This site is dedicated to the people and the movements of the world, now and throughout time, that have upended the mainstream and changed history through their quest for truth and meaning. The revolutionaries, the artists, teachers, thinkers and true life lovers — the fabulous yellow roman candles…
They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” — Jack Kerouac (ON THE ROAD)
We are the mad ones who live by our own principles and stand for our own truth.
And that’s the point, isn’t it? Not that somebody told you what matters, but you decided, you went after it and you lived your calling. That’s the essence of Fierce Wisdom. No fluffy B.S.. No new age nonsense. Yes: Stripping down all the shoulds and coulds, the excuses, the false beliefs and the lies you’ve been telling yourself, and standing for your own Highest Truth.
I’ve been sharing at this site since 2010, and plan to continue doing so long into the future.
Some of the core truths and principles I live by:
Innovation — always keep innovating, keep pushing the edges of what you believe is possible. Create the best work you can, as much as you can. There is no end.
Integrity — always live and move in alignment with your highest ideals. Be the best man you can be.
Freedom — to me this means that no matter what happens I have the spaciousness in my Self to know that I can handle it, and everything will turn out for the best in the end. I live by my principles, I do what I feel is right and good, I love this life, and no one can take that away from me.
Generosity — in all ways, from thinking (a non-judgmental open mind) to Spirit (sharing more of my true essence with others). True generosity is the product and the driver of Love in Action.
Presence — show up with your game face on and bring your whole self to the table as much as you can. A strong foundation principle, this commitment to presence keeps me in alignment with my Self, and reminds me to come back to center if circumstances throw me off balance.
You’ll find these core principles running through all my work.
I’m a writer, artist, thinker, healer, teacher, music maker, entrepreneur, web designer and brand consultant for creative rebels and inspired entrepreneurs. INFP in Myers-Briggs typology (Idealist ~ Healer). Fire Dragon in Chinese astrology. Sun: Scorpio. Moon: Virgo. Rising: Aquarius. Satya is my true birth name—pronounced SAHT-ee-ah—it means something like Absolute Truth. If that all doesn’t make you dizzy, read on…
I grew up in Los Angeles, but I’ve lived in a lot of different places around the world.
I’ve pretty much always been suspicious of mainstream culture and authority anywhere—in particular the appropriation of revolutionary ideas for commercial interests—(probably not unrelated to my parents being counterculturist spiritual revolutionaries in their own right, from Argentina).
But when a movement or subculture reaches a point of critical mass, it’s inevitable— as their principles and beliefs start to be adapted by the mainstream, the people who were once at the edge must challenge their own assumptions to keep themselves and the rest of us pushing forward, evolving and innovating.
And one thing I will never be accused of is resting on my laurels or living a boring, comfortable life.
In my teen years I lived for the post-punk goth, indie hardcore and dance club scene in LA, and dressed in all sorts of mad getups—ratted up hair, makeup and all. At 17 I backpacked through Europe, experimenting with whatever I could get my hands on, before getting into loads of mischief as an undergrad at Sarah Lawrence in New York. I studied everything from International Affairs to Fine Arts to Documentary Film Production, eventually finding myself in some kind of mad continuum between them all.
I was an intern at the Council on Foreign Relations and worked at a legal agency helping Central American political refugees both during and after university, before working on Wall Street and the Antitrust/Litigation division of the biggest law firm in the US. I also headed up the New York Independent Media Center video team in those days, helping give voice to the burgeoning social justice and anti-corporate globalization movements.
All of existence is in constant flux. We live or fade by our ability to seize the reins and innovate relentlessly.
I dropped out of the corporate world to pursue my dream of changing the world through alternative media, and took a good tailspin through 9/11 and the aftermath in New York City. Somewhere through the process of living that nightmare and hitting rock bottom I came to realize my approach to social change was a bit shortsighted, and somehow found my way to incredible India on the quest for enlightenment….
About midway through my year-long search for the secret of eternal bliss in India, I landed in a silent Vipassana retreat where I finally came to awaken and realize the ineffable truth of my existence. (An experience that can only be described as completely, ecstatically, mind-meltingly incredible and fun beyond words.)
I realized that the true meaning of life for me was to enjoy this mad, beautiful life and make the most of it, so I took the challenge of bringing that great realization into a life of purpose-driven meaning, action and adventure.
Along the journey I’ve mopped floors, worked in Reality TV as a production coordinator and cameraman, started my own successful interactive media consulting and development business, worked one-on-one and with hundreds of rainmakers through life-changing programs, and lived for extended periods of time in a bunch of countries around the world from 2012 to the present. (All time favorite: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Best climate over all: Mediterranean all ’round. Costa Rica holds a big place in my heart, and not counting winters, Stockholm is way up there!)
Ten years on from those mad months in India I continue pushing the edges of my inner and outer explorations—if only stumbling half-blindly on the quest to give fair treatment to the mysterious callings of my Spirit.
But one thing I have found to be true — something remarkable that happens as you call forth the Fire of your Soul and embrace who you really are. Not only does it hold the potential to transform and uplift you and your work too, but the world around you rises up too.
So if I could sum up how I aspire to live in three words, it would be:
I love writing, and I love photography. I love making music and swimming in the sea. I love helping people awaken their Soul Cry and recognize the call of their own Spirit. I work with animals, angels, ascended masters and other Spirit Guides. I’m happiest when I’m living within earshot of the ocean, and hope to visit most of the world’s greatest historic seaside cities in my lifetime.
If you resonate with any of this and you’d like to follow along a bit closer, you can sign up for my Soul Notes newsletter here. I’m also on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and occasionally, Google+.
Thanks for reading—I hope to get to know you better and maybe even share a drink and a hug in real life too.
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Satya Colombo is a writer, artist, healer, consultant and brand whisperer for creative rebels and inspired entrepreneurs. He works with visionaries to awaken their true calling and develop life-changing online ventures, creative projects and brands that matter. Creator of the collaborative social-change project Edge Flow, The Soul-Fire Code and the forthcoming book, Spirit Flow, Satya loves playing the ukulele, working with animals, exploring new worlds and spending time with the ocean. He travels the world as he works, and can be found at his site, Fierce Wisdom.
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Ain’t it grand? :)