Living to Be: A podcast by Reino Gevers
By Reino Gevers
Living to Be: A podcast by Reino GeversApr 25, 2021
Kelli Field: The Grief of Goodbye and a walk into authenticity
Kelli Field and her daughter walked the 800-kilometre Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in northwestern Spain in 2017. The adventure was transformational. With her husband Jeff, moving to Spain was the logical next step. Her debut novel: “The Grief of Goodbye”, set on the Camino, was recently published. It is an emotionally charged tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption.
Another project is the Happiness Café on the Camino which Kelli and Jeff set up to serve pilgrims on the Camino with a sustainable experience, including flexitarian, vegetarian, and gluten-free foods with allergen sensitivities in mind.
Kelli also writes a popular Blog "Viva Espana, moving to Spain with purpose", sharing her experience of living in Spain, which she says wasn’t all easy…
#motivational #selfimprovement #spirituality #caminosantiago
Highlights of this episode:
- How the authentic self reveals itself on the Camino
- Living a dream on the Camino
- Walking a path into happiness
Book: The Grief of Goodbye
Michael McGinnis: Awakening from the slumber and the victimhood
Michael McGinnis had his first transformational experience in his early twenties at a personal development seminar in California, discovering that he’d formed all of the limitations in his life through words of victimhood.
Liberated, and turning his life around he moved to Central America where he became a successful entrepreneur, big wave surfer and racing car driver.
But he continued to be haunted by an unfulfilled void and fell into suicidal depression, coming to the realization that true fulfillment inherently resides within.
Today he is an award-winning author. In his latest book series, The Essential Revolution, Michael explores the importance of recognizing and revealing our spiritual connection while inside a system that has been fabricated to keep humans distracted and asleep. He has dedicated his life to serving humanity on a global level.
Topics in this episode:
- Awakening from fixed beliefs and concepts
- The universe or God will never throw at us more than we can handle
- The present moment is all that exists
- How victimhood prevents spiritual growth
- Religion and Experiential Spirituality
Below you’ll find links to Mike’s social media and website.
Chad Hufford: Creating an Abundant Life with Intention
Chad Hufford owns and runs a financial planning firm based in Anchorage Alaska that manages roughly half a billion dollars. During his 17 years in the business, he has realized that managing clients' mindsets, behaviors, and habits is really the most crucial part of the job.
Chad comes from a strong background in athletics, nutrition, and performance psychology, bringing a coaching mindset and the heart of a teacher to financial planning and investing.
He strives to both empower and educate his audience to not only become better investors but to live more intentionally and create an abundant life.
Highlights of this episode:
- The analogy between sound financial planning and nutrition
- Why schoolteachers are some of the most successful financial planners
- Critical components to a life of abundance
- A common misconception about retirement
You can connect with Chad Hufford here:
The dragnet of a cult
Have you asked yourself why decent, educated, and well-meaning people are pulled into the dragnet of a dangerous cult? Do you think you are immune to making the same mistake? All it takes for them to capture your mind is to push specific emotional triggers and feelings.
Times of uncertainty and rapid change impact personal lives in multiple ways. The world’s getting more complex. We are seeking easy answers and simple solutions. If you are at an especially vulnerable point in your life, and if you haven’t done the self-work in transmuting archaic fears, anxieties, and anger, you are at risk.
Highlights of this episode:
- The "us-versus-them" mentality
- Control and isolation
- Financial exploitation
- Exploitation of vulnerabilities
#selfdevelopment #spirituality #cults #exploitation More information:
Derick Gant: Moving from Mediocrity into a Mindset of Abundance
Derick Gant is a Financial Expert, Performance Coach, Author, and Speaker with over 30 years of experience. In 2019, he published The 24K Life Code: The Only Difference Between Mediocrity and Greatness. This book guides others step-by-step to deliver their personal best and live the results they deserve.
In addition to his companies, Gant Group LLC and Gant Investment Advisors, Derick leads a vibrant online community. 24K Life is a community of high achievers and entrepreneurs working to eliminate limiting beliefs and habits that block success. The communities intent is to create a thriving environment of accountability and excellence, resulting in personal and business profits.
- Strategies to prevent spiraling into debt
- Monitoring your spending habits with a budget plan
- How can I create more income in less time?
- What is a good money system?
- On the path to greatness with self-mastery and discipline
- How patterns and beliefs shape our thoughts on abundance
Learn more about Derick and his 24K Life Code Programme:
Standing guard on the information highway
In the fast world of modern communication, the lesson is to look beyond hysteria and exaggeration and to analyze the facts, the message behind the many and often contradictory, even false information.
Who said it? Were does it come from, and does the source have an ulterior motive? Does the information reduce my energy level or increase my vibrational energy? Does it really serve my higher purpose?
There is a lovely old story about the Greek philosopher Sokrates about running all information through three filters.
Mark Barnes: Practical strategies on living a long and healthy life
Mark Barnes is a longtime educator, entrepreneur, and co-author of Hacking Life After 50: Ten Ways to Beat Father Time and Live a Long, Healthy, Joy-Filled Life. Physical and mental well-being and living until and beyond 100 have become an obsession.
In this episode:
- Why dabbling with new things is so important
- Movement and resistance training
- The power of community
Learn all about Hacking Life After 50, and where to find more strategies to help you live a long, healthy, joy-filled life.
The book: Hacking Life After 50
Defining your purpose and meaning
of consciousness. The global crisis on multiple levels is by its very nature a transition between the old and the new.
- Moving from a culture of exploitation to restoration and sutainability
- The soul edging toward fulfillment
- Learning, adapting and realigning
#selfdevelopment #spirituality #taoism
New! The Turning of the Circle: Embracing Nature's Wisdom for Purposeful Living
Doing or Being?
Taking a walk on the ancient pilgrimage route in northwestern Spain has become for me an essential annual time out for reflection and rejuvenation.
It all started some 17 years ago when I was not in a very good place stuck in a dysfunctional relationship and a stressed-out job. My thoughts revolved around starting to live at some point in the distant future. A friend who took pity on me advised me to walk the famous pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago in northwestern Spain.
Like many first-time walkers on the Camino, I was obsessed about reaching my destination at a certain time in order to secure my place in a bunk bed in a pilgrims' hostel. The Camino is in so many ways an analogy of life which is why it has become such a popular destination for modern-day spiritual seekers.
How many times in life does the universe send warning whispers that we have missed a waymarker and are on the wrong path? How obsessed are we with things we think we need but insist on keeping them in our backpack?
#selfdevelopment #spirituality #taoism
Lori Marini: Finding a new life after cancer
Lori Marini shares her powerful journey of surviving breast cancer and creating a new life for herself as a speaker, author, and Master Coach.
She understands firsthand what it takes to overcome fear and find the courage to live the life you love on your terms. Lori specializes in empowering women during their healing journey after a life crisis, especially those who have lost their purpose and are afraid of moving forward.
Lori works with groups, individuals, and organizations to amplify the joyful thriving experience even during the most challenging times. She is also an international bestselling co-author of "Women Who Boss Up" and the host of "Conversations with Courageous Cancer Warriors" Podcast.
In this podcast, she shares her views on:
- Overcoming the fear after a life-threatening diagnosis
- Setting boundaries and dealing with emotional stress factors
- Amplifying the joyful experience and your relationships
#cancersurvivor #positivity #health #holistichealth #joy #mindset
You can connect with Lori Marini here
The lucky farmer or was he really that lucky?
The story of the lucky farmer from ancient China was told often by the Taoist teachers as a warning that good luck can often turn out to be bad luck and vice versa.
The moral of the story is to remain free from attachment. Wealth or poverty, death or birth, fortune or misfortune are often intertwined with everything underlying the law of impermanence.
If you are currently in a bad spot, be assured that this too shall pass. If you are currently rolling high, enjoy the moment as it lasts but don‘t get attached.
Millions of people playing the lottery each week think all their problems will be over if they win the jackpot. Many of those who indeed then win the lottery end up being miserable and even committing suicide because they haven‘t solved the underlying issue that is torturing their soul. Here you will find more information on the bankrupt statistics of lottery winners.
Or, are you one of the people counting the months and years until you can finally retire and start to live?
Be appreciative and mindful of life's small miracles in the here and now. Focus your mind more on BEING rather than HAVING.
Ultimately everything is grace. From the day you were born you began a journey into becoming who you really are.
#selfdevelopment #spirituality #taoism
Dr. Lynn Carey: Finding your inner peace with passion and purpose
Dr. Lynn Carey loves empowering others to create their desired life of health, wealth, and perfect self-expression. She is an expert in chronic stress and pain with 18 years of experience as a chiropractor. In her book: “My Journey to Grace” she details her own self-healing journey.
In this episode, she gives valuable advice on finding your inner peace and passion. Other topics:
- The relationship between stress and pain
- How to elevate into a higher state and attract health and abundance
- The meaning of grace
#self-healing #spiritualgrowth #alternativehealing #chiropractor
You can connect with Dr. Lynn Carey at:
Book: My Journey to Grace
The things blocking you from living your soul purpose?
Taken on a daily basis energy-depleting habits can creep into your life and you would have to react with a clear structure to realign body, mind, and
There is a general misconception that external validation of material success and fame equals living a life of bliss. Often the search for soul
purpose is stuck in the "I" as opposed to the "we". It's the reason why many of the world's most successful people are terribly unhappy
on a soul level with a few of these exceptional individuals however transmuting this unhappiness into causes that serve the greater good.
One of the most gifted men on the tennis court, Andre Agassi struggled with addiction for most of his professional career, which he details in his autobiography "Open". He in reality hated tennis but then realized that his fame as
a tennis player could be a platform to do greater good.
He established the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which focuses on improving the education system in the United States. The creation of the
foundation stemmed from Agassi's own personal experiences of feeling lost and unprepared for life after tennis. He recognized that many children in the United States faced similar challenges, particularly those from underserved communities, and wanted to help provide them with the tools and resources they needed to succeed in life.
"You can’t spread who you are without being broken first. Sometimes, when you’ve been broken into pieces, you come back and give much more to
people. You can see my scars and they’re key to me making a difference in other lives now," he said in an interview.
Soul purpose is a journey. The whole of life is a discovering journey of your soul purpose. Often the end of one journey, the death of one
"life" is the initiation process into another life, yet ultimately a journey of growth, redemption, rectification, and wholeness.
In this episode, we look at what is key to living your destiny.
Deep Walking for Body, Mind and Soul
Walking on Edge: A pilgrimage to Santiago
Opening the shutters of the mind
Your mindset, your thoughts and what you believe so much determines how your life is going to be. What you express in words and mannerisms is an expression of your inner being.
Yet, one of the greatest obstacles to the elevation of consciousness is a mindset cemented into the “isms” of fixed belief, ideology, religion, or philosophy. It has been the root cause of so much human suffering over the centuries.
With much of traditional religions having succumbed to the practice of empty rituals, the spiritual vacuum is being filled by political preachers and ideologues fanning the flames of fanaticism.
If the shutters to the mind remain closed there is no sunlight that can penetrate the inner room. The mind is captured in the conceptual prison of a one-sided truth. All the others are wrong, belong to the wrong crowd, the wrong tribe, and the wrong race, gender, or religion. There is a disconnect with soul authenticity.
In this episode, Reino Gevers reflects on:
- What the great thinkers Carl Gustav Jung and Albert Einstein said about "God"
- The difference between religion and spirituality
- Finding peace and bliss through contemplative practices
Community: A key to happiness
When scientists first published their studies on the earth's five blue zones where people live the longest most follow-up reports picked up on the nutritional aspect. But a common denominator less debated was that people in all five regions felt a strong sense of belonging and purpose within healthy and supportive communities.
We are hard-wired as social beings. The people we surround ourselves with have a much higher impact on our health and happiness than previously thought. Your tribe can either pull you down or lift you up.
In this episode Reino Gevers looks at the following aspects:
- What are the ingredients of a healthy community?
- What we can learn from centenarians?
- The connection between longevity and walking
#longevity #FiveBlueZones #health #walking #self-development
Books by Reino Gevers
Byron Morrison: Changing self-sabotaging behavior
Byron Morrison is the author of three best-selling books. Over the last decade, he has worked with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and leaders in 15 different countries to help them take back control of their life and business.
After going through some of his own challenges he has gone on a journey of transformation in turning his life around and setting out to help others take control of their life.
Byron has been working with people from around the world to help them get out of their own way so that they can start living the life that they want. Everything he’s done has built up to his new book “Maybe you should give up - 7 ways to get out of your own way and take control of your life”.
In this Podcast, we discuss how to avoid typical self-sabotaging thoughts and behavior patterns.
Other key takeaways:
- Avoiding job-burnout
- Why multi-tasking never works
- What qualities make out a great business leader
The book: Maybe You Should Give Up
Escaping the monkey mind
One of the tragedies of the human condition is being stuck in the „monkey mind“ that is dancing in thoughts of what was and is no more and the fear and anxiety of what the future might hold.
Thoughts trigger emotions and emotions trigger reactions that inevitably have a major impact on your vibrational frequency that will in turn inevitably attract what you emanate.
If your mind is focused on scarcity you will see around you only scarcity and attract the same. If you are primarily a person in gratitude and abundance you will live in abundance and see abundance everywhere. It‘s what we call magnetism in the law of attraction.
Kevin Considine: Life lessons from a global pilgrim
Kevin Considine from Chicago in the United States is a global pilgrim who has walked some of the most spectacular and ancient pilgrimage paths on the planet. We last spoke two years ago and he has meanwhile walked 14,000 kilometers in pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.
- In this podcast, Kevin shares life lessons he learned while walking and meeting fellow pilgrims on the Camino
- Why the Camino is in many ways an analogy to life
- Why has he just kept on walking since going into retirement eight years ago and walking the Camino for the first time?
You can connect with Kevin at:
Charles Smith: The Power of a Happy Mind
Charles Smith is living proof and inspiration that you can overcome the worst circumstances in life and use that as a tool to serve others.
Charles is a survivor of multiple traumatic situations starting with being orphaned at a young age, being a homeless veteran, suffering depression, and surviving a suicide attempt. Today he is a trauma specialist and author of several self-help books.
In this podcast, Charles traces his own path from orphanage, addiction, depression, and homelessness to rebuilding his life and helping others.
- Why the darkest moment in life are often the prelude to the miraculous
- Overcoming depression and addiction
- Dealing with trauma and the loss of a loved one
Connecting with Charles Smith:
Books: The Power of a Happy Mind
Amanda Kate: Practicing intuitive wisdom
Amanda Kate is the author of “Divine. Messy. Human. A Spiritual Guide to Prioritising Internal Truth over External Influence”
She is a practicing Kinesiologist, Mentor, Archetypal Life Coach, Mother, and more.
Amanda describes herself as a recovering people-pleaser and self-flagellator, walking the path straddling the Divine and Messy daily. Always growing, developing, and learning new ways of being to, hopefully, one day leave the Earth better than she found it.
In this podcast, she traces her own path to authenticity after burnout and a messy divorce. Some of the topics discussed are:
· The importance of self-care and self-love
· Listening to the wisdom of the body
· Prioritising internal authenticity over external influence
More information on Amanda Kate and her work:
Hannah Spanke: Arising from the hell of prostitution to an intimacy and relationship coach
Hannah Spanke is unafraid to speak her mind and share her unorthodox past, as a way to empower others to live their authenticity. After nearly a decade in the adult entertainment industry, she has reinvented herself in becoming a successful intimacy and relationship coach. Hannah specializes in helping others become their happiest selves through both inner and outer work while learning to understand and relate to their partners and family in the best ways possible.
In this podcast Hannah sketches her path into the hell of prostitution and how she managed to get out of the sex industry, using her past experience to become an intimacy and relationship coach.
Hear her take on:
- Why do so many couples have problems with their sex life?
- How to address different needs in a relationship?
- The connection between sexuality and spirituality.
You can get more information and connect with Hannah here:
Things break apart gradually and then with a bang
The signs of a relationship going sour, a company going in decline, and a country becoming a failed state. The patterns are all the same. Early warning signals are not heeded.
A leak in the roof of a house will drip by drip gradually weaken the structural walls until the foundations give way and the house collapses. When small repairs are not carried out they become big problems. A health crisis is preceded by many small aches and pains. A relationship breakdown will have a long history of hurts, insults, and betrayals. A company’s bankruptcy comes after years of poor management and missed opportunities.
The seeds of the failed nation are sown with the gradual growth of the tentacles of corruption, poor government, and nepotism. Countries such as Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Argentina, and South Africa are just some examples of once-flourishing countries that today are sad reminders of how fast the rot can set in.
An alcoholic will very often only seek help during an epiphany that comes in a “flat on the ground” moment. The person is so disgusted and pained about his own behavior that he will admit finally that he has a problem. It is the first step in the healing process.
Negative and destructive behavior has the habit of sneaking into life in many subtle ways. It is one of the reasons why so many New Year resolutions fail. Typical sabotaging self-talk could be: “It won’t make much of a difference if I skip my workout this morning.” “I need to reward myself with a shopping spree after saving for two months.” “It won’t affect my relationship if I cheat on my partner just this once.”
Creating a life of bliss with positive habits
Transmuting pain and suffering leads to higher consciousness and positive change. Meaning and purpose are found after years of depression. A fulfilling, loving relationship is found after enduring years of abuse in a dysfunctional marriage. A different and more fulfilling work is sought after job burnout. An exercise routine and a healthy diet are followed with passion after overcoming a life-threatening disease.
What can you do today? What can be done that will start the ball rolling? If you enter an untidy room filled with junk, you start by clearing one small area, then the following day the next, and so on. Getting physically fit could start with a walk of 2,000 steps and then gradually increase it day by day to 10,000 steps. Reducing a stressed out and fearful mind can begin with a short meditation lasting three minutes until 15-20 minutes is done with ease because you feel so much better afterward. Training body, mind, and spirit to a new level of consciousness and bliss comes after a reawakening from the shadowlands.
Nicky Billou: Relationships and the power of connecting
Nicky Billou is the number one International Best Selling Author of the book: Finish Line ThinkingTM: How to Think and Win Like a Champion, The Thought Leader’s Journey: A Fable of Life, and The Power Of Connecting: How To Activate Profitable Relationships
He is an in-demand and highly inspirational speaker to corporate audiences, and confidante to some of the most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs in Canada, and the co-founder of eCircle Academy where he runs a yearlong Mastermind & Educational program working with Coaches, Consultants, Corporate Trainers, Clinic Owners, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and other service-based Entrepreneurs, positioning them as authorities in their niche.
Nicky has interviewed over 300 of the world’s top Thought Leaders, such as Jack Canfield, John Maxwell, and Supermodel & Business Mogul Kathy Ireland.
In this podcast we touch on the following key points:
- How important relationships are in running a profitable business
- Stepping out of the comfort zone
- What he learned from some of the world's greatest thought leaders
Victoria Rader: Prospering by surrendering to the heart
Through thousands of client sessions and seminars, Victoria Rader has witnessed that the cap to fulfillment is defined by subconscious programming. As a result, she created products and services with a unique success formula of healing the heart, freeing the mind, and expanding skills to see, create and live a life of infinite possibilities.
In this Podcast, she tells of her journey from growing up in Ukraine, of what was once the Soviet Union, and manifesting into a life of unlimited opportunity.
- Prosper by surrendering to the heart
- What can we learn from resilience?
- Tapping away obstacles
Prosper ME: The 35 Universal Laws to Make Money Work for You
Heaven is for Everyone
Until You Shine
Until You Win
Nita Sweeney: Depression hates a moving target
Nita Sweeney is the award-winning wellness author of the running and mental health memoir, “Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink”.
She is the co-creator of the writing journal, “You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving.” Her next book, “Make Every Move a Meditation”, was a finalist in the International Book Awards. Nita founded the group Mind, Mood, and Movement to support well-being through meditation, exercise, and writing practice. Nita lives in central Ohio with her husband, Ed, and their Labrador retriever, Scarlet.
In this podcast, Nita shares valuable insights on:
- The positive effects of walking and running on mental health
- Meditating with every move
- Lessons learned from her dog, Scarlet
More information on Nita's books and work:
Carrie Schmidt: Looking beyond the "foggy" screen
Sometimes it takes a wake-up call to look beyond the "foggy" screen of the comfort zone and the slumber of life's motions.
Carrie Schmidt tells you how to overcome your subconscious programming, connect to your power, and co-create the life you truly desire.
In this Podcast, Carrie takes us through her own spiritual journey. After achieving top-level leadership roles in corporate America the sudden death of her father triggered a longing for something much greater. Carrie embarked on a spiritual journey that eventually led her to research the fundamentals of psychology, neuroscience, and quantum physics. Now a Certified Life Mastery Consultant, Carrie offers life coaching programs, and business consulting services, and her vision is to reach, teach, and transform.
Some key points:
- The quantum physics underlying spirituality
- Why it is so important to find purpose and meaning
- Clearing the clutter behind the screen
Website: Carrie Schmidt
Order the Book on Amazon:
Finding Purpose and Meaning
Reino Gevers did more than a dozen pilgrimage walks on the Camino de Santiago in northwestern Spain He had countless conversations with people on the same path in search of purpose and meaning. In his essence, he found that life is a journey to finding that alignment and connection to divine purpose within. But so much is holding us back. It could be the inability to forgive a person who is caused you much pain or the trauma over the loss of a loved one. Yet when looking back you will realize that all the ups and downs of life have molded and sculptured you into the person you are today. If you can take a different perspective on what has been and is no more or on the many unfulfilled expectations, you realize that everything is grace and that all has a purpose.
Listen to best-selling author Barry Nicolaou’s take on how thoughts can sabotage or assist us in creating the life we want.
Lori Saitz on how gratitude can be truly transformational in goal-setting and manifestation,
Liam Naden: on how to transform a stressful mindset into one of creativity and flow.
Patricia Lindner, spiritual career alchemist and mentor why so many people get stuck in the so-called comfort zone.
Patricia Lindner: Follow your calling by letting go of your limitations
Patricia Lindner, Spiritual Career Alchemist, and Mentor is on a mission to disrupt patterns of shame, guilt, and fear and help extraordinary women expand into their fullness.
Patricia has over 17 years of experience in teaching, training, coaching, and healing. She combines her profound knowledge with creative modalities such as energy psychology, healing modalities, and Human Design.
In this Podcast, she addresses the limitations so many people put on themselves by staying in their comfort zone. Other key points:
- Reconnecting with nature and the compass within
- Listening to the intuitive voice of your body
- Propelling yourself to a life of bliss
Liam Naden: Harnessing the infinite power of your brain
Speaker, teacher, writer and researcher Liam Naden, has had an incredible journey. He became a multi-millionaire in his 40s but then lost everything and was forced to sleep on the coach of his elderly mother's home. Yet, from rock bottom he rebuilt his life in a much better way than before.
He helps understand the process for creating true success in your life by utilizing the brain in a process called Neuro-State Rebalancing (NSR). Liam is also an experienced marriage and relationships coach, host of the "Growing in Love for Life" podcast, and author of more than 20 books.
In this podcast he explains in simple terms:
- How you can move from a stressful mindset into going with the flow of life
- The four principles on how the brain works
- How getting into sync with nature can help you manifest
More information on Liam Naden's work:
Products and Coaching by Liam Naden
Why do most employees lack motivation?
Only about 15 percent of the global workforce feel motivated in their jobs. Most people suffer in silent misery counting the years and months to retirement - when they can finally start living.
Billions of revenue are lost annually due to unmotivated employees. It doesn't have to stay that way. Choosing the right leaders for key positions can make a huge difference.
In this podcast, we delve into one of the basic human needs: To be validated.
We also look at some of the key qualities required by leadership in setting the foundation for motivated and creative staff.
Kathleen Donnelly: A grandmother's journey of wisdom on the Camino
Kathleen Donnelly was over 70 years old when she first walked the Camino, a 500-mile journey on foot in northwestern Spain. After the death of her husband and having spent many years taking care of him she felt the need to start a new chapter in her life. Kathleen is now planning her next pilgrimage in May 2023 in celebration of her 74th birthday.
In her book "Wisdom on the Camino" Kathleen shares her story of forgiveness, spiritual philosophies, and her adventures. In this conversation, including many aspects of walking the Camino, the author talks about:
- The Camino as a journey of forgiveness
- Dealing with adversity
- Changing a mindset from victimhood to responsibility
Book: Wisdom on the Camino
New ways of dealing with persistent pain: Dr. Alan Weisser
Millions of people suffer from chronic pain. It prevents people from living life to the full with many resorting to medication, alcohol, or opioids to deal with the situation.
Dr. Alan Weisser has an extensive background in working with the psychological problems people face when they are living with chronic pain.
His practice has provided support that has empowered patients to transition from dysfunction and disability to empowerment and recovery.
Dr. Weisser is uniquely qualified to lead others in experiences of self-discovery. When he was 12 years old, he broke his neck in a diving accident. Though he nearly died, he developed an unshakable belief that he could and would recover.
In this episode Dr. Weisser explains:
- The emotional response to persistent pain
- Lessons from martial arts in dealing with pain
- His own recovery process
Dr. Weisser's book "New Possibilities Understanding the Mystery and Mastering Chronic Pain" can be obtained at:
The difference between thoughts and feelings
Much of what we think and feel is being subconsciously shaped by social media platforms cementing beliefs and perspectives.
Emotions are an involuntary initial response to external stimuli by the brain’s limbic system as part of our evolutionary survival system.
The ancient Greek and Roman Stoic philosophers were well aware of this human trait. So, they developed a philosophy of life that maximizes positive emotions, reducing negative emotions, and honing virtues of character.
The Stoics believed that the way in which you respond to the world is your responsibility. They propose that most of the time your response to any given situation is a choice. At any moment you have the ability to choose one response over another.
Wisdom was seen as living in harmony with the divine Reason of that which governs nature. They trained the mind to remain calm amid the vicissitudes of life and fortune.
Vickie Helm: Creating financial freedom
Vickie is a sought-after consultant for people who want to grow more assets and take command of their financial freedom.
In this conversation she shares her views on:
Creating financial freedom and independence
Finding opportunities during the current global climate and economic crisis
How the money mindset is connected to intention
Her latest book "Cash Flow Mojo" can be downloaded here
Wisdom: What it means in our time. An interview with philosophical thinker and author Jason Merchey
Kevin Palmieri: A pathway to success after hitting rock bottom
In his mid 20's... Kevin says, he had it all: A beautiful girlfriend, a high-paying job, a sports car, my dream body... but still he ended up sitting on the edge of a bed debating suicide.
After hitting a rock bottom moment, Kevin went all in on self-improvement, determined to overcome anxiety and depression.
Years later, he is the CFO, Founder & Co-Host of Next Level University, a Global Top 100 Self-Improvement podcast with more than 1000 episodes reaching over half a million people in more than 125 countries.
In this conversation he talks about:
- The level of your relationships is the level of vulnerability within them
- Awareness as one of the most important things in the human condition
- Lessons to be learned when you are at rock-bottom
Dr. Shahrzad Nooravi: What drives a healthy company culture?
How do you empower leaders and employees to create a culture that is lived and aligned with a clear mission of values?
Dr. Shahrzad Nooravi is an organizational psychologist and principal of Strategy Meets Performance, a leadership consulting firm that partners with leaders of mid-sized to Fortune 500 organizations to help them create engaging, innovative and productive cultures.
As an organizational psychologist and coach who has been working with clients for 20 years, she has created a guide that empowers leaders to drive strong workplace cultures.
Increasingly both customers and highly skilled employees are not only looking at the products of a company but also at its values.
In this Podcast, Dr. Shahrzad explains:
- The importance of leaders and senior teams "walking their talk".
- The keys to a successful coaching program.
- How to keep up the momentum of a healthy, dynamic, and creative culture where employees feel they are a respected part of the company?
The Book: "A powerful culture starts with you"
Barry Nicolaou: Understanding your thoughts and living your purpose
Understanding how our thoughts can sabotage or assist us in creating the life we want to live is one of the most pressing and important issues to consider in our lives.
The Inspiration Barry Nicolaou absorbed one fateful day at a cemetery led him to write and publish a number one Best Selling book on Amazon. The eleven Master Secrets to Business Success and Personal Fulfilment outline the 11 areas that intersect economic freedom with personal fulfillment.
In this Podcast Barry explains;
- How to shift the mind from toxicity to a higher energy frequency.
- The importance of planting seeds of gratitude and service
- Six steps to finding your purpose and achieving the desired result
Important contact details:
Homepage : https://barrynicolaou.com/
Here you can pre-order his new book “Move the Mountain”
Unlock the mind: Take a walk
Time spent in the stillness of nature unlocks the mind, reconnecting mind, soul, and body with the greater whole.
I’ve recently back from my annual pilgrimage walk on the Camino in northwestern Spain.
There are few things so healing and rejuvenating as spending time in the green and blue spaces of nature.
My very first walk on the Camino de Santiago was in 2006. I needed time out after feeling totally stressed out from job and relationship challenges.
Nature is a healing place
That first walk opened a window that completely changed my life. The first big epiphany: Reconnecting with nature liberates the mind from the treadmill of the same thoughts, fears, and feelings.
On the Camino Primitivo
When body and mind go into synchronicity with nature, self-important ego thoughts are transmuted into calmness and stillness.
You feel part of a bigger whole. The universe starts whispering to the truth of the soul.
Let your breathing follow the natural rhythm of waves breaking to shore. Feel the calming effects of crystal clear waters swirling around a rock. Hear the choir of birds in the woods. Each with a different song, forming that symphony of unity.
Your body tells the truth
Your body is the collective memory of all that you have experienced. The seeds of underlying tension and pain can go far back to a traumatic childhood experience.
It’s those suppressed feelings from the past that deplete the energy that you need to accomplish your dreams. When you do a pilgrimage you may walk more than 20 kilometers (12 miles a day) with a backpack.
Your body goes through a cleansing process both physically and emotionally. You will be letting go of old stuff, walking things off, with every step.
Walking into health and well-being
With most of us spending many hours a day glued to screens, going outdoors and taking a walk in nature is one of the easiest most simple ways of maintaining your physical and mental health.
What avid walkers have known all along is being confirmed by science. Walking in the green and blue spaces of nature is healing on multiple levels.
Trees emit airborne chemicals, called phytoncides, used to protect themselves from insects. As we breathe in these phytoncides, our bodies respond by increasing the number and activity of a particular kind of white blood cell, called natural killer (NK) cells.
The term forest bathing or shinrin-yoku became popular in Japan in the 1980s. It is basically immersing or meditating in nature. Against the background of the increasing number of people with subhealth the Japanese researchers found that shinrin-yoku not only brings people with subhealth a healthy lifestyle but also offers complementary therapies to the sick. Subhealth is described as a condition between health and disease.
In the United States researchers monitored the intimate connection of trees to our physical health after the emerald ash borer decimated over a million trees in 15 states between 1990-2007. Less tree cover was linked to over 6,000 deaths from respiratory disease.
Stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol weaken the body’s natural defense systems, making it susceptible to cardiovascular and other diseases. By spending time in the green and blue spaces of nature you can reduce those stress hormones in your body significantly.
Kara Goodwin: Healing the inner and outer world
Kara Goodwin is a former IT professional who followed her soul purpose in becoming a meditation teacher. In this podcast, she shares her own journey of transformational change. Her view is that we cannot expect to change the outer world if we don't do the work within. Other key points:
- How meditation changes the brain
- A good way of starting to meditate
- The connection between the inner and external world
More information on Kara's individual and group coaching programs can be found on her website where you can also access a FREE guided meditation:
Lori Saitz: How gratitude can transform your life
Lori Saitz, CEO of Zen Rabbit and award-winning writer, speaker, and broadcaster tells us how expressing gratitude can be truly transformational in goal-setting and manifestation. She is using her own experience in leaving a 22-year marriage and starting a new business in guiding Gen-Xers to a new beginning. In this Podcast, we cover several topics including:
- How to find that positive experience in every negative situation
- How to create greater well-being and contentment in your life with a morning and evening ritual
- The importance of finding a peer group giving positive feedback and different perspective
Why are we so lazy when it comes to personal health?
While much of our attention during the past two years has focused on the pandemic when it comes to public health, there is a big elephant in the room when it comes to the global public health crisis that is stretching health budgets and affecting economic productivity in nearly every country.
Most of the common diseases such as obesity, diabetes 2, and several cancer forms are preventable and caused by lifestyle choices made on a daily basis. But why are we not addressing the obvious?
Just because a close family member has died from a terminal illness does not mean that you will at some point in your life suffer from the same condition. There is overwhelming evidence that lifestyle choices have a far greater impact on your overall health and longevity than genetics.
In the United States, the adult obesity rate for the first time in 2020 surpassed the 40 percent mark - an increase of 26 percent since 2008.
Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). About 13 percent of the world's adult population was listed as obese in 2016, and the tragedy is that it's affecting more and more children from an early age.
A study by the University of British Columbia appears to show that humans are intrinsically lazy because our brains are simply wired in such a way that we make choices on the basis of what is most comfortable.
Connecting to the spark within
One of the big illusions of our time is the constant messaging from false gurus promising salvation and a life of bliss that can only be found externally. Letting yourself be true to your inner voice and reawakening that ancient sense of rhythm and instinct is a real challenge.
The shadow world feeds on sowing confusion and triggering the toxic emotions of fear, hate, and rage that can easily be manipulated for ulterior motives. One of the greatest gifts we have is the power of choice.
The lower vibrational field remains unaware, stuck in a fundamentalist worldview that leaves no room for nuance, diversity, individual growth, and interpretation. It finds expression in fanatical nationalism that inevitably dehumanizes everyone who is not of the same tribe and belief.
We have seen the phenomenon throughout history in the pogroms against Jews, Huguenots, Armenians, and the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. Mass psychosis gripped an entire population in Germany during the Nazi era. Currently, we are experiencing a dangerous resurgence of 19th-century nationalism in several countries.
Taming the wolf within is one of the greatest stories of St. Francis of Assisi. Feeding the wolf with peace, kindness, and love is moving into the higher vibrational field.
The great 14-century Mystic Meister Eckart said: “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” Like Eckhart, most of the early medieval Mystics saw God in all creation, only to find themselves being persecuted and tried for heresy by the religious leaders bent on imposing an external belief based on fear and control.
Self-estrangement could only be overcome by going into solitude and inner silence. God, he taught, could only be discovered in the total presence of the here-and-now. It is why the green and blue spaces of nature have such healing powers. Nature and landscape thrive on silence. Modern man is literally terrified of silence because of his disconnect from nature and soul. He has to constantly surround himself with the drumbeat of electronics to banish natural silence.
Meister Eckhart defined the spark within as authentic soul nature, the core essence of one's being.
I am because I belong
Nature is our greatest healer and our greatest teacher. When immersing in the natural world the senses awaken and go into synchronicity. From observing a bee pollinating a flower to mushrooms growing in the special moisture of soil in a shady forest, every living thing is interconnected.
God or the universe find expression in nature and we are one part and inextricably bound to its structure and underlying order. Ancient cultures were well aware of the divine within, seeing the sacred in landscape features, plants, and animals. Modern man’s disconnect from the soul nature and the spiritual has come with rapid urbanization and the disconnect from nature.
The mental health crisis that modern culture is currently experiencing can in part be attributed to the broken relationship with the self, estrangement from the community, and a “relational” crisis on all levels.
Narcissism contradicts the essence of human nature
Our culture of narcissism contradicts the very essence of human need. It over-emphasizes the needs of the individual over the collective. When we are born, we are completely helpless beings, totally dependent on a nurturing family environment. Our primary family shapes and determines how we think and behave.
Our beliefs, habits, and actions are shaped by our closest associations and the relationship we have with our immediate surroundings. It is foundational.
The resurgence of nationalism and tribalism, the emphasis on one’s own culture and belonging, while denouncing that of the other is just a perverted expression of the loss of belonging and the disconnect from the higher self that is universal in its humanity.
Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-apartheid activist, explained the African “relational” concept of Ubuntu as the essence of being human.
We are made for complementarity
“It speaks of how my humanity is caught up and bound up inextricably with yours. It says, not as Descartes did, “I think, therefore I am” but rather, “I am because I belong.”
The power of deep listening
“Listening may not be the most exciting part of the conversation, but it’s essential if you want to have a meaningful exchange with another person.” – Tania Israel
When you go with the flow and engage in an active interplay with the universe you will be sculptured into that person you were meant to be on the day you were born.
Yet, attachment to judgments, concepts, beliefs, ideas, and habits undoubtedly form the biggest obstacle to personal development and soul elevation.
The renowned Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung once wrote that some of his most difficult patients were the so-called intellectuals, stuck in their rigid rational thinking. If you are unwilling to accept your own shadow, you will be unwilling to move forward.
Just tuning in for a few minutes to some of the world’s popular talk shows is revealing. (I can’t bear watching it for longer) Neither the host nor the participants are really capable of focusing on what the other person has to say. Minds are made-up before the other person has finished speaking and interrupted in mid-sentence.
Playing the tit-for-tat ping-pong game in communication never ends well. We seem to have lost the ability to really engage with our fellow human beings by deep listening. On the personal level, it inevitably leads to misunderstandings and relationship breakdowns. In the public and political arena, the word “consensus” is almost a blasphemy as each side blasts the other from its walled-off information bubble.
The ancient Greeks and the melting pot of ideas
The loudest person in the room seldom has the best answers. Deep listening is only possible if we temporarily remove ourselves from judgment and pre-conceived concepts. It requires a willingness to receive and digest new information – whether pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral.
The ancient Athenians were well aware that democracy rested on a bedrock of a lively exchange of different ideas. Aware that every individual perceived reality in a different way, the truth could only be found in an active exchange of these different ideas and concepts.
Much of the public narrative we see is not interested in exchanging ideas but merely seeking affirmation of existing ideas. It is the recipe for stagnation and the slide into authoritarianism, along the lines: “If you don’t accept my truth you are my enemy.”
Cassandra Bodzak: Designing your life with meditation
Cassandra Bodzak is an award-winning thought leader, best-selling author, and sought-after speaker in the mindfulness and personal development world.
She helps people all over the world in bringing their soul desire into everyday reality. In this podcast, she talks about what led her to write her latest book “Manifesting Through Meditation”. Some key points:
- Cassandra tells us how meditation can transform your life by integrating a regular daily routine for inner reflection.
- How to free your mind from the pull of negative distractions that block you from fulfilling your soul purpose.
- Creating a positive mindset and designing a life of bliss
Concluding, Cassandra leads us into one of her guided heart connection meditations that you can practice at home.
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Our "so offended" society
During recent travels with long hours spent at airports and on planes, I witnessed several people ranting over the smallest things not going their way. My impression: We seem to have become a society infected with the “easily offended” bug.
It is not only my subjective impression. The United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has reported that last year was the worst on record for unruly passenger behavior. Admittedly much of it was mask-related but I have seen passengers insulting air hostesses, punching the backs of seats, or verbally abusing fellow passengers.
There appears to be a real decline in basic politeness and respect for the public space with the pandemic-related restrictions only highlighting what has become an increasing problem: The “right” to throw a tantrum and utter verbal abuse no matter what the consequences.
Unfulfilled expectations: The cause of much unhappiness?
We as a society appear to have become less resilient in dealing with unforeseen external circumstances out of our control. Western culture has become so accustomed to its comfortable lifestyle that a minor discomfort is perceived as a massive problem. Compared to previous generations and life in poorer countries we live in unparalleled abundance and luxury. However, the more we have the less appreciative we seem to be.
When we are confronted with a “painful” or uncomfortable situation it can mean one of several things. Person A steps back and says to herself/himself. “I can’t change the situation now. Let’s see how we can go from here.” Person B has had a certain expectation that has been disappointed. He is unable to reflect like person A and loses control. Unfulfilled expectations from a parent, an employer, or a partner could be at the root of the problem.
Ego getting in the way
The person losing control has a certain ego-based image of himself, feeling entitled to a “privileged” treatment based on an illusory image of the self. Person A might have gone through a previous painful experience but dealt with it differently. What did I need to learn from this experience? What event in the past made me feel the same way hurt, embarrassed, helpless, and angry? By momentarily removing himself from the situation, Person A could realign with the wiser higher self.
What does the Will Smith incident tell us?
The media frenzy unleashed by the actor Will Smith slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage says much about our collective unconsciousness.
When evil casts its shadow
For millennia mankind has grappled with the question: “If there is a God, why does he allow evil?” Defining evil and recognizing evil can also be a difficult undertaking where the lie is sold as truth and truth gets turned into a lie.
The great Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung once said: "Unfortunately, there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants himself to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is."
What Jung tried to tell us is that if you don’t accept this duality of light and shadow within, you will soon find yourself on a path of much self-created pain and suffering.
Only in unconditional acceptance of the imperfect human condition, and self-love of all aspects of the personality can grow the seeds of forgiveness, tolerance, and compassion. This is at the heart of the teachings of Jesus and the ancient Mystics. The fundamentalist Christian concept of original sin meanwhile has been distorted into a culture of guilt and self-mortification. It is the perfect breeding ground for hypocrisy and intolerance.
The enemy is also the teacher
In the pull between the identity of the opposites, spiritual growth and the evolution of character takes place. Are you kind, generous, compassionate, and loving? Or are you rude, greedy, inconsiderate, spewing hate and anger? The decisions and habits we make on a daily and hourly basis can tip the scales in either direction.
Are you nurturing the God in your heart or feeding the demons in your head?
We need the enemy, and the opposite perspective to gain clarity on our own core values and choices. Humankind has been given the power of choice. Are you falling into the shadow or going with the light?
Thought about the day when you are going to die?
The Dalai Lama once said that what surprised him the most about the human condition was that "Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Confronting our mortality is anathema in our western culture. We don't talk about it and when a loved one passes we are expected to "get over it" and function again as soon as possible.
Cultural icons are expected to stay forever young. The dying are outsourced to hospitals and hospices and the dead are buried in well-manicured cemeteries far-off the beaten track.
Confronting mortality head-on
One of the multiple reasons for our mental health crisis and addiction epidemic is that we don't confront our mortality head-on, compare ourselves with the Jones' next door, and hope to live the "happy" life one day when we retire, when we get rich, when we find the perfect partner when we have that luxury car or that beautiful home.