Breaking the Ego & Laughing Through Life's Journey on Episode #84 of The Astral Hustle With Cory Allen

I recently joined my friend Cory Allen on his podcast The Astral Hustle.

In this episode we chat about Evolve and Ascend, the inevitable missteps one encounters when breaking the ego, and why laughter is one of the highest states of consciousness. 

Releasing this podcast today has helped bring levity to a very sad day, as this morning my family dog (Lola) left this Earth after 15-love-filled-years. Lola brought us so much joy, and her heart was one in a million.

"Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form." - Rumi

"Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form." - Rumi

The laughs I shared with Cory during this discussion helped bring about a type of cerebral catharsis that only conversing about South Park and hysterical absurdity can bring on.

Hope you enjoy our chat as much as I enjoyed chatting with Cory.

Be sure to subscribe to The Astral Hustle on iTunes for more + check out Release Into Now for Cory's meditation program: http://releaseintonow.com

SYNCHRONICITY WITH NOAH LAMPERT: Ep. 88 - Evolving & Ascending with Jennifer Sodini

SYNCHRONICITY WITH NOAH LAMPERT: Ep. 88 - Evolving & Ascending with Jennifer Sodini

I had such a wonderful time chatting with my friend Noah Lampert, host of the podcast Synchronicity. In this episode, we discuss my journey down to Rythmia in Costa Rica, cosmic consciousness, love & forgiveness, Bitcoin/Ethereum, and (of course) Synchronicity.

Progression Through Unlearning: The Miracle of Rythmia Life Advancement Center

Rythmia Life Advancement Center is an all-inclusive luxurious resort located in Guancaste, Costa Rica. The intention of the space is to provide the opportunity to heal, transform consciousness, and evolve mental, spiritual and emotional wellness through alternative therapies in a medically supervised, safe, and accomodating environment. What makes Rythmia so unique, is not just the fact that it is the first medically licensed plant medicine facility of its kind, but also the fact that this space was made manifest from a miracle, and has been able to provide miracles for almost 90% of all of its guests.

The Miracle of Rythmia

"Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. They are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less." - A Course in Miracles
The story of how Rythmia came to be reads like the screenplay of a blockbuster movie. The founder of Rythmia, Gerard A. Powell, had it all. At just 41-years-old he sold his company (the world's largest plastic surgery company) for $94 million, and had six houses, two airplanes, 27 cars, a boat, and pretty much anything he could ever dream of. Yet, he was living in a nightmare - feeling suicidal and unhappy, abusing drugs and alcohol, addicted to sex, lost... Through a series of synchronicities and serendipity, Gerard was guided to go down to Costa Rica and try plant medicine to help with his issues, to find an answer to what he was missing. He describes the experience by saying:
"It was a night that changed my life, I spent the evening with God who reaffirmed the metaphysical lessons I learned.
I got to see firsthand that love was holding the universe together, that we were all connected, and witnessed other universal truths directly from source. The next morning, I was a different person. A miracle occurred in my life. I swore that day that I would do the right thing with my wealth and share the secret with as many people as I could. I realized that it wasn’t the alternative medicine alone but it was the combination of good food, metaphysical teachings, colonic cleanses, meditation, yoga, breath work and alternative medicine that brought around this miraculous change in my life."
From that point forward Gerard put his all into creating Rythmia, and his heart/intention is palpable in the energy this miraculous space radiates.

My Own Miracle

“All healing is essentially the release from fear.” - A Course in Miracles I first heard of ayahuasca years ago, when a classmate I went to highschool with experimented with this alternative medicine and had miraculous healing from her spinal chord injury. ***Read Teresa's story here.*** I personally experienced the medicine for the first time in 2013, when my own synchronicities (and a break up) lead me to treat myself to my very own Entheogenic "Eat, Pray, Love" down in Costa Rica. Ayahuasca helped me realize my path and purpose, let go of my fear of death, and remember my creativity/love of expression and passion for asking deep questions. It felt like I had a fresh start, and that the universe wanted to support me to follow my dreams. From that miracle, Evolve and Ascend was born, and my journey into being - really began. I put my all into Evolve and Ascend, and accepted my mission from the universe. At that point I was doing well financially, because I had been trading a digital currency called Bitcoin, and put all of my money into a platform called Mt.Gox. I decided to allocate all the funds from Mt.Gox into E&A, and pretty much put all of my eggs in one basket. And then... Overnight, I lost everything I had. Mt.Gox was "hacked" due to some type of "malleability" and all of my Bitcoins were gone. Every cent I had, gone. I had no "Plan B", and I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Everything that could possibily go wrong, went wrong. I was broke, and then proceeded to get my heart broken by a series of unfortunate events. But I never gave up (God knows I wanted to). Despite all of my rational mind saying I was ridiculous for pursuing my dreams, that I was insane for thinking I could create something from nothing, I never gave up. Four years later, Evolve and Ascend now reaches 10-12 million per month, and our platform is continuing to grow and soar at an unprecidented rate - but no matter how strong I had become from my journey, there were still fractured parts of my spirit that were never fully healed.

How Rythmia Changed My Life

Less than a month ago, a blessed/generous synchronicity presented an opportunity for me to go down to Costa Rica (from April 30th - May 6th) to experience Rythmia, so I could write a story for E&A, to experience my own miracle. The all inclusive stay included colonic hydrotherapy, massage, holotropic breathwork, and plant medicine. The facilitator of the plant medicine during my visit was Taita Juanito, a well-known and respected teacher-shaman, with a world-wide following and reputation for having a compassionate heart and great wisdom of the sacred medicines. He has been a student of Grandfather Taita Laureano for over 15 years, at 109-years-0ld Taita Laureano is the eldest Taita of Colombia, as well as the eldest of the indigenous Siona people. *The Sionas are traditionally very strong and powerful healers that have been utilizing the amazing blessings of plant medicine for centuries.* This opportunity was not only a great gift from the universe, but also arrived at a divine time when I felt so called to experience this medicine again in a profound way, to clear the energetic debris left-over from the challenging few years prior...to repair the fractures. I went into the experience humble, and not really sure what to expect, but ready for whatever work was necessary - first and foremost, I was there to write a story. When I arrived in Costa Rica, Rythmia had a driver waiting for me and the other guests, immediately allowing us to feel at-ease and completely taken care of. The at-ease/taken care of energy rippled out through every encounter with the Rythmia staff during the entire course of my stay. Being able to begin the healing process through massage, breathwork and hydrotherapy leading up to the plant medicine provided a solid foundation to truly be able to process what would be received from nature's wisdom.
 
Before ceremony with Taita, he had each of us meet with him to discuss our intentions, to share what we would like to heal. When I met Taita, and looked into his eyes - I immediately became overwhelmed with emotion, I felt like I had sacred permission to be honest about what I would like to address, and tears began pouring out of my eyes uncontrollably. Until I arrived at Rythmia, I didn't fully comprehend just how much pain I had still been carrying with me, how much I still struggled with my own fears, and feelings of self-worth and confidence, how much I still needed to forgive and love.
Taita offered me Rapé, a ceremonial shamanic snuff, and I agreed. The Rapé worked its way through my entire system, rendering me unable to walk and incredibly nauseous. In my mind I kept repeating the "Litany Against Fear" from Dune, as I suffered for almost 4-hours with the uncomfortableness of the experience, the nausea, the purge, the paralysis, the fear. Seeking to find the lesson, the revelation was a reconnection to my body, my presence...to find grounding in an unexpected, albeit humbling way.
As a preliminary measure the next evening, Taita and his team offered a plant medicine integration discussion before our first ceremony - where the discourse revolved around what to prepare for, and what you can expect (*video content to follow*). In Taita's tradition, it is believed that when a female is on her menstrual cycle, she is vibrating at such a high frequency that it effects the ceremony space, and medicine. As fate would have it, I had just gotten my period that day - and when I told Taita's assistant that I was on my cycle, I was told I couldn't participate in the ceremony.
I lost it.
I felt like I was the butt of a cosmic joke, that I would never be able to get past my demons, and that my destiny was to be in the 10% that didn't get a miracle at Rythmia. I went to my room, and had a type of catharsis through tears that can best be described as a tantric orgasm of the eyes. An hysterical release of pain, memories, hurt, expectations all flooded out of me. I crawled into the fetal position and wailed about my broken heart, unfulfilled expectations, and anger. I cursed my cycle, and I felt everything I had never forgiven myself for. Without realizing it, this too was a purge that needed to happen. A thorough cleansing of the windows to my soul, honestly feeling the authentic sadness - fully and wholly.
And then...
A knock at the door.
Brandee Alessandra (co-founder of Rythmia), Taita and his team were outside. I was offered the chance to participate in ceremony after 1am, outside of the space, and this was the first time in Taita's tradition that he allowed this to happen. My miracle. The punchline of the "cosmic joke" being to let go and allow, and stop holding on to expectation and attachment - the universe has a way of working its magic exactly as it intends.
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The first night of plant medicine ceremony with Taita felt like being in a lucid dream. Fractal patterns, cosmic serpents and colors unlike anything I could fully comprehend penetrated my consciousness. Gentle whispers from nature reminded me that experience is to strengthen - not weaken, that adversity is a powerful teacher, contrast gives your life color, and the only way past your fear is through. The nausea was unpleasant, but the purge was (yet again) therapeutic. With every purge, I felt as though I was releasing the ugliness of emotions like sadness, jealousy, insecurity, resentment and anger. The uncomfortableness of vomiting paled in comparison to the dischord of harboring such low-vibe feelings. Every release, was a release of the fetters that were binding me to a less than ideal version of myself. When morning came, I felt a type of clarity that I hadn't experienced in so long.
My heart felt lighter.
The day of the second ceremony, I received news that a classmate from my highschool had passed away - this person was a beautiful soul, with an infectious laugh, but struggled with addiction. I spent the day thinking about her, so sad about the fact that she was unable to experience the type of profound healing this medicine can provide. My heart felt heavy for her, her family, her son.
The second night of ceremony began later than anticipated (around 2am), I had fasted all day, so my empty stomach was ready for the medicine, and although my heart had been heavy from the news of the day, I prepared for the next revelation.
No amount of preparation could have prepared me for the hours ahead, language does not do the experience justice, there are simply no words to describe it. This evening was as though I had a consultation with all-that-is, and received a perspective-shifting-reprimanding that put my ego (and emotions) in its place. A lesson on life, death, and non-linear time, the importance of now, and the power of love & forgiveness, revelations of presence and participating in a universe that was designed for creation. It was not easy, but it was beautiful. My heart felt awakened - fully and wholly.
That next morning, I kid you not, I felt like Scrooge on Christmas morning after meeting with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. I have never felt so much love, gratitude, understanding, appreciation, and pure positive emotion for every single person (and moment) in my life, FOR LIFE and all of it's weirdness, wonder and beauty!
I have never felt so connected to this moment now. Nature spoke to me, and through me, and I listened.
Nature is working through us all, and as more and more people find this medicine - it is to answer a call for universal healing. As we heal our hearts, we heal the hearts of those we love (or have loved), as we heal our minds, we are better able to navigate any adversity, and as we heal our spirit, we heal our relationship to the world. Every ripple creates a wave of change, and now (more than ever) it is time for great change in both physical and metaphysical realities.

Nature is Always Speaking

"In every moment, the Universe is whispering to you. You're constantly surrounded by signs, coincidences, and synchronicities , all aimed at propelling you in the direction of your destiny." - Denise Linn How seemingly unconnected people and stories can converge and come together at "just the right time" and "just the right place" is beyond coincidence. The synchronicity that allowed me a chance to write this story, in effect actually created a new book of life through the great (multifaceted) revelations Rythmia helped facilitate. Synchronicity is described by C.G. Jung as "an ever-present reality for those who have the eyes to see", and nature allows us to have the vision necessary to see the reasons why. Rythmia was created because Gerard found his why, and that why opened the door for others to discover their way. In a time where it may feel like "the way" is an uphill battle, we must look within and find the courage to transcend our fear and connect to truth. The Reality of Truth is that we are here to love, to create, to repair what is "broken", and to dream impossible dreams, because NOTHING is impossible. Rythmia is the space to remind you of your heart, and to allow you to safely connect to your inner voice, free your spirit and participate in changing the collective consciousness (and unconcious). While the journey requires work, the work is worth it, because the end result is a new beginning - and the miracle you receive is who you really are.

Using Creativity and Collaboration to Achieve an Impact in the Digital World

 

"In such doubtful matters, where you have to work as a pioneer, you must be able to put some trust in your intuition and follow your feeling even at the risk of going wrong." 
— C.G. Jung

Because even wrong is still right - and there are no mistakes, only lessons.

I want to share a story about my life 4 years ago. I left my job working for a celebrity's (who shall remain nameless) pop culture blog, and just ended the relationship with the person I thought I would marry. Everything I thought I wanted, was revealed as a great illusion - and I decided to follow my heart and intuition, instead of staying in a situation that was unfulfilling, and limiting my creative (and spiritual) potential.

I began a new life for myself, in a very humble apartment, and in the summer of 2013 went down to spend 2 weeks in the jungle in Costa Rica to find clarity about my path and purpose. I drank ayahuasca with the Secoya elders, and met an author whose work completely changed my life, Daniel Pinchbeck.

When I got home from this trip, without any game plan whatsoever, I decided to start a media platform to create and share the type of creative/esoteric/spiritual content that I had been passionate about my whole life - yet previously remained closeted about. 

At the time, I had a fair amount of money set aside in Bitcoin, and planned on using that to develop the business. I fell in love, again...hard. I thought I had everything figured out. Then overnight, I lost everything. Literally, every cent I had. Gone.

The platform I held my funds in got "hacked", and then a series of traumatic events happened, one after the next, after the next. I felt like my dreams were being crushed - and it would be impossible for anything to ever work.

Fear swept over me like a sickness, and infected every cell of my spirit. There were so many times that I wanted to give up, and completely give in to the fear, trauma and drama. There were so many times I kept asking spirit "why?". 

Eventually - I decided to face my fears, and transcend the limitations of my ego. As someone that began this journey following a path from a trail blazed by spirit, I started listening to my own intuition and spirit again - and I knew in my heart of hearts that I had no option other than to make it all work.

So I let go of fear, and followed love.

With no budget, no college degree, nothing other than my will - I just began reaching out to people I admired in my field, and asked if they would be willing to collaborate.

Content for a social media share, social media shares for content, consulting for content, content for consulting. Trading time for talent, using creativity as a currency. 

"As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." - Amy Poehler

Little by little, through collaboration and sharing, my platform grew and grew. I bartended, did freelance work, oracle card readings, production assistance - and in just a few years I was able to take my platform from 900 likes to now almost 400,000 - with a monthly reach of over 10 million.

While I work in a very niche-specific market, this creative/collaboration approach can work in many fields - as long as you dissolve the fear of asking a question, and extend a helping hand.

Magick is defined as the "the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will" - and allowing your will to work its magic(k), you too can create an impact in any way your heart desires.

It all begins with feeling that desire, then feeding the desire with action, and eventually (with time, patience, and persistence) action will turn into results.

***This is a transcript of a talk I recently gave at Babes in Business, about "Using Creativity and Collaboration to Achieve an Impact in the Digital World."***

Discussing 'Perceptions of Reality' on the Ascend Podcast

Discussing 'Perceptions of Reality' on the Ascend Podcast

I recently joined my new friends over at the Ascend Podcast to discuss various topics relating to spirituality, and consciousness including cosmic networks, and the universal living mind, the power of thoughts, waking up, The Seven Hermetic Principles, connectivity, and spirituality in society.

Evolve and Ascend is Re-launching the Liberation Frequency Podcast!

Evolve and Ascend is Re-launching the Liberation Frequency Podcast!

After an almost 2-year sabbatical, I've decided to bring back the Liberation Frequency podcast (presented by Evolve and Ascend). 

In the first year we launched, I had the pleasure of interviewing beautiful minds such as Dr. Rick Strassman MDKingsley DennisAlexander PolinskyJohanna WarrenDr. Guy McPhersonJay Dyer, and Tobias Churton to name a few.

Exploring the Occult and the World Unseen on Superhero Academy Podcast

Exploring the Occult and the World Unseen on Superhero Academy Podcast

In this episode of Superhero Academy podcast, I chat with my friend/colleague Marc Angelo Coppola, founder of Valhalla Movement and Superhero Academy.

Together we discuss Evolve and Ascend, and how my intuition and desires to explore the spiritual reality of our world lead me on a synchronous journey to creating the online community/movement.

Hidden Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics

Hidden Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics

As someone who is a big fan of makeup, and wears it on a daily basis, learning this information has given me a radical shift in consciousness when it comes to being aware of the products I buy, and keeping cognizant of which chemical additives to stay clear of as well.

How Adding Rose Water to Your Beauty Routine Can Improve Your Mind/Body/Spirit

How Adding Rose Water to Your Beauty Routine Can Improve Your Mind/Body/Spirit

Rose water provides a wide range of benefits to the mind, body and spirit. Below we’ve listed different areas of applications for rose water and how adding this to your beauty routine can benefit you