For those roaming the Desert of the Real…
…there awaits an Oasis.
Where travelers can unpack, unwind, tell grand tales of their journeys, and nourish their souls before setting back off on their quest.
Forever searching, endlessly wandering.
Welcome, fellow Nomads, to the Oasis of Nous.
And hey there!
My name is Albert Kim. I’m a weirdo who’s into philosophy, science, politics, health & fitness, vegan doughnuts (I know, those last two things don’t match), and dreaming about the future. And about a billion other things I don’t want to bog you down with. Basically, I’m into what it is exist.
I started Noetic Nomads in October of 2020 because I got bored being cooped up in my mama’s basement in Jersey due to COVID. Okay, there’s a bit more to the story than that.
I went to New York City with dreams. What exactly those dreams were, I wasn’t sure. I just “knew”, whatever they were, that they lay something other than where I was at.
I worked at a Manhattan startup founded by ex-employees of some Big Tech firms. I quickly got attention by outperforming the rest of the company combined, and was offered a lucrative position in another big city. Not bad for a 35-year-old who’d only recently completed his online Bachelors from a mid-tier state school. They told me as much.
I said no. They treated me well, but I couldn’t see myself doing this for the long haul. I couldn’t see myself doing anything for the long haul. I had no idea what I wanted. I just knew it wasn’t this.
I left and worked a minimum-wage job as I studied and prepared for a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) position overseas. I wanted out. Again. Whatever my dreams were, they had to be somewhere else. And where was this “somewhere else” I’d chosen as the place my dreams lay in 2020 and beyond?
Talk about timing.
The NY Department of State office shut down on the day I went to finalize my papers to leave. Airlines were stopping flights. The entire city was going into lockdown. I was stuck. I had put everything into this. Now what?
Back to Jersey. I promised myself I would never go back, but now here I was. I couldn’t run away anymore.
I went deep into myself. Into my shadow, my darkness, my wholeness. I learned to explore myself and others with the help of my Rebel Wisdom Sensemaking 101 podmates, Robin and Thea. I regularly attended sessions at The Stoa where I was incessantly triggered by feelings of awe and inspiration as well as of inadequacy and self-doubt.
I dove headlong into philosophy, spirituality, embodied practices. Into knowing myself and knowing others, including those — even my own family members — who I’d been pushing away for so long.
I’ve spent the last fifteen years desperately trying to heal and align myself. I didn’t have the strength to do what I’m doing until now. I don’t know what is going to come of this, if anything. That’s okay. I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring this, my unique gift, to the world. I still have a lot of work to do, on myself and with this project.
I hope it’s of some value to you.