Spiritual Living and Rethinking Prayer with Angela Montano

Do you have a relationship to prayer?  Many people associate prayer only with religions, but there is another type of prayer life that can make you masterful in the game of life.

An international spiritual coach and prayer counselor, Angela Montano is devoted to sharing the utterly transformative power of prayer. Her work provides spiritual insights that change the way people perceive their circumstances, creating a shift that opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Angela’s mission is to inspire a new conversation about prayer, teach ancient and new prayer technologies and encourage people to adopt a prayer practice.

A spiritual practitioner certified by the Center for Spiritual Living and the Agape International Spiritual Center, over the past 20 years Angela has facilitated over 15,000 private, one-on-one prayer sessions with clients of all faiths and belief systems from around the world. Angela’s work is inspired, and her ability to provide a spiritual perspective on the challenges of daily living is unparalleled.

A featured guest on Hay House Radio, Angela is also a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. Angela is author of the forthcoming book, Rethink Prayer.  http://rethinkprayer.com/  http://rethinkprayer.com/

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Todd’s Story by Coach Debby

Todd sat across from me late in the afternoon for a french tip and fries after most people had returned to their workplaces.  He was telling me his story about alcoholism.  We’d only known each other for a week, and this was our first date.  I listened intently.

I noticed that he was different than many people I had heard speak about their recovery process.  He was in complete acceptance that alcohol had no place in his present life.  None and done.  He didn’t miss it, relish it, long for it, fantasize about it, complain about it — none of that.  He had broken off his relationship with alcohol and he wanted me to know about it.

Of course, I wanted to write it all down!  I heard a book spewing out of him.

We continued to see each other often, and I encouraged him to share his story every chance he got:  “Tell bits and pieces to anyone you trust.  Watch their face.  Pay attention to their questions.  This will help you own your story.”

“What story?” he asked me.

“The book within you.”

“A book?  Really?” And then he followed up with, “I have always thought there might be a book in me, somewhere.”

Some of us are more excited to share our stories.  Some of us are timid or scared that people in the story will read it and be offended.  For certain, people can take offense even if you look at them wrong let alone feature them in your book.

But it is still important to share your story with those in your life who you deem as safe.  It’s an excellent place to start, and It helps you know your true story even better.  Later on, you can decide what stays in your public story and what you choose to edit out.  When you know the difference between the two, you’ve got the bones of a manuscript!

I was especially moved by Todd’s early memories of alcohol recovery, which we updated and placed in the very beginning of his book.  I remembered him sharing bits of it on our first date, and I must say, he had my complete attention.  Here’s the book version:

I was raised to be a man’s man, a strong farm hand, and basically an ordinary tough guy. My Dad influenced me powerfully. He grew up in a masculine world in middle America where he was a big football fan and raised to be a corn farmer. He coached me in football, baseball, basketball and soccer when I was a just a kid. If I got hurt while playing, I was told, “Shake it off!”… And, “Big boys don’t cry!”  Every injury was met with another chance to be tough as nails.  These messages were hammered into my brain and my body. Consequently, I became completely closed off from my feelings.

This was one of my first agreements in life:  Real men don’t feel.  I didn’t like it, but it was a concept straight from my dad, and it was all he knew.  The boy scouts enforced it even more, and later came the game of hunting wild animals – something I was not keen on – but these messages came from men I looked up to.  They were teaching me how to be a man’s man, as this was all they knew.

I was only 11 when my uncle introduced me to booze and I liked it!  I liked the way it made me feel.  I drank so much I got super intoxicated.  As the days pressed on, I could count on my uncle feeding this magic stuff to me and every time, I had the same reaction; I felt great!  Alcohol gave me the permission to feel superhuman!  This was the stuff, man!

Up until now, the only feelings I ever saw a man express was anger.  I noticed that when men got angry, they got their way.  It worked for me, too.  I could throw a tantrum and get what I wanted.  At age 12, my folks divorced and I spent a lot of time feeling really upset.  The only other option I knew was to numb out and try to feel nothing at all.  So now I had a new agreement:  I could feel angry or I could add a little alcohol and feel good.  Every chance I got, I chose the latter.

Not a bad start!  And it is only the very beginning of his story.  We sat down and crafted this one day to get his book rolling.

And then we wrote more, and talked more, and wrote more.

And at some point, the confusion of what to say became clear, and the feeling of fear turned to utter excitement. There are many phases, decisions, and re-working that needed to take place so that his story could be offered to a public audience with care.

Todd was overjoyed to see his words — his survival story — become a book.  I literally cried tears of joy.   It took time and attention and commitment. But I won’t say it was hard — it required dedication and focus, and there were many times when we laughed.

The process helped me build my business and brand: I help people write their books.  I’d love to help you.

Your true story is always about you, even though there were other important people.  That story you lived through has made you, changed you, shaped you, saved you, delivered you, and allowed you to be in this world, present and available.  Just think what that story could do for others.

 

Coach Debby is a spiritual mentor and has taught writing and literary editing since 1996. She helps new and seasoned authors create and complete their book.  www.coachdebby.com

 

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Detoxing Your Thoughts with Sharon Blake

Are you paying attention to your thoughts?  Do you like what they have to say?  If your thoughts need a little cleaning up, join us for an hour of life mastery conversations with our guest, Sharon Blake, the author of The Thought Detox: Breaking Free from a Negative Thought Life.

Coach Debby originally met Sharon at a spiritual retreat and witnessed Blake’s story of transformation from a painful journey though her “life chronicles” to a  promising future in publishing.  Sharon Blake is the CEO and founder of Life Chronicles Publishing, Huffington Post contributor, and the author of 3 other books; Chronicles of Pain: Leaving the Pain of the Past Behind, 20 Beautiful Women Vol 2, and I Am Beautiful: The Evolution of Beauty. In addition, she has recently appeared on TBN’s KTBW Seattle/Tacoma and OCN television network shows.  Her work with the homeless/addicted population has inspired her to share her story of survival.

Sharon Blake recognized the importance of being transparent while helping others. Her goals for publishing and writing books promote healing for herself and members of her community. Overcoming major barriers of homelessness, addiction, and domestic violence, Sharon found the passion to start her own publishing company and help others share their stories.  Her company published Todd Alan’s book, Six Keys to Life Mastery in June 2017.

Sharon’s website http://mylifechronicles.org/

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Karen Noe shares vital guidance from Dr. Wayne Dyer

Karen Noé is an internationally renowned psychic medium for the past two decades with a two-year client waiting list.  She was a deep admirer of Dr. Wayne W Dyer, a man whose teachings truly transformed her life. She followed his wisdom to ask, “How May I Serve?” so that she could be a force for peace and love in the world.

A little about Karen’s story:   Just one month after Dr. Dyer’s passing, Karen flew to Orlando FL to speak at Hay House’s I CAN DO IT! Conference.   She flew in a day early to attend a tribute to Dr. Dyer along with members of his family. As she walked back to her hotel, Karen spoke inwardly to Dr. Dyer and asked him to give her a sign if he could hear her. She then asked how she could serve him. 

The answers came in minutes…not just a direct response telling her she was already serving, but also a visual sign that highlighted the letters W…E . Delighted with this contact, she thought initially that the W…E stood for WaynE. But she was soon to discover it meant WE.

 Dr. Dyer had opened the way for her to become a powerful conduit to deliver WE CONSCIOUSNESS: 33 Profound Truths for Inner and Outer Peace (Hay House, March 2018), anextraordinary collaboration with Dyer and a collective known as the WE Guides, including St. Francis of Assisi, bringing forth vital information for all of humanity on how we can achieve heaven on earth today.

 Karen Noé is the founder of the Angel Quest Center in New Jersey, an internationally sought-after medium, spiritual counselor, healer and the author of the bestselling books Your Life After Their Death: A Medium’s Guide to Healing After a Loss and Through the Eyes of Another: A Medium’s Guide to Creating Heaven on Earth by Encountering Your Life Review Now.  www.karennoe.com

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Raise Empowered Kids with Mary DeMocker

Join us live on Tuesday, May 15th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time.  Todd Alan and I will be speaking with writer, activist, and parent Mary DeMocker as she offers a lively summary of her blueprint for climate action.  Her very recent book is available now: The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep (April 2018 from New World Library).

Starting with a project on her own front lawn to protest proposed fracking in Oregon, DeMocker’s project united her neighborhood, gave attention to the issue, brought in young children who helped with postcards and teenagers who drew social media attention. It made the news. Their families and friends showed up to cheer them on and left with a sense of optimism. And then parents came and asked, “Do you have a list of ten things I can do?”  That list grew into her new book, which offers ten times the number of things families can do to grow closer and revolutionize. And it’s a menu of possibilities, not a ‘to-do’ list that no single human being, much less a busy parent could accomplish.  Learn more about Mary at:  http://www.marydemocker.com/

Please feel free to contact Coach Debby by Facebook messenger and send it your text question.  We read as many listener questions on the show as possible.

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The Agape Way with TJ Woodward

Todd Alan and I think of TJ Woodward as the guru of addiction. TJ’s congregation became known as the Agape Bay Area in 2016. It is a 21st century movement for people who consider themselves spiritual explorers and have a divine impulse for personal and global transformation.​ Our mission is to encourage and inspire the awakening of human consciousness.

The essence of Agape is best described by its founder, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith:  “When I founded the Agape International Spiritual Center and community in 1986, we ‘visioned’ it as a movement that would take a stand for love, for peace, for being a beneficial presence on the planet.” That’s why it was named “Agape,” which in Greek means unconditional love. Agape’s vision is fueled by the love of the One indefinable yet unmistakable Presence whose vehicle on earth is the human heart and soul.

Woodward is both a spiritual counselor and spiritual director of prestigious top-tier, high-end addiction treatment centers.  TJ published his first book, Conscious BEING: Awakening to Your True Nature in 2015, and his second book, Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction was released in December of 2017.

In 2017, TJ launched The Conscious Recovery MethodTM, which is a ground breaking and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction. TJ Woodward’s Conscious Recovery MethodTM moves beyond simply treating behaviors and symptoms. It focuses on the underlying root causes that drive destructive patterns, while providing clear steps for letting go of core false beliefs that lead to addictive tendencies.

Here is an excerpt from his first book, Conscious Being:  “In the process of growing up and individuating, we differentiate ourselves from our family members, to a certain degree. Much of our unconscious programming remains intact for the rest of our lives. However, we can begin to question it and do the important inner work of releasing those aspects of our conditioning that no longer serve our highest good. This involves becoming conscious of the lens through which we are viewing the world. We might ask ourselves whether we are in agreement with that view. First we need to become conscious of the ingrained habits of mind that cause us to judge, to have prejudice, to be fearful when there is no reason to be, to think in limited ways—about ourselves, others, and the world in general. Once identified, we can evaluate these inherited habits of thinking. Are they true or useful for us? Do they come from a loving, openhearted place or a closed-hearted, fearful one? If we have outgrown those patterns, attitudes, and actions, we can let them go, trusting in this natural process of updating our beliefs and perspectives.”

We are delighted to welcome TJ Woodward back for a fireside chat about his newer book, Conscious Recovery, and latest developments with his addiction retreats.  www.tjwoodward.com

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Real Life Solutions for the “over-scheduled” with Yvonne Tally

Yvonne is the co-founder of Poised™ — a fitness and lifestyle company located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. She has been a health and wellness consultant and entrepreneur for over twenty years. She is a Master Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner, author, and speaker. As a meditation teacher, Yvonne includes guided meditation as a vital practice for revealing meaningful outcomes and focusing desired goals for professional success, physical and emotional healing, and healthy mood management. She is a classically trained chef, certified Pilates instructor and fitness trainer.

We have invited Yvonne to the show to discuss her brand new book, Breaking Up With Busy,  You will have the chance to send in your questions and ask Yvonne how to slow down that over-scheduled lifestyle!  She is talented in helping all of us find sensible balance of energetic wellness, spiritual connection, and methods for sustaining personal fulfillment.  Check out her blog!  https://yvonnetally.com/blog-grid-4columns/

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Thriving in Any Family Situation

Please enjoy our greatest hits on Tuesday, April 24th, when we replay an excellent conversation we had with Eric Maisel

As you might know, Eric appears on our show each year with his latest book.  He is the author of fifty book.  You heard right!  FIFTY books!

…And they cover a wide variety of subjects. His books on creativity, the creative life, and the challenges that creative and performing artists face include Fearless Creating, The Creativity Book, Making Your Creative Mark and Mastering Creative Anxiety. His books on the art and practice of creativity coaching include Secrets of a Creativity Coach, Coaching the Artist Within and Become a Creativity Coach Now! His books on life purpose and meaning include Life Purpose Boot Camp, The Life Purpose Diet, and The Van Gogh Blues. His books on mental health and mental health reform include The Future of Mental Health, Rethinking Depression, and Creative Recovery.

Dr. Maisel is an active creativity coach, a trainer of creativity coaches, a retired family therapist, and writes the “Coaching the Artist Within” column for Professional Artist Magazine and the “Rethinking Mental Health” column for Psychology Today. He presents classes, workshops, lectures and keynotes worldwide, for example as a keynote speaker at the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry annual conference and the International Association of Pastel Societies annual conference. He presents Deep Writing workshops in locations like New York, San Francisco, Paris, London, Prague and Rome and at workshop centers like Esalen, Omega and Kripalu.

It is always a joy to have him back for a fireside chat about the creative process and how to negotiate with the gremlins.  On June 20th, we will explore the book:  Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation.  www.ericmaisel.com

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When Food is Comfort with Julie M. Simon

On April 17th, we will be joined by Julie M. Simon, the author of When Food is Comford and The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual. She is a licensed psychotherapist and life coach with twenty-seven+ years of experience helping overeaters and imbalanced eaters stop dieting, heal their relationships with themselves and their bodies, lose excess weight, and keep it off. You may remember our interview with her about the success of her first book: The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual.  She returns on Tuesday to discuss her brand new book, When Food is Comfort.    

Julie is a lifelong fitness enthusiast and also a certified personal trainer with over twenty-five years of experience designing exercise and nutrition programs for various populations.  She is also the founder and director of the popular Los Angeles-based Twelve-Week Emotional Eating Recovery Program, which offers an alternative to dieting by addressing the mind, body, and spirit imbalances underlying overeating. Her professional experience with and personal journey through childhood trauma, weight challenges, and body, brain, and spiritual imbalances led to the creation of the twelve-week program, which she has been running for twenty-five years. For general  information and lots of inspiration from her blog, check her out at www.overeatingrecovery.com.  Julie M. Simon, MA, MBA, LMFT

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March 20: Your Miraculous Money with Meriflor Toneatto

Join us on March 20th for an hour of talk with Meriflor Toneatto, the CEO and Found of Power With Soul and the creator of the Millionaire Difference Makers Path.  Meriflor is a professional coach, speaker, and entrepreneur.  We will discuss her new book, Money, Manifestations, and Miracles just released by New World Library.  Meriflor is successful at helping individuals with their beliefs about money, encouraging us all to understand that when you feel empowered, you become a difference maker.  From that place of empowerment, all areas of ones life can be can transformed.  Meriflor refers to money as our “emotional currency.”  This is bound to be an excellent show!  Please send your questions to the co-host, Coach Debby, via Facebook or email.  Follow Meriflor Toneatto at www.meriflor.co

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