How to Find Your Inner Light with Matt Maruca

Show Notes

Matt Maruca is the founder of RaOptics, who make, I think it's fair to say objectively, the world's best blue-blocking glasses — but more importantly, he is in my view a radical citizen scientist, self-experimenter, and articulate communicator — and what's more he's only 24 years old. Which, given his depth of knowledge and wisdom, is somewhat mind-blowing for someone of his age.

This conversation didn't go the way that I had expected. I'd been reading journal papers and studies on photobiology, mitochondrial health, and how to optimize our light environment...  but fairly quickly it became clear that this wasn't the direction that the conversation wanted to go. I think a former version of me would have wanted to stick to the script — but instead we veered off into a fascinating tangent into Matt's explorations into spirituality and what he describes as surrendering to life.

In this conversation, you can expect to learn:

👹  The effects of repressing anger on depression and health
🔆  The benefits of light therapy and being in tune with your circadian rhythm
⚡  Why Matt believes that humans are beings of energy and electromagnetism
🌱  The important distinction between vitalistic and mechanistic perspectives for personal growth
🙇‍♂️  The power of surrendering to life or how he stopped acting like he was a victim to life.


[00:01:36] Matt's curiosity about health and wellness led them to explore various aspects of their own well-being, including diet, nutrition, supplementation, and eventually light therapy. He discovered that cellular dysfunction, particularly in mitochondria, plays a significant role in disease and that environmental factors and lifestyle choices can impact health.

[00:09:04] Challenges led to self-reflection and a shift in mindset. Learning from Dr. Joe Dispenza's teachings, joy is found by opening oneself and surrendering limited beliefs and emotions. Change starts from within.

[00:20:28] Matt discusses their background in studying light and electromagnetic energy in relation to health. They criticize the mechanistic approach of Western medicine and promote the idea of tapping into the body's natural healing power. They express skepticism towards the carnivore diet's claims of healing and share personal experiences.

[00:43:54] Matt discusses their journey towards understanding health, wellness, and spirituality, emphasizing the importance of changing one's perception to create a better external experience.

[01:05:32] The idea of being greater than we think and considering limitless possibilities.

[01:13:12] The writer's goal is twofold: personal growth and creating an ethical company. They want to awaken people to the importance of inner light and bridge the gap between their products and spirituality. They believe that cultivating inner light is crucial for human evolution.

[01:18:33] Jesus is seen as a profound and humorous figure in personal spiritual development.

Official Links

😎 Ra Optics (affiliate link) —
👋 Follow Matt on Instagram + Youtube —  @TheLightDiet
💡 Buy Warm Edison Bulbs on Amazon —

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