Ep. #21 Creator Culture w/ Danny Desatnik

Danny is a strategic marketer and driven by curiosity. He works for #paid, an influencer marketing platform based out of Toronto. In this episode, Danny and I discuss a variety of topics relating to the current world of creators. With the coming of age of the internet, the world of possibilities for creators has exploded. Whatever area of specialty one is interested in, there are a host of experts in that field creating content online to share in their wisdom. There is also an enormous market for creators to provide entertainment to the world. With enough dedication and commitment, it has become possible for anyone to establish an audience or viewers and/or listeners. Most people spend considerable amounts of time online consuming content of their favourite kinds. Whether it’s podcasts, blogs, vlogs, videos, music, shows, studying, how-to’s, or memes, the internet is a fruitful place to connect consumers and creators. Danny and I discuss various aspects of the so-called creator culture wherein ordinary people have harnessed their creativity skills to provide content to their audience. Many creators have managed to monetize their creative endeavours and earn a living this way. Danny’s podcast Creator Culture focuses on exploring the creator economy – talking to both creators and advertisers on how they work in this field. 

Danny Desatnik

Danny is a strategic marketer and driven by curiosity. He works for #paid, an influencer marketing platform based out of Toronto. In the role, he helps brands find opportunities to collaborate with incredible creators. Prior to #paid, Danny worked in the music industry (talent and campaign management) helping artists build their fanbase through digital marketing strategies.

Danny’s Podcast: Creator Culture

S3E13 | Gohar Khan, the creator celebrating education Creator Culture

Today’s guest is Gohar Khan. Gohar is making it easier for students to write essays, stay productive and study more effectively. He’s got a signature video style — you notice papers and drawings moving in and out of the frame on top of his table while he narrates the story. His style, content value and quality of each video has helped him reach 2.3M followers on TikTok. What’s more impressive is how he uses TikTok to find new customers for his college admissions business called Next Admit. Before we get to the episode, here are three things about Gohar you should know:He was an entrepreneur out of the womb and his parents encouraged his inquisitiveness Gohar started creating content at an early age — he’s been building this muscle for a while He’s someone that is very talented as a creative and an operator. It’s amazing that he’s figured out how to be successful in both spacesFollow Gohar on TikTok, YouTube and Instagram! 
  1. S3E13 | Gohar Khan, the creator celebrating education
  2. S3E12 | Noah Jennings, the creator using graphic design to leave a legacy
  3. S3 E11 | Elliott Walker, the creator bringing hollywood to TikTok
  4. S3 E10 | Peder Cho, the creator upcycling his way to stardom
  5. S3 E9 | Dulma Altan, the creator celebrating female founders

Ep. #20: How Sitting Quietly In God’s Presence Can Change Your Life w/ Dr. Brian Russell

Brian Russell (Ph.D.) is an award winning professor of biblical studies and a transformational coach for pastors and spiritually-minded professionals. His personal mission is to seek out, study, and embody the deepest truths about God so that he can share them compellingly, lovingly, and transformationally with others. In this episode, Dr. Brain Russell (Author, Professor of Biblical Studies, Spiritual Growth Coach) and I discuss some of the amazing insights and teachings from his upcoming book, Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly In God’s Presence Can Change Your Life (available Sept. 2021).

The heart of The Centering Prayer is to sit quietly, focus attention on a particular word, and ultimately connect with life/reality beyond thought. Through a meditation practice, one is able to connect deeply with God – the transcendent source and essence of life itself. To sit in God’s presence is to sit in connection with Being – to experience the majesty of the present moment. All too often we get lost in our thoughts and judgements about ourselves, other people, and the world around us. However, thought is not the be-all and end-all of life – far from it, in fact. Everyone can learn to disidentify their thoughts from their true self and, in doing so, discover the true meaning of Love and God. Although this process of discovery can be challenging and uncomfortable at times, if you embrace it and practice it regularly, you will find that all areas of your life will transform and become empowered. 

Dr Brian Russell

Brian Russell (Ph.D.) is an award winning professor of biblical studies and a transformational coach for pastors and spiritually-minded professionals. His personal mission is to seek out, study, and embody the deepest truths about God so that he can share them compellingly, lovingly, and transformationally with others. He is the author of Invitation: A Bible Study to Begin With (Seedbed 2014), (re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade 2015); and the forthcoming Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life. He is also host of the Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations podcast.

Pre-order Brian’s book, Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly In God’s Presence Can Change Your Life (available Sept. 2021)

A new, but ancient, way to pray can turn your life around. Discover how to experience God’s love at your core, freeing you to love others, and even yourself. 

When biblical scholar and coach Brian Russell discovered centering prayer at a difficult crossroad in his life, he had no idea how his life would change. “Sensing God’s love for me has been so transformational that it almost feels as though I’ve experienced conversion all over again,” he writes. He became calmer, less anxious, less reactive, freed of past wounds, and a better listener in the presence of others. 

Centering prayer, also known as the prayer of silence, helps you quiet your mind from the constant thoughts and impulses, and frees your true self to experience more of God’s love in the very core of your being.  

This inviting guide gives you practical tools to make centering prayer a consistent habit in your life, gives the history and theological foundation for the practice, and helps identify and overcome common obstacles. Beginners, as well as seasoned practitioners, will gain inspiration, rich insight, and practical knowledge of a contemplative prayer practice that can open you up to deep experiences of inner peace.” – Amazon

Dr Brian’s Podcast: The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

Episode 115 Massimo Pigliucci onThe Quest for Character The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

In this week's episode, Dr. Massimo Pigliucci returns to the podcast to discuss the ongoing relevance and power of Greco-Roman philosophy to shape our character and way of life in the 21st century. Order Massimo's new book: The Quest for Character: https://amzn.to/3hdvXGt Connect with Dr. Pigliucci Web: https://massimopigliucci.com Books by Massimo A Field Guide to a Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons for Living https://amzn.to/3ovvhKm A Handbook for New Stoics: how to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control https://amzn.to/39pJZhK How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life https://amzn.to/2YqQTNz How to Life a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy https://amzn.to/2YkXiKd Nonsense on Stilts: how To Tell Science from Bunk. https://amzn.to/3iU3iD0 Other books by Massimo: https://amzn.to/39qYrWG Brian’s Website: http://www.brianrussellphd.com Brian Russell’s Books Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life https://amzn.to/2S0AcIZ (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade Books) https://amzn.to/30tP4S9 Invitation: A Bible Study to Begin With (Seedbed) https://my.seedbed.com/product/onebook-invitation-by-brian-russell/ Brian’s Recommended Resources on Centering Prayer: https://www.brianrussellphd.com/post/my-top-ten-favorite-resources-on-centering-prayer Information on Brian’s Signature Deep Dive Spirituality Coaching for Pastors and Spiritually Minded Leaders: http://www.deepdivespirituality.com Connecting with Brian: Website: http://www.brianrussellphd.com Twitter: @briandrussell Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife Interested in coaching or inviting Brian to speak or teach for your community of faith or group? Email: deepdivespirituality@gmail.com Links to Amazon are Affiliate links. If you purchase items through these links, Amazon returns a small percentage of the sale to Brian Russell. This supports the podcast and does not increase the price of the items you may choose to buy. Thank you for your support. #stoicism #virtue #character
  1. Episode 115 Massimo Pigliucci onThe Quest for Character
  2. Episode 114 Brian Russell on Sabbath and the Spiritual Life
  3. Episode 113 Brandon Tumblin on Stoicism, Dostoevki, and Philosophy as a Way of Life
  4. Episode 112 Brian Russell on How the Experience of Deconstruction Can Help You Grow
  5. Episode 111 Brian Russell: Seven Mindsets for Creating Opportunities for Long Term Growth and Service

Ep. #19 Holistic Health and Dealing with Chronic Pain w/ Dr. Tracy Debi

Dr. Tracy Debi is a former holistic chiropractor turned intuitive guide & mentor for purposeful living. She is an entrepreneur, podcaster, coach, and healer. In this episode, Dr. Tracy and I discuss what it means to treat patients holistically – as a whole human being. The current model for patient treatment tends to primarily focus on treating conditions, diseases, or symptoms as isolated issues rather than treating the whole person. Through her own experience of dealing with, and overcoming, chronic back pain and in her work treating patients, Tracy has discovered that ‘physical’ pain is often connected to a person’s psychological and emotional state. This is to say that as human beings, we exist as biopsychosocial creatures and we ought to receive treatment that incorporates all the facets of a person’s life. Our minds and bodies are intimately connected and so challenges in one area of life usually also affect all other areas. Moreover, psychological difficulties relating to trauma, identity, and subconscious belief systems often manifest as physical pain in recognizable and definitive patterns. By exploring and integrating a variety of treatment modalities, Tracy has helped countless patients find relief from their pain, gain new insights into themselves, and ultimately find greater peace and success in life.

Dr Tracy Debi

Dr Tracy Debi is a former holistic chiropractor turned intuitive guide & mentor for purposeful living. She is an entrepreneur, podcaster, coach, and healer.

Tracy’s company, Atelier I’X ,is on the cutting edge of modern spiritual alignment housed in a global advisory firm for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to get reacquainted with their whole body and purpose that lies within their heart in order to live a life of alignment with clarity and confidence. 

Check out Tracy’s Spirit of Success Podcast:

187: The Tool You Didn’t Know You Need Spirit of Success

Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed you have a sense of contraction and heaviness? What if you could experience the literal opposite of that in an hour? I witness this everytime I facilitate breathwork People keep talking about ‘feeling light’. The definition of light is a greater sense of expansion, space and possibilities! How cool! And you cannot think light or perceive light in your head. Which is also why some people do not know what to do with this kind of experience. It makes ‘integration’ difficult for people who do not know how to receive this.. Anyway, the most common question I get from people is how can I have more of this in my life? It’s quite simple: whatever feels light is true for YOU. If it feels heavy, it's not true for YOU. And this may not make sense in your head at all For example, years ago I got invited to a cottage and all of my friends were going and I just got this extremely heavy feeling and chose not to go. Turns out there was an accident, someone broke their arm and required an air ambulance and the whole trip got affected by it. It was the weirdest thing but I just knew it wasn’t for me. I have so many more stories of how I was using this without being aware of it. When you know something is heavy and choose it anyway, there is nothing wrong with that, just also know you are using energy against you (and in my experience things never turn out well) Let me know if you feel light and if you like this episode – you can reach out to me on IG @drtracydebi If you feel heavy and want to expand into possibilities in an area of your life that is not working for you, I would love to support you in shifting that! I’m offering breathwork sessions and coaching sessions! You can book a clarity call with me: https://calendly.com/drtracydebi/breathwork-discovery-call 🙌 I’d love to hear your big takeaways! Screenshot this episode and tag me on Instagram at @drtracydebi 🙌 Need assistance in connecting to your intuition? Download the Ultimate Intuition Checklist here to gain clarity now!  🙌 Be sure to follow Spirit of Success, The Podcast, leave a review, and tune in every week for new episodes! 🙌 Want guidance in finding your alignment this year? Book a clarity call with Dr. Tracy here
  1. 187: The Tool You Didn’t Know You Need
  2. 186: You Cannot Heal in the Same Environment You Got Ill In
  3. 185: Are You Creating or Controlling?
  4. 184: What’s On The Other Side of Judgment?
  5. 183: What Happens to Bad Girls & Boys?

Ep. #18 The Neuroscience of Meditation and Cannabis w/ Dr Hilary Marusak

Dr. Hilary Marusak is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine and directs the THINK lab (www.wsuthinklab.com) . She is also an Adjunct Assistant. In this episode, Dr. Hilary Marusak and I discuss some of the latest neuroscientific research on how meditation affects various brain systems. Meditation has been used by humans for thousands of years as a tool for self-regulation, healing, strengthening, and resilience development. And recently, the modern scientific community has begun to investigate how meditation works, which brain systems are involved, and how it can be used therapeutically. The practice of meditation comes in many different forms, and can be applied to many different areas of a person’s life. Hilary’s research focuses primarily on how meditation affects kids, and how it can be used as a therapeutic tool for kids who are dealing with pain, illness, and emotional dysregulation. 

We also discuss some of the latest science of cannabis and how the scientific community are working towards gaining a better understanding of the relationship and interaction between cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. Just as meditation has been used by humans for thousands of years, so too has cannabis played a role in many healing traditions in human history. The exact nature of how cannabis affects the body and brain is still largely unstudied and is an exciting field of research. While using cannabis for medicinal purposes has started to rise in society (with the recent legalization), there are also some risks. As the body of scientific literature develops over time, our ability to make educated and informed decisions regarding cannabis use will also increase. Hilary and I also explore some of her research into how cannabis affects the developing brain (i.e. in fetuses, children, and teenagers). While these areas of study are still relatively new, it’s an exciting time to be in this field and studying the potential benefits and risks of cannabis. 

Dr Hilary Marusak

Dr. Hilary Marusak is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine and directs the THINK lab (www.wsuthinklab.com) . She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development, a Scientific Member of the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the CURES Center, and a Science Advisor for the nonprofit organization Kids Kicking Cancer. She hosts her own podcast about the brain and brain disorders, called BrainSTEM (www.brainstempodcast.com).

Dr Hilary’s Podcast: BrainSTEM

A podcast for anyone interested in the brain or brain disorders, hosted by neuroscientist Dr. Hilary Marusak and produced by Amanpreet and Manmeet Bhogal. Each episode interviews someone affected by a brain disorder and an expert. We cover a range of neurological & psychiatric disorders, like depression, PTSD, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. We also discuss questions like what does COVID-19 do the brain, why do we sleep, and how does the brain develop? Follow us and email us!

E13 – OCD (Video and audio) brainSTEM

First, Dr. Marusak talks with Johnny Crowder, a suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, touring musician, mental health & sobriety advocate, and the Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries around the world. Then, she speaks with Dr. Christopher Pittenger, a clinician-scientist with expertise in the neurobiology and treatment of OCD at Yale University School of Medicine.  To learn more about COPE notes, visit: copenotes.com. For a link to Johnny's first TEDx talk, which covers thought patterns & why the brain does what it does, visit: copenotes.com/tedx. Visit the International OCD Foundation's website for facts and information about OCD, and resources, including find a therapist who specializes in OCD: iocdf.org. Help is available 24 hours/day at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. BrainSTEM is hosted by neuroscientist Dr. Hilary Marusak. Audio and video by Amanpreet & Manmeet Bhogal. This podcast is made possible by the generous support of the Society for Neuroscience and Michigan Society for Neuroscience. Subscribe, share, and follow us! Email us with topic or guest suggestions. Visit our website: http://www.brainSTEMpodcast.com. Our video podcasts are also posted on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LTYvOoFc6L7p2kUMaFhCA/videos.
  1. E13 – OCD (Video and audio)
  2. E12 – Antisocial behavior (Video and audio)
  3. E11 – Burnout in Healthcare (Video version)
  4. E10 – Pediatric PTSD (Video episode)
  5. E09 – Psychedelics in Psychiatry (Video version)

Ep. #17 Dragged into The Light w/ Tony Russo

Tony Russo is a journalist, non-fiction author, and podcaster. In this episode, Tony and I discuss his latest book, Dragged Into The Light: Truthers, reptilians, Super Soldiers, and Death in an Online Cult. Being a human being is a strange experience where one is often looking for answers to the seemingly inexplicable oddities, challenges, and questions of life. For many, answers to life’s most difficult challenge can be found in religion, science and/or philosophy. For others, answers given by a leader who claims to know the secrets and truths of life are very enticing. But, are these beliefs based on truth? Are our beliefs about what is true that different from the conspiracy theory truths? What appeals to a person to believe that we are governed by lizard-alien overlords trying to affect a new world order? Does Orgone have special powers? Are conspiracy theories that far-fetched from reality? What is Truth? These are some of the questions we delve into in this episode. Ultimately, Tony argues that Truth is something valuable sought after by most, but if the so-called ‘truth’ is used as a commodity, it can cause major problems, ruin lives, and even lead to death.

Tony Russo

Pencil-sharpening enthusiast, journalist, non-fictionist, author of “Dragged Into the Light: Truthers, Reptilians, Super Soldiers, and Death in an Online Cult.”

Tony coveted the chance to tell a story like Dragged Into the Light, which brings together questions about history, religion, politics, and popular culture and investigates how they played out in these real-life circumstances when two realities collide. Sherry Shriner, her cult, and the insidious and violent nature of the conspiracy theory culture showed him that while truth may have inherent value, as a commodity it’s pretty much worthless.

When Internet conspiracy theorist Sherry Shriner told one of her long-time followers, Steven Mineo, that his new girlfriend Barbara Rogers was a deadly reptilian agent, Steven broke with Shriner’s cult. Two months later, he was dead from a gunshot wound to the head, and Barbara had been charged with his murder. Shriner claimed credit for a true prophecy. But the truth was darker.

Journalist Tony Russo’s investigation of Mineo’s death, along with the earlier suicide of another cult member, led him inside an exotic new form of religion, where true believers assemble in internet chat rooms to stave off the demonic hordes of Lucifer, the New World Order, cell phone towers and reptilian shape-shifters.

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Ep. #16: The Standing Meditation w/ Nate Rifkin

In this episode, Nate and I discuss his most recent book on the life-changing Daoist meditation known as The Standing Meditation. For millennia, people have searched for methods and techniques to reduce suffering, master their mind, and find meaning and support in life. One of the ancient wisdom traditions, known as Daoism, offers a unique perspective on life and its connectedness to the source of life – the Dao (the Way). The standing meditation is a fundamental Daoist practice that has been used to find alignment, harmony, and energetic balance. It is a simple but profound exercise that unifies in experience the body, life energy, and mind. From this place of oneness, one can connect with life itself and reap the benefits of living a life in alignment with self, with nature, and with the universe. Starting with 1 minute of practice a day is enough to start the magical transformation of your life. 

Nate Rifkin

When Nate Rifkin began his journey, he hated himself. He was suicidal and drank alcohol every morning. He dropped out of college, went broke, bankrupt, and even worked on street corners waving around a sign.

However, Nate learned a little-known spiritual discipline that helped him transform his thoughts, emotions, and financial life. This practice from the Daoist mystical tradition even helped him find love. Today, Nate is sharing his journey and is the author of the book The Standing Meditation.

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Ep. #15: Mystical Experiences, Alien Encounters, Spirituality, and Universal Peace w/ Wajid Hassan

Wajid has lived an interesting and varied life in many fields of endeavor. From a technical background as a Field Service Engineer, to stand up comedian with over twenty years as a union actor doing voice over, narration, commercials as well as TV and movie roles. He also encompasses over forty years experience in the field of metaphysics, healing, spirituality and new age concepts. In this episode, Wajid and I discuss his latest book, a #1 bestseller on Amazon, The Struggle For World Sanity.

Wajid outlines his personal journey that led him to the feet of his own Yogi Master, Dr. George King. Through the guidance, teaching and experiences with his spiritual teacher, along with his own unique mystical experiences including that of an amazing spiritual contact he experienced with a UFO out in the wilderness, Wajid shows you the way out of the current chaos enveloping the world at the dawn of a new era of peace and enlightenment for all who will remain on Planet Earth after the great change which has now started. Here are universal truths revealed to many for the first time that will inspire you and help you raise your vibrations even higher so that you can be of greater service to every life stream that needs healing and upliftment in these troubled times. A call to action, if heeded, that will put you in a very favorable karmic position in the future.

Websites Mentioned:

The Aetherius Society. The Aetherius Society is an international spiritual organization dedicated to spreading, and acting upon, the teachings of advanced extraterrestrial intelligences. http://www.aetherius.org/

The Twelve Blessings. Change the world with spiritual energy – raise your consciousness with The Twelve Blessings! This is one of the greatest spiritual practices ever given to Earth and can be practiced by anyone. https://12blessings.org/ 

Wajid Hassan

From Pakistan to England and then settling in America, Wajid has lived an interesting and varied life in many fields of endeavor. From a technical background as a Field Service Engineer, to stand up comedian with over twenty years as a union actor doing voice over, narration, commercials as well as TV and movie roles. He also encompasses over forty years experience in the field of metaphysics, healing, spirituality and new age concepts. An avid hiker, he managed to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2006 Africa’s highest mountain in Tanzania.

He is a humanitarian and environmentalist always looking for ways to improve life for people along with a deep love for our Planet and all the plants and animals who reside upon Her back.

As a qualified Speaker, Healer and Teacher he can demonstrate how to reignite the spiritual flame within us and send it outwards to all, improving not only our own personal lives but those of every lifestream that live on our beautiful world. Something he outlines in detail in his #1 bestseller on Amazon, “The Struggle for World Sanity” which will inspire and uplift those who read it.

The Struggle for World Sanity!

Wajid Hassan

#1 Amazon Best-Seller

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Ep. #14: The Creativity Process and the Opportunity for Freedom w/ Dave Stevens

Dave Stevens is a husband, father, son, novelist, songwriter-for-hire, and corporate storyteller. He has a background in journalism, project management and psychology, and is passionate about creativity as a human lifeforce. Dave is curious about most things and is currently learning the piano. He dreams that one day creativity becomes an important world currency.  In this episode, Dave and I discuss a variety of topics relating to creativity and the creative process. Creativity is traditionally thought of a characteristic trait that one either has or does not have. However, ultimately everyone has the capacity to bring creativity into their lives and to harness its power of creation. While technical skills are often correlated with creative design and artistic expression, these skills are not a necessary requirement of creativity. Moreover, to be creative does not require one to also meet a list of success criteria.

To embrace creativity is to embrace life – in its multitude of manifestations. Whether in art, business, gardening, writing, or any other endeavour, it is possible to find the space and opportunity to be creative. Our creativity is only limited by our minds – by our judgements of ourselves and of others. In the end, being creative means going beyond the limits of the mind and allowing life to flow through us. We needn’t concern ourselves with what others think of our endeavours, nor with how we may judge ourselves; we need only allow ourselves the opportunity to embrace life, to feel joy, and, ultimately, to the freedom to create. 

Dave Stevens

Dave Stevens is a husband, father, son, novelist, songwriter-for-hire, and corporate storyteller. He has a background in journalism, project management and psychology, and is passionate about creativity as a human lifeforce. Dave is curious about most things and is currently learning the piano. He dreams that one day creativity becomes an important world currency.   

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Ep. #13: Paramedicine, ER stories, Critical Care, and Humanity w/ Katherine Hambleton

Katherine has a professional background in the fields of nursing and paramedicine and has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. In addition to holding her AEMCA, she holds a specialty in emergency nursing (ENCC) and a certificate in critical care. In this episode, Katherine and I have a great conversation on a variety of topics regarding, and relating to, the medical and paramedical field. We also hear about some of Katherine’s most interesting stories from the Emergency Room (ER), things getting stuck in places they shouldn’t be, surgery, the amazing structures and functionality of the human body. We go on to discuss dealing with critical care situations, medical advancements, death and dying, and the current situation with Covid and vaccination rollouts. Hope you enjoy listening! 

Katherine Hambleton (RN, AEMCA)

Katherine has a professional background in the fields of nursing and paramedicine and has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. In addition to holding her AEMCA, she holds a specialty in emergency nursing (ENCC) and a certificate in critical care.  Katherine has a diverse portfolio in healthcare having worked as an RN in the emergency department setting, as a clinical research nurse and as an ACLS/BLS Instructor. She also worked within the provincial air ambulance system as an ambulance communications officer, with the base hospital as lead QA and as an Education and Practice Facilitator, managing the education portfolio of the flight paramedics. Katherine currently works in a cardiac surgery intensive care unit.  

Katherine is a published author and she has been a dedicated advocate for first responder mental health for several years; coordinating the 2014 national ‘Heroes Are Human – PTSD Awareness Tour’, lobbying for ‘Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act’ and she was the National Coordinator for Wings of Change – Peer Support, managing the program for 3 years. Katherine continues to work toward breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with mental health challenges within the first responder communities.

Katherine successfully competed for the position of Provincial Chair for the newly established OPA Wellness Committee in March of 2020, and moved into an Interim position as Director of Membership Services in June 2020.

Katherine is dedicated to the advancement of the paramedic profession and continues to be a strong advocate for patient safety.

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Ep. #12 Shaken Not Stirred: Living with Parkinson’s Disease w/ Larry Linton

Larry Linton (B.A., LL.B., C.S) was progressing steadily through his career as a corporate immigration lawyer when, at the age of 49, he was confronted with a life altering event that changed his life forever. In this episode, Larry and I discuss his journey of living with Parkinson’s Disease over the last 10 years. We discuss some of the physical, cognitive, and emotional aspects that being diagnosed and living with Parkison’s has had on his and his family’s life. Larry’s journey has had a profound transformation on how he lives his life. Running, drumming, and meditation are just a few of the things that have had an incredibly positive and healing effect on his life. Larry’s battle exemplifies the fact that through facing life’s challenges head on and with a positive attitude, it is possible to find meaning and happiness in life. Larry now works with people who are affected by Parkinson’s and is a speaker, author, and group facilitator. 

Find more info at: https://www.parkinson.ca/

Larry Linton (B.A., LL.B., C.S)

Larry Linton (B.A., LL.B., C.S) was progressing steadily through his career as a corporate immigration lawyer when, at the age of 49, he was confronted with a life altering event that changed his life forever. In his first book, SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: Living with Parkinson’s  Disease, Larry shares with us how he managed to change his focus and to enjoy living a life that is more fulfilling, rewarding and meaningful after his diagnosis. His book provides inspiration and advice to others who’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. If you or someone you love is fighting the biggest battle of their lives this inspirational and informative book will transform your life.

SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: Living with Parkinson’s Disease is the story of a reluctant hero navigating the trauma of a life-altering diagnosis.

After going through a long-term, debilitating stage of grief, Linton emerges to find life worth living and enjoying again.

Read how simple changes Linton made to his daily life have improved his physical and mental health, his happiness, his life, and the lives of his family members, who stood bravely by as he waged his battle.

Despite the seriousness of the subject, Linton shares inspiring stories and important information about Parkinson’s Disease in a surprisingly entertaining and engaging manner.

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Ep. #11: A Modern Renaissance of Culture w/ Dr. Vidoll Regisford

Dr. Vidoll Regisford is a competent psychotherapy and counselling practitioner, who has worked in a variety of clinical settings, senior management and executive roles. In this episode, Vidoll and I discuss the current challenges and transformations in culture around the world. Through compassion, empathy, and the divinity of the human spirit, we strive to change the world for the better. In reviewing various historical movements and political changes, we discuss what it would mean for us as a society to move towards positive change in the world. A changing world needs leaders who move and act with wisdom and compassion. All too often, radical shifts in power end up recreating and repeating the same problems – albeit packaged in a different ideology. However, there is a way forward; a way to transcend the difficulties – and this way is through an increase in the consciousness of humanity. Every human being has a divine essence, and although this essence can be obscured and hidden away, ultimately there is hope for humanity. Good will always prevail. 

Dr Vidoll Regisford (Ph.D., M.Ed., B.A., SSW., CC)

Registered Psychotherapist & Corporate Consultant specializing in Diversity & Inclusion/Human Resources Practices 

Dr. Regisford is a competent psychotherapy and counselling practitioner, who has worked in a variety of clinical settings, senior management and executive roles. He began his career working in the high-priority neighbourhoods of Toronto’s Jane-Finch and Regent Park neighbourhoods, delivering crisis and trauma counselling to a diversity of marginalized, racialized and immigrant youth, and their families, who were victims of gun-violence.

With a high orientation to working with complex cases, he has been contracted by ethno-specific and mainstream organizations to intervene in clinical matters, achieving successful solution-focused outcomes. He developed his cultural-competence in counselling, employing unique approaches to serving the mentally ill from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, relying on a collective approach to therapy, employing cultural interpreters, translators, and where necessary, developing corporate policies on diversity and inclusion in clinical care for organizations.

Dr. Regisford took his knowledge of people and went on to lead organizations in the healthcare, social housing and the education sector, training and developing teams of social workers, nurses, consultants and community development practitioners in building and strengthening communities within a social determinants of health framework. His clinical aptitude and innovation in community health-education, and those of his colleagues, teams, partners and collaborators, have been recognized by the Ontario Hospital Association as well as international bodies focused on innovation in preventative health, such as the International Society of Blacks in Health Sciences. His efforts to eradicate the barriers and stigma associated with mental health continue in the form of presentations, lectures, magazines and his radio program, Life Matters, to a variety of audiences.

Formerly the Vice-President of Human Resources & Missions Services for Goodwill Industries, Dr. Regisford worked with public, private and non-profit organizations to employ individuals desperately in need of work. He took these skills and networks to George Brown College as Director of its Partnership office to city-build alongside multiple organizations focused on the social and economic development of the city of Toronto.

Dr. Regisford began his studies in Social Service Work and Community Development followed by a Degree in Sociology at York University in Toronto. He then went on to complete a Masters Degree in Adult Education and Community development at the University of Toronto. He achieved his first doctorate in Counselling, and a post-doctorate Ph.D in Counselling-Psychology, focused on Emotional Intimacy Therapy at California State Christian University.

He is principal for Knowledge Solutions and Associates, a general psychotherapy and counselling practice serving trauma victims, as well as youth, couples and families in crises. His clients are school boards, insurance companies, child protection services and faith- communities to name a few.

He brings to his work both cultural and emotional intelligence. He is also a critical stress and crisis debriefer, often called in to serve Police Services across the province, along with other first-responders, regionally and nationally. Formerly he served on the Dellcrest Children’s Service Advisory Committee, and now serves as a volunteer for the Salvation Army, a board member for Habitat for Humanity and We Will Now International Youth Development Project. Dr. Regisford possesses memberships to various accredited and governing bodies as a certified and registered psychotherapist.

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Ep. #10: Authenticity in Grey w/ Ross MacPhail

Ross often wonders how he found his life’s passion and work when he was 73. At a time when most people have been retired for years, he was immersing himself in helping others find meaning in their changing and evolving lives.

The journey to this stage of his life is far from traditional. However, his success in life and work has a common theme. Always be authentic and care about the people you work with and the people you serve.

After decades of helping people find meaning in their jobs and life, Ross realized that people were not controlling their own destinies. This is especially true for seniors. Retirement becomes a journey of existence, not meaning.

With over 15 years of interviewing C-level executives for research firms, he knows how to uncover and compile all the data and key findings in the world of retirement and aging. More importantly, he learned how to take the data and turn it into intelligence that everyone can understand and use.

The 10 plus years Ross spent in the mental trauma field has helped him develop a deeper understanding of how to get people talking about their struggles, fears, and goals.  When people struggle with the impact of trauma, it is easier to be honest and open with a peer. Someone understands their world. Someone who gets them.

When we leave our careers, life should be filled with passion, learning and most importantly being Authentic. To quote Dylan Thomas “Keep the light burning as bright and as long as you can through the passion of being you”.

Ross MacPhail

President – Authentic in Grey & Creating Mental Wealth | VP Bill Tibbo & Associates

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Ep. #9: Finding the silver lining in a time of crisis w/ Bill Tibbo

Bill Tibbo is the president & CEO of Bill Tibbo & Associates. he is a clinical social worker, Corporate Clinical Consultant and Disaster Management Specialist. In this episode, Bill Tibbo and I discuss how people navigate change in their lives – both small and big. Major crises happen to everyone and dealing with the aftermath can be daunting. Everyone deals with crisis differently; however, through crisis comes transformation. Our true strength as human beings (both personally and communally) emerges during a time of crisis. Through empathy and love it is possible to find a silver lining. In this episode we discuss some of Bill’s work with individuals and organizations during the 9/11 attacks in NYC, the SARS epidemic, and the 1999 earthquake in Istanbul. Finally, we go into the current COVID crises and how people can come together, despite differences in belief and opinion, to do what is necessary to prevail together in the face of adversity. 

Bill Tibbo

Bill Tibbo is the President & CEO of Bill Tibbo & Associates

➤ Throughout the past 30 years Bill, President and CEO of Bill Tibbo & Associates, has provided consulting services to hundreds of business leaders in many of North America’s Fortune 500 corporations, as well as a complete spectrum of public sector organizations.

➤ As a Corporate Clinical Consultant and Disaster Management Specialist, Bill has had the honour of leading Post Disaster Debriefing teams after the following events:

  ➾1999; earthquake in Istanbul, Turkey

  ➾September 11, 2001; World Trade Centre attack in New York City,

  ➾2003; SARS Epidemic…serviced epicenter at North York General Hospital

  ➾2004; Hurricane Ivan in the Cayman Islands

  ➾2005; Air France Crash, Pearson International Airport, Toronto

  ➾2014: RCMP Shootings In Moncton New Brunswick

  ➾2016: Fort McMurray Alberta Forest Fires

➤ Best Selling Author of Leadership in the Eye of the Storm Released November 2016.

➤ Today Bill continues to consult regularly with international business leaders, insurance companies, entrepreneurs, professional athletes and government groups, including the United Nations, as they endeavor to stabilize their organizations both before and after crisis situations.

➤ He and his team serve as the Primary Clinical Consultants to the OPP, Hamilton Police Service, Halton Police Service and Peel Police Service as well as all of the Air Traffic Team for NAV CANADA. 

➤ Bill is a cofounder of Camp FACES, a summer camp for Family and Children of Emergency Service Workers. 

➤ Finally, Bill Tibbo & Associates work closely with Canada’s Aboriginal communities as it pertains to the Indian Residential Schools and designed and led the Health Team for the First National Truth and Reconciliation Event in Winnipeg.

More of Bill: www.billtibbo.com 

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Ep. #8: Qigong and Meditation w/ Chris DiCecco

Chris DiCecco is a pianist, composer, producer, & poet. In this episode Chris and Shane discuss the ancient medicine, qigong (a system of coordinated body and breath movement), matching vibrational frequencies of the voice with different chakras and parts of the body, and the gift of animals as zen masters.

Chris DiCecco

Chris DiCecco is a pianist, composer, producer, & poet.

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Ep. #7: Meaning and Purpose w/ Debbie Homewood

Debbie Homewood is a Registered Psychotherapist and counsellor with 30 years experience in private practice and has three years experience as a full-time Pastoral Advisor. In this episode, Debbie and I discuss how people need, find, and create meaning in their lives using Viktor Frankl’s logotherapeutic techniques. Through awareness/mindfulness, we can use our innate freedom to will – our ability to find meaning in any situation in life – to create a meaningful and purposeful existence for ourselves. We do not have to remain at the mercy of our surroundings, other people, or our own pain – we can transcend all blockages and limitations to find meaning and, as a consequence, find happiness and fulfillment.

Debbie Homewood, RP

Debbie Homewood is a Registered Psychotherapist and counsellor with 30 years experience in private practice and has three years experience as a full-time Pastoral Advisor. Debbie has helped many people deal with life’s many painful, confusing and stressful situations such as illness, loss, grief, low self-esteem, conflict, difficulty in making decisions and loneliness.

Debbie is a certified biofeedback practitioner with a background in psychology, philosophy, yoga, meditation and metaphysics. She has studied biofeedback, consciousness and the mind-body connection in Canada, the USA and England. Her many years of research at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education influence her to base her current work, as much as possible, on research.

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Ep. #6: Extraterrestrials w/ Chris DiCecco

In this episode, Chris and Shane discuss Gopi Krishna’s experience with Kundalini energy work and thoughts about universal evolution. We also discuss alien encounters, Travis Walton’s abduction experience, and the possibilities of alien music. Hope you enjoy! 

Chris DiCecco

Chris DiCecco is a pianist, composer, producer, & poet.

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Ep. #4: Meet Chris DiCecco

Chris DiCecco is a pianist, composer, producer, & poet. We start this episode with a conversation about Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic. We then dive into some of our experiences with mysticism and spirituality, the power and influence of music,  finding a path of passion to follow, psychedelics, and a few stories of personal growth. Hope you enjoy it! 

Chris DiCecco

Chris DiCecco is a pianist, composer, producer, & poet.

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Ep. #3: The Magic of Water

In this episode we discuss The Hidden Messages In Water, ancient Egypt, civilization and more!

“In this New York Times bestseller, internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto shows how the influence of our thoughts, words and feelings on molecules of water can positively impact the earth and our personal health.” Simon & Schuster

“This book has the potential to profoundly transform your world view. Using high-speed photography, Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors. The implications of this research create a new awareness of how we can positively impact the earth and our personal health.” Simon & Schuster

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