Max Simon on Guru Projection, Friction, Sex, & Money
Cate Stillman interviews Max Simon, from Big Vision Business. Max is also the son of the late Dr. David Simon, Deepak Chopra’s partner at the Chopra Center. Max and Cate talk about guru projection, friction in relationship, living a liberated growth path, and the business path yoga teachers could use to uplevel their work in the world.
Max Simon is the CEO & Founder of Big Vision Business, a cool little company on a mission to train one million entrepreneurs to create thriving businesses that are on-purpose, in-service, and wildly profitable. He believes business is your greatest spiritual practice.
In this podcast you’ll hear about growing up with Dr. David Simon. For those who don’t know Dr. Simon’s work – he was a best-selling author, Chopra Center co-founder, and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine. For more of Dr. David Simon’s bio, scroll down.
The Dangers of Guru Projection
Max talks a lot about guru projection in this podcast. Most of you that are here have spent some serious time on the cushion and on the mat. Listen to what Max says about the genius of the spiritual teacher … and the reality of living life in relationship.
“Thanks so much!! That podcast with Max Simon was mind blowing!!! Totally what I’ve been figuring out on my own–the mess I’m in just being embodied, and now for the first time realizing that everyone’s in the same boat, and no spiritual system will solve this problem. He explained the whole guru projection thing so well. It’s been a painful process in the last few months to take my projections back from my spiritual teacher.
I love how Max named those “bright eyes” people look at you with—seeing the projection instead of you.
Hearing this podcast today was incredibly powerful and affirming, particularly because I struggled so much in the past few months and had come to these conclusions already.
Thanks for recording this. I want to share with others who are dealing with the fall of the guru/spiritual teacher issues. The last time I felt this passionate about sharing something was after reading the first Harry Potter book. It was Dec. 1997, and no one else I knew had read the book, it had just come out–I was grabbing people and saying, “You really MUST read this book”. This feeling reminds me of that–you hit a nerve here.”
Yoga Teachers and Business Shadow
Max and I also talk about the untapped market of yoga and wellness. Many of you who are teachers may hold the belief that the market is saturated with teachers. You might be operating under contracted beliefs of demand and scarcity. Max and I both see a very different future potential for those who have deeply moved into their bodies, and know how to communicate the journey for others.
Listen to Max talk about what this looks like from his perspective, having worked with young entrepreneurs grow much bigger businesses in an authentic, grounded and progressive way.
If you’re a yoga teacher or wellness provider, and want to get some real training to grow your income. Enjoy the audio.
Dr. David Simon’s Bio
In 1996, David co-founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing with his colleague and mind-body healing expert, Deepak Chopra, M.D. Together, they have expanded people’s understanding of the true meaning of health, helping thousands of people throughout the world experience the healing benefits of Ayurveda, meditation, and yoga. Recognized as a leading authority in the effective and appropriate use of mind-body medicine practices, David helped bring integrated mind-body medical programs to medical institutions, health centers, educational institutions, and health resorts throughout the world.
David Simon was a best-selling author of many wellness books, including Free to Love, Free to Heal: Heal Your Body by Healing Your Emotions; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Guidebook; Return to Wholeness: Embracing Body, Mind, and Spirit in the Face of Cancer;The Wisdom of Healing; Vital Energy; and The Ten Commitments: Translating Good Intentions into Great Choices. He has also co-authored many books with visionary Deepak Chopra, including The Chopra Center Herbal Handbook; Grow Younger, Live Longer; The Chopra Center Cookbook; Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: a Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth; and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.