“Every child on the planet begins life by asserting their natural self. Rights allow us to express our unique, authentic human experience in the world. When we get negative responses from our environment, we naturally suppress various aspects of our original, authentic essence. We’ll restrain our life force, give up our needs, deny our desire for support, limit the experience we want, choose what we don’t want, or settle for less than being truly loved.” ~ Dr. Gary Salyer
Our April 23rd guest on Life Mastery Radio was Dr. Gary Salyer. His book, “Safe to Love Again” was published a few months ago. As a radio show co-host, I knew this book could be important to individuals looking for love the first, second, or third time around; but I didn’t expect it to have a take-away for myself. I’ve been married for over 36 years to the same man
Preparing for the interview, I read the first several chapters of Dr. Salyer’s book, and was surprised to learn there was much I didn’t know about love.
I was intrigued with the story of Paul, one of Dr. Salyer’s
clients. Paul had been through 2 broken marriages, even though he’d been taught
examples of lasting love from his parents, grandparents, and so forth. He was
the first in generations of family who’d been divorced; and he couldn’t figure out
While working with Dr. Salyer, Paul kept repeating “Love will turn on me; when is love going to turn on me?” This feeling of mistrust in his two wives led them to “turn on him” because he couldn’t fully commit to love. He had created the situation of love “turning on him” because he expected it to happen.
Dr. Salyer discovered how this feeling originated in Paul
when he was 5 years old. I won’t give too much away, because I want you to read
his book, however Paul’s “truth” was not THE truth. As a child, he had interpreted
a situation of his father beating him as “love turning on him”. But, when an
older brother heard Paul’s interpretation of the same event, Paul realized his
father was saving his life, not turning on him.
Unfortunately, Paul had undermined all his relationships because of a childhood feeling. FEELINGS, I learned, are what shapes our ability to be loved and love well. FEELINGS, not logic.
Conestoga wagons were an image Dr. Salyer put in my head to illustrate the “ruts” of love we find ourselves in because of feelings early in life. During the pioneer migration of early America, these wagon wheels would get stuck in the deep ruts formed by hundreds of wagons gone before.
These ruts, or styles of love get us caught in repeating certain behaviors which can undermine relationships, like Paul’s.
Dr. Salyer spoke of an epidemic of unworthiness.
There are so many tools available in his book to help you find love or secure love in your life. There are 4 feelings, and 6 rights we all NEED to receive and give love.
Read his book to know more. Find out if he’s holding a workshop near you. Download his online workbook to help you get started. Safe to Love Again
This cohost felt a unique kinship to our guest, Rev. Misty
Tyme even before the show began on April 9th. She and I have a twin
brother named John. We are both asked frequently if we’re identical twins.
(hello,…male/female twins can’t be identical)
Rev. Misty felt estranged and different from her family
while growing up. So did I.
Rev. Misty had an unstable and unhappy childhood. So did I.
Our mothers had made bad choses, which eventually soured our
relationships with them; and our mothers both died of Alzheimer’s, which we
viewed as a mixed blessing. (Both were happy during their final years because
they didn’t have memory of the pain, anger, and sorrows of life)
Lastly, Rev. Misty Tyme and I have travelled a painfully,
wild ride of forgiveness, and have written about it.
Rev. Misty says, “We do not have a time machine to go back and grab those bygone memories, even if we wish it, rub a lamp, light a candle, pray, or throw a tantrum.”
“We CAN affect our future by working on the FEELINGS that are left over from past situations. You have to look back to move forward.”
The chronic pain of non-forgiveness is like putting your hand on a stove burner set to low. Keep your hand there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now, try to have a normal day. ~ Rev. Misty Tyme
Rev. Misty identified tools of forgiveness:
Therapy (been there)
Journaling (done that)
Spiritual guidance (been there)
Prayer (done that)
Meditation (been there)
Reading (done that)
Dialogue (been there)
Ceremony (done that)
Time (got the t-shirt)
Rev. Misty rightly stated (although rather humorously) “Life is lifey; and people are peopley.” What she meant is that our expectations of others can set us up for frustration in relationships due to unfulfilled expectations. We can develop SMOLDERING RESENTMENT.
“Some people don’t have the SKILL or the WILL to meet our expectations”
Forgiveness does NOT mean you condone or accept inappropriate
behavior; but forgiveness DOES mean you have to shift your expectations and set
To only way to truly and completely heal from the effects of
others on your life, is to forgive. You must forgive. I know this to be true,
and I’m grateful to Rev. Misty Tyme for providing a detailed forgiveness
process. It will change your life.
“The business world is uniquely positioned to help us choose the path of human connection, dignity, and abundance. It doesn’t sacrifice profitability, revenue generation, or innovation.” ~ Claudette Rowley
Early on in this co-hosts career, I worked for one of the best oral surgeons on the east side of Seattle. We enjoyed a healthy business culture with open communication and recognition for hard work and achievement.
A new partner came on board, and everything changed. A tremendous shift in the business culture created a rift in the communication and recognition we enjoyed. One of the changes the new doctor implemented almost immediately was a decrease in employee benefits.
It wasn’t long before the team became confused, since there had been little explanation of “why” the changes. Morale was dropping, and we requested a sit-down meeting so the doctors could answer questions and clarify their decision. We were delighted to learn time had been blocked out of the busy surgical schedule for the very meeting we requested.
Just as the meeting was to begin, the doctors slipped out the back door and went to lunch. Immediately the office manager came in to act as voice regarding the changes.
The manager attempted to mediate, but there was no resolution to our concerns. The team felt betrayed. Not only had we lost benefits without knowing why, our employers lacked courage to defend their decision.
Eventually, morale bottomed out. Myself and a few other “dream” team employees left.
As our most recent guest on Life Mastery Radio, Claudette made this co-host wish for do-overs at that surgical practice. She has developed a system to create brilliance in the culture of any organization by looking deep into the DNA of the business.
Claudette explained how a contrast between two cultures she worked in made her curious about how to change the toxic cultures of some businesses; and how to create a brilliant culture in every business.
A toxic organization has some, or all, of these
Asking for more data, then not acting on the
Conversely, a brilliant organization has these
Potential is harnessed in people and systems
Adaptable to change
Low levels of stress
High levels of innovation
Reframe mistakes as opportunities
“Consciousness of any company can be increased, and must be done internally with self-awareness, assessment, and feedback. Mindset drives behavior” ~ Claudette Rowley
Our entire interview with Claudette was eye-opening. She taught us about balancing emotion with logic in any professional setting.
“Follow the logic, and drop your own biases. Pretend you’re new to the workplace or organization. What would you notice about the culture?” ~ Claudette Rowley
A brilliant interview about brilliant ideas to implement
with a desired outcome of a brilliant culture.
“Be the observer of your life (a watchdog). Be in wonder of your life. See it differently; feel it differently; experience it differently.”
Ani Anderson, (MS, OT, LMT, CEMP, SBMC) has many degrees behind her name. Probably because she teaches by degrees how to find our soul’s agenda in her book titled Find Your Soul’s Agenda.
Conversing with Ani on Life Mastery Radio’s most recent show was sensational! Literally. Ani encouraged our audience to:
“Pay attention to the raw data of your nervous system. Rather than name emotions, describe the sensations in your body, and listen to the thoughts in your mind.”
A personal discovery in reading her book is “the ONE word”, which is different for each of us, and which grants us permission to feel the way we want/don’t want to feel. The Law of Polarity.
At one time, Ani began a search for unconditional love. Prayer was suggested, which Ani was not practiced in. Ani recalled praying for unconditional love, when she happened upon a lost dog running on the side of the road.
Not liking dogs, but feeling this might be an answer to prayer, Ani decided she’d test the answer.
“If I open the car door, and the dog jumps in, it will be a sign.”
The dog jumped in. An unsuccessful search for the dog’s owner, led to an adoption of the dog whose name became Walnut Sprinkles. Puppies were soon added, since Walnut Sprinkles was pregnant.
A cute, deliciously named, multiplied answer to prayer.
A Sensation-Based Mindset Coaching Workshop is open for registration now. Ani will host this event in Burlington, VT this May. “Science of Influence”
Eloquently spoken, Corinne Zupko was our Life Mastery Radio guest on March 19th. She is the author of From Anxiety to Love, wherein Corinne shares how A Course in Miracles helped her heal from anxiety.
Anxiety is nothing more than fear projected into the future: fear about what might occur at some future time. Love is lived only in present tense – A Course in Miracles
Experiencing anxiety from early childhood, Corinne’s mother encouraged her to study A Course in Miracles. Corinne explained how she literally put her fingers in her ears to avoid her mother’s explanation of “spiritual crap”.
When Corinne’s anxiety escalated into debilitating panic attacks in college she was finally ready to “try anything.”
A Course in Miracles taught Corinne “miracles are a shift in perception”. Corinne simply needed to learn how to shift from an ego-controlled state of body and mind to a Self-controlled state, guided by her Inner Therapist.
requires an exchange of fear for love.
our delightful interview with Corinne Zupko, she illustrated through a personal
story the choice we make to witness either fear or love – in other words, we’ll
experience whichever one we’re looking for.
I was at a doctor’s office because of a symptom I’d had for a long time. My fear had led me to finally seek a diagnosis, and while in that state of fear the nurse (while drawing my blood) asked, “what are you here for?”
Upon explaining my concerns, the nurse replied, “oh, that’s not good. I sure hope you don’t pass out.”
Of course, I passed out! The nurse had validated my fear, which I was witnessing for.
I was sent to another doctor’s office for more tests. This time I had decided to witness for love instead.
When I walked into the office, the nurse I saw was the mother of a friend of mine. I didn’t even know her mother was a nurse. During my blood draw, I chatted with the nurse about my friend (her daughter).
The mother of my friend observed, “I don’t usually work on Monday’s, but was called in today. I arrived 30 minutes before you did.”
I was witnessing for love; the second nurse validated my love; and I’d had a completely different experience!
We’re grateful at Life Mastery Radio that Corinne shared her journey from anxiety to love. We will definitely keep the lessons.
Have you ever thought you might have psychic powers? Precognition; remote viewing; telepathy; life review and near-death experiences are all addressed in Mark Gober’s recent book: An End to Upside-Down Thinking.
On Life Mastery Radio this week, Mark Gober left us with clear and open consciousness about our psychic powers.
Explaining the *Whirlpool Effect, Mark began:
“Imagine reality is a stream of water, where water represents consciousness. Now imagine that within the stream, whirlpools form. Those whirlpools are self-localizations of water. While they may look different from other parts of the stream, the whirlpools are made of nothing more than water.
In the analogy, whirlpools represent individuals in a stream of consciousness. My brain is one whirlpool, yours is another, etc. Since water is the fundamental medium of the stream, it is possible that sometimes water from one whirlpool can end up in another whirlpool (think: psychic abilities). And when a whirlpool dissipates, the water simply flows into the broader stream (think: consciousness continues when the physical body dies).”
*Taken from preface section of An End to Upside-Down Thinking “Why Materialism is Baloney” Bernardo Kastrup
During our interview Mark mentioned he is not a scientist. When writing his book, he took a dispassionate approach to the research. Some of his sources include CIA declassified documents, peer-review research, and meta-analysis.
In fact, Mark finds it amazing that remote viewing (being able to see something in a different location than you’re in) has been stated in CIA declassified documents by the US Government, as “a real phenomenon”
Mark’s interview was fascinating. He has certainly provided evidence (which is massive in quantity) anyone would need to prove psychic power is real.
Do you have wizard-like abilities, or want to develop those abilities? Read An End to Upside-Down Thinking.
On our recent show, Eric Maisel taught us to “unleash the artist within”. More than a directive, it also happens to be the title of one of his more than 50 books.
Creativity is a broad subject, and one which Dr. Maisel has made his message for more than 30 years. It was then he noticed the lack of psychological help for performers, musicians, writers, artists, and the like. Artistic personalities have some particular issues with sadness, anxiety, and loneliness. Before Dr. Maisel began his work, there was little help (besides medication) for them.
We often use “narcissism” as a negative word describing individuals who seem self-centered and egotistical. However, Dr. Maisel suggests there is a good narcissist – the person who wants to make a difference in the world or life of others by using his/her particular “voice” – be it art or music, etc.
Creative personalities are often eccentric, leading to an area of study Dr. Maisel referred to as “anti-psychiatry”. He believes pharmaceutical companies are “bombarding the airwaves with a certain view” regarding behavior, and that “childhood has been diagnosed as a disorder”.
“Sadly, zero attention is paid to original personality. We all come into the world with our own sense of sadness, stubbornness, obsession, exuberance, etc.” and yet we are medicating kids because of who they are.
When relating the beginnings of his own childhood, Dr. Maisel described himself as “curious”, and was quick to comment “I’m still the same today”. He talked of family members, such as his parents who were a steady influence for him; but that, like most of us, he had a few relatives who were “batty.”
The conversation turned to the process which artists and creatives can take to “make meaning” in their purpose(s), rather than trying to “find meaning” in life. He cautioned that only a percentage of the work we do will be good, and we can me demoralized when our creations are not successful, or valued. Although this can be anxiety producing (especially when creativity is your livelihood) “YOU CAN’T SKIP THE STUFF THAT DOESN’T WORK”.
Dr. Maisel highly recommends a “morning creativity practice”. He gave reasons for this process, which he uses seven days a week. (Remember – he’s written more than 50 books!)
Consistent practice provides a routine of productive thought.
“Sleep thinking” happens in REM sleep, and your brain is providing you answers as you sleep. By spending your first awaking moments each morning on “output” rather than “input” you’ll have more clarity in your creativity.
When you can “make meaning” first thing in the morning, then the rest of your day will change, knowing the real work has been done.
Brilliantly, Dr. Maisel used other phrases during his time with us:
Self-Talk – as long as it serves us
Affirm our abilities, and the belief that we matter
Don the mantle of “Meaning Maker”
Life has purpose(s) for us
Creating is lonely, but it’s noisy in there
You’ll benefit from hearing his interview with us, and you can listen at your convenience by clicking this link: Dr. Eric Maisel
Be sure to tune in to Life Mastery Radio with Todd Alan every Tuesday at 10:00 AM pst.
Sherry Gaba, LCSW has years of experience practicing Psychotherapy in Westlake Village, California. She specializes in Somatic Experiencing, Energy Healing, as well as Spirituality and Intuition in the Recovery Process.
Whether you need a family therapist to sort out domestic issues or a life coach to help guide you in the right direction, you are in the right place. Sherry provides many holistic treatment options to help you on a path to new life.