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Meet Brock Travis of The Light in Ojai/Ventura

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brock Travis.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been studying humanity’s wisdom teachings all my life. For instance I had read the Tao Teh Ching by the time I was fourteen. I became a psychologist in order to study and serve consciousness. Following my late wife’s cancer journey I made the leap into the spirituality profession altogether. So I have been teaching classes and counseling clients for five years based upon my lifelong practice of mindfulness. At this point, I am feeling called to share what I have learned by publishing writings and producing events. Just last night I met with a group of very talented friends to start that project.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have had my struggles with crisis and losses and failures, both in family and in career. I once got ejected from college teaching. And also got ejected from a spiritual community. During my late wife’s three years cancer journey I dropped out of my job and walked away from our home to take care of her. I have to say that the psychology training was helpful but the mindfulness practice was crucial. Otherwise, I doubt if I would have survived. At this point, one of the things I teach is mindfulness for trauma. Nothing gets wasted on the path. The struggles turn out to be blessings.

Please tell us about The Light.
Well, as I said, just yesterday evening we inaugurated a new phase we are calling The Light. Three friends and I agreed that our common purpose is to serve the cause of grounding wisdom and kindness in the world, through sharing writings and events. This new move seems to me to be an inevitable unfoldment. I have spent many decades gathering a great wealth of the wisdom teachings of humanity. And last year I realized that alone I would fail to get them into the world that needs them. So I asked for help and some very gifted friends were sent to fill in for the gaps in my skillset. It’s a weird paradox, but I am proud of the humblings of my failures that let me realize I can’t do this job alone. And I am very proud of the way these three friends have brought themselves to the point of readiness to serve the world in their own journeys. All along my business has really been more of a ministry – meeting the needs of people in my community. I know my friends all feel the same call to be of service and we are going to cast some of the world’s greatest ideas as broadly as we can. This will set us apart.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I don’t know if I can claim this as a quality or characteristic yet. But for me simplicity is an important discipline. What the Taoist Sages called Wu Wei or Not Doing. Like anyone else I have my personal complexities. But in my choices and actions I strive for sincerity and simplicity. If I can work free from ulterior motivations, then I serve as an instrument of the universe. Can I bring myself fully to the beauty of the beings I help? Can I love with a whole heart? Can I do just and only as I am asked?

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Pamela Phillips, Ben & Sidra Gross

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