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Almost Awakened: 030: EMDR with LaDawn – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Almost Awakened: 030: EMDR with LaDawn – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Today Mekael and Bill sit down with EMDR Therapist LaDawn and discuss Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Discussing how this therapeutic approach deals with trauma and help patients to heal and repair. LaDawn Dewitt What is EMDR How Does EMDR Work? EMDR Taking a Closer Look

Almost Awakened: 029: Scott Jeffrey – A Conversation Around Shadow Work
Almost Awakened: 029: Scott Jeffrey – A Conversation Around Shadow Work

Scott Jeffrey is an author and is the founder of CEOsage, a transformational leadership agency and resource for self-actualizing individuals. Scott is a voice of wisdom in several fields and one of those is Shadow Work. You can read Scott’s guide on Shadow work HERE. In today’s conversation we hear Scott’s wisdom around why we hide and why we create…

Almost Awakened: 028: Jared Clavin – My First Year With Alcohol
Almost Awakened: 028: Jared Clavin – My First Year With Alcohol

Jared Clavin belonged to a religious system where alcohol was forbidden. Then Jared discovered his system didn’t have all the answers. As he begin questioning his faith he in turn had to question all the things his faith told him were good and were bad including alcohol. Once Jared stepped away from the faith of his Childhood he was now…

Almost Awakened: 027: Body Image and Body Shame
Almost Awakened: 027: Body Image and Body Shame

Mekael and Bill discuss Body Image today. How different Genders perceive their bodies, what things we humans feel shame over, and How we can be healthier in how we treat others and ourselves. RESOURCES: Body Image: Not Just About Your Body: Jessi Kneeland: TED Battling Our Bodies: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Body Images Uncomfortable in our skin: the body-image report…

Almost Awakened: 026: Sex, Shadows, Kinks & Fetishes
Almost Awakened: 026: Sex, Shadows, Kinks & Fetishes

Mekael and Bill discuss three things today. First they review some of their thoughts from last weeks conversation with River about ethical non-monogamy. Second Bill discusses some recent Shadow work including a sound bite from the hit TV show Criminal Minds. Lastly Bill and Mekael discuss Kinks and Fetishes including Bills discovery and sharing of how own kink. RESOURCES: MindHunter…

Almost Awakened: 025: Non-Monogamy and Non-Normative Sexuality with River
Almost Awakened: 025: Non-Monogamy and Non-Normative Sexuality with River

RESOURCES: Three Steps to Opening Your Marriage: A New Permissive Monogamy – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/three-steps-to-opening-yo_b_9170688 How to Save Your Marriage With Ethical Non-Monogamy – https://www.fatherly.com/love-money/open-marriages-consensual-non-monogamy-therapists/ Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage? – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/magazine/is-an-open-marriage-a-happier-marriage.html 9 Things to Know About Having a Successful Open Relationship – https://www.thecut.com/article/open-relationship-how-to-guide.html The Most Skipped Step When Opening a Relationship – https://medium.com/@PolyamorySchool/the-most-skipped-step-when-opening-a-relationship-f1f67abbbd49 How To Tell Your Partner You…

Almost Awakened: 023: Jennifer Saunders – Go Be Great!
Almost Awakened: 023: Jennifer Saunders – Go Be Great!

Mekael and Bill sit down with Personal Adventure Guide, Jennifer Saunders. Jennifer shares with us her passion for life and her love of adventure and love of humanity. Jennifer has given a TED Talk, developed her own Adventure Coach Program, hosts her own podcast. We discuss awakening, accepting and appreciating diversity, leaving and deconstructing systems, and seeing life as an…

Almost Awakened: 022: Ego and Rational Thinking with Spencer Wright
Almost Awakened: 022: Ego and Rational Thinking with Spencer Wright

Today Bill and Mekael sit down with Author Spencer Wright regarding his book “How to think”. The discussion revolves around how we humans can be more rational with the beliefs we hold. We discuss at length the feasibility of completely shedding Ego and yet the merits of shedding some portions of ego in order to have the critical thinking skills…

Almost Awakened: 021: Sex At Dawn and Babies Saved
Almost Awakened: 021: Sex At Dawn and Babies Saved

Today Mekael and Bill talk about what has gone on over the last month.  The passing of a loved one, what they and their lovers are reading, the saving of a baby and essentially just catching the listeners up after a month of chaos.  They also spend a few minutes to talk about entering the drinking culture as a 40…

Almost Awakened: 020: Mom and The Dying
Almost Awakened: 020: Mom and The Dying

Today Bill records an episode on his own giving Mekael a break. Bill had been in Ohio for two weeks sitting by the bedside of his mother who was in the final stage of her battle with Cancer. Today’s episode revolves around Bill’s confronting the death of his mom along with dealing with how we in this country handle the…

Almost Awakened: 019: Negotiating Sex Responsibly
Almost Awakened: 019: Negotiating Sex Responsibly

Today Bill and Mekael tackle SEX, namely Negotiating Sexuality within a relationship responsibly. Within ethical and legal constraints, we all have the right to push for what we want from our partner (and to suffer the consequences for pushing too hard). Similarly, we also have the right to deny our partner’s requests (and to suffer the consequences for shutting them…

Almost Awakened: 018: Being Yourself versus Compromising Yourself
Almost Awakened: 018: Being Yourself versus Compromising Yourself

Today we just riff discussing some shadow work we faced this week. Bill’s was his wife’s mechanism of feeling like she took something away from someone and then trying to force the person she feels she hurt into righting the ship for her and then punishing them when they don’t help her right her perceived wrong. For Mekael it was…

Almost Awakened: 017: Ben Brown – Our Brain and the Stories We Tell
Almost Awakened: 017: Ben Brown – Our Brain and the Stories We Tell

Today we sit down with Ben Brown. He tells us about how he grew up in a high demand fundamentalist religious sect, his deconstruction of that as he left it and moved into another unhealthy world view but one that was more liberal in degree only. How his curiosity and deconstruction of multiple systems gave him the tools and skills…

Almost Awakened: 016: Specific Signs of Awakening
Almost Awakened: 016: Specific Signs of Awakening

Today we tackle a few of the signs of how Awakening shows up in changes in who we are and how we process life.

Almost Awakened: 015: Parties, Stories, Strangers, and Shadows
Almost Awakened: 015: Parties, Stories, Strangers, and Shadows

Today we discuss the stories that are in our head. All the mind chatter and the real damage it can do. We also spend some time on the book “Talking to Strangers” by: Malcolm Gladwell. We hit on my mom’s visit and cognitive glitch and a couple of fun parties where Human behavior was in full view. Don’t for get…