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!
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!
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!
Anurag Gupta’s message is simple: discover & devote your life to your “calling”. From here, design an architecture and environment around you to support the further exploration and realization of your aim. This is a rather simple path, but one that could prove to be the most challenging – and possibly the most important one – you ever embark upon. For some (including us) the changes needed can be dramatic – leaving a job, selling your ‘stuff’, dropping friendships, finding your true voice and expressing that. It seems that fulfillment and true joy only when one steps fully into the space of one’s calling and lives FROM that place. Oh, and as Anurag so clearly states in this interview – it’s never about where you’re going (and the pictures and vision which accompany that). No, in fact, in many cases we must drop all attachment to what we want and allow our calling or truth to lead us. It will lead to many surprises perhaps, but ultimately a much better place than what we (and our programming) could design for us. In this conversation, Anurag lays out his vision for how to live a life of joyful fulfillment. It’s simple, but not easy. For us, his message has been one of the most inspiring we’ve ever heard. We hope you feel the same.
Lynne McTaggart admits she is a “disruptor”. Trained as an investigative journalist, she is highly skilled at identifying questionable practices or truths, exploring these deeply and testing them to obtain some measure of objectivity. Initially, it was medical practices and treatments that didn’t seem to deliver their promised results. This led to her highly successful magazine “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”. She never expected her life’s journey to propel her into the study of spirituality, consciousness and healing. But, as is so often the case, our path can sometimes be surprising as it leads us to our destiny of fulfillment and service. This has certainly been the case for Lynne as she now explores the power of small groups of people (8, in fact) that – together – focus on a collective intention aiming to positively impact others. These intentions range from lowering the death tolls in war-torn areas to healing a disease in a specific person. The results are astonishing, most notably in the group members themselves. Seems all sorts of miracles can flow once we focus on serving others. These amazing results form the basis of this week’s Ownstream podcast interview with Lynne. Learn “what” an intention truly is, how to form your own groups of 8 (and how to focus them) & why there is such power and leverage within the vast field of consciousness which connects us all. It was a huge pleasure speaking with Lynne, a true leader at the vital intersection of science and spirit. Enjoy!
Many people want to change their lives, but few actually do – why is this? Perhaps it’s because they aren’t truly “all in”. What then separates those who succeed from those who don’t? Virtually everyone we have spoken with on the Ownstream Podcast, or just in the flow of life, who has pulled off of the mainstream path creating something truly their “own” have done what we call “burn the boats”. In other words, they have taken irrevocable, and often dramatic, action in the direction of their life’s calling. This sometimes means leaving a job, moving across the world, selling everything and traveling or some other radically different, out of the box, act. In this article, we discuss why this is so and break down the specific steps to successfully designing your own “burn the boats” (or “confirmation”, as we call it) moment.
Patrick Haize is a true renaissance man. He wears various hats, coaches people on an assortment of skills and practices, and leads adventures into sacred locations in nature around the world. More and more, people are breaking out of the cookie-cutter design of work and life by simply following their excitement, healing themselves, and helping others. So, in Patrick’s case, he does a variety of things, each though focused on one ultimate goal – raising consciousness. In this episode, we discuss his amazing recovery from heroin addiction, and the vitally important spiritual growth which has ensued, how he deprogrammed himself from the matrix plus the difference between the synthetic matrix and the Gaian matrix, his purpose and how he helps others find theirs & how music remains his passion. His life is a living testament to his calling of consciousness, and how layered and textured that path can appear. It stands in stark contrast to the many who need things to fit into boxes, obsessed with control, following the rules. For Patrick, and for many others like him, the new earth is here and he is showing the way. Are you willing to follow? Enjoy!
Some dozen or so years ago, Dr. Eric Pearl had a thriving chiropractic practice in Los Angeles and seemed to be leading a fairly ‘normal’ life. That is, until the lights came on – literally. One night, Dr. Pearl was awoken to find the lights had turned on in his bedroom. Certain of a prowler, he climbed out of bed with his beloved Doberman by his side, only to find no one had burglarized his home. The following days and weeks though at his office forecast a very uniquely different sort of arrival. This explains the dawn of Reconnective Healing, a revolutionary healing modality which – to Dr. Pearl – stands at the true leading edge of health, science and consciousness. We had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Pearl some years ago at one of his workshops, and indeed the frequencies of energy which flow during the simple practice of reconnective healing are profoundly elegant, vivifying and truly have an intelligence all their own. This podcast episode delves into the nuances of the practice, covers more of the story of “how” these frequencies began flowing through Dr. Pearl (and, subsequently, his many thousands of students worldwide), the nature of consciousness, God & what it means to truly “know”. It is safe to say that Dr. Pearl was initially reluctant to step into the world of energy and healing, but nowadays – convinced of the truth of his cause – he is unabashed in his belief that his calling is truly serving others, while also rather naturally expanding his own life and understanding of our place in the vast universal field of cosmic energy.
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!