The Primal Happiness Show

This week's show is with Damien Bohler. Damien is the founder and current director of Evolutionary Relating - an educational platform dedicated to transforming culture through evolving the way we relate to ourselves, to each other, to vocation and purpose and the natural world.

In his core he is an investigator. He is deeply fascinated by the way things work in this human realm. His interests span the exploration of intimacy, love, sexuality, attachment, polarity, human design, integral theory, permaculture, community living and more. His gift is in the ability to synthesise, articulate and transmit dense and disparate information and delights in doing so through the mediums of writing, facilitating, teaching and coaching.

In this conversation, Damien and I explored the possibility of using portal of intimacy to create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible, as Charles Eisenstein says. We spoke about why we're so obsessed with relationships, the wounds that keep us from experiencing what we most desire, how healing those wounds opens us to create a more connected, loving world.

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:

  • I love that Damien's work with intimacy, stemmed from his deepest passion of ecology
  • The notion of Telos is one that I believe we begin to experience for ourselves once we devote to living from soul - it becomes the north star than guides us from acorn to oak
  • When we heal our childhood attachment wounds, we become available to create partnerships as the column that true community forms around and then that opens us up to connection with everything

Resources and stuff that we spoke about

Thank you for listening!

There's fresh episode each week, if you subscribe then you'll get each new episode delivered to your phone every Thursday (that way you'll never miss an episode):

Thank you!
Lian & Jonathan

Direct download: Damien_Bohler_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:19am EDT

This week's show is with Steve James. Steve travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, as well as leading explorations in contemplative & relational realms. Known for his direct, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research, he has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behaviour.

Steve’s unique range of experiences and understanding of human behaviour, high performance, spirituality, and interpersonal relationships is highly sought after by leading figures at the highest levels of the arts, entertainment, and business. In his private client practice he specialises in the unique interpersonal and strategic challenges faced by very successful and highly visible individuals. Ongoing clients include Oscar-winning actors, multi Grammy winning musicians, CEO’s, and fund managers.

Steve is the creator of the Movement Koan Method® and the host of the Guru Viking Podcast.

In this show, Steve and Lian spoke about what we might call descension and ascension, given Steve's work with meditation and embodiment gives him an unusual level of experience of both.

We got into mysticism, immanence, paying attention to the mundane, Hedonic valence, using the body as a place to enquiry and more.

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:

  • Rather than rushing up and out to transcendence, Steve's found his own tendency in immanence, which is the idea that God is everywhere and in everything. Finding beauty in mundane.
  • The practice of spirituality as a dedication or as a benefit for everyone can be helpful, as the focus on how it benefits oneself can only motivate us so far
  • We can use the body as the venue of exploration... I loved Steve's example of a Movement Koan practice of balancing on one leg and then noticing different experiences that arise.
  • "Intimacy is feeling what's there to be felt" I love that.

Resources and stuff that we spoke about:

Thank you for listening!

There’s fresh episode each week, if you subscribe then you’ll get each new episode delivered to your phone every Tuesday (that way you’ll never miss an episode):

Thank you!
Lian & Jonathan

Direct download: Steve_James_Body_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This week's show is with JP Morgan, JP guides creators in being more powerful in every area of their life and work. The entrepreneurs and artists he coaches all share an aspiration for excellence and an obsession with mastery. Through regular loving and confronting dialogue, which compliments their daily practice of self-cultivation, JP’s clients discover how their mind creates their world and how through surrender they can gain greater control, more fulfilment and exponential results in their life and work.

In its essence, JP Morgan has been supporting entrepreneurs and artists around the world since the late 90’s, though this work became his profession in 2010. Since then, he has supported numerous individuals in growing their peace, joy and success in the world through growing themselves.

Beyond his the daily work with clients, he has been invited to share his ideas and spirit on numerous stages. (TEDx, Global Citizens Forum, BBC & SkyTV, YES Group, Interesting Talks London, InsideOut Movement, METal International, educational institutions, etc.) At a private event, attended by many of the world’s billionaires, JP was invited to speak on creating a world world without borders. At the University of Cambridge, he was the subject of a covert study between the psychology and business departments where researchers sought to understand the impact of his state of being. He leads a team of Creating Champions who teach, coach, and guide thousands of entrepreneurs and artists in being more free, loving, and powerful. By learning and embodying the Creating perspective, their clients achieve a union of outcomes in spiritual growth, material success, and social impact.

Previous to his current work with leaders, and post formal studies in Physics and Mathematics, JP founded a real estate business and then (from a backpack) founded a web media company serving local and global non-profits. He has lived nomadically while travelling the world for three years, developed real estate, traveled the world for years on end, coached human rights leaders, recorded albums & toured with his band, created a kids library in Cambodia, learned to scuba dive & pilot gliders, published writing and photography, competed as a black belt & triathlete, trained with Buddhist monks in India, cycled toured for months and many other adventures. In recent years, his adventures have turned inward as his family came to be. 

In 2013, in the Riveria Maya, JP married a wise, loving and beautiful British-Indian woman. In March of 2016 they gave birth to their first child, a boy. Today, he and his wife now reside with their two young boys in the countryside at 4000′ on a mountain in Maui. 

In this conversation, JP and I explored magic, the way our paths have unfolded over the past two years, the magical principles we've seen and tangible examples of how we both create our life with magic.

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:

  • JP's description of magic is the surrender to a world of correlation as causation... everything is entangled. Magic is about allowing yourself to have a myth and to have it do its work on you and your life. He also described magic as conversations with people, conversations with the self, and that those conversations creates our world, not just experience, but our actual world.
  • Something important we touched on is that living magically doesn't mean we are fixed rigidly at all times on our vision, a magical life is a welcoming of the swing back and forth from fear to our vision.

  • I absolutely loved how JP described how he prioritises the means over the end,  the "means" meaning the way he creates his life magically. For me too it's become the only way I want to live.

Resources and stuff that we spoke about

Thank you for listening!

There's fresh episode each week, if you subscribe then you'll get each new episode delivered to your phone every Thursday (that way you'll never miss an episode):

Thank you!
Lian & Jonathan

Direct download: JP_Morgan_Magic_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54am EDT

This week's show is with Tad Hargrave. Tad is a hippy who developed a knack for marketing (and then learned how to be a hippy again).

Despite years in the non-profit and activist world, he finally had to admit he was a marketing nerd and, in the end, he became a marketing coach for hippies. Maybe it was because he couldn’t stand seeing his hippy friends struggle to promote their amazing, green and holistic projects. Maybe it was because he couldn’t keep a 9-5 job to save his life.

Whatever the reason, for almost a decade, he has been touring his marketing workshops around Canada, bringing refreshing and unorthodox ideas to conscious entrepreneurs and green businesses that help them grow their organizations and businesses (without selling their souls).  He has also offered most of his workshops on a modified pay what you can basis (a small deposit to attend and then people choose the amount they want to pay at the very end).

This all feels like a minor miracle as Tad spent his early marketing days learning and applying some very inauthentic, high pressure, extremely gross and pushy marketing approaches. This has made him suuuuper allergic to these kinds of approaches because he discovered they made him feel slimy (even in personal friendships), he didn’t sleep well and he’s very sorry to all those people he spoke with back in the day. After a decade of unlearning and unpacking that whole scene – he now feels ready and able to help other people find ways to market that feel wonderful.

In this show, we spoke about community - true community and online communities, and the stark contrast between them, how we can go about creating them consciously, and then how this might link to us creating community with our business, and in the particular form of memberships. This turned out to be a deep and luscious conversation - and actually a really important one for our time.

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:

  • We have a surplus of humans around us, and yet, we're lonelier than ever... true community needs to include the local land, other beings and Spirit
  • Online community can't replace true community, but what if we can create it consciously as a path back to creating true community?
  • Whether you're a business owner or not, notice where you're putting your time and why, and whether there's a way of spending that time that's more aligned, especially when it comes to you living a whole life held in true community

Resources and stuff that we spoke about:

Thank you for listening!

There’s fresh episode each week, if you subscribe then you’ll get each new episode delivered to your phone every Tuesday (that way you’ll never miss an episode):

Thank you!
Lian & Jonathan

Direct download: Tad_Hargrave_Community_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

This week's show is Lian's All The Everything where she jams on an eclectic mix of topics, including questions from listeners. This is where you can get up close and personal with Lian, get inside her head and see what's she's up to and thinking about.

The making of this show airs live in our Facebook group on the first Thursday at 5pm (UK time) every month. 

In this episode, Sara, the Waking The Wild Connection Creatrix turned the tables on Lian and asked her the questions...

We dived deep into the topic of Love, but not Love as you might know it but a Love that provokes and activates, as it heals and liberates. It's a kind of Love that Crowley meant when he said "Love is the law Love under Will. It is Love as a magical, divine, generative force.

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

Please share in the Facebook group any questions, and or what is revealed to you.

Direct download: ATE_May_2022_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

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