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Tomàs Garza - Decide

Tomàs Garza - Decide

November 27, 2019

Tomàs Garza – Decide: How To Replace Your Fictions with Truth, Go Big in Life, And Transform Audaciously

Aired Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

Synchronicity is a concept, first explained by psychiatrist Carl Jung, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship, yet seem to be meaningfully related. Causality says nothing can happen without a cause. Here’s an example…You are thinking about an old friend you haven’t seen or spoken with in several years. Your phone rings and to your surprise and delight, it’s the friend you were just thinking about.

Some might say this was a premonition… others might say that your thoughts reached out and motivated your friend to call. Jung would say this was a synchronicity. How may you recognize synchronicity in your life and learn to grow and expand with it.

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Tomàs Garza, knows well the importance of all meaningful events in our lives and the beauty of using them for personal growth. Tomàs Garza considers it his mission to step up, teach, and share his experience. He enjoys discussing and writing about spirituality, massive personal transformation, the power of decision and moving beyond our self-imposed limitations. He invites us to always choose Creation over comfort, Love instead of fear. He is the host of the new OmTimes Radio podcast “Decide to Transform”. His website is tomasgarza.com and he joins me this week to discuss synchronicity and his book, Decide: How To Replace Your Fictions with Truth, Go Big in Life, And Transform Audaciously.

Brad Warner - Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen

Brad Warner - Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen

November 20, 2019

Brad Warner – Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen

Aired Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

Many of us have experienced the loss of a friend, perhaps someone we have known since childhood. When our life paths have been divergent and communication of those paths are not shared, we might reflect on a missed opportunity to have exchanged these ideas and insights and perhaps grown through the exchange. What would you do if you wanted to reach out and have a conversation or even write a letter to someone no longer in this life? What would you share and in this sharing, would you find some solace, completion or even a deeper understanding of the path you chose?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, best-selling author and Zen teacher Brad Warner, had this very experience. When word reached him that his childhood friend, Marky, had died of cancer at age 48, Brad thought of all the things he never said to his friend and began writing them down in a series of “letters”.

Brad Warner is the author of It Came from Beyond Zen, Don’t be a Jerk and Hardcore Zen. Brad is a Soto Zen teacher as well as a punk bassist, filmmaker and popular blogger who leads workshops and retreats around the world. In addition to his books, his writing appears in Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Buddhadharma and Alternative Press. He lives in Los Angeles where he is the founder and lead teacher of Angel City Zen Center. His website is hardcorezen.info and he joins us this evening to discuss his path and his just published book, Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen.

Carolyne Faulkner - Your Signs

Carolyne Faulkner - Your Signs

November 6, 2019

Carolyne Faulkner – Your Signs: An Empowering Astrology Guide for 2020

Aired Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

When I was born, the Sun was in Capricorn, the Moon was in Aquarius and Cancer was rising. Of course, I did not know that and really was not aware of the significance of this until my mid-teens in the late 1960’s. The newspaper horoscopes gave general information and attributes but these really did not resonate with me. When I was about to enter the Air Force in 1973, my mother had a friend of hers, an amateur astrologer, do a chart for me. It did hit home with some of my characteristics and life choices, but some of the projected events made no sense…until they actually unfolded!

What may we learn from the planets to guide us? Is there a new approach to astrology that will enable us not only to know, but to act upon the energy of the planets and better our choices, direction and lives.

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Carolyne Faulkner, says there is and she created it in her approach, Dynamic Astrology™. Carolyne Faulkner is the resident astrologer at the Soho House Group in London. She created the concept of Dynamic Astrology™ after 15 years studying with experts from all over the world. Her approach and methods fit within a life coaching and mentoring framework as she uses the movements of the planets to empower others to practice self-reflection and personal-development, helping them in many areas of their lives. Her first book The Signs was published in 2017 to critical acclaim within the genre. Her website is dynamicastrology.com and she joins me this week from London to discuss her just published Harper Design book, YOUR SIGNS: An Empowering Astrology Guide for 2020.

Dr. Stuart Eisendrath - When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough

Dr. Stuart Eisendrath - When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough

October 30, 2019

Dr. Stuart Eisendrath – When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harness The Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression

Aired Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

Growing up in the 1950’s and early 60’s, I had a friend whose mother always seemed to be sad. When in my innocence I would ask her what’s wrong, she would say that she had the blues. She said that she would feel better in a while, but always seemed to be experiencing “the blues.” As I got older, I came to understand that she and many others suffered from depression.

Today, according to the World Health Organization, an estimated one hundred million people world-wide are suffering from depression, with antidepressant drugs as the most common treatment. More than one sixth of Americans take a psychiatric medicine, usually an antidepressant.

What if these medications only work partially or not at all? What other means are available to those suffering from chronic depression? Are there natural mindfulness techniques that may be used to deal effectively with depression?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Dr. Stuart Eisendrath, pioneered research into the therapeutic effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and developed an easy-to-implement program that has been scientifically proven in a National Institute of Health study to bring relief to chronic sufferers of depression by helping them realize that negative thoughts are not their reality.

Dr. Eisendrath is the founding director the University Of California San Francisco Depression Center. A senior clinician and research psychiatrist at UCSF, his lectures on MBCT for University of California Television have been viewed more than 1-1/2 million times. His website is stuarteisendrath.com and he joins me this week to discuss his new book, When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harness The Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression.

Dr. Debra Diamond - Diary of a Death Doula

Dr. Debra Diamond - Diary of a Death Doula

October 23, 2019

Dr. Debra Diamond – Diary of a Death Doula: 25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us About the Afterlife

Aired Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

In the early 1960’s, one of the popular television shows was “Ben Casey”. Set in a hospital, the show would begin with actor Sam Jaffe’s character, Dr. Zorba, drawing traditional symbols on a black board and calling out their names, “Man, woman, birth, death, infinity.” In the west, when most of us are born, we are welcomed into the world with warmth, love and happiness. When it comes time for us to leave this world, we are most often surrounded with sadness, tears and fear.

Is there a way we can make the experience of death like an experience of birth? What lessons may we learn from transition that will change our perspective on death? Who may we turn to for the same loving care, comfort and security that we received entering this world as we do leaving it?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Dr. Debra Diamond, went from a high powered and successful Wall Street money manager to Death Doula through a series of remarkable experiences.

Following a high-profile career as a Wall Street Money Manager, Debra began her journey to a life of purpose and spirituality. She loves to assist people through Spirit and provide assistance, comfort and guidance through readings, consultations, her books and speaking engagements. She is a natural psychic/medium and medical intuitive who was gifted with her abilities as a child. She provides remarkable insights for her clients to assist in healing, expansion and transition.

Debra is the author of Life After Near Death: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Life of People With Newfound Powers. She has been featured in the Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post and NPR. Prior to her shift towards spirituality, Debra was a regular commentator on CNBC and a Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Her website is DebraDiamondPsychic.com and she joins me this week to discuss her experiences and new book, Diary of a Death Doula: 25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us About the Afterlife.

Courtney Weber - The Morrigan

Courtney Weber - The Morrigan

October 16, 2019

Courtney Weber – The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might

Aired Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

In the beginning of civilization, the feminine divine was preeminent. Sacred images of the Goddess have been found in archaeological digs around the world. Goddess images represented all aspects of life from birth to death. Dating back to at least 1200 B.C. in Pagan Ireland, The Morrigan was the Goddess of war, witchcraft, death, protection and retribution. She was also the Patron of motherhood, healing, shape-shifting and the land.

What can women, and men, learn from this powerful feminine figure? In this time of the “Me Too” movement and a resurgence of women’s empowerment, how can the story of this “Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might” inspire and awaken us?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Courtney Weber, shares her exploration of the mythology and history of The Morrigan and what it offers to those who seek a renewed perspective on the power of the feminine divine.

Courtney Weber is a Wiccan priestess, writer, tarot adviser, metaphysical teacher and social activist. A practicing Witch since her teens, her passion is bringing the wonders of magick to our modern world. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself. Her website is courtneyaweber.com and she joins us this week to discuss her new book, The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might.

Helene Saucedo - Handful of Stars

Helene Saucedo - Handful of Stars

October 9, 2019

Helene Saucedo – Handful of Stars

Aired Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

Carl Jung, the father of analytical psychology, once said, “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect struggled with in vain.”

Novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote, “About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.”

We know that we may hold with our hands but do we know what our hands hold? Is there a way that each of us may examine the myriad of shapes and lines that adorn our palms and gain insight into our paths and futures?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Helene Saucedo, says we can and has crafted a kit and guidebook to do just that.

Helene Saucedo is a hand analyst who provides private readings out of her vintage camper and travels the country with her craft, lecturing and reading at shops and at events such as Bonnaroo, Dirty South Yoga Festival and the LumiSummit. She also has a background in design and art direction, with more than ten years experience working with such brands as Turner Broadcasting, Cartoon Network Latin America, Steve Madden, and Macmillan Publishers. Her website is handfulofstarsreading.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and joins me this week to discuss her brand new palmistry kit and guidebook, Handful of Stars: A Palmistry Guidebook and Hand-Printing Kit.

Raven Digitalis - The Everyday Empath

Raven Digitalis - The Everyday Empath

September 18, 2019

Raven Digitalis – The Everyday Empath

Aired Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

Growing up in the 1950’s, I had a sense of being different from many of my friends and classmates. I was often the outsider and would rather be off in a quiet place than in a noisy, busy room. Some teachers labeled me “sensitive” and that sensitivity extended to knowing how others felt without them expressing it. I felt their pain, their anger, their confusion and also their joy. I became the friend that others relied upon when they needed a compassionate listener. Although it felt good to help others feel better about themselves, it often left me drained and tired. It wasn’t until my late thirties that I came to understand that I was an empath and learned how to be of service to others while maintaining my own energy balance.

Being an empath in everyday life can be a blessing when we learn how to balance this gift and our needs with the needs of others. My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, my friend Raven Digitalis, is also a life-long empath who has dedicated much of his life to learning the tools of the balanced empath and sharing them with others. Raven is a Neopagan Priest and cofounder of an Eastern Hellenistic nonprofit multicultural temple called Opus Aima Obscurae (OAO). Trained in Eastern philosophies and Georgian Witchcraft, Raven has been an earth-based practitioner since 1999, a Priest since 2003, and a Freemason since 2012. He is the author of Esoteric Empathy, Shadow Magick Compendium, Planetary Spells and Rituals and Goth Craft. His website is RavenDigitalis.com and he joins me this week to discuss his new book, The Everyday Empath: Achieve Energetic Balance in Your Life.

Dr. James Gordon - The Transformation

Dr. James Gordon - The Transformation

September 11, 2019

Dr. James Gordon – The Transformation

Aired Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST

Nearly all of us experience trauma at some point in our lives. Psychological trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. This may result from the sudden loss of a loved one, being the victim of a violent crime, the toll on a veteran returning from war, the plight of the refugee fleeing an unstable country or even the loss of employment without new prospects. More recently, mass shootings, the fear and loss generated by severe weather, and the extreme divisiveness of our national climate have generated new heights of trauma. Is there a way that we may overcome trauma and reverse the psychological and biological damage it causes?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Dr. James Gordon, says that the use of mind-body medicine can accomplish this as evidenced by the work he and his worldwide team have used to relieve the suffering of hundreds of thousands of adults and children around the world.

Dr. Gordon is a Harvard-trained Psychiatrist, former researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and, Chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and a clinical professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School. He is the founder and executive director of The Center for Mind Body Medicine (CMBM) in Washington, D.C. He authored or edited ten books including Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-stage Journey Out of Depression. He has written for a range of publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian and many professional Journals. He has served as an expert for 60 Minutes, Today, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and many others. You can find him at the Center for Mind Body Medicine website, cmbm.org, and he joins me this week to discuss trauma healing and his just published new book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma.

Kathleen Marden - Extraterrestrial Contact

Kathleen Marden - Extraterrestrial Contact

September 4, 2019

Kathleen Marden – Extraterrestrial Contact

Aired Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 8:00 PM ET

As a child growing up in the 1950’s, I had a number of experiences that I could not explain. I would wake up in the middle of the night, have a sense of travelling into the sky and being in the presence of what I thought were “special teachers”. When this “night school” was over, I remember being back in my room, looking out the window and seeing triangular objects in the sky which quickly vanished. When I shared these experiences with my parents and others, I was told that I was “imagining” them and had an “overactive” imagination. But a series of events later in life confirmed what I knew to be the truth. I was a contactee and my teachers were not of this world.

As the decades ensued, more people came forward with reports of sightings, contact and what some have called abductions by extra-terrestrial beings. Many of these experiences were revealed in sessions of hypnotic regression. The first widely reported and most famous of these was the case of Betty and Barney Hill.

Have you had one of these experiences? Have you had a sense of lost time, an unexplained interruption in your life, unusual and unexplained scars or even direct knowledge of being in the presence of ET’s? How can you be sure and what, if anything, should you do?

My guest this week on Destination Unlimited, Kathleen Marden, is a leading researcher of contact with nonhuman intelligence, an author and a lecturer. She is the director of experience research at the Mutual UFO Network and is an advisory board member and consultant to Edgar Mitchell’s Foundation into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Encounters. She is also the niece of Betty Hill.

Her website is Kathleen-marden.com and she joins me this week to discuss her just published new book, Extraterrestrial Contact: What To Do When You’ve Been Abducted.