How can we help our planet?

Thousand-year old trees being cut today in Canada to make timber got me think

Thousand-year old trees are being cut daily in Canada to make timber. Timber for construction can be sustainable instead of devastating forests.

This is happening today as reported by the instagram account Fairy Creek Blockade where a group of conscious people are protecting the forest by literally blocking access to the corporation trying to cut them.

I am clearly not the first one thinking about this or the environment, it just made me so sad I decided to share some thoughts. I am not perfect with my own behavior protecting nature but I am more and more conscious about it and trying to improve. We all harm the planet in a way or another to a different degree every single day. It matters to be aware of it and do it consciously instead of taking it for granted. This email is longer than usual it might be clipped in your gmail the online version is here.

Spending time in the Amazon forest and the Mexican jungle made me very sensitive to the magic of trees. It takes so long for such a tree to grow and a very special environment around it. Hundreds of years. We cut them in a matter of minutes while it could be sustainably harvested.

We’re killing our forests, that’s a very well known fact. 19% of the Amazon forest disappeared. 20% might be a tipping point after which the forest will disappear.

“If the tree mortality we see continues for another 10–15 years, then the southern Amazon will turn into a savannah”

Same tragedy in the Ocean. 50% of the World’s Coral reef died in the last 5 to 10 years.

It is less obvious to look at the Ocean as the killing happens under our sight. We don’t see it so we don’t think about it.

We already almost destroyed the “rainforest of the sea”, the coral reef.

I just watched the documentary “Chasing Coral” on Netflix which I recommend.

You could also get a simple snorkeling mask, head to any coral spot in the world and see for yourself. It will likely be either completely white (bleached) which means it’s dying or black (completely dead). We might not be able to see any coral alive soon.

Why does it matter? Coral is a whole ecosystem. No coral means the fish will also disappear with a massive impact.

Deforestation and the coral tragedy are both mostly due to global warming because of our own behavior and global consumerism.

Why don’t we care more about the 10M+ that die from air pollution every year and why do Governments don’t take initiatives like they did for the 3.5M Covid deaths? Is it because air pollution doesn’t threaten immediately their economy (restaurants, shops, hotels closed..) or is it really to care about human lives?

The coral is also disappearing in Tulum mostly because of hotel waste (and sunscreen, drugs or medication flushed in toilets…) see this great video about it, Tulum is one of the most beautiful and special places in the world with thousands of “cenotes” (water caves) resulting from meteorite impact millions of years ago.

What can we individually do about it?

  1. Be conscious and aware about everything we do, constantly, even the smallest things. Change our habits.

We are one with Earth, the animals, the trees, the plants, the ocean life. Everything we do has an impact.

Do we recycle plastic and other recyclable material? Can we reduce our plastic consumption?

If we stay in a hotel, does it treat its waste properly, as seen in the above Tulum video?

Food. Has the chicken we eat been raised in a cage and never seen the Sun light? How was this vegetable grown? What chemicals were put on it? Where did it travel from?

How much planet resources do we use each day? How much water? How much fuel? How much pollution do we contribute in releasing?

I am aware that each time I take a flight I release carbon in the atmosphere. My friend Fred Wilson suggests offsetting each flight with Flight Logger. A trip NY>LA is about $7. I wonder why all airlines just don’t include this in each ticket price already.

  1. Spread the word around you

Talking about this is important. This is why I write this today. We don’t even know what is actually happening very often. We need to talk about the old trees cut for timber and maybe there is enough pressure they stop one day.

Each time we see an abuse to the planet, let’s talk about it and share it.

Is there a website where we could report abuse as we report an accident on Waze? If not we should create one.

Let’s talk about the way we can improve how we live daily. If we all do a small change it will be a larger scale improvement for the planet. Let’s remind each other of our interconnectedness with Nature.

  1. Avoid buying anything that we know destroys the planet

Red meat and dairy products come immediately to mind. In order to get our burgers and rib-eye steaks to our favorite restaurants or supermarkets we need lots of cattle. To feed the cattle we need a huge quantity of corn and soil. To produce soil large companies deforest the Amazon and grow soil instead. Your supermarket buys meat from these companies then you buy that meat without knowing.

There should be a label, like “smoking kills” on cigaret packs that says “this meat killed trees” or something like that.

Here is a great story on the companies behind deforestation and charts with their brands. You will find brands you might buy from right here.

Here is a ranking of the top 10 companies contributing to deforestation beyond or including the meat issue.

Cargill, BlackRock, Wilmar International Ltd., Walmart, JBS, Ikea, Korindo Group PT, Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd., Starbucks and McDonald’s…

Did you think about it before buying that affordable furniture from Ikea? Did you know about this before buying a coffee from Starbucks or Walmart?

Do we even need these things?

Again, we can’t be perfect and we all contribute. I reduced my meat consumption from almost every day (I know) to a steak every week or two and I try to avoid it. I try to know where it’s from when the information is available but generally it’s not. I love red meet so it’s hard for me. I am working on it and I hope we can identify the source of meat and the cattle food source better.

I welcome the two companies making products that “feel like meat but aren’t” like Beyond Meat or Impossible food and hope they are more widely available. Their products get criticism though on how processed they are. Soon there will be meat made in lab. Let’s see.

  1. buy sustainable, environment friendly and good for the body products or services

There are thousand of websites and labels, it is difficult to understand it.

There is an Amazon of healthy living, Thrive Market. Why doesn’t Amazon itself launch a label inside its catalog showcasing the good products?

There are many products to chose from but it’s difficult to know which ones are really good for the environment and for ourselves.

I invested in LXMI (@lxmi)that Leila Janah created, an organic and fair trade skincare product line I encourage you to try. Good for the body and the planet.

  1. Join support groups or non profits that help raise awareness

More people bring more awareness and help media talk about it. We can see it happening with the Ferry Blockade on Instagram gathering thousands of people.

Here are a few on instagram, please suggest more in comments?

@fairycreekblockade - old trees in Canada I talked about above
@yorenka.tasorentsi, website - Ashaninka effort to plant millions of trees in deforested land
@for.the.wild land defense
@amazonwatch protecting the Amazon forest
@treesisters_official women volunteers planting trees
@seedevolution solutions through art and reforestation

  1. donate

I have chosen to support the indigenous in the Amazon Forest (Yawanawá, Ashaninka) and Amazon Watch, there are many organizations to support.

  1. take it to the companies that abuse the planet and governments

This is a complex one but contacting the management of these companies seems obvious. I tweeted once to the CEO of the French supermarket E.Leclerc and never got an answer while Michel-Edouard Leclerc is very active on Twitter.

I guess if enough of us complain in public it could create some change.

pic: trash island in Maldives. How many tourists know it exists when they visit Maldives? How many complained about it or decided to go elsewhere because the Government acts this way?

  1. Inform yourself

Watch these movies & books (please suggest more in comments)

some movies
Cowespiracy (a MUST watch if you haven’t)
Seaspiracy (same about the Ocean)
Toxic Beauty
A life on our planet
Kiss the soil
Chasing coral

some books
How soon is now? from my friend Daniel Pinchbeck
The hidden life of trees
The inner life of animals

  1. Consumerim

We don’t need most of the things we are told we do. Think before buying anything at all. Because almost everything we buy will end up some day as trash.

Recycle, up-cycle and exchange with your friends and local communities. I recently heard about the “closet swaps” that women in conscious communities host regularly to exchange clothes with each other to avoid buying new ones. I will be honest, I don’t do closet swaps but I buy very few new clothes (and much less of everything really) compared to what I used to.

  1. Teach our children

If every person teaches children not to trash anything in the ocean for example and respect nature we can raise a new generation of conscious children that will change the world.

How important is environment in any education system? I had none as I grew up, my guess is it is still small. But we can all educate the children around us to love and care for our planet.

It seems that the new generations of children already come wired-in this way, caring more than most of us did as children. There was less global emergency awareness about the current ecological disaster that we are living. Think Greta and other children activists.

  1. help expand consciousness

The core of the issue is that we have lost the understanding that we are inter-connected. If we become more conscious we change our behavior. Let’s remind each other that we are part of nature we are not separate.

Every time we destroy anything on Earth we destroy ourselves.

Whenever we can raise consciousness by talking about it, hosting talks, writing about it, gather people around it. Each person needs to change themselves, and maybe also be guides and teachers to others.

  1. Listen to nature

Nature is declining at rates unprecedented in history, humans are killing the biodiversity.

We may soon live in a world with only humans and the animals we chose to keep for our food or pets.

What can we do to listen more? I highly recommend spending more time in nature. The time I spent in the Amazon forest and my spiritual work with vision quest got me more aware how important it all is.

  1. Travel less

Every time humans move, it creates waste from the mode of transportation etc. Can we learn to stay still? Do we need to travel that much? Covid has shown we can avoid it. Will the habit of zoom meetings instead instead of business travel become a habit?

Please add your own initiatives, ideas or suggestions in comments, thank you.

I also write a much more frequent newsletter with regular group zoom calls focused on learning spirituality at yawa.news if you feel like reading me more. Next zoom call is this upcoming sunday.

Magdalena Sartori contributed to this post, she originated the Yin Institute, a “modern temple for the feminine”.

I also published the below video on my YouTube and Instagram also audio on my podcast.

Chili pepper dieta, Vision Quest and Sundance.

Hi everyone, here are some news since I last wrote here in February. I hope you are doing well and the virus isn’t treating you too bad.

If you want to hear and discuss with me I will be on Clubhouse tomorrow Saturday at 10am PT, 1pm ET and 18h Paris.

I also just launched a podcast (available on Apple Podcasts, Anchor) that goes with my smaller newsletter where I share more frequently, yawa.news. I also share the podcast in <10min videos on my Instagram @loic.

I spent 1.5 months with the Yawanawa tribe in Brazil where I did the “Iuchi” dieta. I was isolated in a small hut remote from the village in the forest with very little food based on plants only and a high daily dose of red chili peppers. The month long experience was unforgettable. I learned a lot as always but this time was very special as I stayed mostly by myself learning with the animals and plants. What I received was so strong and full of teachings that I did not share much about it yet, I am still processing.

I am now preparing for my third vision quest, 4 days in a cave (a “Cenote”) with Maya teachers who got also trained with the Lakota tribe of South Dakota. In May I will stay 4 days in the jungle with no food, no water, nothing else than a few clothes in a space smaller than my body in length and little or no sleep. It is called a vision quest as the explosive cocktail of no-water fasting with no sleep gets you access to spiritual mind states impossible to see otherwise. It is a very intense meditation.

After these 4 days and a one day break I will enter my first “Sundance” on a Maya pyramid. The invitation came as I helped at my second “Moondance” where many women dance to the moon (you could watch this rare video of Abuela Ursula Ketzalocelotl in conversation with Magdalena Sartori).

Here is what I posted since I last wrote here:
Learning from my (spiritual) mistakes
Do not spread your own illness
A consciousness revolution
Le Pendu
Awake: the life of Yogananda
Experimenting on a podcast about spirituality
Preparing for my third vision quest

and the three first episodes of my podcast:
The power of prayers and using a “Memory Palace”
What kind of education do we need for children and adults to prepare for the conscious revolution?
Preparing my third vision quest

Talk to you very soon and please email back or comment if you feel, I read them all and it’s always nice to hear from you.

Loïc

Learning to go slow with Pajé Puttany Yawanawà

In my past as an entrepreneur I learned to go fast and been taught by top Silicon Valley investors that “speed is the ultimate competitive weapon”. Nothing you build that “does not scale” and can reach “mass market” is worth doing or interesting for investors.

For the last three years I have switched my interest and time to my spiritual path. I have had many different experiences as you can read in the previous link and now decided to fully dedicate myself to learning the Amazon tribe Yawanawà spirituality. I will write more about this. I have immediately felt home in their village and their teachings are authentic and resonate the most for me. Instead of “shopping around” learning bits and pieces with different techniques and guides I have decided to go all the way with their trainings.

Their most important teaching is to “go slow”.

“The turtle is the animal that lives the longest in the forest. Go as slow as you can.”

Meditation and the vipassana retreats I have done immediately come to mind. It’s all about slowing the flow of your mind, setting your to-do list, calls and meetings aside and giving yourself time to see the space between two thoughts, eventually being able to stay longer in that space.

Puttany, the most respected woman Pagé (master, teacher, healer, shaman… they don’t like that last term at all) of the Yawanawà and likely the Amazon forest is spending time teaching me personally despite the needs of her own personal training in the forest and the responsibility she has as the head of her tribe. I feel immensely grateful for her teachings and love, especially as she is a woman and I feel like my growth is accelerated by her strong feminine force, that of a mother but also an extremely powerful and “tough but fair” discipline. I have also been lucky to see many of these rare powerful women in action at the “moondance”, the “Abuelas”.

When I arrived at my second dieta (one month in the forest mostly alone in intense spiritual work) she said:

To welcome spiritual teachings in your life you need to make space in your home. Your home is your mind. As you tidy-up your physical home, you need to tidy-up your mind. Set aside everything else you have in it. Teachings can only come if there is space for them.

I have closed my to-do lists, stopped going on-line, checking emails, seeing anyone or “doing” anything. Like in meditation retreats, I set aside even books or kindle. It was not easy and it is a luxury being able to do that in the “doing” society we live in. The only things I kept with me was my guitar a notebook, a pen and an iPad offline with all the videos of the indigenous songs I wanted to learn.

Singing and playing guitar are at the center of the Yawanawà spirituality. It's how I connected with their culture first, moved by the force of their songs and seeing for the first time in my life synesthesia, which I keep seeing now when I sing myself. Making music even at the beginner stage I am at makes me deeply happy immediately. No wonder why music or dancing are so important for many spiritualities such as buddhism (mantras) or sufism. I highly recommend the book “The Mysticism of sound and music”.

You cannot learn to sing or play guitar fast. As when you meditate, you have to focus deeply. You can play music using a partition and repeating like a robot or you can “play from your heart”. The teaching is to shut down your mind entirely and “feel your own intuition”, hear your voice, feel the guitar strings create sound waves and their effect on your body and soul.

As I write this, I am listening to the Yawanawà song I love the most singing it with another woman teaching me to sing, Nawá. You can hear us sing another song here. I still have so much to learn and improve but the feeling of happiness is already here and keeps me going.

Singing is not valued as it should in our culture and education. It is not important and people make fun of it, why bother singing when you could be focusing on your career or build a company instead? The answer for me is that it makes me much happier.

Back to speed and scaling, I am doing deep work on myself. I am not doing it for anyone else than myself at this stage. It has already improved the way I behave, speak and relate to others as well as how I see the world so it is probably good in general, but it’s a work I do for myself.

Spending time in nature with trees and animals is teaching me to listen and being more sensitive to everything. I can now feel the impact of the food I put in my body. If I eat too much I feel it, I stopped drinking entirely as I now dislike what it does to me. Nobody could teach me that, it is by slowing down and listening to my own body that I learned.

Puttany taught me to listen to animals. She told me she learned a song from Cicadas and I have incredible visions when she sings it. I have no idea how her voice and a song mimicking the sound of an animal can impact me so much but it definitely makes more curious to hear and sing.

You can only hear the details and how your own body reacts to music and songs if you go extremely slow and all your senses focus on your own sensations. Your mind has to shut down entirely and the flow of ideas has to stop. It is exactly what you learn in meditation and once you have that space you can start to see “magic”. I am starting to see and hear “magic” in nature in every single plant or animal. I can spend hours watching butterflies and receiving ideas and feelings from the stunning art on their wings. Only slowing down entirely could allow that.

If you do not slow down, you won’t see. You’re missing the teachings of nature.

My entrepreneur mind always wants to kick back in full force. This happiness feeling and connection to nature should spread in the world - I think suddenly. How could we forget that much this connection? How can we build huge cities with no heart and limit nature to plants in our living room or gardens? How could we forget to preserve forests and their immense wealth and knowledge? The indigenous are the guardians of this connection and can teach us so much.

“Help improve the world” - is the goal of many of my successful friends. They always want to do it “at scale” and it is great, I respect it. I did, too. Problem is you can’t solve depression at scale. Anti depressant medication won’t fix it even if they are massively prescribed. You can’t change how people think at scale.

I have learned by myself with the constant care and time of my teachers one-on-one. It’s the most luxurious possession I have now, the time my teachers spend with me teaching me to learn from nature. You cannot learn that raising millions of dollars to reach millions of people with a startup. I just had to pause entirely (and had the luxury to being able to do it - I am aware of it).

Spirituality does not scale. Working on yourself does not scale. I feel it is perfectly fine the way it is. What might scale is inspiration to do the work, pause and start going inside.

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I have two newsletters, this one where I write about once a month and another one where I write more frequently and shorter notes directly on my phone.

I did not write much since my last newsletter on “dailythoughts”, I only wrote about Healers and healings which you might also find interesting.

The different planes of reality

I am just back from 5 weeks of intense training with the Yawanawa tribe deep in the Amazon forest. I followed what they call a dieta, no sex including with myself, no meat, no fish, no alcohol, no coffee, no dairies, no fat, no pure water (just water with corn powder and some tea), no sugar including fruits with the exception of lemon, two tiny meals a day especially the first two weeks and lots of work with many different plants. I spent time mostly alone and offline in a small wood house in the forest learning to sing and play guitar and slowing down my mind.

These 5 weeks were a constant meditation contemplating nature and animals during the day and eyes closed during long spiritual “ceremonies” at night, most of the time until sunrise.

I was in a different reality than the one I grew up in, surrounded by beautiful indigenous whose most important goal in life is their spirituality. Most do not have bank accounts or passport and never left the forest. They think and act totally differently.

You can imagine the shock of going from the sounds of thousands of animals to airports, planes and the sounds of cities. I went from being alone to seeing, hearing and feeling people and sounds from western life. I went from pure nature and silence to no wild life and the view of the San Francisco downtown buildings as I had to come back here to close the sale of my house here.

I am still in the forest World even though my physical body is here.

In the plane back here I have listened to Ram Dass audiobooks and found his description of the “planes of reality” best to describe what I am living now. I highly recommend listening to “Consciousness, aging and the New Millenium”.

There are -he says- thousands of different “planes of reality” but the most important ones are just three.

1/ the material plane

This is what you see and can touch, what feels real because it is obvious to your senses. It is your body and the pain and pleasure your senses let you feel. When you see other people from that plane you start judging: this person is beautiful, that one is overweight, tall, short etc. Yet we do not judge nature the same. If you look at trees you could also say “what a beautiful and strong tree” or “what an ugly tree” but generally you do not judge them, it is just what they are in their diversity. Yet we do it all the time for people, cars, phones… The material plane is also where we crave things, we want to buy them and when we have them we want the new one or the better one because we think these material things will make us happy finally (the house of your dreams) or happier. It is a very temporary feeling. Same with money when basic needs such as home, food and health needs are covered.

2/ the personality plane

Who are you? We were trained by our parents and western society to “become somebody”. Read or hear the excellent “Becoming Nobody” of Ram Dass. I got trained to be a graduate student from a french business school. Then I trained to become an entrepreneur and worked really hard on achieving some success with my businesses. It was all in technology so I am also a “tech entrepreneur”. I organized conferences so I am a “conference organizer”. Then I got some press and wrote online which made me a “blogger”. This got me into conferences such as TED or the WEF so I became more “somebody” that had a “network”, defined by who I knew and where I was speaking, so I also became a “conference speaker”, sometimes very well paid for it. I am much more than that though, I am a pilot, paraglider, kite-surfer, meditator, father… I also drive a car as most people do though we never describe ourselves as a “driver”. I also go to the bathroom regularly and no-one calls me “someone that goes to the bathroom”. It is similar to eating every day. I love good food so I am often called a “gourmet” in France because I appreciate it. Oh I also ran a few marathons so I used to be a “runner” but not anymore as my knees got damaged and hurt when I run. I am 48 so I am also a “middle aged man” and when I am 65 society will call me a “senior” and find me much less interesting because we celebrate youth (see all the anti-aging products) and mastery of new technnologies that the elderly generally cares less about. On the contrary, the indigenous look up to their elders as their most important people as they are and hold the wisdom and knowledge they do not write in books. Tell me about cultural differences.

Most people on this planet live only in these two planes which Ram Dass calls the “ego” planes. Our society trains and celebrates us for success materially and “becoming somebody”.

These planes are very focused on time (aging, thinking about the past, preparing the future).

We are also very scared about death as both material things and “who you are” are temporary notions entirely disappearing with your death. This is why we try so much not to age and stay alive and “stay somebody” until we die. Some use their money to build buildings or anything that has their names on them so they survive their death and they “leave a permanent trace in this world” as “someone who did something good” or “changed the world”. In the past the most powerful were building empires and their own countries, or their own religion.

Trees don’t care much about any of that, they don’t even care about how we removed most of them to build our cities and highways.

3/ the spiritual or soul plane

In his excellent book “becoming nobody” Ram Dass explains best my “spiritual awakening” as I realized there was a place in me that was much more than the material and personality facets of the western coin.

It is the space between two thoughts when you meditate long enough and stop thinking about the past and the future. When you pause and make room in the home of your own mind you can open to another space. This space is quiet and timeless. It does not have any labels and does not care about material stuff.

It is who you really are at a soul level. It is who you were when you were born and who you will be again when you die. It is who you are each time you go to sleep and dream. I do not worry about anything in that space.

Everything is just perfect. If I meditate long and often enough or if I work with my indigenous friends I become that soul again. I am always present. My mind is calm and opens to new ideas and new “dreams” that often turn into beautiful visions. Call it sacred geometry, spirits, whatever you want.

This awakening can happen in many ways.

Realizing you are not happy accumulating material things or becoming somebody that is never enough. An accident. A health issue that gets you close to death. Someone you love who suddenly dies and makes you aware about the great mystery of life and death. Aging. Sex can also show you this space when a deep orgasm shuts your mind down and you feel that divine feeling of bliss out of the past and future. Religion, any of them. Art or music, that I did not care at all about until I started my spiritual path three years ago. What we call “mysticism”, tarot, astrology that I used to call bullshit. It could be psychedelics and their sudden come back and new legal acceptance in many countries as a cure for depression, “the silent killer”. Mastery of plants as the indigenous have been doing and giving to their children as of age 5.

Meditation is a long path but definitely the easiest and safest, always available without anything else needed.

Any of these are just tools to access the soul or spiritual plane. When you have awaken there is no way back as suddenly your entire vision of the world, who you are and what you focus on changes.

There is no way back to living only materially and focusing on becoming someone.

I am not afraid of death anymore.

“It does not hurt, it is just like removing a tight shoe” says Ram Dass. This space is always here and accessible and it is not difficult. It is in all of us, at any moment as we learn to see this space. Problem is our education system and institutions only train us for the material and “becoming somebody” planes.

Switching worlds and planes

I just came back from the forest. I will go back there of course. I am now able to switch from one world to another. I transport myself to one of the most spiritually advanced people I got to work with but I am also able to be in my soul and my spiritual world as I walk down the streets of San Francisco and see so much suffering everywhere.

It is very challenging.

The easiest for me would be like Ram Dass to go to a monastery and meditate for years (it is very tempting) or stay in the forest where I helped build one of this tiny wood houses in their most sacred space, they call it “my home”, the “Yawa Mashkuru” house. It is empty and so full at the same time. Not even a bed.

I am highly impressed by Ram Dass writings and talks and will come back often to his teachings. In all humility I have this other point in common with what he lived as I was given a new name in the forest. There I am “Yawa Mashkuru” which means “Yawa bald head”. They call me “Yawa” as a symbol of belonging to their people which deeply honors me. Some of my readers here saw me posting photos in the forest where I wear often a “kuzhma” or Amazon forest poncho, feathers on my head as it is part of the training I follow and often face and body paints. Some friends got scared by the paints as they are “strong medicine” as the indigenous say. Snakes and butterflies (power and transformation) are the two most popular paints which they painted on me (they last two weeks). I have two huge snakes painted on my chest and my whole back is a gigantic butterfly right now.

I have asked them not to paint my face before my trip back so I am not too scary and can walk around in the western world. The snakes and butterfly will disappear in two weeks as they are painted with a fruit called “naneuh” which is temporary.

Another label

Seeing me dressed or painted some friends commented on my posts that I was now “a shaman”. Another label. I am none of that. Dressing up like a shaman does not make someone a shaman. My indigenous friends are powerful healers and do not call themselves a shaman or anything else. I became nobody, I am my soul. I am the space I find between two thoughts when I meditate and that is who I am, always.

I live in the material world on this planet as we all do. I learned to remain calm and work with the incredible force of nature I was shown.

Do not be scared if you see a photo of me painted and dressed as Yawa. It’s just like the entrepreneur wearing a dark suit to go raise funding. No more or less scary. Make fun of me or smile if you see me struggling to sing and play guitar. I am learning to draw what I see in my dreams, too. It’s pretty bad for the time being but I could not care less about what anyone thinks about it. I care a lot about staying true to myself and operate in a calm and non scary way in this world. I can be an entrepreneur again if I like. I can wear a black suit as much (no tie please, though I can’t breathe with it) as I can wear my kuzhma and feathers on my head.

I can also simply sit down and meditate and I have everything I need.

Sharing through writing online and public speaking is very rooted in me, I have always done it. I feel it helped others get inspired to become entrepreneurs in the past and today maybe giving some an idea that there is a place beyond the ego material and personality planes.

I asked my indigenous friends apart from their spirituality “what is the most important to you?”. I asked kids there too. They all have the same answer:

“Help others see spirituality and heal. There is nothing more beautiful than helping another being”.

This answer the son of the chief, “Mouka Vayni” gave me (not on the above pic, it is Isku Kua on this one son of Isku), is writen in gold letters in my mind. This is I hope the next stage for me.

I am at school right now. The school of the forest.

I am learning as much as I can. I also still know everything I learned from the western world. I want to help others awaken as I did as it changed my life forever. It removed my fears and chronic depression. I do not know exactly how to help yet but time will tell.

Sharing is one way to help. I will keep sharing once a month or so on this mailing list and tell the whole story of what I am learning in the forest and on my spiritual path on my new smaller mailing list dailythoughts.substack.com feel free to subscribe if you want to follow it.

Posts on my smaller newsletter since I last wrote here:
-how you can help clean 24 football fiels of plastic in the ocean in 2 minutes
-how to manage anger and fear
-the choice for love or fear
-“how can I be more spiritual” some pointers and things to do and read
-don’t give me advice, help me find myself. A guide to good conversations.
-flying from the city of technology to the ancient knowledge of the Amazon forest
-the portal
-in the Amazon with the Yawanawa
-making space in my home: my mind

Thank you for reading and I wish you all the best end of the year celebration with your families regardless of how hard 2020 has been for all of us.

With much love,

Loic or Yawa. Your choice.

Entrepreneurship and Reinvention

I have just recorded a podcast with Michael Trainer where we talk about entrepreneurship and reinvention with indigenous tribes in the Amazon forest and in South Dakota.

I also rediscovered the pleasure of writing on my new newsletter (about 3-5 times a week) you can subscribe there if you feel like reading me more often.

Here is some of what I shared since the last email on this list that I will generally email no more than once a month.

Who are You? Who am I?

We are so scared to look inside

How do you make decisions?

The most famous DJ in Ibiza lives in a cave

An Honest Liar and why we believe weird things

Seeing music and synesthesia

Gaining perspective on fear and concentration camps

The Tarot

Nothing: what would you do if you had one hour to live?

I don’t worry when I dream

My Octopus teacher and interspecies communication

Synchronicity

The Holy Mountain

Things we can control

A beautiful mind

Being versus doing

Resuming two hours meditation a day

I hope you are having a wonderful week-end and thank you for reading.

Loic

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