We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Sayre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
People around me were and are suffering. Many are addicted to sugar, often with disastrous consequences. For a long time I thought I could be of most use by helping people to use other, better, healing foods to recover. So I started “Sugar Sensei,” steeped in ancient Japanese wisdom and modern cooking techniques. People loved the classes and would start out for a day or so to do what they had learned. But almost without fail they returned to their addictions.
There had to be something more, so I looked at my own life, the thought patterns, and ways I returned myself to unhealthful practices. They all had one thing in common, and that was they relied upon an outdated thought that I had formed when I was traumatized as a child. I began to see, then to look around me to my friends, clients, and others at how a “sponsoring Thought” can overcome even the most rational idea. The more I looked, and more I worked on this within myself, the greater my conviction became that it was vital to change this thought for us to have a chance at a healthy, wholesome and fruitful life. Thus I began, then wrote, then put into practice in counselling what I had learned.
Hence, “What’s Sponsoring Thought?” the book, then the counselling, then lectures and seminars (these last two are in the planning stages. .
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art seeks to connect the human and the divine.
I have been writing for over 40 years, have written over a million words, and have created works that seek to bring us together and to help us to remember that we are essentially various forms of love. My latest book is the bet I have ever written. Called by the first reviewer, “Genius” simply, it gets to the roots of our dilemma as humans. That is, it harkens to tell us the story of how we have learned a false melody from our first trauma, and that by reversing that traumatic thought we can create the life we were always meant to create, intentionally and cooperatively with our fellows and with our highest self, God, if you will.
My writing is a reminder to love ourselves first, and moving outward from there to love the world we perceive.
The gift I have that seems so unique is that I hear the larks’ song in every utterance we make. I hear the poetry of the common and the uncommon that we live in and through. I invite you to experience that way of hearing by sharing with you a special file containing 1,198 prayers, meditations and contemplations at my website:https://www.scottbradleysayre.com/recipes.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My best friends are generally artists of various kinds; musicians, writers, actors, graphic artists, artists, comedians, etc. As such, they are really interested in the inner life, and in experiencing the arts of all kinds. This being said, I would take them to backyard musical get-togethers, to awesome bookstores, we would talk about and share our latest artistic work. We would take hikes in the Descanso Gardens, especially amongst the “Ancient Forest.”
We would talk about what matters most to us, share our observations about the lives we are witnessing. We would eat great food, some of it cooked by me (I’m a trained professional chef.) We would watch great movies, perhaps share a cry together, in other words we would be vulnerable and caring toward one another’s dilemmas, and would enjoy the heck out of the time we spend together!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friends and wife, Nancy Lee, have constantly taught me to look beyond the moment to find what is true within that moment. They are never separated but continuation of the strand of thought/belief where we found our truth. Also like to dedicate this to Bill Wilson and the 12 step movement which taught me to always look within to understand what is outside.
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