August 13, 2017
I'm HOPING Aliens will Land on the White House Lawn a Week from MONDAY_but if not, at least the ECLIPSE is going to shine some dark light on some Major players, and provide those with the intention to use it as a big reset button, with a moment to remember. Robert Phoenix has been dubbed "the Anthony Bourdain of Astrology," and as Shamanic Therapist Shonagh Home says, someone who also understands THE GAME. He also says things like: "McMaster's Uranus is right on Trump's ascendent," so there's that. I pose the question: WHAT'S UP WITH AUGUST 21st (?) to somebody who has done the Math, and he in turn wonders if the real lesson is to remember to have fun with it. I hope you're packing that Go Bag, or at least wrapping up rehearsals, and preparing to take your places. The Eclipse is headed for Trump Country, and something needs to give. Don't forget your laminate to the back stage pass that is the clown car pileup era of America.
Learn more about Robert http://www.robertphoenix.com/content/ and the podcast at www.packingforcrazytown.com
July 31, 2017
- in Dianne m. Connelly, Possibility, Wellness, Go Bag, Magic Mushrooms, Shamanic Therapist, Sarah Allen, Breaking Spells, national crazy, synchronicity, ancestors, Henri Bergson
July 31, 2017
For the Mayans, Native Americans, and Aborigines, synchronicity was a food group. They were beyond mindful of the moments. They understood that the combination of an internal readiness to act, or to be moved to a richer place - and an external sign ( what Jung dubbed Synchronicity,) and the resulting breakthrough in consciousness and explosion of deep meaning infused their lives with direction and made their days more meaningful, richer, and freer. The Holy Web has got our back. Even as the national smoke and mirrors show swings into cartoon head shaking form, In this IV drip of Ancient Wisdom with Shonagh Home, Shamanic Therapist, Author, and poet, we explore packing our go bag for crazy town with ancient, ancestral and flat-out practical mindsets, rituals, and regimens to offset the national crazy. July is in the rear view mirror. Whether you went for it, or it went for you - today we reset for August and remember how to unhook from broken things, from the narrative meth lab in the sky - and how tune into the time of Late Summer like our Grandparent's and their parents did. Practice looking up from the screens and into the faces of our children and friends, and elders. Let's fill ourselves up to the brim with as much good food, good friends, laughter, and the beauty of late summer as possible in preparation for a Fall to remember.
Welcome to the backstage pass that is the clown car pileup of America.
We've got this.
meets with an external sign that confirms your direction, and causes an explosion of deep meaning in the psyche.
July 16, 2017
“Give me a fever and I can cure anything"
"And that’s just what bee venom does," says Shonagh Home. “It activates the body’s healing mechanisms on many levels. Nature has a cure for all our ills, and illness is big business. You just have to be open minded. Way back in the day, it was obvious."
Shonagh Home, Shamanic Therapist, Author, and Poet expounds on the profound healing powers of bee venom WHILE I sting her with 8 bees.
We had a really good time last week doing a little IV drip of Shamanic Wisdom, so we're doing it again, and it's the conceptual pilot of a new podcast: "The Shaman's Tech Support," which will be ancient wisdom to offset the national crazy launching in August.
Why not? It's 2017. We can do anything that we feel like
What does normalizing manifesting experiences that are better than you can imagine look like?
Medicine is whatever helps us live
June 29, 2017
- in metaphysical, productivity, political, shonagh home, shamanism, Dianne m. Connelly, Love, Rumi, Quantum, Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Cranium, Donald Trump, Go Bag, Death Valley, Sororities, Magic Mushrooms, Ayahuasca, spirit animals, raising kids who can cry, giant cobras, polar bears, Woolly Mamoth, Groupon, Pendulums, Tin Tin, China, Board Games, Hogwarts Battle, Donner Dinner Party, life coach, social media
June 29, 2017
PLEASE DON'T LISTEN TO the beginning of this episode OUT LOUD with Kids around because I say "fuck you" 1:45 into the podcast and I uploaded this a couple of days ago, but didn't listen until now. In the moment, it felt appropriately to scale, and i thought kind of funny, but I think I underestimated how much - for someone who is clearly getting some enjoyment out of the turn of events - it annoys me to be taken for a fool by the "Narrative Meth Lab" in the sky. I could re-edit and re-upload but fuck that ha ha, so, I was going to upload a short addendum to this episode exploring the nature of that moment, but, do you ever feel like you've just fallen out of the boat on a class 3 rapids, and the best you can hope for is to grab a stick or a tree branch? Ya, so - that tree branch is now in the rear view mirror, so, while I find it jarring coming out of my mouth, (and nobody needs jarring, especially tender ears) everything after 1:45 is pleasant as apple pie, so let's leave it at that, and have a relaxing and happy as possible 4th of July.
Back to our regularly scheduled podcasting of part 2 of my "conversation (it's really more like two long-time friends and collaberators poking each other with sticks in between declarations of mutual admiration and mockery)" with "MORE ALIEN THAN DUDE OR BRO ANDY ROO FORREST" And BTW, after considering why I was so mad in that moment, I'm doubling down on the "Fuck you" at 1:45 and adding a "you fucking fuckwads."
________ Breathing in 2, 3, 4. Hold 2, 3, 4. Exhale 2,3....
Andy's highest self takes our call, and we get into that time in 7th Grade where he had a drug-induced speed date with God to mixed results until a chance meeting with one of my sorority (wait, I can explain!) sisters in a pool in Phoenix. I find his Spirit Animals (hint - one of them is extinct,) and we spin them into a Saturday morning cartoon. I dish on his whiteboard content, We ruminate on Jesus as a Toddler, Tin Tin, Life Coaches, disconnecting, and how I/Sarah can't get out of bed in the morning without KNOWING that there is a squad of unseen beings, pom poms in hand, ready to go go go, Andy discovers he prays after all, I share the the proper salutations to conclude a passive aggressive email to Catholic School Teachers, how to BE LOVE, no nonsense prayer, and good parenting advice on how to raise children who can cry if they need to.
Go to www.packingforcrazytown.com for full show notes.
June 10, 2017
- in Productivity, Politics, Love, Wellness, Andy Forrest, Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Cranium, Entros, Palo Alto, Pearl's Oyster Bar, Guns, Gold, Winnebagos, Bob Dylan, Overpopulation Musical, J Curve, Malthusian, Ultrasaurus, spontaneous combustion, Donald Trump, Go Bag, Holocaust
June 10, 2017
The ability to lean into the unknown and make it your home is at the heart of the first of two episodes wtih Andy "Roo" Forrest, my first boss out of college, vocalist for the underground Bay Area improv band, "Chained Down Cheese," and co-founder of the hottest board game design company on the planet.
Andy gets into how being the descendant of Holocaust Survivors is informing how he packs his GO BAG for Crazy Town (super charged Winnebago's, Guns, Gold in the walls of his Grandfather's booby-trapped Palo Alto Home,) and how to stay out of the national crazy by focusing on doing good work. We get into why practicing NEGATIVE CAPABILITY in uncertain times feels right right about now, and why the J curve is a good jumping off point for a musical about Overpopulation and consumption.
Also, ignore it when I say, "I hate Bob Dylan." I just find his son, Jacob, way more listenable.
The Wall Street Journal called the interactive playpen/nightclub ENTROS that Andy and his partner, Stephen Brown founded in Seattle in the 90's: "The Future of Entertainment." Like most mid 90's prognostications, they were totally wrong, but unless you were across town discovering Nirvana, it was the most fun you could have with your clothes on in those days. Andy is a songwriter, a taiji practitioner, and a serial entrepreneur. He was all of 23 when he hatched Pearl's Oyster Bar in his home town. Now, Forrest Pruzan Creative, the board game design company he started with Alan Pruzan spawns 50 games a year, invented most of the early Cranium games, and is responsible for many of the games on the shelves at Target, Wal-Mart, and your favorite game store.
I think this conversation, above all, will remind you about those friends that you have in your life that maybe you don’t see very often, but when you do – it’s a soul connection of love and respect run through a $h!t flipping machine nestled in a holy web.*
May 17, 2017
- in metaphysical, health, Five Element Theory, Dianne m. Connelly, Love, Possibility, Live, Rumi, Quantum, Wellness, acupuncture, Tai Sophia
May 17, 2017
Dianne m. Connelly, Author of Medicine Words: Language of Love for the Treatment Room of Life intends that, in her presence, we will all know ourselves as a loving, glorious, hot-shit possibility. And that's without us lifting a finger. The map is definitely not the territory in this deep dive of a conversation with Dianne, co founder of the Tai Sophia Institute, and an acupuncturist for almost 50 years who reminds us how to "Leap into the unknown and make it our home."
Go to “www.Packingforcrazytown.com” for more about Dianne and the podcast.
April 30, 2017
If you don't have a Shaman on speed dial, episode 2 of Packing for Crazy Town is for you.
I met up with Shonagh Home, Shamanic Therapist, Author, and Poet at her home in the Wilds of Suburban Seattle. A friend for a decade, Shonagh has talked me off many a ledge and pulled me out of a few holes, and in return, I do things she finds mysterious: connecting printers to WIFI, editing audio files...thus the title of this podcast. Ours is a friendship that works. And, as a "Medicine Wheel" student of hers for two years some years back, she also taught me how to find people's totem animals, and do soul retrieval, so there's that:)
This podcast starts out with a conversation about the benefits of bee venom therapy (the beauty secret you're in denial about,) and moves into the power of intention, affirmation, healing original wounds, words as wands, keeping your eye on the prize and staying out of the national crazy, healing the gut with ancestral foods, and staying close to the divine, and skipping the NY Times and TV in favor of Ancient Wisdom. We work through dark nights of the soul, shadow selves, the awesomeness of mid-life face slaps, and how to stay on your feet in whackadoodle times. Along the way, she recites two poems from her recent collection of channeled works ‘Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms,’ which all flowed out of her in one take, straight up rhyming. And finally, because looking good while getting our go-bag for crazy town ready is not nothing, I say: Shonagh, as exhausting as it will be to hear your daily regimen: let’s have it, sister.
One thing that attracts me to people, is a fascinating life arc, and in that regard Shonagh is no exception. The short version is "Wall Street Wife to Martha Stewart on Mushrooms." My personal favorite of her five books is: ‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’ a bite-sized (you can read it on a two hour flight ) chronicle of her transformation that occurred through her work with a Mayan priest and shaman. She is voracious researcher and prolific writer with a fearless social media presence, not to mention a fantastic Mother to two of my favorite girls, and an effortless gourmet cook, with an ironclad adherence to only the freshest, most organic ingredients brimming with cell-plumping probiotics. And she uses fuck as a modifier more than you might think, which I find endearing.
More about Shonagh:
Her specialized private sessions and retreats are probing and revelatory, assisting clients to break chronic, self-defeating patterns, and move into empowered personal sovereignty. Shonagh is an international public speaker on the subject of visionary shamanic-spirit medicine, a voice for stewardship of the honeybees, and a teacher on the subject of Traditional Foods. She is author of the books, ‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’ ‘Love and Spirit Medicine,’ ‘Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms,’ and ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks.’
You can find out more about Shonagh here:www.shonaghhome.com
And show notes for this at https://packingforcrazytown.com/
April 11, 2017
"I hold the human privilege of wording the world as a sacred honor, and so it is not okay to say just any old thing about being." Dianne m. Connelly, Medicine Words.
For the first Packing for Crazy Town podcast, I knew I had to track down Dianne m. Connelly, author of Medicine Words: Language of love for the treatment room of life, to begin a conversation BIG ENOUGH for all of us to turn around in." She applied a pumpkin enzyme peel of ancient chinese energetics to the way I look at how I am in the world, and took 20 years off of my speaking. I predict she'll be the wake-up culture's new go to voice of possibility before long.
Dianne doesn't walk her talk, she embodies it. She and I laughed our way through being beginners at this podding thing...She got me to Donald Trump as holy aspect of the Great Oneness...and reminded me why she was one of the most influential teachers I've ever had. She quotes RUMI "Be a lamp, be a ladder, be a life boat. Waking up to the gift that it is to be here at all...Life is serious, and it's not a given that we will continue to be here, and none of us is getting out alive so, what am I giving my life for between now and when we're not here anymore.
A note about the Audio Quality of Ep 1. Once you hear Dianne you'll understand why tying her to a computer and to Skype was not an option, so this was recorded via What's App. Creation is messy, and being transparent about that gives me a lot of pleasure for some reason.
"Can I, will I, allow you to be just exactly as you are? In my every interaction, my every conversation, will I practice opening to you as phenomenon, as Divine showing, or will I draw conclusions, tell stories, make commentaries too small to let you show as “a radiance, a shining?" From Medicine Words.
About Dianne: "Dianne M. Connelly, PhD, MaC (UK), co-founder and chancellor of Tai Sophia Institute, an accredited graduate school in the fields of health and wellness, holds a doctorate in the philosophy of medicine. She taught in the Institute’s Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Transformative Leadership and Social Change master’s degree programs. A practitioner of acupuncture since 1973, she is the author of Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements, All Sickness Is Homesickness, and co-author of Alive and Awake: Wisdom for Kids, and Medicine Words: Language of Love for the Treatment Room of Life.
buy Medicine Words: Connelly https://www.amazon.com/Medicine-Words-Dianne-Connelly-ebook/dp/B0082RGA3Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1490061016&sr=8-2&keywords=medicine+words
By the end, you might - as I do - believe that we can language our way to something better than we can even imagine.
Practice Radical Vulnerability.
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