What is the true nature of consciousness? How would our world change if our brain was a receiver of consciousness rather than the originator of it? What do near-death experiences and the remembering of past lives tell us about our oneness? Stephen Hawley Martin has spent many decades exploring these questions and has written over two dozen books. In this episode, we explore the nature of reality and consciousness, the movement of humanity from the 3rd density into the fourth density, and the key to magic and manifestation.
About the Guest
As the talk show host of a popular weekly internet podcast, “The Truth About Life,” it became clear to bestselling author Stephen Hawley Martin as he interviewed dozens of near-death survivors, psychics, paranormal,researchers, quantum physicists, and medical doctors, that humankind is on the cusp of a transition to a new understanding of the true nature of reality. To share what he has learned and to help speed the transition, which he believes will result in a rebirth of optimism and the world becoming a better place to live and work, he has written well over a dozen books, many of which have achieved bestseller status on Amazon.
What does it take to step into the truth of who we are? How do we integrate and reconcile our many perspectives and interests? With curiosity and the Medicine Wheel as her guide, Dakota shares her personal journey to finding her sacred purpose. We talk about the value of ritual and ceremony and how to bring these elements into our daily life. Why individual change is essential to healing humanity. We explore the growing pains we feel as we birth a new world. And finally, Dakota leaves us with a way to navigate these anxious and chaotic times with heart and authenticity.
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About the Guest
Dakota is an international teacher, author, speaker, and the founder of Gaia Wisdom School. She has trained with notable shamans in both the United States and in Ireland. She is trained and certified in Shamanic Breathwork, Trance Dance, Shamanic Soul Coaching, Celebrant, and Meditation. Dakota has worked in the Shamanic Arts for over 25 years and is a renowned teacher for the Medicine Wheel Teachings based on Celtic, Druidic, and Native American Spirituality.
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What happens after we die? Is there such a thing as heaven and hell? In this episode, Carrie Kohan shares the stories of her two near-death experiences. We explore how these NDEs changed her perspective on life, spirituality and our soul’s journey. She also shares how they compelled her, with direction from Spirit, to live a life of sacred activism. Helping to write 14 laws that protect children from sexual abuse. We also touch briefly on aliens, the Council of Men, and the angelic realms. It is a fascinating listen.
About the Guest
Carrie Kohan is the author of The Five Lessons of Life, which is a life-changing book about her two near-death experiences. When Carrie returned from her second death, she became a Coach and Business Partner of Tony Robbins from 1993 – 97. In 1995, Carrie’s family was the second in Canada, to bring the cellular industry to the Supreme Court over safety concerns of EMFs. She then went on to write her first book on Fauci and his ‘reclassification’ of AIDs. Then she became the first voice in Canada to speak up about child sexual abuse. As a federal government witness, Carrie has amended and written 14 laws to protect children from predators. Today she speaks about her encounters with ETs, the end of the Mayan Calendar, and is working on her next 3 books.
Is karma being misrepresented? In this special edition of the Chaos & Light Podcast, Andrew Martin co-hosts with Angela Levesque. Andrew and Angela both speak and write on subjects in spirituality, consciousness, and personal growth. They decided to come together once a month to dive deep into these subjects in a light and playful way.
In this episode they discuss:
Good and evil as the idea of creating things out of love or creating at the exclusion of love.
How do we acknowledge the places where we’ve lived out of alignment with who we chose to be and still be able to love and accept ourselves?
The difference between shame and the pain of living incongruently.
Personal growth starting with curiosity and willingness.
What is karma? Is it a universal law?
Karma as divine retribution is misconstruing the original concept.
Karma is the action and not the result.
Living in an emergent, self-organizing universe, and karma (our actions) creates feedback in a complex system.
We are here to remember and release all that we are not.
Energy Intuitive and Personal Transformation Guide
Andrew Martin is a highly attuned Energy Intuitive and Personal Transformation Guide. A series of transcendent and clairaudient experiences beginning in 1995 and climaxing in 2012, left him suddenly awakened and on an accelerated path of expansion and evolution.
His ability to take high level, often abstract spiritual knowledge and make it practical and accessible is bringing revolutionary insight to the world. His humorous, compassionate, and down to earth approach assists people in creating powerful, lasting, changes. His work is the catalyst for life altering shifts and transformation.
In her exploration of archetypes, Caroline Myss would say that everyone has some version of the child as one of their four primary archetypes. Whether this child manifests as a wounded child, magical child, orphaned child, etc., depends on our life experiences, the trauma we experience, and the worldview and values we inherit from our family. Regardless of the version of the child that we connect with, working with our child can profoundly affect how we operate as adults.
Many of the beliefs, values, worldviews, and ideas about who we are and how the world works were imprinted before we developed discernment and reasoning. Imagine for a moment that you are six years old twirling around the living room. With each rotation, you get dizzier and dizzier. You think this is so much fun. After twirling until you can no longer stay on your feet, you crash into your mother’s favorite vase, and it shatters. When your mom comes home from work sometime later to see the remnants of her family heirloom on the floor, she unleashes on you. “What did you do?” “I can’t trust you with anything?” “I can’t believe how careless you are!” and on and on.
Now, if you were a bit older, you might be able to see that your mother is upset about the vase, but she doesn’t mean the words she is saying to you. You might even realize that her job right now is stressful, and she is concerned about an upcoming deadline. However, your six-year-old brain is not equipped for such cognitive reasoning. And the only thing you are left with is the imprint on your psyche that tells you that you can’t do anything right. That belief will be with you until it is uncovered and challenged.
You see, the inner child represents all that is beautiful, wondrous, light, and playful. She also represents the imprints of values, worldview, beliefs, traumas that were consciously or unconsciously imparted to us from our family. Everything you were taught becomes your way of understanding until we challenge and explore what is ours to own.
What Are Your Beliefs?
Let’s think for a moment about our thoughts around love, particularly self-love. Through years of positive and negative reinforcement, we were shown who we needed to be and how we needed to act to receive love and attention. Of course, most parents would say we love our children unconditionally, and for the most part, that would be true. However, every time we were praised for our good grades or scolded for our lousy test scores, we learned what was acceptable and what wasn’t. While the love was unconditional, the expression was not.
Ask yourself, how do you define success? Achievement? How do you deal with failure? Growing up, I was often told I could do better. “92% is good, but what about the other 8%?” This type of thinking didn’t propel me to achieve greater and greater results as a child. It made me retreat from many things because I felt the pressure was just too great. So if I didn’t try, I couldn’t fail. This thinking is something I have had to unlearn as I got older.
It is important to mention though, I don’t want to look at my wounds through the lens of blame or guilt. I heard a quote the other day, “To love is to wound.” Any time we are intimate or authentic with someone, we run the risk of wounding. That’s just the nature of this gig as humans. Most parents do the best they can with what they have. So it doesn’t serve us to blame our parents for our shortcomings, but it does help us to understand the impact that those formative relationships have on who we are today.
So our inner child is a culmination of all of our unmet needs, desires, experiences, and emotions that, until we look at them, until we challenge them, will continue to linger in our subconscious and impact our behavior as adults.
This inner child guided meditation is part of a weekly Living Light Meditation gathering in the Chaos & Light Community. You can find the script here.
The Divine Child
According to Carl Jung, the divine child archetype represented the self with the power to transcend the darkest moments on our path to individuation. The divine child represents the original self before the world left its imprint on us. A time when our capacity to experience lightness, play, wonder, and innocence were untouched by life’s lessons and unburdened by other’s limitations.
He described this state as the union of the opposites. We are holding the conscious and the unconscious in unity. Wholeness is only achievable by the creative tension of opposing natures. This unity within duality, co-substantiates one another and, in doing this, gives the child the capacity for significant spiritual change and integration. Remember, this is a state before shadow plays a role. There is no shame, no expectations, no socialization so there is only unity and wholeness.
When the child is wounded and enculturated, she fragments, and unity is not achieved. This is why inner child work is so powerful. It restores our capacity for human potential. Our greatness lies in our imagination, creativity, our ability to love without condition. When we find peace for our inner child, we activate our true human potential by bringing into creative tension the masculine/feminine, intuitive/rational, dark, and light. We find unity within the dualities. We reconcile and find peace within our imperfections.
You open the gates of the soul to let the dark flood of chaos flow into your order and meaning. If you marry the ordered to the chaos you produce the divine child, the supreme meaning beyond meaning and meaninglessness. ~ C.G Jung
Inner Child Work
There are many ways to work with our inner child besides meditation and therapy. However, if any of this feels like more than you can handle, please seek the help of a counselor or therapist.
1. Dialogue writing can be a powerful means to hearing your child’s unmet needs. Dialogue writing is asking your child a question and then letting your child give a response. In this style, there is always a questioner and a responder.
2. Writing an unsent letter is another tool. You can write a letter to your child or have your child write one to you. Or your inner child could write a letter to a parent or guardian without the intention of sending it. This allows for a free flow of ideas and very often can help you take care of unfinished business with people or situations that may no longer be part of your life. It can be a great tool to gain awareness and for the purpose of surrendering and releasing things that no longer serve you.
3. Re-writing your story. We continually re-tell stories about who we are; they are both true and untrue. The story we tell ourselves about our childhood can be said in a variety of different ways. Everytime we retell the story, we give it unnecessary energy and keep ourselves stuck.
So first, write down the story you tell people about your childhood. Write down the main themes. Think about who the main characters are in the story. For example, is there a hero, villain, victim, knight, or princess waiting to be rescued? What are the phrases you use over and over to describe your upbringing? Once you have completed this process, look at how those experiences or themes actually had your gifts and strengths embedded within them. Then, re-write that story from a different perspective.
For example, in my story, I was the family’s black sheep who never really fit in – this is both true and not true. I can continue to hold on to that version, but as I grow and understand parenthood more, I realize that my upbringing left me with many strengths. I now draw upon them in my teaching and client work. I know that not feeling like I fit in helped me to understand what motivates people. It helps me to understand things from many different points of view. Those things I once viewed as challenges, I now see as gifts.
Inner child work is an essential part of our personal evolution. Many of the challenges we face due to false core beliefs, unresolved trauma, and pain were developed in childhood. Taking time to reconnect with our inner child can uncover when and how those challenges were formed and what is required for their healing. It can be dark heavy work, but also truly rewarding because once we hold all of ourselves in unity, we have the opportunity to tap into our true human potential.
The shadow is everything that is incongruent with our self-image. Anything we want to hide and cast into the darkness that doesn’t fit with the way we see ourselves or the image we want to project to others. In this episode, Angela Levesque shares her personal story of working with Crow medicine and why going into one’s shadow is an integral part of our personal evolution. We look that the way that the collective shadow forces us to swing between extreme polarities in an attempt to find equilibrium. An energetic and emotional regulatory mechanism called enantiodromia. And suggests a reason as to what lies at the root of our collective fear and discontent. We also explore ways to do shadow work on an individual level to find balance without resorting to such extremes.
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