. The hardest work became a pleasure.
We did things you could not have paid us to do in our other lives, and we found ourselves, AMAZINGLY, doing them with real passion and pleasure.
I am still mystified and amazed at the miracles that unfolded when we learned to truly show others GRACE.
You can read more about our adventure in my latest book.
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