Ep. #45 Igniting Your Soul w/ Zarina Chopra

Zarina Chopra is a Tao Soul Healer and Transformational Coach for rising female leaders who are ready to clear their karma, connect to the power of their Soul, and manifest like a Queen.

In this episode, Zarina and I discuss the power of the ancient spiritual practice of Taoism and how it has helped transform her life and the lives of those she teaches. We discuss how learning and understanding the ways of life’s working can create beautiful balance. All too often we get stuck in cycles of stress, overwhelm, and unhappiness. In order to break the negative mindset and unlock your inner confidence, your true being and ultimate nature, you must learn to recognize the illusions of limitation and choose to connect with the true source of life. We are all light-beings, and the journey to experience and embody your life is that of spiritual awakening. 

Zarina shows you how to claim the life your soul years for; how NOW is the time “To uncover your deepest passions and purpose… To manifest the wildest life of your dreams… To unleash the power of your voice… To activate the healer inside of you… To become the Quantum Queen of your life.” 

Zarina Chopra

Zarina Chopra is a Tao Soul Healer and Transformational Coach for rising female leaders who are ready to clear their karma, connect to the power of their Soul, and manifest like a Queen.

As a certified Tao practitioner with the Tao Academy, and certified Theta Healer, Reiki Practitioner & Kambo Practitioner. Zarina combines her intuitive spiritual mentoring with her years of energy work and esoteric studies to provide a full spectrum of healing, transformation and manifesting mastery to her clients.

Zarina is the founder and curator of the 6-month immersion program “Quantum Queen Rising”. She spends her time mostly enjoying nature, playing games with her family and beloved partner, and is the lover of all things sparkly!

Ep. #25 Creating Change and Embodying Your True Self w/ Nina Camille

Nina Camille is a modern mystic, medicine woman, healer, teacher, mentor, and coach who guides people to discover their truest, freest, and most loving Selves. In this episode, Nina and I discuss how change and difficulty in life are opportunities for us to grow and deepen our sense of spirit. We often know what is good for us, and yet we resist actually implementing the changes. This internal conflict can often generate significant suffering for ourselves and others around us. Nina explains how embracing change and embodying your truth can have a profound transformation of your life. It is possible for us to recognize and embrace the sacredness of life – to live a life of peace, joy, and love. We can embrace life’s challenges as opportunities for growth and connection with Life itself. Ultimately, it is through connecting with our true selves – our authentic being – that we can begin to create a reality for ourselves that is joyful, harmonious, and free. 

We are here to honor the fullness of the human journey and be guided by the eternal Spirit within. We are here to remember ourSelves – that we are pure Love consciousness – and to live our lives in alignment with true inner freedom, our own intuitive wisdom and joy. I help all beings come home to their truth and remember who they really are so they may offer their unique expressions of love, freedom and service to the world. Our life is our art. We came to be all here, to remember, to play, to be fully alive and awake. We are Love in form. We are Divinity in form. We are Oneness in form.

Nina Camille

Nina and I discuss how she has found great fulfillment and joy in her work as a spiritual healer. Finding and using the tools each of us has to create our own reality is an enormously powerful practice for bringing peace and fulfilment to our lives. Presence/Mindfulness is one of the most important, if not the most important, practices to discovering inner peace. For many of us, we have spent a lot of time trying to learn how to make our lives better, but have not yet started embodying and living the truth. This is to say that there is a marked difference between conceptually/mentally knowing something and practically/pragmatically living the truth through experience. Nina explains that in order for someone to actually start making a change in their life, the pain of the situation must be great enough that one is compelled to do something differently or the inspiration (i.e. the ‘why’) has to be strong enough to lead one in a new direction. 

Navigating the world as a human being is very strange, and often very scary. Our minds are an amazing tool that has evolved for our survival. However, sometimes, the mind can get stuck in old belief systems about ourselves, others, and the world around us. All too often we remain in the “hell we know” rather than risking making a change because we are afraid of the unknown – and the unknown, according to the mind, is potentially worse than the current known (even if the known right now isn’t great). However, if we take the leap of faith into the unknown, and allow ourselves to start experiencing new possibilities, we often find that we have the power to make amazing changes in our lives – changes that can lead to a wonderful life of peace, joy, and love. 

Nina and I also discuss how we grow and deppen through adversity and challenges in our lives. Life has a way of always putting new challenges in our lives – challenges that will force us to discover our strengths, and will ultimately lead to growth. In the same way that building muscle strength requires challenging those muscles with strenuous exercise (and continually pushing your limits), so too do we grow spiritually when faced with life challenges. We will often look back on challenges we’ve faced in the past and recognize that that challenge played an essential role in shaping who we are today. By accepting, and even welcoming challenge and change in life, we can begin to have a different experience of challenge; instead of resisting and resenting the challenges we face, we can begin to accept and even welcome the difficulty because we recognize that it is an amazing opportunity for growth that has been afforded to us by life itself. 

Nina Camille

Nina Camille is a modern mystic, medicine woman, healer, teacher, mentor, and coach who guides people to discover their truest, freest, and most loving Selves.

“I live my version of ultimate freedom. I do what I want, when I want, where I want, with whom I want to do it. I spend most of the year traveling and working from beautiful retreat locations, with dear friends and co-creators. My body, mind, emotional state and spiritual practice are my absolute top priorities. My health, business, money and relationships thrive as a result. I live in alignment with my teachings, I take incredibly good care of myself every day and prioritize my own well-being so I can be of massive service to the world. I genuinely love myself, hold myself gently, show up to my own work and allow others to do the same for themselves. I live what I teach, every single day.” – Nina

Ep. #24 w/ Jewish Mysticism and The Tale of a Modern Prophetess w/ Evonne Marzouk

Evonne Marzouk has spent her career in pursuit of inspiring others, making a difference, and bringing Jewish wisdom into the world.  In this episode, Evonne and I go deep into discussing Jewish mysticism. Following the theme of Growing Into Your Gifts in Evonne’s novel “The Prophetess”, we discuss how wisdom teachings have impacted our lives – both from a pragmatic and mystical perspective. The teachings of Judaism have been around for thousands of years, and have provided countless people with insight into life’s most difficult questions. There is an amazing connection between ourselves and the divine, and coming into ‘contact’ with the divine can have profound positive transformations on your life.

Connecting with faith (emunah) and experiencing the light of consciousness can provide a deep sense of connectedness and peace to the turbulent lives we live. One of the main ways people connect with God is through meditation – a practice that is generally thought to be exclusive to Eastern wisdom traditions, but is actually also a fundamental part of Jewish mystical teachings. Taking the time to consciously experience life, nature, ourselves, and divinity is both the means and outcome of mediation. There is so much wisdom available in the world – we need only allow ourselves the opportunity to find and connect with it at a deep level, and the majesty of the universe will begin to reveal itself. 

Evonne Marzouk

Evonne Marzouk has spent her career in pursuit of inspiring others, making a difference, and bringing Jewish wisdom into the world.  She grew up in Philadelphia and began writing and publishing poems and stories as a young child. Evonne attended the Johns Hopkins University and received a B.A. from the Writing Seminars program, with a minor in Religious Studies. Evonne founded and is the former director of Canfei Nesharim (recently merged with GrowTorah), an organization that teaches Jewish wisdom about protecting the environment.

Evonne began work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 and has played key roles in work on the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint. Throughout all these activities, publishing a novel has been one of Evonne’s lifelong dreams.  She is incredibly grateful, and sometimes amazed, that the moment has finally arrived.   

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The Prophetess: A Novel

Exploring modern adolescent anxieties and ancient mystical teachings, The Prophetess is a story about faith and sacrifice, promises kept through generations, and how, through the support of others, we can grow bigger than we ever believed we could be.

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 78: Beth Fisher–Remorseless: A Journey to Finding Your True Self The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

In this week’s episode, Beth Fisher takes us on a deep dive into issues of identity. Our conversation finds its roots in her outstanding book Remorseless: Learning to Lose Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions Without Losing Yourself. Beth Fisher is a motivational speaker and life coach and holds two master's degrees in theology. An avid marathoner, she and her family live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Buy Beth’s Books: Remorseless: Learning to Lose Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions Without Losing Yourself https://amzn.to/3n41p9p Remorseless Workshop: A Journey to Losing Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions–And Finding Yourself https://amzn.to/3jbmDkr Books Recommended by Beth: Geisler/Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist https://amzn.to/2YXlPIR Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others https://amzn.to/3DL5GVV Richard Rohr, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Chaos, Reorder  https://amzn.to/2YTu217 Connect with Beth Fisher: http://www.bethfisher.com Twitter @bethfish_author  Instagram @bethfisher_author   Connect with Brian Russell: Information about Brian’s latest book Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life http://www.centeringprayerbook.com or order: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E . For group discounts, contact Sr. Estelle at Paracletepress.com Twitter: @briandrussell Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife Coaching for Pastors: http://www.deepdivespirituality.com Business and Life Coaching: http://www.brianrussellphd.com Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture: (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/3qln258 Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Dr. Russell receives a small payment if you order resources through these links. There is no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the podcast through your purchases. Please tell your friends about the Deep Dive Spirituality Pod/Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes.
  1. Episode 78: Beth Fisher–Remorseless: A Journey to Finding Your True Self
  2. Episode 77 Dr. Ken Collins on Jesus the Stranger: The Man from Galilee and the Light of the World
  3. Episode 76 Dr. Joshua McNall on Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space between Doubt and Dogmatism
  4. Episode 75 Dr. Brian Russell on How God Uses Silent Meditative Prayer (Centering Prayer) to Transform Us
  5. Episode 74 Marnie Swedberg on Dynamic Speaking, Growth, and Goal Achieving for Christians

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. #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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