Spontaneously Self-Employed

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

My self-employment kick-started in El Paso.

I crossed from Juarez to El Paso with a few pesos in my jeans, barely recovered from a severe case of turista, supposedly to teach classes for a semester at a metaphysical school, but the whole shebang had moved to New York.

I stayed with my friend Andrea, asking if she had any friends who needed Reflexology sessions. (This was pre-Mind Hacking days!)

I offered her 50% of whatever I earned. She brought me so much business,

I became a self-proclaimed Vagabond Therapist then and there, tooling around on Greyhound buses, soliciting business while traveling coast-to-coast across the U.S.

Thereafter, I offered 25%, doing sessions and Solar Nutrition workshops out of private homes.

My advert was …

“If you go to a chiropractor or a naturopath, you get only ten or twenty minutes at the most. Provide me with a place to stay and work, and you can pick my brain the entire time, take 25% of everything I earn, and I’ll work on you and teach you to cook Solar as well.”


As an example, fast forward a decade or so, when a stranger referred to me phoned to ask about her roommate’s gall bladder issue.

“If you ever get to Fairhope, Alabama, please drop by to see us,” Sandy said.

On a round trip from Santa Barbara to Key West ($99 each way), I spontaneously jumped off the Big Grey Dog in Mobile, Alabama, announcing from a phone booth, “I’m here!”

Sandy said she couldn’t see me till the next day, so I rented a motel in Panama City, Florida, experiencing my first Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s (midday, of course!).

Five or six cable TV movies later, I returned to Mobile.

Sandy freaked out when she saw me debusing — long hair, headband, tank top, flowered walking shorts, carrying a dumbak Sufi drum.

After the initial shock, and the 19-mile drive to Fairhope, Sandy lined up lots of clients.

I blew town with two grand in my pocket two days later (and Fairhope became a semi-regular stopping place).


Note: Sandy was a massage therapist in Hollywood before she moved to Fairhope.

One of her clients was Michael Crichton (1942-2008).

She introduced him to the “spiritual path,” partly covered in his 1988 nonfiction book, Travels.


'Spontaneously Self-Employed' have 5 comments

  1. May 8, 2020 @ 3:46 am Atom

    “I sprained my ankle,” a woman said.
    “Which ankle did you sprain? Left or right?” I asked.
    “The right one. I can barely move it.”
    “What time of the day did you sprain it?”
    “Yesterday afternoon.”
    “Can you remember the exact time, or at least as close as possible?”
    “I got home about 1:00 p.m. No one was there, and I didn’t look at the clock, so I’d guess it was about 2:00 p.m.”
    “Let me ask you a crazy question. When you think of the pain and the inconvenience of spraining your ankle, what’s the very first color that pops into your mind? What color do you think of?”
    “Well, red.”
    “Just before you sprained your ankle, did a woman call you on the telephone and tell you she was moving away? Someone close to you, a friend or a relative?”
    “Yes, my daughter phoned me. She said she was moving to Iowa.” She started crying, releasing trauma.


  2. May 8, 2020 @ 3:46 am Atom

    A woman injured her RIGHT knee after visiting her mother in the hospital.
    She said,”Life has brought me to my knees” three times and “Life has cut me off at the knees” one time in the first ten minutes without realizing she was describing her “physical” ailment.
    “You’re lucky your subconscious believed ‘Life has brought me to my knees,’ and not your other affirmation,” I told her.


  3. May 8, 2020 @ 3:51 am Atom

    Cows aren’t the only animals with multiple stomachs. Humans have three — two fused together in our so-called “stomach,” and the cecum is a third stomach.


  4. May 8, 2020 @ 4:05 am Atom

    he thyroid controls the teeth and their link to the spinal vertebrae. ENAMEL is the most radiosensitive and radioconductive of any tissue in the human body. SKIN is the least radiosensitive and radioconductive tissue in the human body. Skin is our Cosmic Spacesuit — sprouted from an almond in the identical way an oak is sprouted from an acorn. (Split an almond in two and lick the inside with your tongue to feel a possible outcome for your skin.)


  5. May 8, 2020 @ 4:06 am Atom

    Re: Will I get all of that [DHA, EPA, etc.] from fish?
    That’s like asking, “If I can’t get my mercury from dental fillings, can I get it from eating the mercury in a thermometer?”
    Or, “If I can’t get my radioactive fallout from Chernobyl, can I get it from Fukushima?”
    We don’t need omega 3 or omega 6 fatty acids. They are anything but “essential.”
    We DO need omega 9 fatty acids since our depot fat is made up of nearly 50% oleic acid, the omega 9 fatty acid in olive oil.
    Our body fat is closer to an olive than a cow — 25% of our depot fat is palmitic acid and not even 10% of it is stearic acid.
    Don’t be concerned about being confused.
    The fish oil and seed oil cartels make billions of ill-gotten dollars a year by making sure you and the greater mass of humanity remain confused.
    And 99% of our health gurus — including Dr. Oz, Dr. Mercola, Andrew Weil, Suzanne Somers, Sally Fallon, David Wolfe, and Jack Kruse — are unsuspecting vectors of disinformation.
    This malicious marketing does much more than just pick our pockets. It lops weeks, months, and years off individual lives — death by a thousand paper cuts.
    Death from a bullet is immediately evident.
    But no one notices the difference between someone dying at 82 instead of living till 85.
    And no one realizes that the diseases of so-called “old age” and “genetics” — such as obesity, dementia, and age spots — are entirely avoidable.
    Ever New Diamond Body Lifestyles,


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