Hello! Who are you?
I'm Michael Matucci. I love igniting the truth and empowering leaders to to break through to their destiny. Words, classes, and movies are my mediums to spark men and women to overcome their own traumas, issues, and insecurities and eventually use them to inspire others.
Currently, I run an academy, Encompass Life, for those choosing breakthrough results in their lives. Located in Florida, we do online and in-presence journeys for people to find their own happiness, and so, as a leader, I get to go first! In the ten years of my own study here and elsewhere, I earned my PhD.
On the side, I bring forth creations that celebrate the light in others, especially those that have emerged from the darkest places. Overcomers of gang violence, homelessness and sex trafficking are some of the most powerful and interesting people you’ll ever meet.
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What is your struggle and when did it start?
I have lived a life of dreams across five continents, learning and communicating in the local languages, and jumping into the jobs that arose. Ready or not, here I go! I checked off my entire bucket list in my 20s.
It sounds glamorous, and for a long time it was; however, like the social media profiles people portray, there’s much more beyond what people see and think.
Amidst the thousands of interactions that I had, with people across the globe, one can get a sense of aloneness. I was the outsider. Frequently being fresh on the scene, it took time for new acquaintances to let me into their rooted, organized lives.
My surroundings frequently changed, and I spent tons of energy learning a whole new city, country, and language. When it wasn’t a new language, it was a new project or profession in a new industry or subject.
How did this struggle make you feel at your worst moments?
I’d like to add a little clarity to this question. Struggles or situations on the outside cannot make us feel anything, that’s our choice. Feelings are our responsibility.
I didn’t realize that at the time, and it was really easy to be distracted by all the new things! When I wasn’t whizzing by them or stuffing them down, I did notice an emptiness inside. I would typically turn the page.
As I began a path of going within when I started studying deep acting work, I started noticing what I’d buried. There were longings for people and places where I’d connected profoundly. During one particular period, I found myself feeling quite depressed.
I attempted to utilize it in the dramatic arts work I was doing at the time. Much remained untouched. Once in a while, I’d open up, which was a big surprise to people accustomed to seeing me upbeat and full of energy, so I’d close again.
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Was there a moment when you started to turn things around?
I turned things around in two phases, both had to do with spiritual work. My first phase was filled with high-level yoga, meditation, and other Eastern practices. I started busting through blocks and strongholds I didn’t know that I had. Over time, more and more rays of joy came popping through.
After years of work I thought I was 80% there, and it was thus time to start helping others. I left my financial security, home, and friends in LA, and stepped into full spiritual service. That experience, again abroad as well as across America, reintroduced me to some more challenging circumstances and revealed there was more to go.
It was with Mark Scherer and Encompass Life that my happiness meter reached a whole new level. We discovered many hidden blocks and patterns, we all have hundreds inside, that required to be dealt with for me to live my highest life. Wow, has it been an amazing journey!
What steps did you take to overcome your struggle?
The ultimate thing that I did to reverse my circumstance was to find the place of union, the opposite of aloneness, inside of myself. All the work that I did on and in myself prepared me to actually tap into the well within that connects me to the Divine. From then on, it’s been a feeling of wholeness, completeness, and community for me!
The key to change is in you. It’s not going to be in any drug or medicine, therapy, or wild outdoor adventure. Even the joy of a terrific new partner will only cover up what’s in you for so long. It has to come out. That’s life.
You are required to work on yourself if you choose to have happiness constantly flowing from within. When you do, you face these challenges in you and turn them into treasures, then you can even ignite happiness around you.
It’s essential to understand that Life is happening for you, not to you. Mental awareness of that is huge, but it is only the first step.
Self-empowerment is the key. Go for the tools to equip you for this journey. We teach them at Encompass Life. There are others who will also lift you. Choose someone who will teach you how to fish instead of giving you the fish.
Have you shared any of this with people around you in real life?
What I found was that talking about struggles gives them power. If someone sympathizes with them, it then compounds them. Now, there are two of you wallowing. That’s of little use unless you’re acting in a movie.
Yes, of course, bring them up, and then do something about them. Make a new choice. Take a new action. Get a new skill. If you talk about them with someone, be sure it’s someone who is going to see you and then assist you forward.
I do share my prior struggles now as a way to open the pathway for others. When you learn everything you can about the situation you’re in, and then navigate your way out, over, and beyond it, then you can help people in your predicament do the same!
If you could give a single piece of advice to someone else that struggles, what would that be?
It’s essential to understand that life is happening for you, not to you. Self-empowerment is the key. Go for the tools to equip you for this journey. This includes developing strong direct communication with the Creator, the Source of all. That’s where your answers are!
What have been the most influential books, podcasts, YouTube channels, or other resources for you?
I have read hundreds of books and watched hundreds more educational videos and classes. You can check my reading list for a few of the most profound transformational texts.
There’s only so much you’ll get from books. The key is to realize that you are the answer. You co-create your experiences. You can tap into divine intelligence as much as any author, teacher, or guru when you develop yourself and stay on that road.
Where can we go to learn more about you?
Feel free to send me a message here if you’d like to get in touch with me!
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