20 Questions — Soul-Style, with Mastin Kipp

20 Questions — Soul-Style, with Mastin Kipp
Mastin Kipp

Welcome back to 20 Questions! Today we have with us Mastin Kipp, founder of TheDailyLove.com, a website, daily email and twitter account that serves soulful inspiration to a new generation. Originally started as a feed of quotes sent just to Mastin’s friends, The Daily Love exploded to global proportions after just a single tweet from Kim Kardashian! Instantly, a “love monster” was born. Hosting him on her weekly show Super Soul Sunday, Oprah dubbed Mastin an “up-and-coming thought leader of the next generation of spiritual thinkers.” Mastin’s work is also lauded by Russell Simmons, Tony Robbins, Mena Suvari, Virginia Madsen, Louis Hay and Marianne Williamson. He now has a book, Daily Love: Growing into Grace (Hay House), written with his signature engaging spirit and humor, which he uses to encourage other young seekers to discover their own true paths. Here are Mastin’s answers to my 20 Questions.

20 Questions — Soul-Style

1. Who are you?

My name is Mastin Kipp, and I am the founder of TheDailyLove.com and author of the new book “Daily Love: Growing into Grace.”

2. What do you do?

I am a storyteller, entrepreneur and author.

3. Why do you do it?

Ultimately, my desire is for people to feel a sense of joy in their everyday lives. When they can break free from the belief systems and stories that hold them back, forgive their past and have a clear vision for what they want to create, anything is possible.

4. How did you find your way to it?

One of my favorite quotes is this: “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future” (Oscar Wilde).

5. How do you feel when you do it?

I think the words gratitude and bliss come to mind.

6. What is the joy that keeps you up at night?

A sense of feeling excited about what I am creating for others. Everything I do with Daily Love is aimed at improving the lives of others, knowing I can do this in many different ways: seminars, retreats, blogs, videos, books, touring, online programs — it all keeps me very excited. I love the variety!

7. What is one thing you still have to practice every day?

Breathing.

8. What are you always searching for?

Ways to take away the pain of the world and add in more joy.

9. What have you found after searching?

There is a lot more pain in the world than I ever thought. And what’s amazing is that we all share the same pain — it just shows up in different forms. No one is alone in their suffering. We all have this in common. Knowing this is a big step toward healing.

10. How do you stay connected to your inner core of peace?

Exercise, eating an anti-inflammatory diet, Kundalini yoga and practicing gratitude for all of the small things in life.

11. What makes you feel led or guided?

It’s just a gut knowing or feeling inside me. It’s body wisdom. Heart wisdom. It’s a feeling that can make no sense to my rational mind. But when I follow it, cool things happen. When I don’t, generally it’s a disaster.

12. What do you do when you can’t hear God (or the Universe, or Source, or your intuition) speaking to you?

When I’m feeling helpless, I help someone.

13. What is the difference between resistance and fear?

There is no difference. It’s a survival mechanism designed by our limbic system to keep us alive. To thrive, we must accept this part of ourselves, begin to anticipate it and create strategies to move forward in the face of fear. This is called courage.

14. Where does the idea come from that we are broken, unworthy or undeserving?

I think it’s a fallout of a misunderstanding of the Christian and Jewish faith that stems from the fall in the Garden of Eden. We believe that we have original sin and therefore are broken. But I can’t buy into that. All the great teachers remind us that we and the Father are one. It’s up to us to remember that. The rest is dogma.

15. How do you move past that to connect with others on a soul level?

I think when two people are sharing vulnerably, they can connect at a soul level. I see this everyday in my seminars, online courses, retreats and workshops.

16. How do you know when you’ve identified your gift or your calling?

It’s those moments when time flies by. Find what makes you feel blissful, and follow that path. It will be uncertain but worth it. And don’t care what anyone else says. Stay on your path.

17. Where is the line drawn between trying to “convert” someone or force positive change and simply helping a person in need?

When Jesus said spread the Gospel, what He meant was, Go Love people. When you yourself are embodying Love, Joy and a sense of well-being, people will ask you how you did it. Then tell them. I’m not into forcing my beliefs on anyone. At the end of all the blogs I write, I say, “Take what resonates and leave the rest.”

18. How do we take responsibility for our actions in the past without dwelling — is it just a case of letting go and moving on?

You’ve got to accept what happened without tolerating it. You can’t let go, but you can accept. And that will set you free.

19. How can compassion reemerge in a relationship when resentment has taken root?

It’s important to know that there is another person in a relationship. Open yourself up to being able to see what the other person is saying and understand it, even if you don’t agree with it. And then do your best to feel the feelings of the other person. That’s called empathy. If both people can do this, you’re in a good spot. If both people are competing for who’s the victim of the relationship, you’re playing a zero sum game.

20. What is one way to transform a problem I’m facing into a vessel for helping others?

Your pain comes bearing empathy for what you’ve been through. Once you’ve gotten through it, you have tools and a perspective that can help others do that. Go and help them. And don’t wait to do it.

Mastin! Thank you! I found inspiration throughout this piece, but I can’t think of a more inspirational way to end it. What are YOU waiting for?? Is there someone you can reach out to today who is going through something you’ve already experienced? Can you lend a helping hand, or offer to listen? Get out there and do it — say what is longing to be said. There is great hope in breaking through the barriers that often separate us from being vulnerable with another person…that’s where deeper relationships form. That is when you realize that love does indeed win. It’s the only way we will ever raise the collective consciousness in this crazy messed-up world and continue to grow and move through our days with grace, peace and joy.

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