Ep. #70 Understand Your DNA to Maximize Your Health w/ Dr. Mikolaj Raszek

Dr. Mikolaj Raszek

Dr. Mikolaj Raszek is the founder and managing director of Merogenomics: a Canadian biotechnology company dedicated to enhancing everyone’s access to genomic sequencing education and technologies. Merogenomics offers access to clinical DNA testing for personalized health information: screening for predispositions, undiagnosed diseases, cancer profiling and pregnancy fetal testing.

In this episode, Mikolaj and Shane discuss a variety of topics including: the explanatory power of genome sequencing, gene therapy, epigenetics, genetic evolution and biodiversity, and the relationship between our genes and our health. 

Human genome sequencing provides insight into one’s own biology. The most promising aspect of genome sequencing is the medical value it can give. This is a brand-new technology that is still largely unavailable to the general population but has the potential to transform the way medical science approaches the understanding and treatment of disease and therapeutic intervention. Genome sequencing offers the possibility of tailor-made solutions for everyone.

Dr. Mikolaj Raszek is the founder and managing director of Merogenomics: a Canadian biotechnology company dedicated to enhancing everyone’s access to genomic sequencing education and technologies.

Ep. #69 Discovering Who We Are In Silence w/ Rich Lewis

Rich Lewis

Rich Lewis is an author, speaker and coach who focuses on centering prayer as a means of inner transformation. He teaches centering prayer in both his local and virtual community and offers one-on-one coaching. He publishes a weekly meditation, book reviews, and interviews on his site, Silence Teaches. He has published articles for a number of organizations, including Contemplative Light, Abbey of the Arts, Contemplative Outreach, EerdWord, In Search of a New Eden, the Ordinary Mystic at Patheos, and the Contemplative Writer. 

Rich began his journey many years ago, and after discovering how powerful of a tool prayer/meditation is, he has embarked on a journey to share this experience with other people. Centering prayer has been so life-giving and life-changing that he feels compelled to share his journey with others who wish to learn more.

“Centering prayer is a practice that opens us to the gift of contemplative prayer.  During Contemplative prayer we sit with God.  We open our mind, heart and body to God who is beyond thoughts, words and emotions.” 

Rich Lewis is an author, speaker and coach who focuses on centering prayer as a means of inner transformation. He teaches centering prayer in both his local and virtual community and offers one-on-one coaching. He publishes a weekly meditation, book reviews, and interviews on his site, Silence Teaches.

In this episode, Rich and I discuss his personal transformation that occurred through a daily prayer practice. Rich has been a daily practitioner of Centering Prayer since June 1, 2014. Prayer has long been known to be a powerful tool of personal transformation. By connecting and embracing God, we open ourselves to higher wisdom, inner peace, and a sense of connectedness. 

The Centering Prayer

“THE FOUR BASIC GUIDELINES OF CENTERING PRAYER:

1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.

2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.

3. When engaged with your thoughts, return ever-so- gently to the sacred word.

4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

For many, extended silence is very difficult.  Don’t become discouraged.  Start small.  Take baby steps.  Perhaps initially you will only be able to handle five minutes.  Gradually increase the time frame of your session to fifteen or twenty minutes.  Slowly incorporate a second centering prayer time into your day.” 

– Rich Lewis, Silence Teaches

Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer

“Lewis presents an intimate view of his centering prayer journey. He helps us discover the Rich Lewis has given us a book that leads us into the heart and healing of centering prayer. Rich speaks carefully and humbly about his spiritual journey and what he has discovered. He offers readers a gracious introduction and invitation to partake in this soulful practice that will deepen their faith lives. —J. Brent Bill, author of Holy Silence

“Rich Lewis’ writing is unique in its simplicity and lack of pretense. And he is nothing if not honest, especially regarding his passion for centering prayer. In this book you will find down-to-earth spiritual practice that echoes throughout Rich’s life as a husband, dad, and financial consultant. Highly recommended!”
– Amos Smith, author of Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life.

“This work offers a friendly and accessible approach to centering prayer that will be of great benefit to those new to the practice. Rich has a lovely way of inviting the reader in through honest reflections on his own experience, both struggles and graces. These stories offer comfort and gentle encouragement on the way.”
– Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE, Abbey of the Arts: Transformative Living through Contemplative and Expressive Arts, author of The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within.

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Ep. #68 A Conversation With a Modern-day Shaman w/ John Moore

John Moore

A lifetime spiritual seeker, John has practiced many spiritual and healing modalities including Tantric Buddhism, reiki, mindfulness meditation, Qigong, and Shamanism.

John is an accomplished martial artist with a 3rd-degree black belt in ketsugo jujutsu. From early on, John faced many adversities growing up due to his numerous birth defects. He began practicing martial arts as a way to help overcome the physical limitations he faced and managed to achieve this rank despite these challenges.

In his early 40’s, John sought help and was diagnosed with PTSD. Told by doctors and therapists that there was no cure, John was told that his only hope was to try to manage his symptoms with medication.

John refused to accept that and sought to heal himself. Finding a home with shamanism, John embarked on years of training, including a year-long apprenticeship, special training in soul retrieval, two years of advanced initiations, and two years of advanced teacher training. John has been symptom-free for years now. 

Along the way, many people have come to John for healing, divination, and soul retrieval work. John especially loves to help those with adverse childhood experiences and trauma experience a new sense of wholeness and power.

John’s passion for teaching comes through in his lifelong quest to help people recognize, embrace, and embody their own power.

John Moore is a shamanic practitioner and teacher who works with spiritually conscious professionals to live fuller, happier lives, in touch with their true purpose. After two decades of working in the technology sector, John turned to humankind’s oldest spiritual practise, shamanism, to heal himself.

“I am a guide, not a guru. I am just here to show you how powerful, strong, whole, and complete you are as a spark of divine light.” – John Moore

John Moore’s Speaking Spirit Podcast

An Hour of Soul Power With Guest Susie Beiler Speaking Spirit

Shamanic teacher, John Moore, is joined by special guest Susie Beiler https://susiebeiler.com/ (https://susiebeiler.com) to talk about the soul, the shadow, soul purpose, our divine spark, and the divine masculine and feminine. Besides her healing practice, Susie will be hosting the upcoming https://join.soulpowersymposium.com/?sc=4qaIwzd0&ac=ScCScncg (Soul Power Symposium), she is also the creator of https://creationtemple.com/ (https://creationtemple.com). Along the way, John and Susie discuss things like past lives, parallel lives, and healing. Join us for a fun and enlightening conversation.
  1. An Hour of Soul Power With Guest Susie Beiler
  2. Magick and Mysticism, Esoteric and Exoteric Spirituality
  3. Karma, the Butterfly Effect, and the Web of Wyrd
  4. Shamanic Healing for Chronic Illness
  5. Talk to the Animals with Animal Communicator and Author Jody Crotty

Ep. #67 Deep In The Unconscious w/ Deborah Lukovich, Ph.D.

Deborah Lukovich, PhD

I hold a masters/PhD in depth psychology, which means I have an expertise in the study of the unconscious. Like my clients, maybe you are:

(1) Trapped in a situation, career, or relationship that you can’t figure out how to accept or leave; or

(2) Have you already had a crisis or an unraveling, and you need a framework for reconstructing your new self,  or

(3) After ending a long-term relationship, did you jump into a new one and now see red flags you couldn’t see before, or

(4) After divorce, you did the better thing by focusing on yourself first, and now you’re feeling insecure about dating, love, your body, and sex, or

(5) You’re just obsessed with depth and curious about the deeper meaning of everything. 

Deborah Lukovich holds a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology which focuses on understanding the nature of the unconscious. She is a coach, author, blogger, and podcaster who offers insights and teachings to help people explore the deeper meaning of life through stories, conversation, and education. 

“I’m passionate about inspiring people to find deeper meaning in ordinary life events by learning the language of the unconscious. Science affirms that unconscious forces direct up to 95% of who we are – the decisions we make, emotional responses, personality quirks, and even to whom we’re attracted. And that’s just looking at the personal unconscious. 

So, if you’re stuck, it’s not your mind that holds the solution, rather the key is decoding messages communicated through your unconscious by an inner authority, what you could call Soul, Self, God, or creative intelligence. Once the messages are decoded, the new insight, attitude, or behavior is the doorway that leads to the other side.” 

– Deborah Lukovich

In this episode, Deborah and I discuss the nature of our relationship with the unconscious parts of ourselves. The relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind is constantly evolving and changing as we develop and discover/uncover different parts of our selves. The exploration of our inner world is a vital part of our evolution, both as individuals and as a species. 

Our unconscious mind is always communicating with our conscious minds, but it is often through ‘indirect’ modes of communication – e.g., dreams, fantasies, interests, interpretations, desires etc. Much of who we take ourselves to be is influenced/determined by our unconscious. Using a Jungian-based framework for self-reflection, we can begin to understand ourselves and our world at a much deeper level. Learning why we think, feel, and act the way we do, healing wounds, reconnecting with spirituality and discovering our inner wisdom is all part of the journey. 

Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose

Has something in your life fallen apart? Do you crave more meaning and purpose? Maybe you’re struggling with divorce, addiction, job loss, or depression, or just curious about a recurring dream or odd coincidences that keep showing up. These are all ways your Soul reveals clues about your deepest desires.

In her book, Your Soul is Talking: Are You Listening? author and coach Deborah Lukovich, wants to get you excited about exploring the most important final frontier—your inner world. The Soul speaks through dreams, symbols, meaningful coincidences, relationships, films, and even depression and injuries. This book teaches you the language of the unconscious required to decode its messages.

Dr. Lukovich writes through the lens of her personal experience of midlife unraveling, and her willingness to share awkward experiences will empower you to explore your own. Conversational instruction is sprinkled with humor as she guides you to learn and apply practical approaches to tapping into the wisdom of your unconscious.

Check Out Deborah’s Podcast: Dose of Depth

Chapter 8 – Dreams – from my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? Dose of Depth

  1. Chapter 8 – Dreams – from my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?
  2. Chapter 7 – Synchronicity – from my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?
  3. Ready to Meet Your Inner Child? A Hands-on Active Imagination Activity
  4. Chapter 6 – How the Unconscious Speaks: Symbols – from my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?
  5. Yoga, C.G. Jung, and Midlife: A Conversation with Julie Breedlove Montemerlo, Certified Yoga Instructor and Owner of Wise Waves Wellness

Ep. #66 Rising Up to Be Who You Are meant To Be w/ Amy Gerhartz

Amy Gerhartz

This is my Story

I haven’t always been confident. I haven’t always believed in myself. In fact, I was the person who would smile in public, only to turn around and then shame myself in private. After 20+ years in the Entertainment Industry, I was travelling across country, performing on stages, being nominated for awards, and somehow I still didn’t like the person staring back at me in the mirror. Something needed to change, or I was going to lose my life to a black hole of crippling self-doubt.

That’s where my life journey really began: the day I decided to finally stand up and fight for myself. Somewhere deep inside, I knew the most authentic version of me was ready to come out and claim what she deserved. So day by day, I worked on developing the most loving and healthy relationship with myself. I am not perfect, and I will never be, but I can tell you that the joy I now feel is stronger than anything I’ve ever known.

At the end of 2020, I decided that I wanted to support others in finding their confidence and joy as well. I became certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, as well as Hypnotherapy, and began coaching other Entertainers on their mindset, and how to navigate the ups and downs of being in the spotlight. What evolved next was entirely unexpected. Women and men from ALL walks of life started to reach out to me for coaching, and I realized that the message I was sharing was universal. No matter what your background, we all experience the same pressures and expectations of “performing” in our lives.

With divine inspiration, I decided to create A Higher Way Of Living, which is a personal development company that offers educational resources and coaching programs for anyone struggling to find themselves. Our virtual learning platform, coupled with live speaking events and corporate mindset trainings, provides something for everyone.

We are not meant to walk our journeys alone. Together, we can create lasting transformation that will impact not only our lives, but the lives of the people we love. I invite you to join the community. Side by side, we can move mountains.”

Amy

Amy Gerhartz is a Mindset Coach, NLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and Founder of A Higher Way Of Living. After 20+ years in entertainment, along with her career as a coach, Amy has travelled the country, spoken to audiences of all sizes, and has been featured in numerous publications and podcasts. With her transformational coaching programs, online courses, virtual events, and her podcasts “RISE UP Buttercup” and “The Entertainer Mindset”, Amy is on a mission to support individuals across the globe to reprogram their minds with a new and empowering belief system, so that they can finally RISE UP to who they’re MEANT TO BE.

Check out the Latest episode of RISE UP Buttercup:

RISE UP Buttercup shares the incredible stories of individuals from all walks of life who’ve risen above their circumstances to live a life of passion and purpose. Join us as we uncover all of the unique and valuable lessons that have supported them along the way!

Ep. #65 A Spiritual Awakening w/ Radavie Riom

Radavie Riom

Radavie was deeply affected by her childhood traumas.  Although she was one of nine children, she felt singled out by her mother who continually targeted her with judgment, blame, and threats. She was even accused by her mother for her difficult child birth.  While growing up, her mother would threaten to sell Radavie in the market.  There was also physical abuse.  She withdrew from her family spending most of her early years alone.

Being a highly sensitive person, along with extrasensory perception, allowed Radavie to see and feel things that others could not.  In her sadness she would comfort herself by staying alone and living in her world of contemplation. She continued asking, “Why was I born?” “What is the meaning of life?” She desperately wanted to understand and know God.  She held the thought of God so deeply that it was the ribbon of light that weaved through the tapestry of her life.

Radavie entered the world of business and started two successful enterprises. Yet, this was not enough to fill her deep yearning for God. So she walked away from the business world to follow and fulfill her deep and mysterious calling to come home to Spirit.

A breakthrough came when she was in her late thirties. In the midst of a deep and painful emotional relationship, the wounded little girl whom she rejected all those years suddenly appeared before her.  She had no choice but to face her.  In spite of the desire to continue being separate, she now had to release the wounded past and experience the emotions held by the little girl.

That was her path to freedom and completely shifted her self-perception. In that instant a veil lifted and she was Spiritually Awakened: she experienced that her essential nature was never the wounded child, and that the doubts and fears that she held as her identity, were never who she was.

Spirit refers to Radavie as “Mother to the Wounded Children.” Her desire is to serve others who are ready to free themselves from haunting and stuck memories. Radavie serves from her soul’s contract by assisting her clients in the way she healed her own wounds. Healing the adult starts with healing the child.  As a highly sensitive person, her intuition and devotion, coupled with Divine Guidance, are the life spring from which she serves clients to live a more awakened life.

For 30 years Radavie has served thousands to release the veils of who they are not.  From her own experience she has realized that our tender hearts cannot experience true peace until the True Self, the Divine Spark that we are, is unveiled.

Radavie’s search for God has ended.  She now sees God in the mirror … the same mirror that reflects you.  Many faces, One Spirit.

Radavie Riom is Spiritual Teacher, Shaman, and Wounded Child Healer. She is devoted to serving the Divine Spirit that lies within everything. Through personal experiences of healing childhood wounds, an intuitive nature, plant medicine, and spiritual guidance, Radavie now lives to help others heal from their past wounds and traumas, end their sufferings, and awaken to their true selves – the divine spark within.

“It is our destiny to awaken to True Self, the Divine Sparks that we are, and live in freedom and harmony from the spaciousness of Inner Peace.” – Radavie

Ep. #64 Harnessing Your Body’s Deep Wisdom w/ Dr. Candice Staniek

Dr. Candice Staniek

Dr. Candice Staniek is a Naturopathic Doctor, medical intuitive, lifestyle coach and spiritual guide who focusses on practicing Integrative Medicine. Some topic areas of interest include: spirituality, health mindset and harnessing the deep wisdom of your body to heal itself.

As a former Internal Auditor with over 5 years in the oil and gas industry, personally studying spirituality and energy medicine, she combines neuroscience, medicine, and spirituality to help you get out of your own way and live your best life. ~ Better Health ~ Better Life ~ Through working together we unleash your inner warrior so that you can reclaim your strength and self-worth so that you can truly BE the version of yourself that you’ve always desired.

Ultimately, working with Dr. Candice helps you gain clarity on your health issues and you get a laser-focused treatment plan and a path to feeling and looking your best.

Dr. Candice, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Spiritual Yogi, Speaker, Author, Social Marketer, and a huge advocate for people having the ability to reach their spiritual potential. She understands the trials and tribulations related to the struggle of choosing and gaining freedom from the ego (mind, body, pain body, and collective unconscious). She loves having deep conversations and contemplating the bigger questions such as life and death, overcoming illusions. She also loves helping those who are lost and those who are seeking to find their way.  

She is a co-author of Business, Life and Universe Vol. 2 and has launched a successful 6 week program called  “Energized You”, that helps people improve their lifestyle, gain energy and detox. Dr. Candice is also the creator of the Whole Body Visionaries Facebook Group. Creating a community for people that value Holistic Care. She knows that health is wealth, and when health suffers so do many other areas of life. 

In this episode, Candice and I discuss a variety of topics relating to holistic medicine and its integration with spirituality and energy work. Naturopathic work integrates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual in order to view the person and their issue within the full scope of their lives. Candice operates from the assumption that our bodies are natural healers. That is, the human body has an innate ability to heal from most conditions/symptoms. By investigating the causal factors, one is able to discover why the condition has arisen in order to treat it appropriately. One of the central tenets of Naturopathy is that if the body is given the right tools, it will be able to heal and restore balance within. 

Candice shares that there are natural relationships between physical symptoms and mental/emotional issues. In general, we are only consciously aware of a small amount of the workings of the body; however, there are many ways in which the body (unconsciously) communicates distress. By looking into the symptomatology and personal history, we can begin to gain a fuller understanding of what is going on inside a person. 

It is also important to listen to what is going on behind the words that a person speaks. Communication is far deeper than words alone, and if we can attune ourselves to the other person (and know what we’re looking/listening for), we can start to see what’s going on at a deeper level within the person.

Ep. #63 The Explanatory Power of Evolution w/ Prof. David Sloan Wilson, PhD

David Sloan Wilson, PhD

David Sloan Wilson is an American evolutionary biologist and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at Binghamton University. He is a son of author Sloan Wilson, and co-founder of the Evolution Institute, and co-founder of the spinoff nonprofit Prosocial World.

David Sloan Wilson is president of Prosocial World and SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. He applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life, through Prosocial World and in his own research and writing.  A complete archive of his work is available at www.DavidSloanWilson.world. His most recent books include his first novel, Atlas Hugged: The Autobiography of John Galt III, and a memoir, A Life Informed by Evolution.

Selfishness beats altruism within groups. Altruistic groups beat selfish groups. Everything else is commentary.

― David Sloan Wilson & Edward O. Wilson

In this episode, David and I explore the explanatory power of evolution. Traditionally, the theory of evolution has been confined to the biological sciences; however, David has spent considerable amounts of time researching and arguing for the necessity and importance of incorporating an evolutionary theory into the social sciences. Cultural evolution, David argues, is an essential component in understanding how we evolve and adapt as human beings. 

Human beings possess a remarkable capacity for adapting to change. All living creatures have the capacity to adapt to a changing environment, but the human being’s capacity for symbolic thought introduces a new contributive factor: the symbotype. Symbotypes are cognitive processes (thoughts) that work in congruence with other phenotypic manifestations to support us in our change processes. This can be seen both at the individual level and at the group level. 

As we move towards a more globalized society, it is important for us to use conscious evolutionary paradigms to direct our evolution towards the highest good – a situation whereby altruism and cooperation are central ideals. 

David’s Research:

Wilson is a prominent proponent of the concept of group selection (also known as multi-level selection) in evolution. He and Elliott Sober proposed a framework called multilevel selection theory, which challenges the more orthodox approach of gene-level selection and individual selection, in their book Unto Others. This framework argues that natural selection operates on a nested hierarchy of units, such as between genes within individuals, between individuals within groups, between groups within a multi-group population, and even between ecosystems (such as microbiomes) in multi-ecosystem populations. Each level of selection results in adaptations at that level and tends to be undermined by selection at lower levels. Hence the notion of multilevel selection.

Wilson has also coined the concept of a trait-group, a group of organisms linked not permanently as a group but having a shared fate due to interactions that they have.

Wilson has described himself as an “enthusiastic proponent” of the extended evolutionary synthesis.

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Ep. #62 The Highly Sensitive Personality Trait w/ William Allen

William Allen

Bill Allen currently lives in Lutz, Florida. He previously lived in Bend, Oregon. He is a certified hypnotist and brain training coach at BrainPilots.com. He believes that male sensitivity is not so rare, but it can be confounding for most males living in a culture of masculine insensitivity which teaches boys and men to disconnect from their feelings and emotions. His intent is to use this blog to chronicle his personal journey and share it with others.

William Allen is an author with a writer’s heart and researcher’s mind. After getting a degree in Psychology with an eye on doing psychology research, he recalibrated for a career in Information Technology. He found himself in a thirty-year career as an Information Technology manager at Wells Fargo who enjoyed managing highly intelligent, often difficult staff, many of whom were highly sensitive. He was awarded a prestigious Corporate Management Excellence award for his empathetic management style.

He retired early from his corporate job to found his Hypno-coaching and neurofeedback brain training business, BrainPilots, in Bend, Oregon. While in Bend, he co-organized the area’s first Introvert/Highly Sensitive Person discussion group. In late 2016, he began his blog, The Sensitive Man, about his experiences as a highly sensitive man. The blog became the genesis of his book, Confessions of a Sensitive Man. He feels that HSP males need to take their keen insights and intuition and make them public. He would like to shed more light on highly sensitive males and the much-needed role they need to take in our society.

In this episode, Bill and I discuss the evolution and function of the Highly Sensitive Personality Trait. A highly sensitive person (HSP) is a term used to describe the group of people who process information deeply – this includes emotions, thoughts and sensory stimuli. Like any personality trait, there are both advantages and disadvantages and exist as a spectrum. High sensitivity is often associated with creativity, empathy, and insight but also tends to mean they are more prone to being overwhelmed by stressors and sensory input. Being an HSP isn’t a bad thing, and William is on a mission to spread the word and help educate people. 

As Bill explains, HSPs are often misunderstood in our modern times, and HSPs often feel undervalued, overlooked, or rejected by society – this can lead to feelings of aloneness, estrangement, and needing to ‘hide’ their true selves. This tends to be especially true of highly sensitive men who do not conform to normative standards of ‘ideal’ masculinity. William wants to change the way we think of what it means to be a man in today’s world. He argues that we should start to re-examine the values we attribute to ideal men and open the conversation to include the strengths of sensitivity, intuition, and insight. 

Get A Copy of William Allen’s Books:

Confessions of a Sensitive Man: An Unconventional Defense of Sensitive Men

“Confessions of a Sensitive Man” was written for every man or boy that was told that they are too emotional. Masculinity isn’t defined by how much you feel, sense or experience emotionally. Twenty percent of the male population is highly sensitive, and this book is a starting point for them to become self-validated.

In many ways, this book was written by my older self for my younger self. It is with that hope that I offer this book to younger highly sensitive boys and men.

On Being a Sensitive Man: Success Strategies for Harnessing Your Highly Sensing Nature

On Being a Sensitive Man is the follow-up companion volume to Confessions of a Sensitive Man. It was written to provide strategies and tools for highly sensitive men to help them navigate their lives. The book discusses correct mindset, how to expand the comfort zone, dealing with change and strong emotions, right livelihood, calm the mind, and move towards self-acceptance. The book concludes with how highly sensitive men can be an impactful force in helping to change the role men can play in a troubled and complex world.


The book encourages Highly Sensitive Males to stand up for their sensitivity and the gifts associated with the trait. By developing a healthy mindset, HSP (highly sensitive person) men can exert influence in a world that is often insensitive to the needs of others. When HSP males can confidently accept the trait, they can walk with a correct flow for their nature. Learning to expand, not abandon, the HSP comfort zone will enable sensitive men to grow personally and socially. Recognizing that change is a necessary prerequisite for life helps HSP males boldly move forward.

Ep. #61 Finding Your Freedom w/ Vi Vi Thai

Vi Vi Thai

Vi Vi Thai is a writer, truth seeker, healer and fearlessly determined to live a free lifestyle regardless of others’ opinions.  She uncovered her true life’s purpose after going through a dramatic and stressful time at the end of her stay in the US as an international student and worker. During that time, she achieved a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Texas A & M University and a Masters of Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. 

At the end of 2017, she started a new life in Canada as a new immigrant from Vietnam. Here, she embarked on a one-of-a-kind nomadic van-life adventure. Living her life purpose, Vi helps others to find their path of freedom to live their authentic selves because only then can we all be living a fulfilled life of happiness. She believes that, as we find our own inner freedom, that is when the world can be free and liberate itself to evolve to a better place in the cosmos.

Vi Vi Thai is a writer, truth seeker, healer and fearlessly determined to live a free lifestyle  regardless of others’ opinions.  She uncovered her true life’s purpose after going through a dramatic and stressful time at the end of her stay in the US as an international student and worker. During that time, she achieved a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Texas A & M University and a Masters of Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. 

In this episode, Vi and I discuss the nature of personal freedom and what it means for your life. Looking at freedom from the alchemical framework, Vi shares how we can discover, follow, and embrace freedom in our lives.

Get a Copy of Vi’s Book:

Amazon Link for e-book, paperback, and hardcover

Living Through Alchemy: A transformational journey to freedom

“Discover a powerful memoir about hope, change, faith, and the fascinating secrets of alchemy.

Artfully written with a deeply authentic and spiritual tone, Living Through Alchemy seeks to dispel the myths behind alchemy, shining an illuminating light on this fascinating esoteric practice. As the culmination of a lifetime of soul searching, this guide blends the fields of art and science, painting a compelling picture of how alchemy manifests in our daily lives – along with how we can tap into this natural process of evolution to transform our minds and wellbeing.

Through a combination of philosophy, Tarot wisdom, and ancient myth, Living Through Alchemy serves as a heartfelt tribute to the life-changing potential of alchemy, reflecting on author Vi Vi Thai’s courageous journey to escape the chains of expectation and discover the meaning of freedom for herself.”

Ep. #60 Finding Hope in the Face of Despair w/ Christine Handy

Christine Handy

Christine Handy is a bestselling author, philanthropist, and inspiration to breast cancer patients throughout the world. Her story reaches the hearts of anyone needing hope, prayer, and a new perspective on life.

Christine Handy is a motivational speaker, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, international speaker, accomplished model, best-selling author, and a nationally recognized humanitarian. Her story reaches the hearts of anyone needing hope, prayer, and a new perspective on life. Christine Handy has seen it all and has overcome all odds. Christine’s motto is: There is always Purpose in Pain, but we have to be willing to share the story. Her life-long passion for writing has finally come full circle with an incredible story to share. 

“You can let your battle scars paralyze you, or you can grow even stronger from them.”

Walk Beside Me

Faced with the unimaginable, Christine had to put her fabulous modelling career on hold when unexpected medical issues took horrendous turns for the worse. Through these trying times, she trusted in God and came out healed and stronger than ever. Christine’s eyes were opened to a new passion in life – sharing her story of hope and helping others. She is now a motivational speaker, best selling author, and serves on the board of two non-profit organizations. Her inspirational journey led her to embracing her self-esteem, devotion to God, and the value of friendship.

Walk Beside Me: A Novel

Walk Beside Me follows Willow Adair, a beautiful model with a successful career built around her outer appearance and a perfectly composed persona secretly hiding her inner insecurities. All goes awry when a routine operation takes a nearly fatal misstep, and additional health issues leave her dwindling physically and emotionally. An unexpected breast cancer diagnosis deepens her depression and lack of hope until her friends, aka her Angels carry her spiritually and emotionally to full recovery. Walk Beside Me is a story of hope, faith, friendship, hardship, and taking a closer look at what truly matters in life.

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Ep. #59 Animism, Astrology, Evolution and Soul Ecology w/ Marga Laube

Marga Laube

All my work is narrative. I translate the language of the earth and the planets. I offer stories for healing. I guide souls on their true path, through the weaving of narratives.  

A counselling astrologer for over twenty years, and a mystic at heart, I have supported thousands of people across the threshold of their transformation. I am a lifelong apprentice to the Earth, interpreting emerging stories as told by the physical world.

I work with people who are in a conscious relationship with their own evolution.

CREDENTIALS:

I have been immersed in the ancient system of yoga since 1992. I actively apprenticed with my Vedic astrology teacher, James Kelleher, for four years in the early 2000s, and hold both Jyotish Visharada (proficiency/counselling) and Jyotish Kovid (excellence/ teaching) certifications with the Council of Vedic Astrology.

Aware that at the heart of the jyotishi’s service is the skillset of a counsellor, I have completed dozens of training in individual and group facilitation and counselling, including, most notably, professional training in individual psychological shadow work with Robert Masters, Ph.D.; group, systemic constellation facilitation with Ursula Franke and Thomas Bryson in Munich, Germany; individual and group breathwork facilitation with David Elliott; ULab with Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute; ongoing personal study with Dr. Daniel Foor in Ancestral Medicine and Animist Psychology; personal study with the Rooted community in healing racial trauma through Resmaa Menakem’s work; and ongoing training with Thomas Hübl in Principles of Collective Trauma Healing.

I have been a student of Siddha Yoga since 1992, and a student of Adyashanti since 2001.

I have also had a lifelong passion for storytelling, media publishing, and filmmaking, and joyfully bring these skills to my practice of the sacred, esoteric arts. 

Marga Laube has been a counselling astrologer for over twenty years, providing navigation guidance for “Agents of Evolution,” blending astrology with the wisdom of multiple animist and eco-whispered sources. As an author, educator, and expressive storyteller, Marga aims to catalyze our collective evolution. Marga holds advanced certifications with the Council of Vedic Astrology, and her work is informed by formal training in collective trauma healing, psychological shadow work, racial trauma healing, systemic constellation facilitation, ancestral medicine, and animist psychology.

In this episode, Marga and I discuss how we might approach understanding collective evolution using the frameworks of animist psychology and astrology. We discuss the archetypal evolutionary journeys, and how understanding our own pathway can provide insight into managing change. By exploring the evolutionary impulse within us, we can begin to understand how these impulses seek expression through the contents and manifestations of our lives. Furthermore, by examining the spiritual essence of ourselves and the universe, we begin to gain a broader appreciation and love for all things in life. Ultimately, we must uncover and form a deep and true connection to our true selves – our essence; and, by transforming ourselves we can transform the world. 

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Ep. #58 Being Human is Weird w/ Anton Czachor

Anton Czachor

Anton Czachor is the Founder of Arc Vision Media and the host of the Arc Vision Podcast & the Arc Vision Reactions YouTube channel. The aim of Arc Vision Media is to give people an empowering mindset through education and entertainment. Through the medium of conversation, we will explore the realms of the mind, relationship, spirituality, and what it means to be human in today’s world. Let’s explore the ideas that bring us together.

In this fun episode, Anton and I discuss some of the strangest and best parts about being human beings. Evolution, spirituality, psychology, and philosophy are some of the areas we cover in this deep episode. We live in a very strange time in human history, and being a human in the world today is a very perplexing experience. From the immensity of global communication, to human evolution, virtual reality, relationships and connections. All in all, it’s a good time to be alive! 

Ep. #57 A Pathway To Inside: Tapping Into Emotional Freedom from the Inside Out w/ Ann Hince

Ann Hince

Ann Hince is an author, healer, and public speaker.

Ann Hince is an author, healer, and public speaker.  In this episode, Ann and I discuss the power of focused attention. Specifically, the healing power of focusing your attention on your inner body. Most of us have spent our lives repressing a variety of thoughts and emotions that we believe are too painful to deal with. These thoughts and emotions, however, do not simply go away; instead, they are often stored in various parts of our body – often the parts that are closely associated with the particular event. These storages build up over time and begin to affect our everyday mood and function. While we are mostly not conscious of their influence, these storages do affect how we experience and interact with the world. By spending time and energy working on releasing these stored tensions, we can begin a process of healing and revitalization. This process elicits extraordinary changes in both your mental and physical wellbeing. 

Ann walks us through how she uses insight (i.e., interoceptive awareness) and the EFT/Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) methods to uncover and release physical tension, trapped memories and stored emotions. Ann’s remarkable journey has led her to heal from a lifetime of trauma and emotional and physical tension, and to inspire and encourage others to do the same through sharing the techniques she uses on a daily basis. 

The second element of this discussion revolves around how we relate to the world, and how what we feel affects what we experience. Ann explains that each person is constantly emitting a signal/vibration – a message to the universe that says “This is the way I am feeling now, please give me more reasons to feel this way”. To change what we are experiencing in life,  we need to change the signal we are emitting, and to do this requires us to release the stored tension that is subconsciously affecting our signal. 

The eventual goal of these awareness practices is to achieve inner peace, a quietened mind, and a persisting sense of wellbeing and connectedness. When we are able to release the things holding us back, we are free to live a more fulfilling, peaceful life that is filled with joy, harmony, and light. 

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Ep. #56 An Exploration Into Mindfulness-Based Coaching w/ David Frank Gomes

David Frank Gomes

David Gomes is a Mindfulness teacher, coach and mentor. He offers a thoughtful effective coaching approach for living an impactful, thoughtful & productive life. The wisdom of mindfulness transformed into practical formulas for daily living.

David Gomes is a Mindfulness teacher, coach and mentor. He offers a thoughtful effective coaching approach for living an impactful, thoughtful & productive life. The wisdom of mindfulness transformed into practical formulas for daily living.

In this Episode, David and I discuss the intricacies of mindful-based coaching. For David, the intersection of mindfulness and modern coaching offers people the best approach to “transform ancient wisdom into practical formulas for living well”. David’s unique approach integrates the transformative power of mindfulness with a modern coaching program to help people find a way of life that promotes well-being, productivity, and purpose. For many of us it is difficult to rise above the grind, to find a way to live a more fulfilling life, and to create an overall sense of wellness in life. David’s methodology is designed to inspire you to grow, keep moving forwards and purposefully create a better existence.

“Mindfulness is change on the inside.  It’s reflective. Coaching is change on the outside. It’s action.” – David Frank Gomes

Through a guided discovery of one’s values, goals, skills, and dreams, David works to inspire, mentor, and support you on your journey to break through patterns that are holding you back into a world of fulfillment. 

“All of us are on a treasure hunt to find happiness. Some are obvious, like money, a job we enjoy, healthy relationships and getting what we want. Some are less obvious, like purpose, meaning and a sense of fulfillment and inner peace. We need a balance of both if we want to experience a joyful, significant life.” – David Frank Gomes

Ep. #55 The Power of Intentional Gratitude w/ Deborah Hawkins

Deborah Hawkins

“STORY OF NO SMALL THING”

“I want to share the No Small Thing story with you.

In deciding to start this gratitude practice, I found inspiration in Eckhart Tolle’s words, “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” When I started writing about things from my daily life that I appreciated, I quickly came to understand several important things.”

I had brighter moods because I felt engaged with life. I was always looking for things to write about. Things that made my life easier, more pleasurable or more meaningful were all around me. I just had to set my intention on noticing them.

I didn’t need to experience a big event in order to feel grateful. The feeling, not the degree, was what mattered. (This is what’s behind the blog’s name, “No Small Thing.”) After re-reading my first few years of blog posts, I noticed that I tended to write about a handful of themes, the underlying essence of why I felt grateful in those circumstances.”

No Small Thing Blog & Website

Deborah Hawkins started blogging on mindfulness and gratitude as a way to work herself out of depression. She has posted reflections on everyday things or experiences that lift her mood on nosmallthing.net almost every week since 2010. She has developed an “intentional” approach to a gratitude practice that is empowering, authentic, and fun. Through her blog. books, and classes, she provides tools people can employ to lead happier lives.

In this episode, Deb and I discuss the power of intentional gratitude, how it helped her out of dark times, and how she uses these techniques to help other people who are also suffering. Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools one can use to boost mood, raise levels of general life satisfaction, and overall promote a healthier life. Gratitude helps us connect with powerful positive emotions such as love, happiness, joy, and appreciation – all of which are essential components of a joyful life. Gratitude also helps us connect with the universe outside of ourselves – when we are grateful, we connect with each other, with nature, and with life itself. 

Taking time out of your day to practice gratitude, and it is best when we make it into a regular practice, can be a powerful tool of transformation. Deb shares with us that it is often best to start off with things that might be considered ‘small’, but actually are the foundation for a much deeper practice. 

By taking the time to practice mindful gratitude, we can begin to transform the way we think and therefore the way we see the world. Our minds are powerful tools that shape our perceived reality according to our belief systems. By intentionally changing our default mode of interpretation to one of gratitude, we can change our overall sense of being in the world to one of joy, appreciation, and love. Although it can be a gradual process, it is a powerful transformative tool. 

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Ep. #54 Physicians Working With Energy w/ Dr Catherine Uram, MD

Dr. Catherine Uram, MD

Dr. Catherine Uram, MD is an integrative medicine specialist, Reiki Master, and Spiritual Healer. Catherine Uram, MD helps you transform with spiritual energy, so you can contribute to a peaceful evolution of humanity. She practiced as a highly experienced physician in conventional + alternative modalities, has been engaged with sacred healing practices from around the globe, and now works where she can be of the deepest service— with the underlying spiritual energy of life, assisting your growth + transformation.

“My practice working with energy changes over time. With energy healing, the nervous system calms down, heart rate and blood pressure decrease, and people have greater clarity. So for a while, I would use hands-on healing with people to bring people into this state, and they would tell me where their ailments came from and what needed to occur to heal. This was phenomenally effective and empowering for the patient. I am now finding that you don’t even need to use your hands to do this, that purely by connecting with the energy and holding space for people, their own healing will unfold.

I have found that energy healing is an entire life path, a path of the heart. If you have an inkling of curiosity, it could be calling you to something greater and could open up your life for the tremendous benefit of yourself and others.” Dr Catherine Uram

https://catherineurammd.com/

Dr. Catherine Uram, MD is an integrative medicine specialist, Reiki Master, and Spiritual Healer. Catherine Uram, MD helps you transform with spiritual energy, so you can contribute to a peaceful evolution of humanity. She practiced as a highly experienced physician in conventional + alternative modalities, has been engaged with sacred healing practices from around the globe, and now works where she can be of the deepest service— with the underlying spiritual energy of life, assisting your growth + transformation.

We walk as one, listening to the beating heart, allowing the unconscious to be conscious, and life to stream through us, evolving peacefully for the sake of all there is.” – Dr. Catherine Uram

In this episode, Catherine and I discuss her journey and experience of integrating modern medicine with traditional/ancient forms of energy healing. Although the final goal of modern medicine and energy healing is the same, i.e. to relieve distressing symptoms and promote health and vitality, the methods are very different but can actually be integrated. Whether a patient goes to see a physician or an energy healer, whatever the reason for the consultation, the desired goal is the same – to heal themselves and feel better. 

Focusing on the heart and its power, we learn how simple heart-centred meditation can rapidly transform the body and promote healing. Catherine explains how important well-balanced heart energy is to overall health and vitality. Attuning to your heart has been known to traditional healers for thousands of years, and modern medicine is, in many ways, now starting to realize this. The body has a phenomenal self-healing ability, and we can have access to this healing if we connect/attune with our heart energy. Beyond the physical, the spiritual benefits of a balanced heart are limitless. Attuning to your heart allows us to connect with Universal Love, the source energy of the whole universe, in order to live happily, grow deeply, and transform perfectly. 

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Ep. #53 Living Through Alchemy: A Transformational Journey to Freedom w/ Vi Vi Thai

Vi Vi Thai is a writer, truth seeker, healer and fearlessly determined to live a free lifestyle  regardless of others’ opinions.  She uncovered her true life’s purpose after going through a dramatic and stressful time at the end of her stay in the US as an international student and worker. During that time, she achieved a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Texas A & M University and a Masters of Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.

Alchemy is in everything and it is inevitable. By having the awareness of alchemy, it is easier to understand where we are in life, to have higher perspective, let go of control, and go with the flow of life effortlessly rather than pushing against the current, so we can have more joy in life and enjoy it for the way it is. In this book, I’m sharing my personal story as I go through the stages of alchemy. – Vi Vi Thai

Vi Vi Thai

Vi Vi Thai is a writer, truth seeker, healer and fearlessly determined to live a free lifestyle  regardless of others’ opinions.  She uncovered her true life’s purpose after going through a dramatic and stressful time at the end of her stay in the US as an international student and worker. During that time, she achieved a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Texas A & M University and a Masters of Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. 

At the end of 2017, she started a new life in Canada as a new immigrant from Vietnam. Here, she embarked on a one-of-a-kind nomadic van-life adventure. Living her life purpose, Vi helps others to find their path of freedom to live their authentic selves because only then can we all be living a fulfilled life of happiness. She believes that, as we find our own inner freedom, that is when the world can be free and liberate itself to evolve to a better place in the cosmos. 

When she’s not planning her next adventure, you can find her savoring life’s simple pleasures with her beloved dog Marco.

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Living Through Alchemy: A transformational journey to freedom

“Discover a powerful memoir about hope, change, faith, and the fascinating secrets of alchemy.

Artfully written with a deeply authentic and spiritual tone, Living Through Alchemy seeks to dispel the myths behind alchemy, shining an illuminating light on this fascinating esoteric practice. As the culmination of a lifetime of soul searching, this guide blends the fields of art and science, painting a compelling picture of how alchemy manifests in our daily lives – along with how we can tap into this natural process of evolution to transform our minds and wellbeing.

Through a combination of philosophy, Tarot wisdom, and ancient myth, Living Through Alchemy serves as a heartfelt tribute to the life-changing potential of alchemy, reflecting on author Vi Vi Thai’s courageous journey to escape the chains of expectation and discover the meaning of freedom for herself.”

“Understanding the stages of the alchemical process can help us navigate through life by looking at the circumstance we’re in at a higher perspective with a different point of view so that we know where we are and where we’re heading while not attaching ourselves to an outcome.”

Living through Alchemy – Vi Vi Thai

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Ep. #52 The Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy w/ Catherine Ewing

Catherine Ewing, LCSW, MDiv, founder of Sacred Heart Alchemy, is a Transformational Life Coach, spiritually focused psychotherapist, EFT Practitioner, Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, and energy healing practitioner. A student of the mind/body/spirit connection for over 25 years, Catherine is also a TEDx speaker.

In this episode, Catherine and I delve into how and why she has taken to incorporating spirituality, metaphysics, and energy work into her life and into psychotherapy practice. Catherine explains that in her work with clients, she found traditional talk-therapy alone to not be transformative enough for the clients she works with. Through the integration of a variety of energy healing practices (including EFT, Reiki, Neurokinesis, Dream work, and meditation), Catherine has developed a unique blend of psychology and spirituality to help her clients. We also discuss divine timing, inner knowing/intuition, and spiritual awakening. Though a practice of spiritual archeology – an internal reflection practice of understanding who we are, why we do what we do, and how our inner guidance is always guiding us towards our higher purpose. 

Catherine Ewing

Catherine Ewing, LCSW, MDiv, founder of Sacred Heart Alchemy, is a Transformational Life Coach, spiritually focused psychotherapist, EFT Practitioner, Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, and energy healing practitioner. A student of the mind/body/spirit connection for over 25 years, Catherine is also a TEDx speaker. She loves training mental health professionals in the use of alternative modalities in psychotherapy and offers classes, workshops and retreats on a variety of topics related to the mind/body/spirit connection, spiritual awakening and women’s transformation at midlife.

Prior to her work as a coach, psychotherapist and healer, Catherine worked in the areas of sexual assault, domestic violence, child protective services, women’s reproductive rights and school social work. She served as the Ct. Coordinator of the Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children and was a volunteer with the Trauma Relief Program in Newtown, CT following the school shootings in Sandy Hook. A life-long learner and spiritual seeker, Catherine brings a broad understanding of spiritual and metaphysical principles and a wide variety of practical tools and resources into her work and training.

Check Out Catherine’s Tedx Talk:

You see, my mission, my passion and my purpose is to help you realize four essential truths:

1. You are not crazy, but you may have developed some unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving as a result of early life experiences.

2. You are not your story. Historical events and the interpretations and beliefs of other people in your life, each with their own pain and stories, have nothing to do with the truth of who you are as a Divine expression of the energy that created you.

3. You did not create the situations or circumstances that caused you mental, emotional, physical or spiritual pain and left you believing that you are unlovable, undeserving, shameful or insignificant. You are not responsible for the things that happened to you or in your family.

4. You can heal the wounded parts of yourself, break free from the inner critic and self-saboteur and create an authentic, purposeful and joyful life.”

— Catherine Ewing

For More info: https://www.sacredheartalchemy.com/

Ep. #51 Weight Loss Hypnosis w/ Doug Sands

Doug Sands is a Weight Loss Hypnotist who specializes in the emotions behind our weight. Using hypnosis, he helps clients remove the emotional roadblocks that most often sabotage our weight and health goals. Doug is also the host of the ‘Weight Loss with Hypnosis’ podcast, a show that explores the science of weight loss with nutritionists, health coaches, and fitness experts.

In this episode, Doug and I discuss how a near-death experience lead him to finding his true passion in life – investigating and understanding the human psyche and working to help people overcome obstacles, deal with stress and anxiety, handling difficult emotions, and ultimately living their life to the fullest – all through the power of hypnosis. 

We discuss the science and techniques of hypnotism, and how we can use hypnosis to overcome our challenges. Doug specializes in hypnosis for weight loss and anxiety. Doug explains how we can change our beliefs and thought patterns in order to live a joyous life.  He explains that our beliefs and thoughts are programs that our minds run based on past experiences and learned behaviour. We have the capacity to change these programs to ones that are much healthier and bring more joy and freedom into our daily lives. 

“Your brain isn’t broken. In fact, your brain is working perfectly. It’s simply running an imperfect program perfectly.” – Doug Sands

Douglas Sands

Doug Sands is a Weight Loss Hypnotist who specializes in the emotions behind our weight. Using hypnosis, he helps clients remove the emotional roadblocks that most often sabotage our weight and health goals.

Doug is also the host of the ‘Weight Loss with Hypnosis’ podcast, a show that explores the science of weight loss with nutritionists, health coaches, and fitness experts.

https://www.AnywhereHypnosis.com/