Course 11 – The final one month awakening challenge of my Masterofloveandlife. When I started my Master of love and life 11 month ago, I already knew that all my courses will be a preparation for this one last final course. And this final one month course starts now. But before I’m giving you an in depth report of my time living on the streets without money for one month. I have to tell you a bit more about myself first to put things into perspective…
I was raised very privileged, I “won” the sperm lottery you could say. At the beginning of my twenties I studied in 3 major international cities at the best universities. To be fair, I was also quite successful myself, earning the second best bachelor degree of my university, working as the personal assistant of one of the most successful German Food restaurateurs and my first startup won several prizes and funding. I also made it into Peter Thiel’s private class and was awarded by him with the highest performance Grade. My early twenties I spent driving in a 150.000$ sports car and living in a penthouse. But how much of my success was again because I have always been privileged? Because my circumstances naturally provoked success?
Most people told me: “Why on earth do you worry about that? Just continue, enjoy your dream-life and don’t care…” And it’s true, I could’ve just taken over the family business and have a very “easy“ life.
But that’s not me! Deep down I didn’t feel fulfilled. I sensed there’s more to life. So instead of continuing this “dreamlife“, I quitted my job, I decided to reject all further financial support from my family, I gave my car and my penthouse back and started the Master of love and life just with my savings to face my other side.
But even though my savings are steadily melting away, I still have never experienced what it means to be really poor, what it means to starve, what it means to have no shelter, what it means to count every penny.
So when I started my Master of love and life I already knew that a part of doing all my courses was to prepare me for this final course. And In this final course 11 of my Master of love and life I lived without money, homeless for one month on the streets.
30 Days Living on the streets – Where?
I thought a long time about where I should do it.
And at first I wanted to do it in a third world country, but when I was in South America, Africa or Asia It became very clear to me that no one is going to believe a western looking guy to have no money and the language barrier wouldn’t help either. And then I thought: I’m from Germany, so why not just do it there. It’s also where I started the Master of love and life and so I liked the idea that it’s also going to end here.
But because Germany is my home. I needed to come up with some rules. I decided that I had to pick a city that I don’t know, a city that I am not familiar with and that has at least more than > 200.000 inhabitants. My intuition decided and the German City Freiburg in Breisgau came to me.
That’s no REAL homelessness, you’re faking it…
I know many people see this challenge very controversial. They say I am faking it, because I was going back to „normal“ afterwards and so subconsciously I will always know that I am not truly homeless, that there is another, ‘better’ life waiting for me. That’s why I can never feel the desperation & hopelessness that people feel in this situation. I also picked the warm summer and not the cold nights of the winter.
And I agree with all of that. You’re right, it’s basically just a controlled social experiment. Not more but also not less. And that’s for me the important point. I believe it’s still the closest I can get to experiencing what it means to have nothing in a setting of a course.
My intention is also far from ridiculing homeless people or taking resources away from them. The opposite is the case. My intention is actually to even try to be selfless in a difficult situation like that. To help other homeless even though I suffer myself. And thats what makes this challenge so special for me. These harsh conditions will be a brutally honest assessment of where I am on the path. I believe when you take away peoples comfort zone, all their daily distractions & even their basic needs like food & shelter they have nothing left to hide who they really are. Success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within. Here’s a report of my one month experiences for you.
My One Month Homelessness Experience
If you want to follow my experiences & realizations during this month day by day. My daily diary entries of my time of living on the streets will be the best way to convey what I felt and experienced during that time. I shared all my daily Diary entries on my Instagram Account. Here is my account: https://www.instagram.com/masterofloveandlife/
My goal for this one month challenge was to see whether I can find a way of living, a way of structuring my days that would allow me to feel at least some form of happiness. Some form of happiness in a situation that is the furthest away from happiness most people can imagine. I wanted to use everything that I’ve learned during my last 11 challenges and in the years before and turn the negativity of my situation into positivity. The strategy I came up with and which I followed for 3 out of 4 weeks of living on the streets you can find in an extra post by clicking here. In this post you will get to know what coping strategy I used and whether I found what I was searching for.
My Biggest Take-aways
My final Master of love and life challenge was an incredible honest assessment of my own path. I definitely still discovered many weaknesses and triggers but I also found out, how much my willpower, positivity, self discipline, meditation practice, morning routine, beliefs, visualizations and all the deep transpersonal work I’ve done and constantly honed over the last few years has helped me to endure this situation. Endure is actually an understatement. I was able to feel in a situation that is for many people in the world the worst they can imagine, moments of complete bliss and joy. Not all the time of course, but these moments were there.
And from this I draw an incredible self confidence for my life, because I know now, that no matter what I do in life, what dreams I follow, what risks I take, what start ups may fail, even in what is most peoples worst case scenario of landing on the streets with no money & shelter I was able to feel a deep form of happiness and joy beyond materialism. And this frees me from existential fear. It allows me to confidently walk into whatever direction my heart tells me to. And just for that alone I’m so incredibly grateful.
How can you say this? It was just a setup…
First of all I don’t wanna say or claim that homelessness is easy. I am also well aware that in my case it was just a monthlong social experiment. I went back to “normal” afterwards, It was in the summertime and there are definitely worse cities than Freiburg. But I still faced many hardships during this month, in fact I am from Germany and here we have a social system for the poor. I didn’t use it, but if this would be my real situation I could. So at least in terms of money I made it even harder than it would be in reality. Of course now you could still say go to India or somewhere like that. And I am sure you will always find a more extreme place. But it misses the point. What I learned was that it doesn’t take much to be happy and how important self-mastery and self realization really is and I am sure I would’ve learned that anywhere in the world.
No Matter how big your house is, how recent your car is, how big your bank account is, our graves will be the same size. We come naked and we go naked. Stay Humble!