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Almost Awakened: 047: Showing Up And The Pain That It Causes
Almost Awakened: 047: Showing Up And The Pain That It Causes

Today we talk about the move from fitting in to showing up as your authentic self. We often show up in the world the way the world needs us to which has us withholding important parts of ourselves that feel unacceptable. We pretend to be things we are not. And yet as the awakening process occurs we feel pulled to…

Almost Awakened: 046: Abortion and Critical Thinking
Almost Awakened: 046: Abortion and Critical Thinking

Today I examine the issue of abortion. Not to decide the right or wrong of the issue but as a way to see into how we can think critically about a conversation where we are passionate and often not thinking as rationally. Abortion is a topic that often has us arguing from emotional passion and which runs so close to…

Almost Awakened: 045: Adam & Eve And Conscious Altering Tools
Almost Awakened: 045: Adam & Eve And Conscious Altering Tools

In this episode we piggy back on last weeks episode on myth and help the Almost Awakened listener deconstruct one of our judeo/ christian myths… namely the Adam & Eve story around the Fall. We talk about what Adam and Eve could represent and more importantly what the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil could imply…

Almost Awakened: 044: Myth Is All Around Us
Almost Awakened: 044: Myth Is All Around Us

Today we dip our toes into MYTH and how pervasive it is in our cultural and social structures. Any time we label or tell a story about the way things are and what they mean we are likely in the sphere of myth. Money, relationships, nationality and patriotism, family history, who people are…. all myth. Some myths are just inside…

Almost Awakened: 043: Mirror, Validate, and Have Empathy
Almost Awakened: 043: Mirror, Validate, and Have Empathy

Today we dive into how to handle conflict differently. The conversation centers around what is needed to help people get out of lizard brain and to help another to feel heard creating the space needed to keep a conflict from devolving. The conversation helps us understand how fear affected us hundreds of thousands of years ago and how we evolved…

Almost Awakened: 042: George Floyd & Systemic Racism
Almost Awakened: 042: George Floyd & Systemic Racism

Mekael and Bill utilize this episode to discuss the this George Floyd moment. His death, the protests and riots, the systemic racism in this country, the police abuse, and most importantly the ethnocentricity and tribalism that all these abuses and inequalities are rooted in. RESOURCES: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really https://www.cpt.org/files/Undoing%20Racism%20-%20Understanding%20White%20Privilege%20-%20Kendall.pdf https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack https://au.reachout.com/articles/standing-up-to-racism https://www.opportunityagenda.org/explore/resources-publications/lessons-talking-about-race-racism-and-racial-justice https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/how-to-deal-with-racist-people http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/7-ways-to-stand-up-to-racism_1 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/707189471/confronting-racism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tR6mKcBbT4 https://www.cbsnews.com/video/mlk-a-riot-is-the-language-of-the-unheard/ https://www.lowellmilkencenter.org/newsroom/videos/view/jane-elliott-brown-eyes-blue-eyes https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/10/loving-day-june-12-marks-supreme-court-interracial-marriage-decision/5326018002/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.9ab792c9-d158-dbcc-452d-232a8e14f6a0?autoplay=1&ref_=atv_cf_strg_wb

Almost Awakened: 041: The Cannabis Industry with Brad Poulos
Almost Awakened: 041: The Cannabis Industry with Brad Poulos

We sit down with Brad Poulos and discuss Cannabis AKA Marijuana. We discuss Cannabis generally and get into what issues are on the forefront of the Cannabis Industry. RESOURCES:https://bradpoulos.com/https://ca.linkedin.com/in/bradpouloshttps://www.axsource.com/welcome-brad-poulos-our-cannabis-expert/https://ocannabiz.com/archives/speakers/bradley-poulos

Almost Awakened: 040: How a Pawn Shop Works
Almost Awakened: 040: How a Pawn Shop Works

Mekael Interviews Bill today about his career as a pawnbroker. How does a Pawn Shop Work? How do you know if something is stolen? What are the coolest things that have come through the shop? What skills are helpful to be a good pawnbroker? All this and more on today episode on the Almost Awakened Podcast.

Almost Awakened: 039: Janet Bennion – Polyamory
Almost Awakened: 039: Janet Bennion – Polyamory

Bill sits down with Janet Bennion, Professor of Anthropology at Lyndon State College. Prof. Bennion specializes in gender dynamics in Mormon fundamentalist communities which practice polygamy and slo in polyamory more generally. Bennion is one of the world’s leading ethnographers of North American plural marriage. She has raised the question of decriminalization of plural marriage in a variety of radio and…

Almost Awakened: 038: Five Wives Vodka
Almost Awakened: 038: Five Wives Vodka

Mekael and Bill sit down with Steve Conlin from Five Wives Vodka to discuss the The History of their company and the challenges that their company has faced in getting their product out and how the alcohol industry generally is developing. As a side tangent we also touch on the history of the Barrison Sisters. We discuss the religious and…

Almost Awakened: 037: Street Epistemology With Anthony Magnabosco
Almost Awakened: 037: Street Epistemology With Anthony Magnabosco

Today Mekael and Bill sit down with Anthony Magnabosco who has pioneered the recorded demonstrations of Street Epistemology. Street Epistemology is a conversational tool that helps people reflect on the quality of their reasons and the reliability of their methods used to derive one’s confidence level in their deeply-held beliefs. Anthony shares how this works, what his motives are, how…

Almost Awakened: 036: Ryan Poulsen – Emergency First Responder – Awake in Life’s Most Tragic Moments
Almost Awakened: 036: Ryan Poulsen – Emergency First Responder – Awake in Life’s Most Tragic Moments

Mekael and Bill sit down with their good friend Ryan to discuss his career as a Fireman and Paramedic. They talk about what it takes to handle life’s most harrowing moments. How to process tragedy. What is death to one who encounters death often. What First Responders to emergency situations do to process the horrific moments. And more.

Almost Awakened: 035:  Historical Pandemics
Almost Awakened: 035: Historical Pandemics

Mekael and Bill in lieu of the Covid19 Pandemic decide to do a brief historical dive into major pandemics in human history. RESOURCES: https://www.mphonline.org/worst-pandemics-in-history/ https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html https://www.history.com/news/pandemics-end-plague-cholera-black-death-smallpox https://www.visualcapitalist.com/history-of-pandemics-deadliest/ https://www.healthline.com/health/worst-disease-outbreaks-history#1 https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/worst-pandemics-in-history

Almost Awakened: 034: Energy Healing With Holly Hope
Almost Awakened: 034: Energy Healing With Holly Hope

We sit down today with Holly Hope and discuss her energy healing practice. We discuss the skepticism around this practice, how drums are made and used in healing practices, the use of energy crystals, and the real life scucess stories Holly has been part of. You can find Holly at http://thebeautyofperspective.com/

Almost Awakened: 033: Rob Barnes and Astrology
Almost Awakened: 033: Rob Barnes and Astrology

Mekael and Bill sit down with Astrologer Rob Barnes to discuss Astrology. Is it legit. What is Astrology. And how can it be helpful. RESOURCES: https://www.astrologybyrob.com/ https://astro.cafeastrology.com/natal.php