Living Fearlessly

Have you ever wanted to…

  • Discover how to live fearlessly?
  • Reconnect to your true spirit?
  • Build a positive relationship with yourself?

It’s time to get radically honest and cleanse your soul. At least, that’s what our recent guest, Dr. Pamela Gerali would tell you. She would also tell you since she’s done what she suggests, she now dances like a divine diva!

I was raised in a small town in a conservative home, and in an ultra-conservative religion. There were so many ‘thou-shalt-nots’ it was easier to list what we could do rather than what we weren’t allowed to do.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

Living in this religious la-la-land was limiting to Pamela. When she went to college she left the unholy trinity of guilt, shame, and fear behind. She took on a career in healthcare, working with the American Cancer Society and other nonprofits.

While attending a leadership conference Pamela acquired a new vision for her life and left her job upon her return from the event.

Pamela became a spiritual junkie. Her drugs were books, workshops, and the study of self-improvement. Having been raised to believe if knowledge wasn’t directly from the Bible, it was wrong, Pamela felt FEAR. Still, she was driven to learn who she was.

One morning upon awakening, I started receiving divine downloads. Spiritual information flowed into my thoughts and mind for about 6 months.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

What emerged was a beautiful matrix containing sacred geometry Pamela named The Blueprint for The Human Spirit. You can find her creation on her website DrPamelaGerali.com

I embraced what I learned and began to live my truth. I learned my purpose and why I’m here.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

Still, Pamela was FEARFUL.

I had discovered a divine databank. The Blueprint for the Human Spirit has five dimensions and five fields of existence. When we release the blocks, baggage, and blinders from our minds, we can live authentically, passionately, and consciously for the greater good.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

The five dimensions Pamela speaks about are:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Intuitive
  • Spiritual

The five fields are:

  • Quantum
  • Personal
  • Social
  • Global
  • Eternal

I knew I was one with God and that I am an eternal being. Everything changes when we are brought into alignment with our truth and essence. We are all made in the image and likeness of God.

Dr. Pamela Gerali

One balmy morning in October 2001, Pamela experienced a life-changing meditation.

During ninety minutes I relived an intensely dramatic event in fifteen past lives. There were children, men, and women from all walks of life, and they spanned the ages from ancient Mayan times to early 1900’s. Each one revealed a shift in consciousness relevant to our spiritual growth. Each past life mirrored exactly what one aspect of the Blueprint taught.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

Pamela says the Blueprint is relevant to students of all faiths. The key to changing the world, is not protesting; it’s changing ourselves.

There will be no world peace until we find inner peace.”

Pamela no longer feels FEAR. There is no more FEAR of death, lack, or judgement. Pamela claims each of us can discover the truth of who we are.

Pamela’s book, The Dance of Ego and Essence | Confessions of a Divine Diva came about after a 6-month illness. In a revelation she was told to journal confessions for 40 days. Words came to her, and feelings followed.

In Pamela’s book you can read her confessions about the following (and so many more):

  • From Discipline to Direction
  • From Illness to Wellness
  • From Resentful to Grateful
  • From Desire to Contentment
  • From Addiction to Freedom

Her book has a companion journal so you can walk through and record your 40 day journey. There are meditations and music included.

I am grateful for my beginnings because without that extreme childhood I wouldn’t have searched for anything else. I can see the symbolism now. Everything has come full circle. The whole process was so freeing, I wish everyone could participate in their own soul cleanse.”

Dr. Pamela Gerali

Liability or Strength? Only a Coach May Know

Imagine being a short, smaller, older person in a Taekwondo sparring match against someone taller, bigger, and younger than you.

Would you have limiting beliefs about your ability to stand your ground and hold your own against such a competitor?

Susan Erickson describes this scenario when she started taking Taekwondo and the intimidation she felt when facing a seemingly more advantaged opponent.

My sensei saw my strength when I could only see my liabilities. He helped me see the advantages I had because of my size and experience.

Susan Erickson

Susan’s sensei helped her discover more about herself than she may have been able to do on her own.

That’s what I do as a life coach now. I help clients see through their limiting beliefs to discover their hidden strength.”

Susan Erickson

Susan Erickson, our recent guest, is not your typical life coach. Her background in healthcare differentiates her from other coaches since she combines art and science to track the efficacy of her clients’ results.

Susan offers clients Mindset Abundance and Leadership Coaching programs.

You can be a very successful person and still not feel content with where you are. It’s usually an indication you are not aligned with your values or not living authentically.

You already have everything you need to manifest what you want.”

Susan Erickson

What changes with an abundance mindset?

Susan reports we all come with limiting beliefs. A small shift in thinking can produce miracles. The goal is to recognize limiting beliefs, then use the tools Susan provides to make a shift in your thinking. It’s a process.

I’m a light house not a lifeboat.”

Susan Erickson

A life coach will help you discover what’s right for you, but never do the work for you.

Coaching can be considered foo-foo, but it is demanding work to discover, change, and move forward. Having a coach will help you believe you can achieve more than you have now with no predetermined outcome.”

Susan Erickson

Fear holds us back and shows up in subtle ways. A coach can help us understand how our emotions are manifesting themselves and keeping our beliefs limited.

To learn a little more about yourself right now, you’re invited to take Susan’s Abundance Quiz here:

Take Susan’s Abundance Quiz

Susan is hosting The Wholestic Institute of Wellness Summit in a few weeks, and you’re invited to attend and hear many experts in areas you’re likely interested in.

Besides, you’ll also be delighted to hear youth speakers from The Speak Feed Lead Project which Susan is supporting and taking donations for.

What is your legacy?

What do you want to be known for?

Visit Susan’s website, take her quiz, attend her summit, and reach out to her on social media. Watch for her programs beginning in October.

SusanEricksonCoaching.com

Tales Born from Tragedy

The most important lesson learned from our guest this week is that our stories matter. We have stories from our youth that are still relevant and perhaps even part of our life’s mission.

When a very young girl Rebecca Murray wrote a story about a bird and a hippo. She very likely related well with the bird who wanted to get to Hollywood, but instead crashed into a tree in Africa where she met a hippopotamus.

It was only a few years ago Rebecca recovered her story long since forgotten. In asking her mother about her memory of the story, Rebecca learned real details of her life she did not know.

This little story was written during the most traumatic years of my family’s life. Divorce, loss of home, mental illness, threats of murder, an escape to Africa, and living in hiding underground.

This threw me into the most intense grief. We had never talked about this as a family before. I didn’t even know where my dad was buried upon his suicide. So many details are connected to the story I wrote without a recollection of them.

It’s amazing to me how emotionally effected we are by details of life we didn’t know during our youth.”

Rebecca C. Murray

Learning about her father and his mental illness filled Rebecca with sadness, yet she was also inspired to share her story which soon became a children’s book titled The Bird and the Hippo.

People said, you need to publish this. You need to publish this. In the back of my head, I thought I should listen to them.”

Rebecca C. Murray

Rebecca has since added a workbook so young readers can consider who they are as they read the book and learn to act on their own values.

Soon after her first book was written, Rebecca decided to published a story she’d written about a real-life tragic event related to animal cruelty.

Pasado The Heart of a Donkey is now her second published children’s book told through the eye’s (and heart) of a donkey killed in 1992 by three young boys.

Although the story of Pasado is tragic, in the state of Washington, animal cruelty is now a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

The boys who committed the misdemeanor crime were given very light sentences, and that alone caused an uproar and impetus for change in animal cruelty laws.

The law in Washington state said Pasado was not a being; he was a thing (like a hairbrush is a thing). Within two years a new bill was written, and the new legislation enacted is called The Pasado Law.

Pasado the Donkey before his tragic death

Pasado’s Safe Haven is a foundation set up in Pasado’s name which now shelters domestic pets and livestock for adoption. They are filled to capacity right now and in need of your support.

It’s amazing how stories can get us through tragedies, give us new perspective, and even change laws. I encourage you to discovery your long-forgotten stories and begin to share them.

Rebecca is soon facilitating a workshop called The Art and Craft of A+ Stories. She teaches her 5-step process to create our legacy stories. Find out more here: https://rebeccapmurray.com/speak-and-shine/presentation-skills/

Conscious Humanity

Conscious humanity takes a lot of thinking. For instance, how do we clean our homes or dispose of our garbage?

You are the one who’s changing the world. We all must start with our inner world.

Marcela Benson, author of a coffee table book, recipe book, and compilation of poetry called Love Peace and Vegetables: Recipes for Conscious Living was this week’s guest.

Marcela’s journey to live with conscious humanity began when she was 15 years old. Growing up in Buenos Aires Argentina, she ate a lot of dairy and meat.

When Marcela was exposed to the idea she was eating dead animals, she needed little convincing to upgrade her meat-eating diet.

Marcela learned how to meditate and be a vegetarian. Yoga also became part of her nutrition, and she added wild food and live food to her daily menus.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can neglect your weight. Portions are important.”

Marcela Benson M.A.

You must learn for yourself from the inside out.

Marcela’s mother was in her 50’s with high cholesterol, high sugar, and not sleeping well. Marcela convinced her mom to make changes, and after one month went through an intense detox.

Now in her 70’s my mom feels better than she ever has. She lives in New York City and walks 40 blocks every day.”

Marcela Benson M.A.

Marcela stressed how much we should all want to enjoy our bodies.

Isn’t it better to be able to dance, and play with our children rather than just exist? Working out; and working on our emotions is all part of holistic beingness.”

Marcela Benson M.A.

Marcela cautions hydration with the right water is vital, and the first step to health. The first chapter of Marcela’s book is about love and self-love, followed by the idea that nutrition starts with water.

Natural drinking water

The best water is spring water from the source. Don’t drink water in plastic. Drink from glass bottles. Hydration feels more complete when you drink spring water.

How do you know if you’re hydrated enough?

When you are going to the bathroom every 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Marcela is aware that making changes to your diet and nutrition routine can be overwhelming. Which is why she encourages each of us to

Start somewhere.

Some places you can start:

  • Put minerals and oxygen in your water. Purchase a reverse osmosis and a hydrogen machine to create delicious water.
  • Use pure salt, not mined with dynamite. (Sea salt now has too many nano plastics in it.)
  • Grow your own vegetables and/or purchase fresh from your local farmers market.
  • When you can’t grow your own food, be sure to buy organic.
  • Plant protein is more bio available to your body.
  • Cook several meals at one time.
  • Be patient with yourself when making changes.

Marcela’s book contains both simple recipes, and some for the avid cook.

Whatever changes you make to your conscious humanity, start from a place of self-love.

What are you saying to yourself when you look in the mirror and when you’re eating?

Bless your food. This in another form of nutrition.

When We Moved Out of The Woods

We began to forget when we moved out of the woods.”

Ana Maria Vasquez

Ana Maria Vasquez was our guest this past week. She’s the author of Nature Divine Experiences with Trees, Plants, Stones, and Landscapes.

Nature featuring Ana Maria Vasquez

Negative ions are being released from the earth. Any physical imbalance we have causes  the molecules which make up our bodies to search for those ions. We find them in nature. Being outside for five minutes or more will flood us with negative ions and bring us back to balance.”

Ana Maria Vasquez

Ana Maria never dreamed of being an animal or nature communicator, but through practice has developed an amazing skill.

In her childhood she recalls going into nature when she needed comfort or was feeling sad or alone. She’d always had a special experience in nature and felt better afterward.

As an adult, when Ana Maria was hit by a big life tsunami washing away relationships and possessions, she was confused and lost.

As she began the process to rebuild Ana Maria knew instinctively nature was the place she could find a connection again.

A teacher recommended Ana Maria should talk with a tree for 30 days. She’d always wanted to be skilled at talking to animals, and therefore tree-talking seemed a little silly.

I have a healthy skeptical mind, so I’d give it a shot even if for no other reason than to say I tried it and it didn’t work. I felt silly hugging and talking to a tree and asked it to help me grow my faith.”

Ana Maria Vasquez
Red Pine

After more than 21 days with no response from the tree, it was sometime in the fourth week when something changed.

I asked a question to myself out loud while in the house. Strangely I heard an audible answer come from outside where the tree was. ‘Is that you?’ I asked. The tree replied, ‘yes’.

Ana Maria asked more questions and told the tree she appreciated the connection , but actually wanted to talk with animals.

I don’t know what to do with a tree.

The tree chuckled to Ana Maria and replied “it is all part of the process”.

Within a few weeks Ana Maria began having very clear communications with animals, too. She likened these conversations to Princess Leia talking to R2D2 in star wars – something like a hologram.

During our interview with Ana Maria, I had two summer campers co-hosting with me. Sohum and Aashvi listened while Ana Maria explained a way to experiment with dowsing rods to measure the auric field of a tree.

Her instructions were as follows:

  1. Ask permission. “Tree, would you like to play with me?” If the answer from the tree is yes, you will feel lighter or bend forward. If the answer from the tree is no, you will feel heavy or bend backward. You may even hear an audible answer.
  2. If the answer is yes, go back to the tree and put your back on it. Say, “I want to see your auric field.”
  3. Point the dowsing rods straight ahead at chest level and begin to walk. When the dowsing rods cross, look up. Typically, it will be at the drip line of the tree.
  4. Now go back to the tree and love it up. Show gratitude and compliment it. Say, “I want to see your auric field now.
  5. Point the dowsing rods straight ahead at chest level and begin to walk again. When the dowsing rods cross, look up. Typically, you’ll be about 4-6 feet further out than before. The reason…the tree’s auric field has expanded because you engaged with it.

Sohum was open to the idea of talking to trees, but my student Aashvi was not. However, both tried the experiment, and it was amazing! Sohum, who talked easily to the chosen tree was able to see it’s auric field expand at least 6-8 feet.

Aashvi, who felt a little silly, still saw an expansion of 2-3 feet. Aashvi is now more opened-minded and has set a goal to try talking to a tree for 30 days.

All of us have these abilities, although it seems kind of crazy. There are processes to do to build our intuitive muscles.”

Ana Maria Vasquez

Ana Maria’s book has stories about the experiences of others; and it contains process and practices to increase your own ability.

Her book is a spiritual read, and her interview with us is worth having another listen to.

Even if you’ve moved out of the woods, you can still visualize conversations with the world around you.

Shaking Off Our Labels

Our recent guest, Betsy Cerulo is the founder of AdNet/AccountNet, Inc. – Advocates for Workplace Excellence & Equality. Her company is LGBTE and WBE certified and based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Betsy’s passion is fostering/mentoring new entrepreneurs and serving diverse communities. Besides Business Owner, Betsy’s labels include:

  • Woman
  • LGBT
  • Speaker
  • Panelist
  • Caucasian
  • Grandmother
  • Interrupter
  • Collaborator
  • Spouse

Certain phases and pieces of my story can resonate with others. It’s not been perfect, flowers, or sunshine. It’s been a journey of darkness to get to the light.”

Betsy Cerulo

Betsy has written and published a book called Shake It Off Leadership: Achieving Success Through The Eyes of Our Labels.

The reason I wrote the book is because I wanted to share with up-and-coming generations, women, and underserved communities that to make important changes in our lives it may take someone to push us over the edge and say it’s okay.”

Betsy Cerulo

Betsy feels her experiences in leadership would be helpful. She knows when we’re willing to listen we can find sunshine above the dark clouds. Our battles can be fought with greater strength, wisdom, and joy – no longer defined by old labels.

There is so much wisdom between generations. We have an obligation to teach but we should not get complacent. That’s how we get in trouble. The foundation should be love.”

Betsy Cerulo

Betsy participates in a daily practice of prayer for guidance and gratitude, Yoga, and stretching to silence the noise and stay on the right trajectory.

Shake if off!

Shake it off is a term my high school coaches used after something hadn’t gone right.  I carried it with me and repeated it to myself in times I had to regroup and get back in the ring.”

Betsy Cerulo

Betsy relates what is likely a common challenge for business owners. She had to make tough choices for herself and the organization.

As the CEO I blamed myself for not making changes sooner. Once the changes were made I was able to be a better leader for the business. I’ve earned my place and my white hair.”

Betsy Cerulo

Betsy’s book is available HERE, and she’s offering a workbook FREE on her site.

Learn how to rid yourself of labels and shake off the negative.

It’s Gentle, Kind, and Living Inside you.

Our most recent guest, Zen Cryar DeBrucke achieved incredible success seemingly overnight because of something gentle and kind living inside of her.

In 8 years, Zen went from

  • Being a high school drop-out to…
  • Getting her high school diploma at night school to…
  • Going to community college to…
  • Getting a four-year degree at UC Davis in Foreign Policy to…
  • Starting her own import/export company to…
  • Being one of the first San Franciscan internet design CEO’s in 1997

Zen describes a rough childhood from which she emancipated herself from her parents and the Jerry-Springer-like stuff going on in her family.

The drama was keeping me from making anything of myself, and I came out of the drama with a self-sabotaging personality and living in my car.”

Zen Cryar DeBrucke

At the age of 22 a friend gave Zen a cassette tape of Abraham Hicks, which is when she first learned of an internal guidance system. She took this to heart and began to observe the relationship between her thoughts and an “opening” or “closing” in her throat, heart, and solar plexus chakras.

Zen started decoding her thoughts .She observed a tightness in the chakra centers just before she’d do something self-sabotaging.  On the other hand, when Zen could center, relax, and open by changing her thoughts, she felt aligned with purpose.

I was a high school dropout living in a car to having an incredible career in San Francisco by following the “openings” and making the best choice for the most effective successful outcome.

I was able to go so far so quickly because I was reprogramming my brain towards being a successful leader with every little decision I was making along the way.

Zen Cryar DeBrucke

All day long we will either feel “open”, “closed”, or “neutral” because of our thoughts.

Zen explains the following thought-proceeding experiences are always “closed”:

  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Overwhelm
  • Rushing
  • Procrastination
  • Irritation
  • Frustration
  • Guilt

Zen described the sensations associated with being closed:

A lump in the throat, tightness in the chest, or a rock-like feeling in the solar plexus. It may be slight and doesn’t have to be big.”

The throat is representative of self-disempowerment

The chest is real-time info about what we’re thinking

The solar plexus is our belief system

These sensations are related only to what we THINK. They are not related to anything external. Stress is related to the way we THINK about something.”

Zen Cryar DeBrucke

Conversely, Zen described the feelings associated with being open:

It’s a feeling of expansion – like something breathed them. It’s an upward shaped V that arises between the solar plexus and the throat.”

Zen Cryar DeBrucke

Neutral is where you’re not having anything happen. You may feel your comfortable self.

Everyone is born with this system. It’s already activated in your life. Once we learn to use it it’s going to be one of the greatest break throughs for the human species. We will no longer have to be stuck in shame and confusion. The old patterns will go away.

Zen Cryar DeBrucke

Our interview with Zen was such a gift. She is teaching people to tap into their innate guidance system and to use it throughout their day.

Our Internal Guidance System (IGS) is different from our intuition. Zen explains this in detail in our interview, and it would benefit you to watch it at length, however this may whet your appetite:

Every single person has both intuition and an internal guidance system (IGS). The IGS works the same way in every person in every culture. Intuition on the other hand comes with multiple gifts and it operates differently for everyone.”

Zen Cryar DeBrucke

The IGS knows things our mind doesn’t know. We use our IGS to discover the truth and accuracy of everything.

Zen received personal answers and guidance about a cancer scare. She was open to questions she asked about treatment and went through the process of surgery without fear because she had direct medical answers from her IGS.

You’re never alone. There is something helping you at every moment. It’s gentle, kind, and it’s living inside you. It’s been there the whole time.”

Zen Cryar DeBrucke

Zen’s book is a helpful resource, and even more so are her programs through the Smart Soul Academy. You may start immediately learning about your IGS with Zen’s first three practices at MyMindSpark.Com.

Having a World-Record Mindset

Our recent guest, Aron O’Dowd is a triathlete, massage therapist, and podcaster. In 2008 Aron broke a world record at a British indoor rowing competition.

Indoor Rowing Competition

Aron rowed 1000 meters in 3 minutes 38 seconds winning a gold medal and beating the world record by 32 seconds.

He accomplished all this at the age of 17. Amazingly he’d only been introduced to the sport at the age of 16.

I hopped on a rowing machine, and it was like a first kiss with a girlfriend. I fell madly in love.”

Aron O’Dowd

So much awesomeness for someone so young. Even more impressive is the fact that Aron has Retinitis Pigmentosa which is a symptom of Bardet Biedl Syndrome he was born with.

Bardet Biedl Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder with highly variable symptoms which may include retinal degeneration, obesity, reduced kidney function, polydactyly (extra digits of the hands or feet) among many other features. While there are more than 20 genes associated with BBS, the underlying cause regardless of gene is malfunction of primary cilia, a key component of cellular communication. BBS is thus categorized as a ciliopathy, or a disease of the cilia.

https://www.bardetbiedl.org/what-is-bbs

Aron’s vision impairments began at the age of 7. From then until about the age of 11 he could do 90% of what kids do – ride bikes, play soccer, play video games, etc.

From age 13 into my 20’s the most damage was done. I lost 35% of my vision.”

Aron O’Dowd

Aron’s vision continues to decrease about 1% each year.

Aron O’Dowd

Since Bardet Biedl Syndrome is genetic and degenerative, once diagnosed Aron knew his fate very early in life.

I felt sadness and anger. It took me a long time to come to terms with it. I’ve been to the school for the blind in Ireland, use a long cane for getting around, and have trained guide dogs. It takes a long time to come to the terms of living in a visual world and not being able to participate in it as I’d like to.”

Aron O’Dowd

Aron’s current vision is only 15-35% of normal. Despite the cards he’s been dealt, Aron has created a lifestyle he’s pleased with.

After rowing for 12 years, Aron discovered the triathlon event of swimming, biking, and running.

It’s my new love. I have a need for speed.”

Aron O’Dowd

Aron hopes to get to the international competition level for triathlon. He also aspires to create a world record mindset for all people he coaches.

We all have the same opportunities. We live in a bubble called society and disability. When you remove disability you discover everyone has the same opportunity. Many people like me live life as if they had all their faculties.”

Aron O’Dowd

How can someone without vision see in a different way?

Forget the words ‘I can’t’. We should say ‘I can’. Being a superhero means we have the ingredients; how can we turn that into something?

Aron O’Dowd

Aron shared a list of some technical tools he uses to enhance his limited site:

  • Text to Speech
  • iPhone & MacBook (because the software accessibility is built in)
  • Voice Over reads out screens for him
  • Be My Eyes – A Facetime call for someone in another part of the world

Aron also indulges in

  • Reiki
  • Meditation
  • Positive Prime

Positive Prime taps into our neuropathways. Aron calls it his inspiration coffee. He has created a session called

Aron O’Dowd Peak Performance

In his session Aron uses frequency music designed by a sound therapist.

I feel blessed while listening. I used Positive Prime to prepare for my first triathlon race. It creates a positive charge. I can get up and do anything.

Aron O’Dowd

Aron insists we are living a high performance lifestyle, and we can all have a high performance mindset.

Aron is an inspiring example of why and how we should all find a way to tap into our most superhero self.

Experience Aron’s Positive Prime session for 30-days free. Imagine increasing your performance every single day in just three minutes.

You don’t have to hold a world record to have a world-record mindset!

Naming your Gremlin

I never thought about a possible link between procrastination, perfectionism, and creativity. Leave it to our recent guest to share with us the connection.

The process involves naming your gremlin!

Gremlins (Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Do you procrastinate starting projects, improving yourself, expanding your talents, etc.?

Talia Dashow (A professional procrastination coach and creativity expert) thinks we may put things off because we have unmet needs. That gremlin in our head may be protecting us from failure.

Perhaps you’re still listening to your six-year old self who is scared. Maybe you still feel like a rebellious teenager. If your needs aren’t being met, you’re going to procrastinate more.

Talia Dashow

The world can be a scary place making it hard for us to risk showing up and being rejected. This fear is legitimate but holds us back.

The gremlin voice in our head is telling us we shouldn’t even try.

Talia Dashow

Talia has named her gremlin voice Cruella Deville. This allows Talia to differentiate the Cruella voice from other voices who may be trying to give her guidance.

Disney Pictures 101 Dalmations

Todd’s gremlin would be named The Ungroovy One.

It’s useful to have a conversation with that gremlin voice. Knowing what it is and what it’s trying to protect you from is helpful. Some people have a visceral need for approval.

We once depended on group safety for survival. Although we no longer have a level of survival fear, we long to be part of a group, and we fear someone will laugh at us, dislike us, or kick us out of the group.”

Talia Dashow

It’s time to silence our gremlins.

The need for perfection may also be a non-starter for us according to Talia.

Fear of what other people will think is part of perfectionism. If I can’t do it perfectly then I’m going to put it off until it is perfect.”

Talia Dashow

That’s where creativity comes into the equation.

We often want the result of whatever we try to be perfect, and if it’s not we don’t like it. Sometimes the process matters more than the result.

You don’t have to commit to being an expert to find benefit in the process of creation.”

Talia Dashow

Talia says it’s easy for people to think they’re not creative.

We feel we’re not good at something we try a few times, and we convince ourselves we aren’t creative at all. Maybe we confuse creativity with being artsy. Because we are all Creators we have talents in creativity.

Talia reports there’s more than one aspect to creativity.

You’re making something that didn’t exist before even if you’re building from someone else’s pattern or blueprint.”

There’s something to be said about curiosity and the epiphany of innovative ideas. That’s also creativity.

Many year ago, Talia flew to Canada to become certified in LEGO Serious Play developed by Lego to energize their corporate meetings and help employees and others to tell stories through a creative process. It’s play which also achieves teamwork and collaboration.

One activity is to start with everyone getting a bag with the same LEGOS. Everyone may be asked to build a tower. They compare the results and validate the creations of each participant.

Lego creators may be asked, “How does this tower represent you?”

After several exercises like the tower example, there may be a big dump of Legos where participants can build anything they want. They should be prepared to talk about their creations.

Talia hosts a weekly Creativity Club online where a group of people drop in when they can to be creative together in their own way. You can access information about this from Talia’s website subscribepage.com/Talia

Creativity is a major part of dealing with procrastination when perfectionism is getting in your way from getting started. You can even ask yourself questions in a creative way such as ‘I wonder what would happen if I…?’ ‘What if I try…?’ ‘How can I do this a different way?’”

Talia Dashow

The subconscious can talk to you through creativity. The gremlin voice can give you information. Play gives you chance to practice being flexible and expand your thinking.

Talia is planning a Summer Solstice Creative Soul Spa on June 25th. Although it’s not yet available to enroll in, be sure to join her mailing list so you’ll be the first to find out.

Don’t let your gremlin talk you out of it!

A Hero’s Spiritual Journey

Our most recent guest led Todd and I through an unexpected spiritual discussion. Vincenzo Aliberti Ph.D. is the author of A Hero’s Journey: Soulful Leadership.

He defined his journey to finding sobriety as, “Peace, spirituality, remembrance, and victory”. Alcoholism plagued Dr. Aliberti. He took a spiritual path of healing while battling his ego constantly.

I was Christian but didn’t know who God was or what it meant to be a human being.”

Vincenzo Aliberti PH.D.

It’s amazing that Dr. Aliberti was able to achieve a PH.D. and write five books despite the roadblocks that come with constant drinking.

I was purely driven.”

Vincenzo Aliberti PH.D.

In 2003 Vincenzo fell on his knees and told God he was either going to live or die. His spiritual journey included the study of Stoicism, Buddhism, Taoism, The Huna Way, Hinduism, and Christianity.

Ultimately I learned I had everything I needed already within me. Christ was within me. Prayer and meditation made me see the world differently and I learned to let go and get out of my own way. I now feel at total peace.”

Vincenzo Aliberti PH.D.
Vincenzo Aliberti, PH.D.

Today Dr. Aliberti is the director at a recovery center in Alberta, Canada and serves all individuals from millionaires to the penniless.

Whether homeless or wealthy, we all seek for peace. I try to see people for who they are. I know if they can connect to a higher power life will be better.”

Vincenzo Aliberti, PH.D.

He would advise each of us the same way. In his book The Hero’s Journey, he shares the steps he took to overcome the evils of substance abuse and become a person of courage, justice, temperance, and wisdom.

That’s our blueprint to living a good life.”

  • Awareness
  • Surrender
  • Readiness
  • Receptiveness
  • Acceptance
  • Perspective
  • Action

Those seven important steps to change and healing guided me toward my purpose of being Christ-centered and of service to God.”  

Vincenzo Aliberti PH.D

Discover the way Vincenzo is serving and supporting the Red Deer Dream Centre.

I’m certain he’d welcome your support in helping people regain freedom from substance abuse.