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Welcome! 

I am incredibly excited and grateful your path has led you here. Life is magical, and your experience of it should be no less. 

The mission of Be You is to empower you to overcome any perceived limits on well-being and prosperity, so that you may return to your natural core of love, peace, and well-being.

I look forward to being a part of your journey, as much as you being a part of mine.

Much love,

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Q&A with Chris Cirak

Interview by Andrea Nara

Writing Be You was my process of learning to align with the truth of my personal journey. We’re most authentic when our words and actions reflect the obstacles we have overcome and the wounds from which we have healed. That’s when we step into our power and are able to inspire others to unlock their own. It is from this place of authentic connection to self that I felt empowered to write Be You.

I’ve always had an intense interest in understanding what makes us tick as humans. In my 20+ year career as a designer and researcher, and later teacher and lecturer, I’ve felt drawn to designing experiences that are joyful, meaningful and accessible. The book applies those same principles of joy and meaningfulness and accessibility to the deeper wisdom of life that we all yearn to tap into. 

In my own journey, I’ve found that it’s primarily the vocabulary and presentation factor of the teachings that keeps us from going deeper within ourselves. The wisdom is always the same, but the messenger and packaging of it are important. If we hear words that trigger us, or there’s no connection to the speaker, it creates resistance in us and we stop listening and learning. Be You is written in a way so you stay open, so that your inner wisdom can emerge. Whether or not someone likes me as the speaker comes down to natural chemistry. I try not to put myself before the message, but I recognize that I’m part of the message. Fortunately, if I’m not your cup of tea, there are many other styles out there, so everyone can find that which resonates.

Secondarily, often the message inspires intellectually, but it lacks a practical aspect – a technique or method – to help you put it into practice. Be You is a method you can start implementing immediately to positively impact your life quality on all levels. It doesn’t matter if you are a high-powered executive or stay-at-home dad, there’s no greater feeling than to be you.

When I started teaching at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles, my primary occupation was still working as a design consultant. But I could feel the desire to mentor and give back was growing in me. Teaching and doing workshops have been at the center of my life since then. Around the same time, I experienced a rather significant shift from living in my headspace to letting my heart space lead the way. It didn’t come from hitting rock bottom. I came from our innate desire for expansion, if only we let ourselves expand. It wasn’t easy – growth never is – but over the next few years, I immersed myself in the subject matter. I explored every known practice and followed all the great teachers of our time… Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Brian Weiss, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, as well as some of the great younger voices out there, like Brene Brown, Russell Brand, Kyle Cease, and Jim Carrey. Too many to mention. Overall, it’s a wonderful time for self-discovery. It’s important to recognize that different things resonate at different times of your journey. No one things holds the truth. It’s more like different things hold different parts of your truth.

In hindsight, I could never have dreamt up the road life has taken for me to become the person I am today. And that’s what the book is about. Staying open to all possibilities. Letting life reveal you to yourself. Because that’s what it does. We just have to get our self-judgment out of the way.
Some people just know who they are from the get-go, for others it takes time. Others, still, need variety and they experience many different chapters. I’m definitely in the latter group. There have been break-through moments throughout my life, but there’s usually a quiet buildup to them. In the case of Be You, I had been journaling for a long time before suddenly it became apparent my writing was turning into a book. I credit a great Intuitive Soul Coach, Kimberly Alleyna, for illuminating this path in me.
That is the message of Be You. We just can’t know why things happen, and what they can lead to down the road. It only makes sense to not try and control things in hopes of specific outcomes, but to enjoy the continuous unfolding of life.

I’m not sure if the word “guru” applies, but I am all about facilitating self-discovery in ourselves. We are all already perfect and complete, it’s how we perceive ourselves that contains flaws and limitations. Most of it comes from self-judgment we have been imprinted with by our environment, our lineage. My role is simply to help shed the light of awareness onto any self-limiting beliefs so that the person you are designed to be can emerge. 

Some of my best skills have come from learning to navigate corporate environments. I think that’s why I can connect with creatives, as well as MBAs. Ultimately, it’s about connecting with their humanity, seeing them for who they truly are.
As for the retreats… You need to feel safe to explore who you are. Unfortunately, there are few environments that can provide that safety, be it the workplace to personal relationships. Be You workshops and retreats create a safe environment that bring out the person you are designed to be, and to develop the confidence to take that person back into your life and make changes. All your joy and prosperity flows from your ability to be you.

Posts

Grief

Grief

Grief is one of the most difficult emotions to come to terms with. The greater the loss, the deeper the grief, the more gut-wrenching it can be.

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Manifestation

Manifestation

Life is infinitely creative and abundant. Only your judging habit stops you from manifesting an equally innovative and abundant life for yourself.

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Death

Death

Few things are as painful as death. Be it of a loved one or your favorite pet. Even the end of a relationship can feel like death.

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Stress

Stress

Your judging habit is by far your biggest source of stress. Every judgment is a reaction to something you feel triggered by.

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Balance

Balance

Life is about balance. Life is balance. Even when you’re not judging, balance is inherent. You cannot not judge, without the awareness of your judging.

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Interviews

A delightful treat!

Be You is written so conversationally and with such wisdom that I practically highlighted every word. But whether you are spiritual or not, your feelings are your clue as to what might be out of place in your life or, on the flip side, what is going well in your life. Highly Recommended to all the lovers of non-fiction.

John Kerry

Must Read

Amazingly woven like an interesting spell. I didn’t think this book would be this good. It was engaging, a total different piece of art from every aspect. It sets a very high bar for whatever he does that comes next. Must Read.

Nishant Yadav

Five Stars!

One of the best books I have read this month!
Highly recommend it! I only leave positive feedback and reviews when I love the book.
A must read for sure

The Reviewer

Awesome!

The awesome subject of self-realisation needs to be rolling off people’s tongues more than the latest gossip and lists of personal problems.

You are not who you think you are and life is not what you think it is – self-realisation is what you need, it’s all you need!

Anjali Nolkha

Adorable!

One major thing that I adored about this book was it talked about mental health. We all know how important it is to take care of yourself in this modern world.

I think that almost every reader out there would enjoy this one. It was a perfect mixture of knowledge, fun and was extremely thought-provoking.

Aleena Treesa

Thoughtfully Crafted!

Be You is all about empowering the reader to be their best self. It breaks down the basic knots and barriers faced on this path and emphasizes the importance of self-love and clearing stuck feelings. I recommend this book to everyone.

Camelia Bhaskar

Beautiful and Motivational!

I wish I had this book when I first began my journey. No complicated language or over-explanations like in so many other self-help books. If you are just starting on your self-transformation journey or need a great motivational lift, this book is definitely for you!

Carla

Compelling!

Be You will compel you to reflect within yourself and around you. This book mentions many things that are not new however the approach of the book is really commendable. I will recommend this book to every reader who doesn’t like to read self-help book which are written in a typical manner.

Bindu Bala

Get this book now

This book helps us in seeing our true self and what are we truly capable of. How to get over our emotions, feelings, and mental health crisis. Each chapter will help you deal with one emotion or problem, one at a time. Be it- depression, forgiveness, loneliness, trust, faith, etc. This book will keep you motivated and most importantly, will help you in understanding and accepting your true self. As the author said, I quote, “Be happy. Be free. Be you.” Get this book now. I 100% recommend this. MUST BUY.

Prashant Singh

Marvelous!

The book is all about enlightenment and nurturing your brain with powerful words. The more you reach inside this book, the more you respect your self-esteem. It is filled with motivational quotes, each connecting your mind and soul. The knowledge it shares with the readers is marvelous.

Deependra Singh

Wow! This was my first word after finishing this book.

I can’t express that feeling when I realized that this is the book I was searching for since forever. I felt, this book is especially for improving the quality of our life, this book is for happiness, for your growth, and self-realization. This will surely empower you to improve your quality of life by following a simple, step-by-step approach to reacting less and thriving more.

Shiny Jain

Bravo!

I enjoyed how author Chris Cirak tackles the more challenging topics and puts them into words anyone can understand. I admit, at first, I was thinking understanding the sections may be a challenge for me. However, I found it was very down-to-earth. I not only can comprehend this book. I can understand it—Bravo to author Chris Cirak on Be You.

Carly-Rae

One of the best books on self-help

I think this is one of the best books on self-help and irrespective of your genre, you must read it. This book is informative and the quotes and highlights are very inspiring and motivated.

Nidhi

Filled with Timeless Wisdom

Every page in “Be You: The Journey of Self-Realization” is filled with timeless wisdom. This is one of the most profound books I have read in a remarkably simple format.
A true healing and transformative guide for anymore looking to understand life, Self, and beyond with simplicity and compassion.

Valeria Teles

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