Marianne Williamson – Tears to Triumph

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Today my guest is Marianne Williamson, the internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her eleven published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1. The mega best-seller A Return to Love contains the famous paragraph, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” The depth of this sentiment is staggering, especially for women.

Marianne founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on- wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. She also co-founded the Peace Alliance, and serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, working to end the worst ravages of hunger and poverty throughout the world.

Her weekly lectures in New York City are available via Livestream on her website Marianne.com, where you will also find loads of other amazing content to radically transform your life.

And the great news: Marianne will be a featured presenter at the 2016 Emerging Women Live Event in San Francisco, October 13th -16th!

In Marianne’s recent book: Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment she argues that we—as a culture and as individuals—have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so, we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing.

In this episode, Marianne and I spoke about:

  • The age we are living in: “Age of the Choir”
  • How Depression is addressed in our culture and the transformative power of the Dark Night of the Soul
  • The barrage of meaninglessness that literally “bruises the Spirit” occurring in our world today, and how it is essential to heal the spirit on our journey toward wholeness
  • How miracles are actually thoughts and how to navigate our emotions
  • Forgiveness, and how it can be a bridge between our inner work and what we create in the world.

After we recorded this podcast, Marianne wanted me to pass along the important message to anybody taking medication for depression, mental illness or other pain:  Marianne strongly recommends that should you desire to alter your medication, or get off them altogether, that you do so under the strict supervision and consultation of your doctor. 

Here is my conversation “Tears to Triumph” with the fabulous torch-bearer of Spirituality: Marianne Williamson.

Tosha Silver – Outrageous Openness

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Today my guest is Tosha Silver. For the past 30 years she has taught people around the world ways to align with Inner Love.

Tosha Silver runs an online school called, “Living Outrageous Openness: Think Like a Goddess.” This school offers an ongoing way to support those who truly want to live these beautiful, ancient practices. She’s the author of Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead and the recently released Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender and the Audio Program, Embrace the Divine: Meditations on Spiritual Surrender.

Tosha will be a featured presenter at Emerging Women Live 2016 in San Francisco, October 13-16th.

In today’s episode, Tosha and I spoke about:

  • Her journey and how she has become immersed in the work of the Divine
  • How the ‘everyday/mundane’ coupled with the Divine are actually the same thing
  • The distinction between mindfulness and being led by the Divine
  • The idea of ‘Surrender’ versus will, and how they can mean the same thing
  • Being receptive and identifying the signs of what the Divine is trying to tell us
  • Finally, we talked about how the Divine can shape your vision for the future

Here is my conversation “Outrageous Openness” with the wonderfully divine: Tosha Silver.

Sara Avant Stover – Living the Heroine’s Journey

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Today my guest is Sara Avant Stover, a teacher of feminine spirituality and empowerment, and bestselling author & founder of The Way of the Happy Woman. Sara graduated from Columbia University’s all-women’s school, Barnard College. After a cancer scare in her early twenties, Sara moved to Thailand, where she lived for ten years and embarked on a decade-long healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia. She has since gone on to uplift tens of thousands of women worldwide. A pioneer in contemporary women’s work, she’s the creator of the world’s first Women’s Yoga Teacher Training, Reversing Our “Curse,” and The SHE School. Her new book: The Book of SHE: Your Heroine’s Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power celebrates all that it means to be a woman, from mythological underpinnings to the cycles of our day-to-day lives.

In today’s episode, Sara and I spoke about:

  • Rhythm – it’s significance and power for women
  • The Heroine’s Journey vs. The Hero’s Journey
  • Her 5 steps of the Heroine’s Journey
  • Archetypes and the importance of the Crone
  • Learning how to navigate through “darkness” and how to “Turn on Your Brights”
  • The Homecoming

Here is my  conversation “Living the Heroine’s Journey” with the wise and powerful Sara Avant Stover.

Elle Luna – Should vs. Must: A Daily Practice of Following Your Heart

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Today my guest is Elle Luna. Elle is a designer, painter and writer. On April 8, 2013, Elle published an essay on Medium.com, “The Crossroads of Should and Must,” which quickly went viral. Within weeks, it was tweeted to over 5 million people and seen by over a quarter of a million readers. Elle extended that post into an illustrated, four color book, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion, where she explains the importance of mistakes, of “unlearning,” of solitude, of keeping moving and of following a soul path. She’s also a featured speaker at Emerging Women Live in October in San Francisco, October 13th -16th, 2016.

In today’s episode, Elle and I spoke about:

  • Dreams: How to use them as signposts of what to go after in the “real world”
  • What Elle means by Should and Must, and how to make decisions toward Must
  • Her belief that there is a rise of spirit and emergence going on right now in the collective
  • How Must is not quite a decision, but rather… well, a must

Here is my  conversation “Should vs. Must: A Daily Practice of Following Your Heart” with the inspirational artist Elle Luna.

Dr. Tererai Trent – Dream Big

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Dr. Tererai Trent is one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment. Distinguished as Oprah Winfrey’s “All-Time Favorite Guest,” Dr. Trent is a scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, author and the founder of Tererai Trent International, whose mission is to provide quality education in rural Africa.

Rooted in humble beginnings, Tererai grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe. Despite facing many obstacles, she never lost sight of her dreams for an education. She could not have imagined that her steadfast determination, hard work and belief in her dreams would eventually earn her multiple degrees and a prominent global platform with world leaders and international audiences where she leads the global charge in the fight for quality education and women’s rights.

Her new picture book, The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can, is based on this incredible story of perseverance. When you buy her book, a portion of the proceeds will go toward building a cafeteria in Africa that feeds over 1,200 students who walk 5-6 miles every day to attend school.*

In today’s episode, Tererai and I spoke about:

  • Her life story and how she kept hope alive during immense difficulty
  • The universal power of belief
  • What she describes as: “The Great Hunger” that fuels her passion to achieve her dreams
  • How she was able to step into her voice and the power of storytelling
  • Her ULTIMATE dream

Here is my conversation “Dream Big” with the incredibly inspiring and powerful: Dr. Tererai Trent.

 

*You can choose to buy two copies and gift one to girls in Tererai’s Community and Afar! If you’d like to gift a book to Tererai’s girls, please autograph the copy and send to C/O Dr. Trent PO Box 2206 Salinas, CA 93901. Thank you!