Ep. #86 Creating Psychology Content w/ Prudence Leung

Prudence Leung

Prudence Leung is a psychotherapist and online content creator based in Ontario, Canada. She uses her platforms to educate on a variety of psychological concepts including relationship dynamics, stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, and more. 

In this episode, we discuss Prudence’s journey of becoming a content creator, including what she has learned, challenges she has faced, and the types of people she interacts with online. We also discuss the current state of mental health and how social media has the power to influence our mental health and psychological care. Furthermore, we discuss the personality profiles of people who leave hateful comments and what they are really trying to communicate to the world. 

https://prudenceleung.co/

Ep. #85 Exploring ADHD Healing and Intervention w/ Avigail Gimpel, M.S.

Avigail Gimpel

Avigail Gimpel is an Author, Researcher, Special Educator, Coach and Founder of Hyper Healing – a program dedicated to helping children and adults with ADHD symptoms. 

“Reversing ADHD symptoms became my personal mission. I have dedicated the last twenty plus years to research, development, and implementation of programs for children, adults, and couples struggling with ADHD symptoms. My major discovery was that ADHD symptoms have many different causes, and once we identify the cause of ADHD symptoms, we would be well on our way to reversing them. The program worked!  My children, students, and clients were rocking it.”

“I became passionate about helping every person diagnosed with ADHD identify the causes of their symptoms and choose their personal productivity plan for success. I strongly believe that healing ADHD symptoms should not cost you your life savings. Therefore, my full program is now accessible to anyone looking for guidance through my Best-Selling HyperHealing book series.”

“You, your story, and your lived experience in every detail are important to me, and my understanding of your challenges.  Since ADHD symptoms can be triggered by so many factors including a clash between your healthy personality and your environment, trauma, gut dysbiosis, sleep disturbances, lack of exercise and outdoor exposure, and screen addiction, to name a few, we must identify WHY you are struggling and then carefully craft an intervention plan for you. We will succeed and learn together, one healing intervention at a time.”

https://www.hyperhealing.org/

HyperHealing – Show me the science

Is your child’s ADHD causing you stress? This deep dive into what you’re facing will give any parent reassurance, comfort, and direction.

Trying to be your kid’s best advocate? Not sure how to make the right decision about medication or expensive therapy? Are you driven to understand exactly what the condition means? As a special educator, college lecturer, and mother of six, Avigail Gimpel M.S. has treated hyperactivity in students and her own children for over twenty-five years. Now she’s here to explain the nitty-gritty behind the diagnosis so parents can be empowered through knowledge.

HyperHealing, Show Me the Science is a friendly and informative exploration into the scientific specifics of ADHD. Using personal and client stories, presentation of hard science in layperson terms, and thought-provoking questions, caregivers are gently guided through important information, possible prescriptions, and intervention programs. And with help from this empathetic teacher and mom’s meticulous research, you can finally wrap your head around what attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is and decide on a viable course of action for your family.

HyperHealing, The Empowered Parent’s Complete Guide to Raising a Healthy Child with ADHD symptoms

Did your child just join the millions diagnosed with ADHD? (Why are there so many?)Do you KNOW your child is healthy but wish you had more tools (other than stimulant drugs) to help her succeed?Do you find yourself frequently exploding with frustration at your challenging child?In this entertaining and easy to read how-to guide, Avigail Gimpel, mother of six, special educator, college lecturer and parenting specialist will:• Confirm that your child is indeed healthy, and help you untangle the ADHD diagnosis.• Present a complete, clear, step-by-step intervention system to turn you into a ninja parent and get your struggling child back on track.• Explore how scientific research is used to justify medication.• Embrace you in the warmth of the HyperHealing community, an educational and support network for all parents of struggling children.HyperHealing is your complete ADHD coaching program and parenting guide in one book.

Ep. #84 Entrepreneurship and Social Media Marketing w/ Maddie Thompson

Maddie Thompson

Maddie Thompson is the Founder of the Mad Social Agency. Maddie’s entrepreneurial roots stem back to high school where she piloted her first business, Social Clothing. Mad Social Agency is a social media marketing agency that specializes in social media management for businesses and personal brands.

Founded during Covid-19 in 2020 as a side hustle, Mad Social Agency (previously Spark Media) quickly grew as many realized that having a social media presence is of importance for marketing. Now, Mad Social Agency has grown to six part-time employees and has managed over 70+ social media accounts.

In this episode Maddie and Shane discuss the ins and outs of entrepreneurship and the world of social media marketing. Maddie walks us through her journey of becoming an entrepreneur starting at the age of 13 to becoming the founder of a successful digital agency. We also discuss some tips, tricks and insights that benefit small businesses when it comes to social media marketing, and the crazy world of social media and its impact on us.

Interview with Christian Brown from Glewee The Try Hards

With over $8 billion a year spent on influencer marketing, why not tap into a market which seemed so untapped? Seeing exponential growth and a lack of security, organization, and structure within the marketplace, Christian Brown wanted to build a platform that solves all these issues. “Glewew is now in our Web + iOS Application pre-launch phase. Focused primarily on executing marketing tactics in order to bridge the gap between brands and digital content creators. With a small team, they wear many different hats and have learned the importance of teamwork, versatility, and late many nights on slack (a notification noise that now wakes me up from any degree of sleep).” Outside of work Christian is an avid reader, writer, film watcher, and social media aficionado. Having years of experience with social media management, marketing, and brand development I have been around the world and back working with friends and colleagues who have grown exponentially in the influencer space while having a tremendous amount of fun along the way.
  1. Interview with Christian Brown from Glewee
  2. Lessons Learned In The First Year Of Business
  3. Taking The First Step
  4. Let’s Get Down To Business
  5. Entrepreneurs & Coffee
  6. Welcome Back
  7. Let’s Talk To: Cris Decena

Ep. #83 Polyamory, Non-Monogamy, and The Process of Individuation w/ Dr. Joli Hamilton, PhD

Dr. Joli Hamilton

Dr. Joli Hamilton is a Relationship Coach, TEDx Speaker, Jealousy Expert, Research Psychologist, Professor, Author, and Podcast Host. The Relationship Coach for Couples Who Color Outside the Lines! Joli helps people experience the freedom, deep security, and sexual fulfillment that comes when they shift from plain-old monogamy to MORE. More WHAT exactly? Polyamory, ethical nonmonogamy, creative monogamy- Joli guides you out of the standard script and into the life you were meant to have!

“Your relationship can be both open and secure. It is possible. I help people do it every.single.day. Action-takers can have this life. Intentionally designed love, whether it is creatively monogamous or consensually non-monogamous, doesn’t mean sacrificing stability or depth of connection.  But the rules you learned about love won’t get you where you want to go.

You need a masterful coach to guide you. This is your most profound connection- you don’t want to risk losing it just to get laid- you’re an adult. But you also don’t want a walking-dead life just because someone else said buttoned-up was the only way to do love. It’s time to flip over tables and toss the rule books. My signature process gives you the skills you need to take full creative power over your love life!”

In this episode, Joli and Shane discuss her work and studies on polyamory – the practice of having more than one romantic or sexual partner. What exactly does polyamory entail? Who is polyamorous? What are some of the major challenges? What are the benefits? What about jealousy? Is polyamory a pathway to individuation? These are just a few of the topics up for discussion in this episode. 

Check Out Joli’s Podcast: Playing with Fire: Non-Monogamy& Individuation:

97 Jealousy and sexual arousal: getting off on the green-eyed monster! Playing With Fire

Does the thought of your partner being with someone else make you…hot as hell?  You aren't alone.  Though jealousy is often thought of as the LAST thing anyone would want in their life, that's not the only way it goes. In Joli's phenomenological research, 30% of participants reported sexual, juicy responses when they felt jealous. Turning the standard jealousy narrative on its head is a delicious opportunity- and in this very personal episode, we're talking about how working with jealousy differently over the past two decades has led to some transformative and HOT times. It really is possible to get off on the complex feeling of jealousy- come hear how we've been working with it to do just that. Are you ready to open your relationship happily? Find out at http://www.JoliQuiz.com Interested in working with Joli directly? Click here to apply for individual coaching.
  1. 97 Jealousy and sexual arousal: getting off on the green-eyed monster!
  2. 96 Which is better: To open from the start or to establish couplehood first?
  3. 95 Envisioning Your Dream Relationship
  4. 94 Romantic Friendships: Subversive & Awesome
  5. 93 [MOST POPULAR EPISODE replay] Relationship agreements in the wild

Ep. #82 Living Free From the Bonds of Your Scars w/ Cody Byrns

Cody Byrns

Cody Byrns is an award-winning speaker and performer with over 16 years of professional experience. Cody’s life underwent a major shift in 2013 after a horrific traffic accident left his body burned and scarred. After years of countless surgeries, and innumerable physical and emotional hurdles, Cody has since founded his own nonprofit Burn Foundation, and is on a mission to spread his story of inspiration, hope, and recovery to everyone he meets.

Cody does not let his scars dictate his identity. He encourages a life of freedom, and wants to help people live free from the bonds of scars

“The good you tend to forget as time goes on, but the challenges and triggers linger around longer than we care to admit. Life presents many challenges that are either a result of your own, or someone else’s doing. But your character is only built inside of your ability to embrace challenges. There’s no way around… only through. Through these experiences, you are tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They reveal to you who you truly are at your core and speak to the areas in which you need self-improvement. But you have to be open, to “listen” for the lesson. Let me show you how to rise above challenges and use them as a launching pad to achieve your vision, to move past your perceived limitations. It is time. Be prepared to transform your life.” – Cody 

Get a copy of Scar Release: Breaking Free of Yesterday’s Troubles 

Ep. #81 From Rock Bottom Upwards Through The Synchronicity of Love w/ John David Latta

John David Latta

John David Latta is a mystic, author, teacher, humorist, story-teller and founder & CEO of a multimillion-dollar consumer products company.

Terrified and stalked by an oppressive fear of death, John David Latta was a single dad with two children facing rock bottom, loneliness and bankruptcy. Hard work, arguments and logic were getting him nowhere, the competition was tough, and he was in over his head.

In his new book, The Synchronicity of Love, John shares his extraordinary stories of what happened when, while at rock bottom, he threw himself into Unconditional Love with sincerity and earnestness. His stories about his journey inspire, uplift, heal, shock, awaken and transform. They contain the seeds of potential to change habits, beliefs and one’s deepest assumptions about what is possible and have the power to radically transform anyone’s life.

John is sharing his very personal stories about his journey and of the supreme value in embracing deep and lasting personal transformation – in love, in business, in money, in relationships, in health and so much more. And John is sharing his message that even the most stuck, rigid and logical people can transform in unimaginable ways.

The Synchronicity of Love

“This book is a wonder. I can’t praise it enough. The tone is beautiful. Full of imagery, and full of heart, raw and honest. An incredible voice. The stories here are exquisitely inductive. This is the best book I’ve ever read in this genre.” -Carolyn Conger, PhD, International consultant, spiritual teacher and author of Through the Dark Forest

“This book revels in brilliant possibility – John’s insights are sweeping and vast. Put this book on your bedside, close your eyes, flip to a page, and let the love and synchronicity inform you.” -Alexandra Folz, MSN, Intuitive
Author of The Heirloom

Ep. #80 The Hidden Meanings in Relationships w/ Deborah Lukovich, Ph.D

Deborah Lukovich, Ph.D

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

Deborah is back to discuss her latest framework for understanding relationships from a depth psychology perspective using the 3 P’s: Purpose, Projection, Permanence.

“These three words capture every aspect of relationship between all human beings, but they just play out more dramatically in those of a romantic nature.”

Looking at relationship dynamics and interactions through the lens of purpose, projection, and permanence provide a deep way of understanding what is really going on and together they can work towards a deeper connection, growth, and fulfillment. 

In this episode, Deb and Shane discuss the hidden purpose and deeper meaning of relationships, how projection largely determines the way we relate to each other, and how clinging to the idea of permanence can be destructive. 

“We often don’t discover the deeper purpose of a relationship until after one has ended. Or if we’re lucky, we get a little glimpse when we have the humility to explore a conflict or dissatisfaction rather than avoid it. It can feel mind blowing to discover this ulterior motive that has been hiding from the ego, which thinks it knows exactly why we do what we do.” 

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.

Deborah’s Dose of Depth Podcast:

What If You're Not Supposed to Find the ONE? Me reading my blog post of September 2021 Dose of Depth

In this episode, I read a blog post I wrote about relationships. I had met someone three months prior and I felt an odd and intense self-awareness about my own experience as the relationship unfolded. Of course, a movie showed up to mirror back to me what my unconscious wanted me to explore. I hope you enjoy what I call my creative memoir writing. So, let's get started. Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at http://www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on http://www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to Amazon.Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #personalunconscious #shadow #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships #sexuality #spirituality #divorce #dating #romance #romantic #sexual #sexualattraction #pleasure #arousal
  1. What If You're Not Supposed to Find the ONE? Me reading my blog post of September 2021
  2. Chapter 25 – Sustaining Your New Practice & Conclusion – from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?
  3. The Gift of Self-Doubt, Self-Consciousness & Other Forms of Self-Torture: A Conversation with Chris Lukovich Schindler, Author of Unfinished: Unlock Your Superpowers, Live with Purpose, and Discover Limitless Possibilities
  4. Three Ways of Why: A Conversation with Jungian Analyst Vlado Šolc about the Journey to Self
  5. A Depth Approach to Transitioning to the New Year – Me Reading My Blog Post of December 2022

Ep. #79 Subjective Experience and Identity Politics w/ Reema Patel

Reema Patel

Reema Patel holds a B.A. from McGill University and a J.D. from the University of Windsor. After working in Mumbai in the youth non-profit sector and in human rights advocacy, she has spent the last ten years working in provincial and municipal government. Such Big Dreams is her first novel, an excerpt of which won the Penguin Random House Student Award for Fiction at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto, where she works as a lawyer. 

In this episode, Shane and Reema discuss her experiences of returning back to India that inspired the writing of her novel, Such Big Dreams. They discuss topics of identity, social norms, colonialism, and subjective experience. Our perspectives and experiences change depending on the context in a world filled with identity politics. One’s experience in Canada is distinctly different from one’s experience in India – despite you remaining the same. Social context and subjective perception and experience shape how we interact with others and experience the world.

Such Big Dreams: A Novel

A savvy former street child working at a law office in Mumbai fights for redemption and a chance to live life on her own terms in this fresh, propulsive debut novel about fortune and survival.

“A heartbreaking yet hopeful story about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of insurmountable odds.”—Etaf Rum, New York Times bestselling author of A Woman Is No Man

“A savvy former street child working at a law office in Mumbai fights for redemption and a chance to live life on her own terms in this “smart, haunting, and compulsively readable” debut novel about fortune and survival.”Amy Jones, author of We’re All in This Together

Ep. #78 Dark Religion, Conspiracism, and The Religious Instinct w/ Jungian Analyst Vladislav Šolc

Vladislav Šolc

Vladislav (Vlado) Šolc (pronounced “Schultz”) is a professional psychotherapist and Jungian analyst practicing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Vlado received training from the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago and Charles University in Prague. He is the author of five depth-psychology-oriented books: Psyche, Matrix, Reality; The Father Archetype; In the Name of God—Fanaticism from the Perspective of Depth Psychology; Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from the Perspective of Jungian Psychology and most recently Democracy and Individuation in the Times of Conspiracy Theories.

Episode

In this episode, Shane and Vlado discuss the psychology behind conspiracism, fundamentalism, and mythologies. Using a Jungian framework, they examine how and why conspiracy theories become powerful psychological tools. Other topics include the religious instinct, the unconscious, morality, individuation, purpose, meaning, and psychological defense mechanisms. 

To understand the profound rise in conspiracy theories in recent times, Vlado explores how conspiracies function as an unconscious protective mechanism against the inferiority of consciousness and subsequently also inflates the ego. Conspiracy theory adoption is archetypal in nature and parallels mythological structures. The strong resistance of conspiracism to rational correction can be understood by examining how the “Inadequate and noncredible representations of numinous energies in consciousness unwittingly contribute to the creation of structures with notable mythological parallels” (Šolc, 2019).

“Thinking is free from the unconscious influence of the Self only to the extent that it is able to recognize and to relate to numinous contents, on one hand, and to withdraw projections from the object, on the other. A symbolic perspective offers a nondismissive understanding of the reasons for strong adherence to conspiracy theories. Exploring conspiracy theories as symbols rather than rational constructs offers more fruitful solutions to our current social problems.” (Šolc, 2019)

Reference

Šolc, V. (2019). Dark Religion and Conspiracy Theories: An Analytical Viewpoint. Jung Journal, 13(4), 14-34. https://doi.org/10.1080/19342039.2019.1676142

Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from The Perspective of Jungian Psychology

Jungian analysts Vlado Solc and George J. Didier set out to explore the psychological dynamics and causes of religious fundamentalism and fanaticism. The book offers an in-depth psychological analysis of what happens when a person becomes possessed by the unconscious energies of the Self.

Dark Religion also reveals that spirituality is an inherent dimension of human life and one of its most essential needs. It only becomes “dark” when it denies, ignores, or separates itself from its vital roots.

The authors coin the term “dark religion” to describe all forms of fanatical, radical and extreme religions. Their study shows how dark religion leads to profound conflicts on both the personal and cultural levels – including terrorism and wars.

Surveys the vast contemporary cultural and religious landscapes. All the while discovering the emergent forms of spiritual praxis in light of postmodernism and the rise of fundamentalism in the new millennium.

Ep. #77 Ancient Traditional Wisdom w/ Kim Wheatley

Kim Wheatley

Kim Wheatley is an Ojibwe Anishinaabe Grandmother from Shawanaga First Nation Reserve who carries the spirit name Head or Leader of the Fireflower and who is Turtle Clan. She has appeared on TV, radio and in many news articles connected to her passion for Indigenous Knowledge sharing. Kim has worked with over 34 First Nation communities, having organized many Indigenous events, and she has authored 4 books, and has received multiple awards.  She also volunteers on a variety of boards as an Indigenous Advisor. She also works as an Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant.

In this episode, Shane and Kim discuss Kim’s way of life and way of knowing. Kim spends much of her time educating people about First Nation wisdom, heritage, and integration into the world. We discuss the historical gap in knowledge about the First Nation peoples, and how we can utilize ancient traditional wisdom to make the world a better place for everyone.  Kim highlights that there is a strong rise of truths in the world, where people are now getting to write their own stories and tell their truths. 

We discuss some of Kim’s traditional healing systems, governance systems, and way of life as a part of nature – not separate from it. Kim shares some ancient wisdom about balance and harmony – understanding that there is a place in creation for us to be a part of and not apart from nature in order to have a good life. Understanding the seasonal cycles of relationship and responsibility. Understanding that all parts of creation are beautiful and sentient, with a job and a purpose that benefits the greater good. Understanding that the Earth is a life-giver who gives birth to us and everything we need to lead a good, long life. 

Kim shows us how and where we have lost our way in this world, and how we are making decisions that lead to destruction and damage of our life-giving planet.  We can make different choices to change our relationship with nature, hopefully providing some restitution and positive impact to return to a better state of balance and harmony.   

Ep. #76 Sound Alchemy w/ Ian Morris

Ian Morris

“The majority of mainstream meditation music is created for entertainment and not true healing.

During an urgent need to heal my body, I didn’t want any of that music in my consciousness, so I began to create it for myself. Now I create frequency minded music for others to heal. What makes LtS music unique and effective is that it is always made with frequency in mind and the intentions to heal.”

Ian Morris, Founder & Sound Alchemist

In this episode, Ian and Shane discuss the transformative power of sound (frequency). They discuss how the universe can be understood in terms of frequency – everything resonates and vibrates (string theory). Sound has the potential for great healing and change in a person’s life. Other topics discussed include the nature of the universe, social interactional patterns, and individual and collective transformation. 

“Frequency-minded music is a simple and enjoyable path to a healthier lifestyle. Listening just 20 minutes a day helps support the following: Focus & Memory, Creativity, Clearing Energetic Blocks, Calm Anxieties, Improve Sleep” – ListeningToSmile

Access Listen to Smile’s albums:

https://listeningtosmile1.bandcamp.com/ 

Ep. #75 Split Second Unlearning: A Theory of Psychophysiological Dis-ease w/ Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson is a Health Coach with over 25 years studying the human mind in different forms including neuroscience and quantum physics. The main principles of Matt’s work are based around these models: Biofield Science, External Screen Model, The Sub-conscious Mind, General Adaption Syndrome, & Non-verbal Communication.

Split-second Unlearning – A rapid way to clear fear. Like other theories of mind, the SSU model provides a scaffold to support potential explanations of physical ill health. The model combines several psychological and neurological theories to offer a new perspective on the treatment of common mental health issues such as stress and anxiety, as well as more nebulous conditions, such as unexplained pain or fibromyalgia (i.e., chronic primary pain). In brief, SSU proposes that a traumatic past experience is linked with a physiological response.

When a person encounters subsequent ‘reminders’ of that experience, consciously or unconsciously, that physiological response is re-triggered. Over time, the cumulative effect of this low-level yet persistent physical and psychological stress leads to a wide range of symptoms. If the connection between the trigger memory, or ‘reminder’, and the response can be severed, then the symptoms may improve. Having the ability to neutralize a traumatic memory and its associated stress response has significant implications for an individuals’ allostatic load (Peters et al., 2017) and consequently for a wide range of physical and mental health conditions.” 

https://mindreset.app/

MindReset App as an Eye Movement-based Emotional Memory Reconsolidation Interference.

In the MindReset app we implement a method we have developed over the past 25 years with tried and tested behavioural change work in private practice. A method we call Split Second Unlearning (SSU), which is based on a process of “unlearning” traumatic responses at the speed in which they were originally created. This is achieved by use of eye tracking to detect the eye pattern of the emotional memory access, followed by destabilization of the emotional memory, then interruption of the eye movement patterns causing a memory reconsolidation interference and finally reassessment of the eye patterns to ensure the intervention was successful.

Ep. #74 Love and Soul-Making w/ Stacey Shelby, Ph.D.  

Stacey Shelby, Ph.D.

Stacey Shelby, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, educator, and depth psychotherapist. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in BC, Canada, a certified clinical dream tender, and she has studied in folk medicines and yoga traditions. She is adjunct faculty teaching the psychology of romantic love at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She holds a masters and Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.

Dr. Shelby is the founder of the Squamish Counselling Clinic (an in-person clinic in Squamish, BC) and also Dr. Stacey Shelby and Associates, (a video-based team of depth-oriented therapist). She has her own thriving therapy practice working over Zoom, where she works with adults in various stages of personal transformation. She is gifted at working with the symbolic language of the soul and she is dedicated to honoring the soul as it presents in the lived experience of daily life.

She is the author of two depth psychology books: Tracking the Wild Woman Archetype: A guide to Becoming a Whole In-Divisible Woman (2018); and Love and Soul-Making: Searching the Depths of Romantic Love (2022), both published by Chiron Publications.

Episode Description

In this episode, Stacey and Shane discuss the psychology of love, relationships, suffering, flourishing, and divinity. Using the myth of Eros (love) and Psyche (soul), we explore the transcendental, archetypal energies of love as the central power of life that inspires creativity, meaning, growth, and connection. 

The book Love and Soul-Making explores various relationship themes and dynamics, including love, passion, desire, beauty, sex, marriage, and the union of outer and inner reality. People in relationships are often confronted with challenges and hardships. If we willingly engage with and surrender to these hardships, we may find a roadmap to a life of authenticity, creativity, meaning and purpose. Ultimately, love and relationships are a calling from your soul to live an inspired life that is aligned with the great power/soul of the universe. 

Love and Soul-Making: Searching the Depths of Romantic Love

Love and Soul-Making brings awareness to both the patriarchal origins of romance and the unarguably magical, archetypal experience of love. Relationships can serve as an alchemical vessel for the development of the soul as part of the individuation process. The struggles of relationships, whether one is partnered or not, can allow us to engage more deeply with the psyche and can guide us further into her territory.

For those experiencing romantic difficulties, the myth of Psyche and Eros can serve as a guide to the stages involved in soul-making and how that is enacted in human relationships. This book encourages contemplating relationships both literally and metaphorically. With metaphorical vision, we create possibility for the alchemical transmutation process and the development of the soul. This book provides context to the soul-making process, and it can help to re-animate your creativity and vitality. Soul (Psyche) follows what she loves (Eros).

Tracking the Wild Woman Archetype: A Guide to Becoming a Whole, In-divisible Woman

Who is a woman before socialization? Why do we struggle in relationships? Why do we suffer? How can we find abiding peace?

By midlife, a woman may become conscious of some of the ways culture has overdomesticated her, and she may have become aware of her own wild, instinctual animal nature. The wild woman archetype within a woman’s psyche is an expression of her innate, soulful essence. Many women within patriarchy become socialized in a way that leads them to be overly “civilized” or overly “domesticated” almost from birth and that domestication affects how they express their sexuality and conduct relationships. When a woman becomes conscious of the wild woman archetype, she then becomes free to explore sexuality and relationships on her own terms. Paradoxically, the struggles experienced in relationships and with sexuality may be the catalysts that bring her into deeper engagement with psyche and into the realm of the wild woman archetype. This is explored as a process of psychological development that occurs at midlife in relation to Carl Jung’s notion of individuation. The psyche has an impetus towards unification and wholeness—towards becoming an in-divisible whole.

Relationships can serve as the alchemical vessels of a woman’s psychological transformation. Tracking the Wild Woman Archetype finds that the paradoxes and impossibilities of love serve to create a more profound woman who is more conscious of the manifold world of unconscious archetypes. It tracks the process of individuation and alchemical transformation through the study of texts, the author’s lived experience, and imaginal ways of knowing, such as dreams, synchronicities, and active imaginations.

Ep. #73 How Language Made Us Human w/ Simon Prentis

Simon Prentis

My professional life has been spent working with different cultures and languages in over fifty countries. Much of my work has been with the broadcast media, mainly for Japan, but I have also worked extensively on projects with musicians, fashion designers, film directors, dancers and architects, and done my fair share of graft with patent lawyers, investment bankers, academics and advertising agencies. A fully-qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting since 1990, I have translated four books and reams of technical documents over the years, and given testimony as an expert witness in high-profile intellectual property and patent disputes. I have also written about translation and interpreting for professional journals, and taught and presented papers on these subjects at educational institutions and international conferences. Drawing on my wide experience with language and other cultures, I have now written a book which explores the back story of our journey with language: how it started, what it does to us, how we use it, and where it takes us.

In This Episode

In this episode, Simon and I discuss some amazing insights about language development and its impact on our evolution. We explore the origins of language and how this mode of communication ultimately catalyzed culture as we know it today. Language development is essential for cognitive development as we know it. There is great power in our words.

Our ability to speak and understand speech is fundamental to understanding how our civilizations came to be. Language allows us to share ideas, express our thoughts and emotions, and ultimately propagate a growth in consciousness. 

Given the fundamental power of language, the question of its origin is paramount. Simon argues that language evolved from analogue grunts (noises) to digital (compound) sounds/words. By combining a short string of individual sounds (phones), suddenly, there is exponential growth in the availability of ‘words’ that can exist to represent so many different things. However, this development has not come without great challenges – challenges in belief, identity, application, and knowledge. 

Why are we the only animals who wear clothes, drive cars, trawl the internet, and send robots to Mars? Speech! tells the remarkable story of the simple yet radical trick that transformed a puny, naked ape into the mighty Homo Sapiens. Unravelling the thrilling tale of the struggle for knowledge over superstition and ignorance, Simon Prentis traces our roller-coaster ride from hunter-gatherer to urban hipster with style, insight, and wry good humour.

Reviews:

“Vital reading, intelligent and entertaining. The author takes us on a tour of what it means to be human, and does it with wit and confidence. It intrigues and entertains by turns, a cross between Bill Bryson and Richard Dawkins.” 

“Seldom if ever have I read a non-fiction book that has kept me so engaged and fascinated as this. This should be read in every school everywhere in the world!” 

“An exhilarating read, from start to finish – I particularly like the astonishing variety of information the author has collected. For me, it’s an absolute page-turner… a thoroughly entertaining book.”

Ep. #72 The Power of Compassion w/ Dr. Stan Steindl

Dr. Stan Steindl

Dr. Stan Steindl is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice at Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is also co-director of the UQ Compassionate Mind Research Group.

Stan has over 20 years of experience as a therapist, supervisor, trainer and researcher and works with clients from motivational interviewing and compassion-focused therapy perspectives. His PhD examined combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder and comorbid alcohol dependency, and he continues to work clinically in the areas of trauma and addiction, as well as having a general clinical practice.

Stan’s research interests are in the areas of motivation, behaviour change, compassion and compassion-based interventions, and especially the role of cultivating compassion and self-compassion in the context of trauma, shame, self-criticism and clinical disorders, as well as promoting psychological well-being.

He is the author of three books and several book chapters and research publications. His books include: Compassion in a T-Shirt: The First 35 Scripts (2020), The Gifts of Compassion: How to Understand and Overcome Suffering (2020), and The Gifts of Compassion: Personal Practice Workbook (2021).

In this episode, Stan and I discuss the healing and transformative power of compassion. We discuss cultivating a compassionate mind and working towards living a more balanced, kind, and peaceful life. According to the Compassion-Focused Therapy psychological model, humans have at least three emotional regulation systems. (1) A threat and self-protection system that, when activated, manifests emotionally in the form of anger, disgust, fear, anxiety, and shame. (2) A drive and excitement system that motivates people to find and acquire food, mates, resources and status. (3) A soothing and social-safety system which regulates our feelings of contentment, peacefulness, and safety.

If there is an imbalance between these three emotional regulation systems, mental distress and suffering can arise. People who are highly self-critical and self-shaming may not have had enough stimulation of the soothing system or too much activation of the threat system. This imbalance may lead people to find it difficult to feel and express kindness towards themselves. They may be highly sensitive to criticism or rejection, whether real or perceived and internalize that disapproval. The goal of CFT is to correct this imbalance in the emotion regulation systems.

Check Out The Compassion Initiative Podcast

Welcome to The Compassion Initiative Podcast Series. This Podcast series features Dr Stan Steindl and Dr James Kirby, both Clinical Psychologists. Stan and James are the co-founders of The Compassion Initiative. The podcast series is a relaxed informal ongoing conversation between Stan and James about issues related to compassion. You can access and subscribe to the Podcast on our website: http://www.thecompassioninitiative.com.au

Ep. #71 A Look Into Consciousness w/ Dr. Steven C. Hayes

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D

Steven C. Hayes is a Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology in the Behavior Analysis program at the University of Nevada. An author of 47 books and nearly 670 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering.

He is the developer of Relational Frame Theory, an account of human higher cognition, and has guided its extension to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based methods. He is a co-developer of Process-Based Therapy (PBT), a new approach to evidence-based therapies more generally.

Dr. Hayes has written a small number of books for the public, in addition to his many books for professionals. His first, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life (written with Spencer Smith) was written up in a five page story in Time Magazine in February 2006 and for a time was the #1 best selling self-help book in the United States. His latest, A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters, tells the scientific and personal story of psychological flexibility and topped out as among the top 800 best selling books on Amazon. His TEDx Talks (here and here) and YouTube presentations for the public exceed 1 million views.

In this episode, Steven and Shane discuss the nature of human consciousness, our experience of it, and how an understanding of it connects us to something much greater. Steven’s life work has been dedicated, at least in part, to understanding human psychology. Consciousness is an essential feature of our life – it is that by which, and from which, we experience everything. Self-consciousness is a phenomenon which appears to be uniquely human (as far as we know). Our knowledge of our own consciousness places us in a remarkable position to explore, question, and try to understand it.

Furthermore, we discuss the relationship between our understanding of human psychology, consciousness, and suffering. How can we work to alleviate suffering, both in our own lives and in those of other people is a fundamental question of our time. 

Get a copy of A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters

In this landmark book, the originator and pioneering researcher into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) lays out the psychological flexibility skills that make it one of the most powerful approaches research has yet to offer. These skills have been shown to help even where other approaches have failed. Science shows that they are useful in virtually every area–mental health (anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD); physical health (chronic pain, dealing with diabetes, facing cancer); social processes (relationship issues, prejudice, stigma, domestic violence); and performance (sports, business, diet, exercise).

How does psychological flexibility help? We struggle because the problem-solving mind tells us to run from what causes us fear and hurt. But we hurt where we care. If we run from a sense of vulnerability, we must also run from what we care about. By learning how to liberate ourselves, we can live with meaning and purpose, along with our pain when there is pain.

Although that is a simple idea, it resists our instincts and programming. The flexibility skills counter those ingrained tendencies. They include noticing our thoughts with curiosity, opening to our emotions, attending to what is in the present, learning the art of perspective taking, discovering our deepest values, and building habits based around what we deeply want.

Beginning with the epiphany Steven Hayes had during a panic attack, this book is a powerful narrative of scientific discovery filled with moving stories as well as advice for how we can put flexibility skills to work immediately. Hayes shows how allowing ourselves to feel fully and think freely moves us toward commitment to what truly matters to us. Finally, we can live lives that reflect the qualities we choose.

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

Enlightenment on the Shamanic Path Speaking Spirit

Enlightenment is usually associated with Eastern spiritual practices. Rarely do people mention the words "shaman" and "enlightenment" together.Shamanic teacher, John Moore, presents the case that shamanism is an unparalleled tool for personal spiritual development – leading up to an enlightened state of consciousness.John begins by explaining a model of nonduality and defining enlightenment. Then he describes how practicing shamanism exposes the interconnected and nondual nature underlying reality.Outline:John’s Introduction.0:28The importance of not getting bogged down in too much flowery spiritual language.4:56Early ritualistic behavior in chimpanzees.9:23The sacred nature of coffee and cacao.13:33The origins of the universe and the Source.17:52The infinite beam of white light is the source.22:56Are there people who have had spiritual realization to the point where they defy the laws of physics?27:04What is enlightenment? What is nonduality?30:53How shamanism might work with death.35:23How shamanism is a fantastic path for spiritual healing.40:23
  1. Enlightenment on the Shamanic Path
  2. What is Love? A Spiritual Perspective
  3. Sex, Shamanism, and Spirituality
  4. Why Shamanism Has Become So Popular Recently
  5. The Importance of Community in Shamanism with Mary Katherine Spain

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

What If You're Not Supposed to Find the ONE? Me reading my blog post of September 2021 Dose of Depth

  1. What If You're Not Supposed to Find the ONE? Me reading my blog post of September 2021
  2. Chapter 25 – Sustaining Your New Practice & Conclusion – from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?
  3. The Gift of Self-Doubt, Self-Consciousness & Other Forms of Self-Torture: A Conversation with Chris Lukovich Schindler, Author of Unfinished: Unlock Your Superpowers, Live with Purpose, and Discover Limitless Possibilities
  4. Three Ways of Why: A Conversation with Jungian Analyst Vlado Šolc about the Journey to Self
  5. A Depth Approach to Transitioning to the New Year – Me Reading My Blog Post of December 2022