Ep. #46 Understanding PTSD, Trauma, and Resiliency with First Responders w/ Jon and Jen Perrin

Jon Perrin is a police officer living with PTSD, and together with his wife Jen, run a podcast and charity foundation dedicated to educating and supporting mental health programs and initiatives that have helped Jon and many others living with this terrible injury. 

In this episode, Jon, Jen, and I discuss their journey of living with PTSD. PTSD is a very complicated and troubling psychological/moral injury that affects many first responders. In sharing his story of how PTSD affects him and his life, Jon encourages others who may be in similar situations to have a better understanding of what’s going on, to know that there is help available, and that it is something that can be dealt with. While there are many difficulties, fears, and challenges that come with having PTSD, Jon and Jen are a true testament to the power and possibility of healing. 

Jon & Jen Perrin

Jon Perrin is a police officer living with PTSD, and together with his wife Jen, run a podcast and charity foundation dedicated to educating and supporting mental health programs and initiatives that have helped Jon and many others living with this terrible injury. 

“Twisted trauma is the life story of myself, Jon Perrin. My childhood traumas to being a police officer diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Come share some of my darkest moments and together learn how we can survive. Also join us every Saturday for the Saturday stir-up with Jon and Jen.” 

The Twisted Trauma Foundation is a non-profit organization started by Jennifer Perrin a Registered nurse and manager with over 20 years experience in the nursing field.  Jen is a wife to Jon Perrin a first responder who suffers with PTSD.  Twisted Trauma provides peer support to first responders, civilians, and their families who are living with a mental health illness or injury.  Twisted Trauma raises awareness and money for mental health programs and initiatives in our communities, as well as provides educational/motivational stories from individuals who are living through mental health illness or injury.   

Donations to support Twisted Trauma can be made to https://gofund.me/2aa30b13 

Twisted Trauma (Trailer) Twisted Trauma

Ep. #43 The Science of Pain w/ Dr Janet McMordie

Dr. Janet McMordie is a physician (Sport medicine/OR Assist), Adjunct Clinical Professor (University of Toronto), Adjunct Medical Director (Odyssey Medical), and an actor/stunt performer (ACTRA). In this episode, Dr. Janet and I discuss the science of pain and chronic pain – how it affects people, how people seek to manage their pain, and why the science and study of pain is so interesting – especially since there has been a marked increase in people’s pain levels since the start of the pandemic. We discuss some of the functional theories of pain, how dysfunctional pain can lead to tremendous suffering, and what we can start to do about it.  

Dr. Janet McMordie

Dr. Janet McMordie is a physician (Sport medicine/OR Assist), Adjunct Clinical Professor (University of Toronto), Adjunct Medical Director (Odyssey Medical), and an actor/stunt performer (ACTRA).

Dr. Janet McMordie completed medical school, family medicine residency, and sport medicine fellowship at McMaster University.  She holds a diploma in Sports Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). 

Dr. McMordie is an Associate Medical Director with Odyssey Medical Inc. which is currently providing Production Safety and Pandemic Compliance services to the film industry.  

Some career highlights include:

  • Chief Medical Officer with Team Canada at the upcoming World University Winter Games 2021 in Lucerne
  • Chief Medical Officer with Team Canada at the World Beach Games 2019 in Qatar
  • Team Physician – McMaster Women’s and Men’s rugby
  • Sport Physician with Team Canada at the World University Summer Games 2017 in Taiwan
  • Invictus Games in Toronto 2017 – cycling venue physician

Ep. #37 Living Well With Neurodiversity w/ Marina Livis

Marina and I discuss her journey of recently being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD) and how it has manifested in her life. We discuss how she has spent much of her career trying to help other people who have similar diagnoses understand and treat their conditions using holistic healing approaches – including hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, play therapy, nutrition, exercise, yoga, and energy work. Unlike traditional treatment approaches, Marina advocates for a more individualized, holistic approach that incorporates understanding and working with the person as a whole rather than only focusing on treating symptoms. We also address some of the issues concerning the stigma and challenges faced by neurodiverse individuals. 

Marina Livis

Marina Livis (LCSW, Cht, INHC) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Instructor and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with a specialty in facilitating empowerment and personal transformation for children, adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADD/ADHD, anxiety & depression.

http://marinawellness.com/

Ep. #33 Sustainable High Level Productivity w/ Brent Huras

Brent Huras is a productivity coach. He coaches his clients to reclaim their power, their wellness, their responsibility, their sense of purpose, and to reach their full potential. When we talk about and think about productivity, we normally think about getting as much stuff done as possible. When we don’t do as much as we think we should be doing, we accuse ourselves of being lazy, unproductive, and a failure. However, Brent teaches his clients that trying to force yourself to do more and be more isn’t going to work in the long run. What we need to do is to learn more about ourselves and why we do the things we do, what limiting beliefs we have, and ultimately learning to accept who we are before we can start making changes. In order to improve our lives, we also need to learn to cultivate self-discipline, focus, and clarity of perception. 

In Brent’s words, “What I do is coach people into sustainable, high-level productivity. This basically means being in a place where:

a) You know what your major aspirations are,

b) You have a strategy to make them happen,

c) You’re taking daily action on the strategy, and

d) You’re enjoying yourself as you go about all of it.

When I work with people I’m helping them cultivate all 4 of these major aspects as much as possible so that they can start operating from this state of productivity that I’m talking about. It makes life juicy, and it creates this really nice feeling of being *on track*.” 

Get a copy of Brent’s Free PDF Download to Overcome Procrastination

Brent Huras

Hi, I’m Brent. The foremost focus of my life is humanity’s evolution. I think it’s safe to say now that our entire population is in a bit of a crunch-period right now. We’re beset by political, economic, and environmental concerns that need to be brought under control as quickly as possible. As it appears to me: every time a single human being starts to reclaim their power, their wellness, their responsibility, their sense of purpose, the scales are tipped in the right direction.

I Help People Reach Their Potential. I myself have emerged out of a deep depression wherein I felt utterly hopeless, powerless. That was in 2015, and since then I’ve been focusing on reaching out to as many people as I can to coach them into greater and greater wellness.

I Learn About Who You Are, And Get You Out Of Your Own Way. In my work with clients, I operate mostly from intuition. I’m gifted at listening and quickly locating the source of a person’s limiting beliefs or learned powerlessness. I have mapped out the process of cultivating the self-discipline, focus, and clarity that are required to get our lives in order and functioning better than ever before. As a result my clients get fitter, lose weight, curb their addictions, earn more money, and start projects that they’ve been unable to begin up until now.

Brent Huras

Check out Brent’s Podcast The Skyward Spiral

[S2E2] Your Highest Aspiration The Skyward Spiral

Brent presents the idea of "your highest aspiration", the reason you're here, and the reason you do what you do. This is the root of your motivation, your belief in your own daily practice. David speculates on the artist's drive to create art, and anyone's reason to produce and create in general. They both agree that the best work comes from pursuit of the thing itself, not from the search for approval or recognition. Brent and David discuss what makes someone "officially" achieve a role or reputation, concluding that, ultimately, status is conferred by consensus. Brent presents the notions of subjective and objective ambitions, and the idea of "grip" on ambition, and what the appropriate amount of grip should be. Today's 3 Takeaways Take the time to get clear on your highest subjective and objective aspirations. Be prepared and willing to change as a person, and for your aspirations to change with you. Monitor your enjoyment. Align your enjoyment of life with your ambition. Our links https://twitter.com/skyward_spiral http://davidwhitechapel.com/ https://brenthuras.com/ Find out more at https://skyward-spiral.pinecast.co Check out our podcast host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free with no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-2c8cb3 for 40% off for 4 months, and support The Skyward Spiral.
  1. [S2E2] Your Highest Aspiration
  2. [S2E1] Focus
  3. Talking SCRUM with Polina Bee
  4. [S1E10] Hindsight 2020
  5. [S1E9] Real Productivity

Ep. #27 The Divine Possibility of Change w/ Eleanor Tweddell

Eleanor Tweddell is a coach, mentor, consultant, creator and entrepreneur focused on reinvention. As the age-old wisdom declares: when one door closes, a world of possibility awaits. Eleanor teaches people how to embrace and navigate major changes in life – whether it’s losing your job, significant financial changes, or difficult relationships. She focuses on providing a warm, non-judgmental space for people to work through their challenges, and re-align themselves with what they truly want, and what life has to offer.  After going through several major challenges in her life, Eleanor discovered that although big changes are often very difficult, unpleasant, and stressful, they also present an amazing opportunity for creation of something new. Whether its reviving an old passion project, working on a dream, or simply getting out of negative situations, change allows for the possibility of renewed hope.

Sometimes we just need a safe space to unravel, ramble, be free, without judgment. So that we can recharge, reset and move forward with gusto!

Eleanor Tweddell

Change is a scary thing. It can come with thoughts and feelings of uncertainty, pain, and a sense of loss. However, just like the caterpillar goes through a major transformation to metamorphose into a butterfly, so too do we experience major transformations of our existence as we know it. The crucial point, however, is that change can be amazing. Change has the potential to create a new amazing life – a life of freedom, fulfillment, and joy. We need only allow ourselves to go through the changes (with all the ups and downs) to truly see how amazing the change is. To navigate change successfully, we must treat ourselves nonjudgmentally, with kindness and love. 

Eleanor Tweddell

Eleanor Tweddell is a coach, mentor, consultant, creator and entrepreneur focused on reinvention.

Why Losing Your Job Could Be The Best Thing That Ever Happened To You

“Four years ago I got made redundant. It wasn’t the best time of my life. But I wondered if it was time to step away from corporate life and explore the ‘outside’ world. I started writing a blog. I started an online retail store. I joined up to lots of courses and programmes. I had no idea what I was doing! But I got curious, stayed open to new ideas and took opportunities that came along. The blog became a community, which became a business, which became a book, the book is here. This book will take you through the shock of redundancy, the feeling of being stuck, slowing down to get clarity, becoming unstuck and thriving in your next chapter, your next door. It shares my story, other people’s stories, all the tricks and guidance that helped me. It’s honest, it’s optimistic, it might even make you laugh!”

#89 Career Heartbreak with Eleanor Tweddell Another Door Podcast

Losing the job you loved whether through redundancy or some other reason can cause you heartbreak. You can go through a period of grief, your identity lost, your purpose evaporated, the kudos and responsibility missing now from your life.  In this episode how to pick up from those emotions and how to move forward.  I want to heal your heartbreak so take a listen and do something positive to make things better. Another Door: Find out about Enrolment onto the Five Steps to Thrive an online course: an email prompt once a day for 5 weeks, and 32 modules encouraging you from shock to thriving: https://www.anotherdoor.co.uk
  1. #89 Career Heartbreak with Eleanor Tweddell
  2. #88 Creating a mindset open to change and reinvention with Monique Jordan-Cave
  3. #87 Change what you do. Or be changed – Ben Johnson
  4. #86 Feeling the freelance fear and doing it anyway – Jenny Stallard
  5. #85 Reinvention after they leave – Amanda Paradine

Ep. #22 Living with Fearless Freedom w/ Keith Fraser

Keith Fraser is the founder and pioneer of Cojones, the cheeky yet profound code for living successfully and authentically. In this episode, Keith Fraser and I discuss how having courage to speak your truth, embracing your authenticity, and living unapologetically can create a life of success. Central to Keith’s No. 1 Bestseller book Cojones: Grow a Pair For Success!, is the notion that we must wholly embrace our lives for it is ours alone to live. We needn’t spend time worrying what other people think or how they may judge us; rather, we should endeavour to live life with a fearless freedom. To grow a pair is to: “be fearless, be bold enough to stand out, and be audacious enough to grasp whatever it is YOU decide YOU want” (Keith Fraser). 

Keith Fraser

Keith Fraser is the founder and pioneer of Cojones, the cheeky yet profound code for living successfully and authentically. He is also a Master Practitioner of NLP and an exponent of Transactional Analysis (TA) furthering his deep understanding of the art of persuasion and what makes people tick. Keith has a wealth of experience in business, sales, and property investing, as well as entertaining and inspiring audiences internationally with his mix of straight-talking theories and hilarious anecdotes. Keith is the host of Cojones TV and has interviewed Arsene Wenger, Ross Kemp, Sarah Willingham and Alastair Campbell amongst others.

Get a copy of Keith’s Book:

Live Authentically, Fearlessly, and Unapologetically

Keith Fraser is a man who refuses to tread on eggshells or fall into line – nor should you.

Pragmatic, straight-talking, forthright and real, this book provides a set of fresh ideas that are immediately applicable and ready to use. Keith’s pioneering Cojones Code is the stand-out blueprint to live by for genuine authenticity and success. Applying a unique mix of psychology including Transactional Analysis and NLP alongside his very own Cojones Ten Commandments.

This book will inspire you to:

– Be fearless

– Be bold enough to stand out

– Be audacious enough to grasp whatever it is YOU decide YOU want

After reading this, you will embrace the fact that your life is indeed yours and no one else’s to dictate how you live it.

Heed this book’s message, and you will GROW A PAIR!!

– Keith Fraser

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

Inspiring the world, one conversation at a time with Rob Lawless (@Robs10kFriends) Creator Culture

Welcome to week 29. Creators occupy all corners of the internet. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and others will make you think. But, regardless of the output, each one has one thing in common. They are storytellers. So what does it looks like when the creator helps tell others stories. This week I'm chatting with Rob Lawless, aka Robs10kfriends. After leaving the corporate world in 2016, Rob set a goal of meeting 10,000 people. It's a journey to uncover the unknown and broaden his perspective. So far, he's met 4,674 people. Each conversation is an hour long. That means he has spent 280,440 hours learning about others and building genuine friendships. His mission is inspiring. There are countless stories of others embarking on a similar journey because of what he's doing. Imagine the impact he'll make by conversation 10,000. So, let's get to the good stuff. Here's my conversation with Rob Lawless 
  1. Inspiring the world, one conversation at a time with Rob Lawless (@Robs10kFriends)
  2. Supporting creators in ways traditional banks can't with Creative Juice CEO, Sima Gandhi
  3. The future of creator-led brands with Bryan Spunt (CEO, Seek Discomfort)
  4. Telling incredible stories by building and releasing tension with Tejas Hullur (@tejashullur)
  5. Growing strawberries and DTC TikTok accounts with Jessie Jacobson (@growithjessie)

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 82 Dr Beth Felker Jones on Practicing Christian Doctrine Today The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

In this episode, Dr. Beth Felker Jones of Northern Seminary engages in a wide ranging conversation about Christian doctrine, Wesleyan theology, entire sanctification, the optimism of grace, and her writing practices. Bio: Dr. Beth Felker Jones, who earned her doctorate at Duke University, teaches theology at Northern Seminary. She is the author of books including Faithful: A Theology of Sex, Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically, God the Spirit: Introducing Pneumatology in Wesleyan and Ecumenical Perspective, and The Marks of His Wounds: Resurrection Doctrine and Gender Politics. Books by Beth: Practicing Christian Doctrine https://amzn.to/3ns6RUU Faithful: A Theology of Sex. https://amzn.to/2Z2FLdI Pandemic Prayers https://amzn.to/3x0m2rv Full list on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Fq6u3d Books Recommended by Beth: Augustine Confessions https://amzn.to/3qPJEya Julian of Norwich Revelations of Divine Love https://amzn.to/3CubC4v Willie James Jennings, Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race https://amzn.to/3DCcLIT  Connect with Beth: Search Beth Felker Jones on Google Twitter/Instagram: @bethfelkerjones Connect with Brian Russell: Information about Brian’s Fall 2021 book Centering Prayer: How 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 Brian’s Main Website (coaching and other resources): 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 Podcast. It's also available on YouTube as a Videocast.
  1. Episode 82 Dr Beth Felker Jones on Practicing Christian Doctrine Today
  2. Episode 81 Dr. Bob Tuttle on the Gift of Faith, Strengths as Anointed Weaknesses and the Importance of Surrendering Fully to God‘s Love
  3. Episode 80 Brian Russell on Metaphors for Deep Spiritual Formation and Growth
  4. Episode 79 Dr. Pamela King on Thriving with Stone Age Minds: Reflections on the Christian Faith, Science, and Living as the People Who God Created Us To Be
  5. Episode 78: Beth Fisher–Remorseless: A Journey to Finding Your True Self

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:

78: Reflecting on Contrast, Transformation, and Being Unapologetic Spirit of Success

As we’re approaching the end of 2021, it’s time for the last monthly reflection episode for this season! These reflections are inspired by my teaching Thursday episodes, as well as my interviews from this season. In taking the time to reflect on my own movement from knowledge to wisdom, I’m able to explore how to best share my experiences so that you can also benefit in your own movement forward. Here are the three themes that this episode explores (and listen out for how the themes explore each other – these ones especially are very interconnected!) as well as some questions around them that you can ask yourself: CONTRAST – What am I resisting being, doing, or having? What I now think about as contrast learning is something I used to refer to as the pendulum swing, because most healing comes from experiencing both sides of something. You experience pain, but you also experience joy, and having those things so close together helps you undertake a lot of growing and learning in a short amount of time – that is, if you’re open to it. When you’re just feeling stuck – which can look like something different for all of us – asking yourself where the resistance is coming from can help you move through to the next step with more ease.  TRANSFORMATION – How do you view yourself? Do you trust in yourself? Does your self image reflect the amazing power of who you really are? Transformation is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. As Goura told us last episode, “You are what you think you are.” Transformation makes people think of change, which can be scary – at least, it was for me at the start of my journey. But I knew that I needed to embrace positive change to become the person I wanted to be. If you’re not happy with something, the answer is to transform whatever it is that you don’t like into something that you DO want. Transformation is simple and elemental, and comes from the inside out. You can trust yourself to transform into what you need to be by finding your true self. BE UNAPOLOGETIC – Do you know why you’re here, and what you’re meant to do on planet Earth? Do you get caught up in thinking about living purposefully, or do you just do it, unapologetically, the way your kid self used to do? When you’re a kid, you don’t worry about what other people think of you – because when you enter this human life, you know that you are divine and unique. You’re unconsciously, effortless, and unapologetically yourself. There’s only one of you, and you are so, so powerful; collectively as humans, we seem to forget that it is enough to just be yourself. Transformation happens the most quickly when you are unapologetically yourself, and you can rediscover the habit of being who you truly and divinely are. If you know someone that could benefit from hearing this episode, please share it with them. And if you are seeking guidance or help, please reach out to me. You change the world by changing yourself first – I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learned so that you can help yourself, too. You can also give us a 5-star rating on iTunes, and we love and appreciate all of your support. Tune in next week for the first episode of the 2021 reflection series, where I look back at some of the best episodes from this year!  Connect with Tracy Instagram/Facebook: @dr.tracydebi http://www.atelierix.co To work with Tracy, you can book a call here: https://calendly.com/drtracydebi/fit-ability-call Spirit of Success is a podcast creating a platform for honest conversations sharing the real life stories behind personal transformations. If you’re a fan of the podcast, don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review Spirit of Success! If you resonated with something you heard, don’t forget to share with a friend! Edited by: Jess Schmidt Logo: The Cultivated Group Music: ‘Breathe out, Breathe in’ (Instrumental) by Roof
  1. 78: Reflecting on Contrast, Transformation, and Being Unapologetic
  2. 77: The Lifelong Journey of Integrating Human Alchemy with Goura Loto
  3. 76: Shining My Own Light to Find the Freedom of the Good- Part 2
  4. 75: Shining My Own Light to Find the Freedom of the Good – Part 1
  5. 74: Reflecting Self Expression, The Place of No Effort & Everything Being a Choice

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. #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. #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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