Deerfield native shares his passion for inner peace
Deerfield native Blake Bauer regularly speaks about his self-love mission. - Photo supplied.
Updated: December 12, 2012 8:34AM
Blake Bauer wasn’t always a peaceful person; in fact, Bauer said he was anything but peaceful while attending Deerfield High School. Bauer said he lost his place on the school’s football team and damaged relationships along the way. While in college, Bauer said it became clear: he had to heal himself from within. Now, Bauer is living in Australia, practicing wholistic healing and inner-love and peace, and wants to share his passion with the world. Bauer also said his peace mission has reached someone quite important — the Dalai Lama.
Q: What inspired you to begin your Unconditional Self-Love mission?
A: As a teenager, I struggled to love a number of things about myself, my life, and my past. At the same time, I also had to think practically about making a living and taking care of myself. The only aim that inspired me was helping other people find the inner peace, health, happiness, fulfillment, clarity of purpose and love. This combination as well as my true life’s work inspired me to study and learn various forms of wholistic medicine, alternative healing, and spiritual practice.
Q: What got you interested in self-love and peace?
A: I made a number of self-destructive choices very early in life that caused me and the people closest to me a lot of pain. As a teenager, I was arrested on multiple occasions. I was suspended from high school three times. I abused alcohol and drugs, and also sold drugs. After being kicked off the DHS football team during my senior year, when I was considering playing college football, and also after pushing my girlfriend out of my life, I went through a long period of feeling lost and not knowing who I was anymore. In pushing everyone and everything I truly loved and cared about away from me, I went through what’s often called a “death
of self.” In retrospect, this was the best thing that ever happened to me, but it was very painful while I was experiencing it.
Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration?
A: The Dalai Lama
Q: You had a troubled teen hood; what sparked the turn-around?
A: After high school, the pain in my heart and the confusion in my mind inspired me to look for inner freedom. After high school, I went away to college. I had no real idea about who I was or what I wanted to do with my life, but because most of the people I graduated with at DHS were going on to college, I just unconsciously went with the flow. During my first year at the University of Colorado my inner pain and confusion became very strong and debilitating, and this was when I realized that I needed help. The first thing I tried was meditation, which has actually proved to be the single-most empowering tool I’ve found in over 10 years of healing, study, and spiritual practice. I now think of meditation as one of the most effective forms of self-love.
Q: What are your future goals?
A: Through private consultations, writing and teaching, I intend to help as many people as I can internationally to transform their suffering and thus find inner peace, health, happiness, fulfillment, and true love. I have a few new ideas for additional books, and plan to continue writing and publishing throughout my lifetime. I’d also like to speak to high school kids all over the world about self-love, drug and alcohol abuse, inner peace, life purpose, and realizing our greatest potential. One of my dreams is to work with the Dalai Lama. In fact, his office is currently reviewing my book’s manuscript to determine whether or not the Dalai Lama will write a foreword for me.
Q: Where has your journey taken you?
A: My journey has taken me all across the United States. I also spent 4 months living and writing in India. I now live in Australia, just outside of Melbourne, where I’ve thankfully built a thriving private practice over the past three years. Internally, my journey has taken me into the deepest, darkest places within
my body, heart, and mind. And, quite beautifully, I’ve found that underneath everything I’ve ever believed or felt about myself, there was only pure love inside of me.