Excerpt from Chapter Eleven

Manstein – THE INNER GENIUS WITHIN US ALL by Jason Hughes

Excerpt from Chapter Eleven:

Molly and I flew in from Seattle to JFK Airport in New York City
on September 10, 2001. I had to continue on to Connecticut that
night, so I was not in the city when the planes hit the Twin Towers in the
morning. I remember thinking clearly how there was a time in my life when
I could see love in everything that was going on in and around me. These
attacks helped me see this again. The second these planes hit the Towers there
was such an outpouring of love, support, and prayer from all over the world.
Once I got back in the city, I saw and felt this with even more clarity.

I was not really establishing and sustaining myself enough in NYC, and
I had to consider a different job or career other than the few hours of tennis I
was teaching in Queens. Out of fear and the need for a paycheck, I applied for
and accepted a job with a small company that was promoting wellness in various
ways. The salary was pathetically low for maintaining life in the City. I
had to wear a suit when we ventured out to other companies to orchestrate
seminars. When not out doing these, I was in an absurdly small office space for
four people, four desks, four computers, and a whole bunch of clutter everywhere.
There was also a large clock on the wall staring at me, and the seconds
ticked by like they were full days. I lasted a week and a half at this job.

Excerpt from Chapter Ten

Manstein – THE INNER GENIUS WITHIN US ALL by Jason Hughes

Excerpt from Chapter Ten:

I had an overwhelming number of positive and meaningful experiences
with all of my work, new friends, and opportunities in my hometown, it
was surely onward and upward. Or so I thought. I felt like my path, soulship,
and whole relationship with myself was completely intact. I felt I could rise to
any test or challenge life could throw at me and overcome it to keep going forward
as if it was all smooth sailing from here on out.

All of my external relationships were flourishing and growing because
my internal relationship felt balanced, peaceful, and happy. I never wanted to
utter the words, “I think I have had enough of this personal growth and spiritual
stuff,” because I knew my ego would step in and take the helm really fast
if I did. I did not want to sleepwalk or just go through the motions of life ever
again.

Excerpt from Chapter Nine

Manstein – THE INNER GENIUS WITHIN US ALL by Jason Hughes

Excerpt from Chapter Nine:

I was determined to get back to Connecticut and create an opportunity that
would be fulfilling and life changing. I could not abort the Love Train,
and I felt compelled to listen to my calling to get involved and work with the
youth of my hometown.

I went into Old Saybrook Senior High School feeling like a peaceful warrior
ready to make a positive difference. At the same time, I went into the
Youth and Family Services building to see if something was there for me as
well. Both places offered me jobs, friends, and opportunities that changed my
life in profound and deeply meaningful ways. I was following my heart, but
more life experience and purpose than I alone could have ever imagined was
given back to me, and it transcended earning potential.

Excerpt from Chapter Eight

Manstein – THE INNER GENIUS WITHIN US ALL by Jason Hughes

Excerpt from Chapter Eight:

The words love and heart became synonymous in my world, and the
words fear and ego did too. If I allowed fear into my system, my ego
came out, and it was a recipe for disaster, self-induced pain, and heartache. I
was choosing to identify with my heart, while letting the false evidence of fear
be an illusion of my mind. On that note, I left Boston for Vermont.

In a way, I considered myself to be out of my mind going to a place where
the plan was to spend money and earn zero for an undetermined amount of
time. I knew I was taking a risk, but it was worth it. Two of my closest friends
and I decided to start the “Root and Vine Juice Company” in Burlington, Vermont.

The plan was to grow the business enough to get a small-business loan or
investment. We established nearly one hundred accounts (delicatessens, health
food markets, convenience stores, bakeries, sandwich shops, coffee houses, etc.),
and we were clearly labeled the “Juice Guys” of Northern Vermont.We pressed
and made potions of juice like nobody’s business.We made a valiant effort, but
we got squeezed out of business like a Florida orange by the bigger, flash-pasteurized
competitor.

Excerpt from Chapter Seven

Manstein – THE INNER GENIUS WITHIN US ALL by Jason Hughes

Excerpt from Chapter Seven:

I felt incredibly unique knowing I was not applying for jobs after graduating
from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication
Studies. I was armed with a piece of paper that could possibly get me
in the door of many entry-level positions at various companies, but that was
toward the back of the line in my mind. I may not have known much at this
point in my life, but I did know that beginning a 5-, 10-, 15-, or 40-year
career at one company was not calling my name.

I had gained some clarity, but I still considered going the overly travelled
path that was all around me. I believe my family perceived my injuries in my
car accident as just related to my physical being and that they did not yet fully
understand how much this whole event shifted and changed my consciousness
and calling in life. I was only listening more and more to this calling, and a job
I was “supposed” to get was not ringing any truth in my ears.