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!
Quite often, the quest for freedom hinges on the clear realization of its opposite – slavery. For Steven Michaels, the pivotal moment came at a bank, when, as a young entrepreneur and husband, he sought to remove the last of his money to buy groceries. Last he checked, he had around 600 bucks. No money was there. After double-checking, the teller told him that his money had been removed by the IRS. Gone. From that moment of powerlessness, Steven made it his mission to maximize his understanding and experience of freedom and liberty in our modern world. It has been his sole focus for nearly 30 years. This quest to be “free in an unfree world” rather naturally created a strong interest for Steve in the rise of cryptocurrencies and, specifically, bitcoin. In fact, after much study and personal experience, Steve’s very simple position on this exciting new market is to invest only in bitcoin (and no other cryptocurrencies), as he feels certain that bitcoin will be the final “crypto” standing. In this deep and candid interview, Steve describes the many ways that we are not free in this society (ways we often may not even recognize or question), and the solutions he adheres to to defend and empower himself in this reality. Seeing bitcoin as a powerful and unparalleled new tool of self defense, he very clearly tells the now 9-year history of bitcoin, and its wide-reaching implications across our society. He talks about why it’s the best crypto out there for investors, and hints at how sky high he believes it eventually will go. While Steve’s general approach to life, freedom and empowerment is in many ways inspiring, a central aim we had with this conversation was to educate people about cryptocurrencies and, specifically, bitcoin. It is the belief of many, including Steve, that crypto’s hold potential for the most significant transfer of wealth in our lifetime, and we would like nothing more than for you to get in on this dramatic change. Enjoy!
There are 1410 miles between Fairhope, AL and Monteverde, Costa Rica. We know this because while interviewing this week’s guest, Marvin Rockwell at his home in Monteverde, describing his epic journey there from Alabama in 1948, we pulled it up on Google maps. Of course, the internet wasn’t at the disposal of Marvin and the small community of Quakers heading south from Alabama in 1948 on their way to Costa Rica. Nor were fully completed roads. Marvin and three other men had just completed a year and a day sentence for evading the American draft, recently implemented to staff up the Korean War. Deeply against killing another, the group sought more peaceful pastures, and was drawn to Costa Rica given its warm, welcoming climate and recent decision to ban their military…entirely. In this episode, Marvin shares his remarkable story. He also talks about how Costa Rica has changed over the years, and how it hasn’t (it still has no military and a strong commitment to peace, for example). We learn about how he and others started the Quaker community in Monteverde, how they learned to farm and make a living there, how they tried (and failed) to construct an airstrip, the various adventures he has had since and the one key element that has allowed him to do so many different things over the years following his own, unique path. Marvin Rockwell quite literally blazed his own path in the world and his story will inspire you to do the same. Enjoy!
Once you begin to question one area of life, the lies suddenly begin to unravel everywhere. Along the way, you are likely to encounter all sorts of characters shouting their version of the “real story” from the rooftops. When you find someone as eloquent, trustworthy and well-researched as Dr. Pam Popper, however, you grab your seat and listen. As you will find, she held nothing back in this, our second conversation (she also appears on episode #6). She starts off with a bang, describing her concern with the over-medication of Americans for mental illness, pointing out that the commonly held notion of a “chemical imbalance in the brain” has no research base. She goes on to call into serious question the safety and value of vaccines, powerfully illuminates the profound dysfunction and profit motives in our system of modern medicine, and concludes with critical health care recommendations that can benefit everyone. While we discuss some challenging topics, where we are always ultimately left at the end of conversations like this one with Dr. Popper is with profound hope, marveling at the natural power and grace of the human body. It seems that if we simply nourish it properly and avoid or eliminate the toxins that the modern world promotes, it functions beautifully, quite capable of living a long and healthy life. Certainly, this formula is playing out perfectly for Pam. She is now 61 and has no vision of retiring or slowing down. She owns her own gym and yoga studio, eats a whole-foods plant-based diet, works around the clock as a doctor and teacher (by choice and loves it), and pumps out two videos and a ton of content each week spreading the truth about some of the most controversial health issues of our time. If the truth about nutrition, drugs, disease and the human body interests you, you will hang on Dr. Popper’s every word. Enjoy!
For Natalie Sisson, doing anything which doesn’t feel good for too long sets off an internal alarm. So, some 10 years ago, after too many days of feeling “off” at a corporate job…she quit. What’s remarkable about her decision is that she didn’t have a solid plan for what to do afterwards, but took the leap anyway. What unfolded from there is truly epic: 70 countries in 7 years, multiple online programs helping other digital nomads, a very popular podcast, her own book and a vast array of experiences that many only dream about. And, as she describes in this week’s Ownstream Podcast, she mainly follows the simple breadcrumb trail of her excitement. She is comfortable not knowing what lays past the horizon. This outlook has given her the amazing ability to leap where others might balk. And, it has given her the conviction that others can do the same. She recently gave up the digital nomad lifestyle and now owns land in New Zealand and, with her partner, has a new vision of freedom and service. What’s wonderful about this conversation is that Natalie believes that anyone can do this. The path she has walked isn’t for the few. It’s for those who decide it’s for them. Consider yourself warned: this conversation might give you the clarity and motivation to decide to take the leap yourself. Enjoy!
Many dream of it, but very few actually do it: sell it all and move to paradise. For Nadine Pisani, it took her husband being hospitalized for 10 days for her to realize that their way of life as chiropractors in Pennsylvania wasn’t working. A short time later, they walked off a plane in Costa Rica and knew immediately they had done the right thing. Since that time, they have stopped working so much, fostered all sorts of other creative interests and have fallen back in love with life and each other. In this episode, we talk specifically about her transition from living in the US to a full-timer in Costa Rica. Included in this is how her writing career took off (she has now authored 4 books), how they built their own B&B near Tamarindo and their daily coffee dance (something about fresh, Costa Rican coffee…). What surprises or challenges awaited them? What was it like transitioning to an entirely different (and slower) way of life? What is it actually like now some years later – was it all worth it? If you have ever dreamed of leaving it all behind and moving to paradise, you will love this episode. Nadine Pisani and her husband Rob did it and found a flourishing, vibrant and joyful life awaiting them in paradise. It wasn’t always a straight path, but it has definitely been worth it. Enjoy!
As we pause here at the end of 2017, we look back on the year that was and the amazing events that have transpired for us as we have lived by one simple maxim: follow your excitement. We recently relistened to the first episode of the Ownstream Podcast, recorded nearly one year ago. We were blown away by how much of what we intended for 2017 came true for us. From Theresa quitting her job, to us traveling the west in a converted Dodge Sprinter van to actively building community…it’s all in here. In this episode, we cover our 2017 journey through the theme of “follow your excitement”. We also briefly discuss some recent negative media surrounding Bentinho Massaro. Given our attendance at 3 of his events, our implementation of his powerful teaching and our intimate interaction with his worldwide community, we feel called to share our perspective on this young spiritual teacher. Mostly, our aim with this episode is to inspire you to consider 2018 as the year when your take a bold leap forward into your own excitement. As we discuss, our experience is that the universe has all types of surprises and miracles in store if you do. It only awaits your first empowered step. Are you ready? Enjoy!
It is said that the inherent challenges of being an actor will rather naturally weed out those without the true bug in their system. If this is true, Matt Mitler must be completely consumed by it. His ambition though is not for fame nor fortune, as his interest in those conventional notions of success has waned as he and his work have matured. Instead, it is the tantalizing quest for truth, expansion and – perhaps most of all – the urgent need to serve others using his art. Imagine this: a group of actors wholly dedicated to the audience – be it in a theater, church or hospital – rather then the aggrandizement of themselves or the whole. In your picture, be certain that the troupe is imminently skilled, expressive, nimble and daring – all at once. This is Matt Mitler’s utopia of sorts, his beloved group Dzieci Theatre, laden with some of the finest performers in New York City (including Matt himself). Dzieci’s aim is to utilize theater and performance as a means for the personal evolution of the actor and the blooming of the heart in the audience. In this interview, we discuss the evolution of Matt’s art and how seemingly every aspect of his career and the evolution of Dzieci has existed outside of the traditional box. We explore how Matt’s amazing path has been in service to a hidden taste for truth, and that by trusting the calling of sorts, Matt’s journey has brought him all sorts of surprises and connections. We also probe Matt’s remarkable history having studied with directors Jerzy Grotowski & Eugenio Barba, the actor Ryszard Cieslak, humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers and more. Ultimately, this is a story of following one’s unique taste for truth, and when mixed with a little faith, how this simple approach creates something remarkable, rich and imminently meaningful. Enjoy!
Just a few years ago, Hemma Haridin ran multiple accounting franchises in New York City. She was marginally fulfilled, supported her family and loved being her own boss. Upon the passing of her dear grandfather though, some parts of herself began to open up, revealing a vastly different blueprint for living than the one she previously assumed. She began receiving messages – very clear ones – related to a deeper calling or capacity that she had barely tapped. “You’re a healer”, she heard. After hearing this exciting message, she quickly went to google (as you do) to learn more. The first search result was a modality of healing that rang the bell for her -ThetaHealing®. That night, she attended a nearby workshop, cleared some blockages in her psyche and became an immediate believer. In other words, she moved quickly, acting on her excitement with confidence. The results were startling. Two short years later, Hemma has a thriving healing business, helping others to clear their blockages and step into their life paths with full power, and leads powerful trainings enabling others to uncover their healing talents. She also has a unique specialty which is to empower spiritual entrepreneurs to fully own their power and their path. In this episode we discuss her stunning life change, how she became so confident to act quickly and decisively on her excitement and how easy and swift it can be to heal old wounds and traumas. It’s a story of speed, yes, but also one of boldly stepping into one’s true calling in life and the magic that awaits when we do. Enjoy!
At the intersection of science, diet and the human body sits Gino Di Serio — a lifetime student of wellness and healing, and seeker of the keys to optimal health. If there was a diet or fast out there over the past 50 years, Gino tried it. We first learned of his magnum opus — the Master Fast System (MFS) — via Bentinho Massaro. When Bentinho mentioned that he had done a short version of the MFS during a recent retreat, we got interested. We eat a fairly healthy plant-based diet, but it wasn’t always that way, and we have long been interested in fasting and cleansing as a means to thoroughly detoxify the body and maximize health. Upon finishing his lengthy and detailed “protocol” for an MFS we realized we were on the precipice of reexamining yet another mainstream paradigm — one that we have always taken for granted. Namely: Our body’s dependence on food and water. That’s right, Gino believes that we’ve drastically overblown our intake needs, and instead believes that the human body is built to live largely on “plasma” coming largely from the field of energy around and within us. In this amazing conversation, Gino reveals how he pieced the MFS together, what his diet mainly consists of today, and what our diet ought to be based on nature’s perfection and what will leave our system as clear and clean as possible. If health and nutrition interest you, you are sure to find this conversation interesting – possibly even very triggering. We encourage you to listen to this in its entirety and to also check out Gino’s website (linked in the show notes) before forming a judgement. What Gino proposes might seem extreme, but if you look around you at the state of our collective’s health, something extreme might be the only path to survival. Enjoy!