Creating, Meditation, and the Power of Feeling Good An Interview with Author and Mentor Paul Santisi
BY KIMBERLY BABIN
Fullyalive101 is a conversation about health and wellness in mind, body and spirit. We believe that joy, success, and happiness all come from curating a life that explores fun, unique and creative ways to live FULLY ALIVE, to live the life you were born to. In this series, we are celebrating visionaries who embody this spirit and help others to live an awesome, empowered life.
Four years ago, Paul Santisi, found himself in the middle of Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand. Located at one of the liveliest intersections in Las Vegas, it would soon become one of the most significant junctures of the author, mentor, and creator’s life. It was here that a voice of pronounced inspiration struck Paul, guiding him to create meditations. Upon arrival home, he sat down to create his first guided meditation, and uploaded it a short time later. Now, just a few years later, the audios and videos that he creates and shares for free on YouTube are some of the most listened to in the World in the areas of personal development, self-empowerment and spiritual awakening. Since the first audio was created, thousands of people world-wide have expressed how his audios have created substantial life-changing results. He is an influencer who has helped an infinite number of people live more fully alive.
fullyalive101: What inspires you to create your guided meditations, podcast and other content?
PS: Great question. Ever since the first audio was uploaded to YouTube, the life changing comments have never stopped pouring in and I read these comments each day from people all over the planet, on how their lives have changed for better after listening. The response to the first audio from people within the first 24 hours was amazing! The pure positive comments of gratitude and thankfulness that people shared about how that audio made them feel was unbelievable. Those responses generate the best feelings in the word that anyone could ever experience.
fullyalive101: What is your creative process like?
PS: I only create when a feeling presents itself to me. I never think about what to do next. I live my life and when that feeling presents itself I then create that feeling within 24-48 hours then release it back out for the masses to benefit from. So when someone asks me what’s coming next my response is always the same, no clue.
fullyalive101: What should someone do who has never meditated before?
PS: I have found that you need to practice quieting the mind down first. Mind chatter is not your friend when it comes to meditating. A great way to do this is to sit in quiet place and have some type of sound in the background that is loud enough to keep you awake and something that you can focus on listening to such as an air conditioner or running water. Some type of single consistent sound.
Spend 15-20 minutes and just focus on the sounds. You will notice that your mind will have thoughts while you do this. Just remain aware and focus on the sound. You will notice that the thoughts will start to fade away when you don’t give them any attention and your mind will start to become still. This is how you start the process of becoming aware of who you really are. It’s a process and the timeframe is different for everyone but it can be done by everyone.
fullyalive101: How do the guided meditations you created work?
PS: Before I create any audio or video I set my intention. There is consciousness technique that I apply and to give the thumbnail sketch of this, is that my intention is for one person to feel better about themselves. It’s to elicit emotion in the listener and to stir feelings that will release cognitions, realizations and moments of mental clarity. It’s not to be liked. It’s not to sell anything and I am not looking for anyone’s approval. I only speak from personal experience and I know what I am sharing worked for me so it can work for others. I am here to assist the able to become more able and the capable to become more capable, not to prove anything to anyone.
fullyalive101: What kind of results have you seen in the lives of your listeners?
The range is vast and huge. Everything from young children to people in there nineties and everything in between. It would take me a month to type all the positive results people have experienced. I can tell you that over a thousand pieces of correspondences, comments, messages, emails and posts come in each day from people all over the world. Everywhere you see my audio or video there are a massive amounts of positive comments.
fullyalive101: Have you seen results in your own life through mediation and positive thinking?
PS: Absolutely. I am always listening to the guided meditations that I create. I learn so much from myself because I am not aware of what I captured until I listen back. My creation process is unique compared to others. I only create when a feeling presents itself. I go into the sound booth press record, set my intention and let it all flow in the moment. I record everything in one take one shot. I do not redo any parts and do not edit. If in the middle I lose my thoughts or if I start to feel off. I press stop and delete and I do it again. Even if I am 45 mins into an audio. If I notice that I am not feeling good and enter the “think stage” I stop, press delete and redo it. I don't listen to any part of it. I delete it. There is another energetic reason for this that we can dive into later on. So each time I listen to my own recordings I always learning something from the “other” version of myself that flowed through me in the creation process.
Yes, positive thinking is key to feeling good most of the time. I am always reminding myself to think in the affirmative. Most spend their day thinking about what they don't want to happen or what they don't like. The key is develop the habits and think about what you do want and who want to become and to feel good when you do.
Example: If you want meet a mate and be in relationship with someone. Don’t think “I don’t want to be with someone who drinks or smokes” Thinking this way is what you will be attracting more of into your life a person who drinks or smokes. Instead shift your thoughts like this; “you know I look forward to meeting someone who has a healthy lifestyle like me” and then become more aware of who begins to presents themselves in your life. This simple shift in how you affirm your wants works amazingly fast!
fullyalive101: For someone who has never meditated, how can guided meditations be a good place to start?
PS: Guided Meditations are great when you listen to the right people. The key is to find a guide that resonates with you. There are only three types of people that should listen to. People who have been where you are, people who have what you want, and people who have been where you want to be. When you can associate with these types of people energetically they offer you support, encouragement, empathy, love and genuinely want you to succeed. This is key! Most guided meditations that you find are created from a technical EGO based intention. They are just a bunch of sound good technical creations. That is why 5 or 10 minutes into it you get bored and lose focus. There is no BUZZ for you to expand through.
One thing that sets my guided mediations apart from everyone else is that before each audio I share with you what the intention of the audio is. My intention at the core is for the listener to feel better about themselves that is it. Then the second part of that is that I care but not that much. I can’t want someone’s inner happiness or success more than they want it for themselves. This is the magic because people will feel where you are coming from infinitely faster than they will hear why you are saying. That allows the listener to expand though you energetically while they listen. This is the magic when it comes to eliciting and stirring up emotions in the listener. It’s the emotions that others will feel through you that gives them the aha moments and self-realizations that change lives in unlimited ways because when you only speak from experience you are offering your energetic encouragement, support, empathy and love for them to become the best version of themselves.
fullyalive101: Do you believe in manifesting?
PS: Yes. What you want, wants you and is rushing to meet you. The challenge most people face is that they are stuck in the “how” how am I going to do this? Or how am I going to do that? When you think about the “how” you are focusing on doubt, and creating energetic resistance. Energetically you are pushing away what you want. How equals doubt. Instead focus on the “why” and clarify the feelings that you want to experience when you manifest whatever it is that you want and desire. The Law of Attraction only responds to feelings. So when you feel good you are in a vibrational state of allowing. When you feel bad, annoyed or have doubt you are pushing away what you want energetically. The Law of Attraction does care what you are thinking about. It will always continue to give you people, situations, circumstances and events that match how you are feeling. So the key to manifesting is to always be in state of feeling good and when you’re not be aware of it and do your best to feel a little better and better. You will always get more of how you are feeling.
fullyalive101: What is the coolest experience, thing, or event that manifested?
PS: A couple of years ago people were asking me if there was anything that they could listen to during the day to keep their vibrations high since many of my meditations are 45 minutes or longer. So I thought YES music! Well I am not musically inclined so I sent out a broadcast to the Universe that I wanted to associate with people who are having positive experiences with my audios and videos that just happen to be musically inclined. I set out the command and let it go. Then a short while later I began to get these emails from this fella named Tweeze and he was sharing his experiences with the audios that he listened to. His lucid dreams, astral projection, mental clarity aha moments, the amazing self-awakening he was experiencing. Then he told me that he was a singer / songwriter.
So we began the conversation in creating pure positive feel good music. I shared with him some secrets on applying intention and he created the first song Lucid Dreams. I then shared that song with the YouTube audience and within 3 days it was listened to by people in every country in the world.
Now we are a growing collective of artists from all over world who are all creating pure positive feel good music in all genres. We have our own YouTube music channel and we just recently launched a FREE 24/7 radio network that is playing hundreds of feel good songs. Those apps are free for Apple and Android devices. Just search Paul Santisi Music Mastermind Radio. We are a collective collaboration in musical consciousness.
fullyalive101: You were a body builder as well, what are your thoughts on mind-body-spirit connection?
PS: I went from the weakest kid in school on April 4th 1993 to the strongest by June 1995. One day I was getting taunted by some other kids during gym class and in that moment I made the decision to become a somebody. I made the decision to get pumped so I could toss them around like they were tossing me around! I never used steroids. I actually would compete with other guys who were using steroids and I made it my obsession to always lift more than they did. I pissed off a lot of guys on steroids because they could not show me up on the numbers. I also helped many guys stop using steroids because I became the source of inspiration to them that you did not need to use them be strong or to physically look good. My drive to become a somebody was all I needed.
I always listened to my body on when and how much to lift and the results were mind blowing. My body responded very well to the mental support and encouragement that I gave to myself on a consistent basis and I never changed that formula. I used my mind and listened to how I felt.
fullyalive101: What is your best advice for readers?
PS: Just be you. Release who you are to yourself. Do what you want to do and become who you want to become. Stop trying to be who you think you should be or who your parents want you to be. Stop trying to impress others and focus on impressing yourself. Grab a piece of white paper and a pen with blue ink and write down what you want and who you want to become and allow the real you to be released.
Take away all time frames and instead just know that in the end everything will always work out your advantage. There is never a rush just excitement to create. Then become aware of your feelings and before you know it your life will become magical. Five minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. There is never a rush, only excitement, to become who you want to become. Success is the journey not the destination.
This interview has been edited and condensed.