The Waking The Wild Show

This week's show is Eli Jaxon-Bear  is the author of An Outlaw Makes It Home. A life long search for freedom took Eli around the world and into many spiritual traditions from a Zen monastery in Japan to a Sufi circle in Marrakesh, among others. His search ended when he was drawn to India (1990) where he met his final teacher, Papaji; a direct disciple of the renowned Indian Sage Ramana Maharshi.

Confirming Eli’s realization, his teacher sent him back into the world to share his unique psychological insights into the nature of egoic suffering in support of self-realization.

Eli infuses his teaching with his teacher’s living transmission of silence and peace.  He presents a unique map of egoic identification as a vehicle for ruthless self-inquiry and final realization of true freedom. His life is dedicated to passing on the transmission of his teacher.

Eli founded and currently teaches through The Leela Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to world peace and freedom through universal self-realization, as well as The Leela School

In this conversation, Eli shared the power of self enquiry - what it is, how it works and what it can help you to discover. As a bonus, Eli has an incredibly fascinating story himself which illustrates what he's talking about - we explore his time as a revolutionary, LSD and immortal consciousness... It was quite a trip!

Direct download: Eli_Jaxon-Bear_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

This week's show is with Kendra Cunov, Founder of Fierce Grace: Practices of Embodied Wholeness for Women, Kendra has been studying, facilitating, and (most importantly) practicing Authentic Relating, Embodiment Practices & Deep Intimacy Work for the last fifteen years.

Kendra has worked with thousands of men, women & couples in the areas of embodiment, intimacy, communication & full self-expression.

She co-founded Authentic World, as well as The Embodied Relationship & Intimacy Training Salon, and pioneered some of the most cutting edge relation work on the planet.

Kendra has consulted for companies such as Genentech & is currently on staff for 4PC, an elite mastermind for the top 4% of coaches in the world.

She works with organizations & leaders, as well as men, women & couples, who know that presence, truth, connection & integrity are our truest access points to success - in business & in love.

So in this show, we spoke about what it means to experience life as a woman in today's world and what we need from our environment, from other women and from ourselves. Kendra and I we also aware of the fine line we were dancing between talking about men and women as one homogenous mass and talking "this is what it means to be a woman' as if women have to be a certain defined way. We spoke about feeling like 'the wrong kind of woman' - maybe not feminine enough, feminism, nature, intuition, competition, sex and more. Just like feminine energy, this conversation flowed everywhere!
Although this episode is about women, it's not just for women, if you're a man you will understand far more about women if you listen in too!

I’d love to know what YOU think about this week's show. Let’s carry on the conversation… please leave a comment below.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • There's a deep longing in women to be connected to nature. We are moved by cycles which are connected and reflected by the cycles in the natural world and we suffer when we don't find a connection to nature.
  • We don't need men anymore so it's a choice. If we choose to be together, what shall we create? We have the opportunity to create something extraordinary and beautiful.
  • What would be really radical would be to value the work that women typically do as much as we value the work that men typically do. It's about opening up choice.
  • We got sold this lie of a need to compete with other women but what's natural for us is for us to gather together to support, encourage and love each other. The magic that's created in those spaces isn't just powerful for us as women but can ripple out to the world around us. Something aligned to that is what Kendra talked about in terms of the response to adrenaline in women which is to gather! Love that!
  • When we base our culture around what's best for mothers and children, an entire eco-system is created from there which allows the entire community to thrive.
  • The practice that Kendra shared at the end - a regular practice of going in and listening to your body - your mind, your heart, your gut, your vagina. Be incredibly honest about what you hear AND give yourself permission not to follow its guidance too!
Direct download: Kendra_1.2_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

This week's show is with Jørgen Rasmussen, who has seen clients professionally as an agent of change for twenty years, the first eight spent running an "Impossibles practice" with a 'no change, no pay' policy.

Having deeply explored NLP, hypnosis, non-duality teachings, developmental psychology and meditation, he is the Author of the books Provocative Hypnosis (2008) and Provocative Suggestions (2015).

In this show, Jørgen and I explored the illusion of the mind/body split and its implications for our health and wellbeing. We spoke about lots of examples such as how Jørgen's worked with people on their allergies, and the opportunities that can open up for people when they see that the mind-body split is fiction.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • We collectively as a culture agree the mind and body are separate but there's no real basis for doing so and there's plenty of examples of things that don't fit that paradigm, which we then see as exceptions to the rule rather than seeing that they could be pointing to the fact that the split is an illusion.
  • An allergy is like a phobia of the immune system and given the mind/body connection, allergies can often be resolved by someone recognising the way the mind and body act together as one.
  • We collectively agree that certain symptoms are common and then that creates a spike in those symptoms. Even the way we create reality differs between cultures depending on the agreements we've made about how our bodies work.
Direct download: Joergen_3_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

This week's show is with Jaclyn Costello. Nothing is more satisfying to Jaclyn than helping people make breakthroughs to understand themselves more deeply. This is the heart of her role as a Spiritual Development Coach at Jaclyn's background in spiritual guidance evolved over years of personal work, immersion in sacred, shamanic ceremonies, and one-on-one mentorships with respected teachers & guides. Jaclyn is also an Assistant Professor in the Honors College at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As well, she is a writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Her work has been published in a variety of literary journals & magazines; she just finished her first novel.

In this show we’re talking about different forms of death and rebirth that we as humans can experience, and how and why we might choose to experience death, which is the opposite of what we typically think about death - that it's something we might choose! And lastly, Jaclyn shares her story of a big death that she went through recently and all the changes that have happened for her since.

I’d love to know what YOU think about this week's show. Let’s carry on the conversation… please leave a comment below.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • Jaclyn described how almost all types of death are followed by a rebirth - that can be so hopeful and helpful to know as we travel through our own death experiences, which at the time can feel very final and therefore scary.
  • Typically the size of the death is equal to the size of the creation that follows. Understanding that means we can choose death knowing the rebirth to come will be worth it.
  • You can practice self-love in all kinds of ways, some of Jaclyn's suggestions include looking at yourself in the mirror or a photo and feeling love and appreciation for yourself. You can also meditate on the Buddhist poem that Jaclyn shared during the show.
Direct download: Jaclyn_Costello_Part_2_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT