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Inspiration

This is a collection of resources that I've been gathering for the last five years or so. I continue to update it regularly.

There is no excuse for ignorance, of our history, our potential futures, and how to deliberately contribute to a more peaceful and harmonious world.

The resources below are books, films, gurus, organizations, and movements that have inspired and informed me on my unique red road journey. I hope they serve you as well as they have me. Aho.

MUSICAL INSPIRATION

I've always been a creative, and music has always spoken to me so powerfully. From the first thoughts of Inipi, to the idea to create Inipi Radio as it's voice, and all throughout the development of presentations, concepts and this very website...We had two albums playing non-stop.

Their energy and inspiration of these works of art are indelibly intertwined with the Inipi brand.

The lyrics of Nahko Bear's HOKA album was such a beautiful inspiration. It was as if the wisdom keepers were walking alongside us as we dreamed and created. Thank you Nahko!

The PLANETARY documentary also came out right around the time we began the idea of Inipi. It blew our minds. I've seen thousands of documentaries. But this is still at the top of my life. It's one of the most profoundly beautiful and inspiring documentaries I've ever seen. It's important. And it articulates the power of our interconnectedness like nothing I've ever seen.

Not only is the film amazing, the soundtrack from HUMAN SUITS is spellbinding. I've listened to this album more than any other album in the last couple years. My children go to sleep to it. And it plays through our home on repeat.

The PLANETARY Original Soundtrack by HUMAN SUITS also serves as the soundtrack for the Inipi Radio podcast. PLEASE support their work!

GURUS & SAGES

These are the people that have been, and continue to be, most influential in forming my worldview perspective. There is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t reference one of these individuals. There are certainly more people that have influenced my path and perspective, but these are the ones I couldn’t imagine life without.

Of all the documentaries I've seen,
I believe this might be the most important.

My personal vision is "to inspire a deep reverence for our interconnectedness in every person I encounter". This film exposes the history of "medicine" in the US. It explains the truth about psychedelic medicine and explains what we can do to play a role in advancing the next evolution of society. This isn't just about psychedelics. It's about politics, capitalism, philanthropy, and interconnectedness. I encourage to watch this with an open mind and share your experience with others.

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ESSENTIAL TEACHINGS

These teachings influenced my life and perspective more than any others. The Tao Te Ching still sits on our kitchen table and is studied daily. The Art of War and Hagakure were the first two books to completely transform my understanding of the world and our ability to alter our own perspectives and life experience.

I could not possibly recommend these books more. However, if you are interested in reading them, I suggest you give each one at least a year’s study time, preceded by a few books (for each one) that will teach you how to read and understand these age old books of wisdom. They are not books you sit down and read front to back. They are meant to be studied, to be lived.

  1. The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu / translated by Stephen Mitchell
  2. The Art of War by Sun Tzu / translated by Thomas Cleary
  3. Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo / translated by William Scott Wilson
  4. The Dead Sea Scrolls / 981 Ancient Texts, including the Hebrew Canon (Holy Bible) and Torah
  5. Sermon on the Mount / workshop by Richard Rohr

Books

These five books were the catalysts for pivotal shifts in my life. I’ve read them all many times now and still keep them on hand. These are game changers.

  1. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer
  2. Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment by Marianne Williamson
  3. Money and the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks
  4. Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell
  5. The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
Favorite Lakota Teacher
Of all the “ways” of life, there has been none that have influenced and inspired me more greatly than that of the Samurai and the Lakota, Sioux Indians.
  1. The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
  2. The Lakota Way: Stories & Lessons for Living by Joseph Marshall III
  3. Living the Lakota Way: Learning from the Land, the Spirits, and Our Ancestors by Joseph Marshall III
  4. To You We Shall Return by Joseph Marshall III
Influential Books
These are books that have heavily influenced my journey. I carry their wisdom with me. They've greatly shaped the lens in which I view the world.
  1. I Asked for Wonder by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
  2. I Can See Clearly Now by Dr. Wayne Dyer
  3. Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting by Wayne Dyer
  4. Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing by Anita Moorjani
  5. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  6. What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell
  7. How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living by Rob Bell
  8. The Magic of Awareness by Anam Thubten
  9. Life After Death: The Burden of Proof by Deepak Chopra
  10. The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson
  11. Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (and a Way to Get There from Here) by Bruce Lipton
  12. The Overview Effect by Frank White
  13. Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery by Rupert Sheldrake
  14. Revolution by Russell Brand
  15. Who Rules the World by Noam Chomsky
  16. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  17. Reality is Not What it Seems by Carlo Rovelli

Hollywood films

There are many, many films that have inspired me. It's a medium that speaks to me. But these three are at the top of my list. I've seen them all many times. They are life-giving, inspiring films about consciousness, time, relationships and the meaning of life. They are masterfully crafted experiences. (All three are non-violent.)

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