Rank #1: Episode 14 - Chalmers Brothers
Is it possible that there are many aspects of our lives that we don’t need to be so certain about? That questioning how we see the world can lead us to new worlds we never even imagined?
In this interview, Chalmers shares how he went from personal development skeptic to the author of the core reference book used in coach training programs all over the country.
He discusses some key distinctions that have helped him transform his life and those of his clients:
- The inherent subjectivity of being human: How looking at—versus through—the lens with which we see the world can empower us to make the changes we want.
- What do we use language for? Realizing the way we use and understand language can create our reality and transform our relationships.
- The key to learning: Being able to say, “I don’t know.” Can we embrace this in our workplace, in our lives?
- The importance of company culture over company strategy: How conversations can enrich both the business and the individual.
Chalmers Brothers is the author of Language and the Pursuit of Happiness, professional consultant, certified personal coach, and seminar leader. For over 20 years, he has helped teams and individuals bring about positive change in their lives.
Aug 17 2017
Rank #2: Episode 7: Lonny Jarrett
In this interview, Lonny Jarrett integrates the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, Jungian analysis, and integral theory to explore human spiritual development and the ways in which we can access the deeper answers we seek.
Lonny discusses why models of spiritual development are important: They help to identify where a client, patient, or coachee may get stuck, where they tend to regress in times of stress, and where the gaps are between their values and actions.
Closing this gap is crucial for our continued evolution. "Evolution means entering the unknown," says Lonny. It comes when we question our fundamental beliefs, appreciate feeling disoriented, and have confidence in the process.
When we are able to experience a "crack" in our limited worldview, we can see through to something bigger than ourselves. At first, we may see this bigger thing as "it" or "other," but we soon come to understand that it is part of us, an aspect of our self that was previously hidden.
Lonny ends the conversation by talking about the key to getting people to come together: Deep listening. A practitioner who is able to access this transcendental aspect of self, and listen to it, has the power to activate a new dimension of being in their client, patient or coachee. It enables the client to move from listening to their thoughts and feelings to listening to their soul and intuition.
Lonny S. Jarrett, M. Ac., author of Nourishing Destiny, The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, has been a student of Chinese medicine since 1980. He holds a master’s degree in neurobiology and a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Lonny maintains his clinical practice in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Dec 13 2016
Rank #3: Episode 2: Charles Eisenstein
In this podcast Charles Eisenstein, author and speaker, reminds us that our worlds are created through stories, that every aspect of society is running on story. He highlights that our world is undergoing a radical shift in its dominant stories, a narrative change of great significance—and potential. What is our story about money? About self? About society? How mindful and aware are we of the stories that fuel our reality? What is the pain of the dissolution of old stories, the breaking down of our knowledge and our certainty?
Charles then relays his own journey regarding authoring and publishing his work, and offers an intimate look at the touchstones in his life that keep him anchored to his cares. Lastly, Charles moves into exploring the importance of not knowing, surrendering and resting, and how these are essential aspects of life, of coaching and can be gateways to dropping into source and strength.
Charles Eisenstein a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.
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Sep 29 2016
Rank #4: Episode 6: Bob Dunham
What is a human being? What does it mean to integrate the desire to live a meaningful life with the pragmatics of action? In this interview, Bob Dunham reveals a cultural challenge: the flood of “how to” and “5 secrets to success” content that promises to change our lives but does not, and cannot, produce the big shifts we seek.
Bob says that breakthrough can only come when we shift the context. To do this, we must ask questions that go beyond the “how.” By asking the “what” questions, we reveal blind spots and see we have the “incredible power to design a life.”
In this conversation, Bob speaks about his research on the fundamental skills of leadership, leadership as an art, and how leadership and learning are embodied. He ends by speaking about our ability to engage, moment by moment, with the fundamental question: What do I want to contribute to the world?
Bob Dunham is the founder of the Institute for Generative Leadership (IGL) and has trained hundreds of graduates in the three-year Coaching Excellence in Organizations (CEO) program. IGL partners with Newfield Network - the leading school of ontological coaching - and also offers the discipline of Generative Leadership and management in the Generative Leadership Program™ (GLP). Bob’s experience as a corporate executive and COO of startups informs over thirty years of coaching, consulting, and results-based practices for effective leadership and coaching in organizations. Bob works to establish leadership, management, and coaching in organizations as mature professions.
Nov 22 2016
Rank #5: Episode 18 - Thomas McConkie
Thomas is an author, public speaker, and active voice in the conversation on the role of religion in the 21st century, he is also a facilitator at Pacific Integral.
What does emotional pain and wounding look like as we move up into higher stages of development? Is there an aspect of you that you could more fully include and integrate into the wholeness of who you are right now?
Thomas speaks from his own experience to explore how, as we move into higher stages, we develop a capacity to be with painful parts of ourselves rather than seek to escape from them. This allows us to integrate all parts of ourselves in order to feel whole.
As a special practice just for our listeners, Thomas walks us through a guided meditation to explore the gift of light that is within all of us, to help us find a place where we can be held no matter what is going on in our world.
Feb 16 2018
Rank #6: Episode 3: Anna Chitty
How can we transform a challenge into a portal for revelation? In this podcast, Anna Chitty shares powerful distinctions and practices that we can utilize both in our coaching and in our lives.
Anna gently guides us through an exploration of five essential skills: presence, field dynamics, listening, recognition, and conversation. Then, she explores how to recognize different nervous system states—and why they matter. This is a unique opportunity to experience these beautiful practices based on deep wisdom.
Anna Chitty has been passionate about, and directed programs in, mind, body, and healthcare since 1982. For the last 20 years, she has been co-founder of the Colorado School of Energy Studies in Boulder Colorado and has been the director and lead teacher of the two-year Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Training program. She also teaches many other advanced trainings, including a Polarity Life Coach training and a training called Body into Being, with Dr. Raymond Castellino. She brings her skills from Somatic Experiencing, Pre and Perinatal work, Attachment and Bonding, and the Diamond Approach into all that she does. She has a private practice in Boulder.
Sep 29 2016
Rank #7: Episode 11 - Laura Bond
Laura Bond, Director of the Arts and Ideas program at the University of North Carolina in Asheville and master trainer in the Alba Method (a somatic approach to inducing, expressing, and modulating emotions).
Do you often feel driven by our emotions? What if there was a method to put you in the driver’s seat?
In this conversation, Laura Bond talks about how each of our emotions is very specifically embodied: anger, for example, has its own muscle patterns in the face and body which are quite different from that of joy.
When people learn how to do these patterns, they become able to physically shift their emotional state, they begin to feel different. “Suddenly you have more power, more control,” says Laura.
Laura has found that the Alba Method, originally used to train actors, is actually universal, something that anyone can use, including coaches and practitioners. Being able to sense the physical expression of your emotional state, and then embody a different one is far from imitating life; it is understanding life.
Laura Bond is a Full Professor at UNC-Asheville, and the Director of the Arts and Ideas Program. Laura is a master teacher in the Alba Method of physical emotion regulation. She has developed new methods to teach the Alba Method to the general public and helps performers, business professionals, therapists, and life coaches recognize how the method can be used in their practices. She is the author of TEAM for Actors: A Holistic Approach to Embodied Acting.
Apr 20 2017
Rank #8: Episode 16 - Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 17-year-old climate activist, hip hop artist, and powerful voice on the front lines of a global, youth-led, environmental movement called the Youth Guardians.
What does it mean to truly connect with the things that really matter to us? For Xiuhtezcatl, it means that we find our reason to care for our planet and the motivation to take action. He invites us to be energized by all the solutions and innovations that are already out there rather than be weighed down by the problems themselves.
In this conversation, Xiuhtezcatl talks about how the movement for environmental change is fueled by more than just hope and inspiration… he’s seen the solutions that outweigh the problems; he sees that we are at a moment in time where change has moved beyond dreaming and into doing.
Xiuhtezcatl says that by 2020, his young generation will be the biggest voting block in the United States, and speaks about the importance of a movement spearheaded by hundreds of thousands of youth spread among 30 different countries. From tree planting to carbon sequestration projects, he emphasizes all of the good that is already being done and invites you to join in on the momentum.
Nov 10 2017
Rank #9: Episode 15 - Kim Barta
Kim Barta is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, life coach, and speaker with over 30 years of experience in the field. Kim co-created a Mind/Body Healing Center that has been successful for over 27 years on the Flathead Indian Reservation. During this time, Kim developed innovative solutions and enrichments for the human condition including: “Shadow to Spirit,” “The Evolution of Shadow Resolution,” and “Psychosocial Cartography” that are highly effective with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, and addictions.
What does it take for rapid healing of trauma, abuse, and addiction? Kim talks about how he came to his current treatment approach through a combination of positive psychology, spirituality, and shamanism.
With deep emotion, Kim recalls the healing he witnessed in many of his clients and how the approach he uses allows him to live the traumatic experience with a client without becoming enmeshed. He speaks to the importance of finding the delicate balance between empathy and being an observer of what is taking place.
In this conversation, Kim also discusses the STAGES model of human development created by Dr. Terri O’Fallon. Kim partners with Dr. Terri O’Fallon and has developed multiple functional uses of the STAGES model for psychotherapy, coaching, parenting, and personal growth. This model allows therapists and coaches to understand human development and how to work with clients based on their developmental level. You can learn more at: developmentallifedesign.com.
Sep 14 2017
Rank #10: Episode 10 - John Kesler
John Kesler, proponent of individual and collective flourishing, Founder of the Integral Polarity Practice Institute, Founder of the nonprofit Salt Lake Global Civil Network, and “recovering” attorney.
In a time of deeply divided politics, how can we find a way to include and transcend two opposite poles, two contending points of view?
In this conversation, John Kesler presents his Integral Polarity Practice (IPP) as a practice that calls us to transcend the ego, access our compassion, and reach a higher self. IPP allows us to access a place where we see that opposite poles are actually different qualities of the same thing. When we become aware of polarities, both individually and collectively, and work with them, we can begin to see the relevance of each pole, see the dynamics between the poles, and learn to hold both poles simultaneously. This, in turn, enables us to stretch beyond our current patterns that no longer serve us.
This powerful practice is relevant for our own self-development, for relationships, in organizations, in coaching, and in leadership. And, Kesler invites us to consider how it is also crucial in politics. Democracy is in danger when those in power are not aware of how to expand their perspective to include both poles. To be more collaborative and generous, to get things done, we need to access a level of maturity that can move beyond polarities.
John has developed and shares widely an integrally informed awareness and life practice called Integral Polarity Practice (IPP). He was a founding teacher of the Integral Spiritual Center.
Mr. Kesler founded and is president of the global Salt Lake Civil Network, a nonprofit which is dedicated to integrally informed approaches to local/global, and personal/collective transformation. He was a founding member of the Integral Institute and has had extensive experience in the in the areas of community flourishing and other areas of social and political activism and reform.
John graduated from Columbia University Law School. He has practiced law for over 40 years in America, Europe and Asia.
Mar 17 2017