Main Attraction | Amy Main
At the end of the day.. it’s all just a beautiful play by the Universe.
What do you think is your purpose in life?
Coming out swinging, I like it!
In a broad sense, I believe we as humans are on this planet to evolve our consciousness. Since we are all working through different things in each incarnation, that can manifest in almost infinite seeming ways. But generally speaking, we are having individualized experiences that are pointing us upwards to a collective consciousness, a higher realm of being.
On a less philosophical and more personal level, I think my purpose is to inspire other people through creative expression. I’ve always been drawn to the arts as a means of communicating deeper meaning and ideas, whether it be acting, writing, or painting. I create art to uplift, to illuminate, to build bridges. If it touches someone, even just one person, I have succeeded.
In what ways have you grown over the course of your life?
My childhood was unbelievably happy, a fountain of fond memories. If you look through old photo albums, I’m always beaming up until around age 12, when I got braces. That was a real turning point. Not just having metal in my mouth ruining my smile, but the self-consciousness that comes with puberty.
I spent so much of my high school years obsessed with how I was being perceived, unable to live authentically or develop in positive ways. The theatre held a key for me, allowed me to really explore myself in ways I couldn’t in ‘real’ life. I had a breakthrough around 17, breaking out of my conformed thinking briefly, but moving to Los Angeles and working in Hollywood sucked me back into the rat race. It took another decade before I woke up.
When I stopped drinking and went vegan at 30, my life took a 180, catapulting my consciousness into a new reality. Since then, I’ve been on a creative, spiritual path, unwinding the old belief systems and learning how to live joyfully in the world.
What scent reminds you of your childhood?
The smell of rain in the mountains. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, one of the cleanest, greenest places in the United States. It rained nine months a year, and smelled like heaven. I remember the first time it rained in LA after I moved there, it smelled like acid and asphalt. It churned my stomach and made me homesick. Sadly, it’s becoming harder to find that fresh mountain smell, as our planet becomes more toxic from all of our commercial activities.
Have you ever had a premonition that came true?
Frequently! Usually smaller things, little synchronicities like “such and such is going to call me today” or “Donald Trump is going to become president.” (My writing partner actually wrote that into a script pre-2016.) I would say my intuition is very accurate when I allow myself a clear channel to tune into it. I hope my premonition of the world going vegan by the end of the century is accurate!
When do you feel most creative?
When I’m in love and right after a breakup. I wrote 40 Dates and 40 Nights as a reaction to heartbreak. I started drawing in the midst of my last relationship and painting after it ended.
The process of opening my heart to another allows so much expansion in my creative life – the whole world seems to sing to me, everything becomes technicolor. And then the aftermath, when the relationship has run its course, shows me the depth of my love and my strength in rebuilding. My major loves have all taught me so much, I’m so grateful to each of them.
What books are on your bedside table?
None, since I’m currently nomadic and got rid of all my books. But I have a gazillion downloaded to my iPad. Right now I’m reading several: Tapestry of the Gods by Michael Robbins, a book on the seven different ray energies; The Astral Body by Arthur Powell; The Art Spirit by Robert Henri; and Holistic Dental Care by Nadine Artemis. I’ve also slowly been working through Tertium Organum by P.D. Ouspensky, about visualizing the fourth dimension. It’s an excellent read, but dense!
What are the little things that lift you and give you the most joy in your life?
It’s by no means a little thing, but nature fills my heart with true joy. A spectacular sunset, waves crashing on the beach, a giant tree reminding us who we are.
Painting people and animals often moves me to tears of happiness and love. It might be the most meditative practice I’ve found for myself.
Also, a good conversation with lots of laughter and philosophy and poetic waxing, over a homecooked organic meal. It doesn’t really get better than that for me.
What piece of advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Stop drinking and go vegan! You’re being brainwashed and having your consciousness suppressed by this insane society. You are a spiritual being having a human experience, and this is wondrous. You are so beautiful and healthy and young, the whole world is ready for you to explore it. Don’t worry about that audition you didn’t book, or that narcissistic actor that doesn’t really like you. You don’t need anything to be complete, you are enough.
Follow your heart and use that vast intelligence to spread love and knowledge, the universe will conspire with you.
Who would you most like to receive a postcard from?
A postcard from Jesus or Buddha would be pretty epic.
Who would you love to have tea with and why?
Madame Blavatsky. What a woman!! I would love to pick her brain on all of her incredible past lives and her books The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled. She was such a pioneer of the spiritual world in the 19th century, and her life was so fascinating.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?
“You are more than your physical, emotional, and mental bodies” – from numerous spiritual texts and teachers. It’s so easy for me to get swept up in my ego, to lose sight of the bigger picture. Remembering my intrinsic spiritual nature has saved me from going over several emotional and intellectual cliffs.
Do you believe in love at first sight or do you think it takes time to grow?
I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. I’ve fallen in love at first sight and had a meaningful relationship, and I’ve had slow burns that took many months or years to develop. But I will say there’s an underlying chemistry that exists that seems to either be there or not. I’ve tried to force things with men I don’t have that with, and it never works.
What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?
Waking up slowly next to my best friend and partner. Yoga before breakfast. A few hours of painting, perhaps using my partner as the model. A healthy lunch at a cute café with great vibes. A walk out in nature in the afternoon, near some body of water (the ocean, a mountain lake, a river – all will do.) Some writing or journaling or listening to music. Cooking dinner for a small group of close friends. Making love before entering the astral.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
I’d really like to have continuous consciousness while in the astral. I know many of us are doing plenty of work in the astral realm without our waking selves having any recollection, but I’d really love to be aware of my time spent there. Working with a master after hours sounds divine!
Where in the world holds a special place in your heart and why?
The beaches of Thailand. We lived in Bangkok when I was younger and my parents had an import business that brought them back there yearly. Some of my favorite memories are with my family on Koh Samui back in the 90s. It’s changed a lot since then, but Sri Thanu on Koh Phangan really resonated with me when I visited two years ago.
If you were going to fall in love together, please share one thing that would be important him or her to know.
I’m really bad at doing casual. I’m an intense person with big dreams. I’m looking for a life partner to co-create with, someone who is supportive emotionally, intellectually, creatively, physically, spiritually.
Complete the sentence: Right now, I’m loving… falling in love again. <3
Share a quote and why it inspires you
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!” ― William Hutchison Murray
My favorite acting teacher used to say this often, and had us memorize this quote. I think it speaks for itself, but my own experiences are a testament. Whether it’s trusting the universe that I am safe and supported on my nomadic journey around the world, or committing to my life as an artist, the world has shown up for me and then some.
People ask how I’m able to live the life I’m living, and honestly it even amazes me, but it’s because I’ve committed to it.
I’ve taken so many chances in my life, jumped into the deep end so many times, and it’s always rewarded me in one way or another with valuable life lessons.
What in your life do you feel most grateful for?
My family and friends. I have so much love in my life, so many wonderful people around the world I connect with on all sorts of levels. My parents did an amazing job raising my brother and me, and the older I get the more I appreciate the life they’ve given us.
My best friend Monika has been perhaps the most important person in my life the last five years, and I don’t know where I’d be without her. We joke about how hard it will be when we find our romantic partners, since we’re practically married to each other. But we both obviously want that for each other too.
Complete the sentence: At the end of the day.. it’s all just a beautiful play by the Universe.