Dr. Rollin McCraty | Heart vs Brain (One Is More Powerful)
In today’s episode we’re going to focus on the heart, an organ with an amazing influence over our mental lives. We all learned in biology class about how the heart pumps our blood throughout our body. We have been taught that it is only our brain that is in control, while the rest of our body obediently responds to its commands.
However, research over the last few decades has shown that the heart has neural and bioelectromagnetic influence upon our brains. There is a profound communication link between the heart and the brain and incredibly while messages flow in both directions, surprisingly, more information seems to originate from the heart.
Research has revealed the heart even radiates an influence on those around us via electromgnetic fields. Research has also shown the heart to be approximately 60 times greater electrically and up to 5,000 times stronger magnetically than the brain.
Michele Rosenthal | Your Life After Trauma
If you suffer from the effects of trauma or PTSD, whether it was caused by a single-incident like a car accident, or from chronic childhood abuse, domestic violence, illness, or war trauma, you are well aware of how disconnected you feel from the person you most deeply wish to be. Trauma interrupts—even hijacks—your identity.
To cope, you may rely on mechanisms to keep your emotions, triggers, and responses in check, but these very habits can often prevent the true restoration of safety, stability, and inner connection. How can you rediscover your sense of self so that you honor who you were before the trauma (even if that trauma began at birth), understand who you are at this very moment, and determine who you want to be going forward?
My guest today is Michele Rosenthal. In 1981 as a thirteen-year-old child Michele was given a routine antibiotic for a routine infection and suffered anything but a routine reaction. An undiscovered allergy to the medication turned her into a full-body burn victim almost overnight. By the time Michele was released from the hospital she had lost 100% of her epidermis, or the top layer of her skin. And as she says in her book: Even more importantly, she had completely lost herself.
Michele struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over 25 years before reaching a full recovery. Today, she is 100% PTSD free and is now a professional coach who specializes in helping trauma victims rebuild their lives.
Houman Pourmehdi | Sufis, Music and Connecting with the Divine
So I was excited to have Houman Pourmehdi from the Lian Ensemble on the show to talk about music, rumi and spirituality. His knowledge of traditional repertoire and intimacy with Sufis make for a great conversation.
Houman was born in Tehran, Iran in 1965. He is a master percussionist, ney player and a composer. He has composed a numbers of accomplished works, and he is one of the founder members of the Liän Ensemble. His deep understanding of the Persian musical heritage and his belief in exploring new territories make him a unique musician.
Houman is both a recording artist and concert musician. He has appeared at many radio and TV interviews with live performance. He has performed widely throughout Europe, North America and North Africa.
He has won acclaim throughout the world both as a solo artist and as an accompanist for some of the world’s most prestigious and renowned artists. He currently lives in Los Angeles, and teaches Persian Percussion at the CalArts (California Institute of the Arts).
Tobias Churton | Gnostic Mysteries of Sex
Sex is a beautiful, amazing thing to share with someone you love very much. But it can also be awkward and embarrassing and religion has tainted sex with shame, sinfulness, and guilt. So to some how link sex with the worship of God somehow seems wrong and dangerous. Sacred sex is something the pagans and Satanists do and as spiritual seekers we should know better.
Or should we?
Is it possible to use sex for spiritual growth and spiritual ecstasy?
Today on the show is Tobias Churton, Britain’s leading scholar of the esoteric, spiritual history and philosophy and a world authority on the Gnostics and Rosicrucians and author of Gnostic Mysteries of Sex.
Episode 13 | Are We Dehumanizing Our Fellow Human Beings?
Have we as a society, culture or even human race dehumanized and devalued our fellow human beings? How is it that we can see human suffering and just shrug our shoulders in disinterest? This leads to talk of politics, Donald Trump and getting to know your inner fascist.
Just your typical show as three guys pursue the answers to life, the universe and everything.
Dr. Ann Weiser Cornell | Difficult Emotions: Bringing Peace To Inner Wars
You can become bigger than your problems by letting your body rewire the brain. Being with your emotions, rather than being your emotions, allows them to change. Your feelings – even your most challenging feelings – no longer have to be the enemy inside.
But, how can we bring peace to the inner wars that are in the way of having the life we want?
Inner Relationship Focusing, also known as Focusing, is a simple yet profound awareness process that is based on research that allows the power of your body to rewire your mind. You can learn a way to get calm and access your larger self, even in the most stressful situations. Even better – You’ll be able to process reactive emotional states so they don’t bother you in the future, which results in lasting positive change.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Ann Weiser Cornell has been exploring, teaching and writing about the mysteries of emotional process, including: the paradox of how we become more whole by acknowledging our parts, how the most despised places in us contain our greatest treasure, and how the body’s felt sense, held in a compassionate state of Presence, is the key to change.
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener | The Upside of Your Dark Side
Happiness experts have long told us to tune out our negative emotions and focus instead on mindfulness, positivity, and optimism. Well the authors of the book The Up Side of Your Darkside disagree. Drawing upon extensive scientific research and a wide array of real-life examples they show that positive emotions alone are not enough. Anger makes us creative, selfishness makes us brave, and guilt is a powerful motivator. The real key to success lies in emotional agility.
Well, today on the Mastermind Show I’m talking with one of the authors of that book Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener.
Robert is widely known as the “Indiana Jones of Psychology” because his research on social psychology has taken him to such far-flung places as Greenland, India, Kenya, and Israel. He has conducted studies with the Amish, Maasai tribal people, sex workers, seal hunters living near the North Pole and a variety of other groups traditionally overlooked by psychologists.
Charlie & Linda Bloom | Relationships: From Conflict to Connection
We are drawn to others not because of our similarities, but because of our differences. They provide the means for growth and development. Differences are inevitable in relationships; conflict is optional.
Differences become conflict when there is a power struggle to convert the other person to our way of seeing or doing things. While it is natural to want to have things go in accordance with our preferences and desires, getting caught in the grip of these impulses can lead to the destruction of a relationship.
The most important factor in the development of healthy and fulfilling relationships is the ability to manage differences skillfully. Because most of us have seen few examples of effective conflict management, it’s likely that we are inexperienced in this arena.
Colin Tipping | Healing Relationships & Loving Your Body
One thing that psychology teaches us is that we all have a large measure of self-hatred in our unconscious minds. Carl Jung referred to this as our shadow – everything about ourselves that we are ashamed of or feel guilty about that we have pushed down deep, well out of our awareness. That way we never have to look at it again, much less deal with.
But we have to deal with it because it’s going to manifest in someway or another, hatred towards our bodies or bad relationships or however it manifests in life.
Back on the Mastermind Show is Colin Tipping, creator of Radical Forgiveness. We’re going to go deep into specific topics that radical forgiveness can help heal like your relationship with your body and also to other people.
Dr. Deirdre Barrett | Using Dreams To Help Unlock Your Potential And Create A Better Life
There is a rich collection of examples through out history of how the world’s most creative practitioners in art, music, film, science, literature and other fields have used the revelations of their dream life to inform their work.
But can we all tap into this unconscious source of creativity, ideas and information to make a better life?
Well Scientific research confirms that yes we can.
Dr. Daniel Amen | The Link Between Depression and Attention Deficit Disorder
ADD, ADHD, depression and anxiety are very real conditions not just for adults but for children as well. Moreover the symptoms of ADD, depression, and anxiety can be identical making it hard to form an accurate diagnosis. It’s confusing, frustrating, and discouraging whether you’re dealing with one or all of these conditions yourself or your child is.
In this interview Dr. Daniel Amen, neuroscientist, best-selling author and one of the world’s foremost experts on brain imaging science will explain what is going on in the depressed and ADD brain and what can be done to heal it.
Dr. Amen is the author of 28 books, including three New York Times bestsellers: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind At Any Age; and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He is also the author of Healing ADD; Making A Good Brain Great; Healing Anxiety and Depression; and Preventing Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Santi Meunier | Practical Spirituality For Creating Your Perfect Life
All of us are here living at this moment in time for a reason. For some of us the purpose of our lives is apparent. We know who we are, and what we want to do and we do it. The majority of us, however, feel lost to one degree or another.
We look at those other people with envy and awe. How is it that they are so clear and focused? What can we do to find our way when the only path we see is riddled with fear and confusion? The Universe is not cheap so how do you become abundant in an abundant universe?
It requires Trust, Discernment, Intention, Love, Honesty, Commitment and Discipline what Dr. Santi Meunier calls Practical Spirituality.
Dr. Menuier is a highly regarded psychotherapist and recognized expert in the field of addiction, she has helped thousands of individuals and families recover and stabilize from the ravaging affects of substance abuse and addiction. She has also pioneered and led hundreds of groups in her three-level outpatient recovery program for adult children of alcoholics. As an educator, Dr. Meunier has worked extensively with troubled adolescents, developing abuse and addiction recovery programs for several residential schools.
In her book, Dying for a Drink: The Hidden Epidemic of Alcoholism she presents the latest medical discoveries and treatments for alcoholism including a step by step guide of her own Holographic Treatment Plan, developed over the last 20+ years.
Episode 12 | Conspiracies…Why Are We So Obsessed?
Why do we love conspiracies? Whether it’s the theories that explain the unexplainable in a quasi-scientific way, we have political conspiracies both historical and present day, and we have the otherworldly conspiracies like UFOs and time traveling.
Now these are all interesting topics over a cup of coffee but why do these theories seem to become almost obsessive to some rational minded people (include some on this very show today). Why do we have this incessant need to think we’re being duped or that important information is being withheld from us?
And why do some of us really want these outlandish conspiracy theories to be true? Do we just want life to be a little more magical or do we really believe the answers to solving our life’s most important questions are out there and revolve around this forbidden knowledge? And maybe more importantly are these theories reflective of our hope or of our fear?
All this this and more as three guys pursue the answers to life, the universe and everything.
Dr. Robert Holden | How To Be Happy
Do you feel that there is something missing from your life?
Are you stuck in the disease of “I’ll be happy when I get this or do that?”Advertisements and TV spend much of their time telling us that there is something missing from our lives. Is it possible to really be happy when so many of us feel incomplete?
Psychologists have studied depression for decades but it is only recently that the serious study of happiness and what makes a person happy has taken off. And this research is important for your definition of happiness influences every single decision you make in your life.
Stop chasing happiness and find out how to truly be happy right now with happiness expert Dr. Robert Holden.
Dr. Dan Siegel | The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel’s New York Times bestseller Brainstorm, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.
In Brainstorm, Dr. Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children’s lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
Well I have Dr. Siegel on the show today and we’re going to discuss adolescence, the teenage brain, moodiness and eye rolling and how parents can keep their sanity during it all.