In 2010, my mom called me, saying she'd been contacted by someone named Harold. "He says he worked with you at Boston's."
"Oh yeah, of course," I said. I remembered Harold well. We were both servers at a gourmet pizza kitchen in San Antonio, two years before.
"He said he had some kind of spiritual awakening, and he wanted to talk to you about it."
How cool, I thought. I was honored he thought to call me, for when I'd known Harold, I had just begun my own spiritual practice in earnest, and I had no idea that my early attempts to purify my vessel had been noticed or appreciated by any of my peers.
So of course I called him, and we had a conversation that lasted a couple of hours. As is often the case, Harold was inspired by something that defies description or scientific explanation, suddenly feeling strongly connected to the source of life, thirsting for more meaning than consumer culture can ever provide. Thus began his journey.
I will let him tell you about it. When I visited San Antonio last June I spent a morning with Harold, talking about his experience with awakening to consciousness, getting active in the community, and dreaming of a brighter future. We did a three part interview, each at a different location of importance to him. I hope you will listen to his experiences, as I'm sure many of you have gone through something similar. If not, just give it time. For those who seek, shall find.
One aspect of awakening to our higher potential is freeing ourselves from enslavement to the control system that suppresses humanity. Harold found a job doing something he believes in, selling alkaline water in a city that poisons its drinking water with chlorine and fluoride, and he has also started a business on the side called Infiniteyou, where he makes and sells beautiful mandala pendants. I applaud him for his agorist approach, and I'm glad he's found a way to make money doing things the loves and believes in.
Some photos of my day with Harold, shooting our interview at three different locations.