Meet JP Sears
Emotional healer, teacher, knowledge-bomb purveyor – JP just launched a new video:
After watching JP Sears’ Coconut Oil Video a few months back, we thought, okay this guy’s a genius parody, lets interview him. It’s been a long time coming -months in fact, but here it is.
Once we clicked on his website we started to realise, as JP later confirms, that the line between the real-life JP Sears and his online persona is…well…blurred to shit. We spoke to him back in March, and his videos have since been picked up by the Lad Bible, which made him so popular he’s probably snorting coke off a hooker’s ass as you read this. Either way, the impression we got from him then was that he is a sincere, gentle and incredibly perceptive guy who doesn’t mind talking to two goofy guys whose interview will do nothing for his marketing efforts.
“Transcendent or Corporeal”
To put it politely, we had to haul-ass to get from work to a laptop in time to interview JP. I know what you’re thinking – the only way to prepare for such an encounter is to hollow one’s inner self in the mountains of Sulaymaniyah for 40 days, and you’d be right in thinking that; JP’s spirituality is off the charts. We reckon if Scientology ever audited the guy, his palms would melt the e-meter and they’d pay him for the damage.
Not to be dissuaded by a lack of preparation, we threw together a little game entitled “Transcendent or Corporeal”. Were it not for a thesaurus, it would’ve been called “Transcendent or Not-Transcendent”.
- We call out a word; JP tells us whether its Transcendent or Corporeal.
- That’s it.
JP Sears – Is he Transcendent or Corporeal?
JP: Transcendent with a capital ‘T’.
Crappy Dublin-Based Magazines?
Pic for Context:
JP: That is Transcendent, and I’ll tell you why; It’s so elite that it can’t be seen by the masses – they don’t have the consciousness to understand it.
Yeah, there’s no Gluten used in our magazines.
JP: Mmm…I would love to eat a copy.
JP: That’s even more transcendent than the magazine.
Gun Crime in the United States?
JP: Corporeal…there is a footnote on that. The gunman is helping other people reincarnate, which isn’t so transcendent, but mystical.
Does it depend on the bee? Like are all bees transcendent or…
JP: The good ones that make honey and don’t sting me are Transcendent, the ones that try to sting me aren’t even real bees; just insects…
…who may have been gunmen in previous lives…
Elderly Indian Men?
JP: Body hair is so first-chakra, so I’m gonna have to say corporeal.
Oh…not even a bit transcendent?
JP: Nope…straight down!
JP: Oh…transcendent! A Russell Brand who has never done drugs: corporeal…but a Russell Brand who has done drugs, and indeed he has: transcendent.
What about current Russell Brand then?
JP: Yeah, current Russell Brand is a byproduct of having done drugs and therefore lives without the brain cells that would otherwise keep him trapped in his corporeal mind. Current Russell Brand, even if he’s sober, he’s still a byproduct of the liberating brain cell extermination routines he had…he’s transcendent!
— JP Sears (@AwakenWithJP) July 23, 2016
The Ultra-Spiritual Interview
[The interviewers consist of myself (J) and my friend Sana (S) ]
S: First we should say thanks for doing the interview with us. We may have given you the impression we’ve done interviews before…
S: …or that Hamburgers & Heroin, the crappy Dublin-based magazine has done interviews before but…no…you’re the first person who’s agreed to talk to us…
JP: That’s awesome! I guess that means I’m either really honoured or offended, but I think I’m honoured!
S: Yeah no you should be honoured! It’s because we set the bar so high with the people we tried to interview, you know
JP: That makes me more elite, I like that. But nonetheless I don’t care if you’ve interviewed a million people or 2 or zero it is an honour…
S: [quietly]…it’s zero…
JP: …that you guys cared to reach out to me and let me be a part of what you guys do!
Sana: Thank you…you mean what we do now, now that we’re interviewing you…
J: This means we can endorse each other as interviewers on LinkedIn?
JP: Yeah if it says it on linked in then it’s obviously true!
— JP Sears (@AwakenWithJP) July 8, 2016
J: First, we were just wondering what JP stands for and if there’s any other name you go by?
JP: Yeah, it stands for Just Perfect…and the other thing it stands for is Jonathan Patrick, but yeah the JP is really what I go by unless I’m in character, then I’m demanding people call me His Enlightenedness, JP.
S: Hmm..yeah, so that you don’t seem like a rapper or something.
S: We were also wondering when you decided to get into the Guru business or have you always wanted to be a Guru…is Guru even the appropriate job description?
JP: Well I do a lot of 1 on 1 emotional healing work with individual clients.
J: Oh okay, for some reason I got the impression that you kind of give seminars in workplaces and things.
JP: You know I definitely give seminars and retreats and workshops but not in workplaces really…just more individual, well not individual but groups of people that sign up for the event. But nonetheless the kind of emotional healing type work – I’ve been doing that for about 14 years now and the actual ultra-spiritual guru business, that started about a year and a half ago.
J: That’s not long. I’m curious to know how old you are if that’s okay?
JP: Yeah! My spirit is 100,000 years old but I take a lot of collagen so I look young for my age, but a different answer is, I’m 34. I’ll actually be 35 next month in April.
J: Oh what date in april?
JP: April 12th.
S: [To me] Why is that relevant?
J: Because my birthday’s April 20th…blaze it…
JP: Which is not bad! All enlightened people are born in April, which is what I tell myself.
S: Hitler was born in April…
J: Yeah actually I have the same birthday as him.
JP: [laughter] It’s flattering company.
— JP Sears (@AwakenWithJP) June 3, 2016
S: Do you have any guru rivals or any guru um…what’s the opposite of a rival?
[The three of us waste about 2 minutes discussing the opposite of ‘rival’. Highlights include ‘spirit animal’ and “Like a…guru network…but with two people?” We didn’t come to an answer]
J: Oh ok, so Sana’s kind of ignorant here because I have watched another of your videos where a girl sent you some questions and one of them actually was something like, “Who is your idol” , and you gave a little preface along the lines of, “I don’t mean to sound narcissistic or anything but actually my idol is actually ‘me’ [JP]
J: And then you gave the justification…
JP: Yeah well along those lines, kinda a bunch of thoughts come to my mind, but do I have a guru? I definitely have mentors and I know it sounds super cliche but it’s true to me, I do believe that the primary source of wisdom is found within each of us. We do ourselves a super big disservice when we look outside of ourselves to another human being to teach us who, what and why we are. I think we do ourselves a great honour when we search for our own inner wisdom, and yeah, I don’t even know if that is half-way speaking to the questions, but what else can I tell you about that to actually answer the question?
J: It’s interesting, because I don’t think we can really compare our progress with other peoples, but what just came to my head is, “What can be gained from your connections with other people?” I’m not talking about intimacy or anything, but just when you’re going by people, when you’re working with people, when you’re helping or serving people…making people happy…you’re not gaining things from them but from interactions with them…so the question is: what can you gain from other people?
JP: Yeah, a hell of a lot if I’m honest with you. I think there’s a reason why God, the universe…spirit…whatever’s up there…I think there’s a reason for there being 7 billion people on earth. It’s because it’s necessary. What we can gain from each other is probably not really possible if we’re living on a desert island all by ourself. So, at least the way I look at it is, we appear to all be different, and of course we are in many respects, but I think if we look at our differences close enough we begin to notice our similarities.
So, one of the reasons why I really value interacting with other people is the more we learn about then, the more it’s teaching me what I don’t know about myself, so I think anything I learn about other people, I’ve got my version of…at least my own metaphorical version of it. Somebody might have had literal life events happen, however if I listen to what they’ve been through, or what they’re going through, be it beautiful or horrendous, I can look and symbolically find my version of it, and I do believe that there’s more that we don’t know about ourselves compared to what we do know about ourselves.
So here there’s 7 billion ‘mirrors’ living on planet earth, and we have the opportunity to look at the mirror to see who’s looking in the mirror, which would be ourselves, and it’s really hard to feel our way into ourself if we don’t have a mirror to find ourself, and I think it can also work the other way where we can lose ourself by getting lost in the mirror, where we look at the mirror and we think we’re looking at the mirror, by my delusional opinion is: we’re not looking at the mirror, we’re looking at whoever’s looking in the mirror, which would be ourself.
So when we look at how we experience other people, I think it can tell us a hell of a lot about how we experience the different parts of ourself within us. A lot of that I think is what would be our undiscovered self, so I think people are so necessary for that, it’s necessary to have beautiful experiences with people so that we can better wiggle into and integrate with our own beautiful parts inside, and I think it’s necessary to be triggered and have conflict with other people, because that forces us to confront the parts of us that we don’t like and therefore repress.
So I think when we’re triggered, upset, angry, sad, whatever it is, at someone else, that’s us bumping into a part of us that we feel insecure about that we otherwise suppress. Here’s this beautiful teacher in our life called ‘girlfriend’, ‘friend’ or ‘wife’ or whoever, and they’re giving us the sacred gift of reflecting to us who we really are…and we can get upset at that – be angry at the mirror, which we all do sometimes, or we can realise who I’m looking at is ‘my own self’.
So yeah, that’s my delusional opinion, I say it with authority because grr I’m delusional enough to believe my opinion.
S and J: [Speechless]
S: It’s cool that you said that that’s your opinion, you believe it with authority, because y’know, when you have an opinion you…believe it…that’s why it’s your opinion. But do you ever have trouble getting that opinion across,for example with religions, they’d generally be like, “This is the opinion of the religion which is from God; which has the authority of coming from God and blah blah blah…do you ever get into a situation where you’re trying to prove your opinion, or is it kind of like, people just accept it?
JP: I love the question. I think the surest path to insanity is to try to prove our opinions to other people. In my opinion that’s taking on mission impossible while being delusional enough to believe the mission is possible. It’s been a while since I’ve tried to prove opinions. I feel very okay with people valuing my opinions, devaluing my opinion, ignoring my opinions…because they are just that…’my opinion’. So, for my own mental sanity, as well as respecting other people, it’s important for me to come from a place of invitation rather than a place of intimidation or forcefulness: “you better believe this and here’s why you’d better believe this!”
I think everybody has their own free will for a reason and I don’t want to disrespect that.
S: That’s cool, that’s…oh…that’s burning.
[After we finished with the first page of questions I set it on fire with the candle]
S: Before we move on there’s a really nice saying…
J: [Whilst burning my fingers] OH JESUS…sorry.
S: It’s carpeted in here…There’s this really nice saying, “from the clash of opinions comes the spark of truth”
JP: I love that. Yeah actually…ah you got me all excited now…hanging around with people who just agree with you doesn’t stimulate growth. I just said the same thing that you said with different words so that I could feel better about myself…but I love your insight about the clash of opinions creates the spark of truth…
S: Well it’s not mine…
JP: I don’t care what you say I’m giving you credit!
S: That’s all we have! Is there anything you’d like to ask us?
JP: Mmm hmm…what are the top three favourite things you guys have about me, and it’s a tough question because Im only asking you for three, which is almost impossible to have only three but, because I’m humble, I like to learn what people love most about me, because I’m humble, probably more humble than you guys.
S: Well you’re probably the most humble person we’ve ever interviewed…which is actually my favourite thing about you…it’s that you accepted to be interviewed when no one else would.
J: Yeah, I mean this could just be a marketing thing…I mean you’ll get a bit of marketing from this I guess…but we’ll get way more! It’s not a symbiotic relationship…we’re leeching off you!
S: We’re parasites.
JP: I love parasites. Actually, parasites are reverse carnivores, so an ultra-spiritual perspective, not only do I advocate veganism, I insist upon it, because that means if you’re eating other animals, you’re just not spiritual! BUT, if you get eaten by other animals, i.e. if you get eaten by parasites, that’s the opposite of being a carnivore – it’s like being a vegan on steroids, you don’t eat meat – your meat gets eaten. The less meat you have the more vegan you are! So the more parasites the better in my opinion! And that’s not my opinion it’s a fact…in my opinion.
[At this point, I’d forgotten that JP was in his alter-ego and began answering his question sincerely…easy thing to do when someone is as transcendent as he is….]
J: Well, I happen to think you are genuinely very perceptive and intelligent from what I’ve seen from you, and I genuinely hope that this isn’t our last meeting
JP: Thank you! Although I was asking that out of my alter ego nonsense, but I actually love how you guys started answering that genuinely, I didn’t expect that! Two is definitely humbling enough my friends! Before we scoot off, our time together has flown by, and I wish we had more, but I”m wondering before we scoot off, any other last words, thoughts, questions on your guys’ minds?
J: Hang on I’ll send it to you over telepathy…you get that?
JP: Yeah, the answer is ‘7 kittens’.
S: I’m sorry man…
JP: Yeah that’s a lot to handle!