AMISHA PATEL M.F.A.
FOUNDER & CEO
I often say that I stumbled onto a knowledge of success accidentally when, as a philosophy student, I began to apply ancient wisdom as practical advice for life.
Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Epicurus, Plotinus, and others, caused me to wonder about the human experience and contemplate unanswerable questions. I became comfortable with mystery, subjectivity, and imperfect knowledge. It seemed that each philosopher had a gift of articulation, the ability to discuss something hard to name, and in naming it, gave me something concrete to hold onto, even in my darkest moments.
The first thing I learned was how not to fear life. Next, I learned that there are many perspectives, or truths, and we can borrow from them to find a productive way forward. Eventually, I could perceive harmony and clear direction within the unseen order – not just for my own life, but for everyone else, too.
Now, 20 years later, I still feel at home within the mossy rock walls of Plato’s Cave, enjoying the light and the shadows, observing the distinctions that make human experience so tender and valuable. Success is a simple word for “a life well-lived.” There’s nothing empty or shallow about success; it is the inevitable outcome of excellence, and it inspires a sense of purpose. The Tree of Life Success Series was invented for anyone who’s on the quest for an extraordinary life, who realizes that human existence isn’t about settling for “good” or “great” – but about seeking what’s beyond that and achieving heights of prosperity, happiness, and love along the way.
After working with nearly a thousand clients, I offer programs that make the mystery of success and enjoyment logical and coherent. Tree of Life clients have come to rely on these teachings. I’ve watched them rapidly become wealthier, freer, and happier during our time together.
Those who were previously unsure how to get what they want became capable, even while improving their authenticity. No one competed, cheated, fixed, or forced. They simply became wiser, and more skillful, by their own initiative and through the power of the Tree of Life methodology.
It is my great pleasure to share the Tree of Life Success Series with you.
A little more about me…
Before I began my work as a coach and consultant, I was a university professor. Most recently, I taught at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. My final course was called “How to Rule the Future: Can Creativity, Empathy, and Play Lead to Success?” It combined my passion for business and love of the humanities. Now I continue to offer expertise from the intersection of those worlds to my colleagues and clients. Other accomplishments include 20+ publications, several awards for writing, and the ability to successfully see past a lion’s mane worth of hair.
I’m originally from New York, although now I live in Los Angeles.
I am fascinated by screenwriting and think it’s a great way to tell stories that give people the courage to transform.
My parents are from India. They are remarkable people that taught me the principle of boundless generosity.
My hobbies include boxing and muy thai, walks in nature, reading, traveling, writing, and spending time with interesting people.
I love animals. They inspire me to think differently about life, growth, and connection.
I have worked with over 1000 clients, ages 25 to 76 from the US, Canada, England, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland & New Zealand, including executives, entertainment professionals, experts in finance, coaches, teachers, doctors, writers, and small business owners.
I have an ability to listen beyond words.
I have failed, so I know.
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An excerpt from Plato's Symposium
(After drinking wine, Aristophanes gives one perspective on Love.)
Aristophanes professed to open another vein of discourse; he had a mind to praise Love in another way, unlike that either of Pausanias or Eryximachus. Mankind; he said, judging by their neglect of him, have never, as I think, at all understood the power of Love. For if they had understood him they would surely have built noble temples and altars, and offered solemn sacrifices in his honour; but this is not done, and most certainly ought to be done: since of all the gods he is the best friend of men, the helper and the healer of the ills which are the great impediment to the happiness of the race. I will try to describe his power to you, and you shall teach the rest of the world what I am teaching you. In the first place, let me treat of the nature of man and what has happened to it; for the original human nature was not like the present, but different. The sexes were not two as they are now, but originally three in number; there was man, woman, and the union of the two, having a name corresponding to this double nature, which had once a real existence, but is now lost, and the word “Androgynous” is only preserved as a term of reproach. In the second place, the primeval man was round, his back and sides forming a circle; and he had four hands and four feet, one head with two faces, looking opposite ways, set on a round neck and precisely alike; also four ears, two privy members, and the remainder to correspond. He could walk upright as men now do, backwards or forwards as he pleased, and he could also roll over and over at a great pace, turning on his four hands and four feet, eight in all, like tumblers going over and over with their legs in the air; this was when he wanted to run fast. Now the sexes were three, and such as I have described them; because the sun, moon, and earth are three;-and the man was originally the child of the sun, the woman of the earth, and the man-woman of the moon, which is made up of sun and earth, and they were all round and moved round and round: like their parents. Terrible was their might and strength, and the thoughts of their hearts were great, and they made an attack upon the gods; of them is told the tale of Otys and Ephialtes who, as Homer says, dared to scale heaven, and would have laid hands upon the gods. Doubt reigned in the celestial councils. Should they kill them and annihilate the race with thunderbolts, as they had done the giants, then there would be an end of the sacrifices and worship which men offered to them; but, on the other hand, the gods could not suffer their insolence to be unrestrained.
At last, after a good deal of reflection, Zeus discovered a way. He said: “Methinks I have a plan which will humble their pride and improve their manners; men shall continue to exist, but I will cut them in two and then they will be diminished in strength and increased in numbers; this will have the advantage of making them more profitable to us. They shall walk upright on two legs, and if they continue insolent and will not be quiet, I will split them again and they shall hop about on a single leg.” He spoke and cut men in two, like a sorb-apple which is halved for pickling, or as you might divide an egg with a hair; and as he cut them one after another, he bade Apollo give the face and the half of the neck a turn in order that the man might contemplate the section of himself: he would thus learn a lesson of humility. Apollo was also bidden to heal their wounds and compose their forms. So he gave a turn to the face and pulled the skin from the sides all over that which in our language is called the belly, like the purses which draw in, and he made one mouth at the centre, which he fastened in a knot (the same which is called the navel); he also moulded the breast and took out most of the wrinkles, much as a shoemaker might smooth leather upon a last; he left a few, however, in the region of the belly and navel, as a memorial of the primeval state. After the division the two parts of man, each desiring his other half, came together, and throwing their arms about one another, entwined in mutual embraces, longing to grow into one, they were on the point of dying from hunger and self-neglect, because they did not like to do anything apart; and when one of the halves died and the other survived, the survivor sought another mate, man or woman as we call them, being the sections of entire men or women, and clung to that. They were being destroyed, when Zeus in pity of them invented a new plan: he turned the parts of generation round to the front, for this had not been always their position and they sowed the seed no longer as hitherto like grasshoppers in the ground, but in one another; and after the transposition the male generated in the female in order that by the mutual embraces of man and woman they might breed, and the race might continue; or if man came to man they might be satisfied, and rest, and go their ways to the business of life: so ancient is the desire of one another which is implanted in us, reuniting our original nature, making one of two, and healing the state of man.