A Game Called Life

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For more than a year, I lived in Ubud, Bali — one of the most powerful places in the world for inner work and transformation.

It’s no secret that Bali’s intense energy vortex gives way to the highest highs and the lowest lows, forcing many to actually listen to their inner dialogue. When you arrive here you’ll be given two choices - surrender, listen to your inner voice, and feel every drop of it. Or run from it, ignore it, and feed the struggle with an ice cold beer.

At the beginning of my time here I picked the latter and with resistance in Bali comes great intensity. In just 2 weeks, I got sick 3 times and had 2 serious motor-bike accidents. It was up until moving to Bali that my spirituality and belief of the inner world was non-existent. For my whole life I turned a blind eye, thinking of it as a complete hoax, far from who we were as human beings.

Turns out that “hoax” was real.

The Bali vortex has helped me see that joy and happiness are not something found in the outside world but rather, something we can find within. I’m connecting with people at deeper levels, discovering my essence, and even picking up empowering habits like meditation and yoga.

Most important of all, I’ve discovered my purpose - dharma, as the buddha says. The thing that makes me tick. How I’m going to make my small mark on the world.

My reason to exist.

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A few mentors of mine mentioned to me that I had been in a drowning state of controlling and not allowing. Consuming an overwhelming amount of information, keeping my mind busy, busy, busy. I began researching this state of allowing which lead me to meditation and the art of being truly Present.

I read books like The Secret, The Alchemist, The Law of Attraction, The Power of Now, and A New Earth. They gave me practical tools to have control over my mind, listen to myself, and follow my dreams. I slowly introduced new habits like meditation, yoga, and writing every morning. These things all helped me communicate with and listen to my inner self.

In today’s world, information overload and distracting technology force us to build massive walls of dopamine addiction that hinder us from listening and ultimately, connecting with ourselves. A large part of our earth is completely consumed with the outside world so much so that some of us have lost the ability to differentiate ourselves from others. Walking around like social media robots — our minds completely consumed by the overwhelming amount of information we intake on a day to day.

This is serious stuff, we really need to start listening to ourselves. By listening to our hearts, we begin to discover whwe are. When we discover who we are, we enable ourselves to take inspired action. When we take inspired action we bring to the world our best self. And by bringing our best self to the world we become new leaders that are able to make the biggest imprint on earth in the best way we know how.

By doing things like yoga, meditation, reading, exercising, and morning writing we can allow that connection to flourish again. By running free of the booze filled IV bags, we take control over our lives, and create a better future for ourselves and all of humanity.

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As I write this, I’m reminded of a story. A moment, in Bali that I will never forget.

It was Sunday evening and I had just finished an amazing weekend by the beach with a group of 10 friends. five motor bikes in the group, we zoomed through rice fields, music in our ears, heading back to Ubud where we all lived. It was on this path that I’d cry of pure and utter joy due to the insurmountable amount of freedom, beauty, and adventure felt in those past moments.

The sun was rolling down and I was deep, deep in my body reminiscing about my time here in Bali. Thinking about how intense it has been. The conversations I have had, people I have loved, and things I have learned. I thought about that weekend, how my heart was filled with love, and what it felt like to say goodbye to a close friend the next day.

I began to dig inside myself to see if I had an answer to the ever looming question sitting over my head. What. Is. My. Purpose. I asked. I looked in my rearview mirror to see the sun blasting bright orange lighting the miles of surrounding rice paddies, my favorite song ringing in my ears, wind zooming past my face, friends riding beside me and suddenly….

It hit me.

The tears came rushing down my face as I was immersed in every emotion all at once. I cried for nearly 10 minutes. My body cleansed itself from what seemed like years of inner turmoil fighting against who I was meant to be. I was deep in the Bali vortex and loving every second of it. I had peeled back a few layers, let everything out, and felt my soul lift off the ground like a massive bald eagle taking flight off of a doomed avalanche.

This must be it I thought, it’s got to be. Well, you may be wondering - so Jared, what is your purpose?  Let me just tell you, I could not be more excited to share. A better world for earth is on the horizon and it starts with you.

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To be frank, I wrote this piece a few years ago and I’ve grown a lot since then. I traveled all around the world, spending time completely off the grid in the Azores islands, living in Portugal, and spending time in Costa Rica, Holland, and Japan just to name a few.

I connected with locals, listened to their stories, and learned more about what makes them tick. I shared my vision of a better world for all of humanity, took their advice, and directly incorporated it into this new project’s DNA. Today, I am excited to announce the launch of Pangea - a thriving, breathing, community that envisions a better world for all living things on earth. An extension of my purpose to bring humans, nature, and technology into a harmonious relationship that is beneficial to all.

You see, we live in a world that glorifies national disconnection, emphasizes natural destruction, and is addicted to creating problems just to cover up the fact that we cannot connect with ourselves. The reality is we live and share one of the most beautiful and miraculous living planets in the universe that we like to call earth. Humans, nature, and technology can coexist in harmony by allowing each living thing to fully express itself in the most beautiful way it knows how.

Down to the molecular level, all plants, animals, humans, and even material things like a table and chairs are made up of the same thing - composed of pure energy driven by a purpose to be the best version of itself and support others in doing the same. You and I are really quite similar yet so different - seeking joy, freedom, and happiness yet sharing our unique gifts with the world in the best way we know how.

This coming November, in magical Bali we are launching the very first Pangea experience that is designed to be the most scientific, fun, and practical space to help you become the person you were meant to be. If you are seeking more from this life, going through a major life transition, and wanting to explore what this means to you, join us.

The Pangea team is here to support you on your journey. Come along for one of the most transformational experiences you could ever imagine. The time is now. What are you waiting for?

Jared Stephens