WARNING: And, I am NOT out to “praise him” in this piece. You might want to LISTEN TO THIS FIRST!
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Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep) Can Get All of The “Hello’s” He Wants For What He Charges People
(The transcript version is below for those who prefer to read it but, it differs ever so slightly from the audio version)
“Can I get a HELLO?” asks Youtube channel master, Infinite Waters (Diving Deep). “And…we haven’t even had breakfast yet.”
Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep)
First of all, if you’ve come to this piece, it’s because you’ve more than likely been doing an internet search on YouTuber, Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep) and found this piece as many do and will do because there’s not much easily found about Smart other than what he wants you to know about him.
The following is tagged as an opinion piece for good reason. It’s my, personal opinion of him, based upon my own thoughts and feelings towards him.
When commenters comment with hatred, insults and rawness or even try to do so covertly, they are simply demonstrating what Smart’s work has done for them in a not so favourable way and goes against Smart.
Better known as Infinite Waters whose real name (or at least that’s what he calls himself) is Ralph Smart, is alleges himself to be a psychologist though there is no record of him having done the Masters Degree, PhD, the clinical work necessary, the exam nor has he registered with the authoritative board as a certified and licensed practitioner. That’s fabrication number one. Smart also alleges that he’s a Criminologist, a field that research has shown him never to have been part of. That’s number, 2. Beyond that, Smart’s claim to fame has been that he’s a cinematographer where he’s created a couple of videos on skateboarding that went nowhere, a music producer where again, he’s created one or two songs that went without fanfare, and a graphic artist which one can only assume, has come from his YouTube creative thumbnails or website images that everyone has done. Delusions #3, 4 and 5. To add to the fanfare, his credits include being an “Alchemist” which we all are and, and “Infinite Being”, something that is either borderline personality disordered claims or something that Smart doesn’t hold the key to as we are all those things as well by virtue of being human beings.
Smart, if that’s his real name, has found his alleged niche in drawing in Youtube subscribers, scooping people struggling with either severely troubled minds, young and often in need of more help that any YouTuber should be trying to give out and using false claims of who he is or, by going the popular Spiritual route, “breathing in that good ass prana.” I say allegedly because to date, there has been no proof of him being a true psychologist, registered or otherwise yet, he’s giving out advice to subscribers with the false premise that he’s a psychologist. Sadly, being a psychologist is only what he proclaims himself to be and the only thing that the net world has to go by since he only lets out what he wants viewers to know about him or, isn’t using his real name on those videos. Most of his devout followers don’t seem to care what kind of damage he has or can do so, who am I to care what everyone else does? It’s their choices and their lives and wellbeing that he’s playing with, not mine.
With some over 1.1 Million subscribers on Youtube at this point in time, Smart seems to have found his niche finally. Filming mostly in what appears to be a park somewhere, usually standing in front of a tree, Weeping Willow branches grazing his face and sometimes, completely covering his entire head and face, Smart has managed to hook in over a million viewers and subscribers with his own cleverly devised spiritually contented “solutions” to both life and personal issues and free (for you to watch) formulaic style videos on Youtube. They’re so contrived that he could do them in his sleep now but, I will give props where props are due. They are cleverly done, timed and uploaded marketing for himself. Sadly, about the only thing that Smart has done is learned how to market himself well a niche in which to fit into to make money and not have to work a regular job like the people he preaches to. He’s well-read in these areas and I have often heard him spew or parrot what others before him have long since written or said on camera. There’s not anything new to what Smart says. It’s all recycled materials from others before him.
Smart admits that doing this, not only covers his monthly bills but has left him (at this point anyway) not having to work a nine to five job like the rest of us do. Smart also offers private sessions on his website, along with his books, cd’s. He also calls himself a, Cinematographer, Life Coach, Relationship Guide, Alchemist, and Infinite Being, things we can all call ourselves.
“PEEEEACE” he says, beginning all of his videos.
This calm, serene, happy looking Brit chap stops at least once or twice during his videos to turn his head to the side then back again, smile never leaving his face for the full 20 or so minutes he usually records. Some have wisely picked up the fact that these motions and repeated phrasing are not simply Smart’s signature moves. They are actually part of what’s called “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” or NLP for short. One can learn the techniques easily without having to take any courses though it is more often than not, used for sales and marketing practises which is exactly what I see as Smart doing. He’s selling his viewers on him, his sessions, books and cd’s. Though you see Smart’s videos as free, they are not. Smart gets money for every click he gets on one of his videos from both YouTube as well as advertisers that you may not even be aware of him having because he doesn’t often mention them. He pays his bills with this form of payment though, at last check, Smart was still living in a small flat in London with at least his mom. It seemed that there were also others living with them as well. Whether or not that has changed in recent months, I am not aware of it.
“Slow motion to this side….mmmmm,” Smart says, closing his eyes and mimicking an imitation of a camera slowing its shot.
Admittedly, Smart’s (Infinite Waters Diving Deep) first videos caught my eye a couple of years ago and I subscribed to his channel as nearly a million people have done now. At that time and under the circumstances I was dealing with then, he somehow, made sense and got me hooked on his videos as he touched upon topics that most of us do struggle with to some extent or another, in one way or another for some piece of time in our lives. I eagerly lapped them up, spending a couple of hours at a time, binge watching them. Unfortunately, as time went by, it seems that Smart caught onto the idea that adding Spiritual elements to his videos, outweighed the psychological side of his alleged “psychologist’s” roots. He, himself got on the mystical spiritual train ride and began spewing more and more Vegan spiels, where each of his videos are extolling (to some extent or another) the so-called virtues of becoming Vegan. Pathetically, Smart left this repetitive necessity to success, unexplained from all that I’ve watched. Desperate and emotionally troubled viewers have dropped eating meat and gone over to eating strawberries, grapes and açai without proper knowledge on how to become Vegan properly. They ran into health issues because of doing so. Smart doesn’t offer up the proper advice to seek out nutritional counselling so that someone doesn’t become ill. Take it from someone who went Vegetarian then to Vegan long before YouTube even existed and Ralph was still suckling a baby bottle. Not unbelievably, I eventually became severely ill because I didn’t know that our bodies couldn’t produce amino or essential acids that needed to be supplemented. Human beings are not meant to be herbivores but, omnivores. I found Smart to be more of a salesman so as not to work a normal job than anything else and both he and his videos all became far too formulaic and New Age-y as well as trendy for me at this point. I unsubscribed having found solutions through other sources, healthcare professionals and research of my own.
It’s not that I am not spiritual because I am. I have also studied psychology in university and metaphysics as well as Quantum Physics but, don’t call myself any of these titles as I’m not certified to do so and, it’s my bet that Smart isn’t either. (Please send me credible sources that prove that Smart is a registered psychologist with a PhD and has completed the necessary post grad training and licensing exam if you have it. It’s nowhere to be found from what I can tell. I’m open to credible source citations if you have it.) It was more the point that I could see through Smart that he had finally, after several other failed attempts at film making, recording music etc., found a hook with which to grab in viewers and sell more of both his books, cd’s as well as those overly expensive “sessions” he sells to most often, vulnerable of people.
Of course, personally, if I had the kind of money required for one of Smart’s sessions and needed help, I’d much prefer to be spending it with a real face-to-face psychologist versus a Youtube video maker but, that’s me. Everyone else is free to do what they please, without doubt. If it wasn’t evident because Youtube videos are free to watch except for bandwidth costs, Smart also makes money off of his Youtube channel as well. The more subscribers, the more clicks he gets on those videos, the more he makes in every sense of the word as another Youtuber has explained it to me. As Smart has said, he doesn’t want to work an “ordinary job” or 9 to 5 and wants his subscribers to feel the same. Sorry to all of you out there who do work normal jobs as I do. As I see it, if you didn’t do what you do and I didn’t do what I do to bring in a pay-check every week (writing is simply a hobby for me) everyone lived according to Smart’s ideals, the world would stop functioning. There’d be no cars, no restaurants or stores, no garbage collection, no anything we have come to count on in Society but, I guess that’s ok for some people though I doubt it would be ok for Smart because he has bragged about being able to travel. Would there be pilots to take him where he wants to go? Isn’t that a regular job? I digress though. Again, that’s everyone’s prerogative to believe and follow whomever and whatever they want so, off of that soap box I go.
“Infinite Waters, Diving Deep, PEEEAAACCCCE,” Smart says in every video he does now. Even a practising psychologist doesn’t make the 350 Smart charges for an undefined 1 hour (psychology or spiritual or what…it doesn’t say) 1 on 1 Skype Session but, for those who can afford it and wish to do it, more power to you as it’s your choice, of course. Have you found The Secret (a concept Author, Rhonda Byrnes has re-formulated from an old book of the same nature, given to her by her daughter that has her laughing all the way to the bank) and the concept of manifesting what you want into being by thinking it so that Smart also pushes in a quite a few of his videos as well? Have you tried it? Does it work for you?
For the kind of money that both Smart charges and likely makes as well as the millions of dollars that Byrnes has made on her books (though she’s been sued several times now as she didn’t give those who promoted her their shares and she lives very comfortably now thanks to them), they will both give you all of the hellos you can stand and send you a hug through the video camera while they’re at it.
Sadly, it’s not totally happy people who are watching Smart’s videos. Like myself at the time that I first found Smart’s video channel, most people are struggling with something or other in their lives and looking for answers to those problems. People like Smart and Byrnes give people hope in a mystical way that other professionals can’t seem to give them. It may be bull droppings for some people but, for others, as long as they are given a form of hope, they will lap it up and some will even pay for it. Smart knows it as does Byrnes. I, personally found nothing of value in either of their approaches as nothing either of them have said or done is ‘new’. Smart has said nothing in any of his videos that hasn’t been said by someone else in books on videos or elsewhere by other authors. He’s not unique in my mind so, I quit watching him when I realized he was re-cycling older videos word for word, has formulaic scripts and contradicts himself. That’s me though. If others find him as a help, that’s wonderful for them. We’re all Infinite Beings and Alchemists as well as psychologists after all. At least, that’s the way that I’m seeing things from my little corner of life. Everyone else is free to see it their way.
PEACE, Love and Light.
As of January 16, 2017
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