334. A Path of Co-Creation and Self-Realization
There was plenty of family pressure for Mohamed to go to college, but his passion was his music and his rock band. As a performer in Egypt, he played in front of audiences numbering in the thousands and co-created a revolution with his heavy metal band. Then, through no fault of his own, his music career ended abruptly.
Mohamed Omar currently is a CPA in the U.S., with his own accounting firm, where he created an employee time tracking system for payroll use by other companies. He has created a podcast called Intentional Beings and the Seven Simple Steps: The Natural Path to Co-Creation and Self-Realization. He’s also in the process (2016) of publishing a book with the same title.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Despite strong family pressure to earn a bachelor’s degree, Mohamed formed a heavy metal band. “My passion was in my music at that time, and in my rock band.” But like many musicians 20 years ago, using drugs was a part of Mohamed’s life at that time. Though he was not a heavy user, he investigated Narcotics Anonymous and was introduced to an NA sponsor, who introduced him to a spiritual pathway and the practice of living in the now, one day at a time.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“When I was 20 years old, my dad gave me a book called Yoga Philosophy, by Yogi Ramacharaka. I would say that this book influenced me more than anything since a very early age. It introduced me to the concept of spiritual awakening, and I had my very first spiritual experience a few years after that, a very profound one. I felt that I am one with everything. It continued for about three weeks. I experienced absolute joy. I knew at that point I’m going to have to be going that direction.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“The two main topics for me today are (1) co-creating—basically doing your higher intentions, discovering your talents, and following inner guidance toward self-realization. And (2) self-realization is the real prize: to know who we really are. I believe we all have guidance within us and that we can tune in and listen to it. It tells us everything we need to know. This comes to us by doing daily meditations, yoga, and continuing to seek how to be happy in life.”
Steps to Success from Mohamed Omar
1. Practice being in the present moment rather than worrying about the future.
2. Start writing in a journal daily and finding a spiritual discipline that works for you. “Spend 10 to 15 minutes a day in your ‘man cave’ or ‘woman cave’ before you start your day.”
3. Focus on finding the real you and learning who you are. “This is when the miracles start to happen.”
On His Bookshelf
Hatha Yoga – The Yogi Philosophy of Physical Wellbeing, by Yogi Ramacharaka
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Connecting With Mohamed Omar
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