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In NION Radio, Nick Onken explores the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur, bringing you inspiring guests to help take your creativity, business, and life to the next level.

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In NION Radio, Nick Onken explores the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur, bringing you inspiring guests to help take your creativity, business, and life to the next level.

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An Essential!!!

By Melanie Wed - Jan 11 2020
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I’ve been a listener for a few years now, and I always turn back to this podcast!! It’s been a huge part of my college experience through my morning commute, and it has always kept me inspired and motivated to really go out and create. Thank you, Nick, for the extremely valuable information, it has helped me in so many aspects of my life.

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Episode 83 was great. Great to hear an older artist’s perspective

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117 Ratings
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An Essential!!!

By Melanie Wed - Jan 11 2020
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I’ve been a listener for a few years now, and I always turn back to this podcast!! It’s been a huge part of my college experience through my morning commute, and it has always kept me inspired and motivated to really go out and create. Thank you, Nick, for the extremely valuable information, it has helped me in so many aspects of my life.

Hooked

By Music editor46 - May 12 2016
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Episode 83 was great. Great to hear an older artist’s perspective
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In NION Radio, Nick Onken explores the body, mind, and soul of the creative entrepreneur, bringing you inspiring guests to help take your creativity, business, and life to the next level.

Rank #1: 100: Nick Onken – How I Went From Struggling Artist To Where I Am Today

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For me the biggest key to success is being able to master your mind.
Today I’m bringing you the first episode of NION Radio, formerly ShopTalk Radio. With the help of my girlfriend Stacy London, we’re turning the tables as she interviews me about how I got to where I am in my creative career, why I’m starting my own brand, and what NION is all about.

Starting from my childhood outside of Seattle, we are talking about all of the gritty details: my design career, when I first picked up a camera, how traveling has opened my eyes, the highs and lows of my career, how I found my own identity despite the confines of my environment, and how learning about emotional intelligence has helped me along the way.

Listen in to learn where the name of my brand NION came from, why I’m passionate bout living a vibrant life with your eyes open, and why I want to continue interviewing fascinating people that are creating great art and leading highly productive, rich, and fulfilling lives.

Thank you for your support of this podcast over the years. I’m excited to be continuing to push it to be helpful and inspiring for all types of creatives, entrepreneurs, and artists.
I definitely had to motivate myself to discover a bigger world.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

What is the essence of this podcast [4:20]
Common themes amongst creatives [6:25]
The importance of giving back [8:00]
The difference between success and fulfillment [9:40]
What drives my curiosity [14:10]
How I started questioning my religious upbringing [18:30]
What opened my eyes to travel [22:40]
When I first picked up a digital camera [28:05]
The importance of practice [37:00]
What influenced my hunger for experience [48:40]
Why it’s important to build your career as a photographer in a big city [49:50]
How I created an awesome network [59:20]
Why you have to have a vision for where you want to be [1:01:50]
How to find representation [1:04:25]
Why I moved to New York [1:10:10]
Where Nion came from [1:13:20]
What happened when media shifted in 2011 [1:15:05]
Why you have to separate yourself from your work [1:20:10]
How NION came about [1:24:20]
The role collaboration will play in NION [1:30:30]
How to not be cynical about the world [1:38:10]

Links mentioned:

Check out Freedom Podcasting
Read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
Check out Lewis Howes’ interview with Tony Robbins
Listen to the podcast episodes mentioned today: Stacy London & Emily Fletcher
Check out photographer Jim Garner
Learn more about Pencils of Promise
Get a copy of my book Photo Trekking
Music Credit: Yeah by Itro

Sep 13 2016

1hr 42mins

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Rank #2: 105: Nick Onken – Does Social Media Kill Creativity?

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"Social media is a time thief of anyone who wants creative greatness."
Today on the show I’m talking about something that has been on my mind: Is social media killing your creative success? Lately I have found myself getting sucked down the creativity death trap that is social media - Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram - all of it. I get so much less done because of these internet rabbit holes! Not only does social media kill my creativity because it takes me out of my creative flow, but it also just takes away from my productivity.

This podcast is about checking in with yourself - ask yourself how much you’re consuming versus how much you’re creating. And let me know what you do to keep yourself off of social media and in the artistic and creative zone.
"The more we consume, the less we create, and that is inhibiting the trajectory of our creative journey."

Some things we learn in this podcast:

The problem with breaking out of the flow [1:30]
What about social media is so enticing [2:10]
What is the resistance [2:40]
Why you have to create a checkpoint for yourself [3:40]
How consuming social media can hold you back [4:50]
What do you do to keep your creativity flowing [5:30]

Links mentioned:

Read Steven Kotler’s The Rise of Superman
Read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art
Music Credit: The Mysterious Key by Jol3x

Nov 02 2016

6mins

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Rank #3: 46: Jeff Staple – How to Create a Street Culture Brand

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In order to live your dream, there’s a lot of sacrifice that has to be made.
Street culture has been around for almost twenty years, but is still evolving and growing. A combination of hip-hop, punk rock, and skate, the culture is a perfect amalgamation of creative, independent lifestyles.

No one knows this better than Jeff Staple, the founder of Staple Pigeon, Staple Design, and Reed Space. In this week’s episode, I’m talking with Jeff about how he went against the grain and risked disappointing his family to start his businesses. This man is a brutally smart businessman with an adventurous spirit, and that comes across in his wise words about work and life.

I can’t wait for you to listen to this episode and maybe be inspired to quit your day job.
I believe that you scientifically, metaphysically cannot make others happy if you yourself are not happy.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

How his traditional Chinese family affected his path [3:40]
Why New York is an attractive city for creatives [4:15]
How journalism was a way for him to work while also writing creatively [6:00]
How he discovered graphic design [8:15]
How his family felt about his transition from journalism to graphic design [9:35]
The difficulty of art school [10:50]
The importance of making yourself happy first [12:40]
The necessity of creating his own streetwear brand [15:25]
Why you have to be willing to sacrifice anything [16:55]
How he expanded his clothing brand into a creative agency [18:30]
How to play a management role in three different yet related companies [20:55]
The staying power of street culture [23:40]
How to take the wake up test and the going home test [26:15]
Jeff’s definition of success [27:05]
The importance of checking in with yourself to see if you’re content [28:40]
Why you should take risks to live the life you want [31:25]
How to ask yourself what is holding you back [33:15]
Why taking care of your health is a mark of success [33:45]
What you sacrifice to build your own business [34:05]
Why you should operate as though everything you have can go away at any moment [37:10]
How to avoid needing to relieve your stress [40:55]
The value of near-death experiences [41:25]
Changing the negative connotations of street culture [52:20]
Street culture as an amalgamation of hip hop, punk rock and skate [55:00]
Why he wants to inspire his employees [59:00]
Why competition is a good thing [1:00:40]

Links mentioned:

Check out Parsons School of Design, where Jeff went to school
Jeff's clothing brand, Staple Pigeon
And his creative agency, Staple Design
Check out Reed Space's site
Music Credit: Howls by KRNE

Connect with Jeff: Instagram | Twitter | Website

May 12 2015

1hr 4mins

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Rank #4: 144: Chris Lee – How to Cultivate Creativity and Abundance

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Once you have the why, the how shows up.
Today I am talking about creativity and abundance with my friend and transformational coach Chris Lee. Chris trains high level executives, entrepreneurs, CEOs, artists, musicians, and so many more, and he has trained a lot of buddies of mine.

Chris has some amazing insights into how we hold ourselves back and what we can do to rid ourselves of barriers to create the life and career we want. We know that emotional intelligence is the key to creating a strong mindset, and mindset is the biggest key to success: your thoughts create your actions which create your results, so if we can learn how to better control and create the thoughts that we want, we’ll create a bigger and better lifestyle.

An all around amazing, fun, energetic guy, Chris’s mission is to serve the world and create transformation from within. Listen in as we talk about creativity, abundance, ego, generosity, gratitude, and so much more. 
We’re all artists of something. Everyone has the creative means to be an artist.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

Learn about Chris’s background [5:25]
When Chris realized he wanted to serve people [7:00]
Words are Chris’s creative outlet [8:05]
What was the process of becoming a coach [9:40]
Who Chris coaches [11:30
Why you have to detach your ego [14:45]
How Chris’s book came into being [17:00]
You are a billionaire already [19:50]
What it means to come from a place of gratitude and abundance [25:30]
How to be generous in the simplest ways [31:10]
How Chris shifts negative and fearful thoughts. [32:30]
You have to take responsibility for your creativity [38:45]
Why you need to surrender instead of force [41:45]
What happened when Chris’s brother passed while he was in the middle of a seminar [44:45]
How to get out of your own way [50:00]
Not enough people have coaches [51:35]
How to stay confident and trusting [58:45]
Why you should keep your word [1:04:45]
Every moment is a blessing - embrace it [1:06:10]
What books Chris is loving [1:07:05]

Links mentioned:

Get Chris’s book Transform Your Life
Listen to Chris on Lewis Howes’ podcast
Get the books mentioned in today's episode:

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Follow Chris and Jenna on Facebook for their webinars

Connect with  Instagram | Twitter | Website

Apr 19 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #5: 157: Nick Onken – How I Got Scammed For $4,000

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"We can't choose our circumstances or what happens to us, but we can certainly choose what we do with it."
It happened while I was on a trip, of course. While out of town, I got an offer for a sweet gig that I was hard pressed to turn down. But so it goes that this offer was too good to be true.

Today on NION Radio, I'm not talking about what I lost or why my life sucks, but rather what I learned, and what others can learn, from our mistakes and our experiences. Listen in to learn how I turned this otherwise frustrating experience into one I could learn from, and what you can do to avoid this happening to you.

Read the A Photo Editor article on the whole scam here: http://aphotoeditor.com/2019/01/09/scam-alert-fake-departures-magazine-shoot/
You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!
"We can choose to take responsibility and ask 'what is the universe teaching me from this?'."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

How the scammer flew under Nick's radar [1:41]
Nick's first attempts at vetting his client [4:33]
When Nick started to get suspicious of this new client [5:53]
When Nick realized he got duped [7:48]
What lessons can be learned from this experience [8:53]
Why you need to be diligent and keep believing in the good of the universe [12:27]

May 15 2019

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Rank #6: 92: Donna Karan – How to Create a Career in Fashion

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"I wanted to sing like Barbra Streisand and dance like Martha Graham."
I’ve got a really exciting and special guest for you guys today. Donna Karan is an icon in the fashion industry, and the creator of her companies Donna Karan and DKNY, which are two of the largest fashion brands in the world. Her latest project, Urban Zen, is a fashion brand that embodies holistic living and also has a philanthropic side. Donna graduated from Parsons School of Design, worked for Anne Klein, and has won multiple awards from the CFDA, and is truly a rockstar in the fashion world. She writes about the many ups and downs of her extraordinary life in her new book My Journey.

Donna is a wonderful human being who is doing a lot of good for the world, and I’m so honored that she came on the show. Listen in as we discuss her thoughts on education in the field of fashion, her passion for philanthropy, and more.

I also want to tell you about the 8 App, co-founded by my friend Sonja Nuttall. 8 is a mobile media platform where users can build an audience and make money from their popular content, and then use that money to support their favorite charities. You can check it out by searching The 8 App in the app store.

The 8 App is a mobile media platform that is building a fun, creative, and inspiring community which allows users to tell stories through photo and video, build an audience, and make money from their popular content.  The 8 app is unique for its ability for it’s users to monetize their popular or "viral" content; your creativity is beautiful and you should own it!  Most mobile media companies sell ads on user content, taking advantage of the user’s popular content without compensating the user.  By directly partnering with advertisers, The 8 app enables users to activate advertisements from brands of their choice within their content in return for 80% of the advertising revenue generated from those advertisements.  This is a greater earning for users than any other comparable social sharing platform, and the first social network with a transparent and sustainable business model.

But while making money from content is a huge bonus to sharing content on The 8 App, the heart and soul of the platform is to provide a framework for empowering it’s users and to remind people that their voice matters.  Not only can users generate earnings from their content, but they have the built in option to pay it forward to causes and charities they support.

The 8 app is the creation of Sue Fennessy, an ad industry veteran. Her motivation to create The 8 App is to create a social network based on positivity, empowerment, and social change. The 8 app already has a great deal of celebrities, large brands, and social stars uploading exclusive content.  The 8 App is a notable player in the mobile and social space and is one of the few to be built on a sustainable and transparent business model.
"I feel that young people today need to see the world and give of themselves."

Some things we learn in this podcast:

How she got into fashion [4:10]
Where she got the inspiration for her first collection [6:55]
How she has dealt with loss in her life [7:35]
Her involvement in activism and health [8:40]
What holistic practices she has [12:55]
How meditation and self care has helped her in her business [16:05]
Her involvement in conscious consumerism [16:55]
What she values about education [19:25]
How to get people involved in finding solutions [23:45]
The challenge of walking away from DKNY [24:15]
How technology is changing the fashion world [25:10]
Why it’s important to act upon what you’re inspired by [29:25]

Links mentioned:

Get a copy of Donna's book My Journey
Learn more about Super Saturday
Check out Donna's organization Urban Zen and shop Urban Zen
Learn more bout Urban Zen's Integrative Therapist Program 
Sign up for the 8 app and be sure to check out my profile!

Jun 15 2016

32mins

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Rank #7: 171: Bryce Kennedy – How To Convert Anger Into Power And Creativity

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“IST gets back to that root of your beliefs, so you can open up that belief that was formed in your life.”

“I was an attorney who worked 90 hour weeks. I had a lovely bleeding stomach ulcer. I was plagued by decades of sleepless nights due to night terrors. I liked my scotch almost as much as I liked my daily cheesesteaks. But let’s not forget my friends; anxiety, fear, doubt, hate, and depression. They were the background noise of my life. Oh, the joy of living. Ha. But eventually, I stopped laughing.”

These are the words of today’s guest, Bryce Kennedy, an Inner Space Techniques (IST) practitioner who also specializes in feng shui, mindfulness, and energetic consultation for businesses that care. Since beginning his journey with IST, Bryce has found a path to his highest self and his goal is to bring that awareness to every single person he works with.

Listen in to learn more about Inner Space Techniques, overcoming your default wiring, and how to start your own path towards using your anger creatively.

You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!

“I want to see what I’m capable of, where I thought I was X and all of a sudden I’m the entire alphabet.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • What IST is and how Bryce got into it [3:41]
  • Bryce’s education in IST and what he has been learning [11:30]
  • How our “default wiring” of reactionary living is affected by IST [19:44]
  • How Bryce helps his clients confront their anger in an honest way and use it creatively [26:48]
  • What Bryce sees in his clients that makes them available to the IST practice [38:14]
  • How feng shui ties into Bryce’s work and why it brought him so much fulfillment [43:22]
  • Bryce’s recommendation for anybody looking to improve their space without hiring a feng shui expert [51:30]
  • What’s next for Bryce and his different ventures [54:04]

Links Mentioned:

Connect with Bryce Kennedy on BryceKennedy.co | BryceKennedy.co/blog

Oct 22 2019

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Rank #8: 95: Nick Onken – Three Steps to Creating Your Sandbox

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Creating your sandbox is about creating the structure and time to play.
This week on the show, I’m talking about your sandbox. I’ve mentioned the sandbox on the show many times before, and it’s something that I got from my good friend Elle Luna. Your sandbox is a space where you can play with your art without boundaries or expectations, where you can experiment and try new techniques or subjects. Listen in as I tell you how to create your sandbox in three steps.
Creating your sandbox takes capital, sacrifice, and discipline.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

What creating a sandbox means [1:30]
How to practice your craft [2:00]
Why you need capital to create your sandbox [2:50]
The importance of having discipline [4:30]
What sacrifices you’ll have to make [5:30]

Links mentioned:

Check out my ShopTalk Radio episode with Elle Luna
Read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Music Credit: For You by Mercy

Jul 15 2016

7mins

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Rank #9: 156: Srinivas Rao – Creating For Your Audience of One

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"When you expect nothing, everything comes to you."
As creatives, we are constantly trying to balance our desires to hone our craft and our vision and promote our work to the world, often times chasing what we hope will make the biggest impact on other people. But our guest today is here to tell you that there is only a very small audience you should be focusing on: yourself.

Today, I’m with Srinivas Rao, host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative podcast, conducting over 600 interviews with thought leaders and people from all walks of life, and author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller "The Art of Being Unmistakable", "Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best", and "An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake". Srinivas's work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Inc, Business Insider, and The Blaze.

Listen in to today's episode as we go over a ton of different topics around creative people and the creative process, from technology's role in our work, the role of spiritual practice in creative work, and process-oriented work.
You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!
"When it comes to creative work, the only thing you control is your effort."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

How Srinivas's career in podcasting started in the blogging world [4:07]
Why success is predicated on making large volumes of unremarkable work [5:58]
The importance of focusing on the process instead of the outcome in growing as an artist [8:48]
The acceleration of technology and what that means for the future of the creative [11:28]
How to manage the paradigm shifts in your industry as a creative [19:14]
What inspired Srinivas's new book [26:29]
The most valuable thing an aspiring author can do [32:45]
How Srinivas changed from being a spiritual skeptic, especially in the creative process [34:13]
Why expectation kills the creative process [38:51]
What has been most beneficial for helping Srinivas let go of expectation over the last year [43:39]
Why Srinivas believes people should value their time more highly [50:35]
The systems that Srinivas has in place to make his work better, easier, and more efficient [52:04]
What's next for Srinivas [56:53]

Links Mentioned:

Unmistakable Creative
An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake
The Scenic Route: A Way through Madness
The Architects of Reality
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Wait But Why Year One: We finally figured out how to put a blog onto an e-reader
TaskRabbit

Connect with Srinivas Rao on Unmistakable Creative | Twitter
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Apr 30 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #10: 146: Alex Banayan – How Uncommon Thinking Leads to Unimaginable Opportunity

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"It’s not about how quick the story is, it’s about how fun and entertaining the story is."
We all know the magic of great storytelling - it draws you in, wraps you up, leaves you hanging on every word. It makes you wonder what is going to happen next, so much so that you can’t stop reading or listening until you find out.

Today’s guest knows that magic well. Alex Banayan has made it a goal to become a great storyteller, and I’d say he succeeded. For example, the first half of our interview is the story of his experience on The Price is Right and it is so entertaining, hilarious, and relatable. But it’s all about why Alex went on the show. He was following the path that had been laid out for him when he decided it wasn’t right for him. He had a dream to interview some of the world’s smartest, most creative people, but he needed the money to fund it, and he got a crazy idea. You’ll have to listen to the episode for the rest of the story - I promise it’s worth it.

Alex is releasing his new book The Third Door, which pertains to the business side of entrepreneurship. His concept of the third door is great: the first door is doing what you’re told and waiting in line to do the things you’re supposed to do. The second door is where the VIPs go, the people who have easy access. The third door is the unconventional path to get where you want to go. It’s one that us creatives are very familiar with. Photography has been my third door, my own unconventional path that has led me to a career and a community I couldn’t imagine my life with out.

Listen in to the episode to hear more about Alex’s unconventional journey, how he learned about storytelling, the lessons he learned from writing his own book, and how to stay resilient in the face of rejection.
"It’s not always the most famous or most powerful people that have the best advice."

Some things we learn in this podcast:

Listen to Alex tell the story of how he won The Price is Right [5:05]
What he learned from Elliott Bisnow about storytelling [29:20]
Why it’s important to share the relatable moments [32:50]
Alex’s top three tips to tell a compelling story [34:20]
What are the three doors [41:00]
What is “the flinch” [44:15]
What lessons Alex learned from writing the book [54:00]
Find out what Alex’s favorite books are [55:45]
How to stay resilient in the face of rejection [1:02:15]
What women Alex would love to interview [1:06:00]

Links mentioned:

Get a copy of Alex's book The Third Door
Check out Summit Series
Listen to Cal Fussman’s episode
Read the books mentioned by Alex:

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
Connect with Alex on Instagram | Twitter | Third Door Book

Jun 04 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #11: 142: Emily Fletcher – Tools to De-Stress Your Mind and Body

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Are you willing to invest 2% of your day to make the other 98% better?
Emily Fletcher is a three time returning guest. A meditation teacher and creator of the Ziva Technique, Emily taught me everything I know about meditation, and I’ve been a huge advocate of the practice every since I learned three years ago. Meditation has been a huge part of my creative journey and has helped me get rid of anxiety and stress.

Emily has a new master class about just that: reducing stress. Listen in as she talks about different tools, meditation specifically, to help you de-stress your mind and body on a daily basis. She also is sharing new updated neuroscience around meditation, including new benefits and ways to use a meditation practice to hack your creative flow. Check out Emily's Stress Solution.
To me manifesting simply means consciously creating a life you love.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

What’s new in the world of Ziva Meditation [4:10]
The difference between mindfulness and meditation [5:10]
How stress gets stored in your body [7:10]
How epigenetic control your genes [8:50]
Some of Emily’s favorite new science [10:45]
The power of manifesting [14:30]
What kind of teaching Emily is doing now [18:15]
What a mantra is and how to use them [19:50]
How meditation helps with creative performance [22:40]
Why you should combine discipline and flow [27:55]
What Emily has been doing for the past year [32:35]
What is the biggest myth about meditation [35:00]
Why people need to make time to meditate [40:20]
Emily has a new masterclass about stress management [41:50]
The top books Emily is reading now [43:15]
What happens when you meditate when you’re pregnant [45:30]
What has shifted for me since I started meditating [52:00]

Links mentioned:

Listen to Emily Fletcher’s previous episodes: Episode 66 + Episode 101
Take Emily's new online course
Check out The Stress Solution
Read the books mentioned in this episode:

Origins by Annie Murphy Paul
Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind by Srini Pillay
Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Ortland
Orgasmic Birth by Elizabeth Davis, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, and Aimee Jolson
HypnoBirthing by Marie Mongan and Lorne Campbell
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Connect with  Instagram | Twitter | Website

Apr 03 2018

53mins

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Rank #12: 173: Jason Naylor – Creating A Brand Around Your Art

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“To exhibit that you recognize that you are not alone in your creating of art, that keeps you humble and that’s a quality that I love and admire.”

Today on NION Radio, we have Jason Naylor, an award-winning artist, designer, and creative director who has been working in NYC for 15 years. After earning a BFA in graphic design from Brigham Young University, Jason moved to NYC to immerse himself into the life, color, and magic of New York. Jason began his professional career working in the Creative Department of MAC Cosmetics, where he learned about the business of art and design and developed his taste for spreading life and color into any and every project he could get his hands on. Six years later, Jason set out to start spreading his own message into the world.

Ever since I discovered his work on a mural during one of my shoots, I have been a big fan of Jason, his work, and the positive messaging he is sending to the world. Jason’s tagline is “CREATIVELY POSITIVE x POSITIVELY CREATIVE” and his work expresses this vividly. With such a developed and specific aesthetic and message, I wanted to bring Jason in to talk about building a brand around your art, and we got to talk about that as well as a lot of his artistic growth and inspiration, and I can’t wait to share this episode with you.

Listen in to learn how Jason has created his brand, developed his craft and style, and what his unique upbringing gave him to share with the world.

You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!

The actual painting is fast, what takes time is creative decisions.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • How Jason’s religious upbringing and his art have intertwined [4:53]
  • Why Jason always keeps his community in mind in creating his art [7:47]
  • Jason’s transition from corporate work to becoming a freelancer [10:52]
  • How he found spaces to create his art and the key to his success [15:03]
  • Jason’s creative process [19:15]
  • What Jason sees in the public topics of vulnerability and authenticity [23:38]
  • What coming into the graffiti world ‘through the back door’ has taught Jason [28:58]
  • Jason’s favorite artists and how he develops his craft [32:02]
  • How Jason developed his brand and strong aesthetic style [43:54]
  • The ups and downs of life and what Jason has done to work through his difficult parts of life [50:49]

Connect with Jason Naylor on Instagram | JasonNaylorCreative.com

Nov 06 2019

57mins

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Rank #13: 132: Ben Nemtin – 6 Steps to Conquer Anything On Your Bucket List

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We all have these things we want to do, and they’re all intangible until you speak them or write them down.
Today I’m talking to Ben Nemtin, one of the founders of The Buried Life. When he was younger Ben struggled with serious depression and today he’s talking about how he got through it. From there he decided to make a life pursuing the dreams he always wanted to achieve like traveling the world and playing basketball with President Obama. It begs the question: why aren’t you living your life to the fullest right now?

Ben has some great tips about living the life you want, plus he talks about giving back and being creative in all aspects of your life. He is a super inspiring guy who has really created some amazing moments for himself.

If this is your first time visiting our new site, head over to take the quiz so that we can provide you with content picked just for your creative journey.
Failure is an amazing thing: it either changes your direction that you need to go or at the very least you learn something about yourself and you grow.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

What led to Ben’s depression [5:20]
How Ben decided to create his own tribe [7:00]
How they got the idea to do all the things they wanted to do [8:00]
How he got to play basketball with Obama [12:30]
Why you should write down your goals [18:50]
How he balanced wanting to cross of his own bucket list items and help others [20:30]
The six steps  of creating a life you want [23:30]
How Ben helped a woman get a bionic arm [29:30]
Why talking to each other can help tackle depression [31:00]
How practicing meditation has helped his mindset [38:10]
The transition from depression to believing that anything is possible [40:30]
What is next on Ben’s bucket list [44:15]
How to create space in your life for the things you want [46:55]
What’s next for Ben [49:10]
Books Ben loves [52:40]
Why Ben wants to start a gratefulness practice [54:10]
How Ben lives inspiration [59:10]

Links mentioned:

Take our quiz to get content just for you
Check out The Buried Life
Learn more about Hanger Clinics
Listen to my interview with Vienna Pharaon
Get the Headspace meditation app
Watch the trailer for The Buried Life
Get the books Ben mentions:

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes
Night by Elie Weisel
Music Credit: Anxiety by Blanda

Connect with  Instagram | Twitter | Website

Dec 18 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: 149: Marie Griffin – Finding Your Catnip

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“What is catnip? Catnip is powerful, memorable, and very fast. Everybody has a story, but the decisions that you make about people and brands is much faster than the story.” - Marie Griffin
Marie Griffin is the sought-after authority in media and communication training for leaders and personalities in business, film, fashion, music, beauty, sports, media, wellness and design among other areas. Her immersive process is informed by a profound understanding of people and a deep knowledge of the media, branding, marketing, and public relations landscapes. Her hallmark is her one-on-one work from the inside out to elevate clients to their highest potential, to help them answer the question, "what's your catnip?".

When we see those people who dominate our field, it's almost impossible not to know their work when we see it. But often, creatives have a hard time figuring out what sets them apart from their peers. This is where Marie comes in. She has a trusted, holistic method to find this part of our brand, our "catnip", and the process has been described as "honest, insightful, grounding and transformative". Marie goes over this process in today's interview and how it has helped many of her clients become unmistakable and unforgettable. Her work helps clients understand "what makes you uniquely you", and you can hear this happen in real time in today's episode, as we go over my own work to help discover some next steps with my own brand.

So Marie asks you: #whatsyourcatnip? Listen in to learn how to find what is uniquely you, some of Marie's tips for finding your catnip, what helps you stand out in a world full of competitors.
“We are excavators. We can dig and get the gold nuggets out, and figure out where the problems are [with a company's spokesperson], and then come back with solutions.” - Marie Griffin

Some things we learn in this podcast:

How Marie and her company works with different brands [5:25]
How brands find their best spokesperson [8:45]
Marie's early life and how she found herself on a 48-city tour when she was 19 years old [17:55]
The difference between being message trained and media trained [21:05]
Why entrepreneurs and marketing teams couldn't figure out their own catnip for their brand [27:00]
What Marie means by finding your catnip [29:15]
How you can start finding your catnip [37:45]
What to do when you are interested in too many things [40:45]
How to fight for your vision and why you have to do it [43:30]
Why the process of developing our catnip is almost involuntary [53:00]
How to distill your catnip down to their three most important traits [55:15]
Marie's assignment for those getting started in their career [1:01:45]
What "live inspiration" means to Marie [1:10:10]

Links mentioned:

Join the community at nionlife.com
Take the creative quiz here
Check out #whatsyourcatnip on Instagram

Connect with Marie Griffin on Instagram | WhatsYourCatnip.com

Oct 03 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #15: 131: Nick Onken – 8 Must Reads for Creative Entrepreneurs

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Real artists will take the time to create a business around what their craft.
Today I’m sharing with you some of the books that have helped me along my creative and entrepreneurial journey. Some of these books are what got me started down this path of art and commerce, and others are ones I have found helpful along my journey. If you’re an artist looking to build a business with your craft, I think you’ll find these books really helpful.

I also want to invite you to join the Nion Life Community over on Facebook. There you’ll find likeminded creatives and an place where you can ask questions, get inspired, and collaborate.
You have to figure out the puzzle pieces to put together the life that you want.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

Book #1: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield [1:45]
What is the resistance [2:05]
Book #2: Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins [2:35]
How to become your own sponsor [3:00]
Book #3: Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon [3:15]
Why you should read the physical Steal Like an Artist book [3:50]
Book #4: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon [4:00]
Book #5: The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss [4:20]
Why you have to design your own life [4:40]
Book #6: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi [5:15]
Why relationships are key [5:30]
Book #7: The Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday [6:00]
The importance of creating a platform for yourself [6:30]
Book #8: Damn Good Advice by Georgie Lois [6:55]
Why I listen to audiobooks [7:35]

Links mentioned:

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
The Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday
Damn Good Advice by Georgie Lois
Listen to my episode about my secret weapons for reading books fast

Sep 13 2017

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Rank #16: 153: Tools For Developing Your Inner World

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"The inner world is the most important world to generate success."
Hello fellow NIONites! Today, we're talking about taking care of yourself and your inner world, and how you can make the most out of all of your experiences. This past year has been difficult for me, as it might have been for you as well, but I have learned a lot along the way and wanted to share it with you on this episode. We'll be going over lots of different kinds of things, from science and frameworks that can help us better understand our inner world to ways to work on it directly. These 5 tools have helped me so much on my own spiritual path, and I'm looking forward to how they can help you.

Listen in to learn how to develop your inner world through various techniques and activities, and how they can bring you a better life and worldview.
You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!
"We need to really dig deep to find the things that actually are meaningful in life, versus the things that we think everybody wants to see."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

Why our inner world is the most important space to develop our own success [1:26]
Why getting wrapped up in your thoughts can hurt your self image and inflate your ego [3:13]
How our emotions and actions create the world around us [3:41]
The ramifications of believing that we are our egos [6:40]
How you can use your breath to move towards wholeness in your life [8:34]
The benefits of different styles of meditation [11:42]
The science of psychedelics and how they can change your mind for the better []

Links Mentioned:

Check out these books by Dr. Joe Dispenza:

Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
Find out more about Oprah's podcast on A New Earth with Eckhart Tolle
Learn more about The Wim Hof Method
Check out Nick's meditation teacher Emily Fletcher's previous three episodes on NION Radio:

66: How Meditation Boosts Your Creativity
101: Learn to Meditate No Matter Where You Are
142: Tools to De-Stress Your Mind and Body
Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance by Emily Fletcher
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Feb 26 2019

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Rank #17: 170: Where Do I Start?

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"I'm always starting over, and you have to find the things that motivate you, you have to find your inspiration."
Whether you're just starting out in your field or you're a seasoned veteran, we've all been in this space: Where do I start? Who do I talk to? What am I even trying to do?

It all feels overwhelming and can make you feel like you're never going to get anywhere. But fear not! Everybody has been there before and on today's episode, we've got the answer. On today's show, we're going over five steps to get you moving in your career, your art, or whatever project you're looking to work on.
You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!
"Whatever you do, you have to start somewhere."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

Why Nick thought that tackling how to start was so important for creatives [1:11]
The importance of choosing as your first step [1:56]
Why keeping your work as playful as possible is key [4:26]
What you can gain from getting deep into the work that is in your medium [6:07]
The momentum of having a good structure [7:08]
How accountability can help you keep your momentum [9:27]

Links Mentioned:

NION Radio 166: ABC – Always Be Creating
The War Of Art
NION Radio 50: Elle Luna – What It Means To Follow Your MUST
Join the NION Life Community!

Oct 16 2019

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Rank #18: 155: Nick Onken – Taking Out Your Mind Trash

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"It's that monkey brain chatter of worry, fear, and anxiety, and all the thoughts that come from worrying about the future and regretting the past."
To stay healthy, we make sure we eat the right foods and keep hydrated. To stay clean, we brush our teeth and wash ourselves. Why should taking care of our mind be any different?

Today on NION Radio, we're talking about taking out our mind trash, which could be keeping us from becoming our best selves and taking charge of our own lives. Listen in as we talk about how to boost your productivity, reduce stress and anxiety, and change your brain chemistry through meditation.
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"It's like taking out the trash on a daily basis; like brushing your teeth, you're brushing and cleaning your mind daily."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

What the "mind trash" is [0:45]
Why it's important to step back periodically to recognize that you are not your thoughts [2:12]
Meditation's effect on thought patterns and wellbeing [3:55]
How meditation aids in keeping your body healthy, as well as your mind [5:16]
The effect that "mind trash" can have on our lives and those around us [6:35]

Links Mentioned:

Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Check out Nick's meditation teacher Emily Fletcher's previous three episodes on NION Radio:

66: How Meditation Boosts Your Creativity
101: Learn to Meditate No Matter Where You Are
142: Tools to De-Stress Your Mind and Body

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #19: 141: Five Mistakes Beginner Creatives Make

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It’s easy to find yourself analyzing everything and not actually creating.
Today I want to talk about some of the mistakes I see people make when they are just beginning the journey of their career in art. And while these mistakes are common when you’re just starting, they can be made (and often are) no matter where you are in your career.

I’ve been falling into some of these lately myself, and sometimes reminding myself of misplaced frustration or my own impatience can help me get back into my sandbox so I can keep creating.
There will be ups and downs in your career, and the downs can feel really really down.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

Mistake 1: Doing it for the image or to “be cool” [1:50]
Mistake 2: Being entitled [3:10]
Mistake 3: Analysis paralysis [5:05]
Mistake 4: Lack of patience [6:15]
Mistake 5: If you can’t deal with uncertainty, get out now [7:55]

Links mentioned:

Read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Mar 28 2018

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Rank #20: 140: Gabriel Urist – How To Stay Disciplined In Your Craft

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Jewelry is not an organic kind of art: it’s a lot of measuring and calculating.
Today’s guest, Gabriel Urist, is a big name in streetwear world. A jewelry designer and artist, Gabriel has designed for LeBron James, Jay-Z, and has collaborated with Supreme, Nike, and other big brands.

In today’s show, we dive into Gabriel’s creative process, his background, and the story of how he got started and studied jewelry design. Hear how he connected with Nike for a collaboration, why he has mixed feelings about the jewelry industry, and the amazing project he’s working on right now.
I feel like I have a responsibility to be an artist.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

Gabriel’s upbringing and education at an arts school [3:20]
The influence of basketball on his craft [5:50]
How Gabriel started making money early in his career [9:45]
Why copying someone else’s work is weird [11:00]
How Gabriel transitioned to fashion and what he would learn [13:00]
Why Gabriel never feels like he’s quite in his groove [14:50]
How he got connected with Nike [17:35]
What Gabriel’s creative process is like and how it differs with custom jewelry [19:30]
What project he is working on now [20:50]
What freedom means to Gabriel [24:30]
Why the jewelry industry is dirty [25:40]
What Gabriel’s routine is like [30:20]
Love inspires him, anger inspires him [31:20]
What in his life allows Gabriel to create his own freedom [36:10]
Gabriel’s top three books right now [37:50]

Links mentioned:

Check out the Interlochen Center for the Arts
Learn more about the artists Gabriel mentioned:

Matthew Barney
Tom Otterness
Jeff Staple
Miguel Adrover
Read the books Gabriel mentioned:

The Shark’s Paintbrush by Jay Harman
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Connect with  Instagram | Twitter

Mar 21 2018

43mins

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180: Jason Harris – The Soulful Art of Persuasion

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“Whenever I hear a no, I think it’s a no for now.”

Hey guys! I’m super excited because we have lots of fun stuff coming up this year. It’s 2020 — the year of vision and getting clear on where I’m going and what I’m creating, so today I’m sitting down with Jason Harris. He has been in advertising for 20 years and is the Founder of the advertising agency, Mechanism.

Now, Jason is the author of the fantastic new book, The Soulful Art of Persuasion. It is all about building long-term relationships that turn into creative collaborations and business collaborations. We had a great conversation about being generous with your time and resources, what inspired him to write this book, and what he thinks of the show Mad Men.

Listen in to learn how to make the most of professional contacts, how to keep a healthy balance between your business and your humanity, and when to stop giving your work away for free.

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“When I was 12 years old I knew I wanted to be a madman.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • How to keep in touch with your professional contacts [12:50]
  • How to balance your human soul with your business [14:35]
  • Types of pro bono work Jason does with advertising [15:30]
  • How to get started giving back [16:10]
  • How to find the balance in charity work [21:00]
  • What the word influencer means to Jason [23:24]
  • What Jason’s routines and rituals are [32:54]
  • How often Nick does breathwork [40:20]
  • How is ayahuasca like therapy [40:47]

Links Mentioned:

Connect with Jason Harris on Instagram | Twitter | The Soulful Art

Jan 21 2020

51mins

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179: Create Your Year With Intention & Goals

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“New Year’s resolutions are just trash.”

It’s a new year! And, for many of us, with each new year comes the desire to turn over a new leaf and start fresh. To create yourself in the best way possible, you have to do the deep work and really investigate your life — and a new year is the perfect excuse to do just that! There’s a delicate balance between keeping your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds. And it’s important for both the creative side of your life and for the business side, but you also have to set your intentions without getting too attached to the results.

Today I really want to talk about goal setting and intention setting for the year. I will share my method for doing so as well as the personal goals that I am setting for myself.

On today’s show, we’re going over the ways to set and prioritize your goals for the new year, how to balance work with pleasure, and how to balance those goals with reality.

You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!

“You should always be questioning your reality.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • How to best balance your goals with your reality [4:35]
  • The value of balance for a creative lifestyle [4:59]
  • The importance of gratitude in your life [8:35]
  • The many pillars of Nick’s life [10:20]
  • How to best prioritize philanthropy in your daily life [11:07]
  • What are Nick’s intentions for the new year [12:00]
  • What goals Nick is working towards this year [13:05]

The Pillars of Nick’s Life

  1. Creativity
  2. Creating life balance
  3. Love and relationships – friendly, familial and romantic
  4. Business and finances
  5. Wellness
  6. Personal fitness
  7. Personal development
  8. Spirituality
  9. Philanthropy

Links Mentioned:

Jan 08 2020

15mins

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178: 21 Things I Learned This Year

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“There’s people that don’t learn from their mistakes, people that do learn from their mistakes, and people who learn from other peoples’ mistakes — I want to be the third one.”

Welcome to today’s episode of NION Radio where we’re reflecting on the past year. I will be talking about the things I learned in the past year that have had the greatest impact on my life. I have too many to count, but this list includes 21 things that I want to pass on to you so that you can begin to set your intentions for the new year ahead.

I, for one, dug myself out of depression this year through experimenting with psychedelics and proactively working towards a healthy work balance, and I am thrilled to be moving into a more expansive brand direction next year.

Listen in to hear Nick share some of the most important things he learned in 2019 and what he is looking forward to in the new year.

Join me as I unpack this list:

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“You are a spiritual being having a human experience in, like, a meat suit.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • How Nick got himself out of a depression [5:30]
  • Should psychedelics be considered drugs [8:10]
  • Ways psychedelics can be used to rewire the brain [9:00]
  • What is the shadow of your psyche [12:00]
  • How ayahuasca can be therapeutic [13:00]
  • Nick’s experience growing up in a religious family [13:50]
  • How to untether from your thoughts. [17:00]
  • How to create life balance [17:45]
  • What self-care is [24:00]
  • Nick’s goals for the new year [34:35]

Links Mentioned:

Dec 18 2019

35mins

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177: Tero Isokauppila – All Things Mushrooms & Creativity

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“Mushrooms are more playful, more loving, and more nurturing…”

Welcome to today’s episode of NION Radio where we’re talking to Tero Isokauppila, a mushroom guru who took us on an epic trip to Finnish Lapland this past January. From regular mushrooms to psilocybin, the magic mushrooms, Tero knows all about it. He even writes books and speaks all over the world about the part mushrooms play in creativity and the creation of stories.

A product of his upbringing, he credits his creativity and inspiration to nature. He is also an outspoken advocate for the resurgence of non-addictive substances as an outlet for self-exploration.

Listen in to today’s episode to learn how Tero found his calling in mushrooms, why he developed his business around them, and what these mushrooms can do for your health.

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“A lot of things in nature don’t want to be eaten — including plants.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • How Tero Isokauppila got involved with mushrooms [3:38]
  • Tero’s children’s book on the true origin of Santa Claus [5:20]
  • The world’s most famous mushroom that nobody knows [5:50]
  • Which mushrooms can help your health [10:30]
  • The king of all mushrooms [13:55]
  • Why you shouldn’t eat mushrooms raw [15:43]
  • Tero’s favorite mushroom [17:05]
  • Some of the most expensive edible mushrooms [17:40]
  • How mushrooms help with creativity [19:08]
  • Tero’s travel philosophy [24:10]
  • How Tero stays healthy on the road [26:45]
  • Tero’s experience with ayahuasca [32:18]
  • The value and validity of microdosing [40:23]
  • Different dosages of mushrooms [42:25]
  • How important is psychedelic drug research [47:10]

Connect with Tero Isokauppila on Instagram | Four Sigmatic

Dec 04 2019

59mins

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176: Design Your Life

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“A lot of times what’s on the other side of that risk is beauty.”

Welcome to today’s episode of NION Radio where we’re talking about the ways that I actively work to design the life that I envision for myself and the tools that you can use to design your life. Have you ever wondered “how did I get to where I am today”? When I was deciding what I wanted to do when I grew up, the combination of art and technology sparked my interest in design, so I started with this goal and worked backwards from there to figure out what it takes to get there.

These practical steps have helped me to realize my goal and to appreciate the joys and challenges of making a career from your art. Why is it so important to be able to separate yourself from your art? What does it mean to create your life by creating every small moment and how can we allow ourselves the space to make magic happen?

Listen in to learn about Nick Onken’s background, his path to creating art as a career, and his outlook on how to design your life.

You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!

“I created that vision then broke it down in reverse and said, how can I get there?”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • Nick Onken’s first career [2:14]
  • Why Nick decided to go to school for graphic design [3:00]
  • The book that changed the game for Nick [3:40]
  • What it means to create a moment [5:28]
  • A practical exercise to achieving your perfect day [6:50]
  • How Nick created a lifestyle that includes travel [10:15]
  • When Nick decided to become a commercial photographer [12:20]

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Nov 27 2019

18mins

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175: Benjamin Shine – Using Unconventional Tools For Art

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“It’s a material that is half not there and I find that fascinating.”

Welcome to today’s episode of NION Radio where we’re talking to Benjamin Shine, an artist who may not seem like a tutu kind of guy, but who has a background in women’s wear and makes fantastic art with single pieces of tulle fabric. After being encouraged to leave fashion school in his third year, he focused his efforts on creating two items of clothing from a single piece of fabric before going down the inventor-designer rabbit hole.

Finding clarity from chaos, Benjamin Shine has found success in the art world using gravity and the density of material to create form rather than just images. I brought Benjamin in to talk about his graveyard of old irons, his recent collaborations with designers like John Galliano, and his spiritual journey as it relates to his art.

Listen in to today’s episode to learn how Benjamin found his medium of choice, developed his business techniques, and what his creative process looks like.

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“When I find an iron with a point, I’m pretty happy, but they blow up from time to time which is a hassle.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • What sparked Ben’s interest in fashion [5:35]
  • What differentiates the way artists and designers think [8:00]
  • How to handle the business side of art [9:40]
  • How Ben afforded to pivot so early in his career [19:40]
  • What Ben’s creative process looks like [21:00]
  • The themes present in Ben’s art [32:40]
  • What Ben’s life as an artist looks like while living in different cities [49:49]
  • What Ben’s day to day life is like [50:40]
  • How Ben’s wife turned her health around [52:24]

Connect with Benjamin Shine on Instagram | Benjaminshine.com

Here is some of Benji’s amazing work!

Nov 20 2019

55mins

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174: How I Stay Motivated & Focused

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“The mental game is the biggest game you’ll ever play.”

Welcome to today’s episode of NION Radio where we’re talking about how to stay motivated and focused in your creative endeavors. When I was going over emails and comments from members of the NION Life community, this was the number one thing that kept coming up. Why do I have such a hard time committing to my craft? Why do I feel so much resistance? What can I do?

Lucky for you, fellow NIONites, we’ve got the episode that’s get you on that path towards focus, finishing projects, and finding what keeps you going. Listen in to this episode to learn what top creatives do to stay focused and motivated, like finding your why, self care, and using your creative community.

You can Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts. And please leave me a Rating and Review!

“It always happens, it’s always going, you have to keep doing these things to maintain your motivation.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • Why maintaining your motivation is an ever changing task [1:30]
  • How knowing your why can keep you focused on the big picture [6:58]
  • The most important book for creatives and why you should read it [9:10]
  • What the most successful creatives have in common in staying focused [11:15]
  • The power of community and how it can inspire you [15:03]
  • Why you need to stay innovative and keep creating for creativity’s sake [16:13]

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Nov 12 2019

19mins

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173: Jason Naylor – Creating A Brand Around Your Art

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“To exhibit that you recognize that you are not alone in your creating of art, that keeps you humble and that’s a quality that I love and admire.”

Today on NION Radio, we have Jason Naylor, an award-winning artist, designer, and creative director who has been working in NYC for 15 years. After earning a BFA in graphic design from Brigham Young University, Jason moved to NYC to immerse himself into the life, color, and magic of New York. Jason began his professional career working in the Creative Department of MAC Cosmetics, where he learned about the business of art and design and developed his taste for spreading life and color into any and every project he could get his hands on. Six years later, Jason set out to start spreading his own message into the world.

Ever since I discovered his work on a mural during one of my shoots, I have been a big fan of Jason, his work, and the positive messaging he is sending to the world. Jason’s tagline is “CREATIVELY POSITIVE x POSITIVELY CREATIVE” and his work expresses this vividly. With such a developed and specific aesthetic and message, I wanted to bring Jason in to talk about building a brand around your art, and we got to talk about that as well as a lot of his artistic growth and inspiration, and I can’t wait to share this episode with you.

Listen in to learn how Jason has created his brand, developed his craft and style, and what his unique upbringing gave him to share with the world.

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The actual painting is fast, what takes time is creative decisions.

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • How Jason’s religious upbringing and his art have intertwined [4:53]
  • Why Jason always keeps his community in mind in creating his art [7:47]
  • Jason’s transition from corporate work to becoming a freelancer [10:52]
  • How he found spaces to create his art and the key to his success [15:03]
  • Jason’s creative process [19:15]
  • What Jason sees in the public topics of vulnerability and authenticity [23:38]
  • What coming into the graffiti world ‘through the back door’ has taught Jason [28:58]
  • Jason’s favorite artists and how he develops his craft [32:02]
  • How Jason developed his brand and strong aesthetic style [43:54]
  • The ups and downs of life and what Jason has done to work through his difficult parts of life [50:49]

Connect with Jason Naylor on Instagram | JasonNaylorCreative.com

Nov 06 2019

57mins

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172: When You Make SH*T Art

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“When you make shit art, you just have to get up and make more art.”

You just got done with your big project. Your magnum opus. You had been envisioning it for years, it was beautiful, it was impactful, it was amazing! But when all was said and done, and you stepped back, it didn’t look like that at all. It looked like shit.

If this has happened to you, contrary to what you may have thought at that point, you are not alone. And today’s episode of NION Radio is all about what to do when what you make doesn’t live up to what you saw in your head. Listen in to learn what it means if you find yourself making shit art, what to do next, and what it takes to stop making shitty art.

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“When you feel like you’re making shit art, it’s really about the fact that you haven’t closed the gap between what you envisioned and what you actually produced.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • What it means if you think the art you’re making is shit [1:19]
  • Why accepting the process is key to long term growth [2:15]
  • Learning from our mistakes and how to move past them [2:51]
  • When quantity might end up being better than quality [5:48]

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Oct 30 2019

8mins

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171: Bryce Kennedy – How To Convert Anger Into Power And Creativity

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“IST gets back to that root of your beliefs, so you can open up that belief that was formed in your life.”

“I was an attorney who worked 90 hour weeks. I had a lovely bleeding stomach ulcer. I was plagued by decades of sleepless nights due to night terrors. I liked my scotch almost as much as I liked my daily cheesesteaks. But let’s not forget my friends; anxiety, fear, doubt, hate, and depression. They were the background noise of my life. Oh, the joy of living. Ha. But eventually, I stopped laughing.”

These are the words of today’s guest, Bryce Kennedy, an Inner Space Techniques (IST) practitioner who also specializes in feng shui, mindfulness, and energetic consultation for businesses that care. Since beginning his journey with IST, Bryce has found a path to his highest self and his goal is to bring that awareness to every single person he works with.

Listen in to learn more about Inner Space Techniques, overcoming your default wiring, and how to start your own path towards using your anger creatively.

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“I want to see what I’m capable of, where I thought I was X and all of a sudden I’m the entire alphabet.”

Some things we learn in this podcast:

  • What IST is and how Bryce got into it [3:41]
  • Bryce’s education in IST and what he has been learning [11:30]
  • How our “default wiring” of reactionary living is affected by IST [19:44]
  • How Bryce helps his clients confront their anger in an honest way and use it creatively [26:48]
  • What Bryce sees in his clients that makes them available to the IST practice [38:14]
  • How feng shui ties into Bryce’s work and why it brought him so much fulfillment [43:22]
  • Bryce’s recommendation for anybody looking to improve their space without hiring a feng shui expert [51:30]
  • What’s next for Bryce and his different ventures [54:04]

Links Mentioned:

Connect with Bryce Kennedy on BryceKennedy.co | BryceKennedy.co/blog

Oct 22 2019

1hr

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170: Where Do I Start?

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"I'm always starting over, and you have to find the things that motivate you, you have to find your inspiration."
Whether you're just starting out in your field or you're a seasoned veteran, we've all been in this space: Where do I start? Who do I talk to? What am I even trying to do?

It all feels overwhelming and can make you feel like you're never going to get anywhere. But fear not! Everybody has been there before and on today's episode, we've got the answer. On today's show, we're going over five steps to get you moving in your career, your art, or whatever project you're looking to work on.
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"Whatever you do, you have to start somewhere."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

Why Nick thought that tackling how to start was so important for creatives [1:11]
The importance of choosing as your first step [1:56]
Why keeping your work as playful as possible is key [4:26]
What you can gain from getting deep into the work that is in your medium [6:07]
The momentum of having a good structure [7:08]
How accountability can help you keep your momentum [9:27]

Links Mentioned:

NION Radio 166: ABC – Always Be Creating
The War Of Art
NION Radio 50: Elle Luna – What It Means To Follow Your MUST
Join the NION Life Community!

Oct 16 2019

13mins

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169: Todd Herman – Creating An Alter Ego To Uplevel Creative Performance

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"We all naturally do this. We aspire to be the heroes that we see out there, and we put on their uniform or jersey and try to activate that better version of ourself."
Would you believe it if you heard that Beyonce uses an alter ego to overcome her anxiety on stage? Did you know that many of the top performers in the world, from sports to the arts, perform as somebody else?

Believe it or not, using alter egos can let you get past your own blocks and stories to get in the zone and perform at your highest ability. And today's guest on NION Radio, Todd Herman, will help you get there. Todd has clocked over 15,000 hours on the field of play working one-on-one with people from all backgrounds and circumstances to develop an impenetrable mindset. Knowing the mental performance game better than anyone, Todd's execution and mindset strategies and systems are used by businesses, entrepreneurs, entertainers, athletes around the world.

Listen in to learn the importance of an alter ego in your creative work, how to develop your own, and how best to put it into practice in your daily life.
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"The moment you shift your identity, it changes behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs because you are no longer shackled to your own narrative."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

How Todd's experience as an athlete growing up led him to use the "alter ego" effect [2:54]
How this alter ego can affect our creativity [9:30]
The different types of alter egos that can manifest in a person's life [16:46]
The practice of stepping into these different identities [23:33]
How Todd short circuits the ten thousand hour rule [33:24]
What challenges people face when growing in their work [41:10]
Why you should always work with the best [43:16]
Why "fake it til you make it" just doesn't work [51:27]

Links Mentioned:

The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life

Connect with Todd Herman on ToddHerman.me | AlterEgoEffect.com

Oct 09 2019

58mins

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168: Why Registering Your Copyright Is Important

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"Pretty much anything of yours that's used online without your permission is considered an infringement of copyright."
What if I told you that you may be losing tons of money from others illegally using your work? And what if you knew exactly how to get that money that is rightfully yours? Today on NION Radio, we're talking about exactly that, why registering your copyright is important.

As a photographer, I have found my images being used in many different places without my permission. While much of it is harmless, I have found that sometimes they are being used to sell products for other companies, and as they are circumventing my normal fee, I can claim that lost revenue in court. Learn how to register your copyright for your work, why that's important, and how you can use technology to do the hard work for you and get you paid.
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"If they're making money on it, then I should be making money off of the work that I did."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

What got Nick thinking about copyright [1:06]
What registering your art as copyright can do for you in the future [2:55]
How to get copyrights for your images [4:46]
Why you should use a site like Image Defenders to look for others using your work [6:26]

Links Mentioned:

Register your copyright at Copyright.gov
Image Defenders

Oct 02 2019

10mins

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167: Paige Mycoskie – Designing Your Life Through Your Art With Products

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"Once I started sewing clothes for myself, I realized it was something I was wildly passionate about."
Today on NION Radio, we have one of my oldest friends, Paige Mycoskie, founder of California-based fashion brand Aviator Nation. When Paige crafted her vision of what she wanted Aviator Nation to be, she knew what she was doing was not only going to work, but was going to succeed. Fronting the work and cash to get started, she shopped her initial work to various Los Angeles clothing stores and found her work to be a huge hit all over southern California.

And the reach of Aviator Nation didn't stop at just its products. Paige's new clothing brand also became a center for US-made clothing, happy workers, and a brand new community of new friends. Tune in to learn how Paige Mycoskie made her dream business, designing clothing that she loved in a way that was honest and sustainable.
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"Having this retail store is really helping me understand where to take the clothes, and it's just a fun experience."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

How Aviator Nation got started [5:05]
How Paige bootstrapped her entire business [9:31]
The process of growing the company [28:53]
When Aviator Nation moved into retail and what Paige learned along the way [35:55]
Paige's views on spirituality, the universe, and God [50:21]
What Paige sees in the future for herself and Aviator Nation [1:04:35]

Connect with Paige Mycoskie on AviatorNation.com | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Sep 25 2019

1hr 12mins

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166: ABC – Always Be Creating

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"I always want to be in a state of creation."
As an artist, we always have our art in our sights. What we're working on, what we're inspired by, what we're learning, all things that contribute to success in our field. But what are we not focusing on? On today's episode of NION Radio, we're getting into the ABC principle, Always Be Creating, and how you can apply it everywhere in your life, not just your art. We'll also go over some of the common pitfalls in the life of an artist and how to overcome those. So get out there and create your life by creating every small moment. Always be creating!
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"You have to consciously create the space to create your art, your business, and your life balance for relationships."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

Why you need to always be creating as an artist [1:54]
What creation is and isn't [3:46]
The importance of creating and maintaining awareness [6:50]
Are you creating more than you're consuming? [8:14]
Why searching for value in our work is a bad idea [10:13]
What can be learned from Tim Ferris's 4 Hour Work Week for our creative process [13:04]

Links Mentioned:

Why The Foods Podcast
The War Of Art
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich
161: Experimenting with Plant Medicine
162: Gerry Powell – How Plant Medicine Can Change Your Life
163: Dr. Jeff McNairy – How Plant Medicine Works In Your Brain
164: How Breathwork Has Helped My Creative Flow
165: Christian Minson – Healing Your Life With Breathwork
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

Connect with Nick Onken on Instagram

Sep 18 2019

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165: Christian Minson – Healing Your Life With Breathwork

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"Plant medicine and breath were the mandate to bring Rythmia into existence."
Welcome to NION Radio! Today's episode is another part of my series on plant medicine and the wonderful people I've met through my journey with it. Our guest today is Christian Minson, the Director of Breathwork at Rythmia. The time he has spent with breathwork has made him an expert in the field and an invaluable asset at Rythmia, elevating people to higher states and aiding the work of the plant medicine through the breath.

Since starting his work as a monk in the hills of West Los Angeles, Christian has always been looking for a higher purpose and an elevated state of consciousness. Soon after leaving his lifestyle as a monk, he started going deeply into breathwork and learned how much it can help you heal, and the simple but profound power of it moved him.

Christian's work at Rythmia is a culmination of his years of practice and research, and through his work, he has impacted and accelerated the learning of every participant he has worked with there. Listen in to learn what breathwork is, how it is working with the brain and your consciousness, and how you can use it to elevate your creativity.
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"What our body, mind, and soul runs on is prana. Oxygen happens to be the element that carries prana in abundance."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

Christian's long history with breathwork and teaching its process [3:23]
Why Christian moved on from the Monk lifestyle [9:41]
How breathwork became a career path for Christian [14:42]
The differences between different styles of breathwork [19:41]
What's happening in our brain when you participate in breathwork, and how it can facilitate creativity [21:52]
How Christian utilizes breath to get into his own creative space [26:51]
Where you can go to work on your breath with others [29:24]
How Gerry and Christian met and how he started working at Rythmia [31:01]
What makes Rythmia such a unique place to try plant medicine [38:59]
What a breath session looks like [45:00]

Links Mentioned:

161: Experimenting with Plant Medicine
162: Gerry Powell – How Plant Medicine Can Change Your Life
163: Dr. Jeff McNairy – How Plant Medicine Works In Your Brain
164: How Breathwork Has Helped My Creative Flow
Autobiography of a Yogi by P. Yogananda
Rythmia

Connect with Christian Minson on Facebook | YouTube | BreathFlow.com

Sep 11 2019

52mins

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164: How Breathwork Has Helped My Creative Flow

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"The space we want to get to that's a great space to create from is a space of internal validation."
Welcome to today's episode of NION Radio! Today on the show, we're talking about breathwork and how it has changed my life for the better. Particularly in my creative work, I've noticed that the work I've been doing has freed me up to create in a non-judgmental and inspiring space, almost on command.

Listen in to learn more about breathwork and its many types, the way it has improved my self esteem and creative work, and how you can get started on your own journey with it.
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"I didn't realize I didn't have that awareness, so I've created it [with breathwork]."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

What the ego needs and how it impairs your self esteem [1:36]
The best space to be creating from [2:53]
How breathwork incorporates internal validation [4:18]
What breathwork has taught Nick [5:25]
Why we should be cognizant of our default node network and what we are setting it to [7:29]
What you should know that can amplify breathwork's effects [9:21]
What Dr. Joe Dispenza means by "living in a higher spiritual and emotional state " [11:56]

Links Mentioned:

Check out Nick's video on breathwork
Listen to the breathwork guiding track here

Sep 04 2019

14mins

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163: Dr. Jeff McNairy – How Plant Medicine Works In Your Brain

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"Gerry wanted to have a place that was safe and had clinical people and shamans all together in one place, so that people that would never go to Peru or the jungle would actually come here."
Since he started working in the healthcare field, Dr. Jeff McNairy has always felt like the standard Western treatments for trauma and depression weren't the right answer. While they did work, it always seemed like they took too long, sometimes leaving the patient leaving his treatment without any direction or answers to their ailments. This was all until he started treating Gerry Powell, and his journey took a completely different turn.

Welcome to this week's episode of NION Radio, continuing our dive into plant medicine, and what I have learned at the Rythmia Spiritual Treatment center. Dr. Jeff McNairy is Chief Medical Officer at Rythmia, working with patients who have addictions and trauma, as well as those who suffer from acute psychiatric conditions. Since he started his work with ayahuasca, Jeff has seen himself and others transformed by it, and has endeavored to create a safe and certified space for people to learn from the plant medicine.

In this episode, we're getting into the science behind ayahuasca, and what happens in your brain during and after your experience with it. Listen in to learn how Dr. Jeff McNairy started working with Gerry Powell and ayahuasca, and the science behind plant medicines and why they work.
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"The shadow self is basically just the ego that has been created throughout our whole life to show the world what we want the world to see."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

How Jeff moved from working at a rehab center to working with Gerry at Rythmia [4:15]
How people with medications have to prepare for taking ayahuasca [12:35]
What is happening in your brain when you take plant medicine [15:44]
How Jeff helps people who are extremely depressed move towards working with plant medicine [21:22]
What our shadow sides look like from a neuroscience perspective [22:33]
The transformations that Jeff has seen at Rythmia [26:38]
How breath work affects us in a similar way to ayahuasca [33:39]
The difference of experiences between psilocybin and ayahuasca [38:14]
Jeff's experiences taking care of his own traumas through ayahuasca [40:08]
What the higher self looks like in the brain [43:59]
Why some people go back to their old triggers and lifestyles after taking ayahuasca [46:50]
How exercise helps people keep a healthy emotional and mental state [51:51]

Links Mentioned:

NION Radio 161: Experimenting with Plant Medicine
NION Radio 162: Gerry Powell – How Plant Medicine Can Change Your Life

Connect with Dr. Jeff McNairy on Rythmia | Facebook

Aug 27 2019

56mins

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162: Gerry Powell – How Plant Medicine Can Change Your Life

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"I'm not a thought leader, I'm not woke, I'm a guy that's a cheerleader for a plant."
I'm so happy to introduce you to Gerry Powell, today's guest on NION Radio. 10 years ago, Gerry had just sold his company for $94 million dollars, had 5 houses, 20 plus cars, and 2 planes. He had achieved the American dream but was hooked on Demerol, was an alcoholic and was suicidal. Not even the top addiction rehab in the world could free him from his pain. But when a friend introduced him to an African plant, in one night he was healed from a lifetime of suffering. Today, Gerry is happy and free, and driven by the ease of awakening through plant medicine versus conventional routes, he has made it his life’s mission to show others there can be a shortcut to happiness.

Being the founder and organizer of the Rhythmia event, I got to spend a lot of time around Gerry Powell during my time there, and he has given me so much in my own journey with my life and spirituality through plant medicine. Listen in to learn how Gerry began working with plant medicine, what Rhythmia has done for him and others, and how he uses data to improve the event.
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"Anytime you have a date with divinity, you are changed."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

How Gerry went from successful but depressed to a fully changed person through plant medicine [5:52]
Why Gerry doesn't consider himself a thought leader [12:19]
What inspired the development of Rhythmia [14:55]
What our experiences with plant medicine can teach us about our world [17:41]
Why Gerry doesn't feel bad about not leaving Rhythmia for months at a time [21:36]
The feeling of being merged and how it changes everything you experience in your life [29:16]
Why having a near death experience often changes people in the same way that plant medicine does [36:27]
Why some people are okay with doing it once, while others come back again and again [39:07]
What Gerry means by everybody getting their "miracle" [44:23]
How the data that Gerry is collecting is being used to create a better experience for every Rhythmia event [48:46]
How Rhythmia's team is maintained to keep their ceremony as good as it can be [52:17]

Links Mentioned:

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Sh*t The Moon Said: The Miraculous and Mystical Journey of Gerard Armond Powell
Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

Connect with Gerry Powell on Rhythmia's website | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Aug 14 2019

1hr 3mins

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161: Experimenting with Plant Medicine

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"It's like if you got shot by a bullet and it got lodged in your body. Well you're not just going to leave it in there. You're going to want to excavate it."
Have you ever felt totally trapped by how you react and sometimes overreact to situations? Like you're not in control and by the time you know what's happening, the damage has been done? This kind of behavior is often caused by deeply rooted trauma that can take years of therapy to overcome.

But what if there was an easier way? A backdoor into your subconscious where you can work on taking care of that trauma?

Today's episode of NION Radio is all about my journey with plant medicine and the power I see in it as a tool for growth, both personally and creatively. I go over my recent experience at Rhythmia in Costa Rica, the different medicines and their effects, and how creatives can benefit from these experiences.
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"Ayahuasca is a big tool for clearing those subconscious traumas."
Some things we learn in this podcast:

Nick's first experimentation with plant medicine and how that changed his outlook on life [1:16]
What Nick experienced at Rhythmia in Costa Rica [2:40]
How plant medicine can help you dig down deep into your subconscious and heal wounds from the past [5:17]
How Ayahuasca works and how it works differently in different people [7:38]
What Nick learned about himself and his past [11:32]
Why clearing out your negative energies increases your creative flow [13:46]
The understated importance of our gut [14:49]

Links Mentioned:

Rhythmia
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
Ziva Meditation with Emily Fletcher
Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon

Aug 06 2019

18mins

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An Essential!!!

By Melanie Wed - Jan 11 2020
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I’ve been a listener for a few years now, and I always turn back to this podcast!! It’s been a huge part of my college experience through my morning commute, and it has always kept me inspired and motivated to really go out and create. Thank you, Nick, for the extremely valuable information, it has helped me in so many aspects of my life.

Hooked

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Episode 83 was great. Great to hear an older artist’s perspective