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January 2014

A Love Letter to Owen Cook from RSDNation.

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This is a shout out vid to Owen Cook from RSDNation.com He runs one of the most successful pickup and dating companies in the country. For over 3 years I have watched him consistently churn out high quality, relevant content for the modern-day man to be better in sex and love with women. Thank you Owen for your guidance, insight, and challenges to push the limits of social norms. Lets raise a glass to True Pimpin’.

Are You a Social Butterfly with Clipped Wings?

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Are you also beautiful and trapped?

Last night my girlfriend hosted her very first book club in Denver. The first book they’ll be reviewing is called the Desire Map by Danielle Laporte. This author is pretty badass, even for a chick. I read her other book, Fire Starter and was really impressed with her candor, razor sharp wit, and a willingness to be vulnerable. The first meeting was a smashing success with almost 20 women in attendance. My girlfriend, is also a coach and after every session or speaking gig, we love to debrief with each other on these 3 questions, 1. What went awesome? 2. What needed some work? 3. What can be done better next time to make it even more awesome? I was surprised by her answer to number 2.

“So many of these women have lost their passion, their love of life, and they went from being social butterflies to butterflies with clipped wings.”

She shared with me, minus the names of the attendees of course, how many of them felt stuck in their lives. She asked the group, “What do you love most in life?” Many of the women felt compelled to respond with the typical knee-jerk responses of ‘husband or boyfriend or kids.’ Otherwise they could be judged as a bad wife or girlfriend or mom.

My girlfriend exploded, “I’m so glad these women are here, we’re going to reignite that fire!” Considering how much love, passion and dedication she has for assisting others in transforming their lives, is it any wonder why she chose to be a life coach?

How did these once social butterflies who met the world each day with wonder, curiosity, openness, and vulnerability become butterflies with clipped wings with dim eyes, fuzzy purpose, and disconnected relationships?

Its not just one, two or even three factors….its probably dozens. Lets look at 5 Big Ones.

Ecosystem. Whenever my girlfriend is agitated, hyper emotional, or depressed its typically for one of two reasons. She hasn’t had sex in a day and feels a deep ache to pair bond and orgasm or she hasn’t been taking care of her ecosystem of positive emotions.

I first heard this phrase coined by Owen Cook, an expert in social dynamics. I later realized the contents composing an ecosystem of positive emotions is subject I had studied for 20 years. In essence, your daily routine of sleep, nutrition, exercise, meditation, and social network will have either a positive net gain on your emotions or a negative net loss on your emotions. The more self-care a woman practices the better she’ll be able to not only survive but thrive in her day to day Being.

How many women put others needs ahead of their own? In the rare she does, there is a flood of perceived or actual judgment from friends and family who ‘depend’ on her for their ‘very survival.’ By taking care of yourself daily in these areas of your life you will be the super woman you know that you are, but here’s the catch. You’re gonna have to setup clear intentions with boundaries. Be able to say no, or not now. No one else can do it for you.

Your alternative? Stay tired, frustrated, and unappreciated by friends and family while you give not from your heart but from resentment, bitterness, and forced obligation. Butterflies that do not practice self-care daily wither and die by the very flowers they nurture.

Media. News Flash Women: you have been brainwashed since birth. Every medium of advertising since you were born has been telling you are not pretty, sexy, smart, funny, healthy unless you eat this, wear this, drink this, apply this or remove that. WAKE UP WOMEN!

These channels of advertising do not give a shit about you. They are simply preying on your emotional body to sell you anything and everything that they tell you will make you happy. Would you rather have your self worth, self esteem, and self image controlled by marketers, advertisers, and makeup companies or would you like to be in the driver’s seat?

As cliché as it sounds, true beauty comes from within. A woman who has loving thoughts and loving words, who loves and cares for herself, who has loving supportive relationships in her life will glow like the sun. But what of the woman who spends her days and nights wallowing in negative thoughts, negative emotions, clubbing, excessive drinking, and consuming processed foods while she surrounds herself with relationships built on drama, chaos, and abuse? No amount of makeup, male attention, plastic surgery or shopping sprees with fill her emotional and spiritual void. Butterflies have a hard time flying when their wings are coated with shit.

Beta Boys. How many of you women have wished if you could just find a “nice guy” and stop dating all these jerks, you’d be happy?

Enter Beta Boys stage right.

You do not want want a “nice guy” (beta boy). Here’s why.

A “nice guy” will give you everything you want; attention, gifts, words of affirmation, and comply to all your wishes. His only purpose in life is to please you. You’ll be placed on the highest, most expensive, 24-karat-gold-plated pedestal. Guess what? After the initial ‘he’s perfect’ wears off, you’ll be bored to fucking tears. You won’t respect him because he has no bigger purpose in life than to please you, which means you’ll have all the added pressure to be happy in the relationship.

The real kicker is these beta boys turn women into scared, bitter, resentful, and disconnected women. Beta boys are coming from a disingenuous place. The attention, gifts, and compliance are masking their lack of direction, neediness, lack mentality, and desperation. Beta boys are reactionary not responsive. They suck positive emotions from you because they can’t create those from within themselves. Beta boys are fearful and intimated by your sexuality. They are constantly seeking validation and approval from you rather than you seeking it from themselves.

Enter Alpha males stage left.

Alpha males are the ones who have a higher purpose in life. They set the frame of the relationship with honesty, clarity, and are uncompromising, the woman can choose to enter his frame or not. Alpha males are non-needy because they have clear direction, social life, and their own ecosystem of positive emotions that nourish them, not relying on a you to provide that. They allow you to be feminine, flowing, emotional, and moody….because they are centered and unaffected because they know your emotional storm evaporates in their shining consciousness. They celebrate, admire, and relish in your sexuality in all ways rather than suppressing and judging it. When you are in the presence of a true alpha male, it allows you to relax into your femininity, sexuality, and sweetness. Butterflies have a hard time basking in the sunshine and flowers when they are being swatted by the beta boy gardener.

Hard-Wired. We are social creatures since we started forming tribal cultures approximately 200,000 years ago. Typically a tribe consisted of 150 to 500 people max. After that 500 member threshold, your connection to these members would be in face only.

Our brains are hardwired to socialize in small tribal communities. This hard-wired tendency to limit our social interaction to 150-500 members, becomes a problem in our modern culture because resources, employment, and opportunities are spread out over vast areas and require connecting with 100’s, if not, 1,000’s of people to get what we want. Fear comes up.

In tribal cultures, if you stood out from the group in a way the group perceived to be endangering them, there was a chance you would ostracized from the tribe. Alone in the wilderness during these times meant certain death. Our brains are still holding onto that thinking, if you say hi to this person or ask you boss for a raise or go in for the goodnight kiss, your amygdala screams, “No, don’t do that! You’re going to be kicked out of the tribe and die!” So its better not to say or do anything. Never-mind the fact that in our modern world you can practically say and do whatever the fuck you want and still thrive tremendously.

The point is, its alright to be expressive, to be vulnerable, to ask for what you want and refuse what you don’t want. Being unfriended on Facebook or being uninvited to the Annual Gala Dinner or receiving a dirty look from your server because you said your food was cold, will not leave you isolated and left to die. We, men and women, must realize this fear is rooted in our biology not in our reality, it is ancient history. Literally! Butterflies who don’t socialize with other butterflies will be left out in the cold to die.

Karma. Being born as a woman suggests you have specific gender karma to work out. One in four women have been sexually abused in the United States. That is the collective pain body, to quote Eckhart Tolle, that women born into this country are dealing with. You may have been molested as a small girl, you may have been raped as a college student, you may have been physically abused by a boyfriend or husband.

Life is not fair.

Life IS about cause and effect. A spiritual teacher of mine once said, “No suffering is undeserved.” Meaning whatever pain, suffering, or anguish you are experiencing right now or in the past, is because of past actions or seeds you planted. In this life or a previous one, you planted the seeds of abuse, rage, neglect and violence. Now you are reaping those fruits in this current life.

How does it serve you to wallow in pity, victim-hood, depression, and bitterness for the rest of your life? Forgive the person or persons who were channels for your negative karma and have compassion for them. Here’s why. You are suffering now from your past misdeeds right? The person or persons causing you pain right now will suffer as much or worse in the future through the actions and misdeeds they are sowing. Simply learn your lesson and move on with your life. Butterflies that are angry, sad, and depressed looking at their feet miss the beauty all that is beautiful; other butterflies, flowers, the sun, the moon, the stars, and beyond.

This is not a complete list as to why women lose their way of being social butterflies. Here are your takeaway points. Creating and sticking to a daily routine of self care with improve your life immensely. Your radiance and beauty comes from who you are Being, not from what you are Buying. Be open to receiving an alpha male whose presence opens and develops your feminism and sexuality and avoid the beta boys who wish to control and suppress it. Realize your biology not your reality, is keeping you from being social, asking for what you want, and refusing what you don’t want.

You were born at this time in history, to your family history, in your body because of past thoughts, words, and actions. What life and lifetimes do you want to create moving forward? Forgive the past, look forward to the future and realize you are far more than a butterfly with clipped wings.

You are a beautiful, divine child of God with a life’s purpose that is calling.

With Love.

For those looking to live a perfect day, I offer free 30 minutes of coaching to assist you in creating your perfect day. During the free session you will gain clarity on how to live your perfect day, identify challenges in creating your perfect day, and feel a renewed sense of enthusiasm and vigor for your life. Contact me at ChristianRLong.com or 347-879-076Four

You can find Susannah Campora on her Facebook Fanpage at True You Revolution where all the magic happens.

Improve Your Brain by Turning Off Technology

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>ping< “I can’t believe he said that.” >ping< “Cool. She liked my comment.” >ping< “Hmm, that looks like an interesting video.” >ping< “Oh yeah, let me email him back.” Every >ping< in your life; email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, txt message, or cell phone ring is pulling your valuable mental resources and splattering them across the ethers like a shotgun splattering brains on a freshly painted kitchen cabinet door.

In order to accomplish anything significant requires good ole’ fashion focus. I challenge you to name one person whether spiritual, business, medicine, or entertainment who accomplish significant things in life who was not focused. Go ahead…I’ll wait.

Ok. Enough waiting, I have this article to write.

Its been said, with every little distraction we face each day, it requires approximately 20 minutes to get back into the flow state we previously had before the distraction. How many >pings< do you experience every day? At least 10? That’s 200 minutes of wasted focus time each day! The reason steam can move a locomotive is because the energy is contained in focused not scattered. Power comes by focusing.

There’s a neurotransmitter in the brain called dopamine. This chemical is released mostly by nerve cells in your brain and motivates you to act. Each time a >ping< happens in your awareness and you response to that >ping< it depletes your dopamine. The more depleted your dopamine, the less motivation you have to accomplish important tasks or engage your willpower. Think about next time to respond to txt after txt, email after email. The goal is respond with intention rather than out of reflex.

In their book Switch, brothers Dan and Chip Heath talk of three factors to create a long term habit. The three factors are 1. Direct (Rider), 2. Motivate (Elephant), and 3. Shape (Path). In dealing with focus, reducing distraction, and preserving dopamine lets use factor number 3, Shape. We can know what we want, we can be motivated to get what we want, but if our environment is constantly distracting and derailing us than it can be near impossible to accomplish our goal. For instance, a smoker who is truly committed to giving it up once and for all, will have a very hard time quitting if continues to surround himself with smokers, has cigarettes in his house and car, while not removing the psychological triggers causing him to smoke. Likewise if you are looking to focus and achieve more in your life, it helps to create an environment that is supportive of the new habit.

Therefore to protect your brain, dopamine levels, and to get important items done…simply shape an environment that is conducive to having focused, one-pointed attention.

6 Tips for Shaping the Environment to Focus:

1.Turn off all >pings< email and text alerts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

2.Limit the channel of ways people can interupt you i.e. only meet face to face at 1:00pm

3.Close the door to your room or office and create quietness

4.Determine a set period of time to focus i.e. 9:00am to 11:00
am, break 30 minutes, 11:30am to 1:00pm.

5.Pre-determine when you will check all >pings< i.e. during lunch, after 4:00pm, after this project

6.Focus on the task at hand. The zen method of when walking, walk. When eating, eat. When listening, listen. Multitasking is overrated and is not efficient or effective.

Hope that helps you establish more focus to accomplish what you want in life and keep your brain from >ping< burnout.

With Love.

For those looking to live a perfect day, I offer 30 minutes of free coaching to assist you in creating your perfect day. During the free session you will gain clarity on how to live your perfect day, identify challenges in creating your perfect day, and feel a renewed sense of enthusiasm and vigor for your life. Contact me at ChristianRLong.com or 347-879-0764

Spoiler Alert: They Don’t Care About You

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We the People Must Become ‘I’ the Person. You alone are responsible for your body, feelings, mind, and spirit.

I have an agenda behind this article. I want to convince you to live a healthier, happier, more on purpose life and to no longer engage in activities that deplete and distract you from those things.

I was recently watching a clip from the movie, Network. Now you may not know the movie but I’m sure you’ve heard the famous expression, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore.” During this quick blurb of civil disobedience, a News Anchorman speaks of taking a stand against the politicians, corporations, and media outlets whom poison our food, air, and minds. He states our plea is to, ‘please just leave us alone in our living room, at least let me have my toaster and TV…’ I highly recommend watching it on YouTube. Here’s the real kicker. The movie came out in 1976! Funny how times DON’T always change.

Something does have to change though, and that my friend…is you.

Change comes at an investment, not a price. By investment, I mean the time you spend in improving your life is all areas; sleep, nutrition, exercise, meditation, social circle, and living on purpose, you begin to wake up your body, mind, and Soul. The once unquestioned becomes questioned. The once accepted becomes unacceptable. The once I-can’t-live-withouts become I-am-truly-living-withouts. How effective can you truly be, do, and have with poor sleep, inadequate nutrition, couch-ercise drama-seducing friends, endless hours of mind-numbing TV, and no purpose? If your life doesn’t mean shit and you have no purpose then yes, it really doesn’t matter what you do. But if you feel you deserve a great life, in all areas, you must change.

This isn’t about boycotting McDonald’s, texting all you friends with the message, ‘Lose my number’, protesting in front of the Whitehouse, or throwing your 60in Flat-screen TV off your 2nd story window (or maybe so), its about taking personal responsibility for your life. The corporations, politicians, and media outlets do not care about you. The proof of that statement is self-evident.

Think about it for a minute.

How many documentaries and third party research do we need to have to prove the negative consequences of fast food? Morgan Spurlock, the Director of Super Size Me almost died from the experiment of eating McDonald’s food everyday for a month. The additives and preservatives in fast food are stripped of most nutrients and prana (energy). Its self evident that this food is poisonous because its cheap yet you don’t eat it all the time. Why not? Probably because you feel like shit at the end of every meal. You are eating lifeless, dead, stuff shaped into food-looking items. Why do we still eat it? Its cheap and we are chemically addicted to it! A corporations’ legal responsibilities are to the board and shareholders, not the public. Isn’t it nice to know the CEOs and chemists working for these companies don’t care about you? Only your money.

Politicians. I’m not a political science major. I don’t vote. I don’t feel it would matter in the least. The nature of politics is simply making public promises to the voters and private promises to those funding their campaign. Once elected, the politician has to pay the piper of the private promises to insure a long, illustrious political career or a six figure advisory role after leaving office. Why wouldn’t someone want to be a politician? Its near impossible to get fired. You make six-figures. Free house. Free health-care. Kickbacks from multinational companies if you pass a favorable bill for them. Granted, there are some politicians will huge hearts and an intense desire to help his or her community. Yet how does one play fair within an unfair system. Isn’t it nice to know politicians care about their donors and not about you? Only your vote.

Media outlets. My spiritual teacher once said, “If you want to determine the consciousness of a population, look at the books on their bestseller list.” This worries me a bit. As of this article, Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly is number 2 on the New York Times Best Seller List and Dancing with the Stars (Monday) and (Tuesday) took spots 7 and 11 respectively of the most watched show on TV. What are some of the common themes between this book and this TV show? Drama, gossip and sensationalism for the purpose of profit at the expense of distracting you from your purpose. What if instead of reading Killing Jesus, you went to a nearby college and had lunch with a professor of Theology to learn of Jesus? Or what if instead of watching Dancing with the Stars, you took a salsa class with your partner, had fun and met some new people? Do you see what I’m getting at? Isn’t it nice to know media outlets care about advertisers and eyeballs and not about you? Only your attention.

By taking personal responsibility you don’t need to depend on fast food companies to feed you, politicians to protect you, and media outlets to entertain you. In our western economy, you vote with your money and attention. Simply redirect both and take back your power.

My recommendation is to spend your money on food, resources, and experiences that nourish your mind, body, and spirit. Give your attention to yourself, family, friends and community. You are not a resource to be consumed for the benefit of corporate greed, political power, or media influence. You are a divine child of God that is here to for 2 REASONS; discover your purpose and live your purpose.

If I’m out of line…fine…show me a better way. Show me a better way then what the typical Amercian is living. If you are living an extraordinary life and still watch hours of Jersey Shore, cool. But if you are miserable, aimless, unhealthy, exhausted, and distracted from your life then I recommend turning Snooki’s next house party scene off and get on with your life. I would say donate your TV to charity but why give the less fortunate more reasons to stay less fortunate?

Its hard to live your purpose when you are divided between endless TV shows and accompanying commercials, books propagating half-truths, politicians saying much and doing little, and corporations telling and selling you everything you need but you.

If you want to see what living your purpose looks like; pickup a copy of A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Look what he accomplished for himself and the world, I bet he did it all without having watched even one episode of Jersey Shore.

With Love.

For those looking to create a perfect day, I offer free 30 mins. to assist you in creating your perfect day. During the free session to will gain clarity on how to create your perfect day, identify challenges in creating your perfect day, and feel a renewed sense of enthusiasm and vigor for your life. Contact me at ChristianRLong.com or 347-879-0764

Are You a Spiritual Poser?

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Great cartoon.
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I’ve been around spiritual and yoga circles, communities, and organizations for over half my life. Each circle, community, and organization has members from all across the gender, sex, political and socioeconomic spectrum. You have your newbies who heard about Reiki from Dr. Oz and just had to learn more. You have your sick, aging and dying (SAD) who have tried everything under, around, and over the sun just to feel a little better or live just a little longer. You have your Skeptics that arrive at spiritual centers in the hopes of debunking the practices by asking seemingly genuine questions and to invalidate that practice, inflate their ego, and walk away having gained nothing.

There are many more types but my personal favorite are the Posers.

Posers are the people who go to LuluLemon and spend $500 on new yoga pants, yoga shirt, yoga water bottle and yoga mat. They sign up for a 3-month membership to the most elite yoga studio within a 50 mile radius. After spending all this time and money to get setup they are now Official Yogis or Yoginis. You’ll read the Facebook Updates after her first week, “OMG, I love yoga so much!” or “I had such an amazing class with Shri Tee Pee. You have to come!” or “Yoga has completely changed my life! I’m taking teacher training in Cancun next Fall!” Ok. We get it…you are enjoying your practice.

New Flash to Readers: simply buying yoga apparel and performing yoga asanas (postures) does NOT make you a spiritual person. It makes you a person using your physical body to perform yoga asanas. ‘But the yoga asanas lead to enlightenment’, you say? I whole hardheartedly agree but there are many other factors to include.

Let me tell you my experience with a Poser a few years back.

My former girlfriend, two friends and I went to see Amma, the Hugging Saint. For those of you who don’t know who Amma is, she’s a highly awakened Soul that has tirelessly traveled the world for over two decades doing two things, 1. Hugging people by the millions. 2. Spreading the message of love, peace, and oneness. We had heard of Amma but never got the chance until she came to NYC.

The line to get into the church where Amma was hugging stretched several city blocks. Guess how long it took for the first one of us to get the Auspicious Hug from a Living Saint? “An hour?” “3 Hours?” Nope, keep guessing. “Umm, 7 hours!” Nice, but try again. “10 hours!!” Ha! I laugh at your 10 hours…no…it took over 15 hours to get a hug from Amma. Even though my first hug lasted less than 10 seconds (I was permitted a second hug for good measure) it was totally worth the wait. During the hug it felt as though the entire cosmos was embracing me. If the ‘Free Hugs’ people and Amma could team up somehow, the world would be a much better place.

Ok, ok…Posers.

So while we were waiting into the wee hours of the next morning for our divine hug, there was entertainment on stage to keep the audience awake and alive. The stage performer was none other than rapper, Doug E. Fresh. It was 2:00am and he came out with full guns, wicked loud, and totally present. It was a great performance. But not for everyone…

During the concert my friends and I were being loud (usually we’re the loudest) and it happened to be disturbing this one little fellow behind us. Who did not like us at all.

This little fellow began mocking us, telling us to shut up and that we were disturbing everyone’s peace and stillness. Keep in mind, a full blown concert with multiple 600 watt speakers at capacity, was happening at this very moment. “See? See! You are disturbing this poor, sweet Indian woman who is trying to sleep.” We looked over at this completely unconscious Indian woman strewn across two chairs and bundled up in several blankets and pillows. All I could think was, “Wow, she looks really comfortable.” As his barrage of insults escalated, I started to come unglued. My friend Daniel was behind both of us and finally asked, “Do you have a problem little man?” saying in the hopes that he did.

This little fellow made a final comment directly to my girlfriend, telling her to “Shut up and stop being so annoying.” First of all, she’s about the most harmless person on the planet and second of all, only I can call her annoying. I reached my fill, came face to face and said, “I can see we’re bothering you. Where’s the closest exit door, so I can kick your fucking ass?” His response, “I have never been so poorly treated.” He huffed away spewing the words, “Om Nama Shivaya.”

He thought by saying that sacred mantra with venomous emotions behind it, would prove his spiritual self worth. I bet he meditates daily with his mandala beads, chants mantras of loving kindness, eats a strict vegetarian diet while still kicking his dog in the face, sending out anonymous hate email to his boss, and attending ‘Dog on Girl Action’ at his nearest underground sex dungeon.

Just because you do yoga three times a week, eat a vegetarian diet, chant mantras of peace, and drive a Prius, does not make you evolved. A spiritual practice is a way of Being. Yes, the practices are important and do serve a purpose. My spiritual teacher, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, once said, “What comes out of the mouth is more important than what goes into the mouth. Dirty food dirties the body. But cruel words dirties the Soul.” Fine, you don’t eat meat but you think, feel, and eventually say your boss is an asshole. The outer life practices mean nothing if your inner life is filled with anger, hatred, judgment, jealousy, self doubt, or poverty consciousness.

Lets practice inner AND outer purification through right viewpoint, right thoughts, right emotions, right actions, and right livelihood.

I have compassion for the little fellow at church during Amma’s visit to NYC. He’s not perfect. I’m not perfect and my friends aren’t perfect. Look, we were on the verge of kicking the shit out of a frail, western Yogi in between listening to rapper Doug E Fresh and receiving a hug from Amma! Oh the irony.

To truly live a spiritual life requires far more than buying a 3-month yoga membership, chanting mantras, and becoming a vegetarian. Its a lifetime path of purification, reflection, refinement, good will and the WILL to do good. The benefits you reap of that life are directly correlated to the responsibilities you take on.

With Love.

For those looking to live a perfect day, I offer free 30 minutes of coaching to assist you in creating your perfect day. During the free session you will gain clarity on how to live your perfect day, identify challenges in creating your perfect day, and feel a renewed sense of enthusiasm and vigor for your life. Contact me at ChristianRLong.com or 347-879-076Four

YOLO or Do You?

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Edge of a cliff, overlooking Lake O'Hara in British Colombia. I was scared shitless.

Edge of a cliff, overlooking Lake O’Hara in British Colombia. I was scared shitless.

The picture above was one of the proudest times of my life excluding assisting my ex-wife with the perfect delivery of our son or saving the life of a prominent restauranteur from choking on his own steak tips. This picture was taken at Lake O’Hara in British Colombia, a spot so beautiful you wouldn’t mind dropping dead right there, in my opinion. This picture was taken by my former girlfriend who had no idea that she was going to change my entire life and possibly lifetimes to come.

Grab your spinach smoothie and read on. This is a long one.

I was on staff at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, IA as the Cosmic Cafe General Manager. The cafe was located on campus with funky furniture, paint splattered walls, and a decent sound system with a great playlist of indie music. I was responsible for increasing traffic and creating the menu. My pay was room & board with a paltry stipend but it was all part of my master plan. You see, the prior year I was a student at MUM. I had applied then got denied for the ever-so-prestigious TM-Sidhis Course.

The TM-Sidhis Course is a pretty big deal. It was $5,000 dollars advanced meditation course with a strict approval process requiring 4 weekends of study, and 2-full weeks of meditations. After graduating, I envisioned being embraced by the Sidha (Fully realized being with super powers) Family with loving arms. I’d have honor, respect, bragging rights, divine bliss and the ‘permission’ to meditate an additional 3.5 hours a day. But not this time…

I never knew why they officially denied me; maybe my attitude, maybe my dress shirt had a wrinkle, or maybe it was the Dean of MUM, who also sat on the approval board for TM-Sidhi applicants, thought I might not be ready when he saw me wrestling a girl in front of the administration building ramming wet-grass in her mouth. You just never know.

So my master plan was to come back a year later as a staff member and reapply to the course. Man, the stories I could share about how that year unfolded could fill several volumes. Hmm, I could call it, Autobiography of a Yogi Who Watches Everyone Else Get Some – Volumes 1, 2, and 3. But I’ll save those stories for other posts.

I applied and go accepted! I was so ecstatic not only for being accepted but in getting the money on the very last day of the deadline. You might be wondering, “If room & board were covered and he wasn’t making enough money to buy a discounted yoga mat and the course was $5,000, where did the money come from?” Creativity my dear Watson, creativity.

Three months before I was approved for the course, I was scheming any and all ways to bring in the 5G’s. One of my favorite money raising ideas came to me while surfing Google (which was only a year old). I came across this website that had a list of records and accomplishments small communities around the world had partaken in. I thought, “Hmm, this looks promising. After all, I am in the Midwest, there is plenty of space to do this and people love this kind of shit.” I had my idea…to hold the World’s Longest Country Line Dance in Fairfield IA.

I would charge admission for each person who wanted to be part of this record shattering attempt. At the time, the World’s Longest Country Line Dance was 6,998 people from Talmund, England. So I thought, no big deal. I’ll bump it up to an even 7,000. Who needs parking spaces with a plethora of cornfields? Who doesn’t love dancing in subzero temperatures? Who wouldn’t want to dance like an idiot for a stupid song and be part of a world record? They pay my admission fee, I get my $5,000 for the course and we call it a day.

I was able to get news coverage in the local paper. I also had the chance to speak to the town committee and propose my awesome idea. I was questioned from several committee members about the weather, time-frame, sanitation issues, cleanup, parking, emergency units, bla bla bla. I couldn’t be bothered with these petty issues. I was on fire about breaking this World Record, I couldn’t have cared less about dammit!

When it came to the ‘I’s and the ‘Nays’, it sounded like a sheep orgy in that meeting hall. But everyone applauded my balls and creativity. That and a cup of coffee….

During this time of plotting and scheming, I had some admires in the crowd. I had two friends looking to raise the exact same amounts for the Sidhis Course. They thought the idea was ingenious and ballsy but we didn’t have enough time or resources to pull it off. We put our heads together and came up with nothing but headaches.

For several weeks we walked around town asking businesses for donations. In case you’re curious, no one likes needy people. Our begging and pleading only got us a few bucks; remember we had to raise $15,000 dollars now. It was coming down to the wire.

Our friend had a brilliant idea that came from above. Literally. We were in the meditation hall and she looked up at the ceiling and thought, “Man, this place is filthy. Wonder when the last time it was cleaned?” BAM! The plan to clean the meditation centers was formed. A lot of people in town cared about the space yet they lacked the manpower to clean it regularly. That was our value add.

We got to work telling everyone and their Guru that we would be cleaning the meditation center to raise money so we could actually meditate in that meditation center as TM-Sidhis Graduates.

As entertainment to me and to keep you wondering. The cleaning project failed to raise the money necessary to take the course. But a door was opened up and not one, not two, but all three of us had our money for the TM-Sidhis Course.

We were literally at the 11th hour til we got our funds. My friends and I were speeding back to the campus to drop off the course fee and as we looked at the window, we could not believe what we were seeing. We saw a rainbow literally circling the sun. I don’t know if it was an omen, an optical illusion, or we were all severely due for an eye examine but it made our hearts sing that we had accomplished our goal.

Fast-forward to the part of the 2-week intensive of the TM-Sidhis Course. On the retreat there were people from all over the country, all over the world, in fact. Professionals and homemakers but mostly students. Always an opportunist to flirt with pretty girls and get rejected, I saw a nice mix of young and old cuties during the 2-week intensive. But there was one girl in particular that stirred something deep inside of me.

She was meek, nerdy, petite, and 10 years my senior with the softest blue eyes I had ever seen. We talked – I flirted – she ignored. That was pretty much how each day went. Until one day, she cracked or warmed up or whatever. Our conversations got longer, more in-depth, more intimate and the connection I originally felt was now being felt by her. Score!

Any free time we had during the 2-week intensive was spent with each other, to the dismay of the other cuties, young and old. Guess you want what you can’t have.

After the intensive, we stayed in touch for a couple months until it became unbearable to not see while also doubting that she could be the ‘One.’ I called her up one evening and ended the relationship. She was devastated and I had never cried so hard other than the time I buried my very first dog, who died of cancer.

But it wasn’t over.

Another month went by and I couldn’t stop thinking about her. “What did I do? What if she is the One? Maybe she’s dating someone right now? Maybe she has completely forgotten about me.” I said, “Eh fuck it, let me call her and see what’s up.”

The phone rang. She answered.

It was as though we had never gotten off the phone from the last call.

She invited me to visit her in Vancouver, BC. I ended leaving MUM as the General Manager of the (Falling Star) Cosmic Cafe and got myself on a plane to Vancouver.

I spent 2-months traveling British Colombia seeing the most beautiful mountain and ocean vistas I had ever come across. While there, I learned about love, romance, sexual pain, betrayal, and sacrifice. What I am most grateful for is her asking me this very simple question, “Have you ever experienced a Pranic Healing session before?”

That question lead me down a path of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical healing, experiences and development that I feel couldn’t have been accomplished in a hundred lifetimes. It brought me to my spiritual teacher, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, to my healing modality Pranic Healing, and to my spiritual practice Arhatic Yoga.

I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the woman who loved me even when I failed to love her back.

Thank you.

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Bill Gates Answered Every One of My Questions

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Ok Bill, let me ask this one more time.

I grew up as a teenager in Berlin, MA. There was an awesome church field a couple towns over where friends and I would meet to stare up at the stars and inevitably get philosophical. “Do you believe in God?” or “What do you think happens when we die?” or “Do you realize how long it would take to reach that star?” or “Dude, what’s its gonna be like when we’re old, like 30?” We would go ’round the circle from guy to guy, each one adding to or countering the answer of the previous man. Some would say it was a great form of mental masturbation because most of us simply enjoyed the inquiry itself rather than actually getting the answer to questions that have baffled mankind from time immemorial.

One of my favorite questions that seemed to get everyone heated up was, “Who is the number one person you would like to meet? Dead or alive?” I liked those questions because it told me where someone’s head. If the response was “Bill Parcels.” That was my friend obsessed with everything New England Patriots. “Britney Spears.” That was a friend who could not get enough of the music video, ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time.’ “Mother Teresa.” An occasional girl who valued service to humanity above all else. Me? My response has remained consistent for most of my life….Bill Gates. And the interesting thing is, beyond the fact that he’s one of the World’s Richest People, I don’t really know why I chose him.

I always fantasized what it would be like to sit across from Bill Gates at an independently-owned coffee shop. Which leads me to the third question among my friends, “If you had just one question to ask this person, what would it be?” So much pressure, I got Bill ‘Freakin’ Gates sitting across from me and I only have one question to ask him before he vanishes from my psyche like a genie going back into its Lamp after granting my third, and final wish. But in my fantasy, I don’t ask just one question.

I ask a series of causal yet thought provoking questions, where he keeps saying things like, “Hmm, never thought about it like that.” or “Wow, that’s a great question, you should come work for me.” or “Man, I’ve been trying to answer that one for most of my life.” Because really, how is one measly question going to matter? I’ve read books on the Art of Asking Questions, but even then I wouldn’t get more than a few paragraphs out of the man. In the end, he ends up answering each and every one of my questions.

Speaking of Bill Gates and asking questions, it reminds me of the ‘Lunch with Warren Buffet Auction.’ Once a year Warren Buffet has an auction where the winning bidder gets to have lunch with him and pick his brain with the proceeds going to charity. The winning bid for June 2013 was $1,000,100. Think about how well-thought out and even timed, each and every question would be for Warren Buffet. That guy wants to make that $1,000,100 investment count. My questions to Bill Gates would not have same ROI like the winning bidder whom is dining over a BBQ Burger and seasoned fries with Warren.

Being in his aura, or the aura of any successful person who has made a positive impact in the world, would be reward enough for me. It would make a great story for sure. “Did you feel the basic chakra on Bill spin? Holy moley, it was like being sucked into a wind turbine.” But other than donating $1M to charity, how else can one bask in the aura of a Multibillionaire Philanthropist? If you have any ideas, comment below.

Who would you like to meet, dead or alive? And what burning question(s) would you like to ask? Most importantly, how would you implement the answer(s) you receive to move your life and the lives of those around you forward? If not, it would just be an exercise in mental masturbation…and I don’t think Mother Teresa, the Dali Lama, Martin Luther King Jr, Bill Gates, Katy Perry, or Oprah would like to clean up after.

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