The Real-Life Story of Ziad Masri

Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you want the world to know about YOU?

Who I am is not nearly as important as what I teach…and what I teach people is that who we truly are is beyond our body, beyond our name, beyond our mind, and beyond our identity. Who we truly are is a limitless consciousness or spirit that is experiencing itself temporarily in human form and the only way to truly be fulfilled is to discover our true nature and start embodying it and living it on a daily basis.

Describe a typical day in your life.

A typical day in my in life starts by waking up between 4 – 4:30am because my 1.5 year old son loves to wake up super early and this is the time I get to enjoy with him before I get to work. So I start my day with a good 3 hours spent with my son, playing with him, enjoying that bonding time with him. After this, I do some meditation. Around 10am my wife puts our son down for a nap, and then we do some exercise together, along with some reading and meditation together. I then get to work on my website At around 4pm, I finish up with my work, and spend quality time with my son again. We give him dinner, bathe him, put him to sleep and then my wife and I enjoy the evening together!

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?

One of the biggest challenges I have faced on my spiritual awakening journey is the challenge of dealing with deep-seeded anger that has been with me since childhood. It doesn’t really matter now where that anger came from or how it originated, but it always left a sort of dichotomy between what I was learning about spirituality, and then not being able to apply it into everyday life because of this anger that would sometimes take hold. It has taken many years to learn to transcend this anger, to be able to witness it and not be overcome by it. To be able to accept it and gently let it go and move beyond it.

Who would you describe as a role model and why?

My role models are the great ancient and modern spiritual teachers. The ones who are termed as fully awake or enlightened beings that live in an effortless, awakened way. They live a life of deep clarity and peace. A good modern example that people may have heard of is Eckhart Tolle.

Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.

One thing about me that most people don’t know is that I was extremely shy growing up, even through college and beyond that. People now see me as this spiritual teacher on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc. and they see someone who is quite confident and they don’t realize that I was actually someone who was very shy. That is something that I have worked through over the years, with much introspection and inner work, and learned to let go of.

What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?

One piece of advice I would give people to deal with any challenge or struggle is to learn how to dis-identify from their mind, their thoughts, and their emotions and to fall back into a broader, or more spacious consciousness that can witness the mind and emotions without being completely controlled by it. That gives you a much deeper sense of clarity, and allows you to have a sense of peace even if there is turmoil going on outwards or even inwards. It could be a spaciousness around that, which allows you to deal with life with much more clarity.

What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).

I don’t feel that any word adequately defines me, simply because I don’t feel like words can even come close to capturing the truth of our being. The truth of our being, I feel, is beyond all words. It is something that is nameless and can’t be described. So I prefer not to use any words to describe myself and prefer not to hold onto or fixate on any specific identity, or concept, or idea of myself. But rather, I would like to experience myself as this consciousness that is beyond name, beyond form. That is where the greatest joy of fulfillment lies.