Rank #1: OS61: Kathleen Morton – Vanlife, Breaking The Rules & Creating Your Own Life Story
“The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story.”
– Michael Margolis
Kathleen Morton never understood why people seem to live by the same unwritten rules.
As a child in a fairly traditional family and school, she most enjoyed the sanctuary of her bedroom, where she could shut the door on the outside workings of life, and where her natural creativity flourished. There, Kathleen would spend hours on end in the magical space of her own creation – writing and illustrating children’s stories with no limits or prescriptions.
Like many of us, when she graduated high school and moved into the larger world, Kathleen believed, as her parents encouraged her to, that a traditional education and career path would bring her happiness, money and success in life. She left her childhood home and went to college to study business.
She found almost immediately that this path did not work for her. No matter the effort to will herself forward, she couldn’t pay attention in class or take tests in the subject.
With the encouragement of a classmate and friend who seemed to love her classes (and even the tests!), Kathleen changed her focus to something that personally inspired her. As a lifelong storyteller, she was drawn to a double major in journalism and psychology.
Returning home after college, one potential story of her life flashed before her eyes: hanging out with the same friends, doing the same things every day, in a mechanical urban environment and routine. Something inside Kathleen told her that there was more to life, and called out for the vast, open expanses of nature, which spoke of unlimited possibility. She moved to Colorado, and soon, the city girl who didn’t know how to hike found herself more and more at home in the outdoors.
As she spent more time in nature, packing in and packing out everything she needed and leaving no trace, she began to question the way she lived, and the footprint she was making on the Earth. At home in her apartment, she used resources from the grid (water, electricity, etc.) without thought to their potential limits, or the impact she was making on our planet.
To live closer to the Earth, she bought a pop-up camper with her then boyfriend for $1,800, and messaged a bunch of people renting homes on Airbnb to see who might be willing to rent her a piece of their land. Finding space with a local family, she and her boyfriend made home there anew. They bought a composting toilet, lived without electricity, and were responsible for all of their own water. They felt the changes of seasons and morning dew directly through the permeable camper walls, and comingled with the local wildlife. Kathleen wondered – finding more financial and personal freedom – why more people didn’t live this way.
What began as an experiment with tiny, off-grid living soon revealed itself as a calling, and a new story for Kathleen’s life: to live closely and in flow with nature, minimize her impact on the environment, and tell her story – and those of others making life this way – to show others that this is, in fact possible, and maybe inspire them to do the same.
Today, Kathleen has brought one of her favorite childhood stories to life: she now lives and wanders through nature in a 1987 Toyota van, together with her dog, Peaches. She has created a blog and podcast where she tells her story and the stories of other van dwellers, and she serves this community by creating monthly #vanlife gatherings around the country, where the growing community of mobile, alternative home explorers can gather on the frontier, support one another in the lifestyle and movement they are pioneering.
She admits openly that breaking all the rules for living and creating a new story for herself in this way has its challenges, and that she hasn’t figured it all out yet. She talks in this intimate interview about what it’s really like to live and work all over the country in a van, and why – despite the challenges – she feels endlessly fortunate that she is able to live in this way, enjoy the open freedom of her days, and create her own story of her life each day.
Selected Links from this Episode
- Kathleen on Instagram: Tiny House, Tiny Footprint | Vanlife Diaries
- Websites: Tiny House, Tiny Footprint | Vanlife Diaries
- Vanlife Meetups
- REI Article on “Bears Ears & Grand Staircase”
- Orange is Optimism, website (Idle Theory Bus)
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Apr 26 2018
Rank #2: OS22: Andy Austin – Year #1 In His Van, Redefining Freedom, Risk & Home
So, what's it like living full-time in a van? Scan the hashtag #vanlife on Instagram, and prepare to ooh and aah and the majesty of the earth through the eyes of van dwellers worldwide. You would probably stumble across some of the breathtaking imagery of professional photographer Andy Austin, who for the past year has lived full-time in his 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500. Traveling throughout the west, and mostly back and forth across his beloved home state of Montana, Andy has built quite the following online and has amassed some amazing stories from his time on the road. We discuss many specifics, namely how does he: eat, poop, sleep, work, relax and make coffee? Where does he park at night? What are some of his favorite places to boondock? What are some of his favorite memories from the last year? What challenges has he stared down and gotten through? We discuss all facets of #vanlife with the very candid, eloquent and adventurous Andy Austin in this episode of the Ownstream Podcast. Enjoy!
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Jun 08 2017
Rank #3: OS60: Annie Hart – The Explosive Joy of Living as “God in a Bod”
Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.
– Janis Joplin
Have you ever felt that you are living someone else’s life? That there is another “you” deep within? Someone who would choose to look and feel and live this life in a totally different way?
Often, we live the way someone else has told us to, believing that the wants and yearnings and excitements bouncing around inside of us are only fantasies, meant to be kept quiet in order to be a responsible person, and do what we “should”.
Sometimes – if we are lucky – we will reach a breaking point, at which the contrast between the external self we have fabricated and the true, authentic self within us becomes intolerable, and the truth explodes out of us, cracking our double life wide open, beyond repair.
From childhood, Stan Hartmann lived with a nagging feeling that something about him wasn’t quite right. He never liked the activities other boys did, and when he grew up, he took on his father’s business with great reluctance. He married, had a family, and became a Christian. Later, he remarried, but was never able to enjoy a sexual relationship with a woman.
His thirst for God was deep, and even when he quit working to focus only on his spiritual search, and reached the apex of that search – experiencing full realization of the Absolute One – there remained an underlying tension, pain and lack in his human existence. He didn’t like living.
Then, one day, Stan reached the breaking point.
His partner lovingly called out the elephant in the room of their two-year relationship. She asked why – despite their deep friendship, emotional and spiritual connection – he could not make love to her.
The truth exploded out of him: “because I’m not a fucking male.”
In that instant, years of lies and pretending revealed themselves, and shed themselves from his body like layers of unshackled bondage. Stan experienced for the first time the truth of his authentic self, the reason he had never felt comfortable in his body or truly joyous in his life. He saw that he had created a persona for others that was not his own. Becoming one with his authentic self, Stan became Annie, and with the veil lifted, embodied life took on new glory, joy, and meaning.
Today, Annie lives in wild wonder at the experience of being human – the flowers shine brilliant colors, human beings radiate aliveness, and life is an adventure of unlimited joy and potential, with no bounds. Becoming her fully embodied, authentic self, as she describes it, she now understands the experience of life as the Creator intended in knowing itself in this way – the full experience of “God in a bod.”
Most important, she says, this is an experience all of us can have – in fact, we are meant to have it. This is why we came here: to understand and come to know, through the power of contrast and with infinitely joyous (re)union, who we really, truly are – our divine selves.
It’s not about gender, ultimately – it’s about the burning truth inside of each of us that we are holding back, pushing down, disallowing – a truth that is perfectly unique to each human being, and their authentic self.
Majestic in the beauty, emotion and magnitude of its transformation, Annie’s story is really about the journey of every human life – about finding out who we really are, and embodying it, experiencing it… and becoming One with it.
On the other side is pure technicolor: the wild joy, light, love and radiance of this creation. You know, only that.
Selected Links from this Episode
- Annie on Facebook
- Contact her via email here
- Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsh
- Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Munagala Venkataramiah
- Books related to Papaji
- Bentinho Massaro’s YouTube Channel
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Apr 19 2018
Rank #4: OS24: Kimberly & Theo Hanson – How They Beat Cancer & Got Busy Living
It might be the most dreaded word in the western world - cancer. Many live in sheer terror at receiving this diagnosis from their doctor, certain it means death or a highly compromised life going forward. Modern medicine's approach is to remove the tumor and then, by way of radiation and chemotherapy, eliminate any remaining cancerous tissues before these toxic treatments kill the person. A race, in other words, where only the strong survive. Many now are finding different approaches to this dreaded condition and finding not only success in reversing the disease, but a wildly new and vibrant lease on life. Enter Kimberly and Theo Hanson, who used a special juicing protocol to reverse her breast cancer and help him to lose over 100 lbs. The two of them now are on a mission to share their powerful message, inspire others and change the conversation about cancer from treating the symptom (tumors) to changing the toxic lifestyle which creates these frightening symbols of a culture gone awry. Enjoy!
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Jun 22 2017
Rank #5: OS23: Ayanna Mojica – Mysticism, Feminine Power & Wealth Attraction
Ayanna Mojica was down to her final $125. She was heartbroken, suicidal, she could barely move. Within days she had a new business and had over $5K in coaching clients, within a few weeks she had hit 5 figures and hasn't looked back since. This is the magic of hitting bottom, and it's the power of using a heart-centered approach to business, entrepreneurship and life. Ayanna Mojica calls herself a Priestess, meaning she bridges the sacred (invisible) and the tangible (visible). Her aim is to empower women to own their financial birthright. She wants women happy, radiant and wealthy. In this episode, she discusses how important this is in our culture today, how to actually use law of attraction (and how "The Secret" was incomplete), how she helps women become mega successful and she candidly reveals some of her most powerful, spiritual experiences. For anyone (man or woman) who is interested in the intersection between wealth and spirituality, this episode is sure to fascinate. Enjoy!
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Jun 15 2017
Rank #6: OS28: Stacie Malkus – The Healing Power of Oils + The Rise of Network Marketing
Stacie Malkus never saw herself in sales, much less network marketing. So, when an opportunity to become a rep with an essential oils business came her way, she balked. That is, until she saw how powerful the oils were when she used them to help her daughter's sleep. After Brooklyn took a 3-hour nap, mommy became a believer. Now, she oversees a 40K member team, selling healthy essential oils to those craving an alternative to the mainstream path of medicine and drugs. This episode began as an exploration of these oils and how wide-ranging and beautifully effective they are in treating all manner of illness and injury. But, along the way, we realized that this episode was also about the return of network marketing as a viable, powerful business for those who'd rather not sit at a desk all day. In the last couple of years, Stacie has grown her business to becoming the lone bread winner in her family (she "retired her husband" a few years ago), and now their family enjoys more time together, enjoying the outdoors (surfing in particular), traveling and more. For those seeking ways to treat pain and illness more holistically AND for people who desire an elegant alternative to working 9-5, then this podcast is for you. Enjoy!
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Jul 20 2017
Rank #7: OS27: Care Messer – Birth As A Sacred Moment, Empowering Parents & More
Care Messer knew her newly born infant daughter Finnley was in trouble, and the doctors agreed. After 6 miscarriages though, Care was determined for her beautiful baby to know the feeling of love, so she simply held her - for days, and days. Eventually, it became clear that Finn was going nowhere and that Care had a new mission in life - to empower parents to make healthy choices regarding their birth experiences, and to reframe birth from a painful, traumatic event to one filled with beauty, grace and love. Care runs the Birth Education Center of San Diego, but speaks powerfully for all around the world exploring alternatives to the mainstream, prescribed birth experience. Does birthing have to be painful? Must it be traumatic? Must it take place in a hospital? Are moms and dads to be seen as "patients", or simply, parents? We discuss all of these topics and more on this episode of the Ownstream podcast. For those who are expecting a child, or who are considering having a child, this episode could radically change your view of the birth process. Plus, hear Care describe her very emotional and moving journey to motherhood, and the remarkable grace that has awakened in her along her path. Enjoy!
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Jul 13 2017
Rank #8: OS62: Daniel Eisenman – The #OmDaddy on Fun & Breaking the Paradigm of “Normal”
I enjoy jokes, smiling, and making people smile. I may be a little different, but that’s OK, who wants to be normal anyway?
~ Tim Duncan
What do you think of as “normal”?
What way to dress? Eat? Work? Live? Have you ever wondered where these ideas came from? It’s amazing what we accept to be truth – and the way things are supposed to be – simply because we’ve been told it is so. And that we want to spend our lives being what’s usual, typical, or expected.
From an early age, Daniel Eisenman questioned what he was told is “normal” – the standard way that he and others were supposed to be.
At first, he played around with breaking normal – like many teenagers do – by challenging the rules set around him, and acting a bit reckless. He drove fast, got caught by the cops, and one time, rolled his mother’s car.
But for the most part, early on, he stayed on track. After high school, he went to college, and chose to study pre-med, like all the good kids did, and like his parents wanted. He graduated and took the MCATs. But as applications to med school approached, and he looked ahead, he started to question this “normal” path more fundamentally. Something within him knew there was more to his life, and his role in the world, and he decided to take a year off.
That year has since become ten more.
He hasn’t stopped, or resumed his former course. Instead, what he found while taking time off from the prescribed path is that there are, actually, infinite ways to live your life. That “normal” is just a conditioned story – unique to each of us, and the story we specifically were told. And he’s spent the last ten years experimenting with how to live a life that’s fun, exciting and true to himself – aligned with his beliefs and in service to others.
At first, he sought how “to get paid to do the things he would pay to do”, leading to all sorts of adventures that defy our normal beliefs about what we must do to make money. He got gigs at concerts he wanted to see, and paid for life in NYC by carrying a stiletto on a silver platter in a tux, and creating a 1000-photo marketing campaign for Little Debbie snack cakes. He later became an internet sensation by creating raw vegan feasts from dumpster dives.
Along the way of following his fun, he saw his idea of fun change. What became most fun, and most exciting, actually, was being true to himself, and serving others in a way that was aligned with his values and beliefs. Pandering Little Debbie’s as a raw vegan was a dramatic experience in contrast; later, promoting a raw vegan lifestyle stopped resonating when his own body rejected that diet as dogma.
What Daniel found to be most fun, and most exciting was to show others that they too can “break normal” – recognize and overcome their societal conditioning, discard this self-imposed prison, and rediscover and realign their lives with the joys of their own inner, wild child. For over ten years now, he has been traveling the world leading adventurous, “funcomfortable” personal breakthrough retreats in beautiful, exotic and remote destinations. He has also written a book on his experiences with “Breaking Normal”, and recently launched an app that is meant to be a retreat experience in a pocket (links to both below).
Every day for Daniel now is an adventure in following his own fun, excitement and alignment. He travels often, around the country and the world, lives in vibrant health, enjoys a passionate love relationship, and these days, is most awed by his 1-year-old daughter, Divina, who last year became a viral star with him online as he OM’d her to sleep.
Daniel is a real, open-hearted, generous guy who lives a wildly epic life and wants you to know you can, too. He has helped hundreds of people in his intimate, powerful retreats to shed their own self-constructed prisons, recover their inner wild child, and understand their unlimited freedom to live. He offers so much of himself, his own journey and what he has learned in working with others in this interview, and we are thrilled to share him with you.
Selected Links from this Episode
- Daniel’s Website: Breaking Normal
- The “Breaking Normal” Book | The App
- Upcoming “International Tribe Design” retreat in Santa Cruz
- The #HowToStopACryingBaby Video
- Daniel on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook
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May 03 2018
Rank #9: OS25: Chess Edwards – From Betrayal to Awakening & The Adventure Within
The spirit of adventure has always come naturally to Chess Edwards. For many years, he has taken small groups into the remotest corners of the world, hoping that the outer environs would shake them loose from the mundane patterns of the mainstream path. His desire was that people would return from a trip, and review their life through a broader lens making dramatic changes in their world steering always towards more power, vitality…and joy. Chess blends this spirit of outer adventure with a powerful and deep meditation practice, exploring all forms of life’s edges - both inner and outer. His message is clear - the true adventure is within, in the frontier of consciousness. In this incredibly candid interview, Chess discusses his feelings of betrayal at the promises of the mainstream path (media, education, family etc) and how he rose above this. Learn his stunning definition of the ego and the “illusion” and how people can disidentify with the false, and align with the truth uncovering true joy, meaning and purpose. His life, and this epic conversation, is a shining testament to the powerful spiritual channel he advocates of alignment and surrender. Enjoy!
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Jun 29 2017
Rank #10: OS21: Cara Thomas – “Serenflipity” & How Choosing Adventure Can Change A Life
Cara Thomas was stuck. She was tired of her day job, her relationship had just ended, New York was wearing her out. She knew that life could be more than this, so like more and more people, she dropped it all and headed to Asia. She purchased a 1-way ticket to Mumbai, and did not look back. Prior to her departure, inspiration struck - ask her closest friends to give her small challenges to do along the way, enabling her to both pursue adventure but also invite serendipity and spontaneity into her daily experience. Since she loosely planned to be away for 90 days, she asked for (and received) 90 cards. These actions ranged from paying it forward by purchasing a treat for someone behind you in line to asking a stranger for a mantra. So, of course one of these led her to meeting Steven Tyler in a Bangkok hotel and the other...to connecting with us in a cafe in Ubud, Bali. We've been pals ever since, and we're honored to share her wonderfully organic entrepreneurial journey with you. She shares here how "Serenflipity" has naturally grown into a full-blown business, how travel helped her get unstuck in her life, her 90-day structure to life experiments and how serendipity is less “magic” and more a state of mind, available to anyone, anytime. Enjoy!
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Jun 01 2017
Rank #11: OS63: Brandy Gillmore – Our Unlimited Power to Heal Chronic Pain
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
~ C. S. Lewis
Brandy Gillmore refused to take “no” for an answer.
After a car accident and a fall that injured her spine, the former athlete was left with devastating, chronic pain throughout her body. She spent days – years – laying in bed, watching TV, with a constant morphine supply that couldn’t even ease the pain, using a wheelchair, walker – and later, a cane – to get around. Determined to heal this pain, and live a full life, she simply could not – would not – believe what every doctor told her: that there was no solution to heal her condition.
A bright light seemed to emerge from this tunnel of darkness when Brandy was invited to join an experimental study, until her doctor told her that her condition was too hopeless for her to participate. It was at that moment, at the depth of despair and hopelessness, that she was struck with the realization that led her to glimpse hope, and find her own way out – she remembered the placebo effect.
That is: in the countless hours of research on health and healing she had done since her accident, she remembered reading many stories of people getting well just taking the placebo – that is, the inactive pill, the non-remedy, to provide a control group for the study of a treatment. What if she didn’t need to be in this study at all? What if the solution to her dilemma lay outside of the traditional system of health and healing in our society… and in her own mind?
What if… she could heal herself?
As we can see meeting and listening to the vibrant, healthy, powerful Brandy of today, the answer was a resounding – YES. Today, Brandy walks with ease, strength, and free from any pain of support, sharing her message of empowerment, and teaching others how to heal themselves too.
In this extraordinary conversation, learn all about Brandy’s journey from chronic pain and desperation to power, vitality and purpose. Specifically, we discuss:
- The vast buffet of ways Brandy tried to heal herself, the limits of the mainstream health care approach, and the self-directed techniques that finally worked;
- Her dramatic physical healing, and how it led to a totally new, fuller way of living, and dynamic sense of purpose;
- How Brandy now helps others to relieve their own pain and infinite other bodily disorders in a matter of minutes; and
- The power of our emotions in our sickness and health: how the emotions we bury deep within our subconscious mind can wreak havoc on our body and life if left unseen, and how also they are keys to freedom, vitality and profound transformation if uncovered and healed.
Even if you do not suffer from physical pain, Brandy’s story confirms for all of us that we have the power to create our own well being, that consciousness is the true power, and that each of us has more of it than we could ever possibly need.
Selected Links from this Episode
- Brandy’s website: BrandyGillmore.com
- Her extraordinary TEDx Talk
- To work with Brandy, fill out this form and be sure to mention the Ownstream Podcast!
- Brandy on Facebook
- Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz
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May 10 2018
Rank #12: OS59: Theresa & Stephen – Exit The Matrix, 8 Tools for Limitless Living
The number of ways you can live in one lifetime is limitless. So why limit yourself? The sky is NOT the limit. Beyond the universe is.
~ Suzy Kassem
In 1999, the film The Matrix was released. It told the story of a small band of renegades led by Morpheus and the prodigal son, Neo, breaking loose from a synthetic, lifeless, programmed reality they called “the matrix” and, over the course of 3 films, the eventual collapse of this artificial and controlling system.
There is a very real reason why this story became such a sensation in our culture. Many people flocked to see these films multiple times as the story rang the bell of truth for them – us included.
Since the release of the Matrix trilogy, the phrase “The Matrix” has become synonymous among our society’s renegades with the sterile and toxic life path promoted to us by institutions, the media, schools, governments…you name it. Indeed, many people in our culture feel like their lives are a continuous cycle of pouring from the empty into the void. They feel controlled, mechanical, limited.
And yet, within us, there is another voice, a deep understanding that knows these limits are artificial and false. It knows that life is meant to be creative, joyful, authentic and fun. This voice, that we share within us, is now facilitating a mass awakening, as more and more people are creating lives outside of this matrix and inspiring others by their example to do the same.
Ownstream is our love letter to this movement, our way of shining a light onto those brave people leading the charge out of this tired way of life into one filled with excitement and possibility.
Our own paths have been filled with questioning virtually every area of life in which there is a contracted status quo or accepted way of living, looking past the story we’ve been told to a broader, more expansive truth full of unlimited possibility. Our trail has been marked by a series of specific decisions we have made, and have seen (& helped) others make too, that have dramatically altered our lives, and created powerful leverage in the critical effort to exit the matrix, and create a life of our own choosing, anew.Us in Tioga Pass, after we sold it all and traveled the west in a converted (by us) Sprinter van
In this episode, we chronicle our journey through 8 specific points of departure from the old system, to create a new life aligned with the truth of who we are. These are 8 highly actionable choices we’ve made that have dramatically expanded our lives, improved our health and filled us with optimism and excitement for life.
These range from changing our diets, to taking a deep look at our relationship with material things, to our daily meditation practice, to seeking more powerful and positive inputs (while eliminating any/all negative media sources) and much, much more.Download link in show notes below
In an effort to help others see past the programming of the matrix, understand the vast canvas of possibility available to them, and make more empowered and expansive choices, we have written an eBook detailing these 8 choices. This book, entitled “Exit The Matrix” is filled with hundreds of valuable tools and resources, enabling you to make similar powerful choices for yourself.
This is our first eBook, and we are beyond excited to share it with you! Our hope is that you will read this book with an open mind, explore the tools for yourself and see what excites you or calls you forward into a more expansive, inspired life. In this episode of the Ownstream Podcast, we candidly discuss our own “exit the matrix” story through the lens of these 8 categories.
No more does anyone need to abide by the old rules set for our world. There are millions of people forging a new reality, a new Earth, right under our feet. “Exit The Matrix” is our gift to those seeking support in unplugging from this old matrix, or way of life, and joining the march forward towards a society based on joy, community, abundance and…limitless living.
Selected Links from this Episode
- Download the “Exit The Matrix” eBook Here
- Sign-up for our newsletter “News For A New Earth” here (NOTE: if you download “Exit the Matrix, you will also be subscribed to our newsletter)
- Support us on Patreon!
- Our 2 health & diet interviews with Dr. Pam Popper – Interview 1 | Interview 2
- Our 2 episodes related to Bitcoin & cryptocurrency – Steven Michaels | Didi Taihuttu
- Anurag Gupta on finding your calling in life & more
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Apr 12 2018
Rank #13: OS58: Rodolfo Carrillo – Bridging Inner and Outer Worlds for Healing
Sometimes when we begin to meditate - and especially when our meditation practice takes off - we may feel that we are living a secret life. For Rodolfo Carrillo, the exploration of his "secret" inner life began at age 7, when his mother introduced him to meditation. He had fallen, and was experiencing some pain in his body. Until they could reach a doctor the next day to treat his injury, his mother told him to sit quietly, and together, they meditated, generating a healing energy. Despite broken bones in his foot, Rodolfo experienced only mild pain until he reached the doctor the next morning, who was in shock at his calm condition. Rodolfo began to practice meditation from that point forward, and devoured everything his mother shared with him about the subject and practice. Living in a uniformly Catholic Costa Rican culture, however, he kept his meditation life secret throughout his youth and young adulthood, all the while pursuing a fairly culturally traditional outer path - making grades, going to college, and starting a career in business. As he began to work closely with family businesses, it became clear that his true life purpose would call for the merging of his inner and outer lives - and specifically, would require him to bring forth the understanding he had cultivated in his inner life to offer healing in the outer. He now works in one life with individuals to remove their blockages in this way, as he continues in his other life to heal family businesses. The bridging of his inner and outer lives is live and in progress for Rodolfo, who explains that he is still understanding how best to bring forth his inner gifts to maximize his contribution to healing in the world. What is evident from our conversation is that Rodolfo is a truly gifted, intuitive seer and healer - one who has tapped through his inner life into a higher power for healing than one typically known or experienced in our society today - a power, that when bridged effectively into our society, will be pivotal in healing the world. Enjoy!
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Apr 05 2018
Rank #14: OS57: Abel McClennen – Envisioning a New School for a New Society in Costa Rica
Perhaps no other category of our society is in more desperate need of idealism than education. For many students, the schooling experience is one of severe anxiety and worry, of toxic and constant comparisons to others (via "grades"), the digestion and regurgitation of facts that seem far from being truly relevant to real life in our world today. Does this traditional system honor the innate gifts in a child, expressed as his or her excitement? Are we fostering innovation and inspiration, or are we building a dour workforce distanced from the truest sparks within? Envisioning then a new sort of school which allows a child to choose whatever path excites him or her seems to be of paramount importance. Along with a handful of friends, Abel McClennen helped found the La Paz Community School in Brasilito, Costa Rica some 11 years ago. Was there a way to bring foreign-born and local kids together, under the same roof, and build a school that prepared all of them for the rapidly changing world? Could this endeavor help the very diverse community come together? Could a school become akin to a community center, where all were welcome and encouraged to gather and realize their inherent sameness? Thus far, the experiment is working. What emerged in this conversation with Abel is not only a visionary, who is serving the world by helping to create an entirely new format for educating young people, but also a man on a mission, following his own excitement and passion. The combination is riveting. As you will see in this interview, Abel's love for his path pours into his every word. His excitement is palpable. Perhaps then what we are witnessing within the microcosm of La Paz is the true answer to the challenges of the world. Follow your excitement, what calls to you, and witness what creates itself via this simple axiom. After speaking with Abel, and experiencing the wondrous co-creation that he leads, it's clear that embodying this and passing this along to young people is an event worth celebrating. In fact, it could be the most important work happening on earth today. We are deeply honored to feature Abel’s story, and his important work, in our series. Enjoy!
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Mar 29 2018
Rank #15: OS56: Freyja Inanna – Reclaiming Her Voice, True Power & Purpose
Born into a fundamentalist Mormon family in rural Canada, Freyja (then, Catherine) was taught to keep her head down and not raise her voice. At age 15, she entered into an arranged marriage as the second wife of a 25-year-old polygamist man, and joined his community. She spent the next 28 years raising 12 children in this marriage, and abiding by the repressive rules set for women, wives and mothers in the community. One day, she attended a training to grow herself and her work, and something awakened inside of her - she got a taste of what the full power of God really felt like and the vast freedom, possibility, and Power she had within. Returning back to her marriage and community, she couldn't put away what she had experienced. She was permanently changed, and could no longer believe that she and her life were supposed to be so small. So, she did the unthinkable: she left. From that point on, as she followed her own truth and power, everything changed, and her life was set ablaze with magic. Having spent years in a loveless, sexless marriage, she began writing with purpose and passion about the relationship she wanted and deserved. Two weeks later, she met her new husband, life partner, and partner in life purpose, Michael. Having long been called to be a healer, Freyja discovered a modality for which she was uniquely and divinely suited to share with others - Integrative Orgasmic Healing. IOH applies deep sustained bodywork to specific pressure points that store physical, mental, energetic and emotional trauma to release adopted identity limitations and create space for a new reality to emerge. The results are transformative. For Freyja, where once existed a quiet, fearful, obedient wife, has risen a powerful, soulful woman, purpose-driven healer, loving and sensual partner, and abundantly joyful mother. She prioritizes joy, pleasure and purpose as her divine birthrights, and as the gateways to living her calling on this planet. At a time when women are coming forth to bare their repression to the world, and at a time when it is becoming obvious to most that this repression is, in fact, universal, the transformative power of this work for individual women and for our collective is immeasurable. We are deeply honored to share Freyja's story with you on this week's Ownstream Podcast. Enjoy!
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Mar 22 2018
Rank #16: OS55: Bentinho Massaro – His Magnificent Awakening & Creating Shepherds for a New Earth
We first discovered Bentinho Massaro just after our daughter was born, nearly two years ago. We were new parents, exhausted, baffled and in need of direction. Up pops Bentinho's smiling face on Instagram and, for some reason, we clicked. We began watching and listening, and magnetized by our resonance with his message, understood that we had found a compelling contemporary translator of the ancient truth of nonduality and oneness - the teacher we had been looking for. In the nearly two years that we have been digesting his teachings, we have radically transformed our lives. In fact, this platform - Ownstream - can be traced directly back to our encountering Bentinho and his work. Ownstream had lurked in our hearts as a deep longing of contribution and excitement. When we discovered Bentinho's teachings, this passion was released and is now expressed as this platform and growing by the day. Joy, love and profound meaning now permeate our days and challenges that arise can be met with truly effective tools for realigning with the truth of who and what we are - gods in human form (that's right - and so are you). This perfectly measures Bentinho's intention as a teacher - to help students find within themselves the truth of what they are - which is the ultimate guide for any person's life, not any teacher, guru or other external authority. And so, we present this week, with deep love, gratitude and excitement, Bentinho - a brilliant translator of the truth that has flowed here on earth for millennia, but has been covered up and forgotten by most - and the particular teacher who reached us, personally, after many years on the spiritual path. In this conversation, he will describes in beautiful, candid detail his own experience waking up to the absolute truth of existence, how his calling as a teacher expanded from this experience, his view of the universe and man's place within it and his most powerful belief of all: That anyone - including you - can experience this. Enjoy!
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Mar 15 2018
Rank #17: OS54: Ross Lukeman – Designing the Unique Home of Your Dreams
Often we accept things we've been taught or told, until one day something strikes us as being a bit "off", and we begin to ask questions. For Ross Lukeman, that something was the traditional story we've been taught about home ownership and freedom. That is, if you own a home, you have achieved the American Dream. It struck Ross as strange that people buy homes, believing this story, then design the rest of their lives around paying for that home - staying in jobs they don't like to pay a mortgage, putting off the things they really want to do, and living that way sometimes for the rest of their lives. He also found it strange that he never learned about any types of "alternative" dwellings in architecture school, only the mainstream ways of building and making a home. So Ross began probing a question that gets to the very heart of how we live and enjoy our lives: What other types of homes are possible, and, specifically, what type of home will maximize a person's experience of freedom? He created a website dedicated to this question, and traveled across the country interviewing people building and living in all kinds of homes he hadn't learned about in school: strawbale homes, earthships, and even, vans. As it tends to happen when a person follows their natural interest, a calling emerged for Ross. What he found in his search was that the type of home that will create the greatest freedom depends actually on the individual - and what's most exciting and expansive for them, specifically. For Ross, what quickly became the most exciting was #vanlife. He started living in his own van, and now he helps people do that - online course, van builds. This is how we learned of him, his van conversion resources that are online (see shownotes for links to all of Ross’ resources). If you've ever wanted to live more simply, build your own home, explore another way of living, this episode is for you. Enjoy!
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Mar 08 2018
Rank #18: OS53: Amy Schrift – The Power of Nature to Transform a Life
How many people talk about spending more time in nature? Yearn for time outside, in the ocean, forest, mountains? When we lived in NYC, talk of getting into nature was practically a mantra on the street. The thing is, while most people feel a call to nature, few end up spending much time there. Not so for Amy Schrift. After a heavy dinner out in the city, Amy felt a call to feed her body more naturally. That week, she discovered a living foods diet, and began eating only raw fruits and vegetables--a lifestyle she maintained for 8 years. Step by step, she reshaped her life in NYC to live as naturally as possible. She spent as much time as she could in the parks; learned where to forage fruit in upper Manhattan; shut the lights off at sunset; even slept on the floor of her high-rise studio apartment to ground herself. As she experienced it, something far beyond her was calling—she was being drawn forward by a deep force within and without, toward a more vibrant, awake, and powerful life than she had ever known. Through her, a new vision for her life emerged into being. Within two years, she was led to a parcel of wild, undomesticated land in Costa Rica. On the land, Amy lived for many years alone--or as she says "all one"--with nature. She slept under the stars without cover; planted and ate from the land; worked the fields naked in the sun; and co-created a farm and home together with her land, water, and air. Thirteen years later, the effect that this way of living has had on Amy is palpable immediately upon coming into her space. She brings a presence, awareness and clarity that are extremely rare today in our busy times. She is clearly at home and has become one with nature, its pace and rhythms. Imagine who you could be and how you might live if you heeded the call inside of you. There could be an entirely new person and a wild, open, expansive life awaiting you on the other side of that call. If you have ever felt a call to nature, and wondered how it might change you or your life, you will be riveted by this interview. Enjoy!
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Mar 01 2018
Rank #19: OS52: Nazarah Merah – From Trauma & Addiction to Absolute Awakening
For Nazarah Merah, awakening from the spell of the "real world" needed to be complete. Various times in her life, she had experienced a profound blooming of consciousness, even having it penetrate her body causing her to pulse with the true force of God. But, this time, she was determined to lock into this state. No more would this be a fleeting experience, but a permanent feature of her life. The prior evening, she had been at a free talk given by the spiritual teacher Bentinho Massaro, and had a dramatic and powerful awakening experience in the lecture hall. This experience continued afterwards at a local restaurant, with other attendees. Following this, she knew she needed to find a quiet place to integrate, so she wandered along a stream in Sedona, Arizona seeking the ideal spot. She sat herself down, and again approached - and passed - the magical threshold of “the veil”. From that moment, Nazarah has lived in this space of pure awareness. And, it has moved her to serve in all manner of ways. It also cleared her of her prior addictions and patterns of thought which only caused her to feel imprisoned in her own mind. We explore this remarkable journey with Nazarah on this episode and how, to her, every experience has been perfectly orchestrated to trigger the awakening she has discovered. What struck us both was how accessible she makes this experience seem to be. She acknowledges that the "veil" is less a hurdle than ever before given various recent changes on the planet and that the main hurdle blocking anyone from this magical experience is...belief. Do you believe this is possible? Or not. The choice is yours. Enjoy!
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Feb 22 2018
Rank #20: OS51: Stephen & Theresa – Following Our Dreams, One Breadcrumb At A Time
We're three weeks into our Costa Rica adventure, exploring and enjoying this gorgeous country. And, quite consciously, we're considering this special place as a future home for our family. We've felt called here, through various channels. In many ways, it feels right and true to be here. Much feels aligned to who we are and our values. But, as far as a specific place to be (i.e. city or town), we've yet to find it. What we find interesting is how clearly we have been led to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and how, after being here awhile, it's clearly not the place for us. What it is is another breadcrumb along the path, leading us somewhere - a "where" that isn't exactly clear yet. And so, we are here in Costa Rica, actively looking and exploring and have yet to find a spot that really rings the bell. Sure, there is plenty more travel to come - Dominical/Uvita, Samara/Nosara, Tamarindo. But, we felt it would be valuable to drop into this space with you and share about how the quest of pursuing your dreams looks like after you've departed and...before you've arrived. We present here a very candid and true portrait - in real time - of a young, western family adapting to life in another country on the hunt for a place we can truly call home. All the challenges and conditions that naturally emerge when you go for it, but aren't there yet. For people who long for another way of life, but who might be hesitant - we hope to share here a behind the scenes view of what it actually looks like. Our aim is to encourage you to go for it, but to also know what to fully expect as you depart the old for the new. Enjoy!
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Feb 15 2018