A Brief Story of Bryan Reeves

At age 26, I was a Captain in the world’s most powerful military, the US Air Force.

… and I was completely miserable. 

I was dead inside. I could not really laugh. I surely could not cry. I could not feel my life.

In winter 2001, a few months before 9/11, I left the Air Force and – when all my military buddies were taking high-paying jobs with military contractors – I gave my things away and went walkabout into the world.

Just 3 weeks into my journey, late one evening while hitchhiking through northern Wales en route to wherever, I experienced a massive emotional meltdown in an old phone booth. My entire body shook heavily with deep tearful sobs as the pain I had buried so long beneath a mask of perfection ruptured like an earthquake from my core. I couldn’t go back to my old life, but I had no idea where else to go.

I felt utterly lost. I had no idea who I was.

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Over the next few years, I would desperately seek to connect with my life as I backpacked across Europe and the Alps; I would meet a French woman, marry her 5 weeks later, and then experience her throwing me out of our quaint Bordeaux centre-ville apartment just 8 months after we got married. I would also make a solemn spiritual pilgrimage to the Holocaust camp, Auschwitz, in Poland, where a mysterious white ash fell gently upon me as I walked a lonely country road just 2 months after 9/11.

I roamed aimlessly across Australia, spending a week alone deep in dry crusted Outback under stars like glitter sprinkled on black silk.

I spent 3 months living with Egyptians in Cairo who adopted me into their lives as their own brother and son. And they would stuff me so full of breads and meat and surely-tainted water from their beloved Nile that I would eventually get dysentery and pray for a quick death. I would also get sexually accosted at the Pyramids in Egypt … twice. A short time later, I would live with a comically vain “holy man” in India who tried to have me committed to an Ayurveda Hospital in Coimbatore.

After a few years wandering the planet, surviving desert bugs, capricious French women and weirdly aggressive camel driving men at the Pyramids, I found myself back in the US, in Miami, FL.

Completely spent, I was finally ready to surrender my life to … well, something other than my own ego.

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Shortly after I landed in Miami to lick my wounds, my family’s new company was just beginning. I joined the project and quickly became an executive and international PR spokesperson for a luxury timepiece that incorporated a unique mind-body science technology.

Oprah fell in love with it, and in 2005 I would spend a few minutes teaching her about mind-body science backstage at her show.

After helping to grow this company from $0 sales to $50 million within 5 years, I grew weary and left for a new adventure: Transformational Entertainment Artist Manager and Producer.

In August 2007, I made over $10,000 / month in my executive job; the next month, September, I started managing a spiritual music band … and made $25.

In 2009-2010, I took conscious pop artists, Here II Here, on a 12-month performance tour of the United States and Canada, performing over 200 concerts in 33 states.

As both Here II Here’s manager and a transformational entertainment event producer, I was blessed to work alongside worldwide luminaries like the Dalai Lama’s Spiritual Advisor, the Oracle of Tibet, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Byron Katie, Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz, Michael Beckwith, Deva Premal, Snatam Kaur and many more brilliant visionary teachers reminding humanity of life’s true wonders.

Somewhere along my journey from military soldier to spiritual warrior, through the dank hells of heartbreak and despair – and with the help of a psychedelic experience or two – I rediscovered the thrill of being alive, and the beautiful life I came here to live. After triumphing through darkness and despair, I laugh more than I ever did as a child.

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Today, I live in Los Angeles.

I’m Co-founder / Director for The Center for Mindful Education, where I’ve taught mindfulness to people with autism. I co-founded “Operation Mindful Warrior” to help bring mindfulness to military veterans who are currently committing suicide at a shocking rate (22 vets a day in 2013).

I serve on the Executive Board of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment (G.A.T.E.). Founded by John Raatz, author Eckhart Tolle and actor Jim Carrey, GATE is an organization of entertainment and media companies and professionals – actors, producers, filmmakers, musicians and more – working to influence the entertainment and media industry to produce and distribute transformational content that inspires global audiences for the benefit of all.

I have a Masters Degree in Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior (University of Oklahoma). 

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I’m a regular contributor to various blogs worldwide, including The Daily Love, Elephant Journal, Good Men Project, Raw Attraction Magazine, and am finishing my first full-length book, Tell The Truth, Let The Peace Fall Where It May.

I live my dream by helping other people live theirs … as a transformational life and relationship coach.

Learn how coaching can turn your dreams into actual projects @ www.BryanReeves.com

Bryancito Burning Man Sunrise

Bryancito @ Burning Man 2013, Self-portrait at Sunrise

 

18 comments on “A Brief Story of Bryan Reeves
  1. SoundEagle says:

    How do you do, Bryan? SoundEagle is glad to be acquianted with you here.

    It seems that SoundEagle is the first living being to click the “Like” button and the first to comment here.

    Happy July to you and to your inspirational blog exploring yourself and sharing your experiences! Since SoundEagle’s writing here is the very first comments on this “About” page since your blog’s inception, SoundEagle would like to wish you a new dawn and an even more satisfying journey of learning and discovery in the second half of 2013.

    SoundEagle hopes that you continue to do very well and find fulfillment in whatever you enjoy doing and savouring, especially through your “Insight. Inspiration. Irreverence.”

  2. Karin Younger says:

    Wow Bryan, its so interesting how our minds make us feel like we “know” someone, and all I really knew was the Here II Here piece… I admire your courage and inspired by your story! I found myself on this page after someone posted your Hug article on FB ❤ and I re-posted! REAL HUGS are the best! Thank you 🙂 (Anders sister/James good friend) Karin

    • Bryan Reeves says:

      Hey Karin! Ahhhh yes my Here II Here days. I’m now doing a new web project with James and Anders. I love working with those guys. REAL HUGS are amazing! I know. I’m glad you like the article. Please let me know if you think I missed any essential steps 🙂

  3. Cynthia Horn says:

    My heart bows to you Bryan ❤ …thank-you for your journey, your sharings, your courage…

    I too ended up here via a fb friend, ChinaMae's posting of one of your articles…

    …journey on in joy and wonder brave soul of grit, kindness, heart and truth. Cynthia in AZ

  4. ninaoneil says:

    Great blog article Bryan. Appreciate and get all that you offer here. Some women do hear “surrender” in a negative way as though they are giving away their power or being subservient. I invite women to consider that to surrender to a man is a powerful act…as it comes from the power of choosing to give oneself fully to another from CHOICE. There is power in the choosing.

    Speaking for myself…I also think there are women who crave to surrender to their man, to have him want to earn and claim her. In my last relationship, my partner said to me, I want you to surrender to me…and I desired to but didn’t feel safe to do so…he wasn’t willing to earn me or touch my heart and soul. He didn’t want to be monogamous and at times exhibited manipulative and and controlling behavior in our relationship. He was not being a man I felt safe to surrender to…so I didn’t feel safe to choose it.

  5. Melissa Tal says:

    Hi Bryan… Such a wonderful journey back to yourself… Inspiring.. You blog is really on point & the world needs more men (& women) that have reconnected to themselves and leading by example to help others do the same.. Do you ever do any work/talks in Australia?

    • Bryan Reeves says:

      Hi Melissa … thanks so much for your comment. I would love to get to Australia before too long, though I don’t currently have any plans. I was recently contacted by the TV program, Sunrise Australia, though I’m not sure anything will come of that just yet. We shall see how it all unfolds. If you subscribe to the blog, for sure I’ll let you know when that happens. Again, I really appreciate your acknowledgment.

  6. You have an amazing and very compelling story. I think that life’s twists and turns create the most interesting individuals. You certainly fall into that category friend 🙂

    • Bryan Reeves says:

      Thank you Merideth. I really appreciate that acknowledgment. It’s been a wild ride, for sure. Still is. Sounds like you know something about what that’s like. … from one vet to another. 🙂

  7. Lucinda Rae says:

    Such an incredible article! Ah! I am so inspired… savoring this. THANK YOU ❤

  8. Michael Sheahan says:

    I needed to find this today. I have goosebumps…I get them when something exciting is about to happen in my life, and also when I’m cold…but mostly when truth appears in the fog. Thanks for this.

  9. Matt E says:

    Bryan,

    My wife just emailed me a recent article yours and thought that I would find it interesting. I generally like to take my relationship advice from older folks who’ve been part of a long and (supposedly) happy marriages. When I read this biographical information above, it changed my opinion about the advice you give. Your experiences (professional and personal) are similar to my own and this gave me a real sense that I can absorb, understand, and trust your way of thinking when it comes to interacting with loved ones. I’ve had some serious trouble getting over my own deep-seeded and utterly unrealistic expectations of what love and life is supposed to be about (think “love actually” without all the depressing stories). Thank you very much and I look forward to reading more of your articles.

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