— “You were taught how to think, what to think, how to be and act, etc. This programming concealed your real identity. Inevitably, over time, one layer, after another, of your "make-up", in the form of thoughts, concepts and imagination, succeeded in obscuring your true identity. In time, you forgot about your innocent and spontaneous nature; you forgot about your Essence.
Becoming aware of the add-ons or superimpositions to one’s original nature is the first step. Undoing and freeing oneself from all the add-ons is the next step.
We are not separate individuals, but formless, Spontaneous Presence, all part of the same Essence. The crux of the subject matter is that we are essentially Spirit Beings. We have always existed, and we will always exist. Our identification with the body-form has kept us ignorant, deluding us into thinking that we are unique individuals. We perceive ourselves as different from each other when it is only the body-form and pseudo-identity that differ.”
Valeria interviews Ann Shaw — The author of “Who Am I ?”
Ann has been fascinated with the ultimate questions of “Who am I?” “Where have I come from?” for as long as she can remember. She spent many periods in solitude and reflection, looking for answers. She practiced meditation, Self-enquiry, contemplation and also attended various solitary retreats.
Finding out the meaning of life became the most crucial topic. Driven by a fiery determination and in hot pursuit of answers, Ann immersed herself in a wide variety of spiritual literature from east and west. This included the mystics, teachers and masters of varied traditions, including Ramana Maharshi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Joel Goldsmith, Buddhism, Taoism, Rumi and Sufism, etc.
Her interest and passion led her to the academic study of the subjects close to her heart, namely, psychology, theology, mysticism, comparative religion, etc.
Armed with intellectual knowledge and graced with several spiritual/mystical experiences, the search continued with a vengeance. The journey had its highs and lows - with long periods “in the desert”, until, at last, further down the illusory road, what she was looking for, found her!
The teachings of Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj and his Master, Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, freed Ann from the illusory “I”, thus bringing her search to an end. In 2013-2014, she spent nearly six months in Nashik, India, with her husband, in the presence of Nisargadatta's successor, Shri Ramakant Maharaj, absorbing the teachings and undergoing the various simple, yet, powerful, practices. She had reached her destination! They remained in close contact with Maharaj over the years, while continuing to spread the teachings across the globe and enabling seekers to visit Maharaj in Nashik.
Auspiciously, Ann returned to Nashik for a few more months in 2018, to be with her Master. Shri Ramakant Maharaj attained Mahasamadhi in August 31st.
Ann is the editor of Selfless Self, (hailed as a spiritual classic), on the teachings of Shri Ramakant Maharaj, which was published in 2015, and has since been translated into six languages. She also edited Maharaj’s books, Be With You, (2016) and Ultimate Truth, (2018).
Her book Timeless Years with Shri Ramakant Mahararj 2012 – 2022 by Ann & Charles Shaw was published on March 1st 2022. It is a fascinating story of their time in India with their Master and offers a unique and profound insight into Maharaj’s life and the Guru-disciple or Teacher-student relationship.
Who Am I? published on April 11 2022, offers answers to anyone searching for a greater understanding of who we are and why we are here. And not only that, its uplifting, vibrational wisdom enables a true experience of the Self.
This self-help book contains practical guidance and techniques on how to know yourself, put an end to suffering and find lasting happiness and peace. Who Am I? is a refreshing read that crosses all barriers. Not limited by any belief system, philosophy, religion, spirituality, or genre, it speaks to us all.
As well as continuing to write books, she teaches Naam Mantra meditation, as she was instructed to do, by Shri Ramakant Maharaj
— This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
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We Heal Through Connection: Destigmatizing Mental Illness
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34:25— We heal through connection, reducing isolation, judgment and having supportive people to go along with us on our journey of healing. Our society and culture perpetuates standards of “masculinity”; what it means to be male, through norms of encouraging male power, dominance, and privilege, while discouraging and disapproving the expression of emotions for males. These stigmas and beliefs perpetuate, delay, and prevent males from talking about, seeking and engaging in treatment for mental illness. By sharing his life events and personal journey to address and manage his mental illness, Clint is working on helping to break down the stigma of males talking about mental health and seeking treatment options. Valeria interviews Clint Edwards — the author of “ Anxiously Ever After: An Honest Memoir on Mental Illness, Strained Relationships, and Embracing the Struggle.” Clint Edwards is the celebrated author of Father-ish, Silence is a Scary Sound, and I’m Sorry…Love, Your Husband. He writes the column Screen Time hosted by Netflix and is the founder of the wildly popular daddy blog No Idea What I’m Doing. His stories have been featured on the New York Times, The Washington Post, People, Redbook, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. He lives in Lebanon, Oregon with his wife and three children.” To learn more about Clint Edwards and his work, please visit: instagram.com/noideadaddyblog — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Well-Being: Your Path Of Transformation & Growth
57:14— Every human being has a unique gift to offer to the world and this is our purpose as humans on this planet. We have been offered this life, so let's make the most of it by doing something great, something worthwhile, something we can be remembered by. An individual's sense of purpose goes beyond simply achieving a particular goal; it involves making a positive impact on the world, no matter how big or small. Valeria interviews Flora Bami — she is a Professional Certified Integral Coach, Holistic Wellbeing strategist, and Diversity and Inclusion expert. Flora is optimistic, multicultural, and passionate, with expertise in life, mindset, purpose, relationships, and leadership coaching. Flora has over 15 years of international experience in Finance, Human Resources, Diversity Er Inclusion, and Wellbeing across big multinational organizations and more than 6 years of coaching experience. She started her career in Athens, Greece, before moving to Geneva, Switzerland, in 2011. Since then her professional and personal growth has been exponential, resulting in a giant career leap in 2019 when she joined the DEJ-I team at JTI. She led the setup of the Global Diversity Er Inclusion strategy and acted as the "Chief Wellbeing Officer" of the organization. In addition to that, she has been instrumental in designing and rolling out the Global Coaching framework for the same organization. Flora's work portfolio includes PwC (Corporate Finance and Audit), PepsiCo (Supply Chain Finance), JTI (Human Resources Finance, Diversity Et Inclusion, Wellbeing) while her coaching expertise lies in leadership, purpose, and life coaching. With her corporate background, coaching experience, and personal development journey, she brings together the integral methodology, the science of wellbeing and happiness, and leadership development to accelerate behavioral and cultural change, boost productivity, and drive personal growth and business performance. Flora, as an Executive Contributor in Brainz Magazine, publishes her articles on personal development. To learn more about Flora Bami and her work, please visit: florabami.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
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Heal, Grow & Flourish By Developing Your Inner Strengths
39:45— There can be challenges along the way in life. There is no need to feel alone! In the event that you are feeling overwhelmed by difficulties, trauma, or loss, therapy might be of assistance. Courtney believes in developing skills, overcoming obstacles, and achieving your personal goals based on your strengths. Valeria interviews Courtney Walraven — She graduated with a Master’s in social work from the University of Kansas in 2014. During school Courtney emphasized her studies on Veteran populations completing 2 internships with the Veteran Affairs: one in Topeka, KS and the other in Washington, D.C. She has worked in adolescent foster homes facilitating group therapy, and in elementary and middle schools offering mental health support to students. Courtney became a Licensed Master Social Worker in 2014, moved to Lubbock, TX and began working in the medical field as a social worker. She enjoyed the medical complexities and learning about their impact on mental health. She then became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners in 2018, and earned her Supervisor designation in January 2022. Courtney worked several years after-hours as a crisis stabilization worker in hospital emergency rooms. She has additional experience with people experiencing multiple and complex medical diagnoses, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, childhood trauma, PTSD and more. She has enjoyed working with all ages including children, teens and adults. Courtney strongly believes in continuing education and knowledge. She is currently working towards becoming EMDR certified. She is also attending Liberty University earning a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Community Care and Counseling with a specialization in Traumatology. Above all, Courtney is a mother and a wife. These are her two favorite roles! She cherishes the ability to spend time with her son and husband. Her Christian faith offers her the most support and solace for herself through the service she provides for others. To learn more about Courtney Walraven and her work, please visit: walraventherapy.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Rise Above Anxiety — Experience Love and Joy
1:00:43— In order to understand anxiety, we must first understand that it is a normal response to stress. A person who feels anxious is likely facing a new and unknown experience. If you think back to a time when you applied for a sports team, attended a job interview, or met someone new and unknown, fear and anxiety were likely present. Stress signals are sent by the body to keep you safe and secure. These signals inform the body that something is out of routine, or that there is something that needs to be taken into consideration. These signals aim to keep us out of dangerous situations and out of harm's way. In the course of our daily lives, we are subjected to these 'stress signals' over and over again, which can be a problem for us when we become anxious. We are at an unhealthy level of anxiety when normal, daily decisions overwhelm us. What can we do about it? Valeria interviews Eric Gilbert — He has helped hundreds of adults and youth dealing with high levels of anxiety, stress, or fear to be more calm and confident. Eric understands firsthand what it's like facing debilitating anxiety. As a child, Eric hardly spoke. It was through family counseling he learned about how his level of anxiety affected his social interactions, mood, and explosions of anger. With this personal journey, he pursued professional training to earn a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy, certifications in life coaching, relationship coaching, cognitive behavioral techniques, and more. Eric brings an uplifting, Christian approach for relieving stress and anxiety developed from over ten years work in the areas of mental and emotional health. The 'Rising Calm' process Eric developed helps you to rise above anxiety to experience love and success in all areas of your life. His work focuses on taking you from anxious and stressed to calm, centered and focused no matter the situation: work, school, social gatherings, heated arguments, tight deadlines, placement exams, etc. The process involves learning and practicing effective ways to calm your mind and nervous system even in anxiety-provoking situations. Eric treasures helping people to rise above the storms of life and experience a greater level of peace and purpose. To learn more about Eric Gilbert and his work, please visit: risingcalm.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Victor Of Circumstance And Not A Victim
45:07— “Mom, Thank you for simply trying. For always admitting that you didn’t know it all, but you learned from one child to the next. Thank you for being all examples of both what to do and not do. You gave me permission to become the best parts of me. You encouraged me to stand firm on the foundation of God...believing that if I followed him, he would keep me. He has. I have watched you grow and evolve my entire life. This allowed me to know that change is continual and ever possible. You made me a woman that is resilient and wise. The journey through childhood was not simple, but I thank you for being the right mom for the trip. You are my mother, peace, prayer warrior, and messy friend when I need a laugh. I am the result of the greatest prayer you have ever prayed...thank you!” — Trachelle Valeria interviews Trachelle Thomas, M.Ed., LPC — She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Educator, Advocate, Change Agent, Speaker, and Owner of Progressing on Purpose Counseling. She is a Houstonian that has always had a heart for helping, healing, and teaching. She is a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, friend, and more. Her private practice birthed out of her desire to help the community as well as herself. She believes in the power of healing and being truthful with oneself to do the work. She stands by the fact that Mental Health awareness and practice is an artform that governs every aspect of our lives. She campaigns for accountability, growth, discipline, and reflectiveness. She stands by the belief that leading a life with a servant heart will bring about change that will ring through generations to come. This soon to be author has a mission and vision of being purposeful and intentional. To learn more about Trachelle Thomas and her work, please visit: popcounseling.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Young, Wise and Happy: Tools To Get Through Life Well On Your Own
31:54— When you’re doing your best, ticking the boxes but you’re not truly happy it is time to access your own Self-Help Support Squad, workshops, trainings and dedicated message support. It’s not your fault that you don’t have the internal toolkit to get through life well on your own. You will have it now! Valeria interviews Rochelle Knowles — She is a business owner and certified Health & Life Coach, EFT Practitioner and mindfulness expert helping success driven men and women whom are stressed, stuck in a rut, no longer enjoying their job, continually repeating bad habits to reconnect to their purpose power, discover their inner peace and calm and create the life they dream about. Rochelle graduated from University with a BA Hons & MSc in Business and Property Finance. She spent her twenties working her way up the career ladder in the corporate and commercial real estate industry. She moved from Paris, New York, and London chasing her next success goal. When the global pandemic struck she saw an opportunity to take a leap of faith. Rochelle invested in her well-being and healed her past anxieties. Her journey of doing the inner work began - healing, breaking bad habits, and becoming a happier and healthier person. It was Rochelle’s successful experience with her life coach that encouraged her to follow her passion of helping others heal their inner child, rediscover their purpose, find peace in who they are, realize their potential, and achieve their life desires. The mission behind her business is to provide people with the life tools to decrease their stress, undo their conditioning and increase their fulfillment. To learn more about Rochelle Knowles and her work, please visit: mindful-eyes.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Never, Ever, Give Up On Yourself!
44:50— “There is always a journey each of us needs to take. I am grateful for my journey. It was healing and spiritual. When a tough journey enters our life, it is for a reason and instead of fighting it, embrace it. Though not easy at first, doors close and open for a reason. We learn, become stronger, brace a higher power and the most important is never, ever, give up on yourself!” — Mary Valeria interviews Mary K Savarese — the author of “The Girl in the Toile Wallpaper and Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume (who knew!)” Mary K. Savarese is an award winning, amazon bestselling, traditionally published fiction author and speaker. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she earned a degree in accounting from City University and worked within the insurance and financing world. Known for her quirky titles, Mary's debut novel has received five stars and 8 awards. Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume(who knew!) is a mystery romance intertwined with the Supernatural. Her recently published novel, The Girl In The Toile Wallpaper, is a fantasy adventure trilogy and the first of the StarWriters trilogy incorporating Time Travel and romance. Fantasy fans of high school age and older who look for a blend of mystery, history, romance and spell-binding intrigue will relish the journey and discoveries which defy time, space, and death. The Girl In The Toile Wallpaper was just awarded the NYC Big Book Award for Fantasy and was an International CIBA finalist for 1st and Grand Prize. US Review of Books has compared The Girl in the Toile Wallpaper to Doctor Who and A Wrinkle in Time. Mary appears on iHeartRadio, podcasts, Mindalia TV, Cable, YouTube, local publications and UK Radio. After living in Massachusetts, Mary raised her family in Connecticut. She presently resides in Florida where she spends her time writing entertaining and unusual stories that peak her readers interests. To learn more about Mary K Savarese and her work, please visit: maryksavarese.com and starwriterstrilogy.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Walk & Talk Therapy: Inviting Relaxation, Insights, & Positive Changes
44:46— Have you thought about meeting your therapist outdoors and walk together while the therapeutic processes unfold? If not, it’s time for an added natural healing component! Nature! This is not a new practice method. In fact, it is a very ancient concept. Aristotle and Socrates famously walked during lectures. Sigmund Freud often walked with patients during the analysis process. Although it is unknown why this form of teaching and therapy fell out of fashion, it is finally seeing a resurgence in popularity and utility. Not only do we have increasing evidence of the effectiveness of walking with your therapist, there are many practical reasons that this form of therapy may be right for you. Exercising, especially walking, provides well-established cardiovascular benefits and the incorporation of movement with the therapeutic conversation increases the integrative capacity of each therapy session. In other words, moving while talking makes short work of problem solving, gaining insight, and making positive changes in your life! Valeria interviews Layla Niemann — She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with Waypoint Wellness Center located in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned her MSW at Alabama A & M University. Since starting out in the Social Services field in 2001, she has worked in the areas of Child Welfare, Child Forensic Interviewing, Hospice, Bereavement, Adoptions, and Geriatrics. Ms. Niemann enjoys weaving her myriad experiences into her clinical practice serving adults and children with special interest in PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Autism, and Sleep Disorders. Her approach is rooted in the belief that positive therapeutic relationships have the power to change individuals and the world around them. Ms. Niemann works diligently for racial and gender equality in her professional and personal life. She is a strong ally for LGBTQ+ individuals. She provides an affirmative approach and utilizes empowerment strategies throughout treatment. She is also a neurodiversity-affirmative therapist. Ms. Niemann is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is trained in multiple therapy modalities including CBT, mindfulness, and Cognitive Processing Therapy, among others. Ms. Niemann believes the power of movement and the outdoors to be profoundly healing. The bilateral movement of walking is particularly useful combined with therapeutic conversation. This approach is a wonderful way to fastrack problem-solving, getting unstuck, or working through a complex personal problem. She began to notice the benefit of walking with her clients when working in assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes. She has now expanded this practice to walking with clients in her private practice. Ms. Niemann enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family, fostering with Huntsville Animal Services, playing music, backpacking, and running. To learn more about Layla Niemann and her work, please visit: waypointwellness.net — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Building Connection Through Stories
42:10— “Stories are how we as people communicate. They are instrumental for how we relate to members of family, community, or strangers who we find deep compassion for.” Valeria interviews Douglas Weissman — the author of “Life Between Seconds.” Douglas Weissman is a Los Angeles native who has lived in Florence, Rome, Sydney, and San Francisco. He can always be swayed by a good cookie or bad ice cream because even bad ice cream is pretty good. He writes stories of friendship, of finding beauty in the grotesque, of finding magic in the mundane; stories about building bridges, about burning bridges, about growing trees, about turning trees into bridges, and the ways strangers find common ground. His Young Adult series and New Adult novel were released by Epic Press in Fall 2016. His new novel, Life Between Seconds is out Nov. 15 by Histria Press. He is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco and currently lives in Los Angeles with his gorgeous wife, fun-loving daughter, anxious dog, and indifferent cat. By the time you read this, he will probably have another cat. To learn more about Douglas Weissman and his work, please visit: douglasweissman.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Celebrating Renewal, Acceptance, And Transformation
38:58— "I am here, fully experiencing my body ... yessss," she read, "I am taking responsibility for my life ... yessss." Valeria interviews Stephanie Hrehirchuk — she is the author of over 20 books, including the multi-award-winning memoir, An Accidental Awakening: It's not about yoga; It's about family. She's written about everything from the chakras and Ayurveda to motherhood and dream yoga. Stephanie coaches heart-centered clients through writing and publishing their books, getting their message into the world. To learn more about Stephanie Hrehirchuk and her work, please visit: stephaniehrehirchuk.com and stephaniehrehirchuk.ca — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.