Sarah Anne Shockley - The Pain Companion

July 18, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Sarah Anne Shockley – The Pain Companion

Growing up in the fifties and sixties, my mother was a great source of practical wisdom. Once I developed a toothache over a holiday weekend. The dentist was unavailable and I was having difficulty processing the pain. In her wisdom, my mother said, “Relax. The pain will fade in a few hours and you will be able to manage until the dentist returns.” She was right and I was fortunate. When it comes to physical pain, especially chronic pain, there are many who are less fortunate.

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 100 million Americans suffer chronic pain. Compare that with the 25.8 million who are dealing with diabetes and 16.3 million experiencing heart disease. The estimated cost of health care and lost wages to pain treatment is 800 billion dollars. Add to that the tragedy of those who become addicted to pain medications and the outlook is quite grim.

What if there was another way to look at chronic pain and in doing so come to terms with it? My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Sarah Anne Shockley, did just that. In the Fall of 2007, she contracted Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), which is a collapse of the area between the clavicles and first ribs, and has lived with debilitating nerve pain ever since. She has been a columnist for Pain News Network and is a regular contributor to The Mighty, a 1.5 million–member online community for those living with chronic illness and pain. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and you can visit her online at She joins me this week to discuss her new book, The Pain Companion.

Dena Merriam - My Journey Through Time

July 11, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Dena Merriam – My Journey Through Time

Astrophysicist, author and host of Cosmos, and skeptic Carl Sagan once asked the Dali Lama what he would do if reincarnation was disproved by science. The Dali Lama, with his great wisdom and equally great sense of humor responded, “If science can disprove reincarnation, Tibetan Buddhism would abandon reincarnation… but it’s going to be mighty hard to disprove reincarnation.” What if we do come back, lifetime after lifetime? Would we learn from each existence and bring that wisdom back with us? Would it make us more loving, compassionate and better stewards of this world that we have been entrusted with?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Dena Merriam, experienced events in her life that awakened memories of previous lifetimes. Dena Merriam is a managing partner and vice-chairman at Finn Partners. Her areas of responsibility include Finn’s work in cultural marketing, creative services, corporate responsibility and in work for religious and non-profit organizations. In the area of creative services, she oversees the publishing, editorial, design, visual technology and new media divisions of Finn. She also manages their Arts and Communications Counselors Division, which develops cultural programs for corporations and governments and provides strategic counsel to museums, foundations and other cultural institutions. In support of the objectives and goals of the United Nations, Dena serves with the Interfaith Center of New York City in the creation of the Millennium Peace Summit for Religious and Spiritual Leaders. Their objective is to engage religious leaders from around the world to work as a resource to the UN in its efforts to resolve conflict throughout the world. She also provides counsel to the State of the World Forum in its attempt to gather world thought leaders to address international problems.

Dena began working in the interfaith movement in the late 1990s, when she served as vice-chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the United Nations in New York. She subsequently convened a meeting of women religious and spiritual leaders at the in Geneva, and from that gathering founded the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW: in 2002, an organization chaired by a multi-faith group of women spiritual leaders. The mission of this organization is to enable women to facilitate healing and reconciliation in areas of conflict and post-conflict, and to bring spiritual resources to help address critical global problems. In 2014 she received the Niwano Peace Prize for her interfaith peace efforts.

She joins me this week to discuss her book, My Journey Through Time – A Spiritual Memoir of Life, Death and Rebirth.

Rick Hanson - Resilient

July 4, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Rick Hanson – Resilient

Almost every faith on earth has a version of “The Golden Rule”. In essence, it instructs us “to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In our hectic and challenging world today, most people practice a variation…”I’ll do unto you and owe myself one.” Why is it so easy to extend love, compassion and caring to others and not do the same for ourselves? What events in our lives programmed our brains to react this way and is there a way to reprogram them to extend to ourselves the same loving kindness we extend to others and know that we are worthy to receive it?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Rick Hanson, says there is a way back to self-love and self-compassion. Rick is a psychologist, a senior fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and a New York Times best-selling author. Available in twenty-six languages Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing and Mother Nurture. An invited speaker at NASA, Oxford and Harvard, he has also taught in meditation centers worldwide. He joins me this week to discuss his latest book, co-authored with his son, Forrest Hanson, called Resilient: How to Grow and Unshakeable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness.

Dean Sluyter - Fear Less

June 20, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Dean Sluyter – Fear Less

On the 100th Episode of Destination Unlimited!

What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of public speaking, making a mistake at work, flying, losing someone you love or even dying? What angers you? Are you angry at our political climate, your neighbor’s dog that occasionally soils your sidewalk, your neighbor, your spouse or even yourself? What are you addicted to? Are you addicted to your cell phone, social media, shopping, food, sex, alcohol, drugs or even to a person? Is there a simple, natural way to transcend fear, anger and addiction and find the life of peace, security and happiness that is your birthright?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Dean Sluyter, says there is. Dean Sluyter has taught natural methods of meditation and awakening since 1970. A grateful student of Eastern and Western sages in several traditions, Dean has completed numerous pilgrimages and retreats in India, Tibet, Nepal, and the West. He is known for conveying authentic teachings in forms that are relaxed, accessible, and down-to-earth. Dean gives talks, workshops, and retreats throughout the United States and beyond, from Ivy League colleges to maximum-security prisons. His media appearances have included National Public Radio, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Coast to Coast AM, The Dr. Oz Show, and O, The Oprah Magazine. When not writing or teaching, he narrates audio books, makes music, and happily tools around town on his Vespa. His highly acclaimed books include Natural Meditation, an Amazon #1 stress management bestseller, and Nautilus Gold Medal winner for best mind-body-spirit book .

His website is and he joins me this week to discuss his latest book, Fear Less – Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety and Addiction.

Shira Adler - The ABC’s of CBD

June 13, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Shira Adler – The ABC’s of CBD

Think about your health and in particular, any health challenges. Think about the costs associated with treating those challenges. Now think about challenges that western or allopathic medicine has few or less than desirable treatments for. Chronic pain treatment has sadly led to staggering numbers of people addicted to opioids. Treatments for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and neurologic disorders are available but at a high cost and often with detrimental side effects. In their wisdom and experience, our ancestors turned to nature and her pharmacopeia of natural remedies. One of these remedies was cannabis. Yes, that is pot, marijuana, hemp…many names for plants that have grown naturally and were here long before humanity. Yet propaganda, misinformation, misinformed narcotic classifications and perhaps even the fear of these substances cutting into big pharma profits resulted in them being outlawed and relegated to black market sales. Recent studies have shown the positive medical benefits of using cannabis for treating a variety of conditions. Twenty nine states have legalized marijuana for medical treatment and recreational use is legal in nine. Federally, it is still considered a Schedule 1 drug, the same classification as heroin and methamphetamine. There is a movement in our country to change this.

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Shira Adler, is on the forefront of this fight and has dedicated herself to educating others on the benefits of these natural medicines. Shira has spent a lifetime helping others to overcome a myriad of life’s challenges, obstacles and personal issues. An author, speaker, wellness expert and entrepreneur, Shira was forced to go beyond Western medicine to seek answers and new tools to help her own family survive and thrive in today’s complicated world. Connected as much in the spiritual world as mainstream, Shira has had appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Katie Couric, Montel Williams, and on local and national news outlets, podcasts, terrestrial radio, and more. Shira’s has also written, or been featured in, articles across the gamut from cannabis culture, to holistic, spiritual, and traditional parenting magazines, and blogs including: Thrive Global, Kveller, and HuffPost.

Featured as the debut mom on Bravo’s Extreme Guide to Parenting, Shira Adler, is “that funky spiritual-soccer-mom whose throat chakra has no off switch.” Shira has generated millions of impressions across a broad range of linear and digital platforms. Known as #MAMA (Modern Alternative Mom Advocate), #MetaphysicalMrsFields, & #ThePotMom, Shira Adler is a clear and conscious voice for our time. Passionate about alternative healing, especially CBD, Shira has developed a unique healing company,, that includes the world’s first line of transformative CBD infused aromatherapy & CBD products. Shira also maintains a private practice as an intuitive/spiritual counselor and Certified Past Life Regressionist to help clients through a quick and powerful transformational tool to identify and clear issues affecting them in this lifetime, based on the cellular memory of past lives. She joins us this week to discuss her new book, The ABC’s of CBD – The Essential Guide for Parents (And Regular Folks Too).

Marla Frees - American Psychic

June 6, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Marla Frees – American Psychic

Have you ever had a calling? Imagine having a successful career and then leaving it because of a calling…a calling from spirit. Would you take the leap of faith and follow that calling? My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Transformational Psychic Medium Marla Frees, did just that.

Marla was a small town girl who spent twenty-five years as a successful TV and stage actress, only to leave it behind when spirit called and she trusted, never looking back. Since devoting herself to this calling, she has appeared as a psychic medium on A&E, Bravo, History Channel, SyFy, TV Land, and Gaia TV’s “Beyond Belief with George Noory.” Radio audiences have heard Marla on George Noory’s “Coast-to-Coast,” Lisa Garr’s “Aware Show,” and dozens of podcasts. Marla is a co-host of “Dreamland” on and most recently she appears on YouTube teleconferences with physicist and author Tom Campbell, blending physics with metaphysics to understand the “science” of how Marla works, making the paranormal “normal.” She appears in cities and towns across the country presenting “Messages with Marla” to small and large groups, educating people about their own intuition, connecting them with deceased loved ones, and potentially providing information about any aspect of their lives for their greatest good.

Her website is and she joins us this week to discuss her just published book, American Psychic: A Spiritual Journey from the Heartland to Hollywood, Heaven and Beyond.

Philip Goldberg - The Life of Yogananda

May 30, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Philip Goldberg – The Life of Yogananda

The word guru is used frequently in modern vernacular to imply an expert or master in a field. We hear about financial gurus, tech gurus and fashion gurus. The word guru comes from Sanskrit and translates as “spiritual teacher” and literally, a dispeller of darkness. When we think of modern gurus, perhaps Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Satya Sai Baba and Swami Satchidananda come to mind, but the first modern “superstar guru” was Yogananda. Ninety-seven years after his arrival in the United States and 65 years after his transition, Paramahansa Yogananda remains the best known and most beloved of all the Indian spiritual teachers who came to the west. This is because of the durability of his teachings and the institutions he created and inspired, including more than 600 centers worldwide, and his landmark memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi. The book has sold millions of copies since its publication in 1946, but there are huge gaps in the story it tells. Yoganada spent more than 39 of his 59 years in America, yet that period takes up less than 10 percent of his book. Major events in his life, including challenges, controversies, relationships, formative experiences, are still unknown even to the most ardent of his devotees.

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Philip Goldberg, has meticulously researched the life of Yoganada to share the rest of his story. Philip grew up in Brooklyn, New York and now lives in Los Angeles. A professional writer for more than forty years, he is author and co-author of some 25 books published in more than a dozen languages. He is also a skilled public speaker, workshop leader, spiritual counselor and the co-host of the popular podcast, Spirit Matters. He blogs at Huffington Post and Spirituality and Health, and contributes to other publications. His previous book, American Veda, chronicled the impact of India’s spiritual teachings on the West and was named one of the top ten Religion Books of 2010. His website is and he joins me this week to discuss his just published book, The Life of Yogananda – The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru.

Linda and Charlie Bloom - That Which Doesn’t Kill Us

May 16, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Linda and Charlie Bloom – That Which Doesn’t Kill Us

You meet someone, you fall in love and that deep and abiding sense of “this is the one for me” leads you to the alter. After the honeymoon, life ensues along with all of the ups and downs that everyone faces. At some point the challenges may seem unbearable; the communication with your partner breaks down and the once powerful feelings of love that brought you together seem to be slipping away. Can your relationship be saved? Is it worth saving? What path do you need to follow to answer these emotionally charged and potentially life changing questions?

My guests this week on Destination Unlimited, psychotherapist and relationship counselors Linda and Charlie Bloom, faced these questions and much more in their own relationship. Linda and Charlie have worked with individuals, couples, groups and organizations since 1975. They have lectured and taught at the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center, 1440 Multiversary, the California Institute Of Integral Studies, Omega Institute and many more. They have offered seminars around the world and have authored three bestselling books including 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married, Simple Lessons to Make Love Last, Happily Ever After and 39 Other Myths About Love. They join me this week to discuss their new raw, open and honest book about their personal relationship challenges and how they addressed them, That Which Doesn’t Kill Us - How One Couple Became Stronger at the Broken Places.

Stefania Magidson - Searching for the White Magician

May 9, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Stefania Magidson – Searching for the White Magician

It has been said by philosophers and seers that we are “spiritual beings having a human experience.” What does that mean? If it is, in fact, true, what is our purpose and why are we here? Does it mean that within each of us is profound and timeless knowledge, the potential for doing great good and the manifestation of what is foundational to every faith and religion, loving and caring for one another?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Stefania Magidson, has lived this path. Stefania was born in Romania and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1983. She received a BS in Health Education and a Master’s in Applied Spiritual Psychology. In 2002, she founded the Blue Heron Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian Diaspora, focusing on improving the quality of life of Romanian and Moldovan orphaned youth by providing them access to life’s opportunities through merit based college scholarships. To date, the organization has raised more than $2,000,000, has awarded more than 300 scholarships and has touched the lives of more than 2,900 young people. Stefania is a supporter of the UCLA Graduate School of Education, The Everychild Foundation and many more educational and philanthropic organizations. You can find out more about her work at and she joins me this week to discuss her book, Searching for the White Magician, a series of dialogues where she explores themes ranging from immigration and philanthropy to spiritual psychology and self-realization.

Kiera Fogg - Crystal Gridwork

May 2, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 8:00 PM ET

Kiera Fogg – Crystal Gridwork

When I was seven years old in 1960, I built my first crystal radio. Made up of a galena crystal, a thin wire called a “cat’s whisker”, a coil of copper wire and a single ear piece, I was able to hear transmissions from Chicago, Canada, Tennessee and other “far- away” places. For me at seven, anyplace outside of New York was far away. That galena crystal was my magic carpet, opening my imagination and mind. My love affair with crystals amped up in my mid 30’s when my path reopened to the subtle energy that surrounds us. What is the secret of crystals and if one crystal can change your life, what about an array of crystals?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Kiera Fogg, says that arrays of crystals called grids can be used for health and wellness, abundance and prosperity, protection, love or simply for inspiration.

Kiera is a writer and speaker on modern wellness and spirituality, a certified Reiki practitioner and an entrepreneur. Her company, Little Box of Rocks, offers healing crystal collections designed to celebrate life’s most magical occasions. Her collections have been featured in goop, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, People and Good Housekeeping. Her website is and she joins me this week to discuss her new book, Crystal Gridwork—The Power of Crystals and Sacred Geometry to Heal, Protect and Inspire.