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Experience inspiration with host Carol and co-hosts Ann and Concetta along with guest interviews to help you elevate your state of mind, your life, and the world. We’re here to inspire, empower, and catalyze your evolution.

Tap into your inner wisdom, make the most of your life journey, and rise to your heart-centered Higher Self. Explore new ways of thinking, feeling, seeing, and being in the world. Extract wisdom and share it with others.

Together we can rise to a higher level of consciousness, a more constructive state of being, and experience more love, joy, and happiness in life.
20 Episodes
Dr. Shelley Negelow and Lynnis Woods-Mullins each experienced powerful lessons in healing from past-life traumas that led them to career paths to help other women. Over time, each has developed tools and techniques to help women discover how to make sustainable changes in their lives. Listen in to this episode as we explore their traumas, how they overcame them, and their determination to transform their lives. Each shares their personal story of challenges and healing, and a new program they are now collaborating on. It’s called “Emergence of the Total Woman Seminar: A Blueprint for Living the Life You Love” designed for women to address their outer and inner life – physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, so they can create a life they love. SHOW NOTES: Highlights include: Life lessons Pivotal points Epiphanies Practices for keeping balance Power of movement and dance Breaking point and the journey to wellness So much more than the roles we take on Info on Dr. Shelley Negelow Facebook – Power of Woman Seminars with Shelley Negelow Website - Email: Info Lynnis Woods-Mullins - a portal to all social media, women’s Facebook group, E-Magazine, books, retreats, spa days In Facebook: Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond Email: Emergence of the Total Woman  Music by Jonn Serrie Intro and Outro music composed and recorded by Jonn Serrie. Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music
In this episode, we're wrapping up our first season of the podcast and beginning a new one. Ann, Concetta, and Carol share their thoughts on the podcast after a full year of experience with it. The conversation includes our personal life challenges and stories along with thoughts on why we started the podcast. SHOW NOTES In this episode, you can get an up-close and personal perspective as they share their thoughts on: How the Hearts Rise Up Podcast came to be. The reasons each decided to pursue the podcast. Start and evolution of their relationship - sharing their unique journey. Favorite quote, philosophy, mantra related to Hearts Rise Up, and paths. Why community is so powerful. Their life challenges and the learning behind them. Why being present for each other is essential. AHA Moments BIOS Ann Serrie Concetta Antonelli Carol Chapman  
Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, a guide for sensitive, intuitive writers, The INFJ Revolution, and Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers. She is also a writing coach for writers of the INFJ and INFP personality type, and blogs about writing, creativity, and personality theory at She currently lives in San Francisco. In this episode, Lauren Sapala shares her journey of an intense and difficult childhood with challenges and addiction; struggles in early adulthood to finally - opening creative doors as a writer and how it has transformed her life, creating a new way of being and growing. SHOWNOTES (Learn about) Value of silence and community Myers Briggs observation (Intuitive, introvert types - INFP/INFJ) Discovering INF attributes Intuitive writing vs. Rational writing Positive changes from finding a style Being an empath - the positives and negatives Living with Highly Sensitive People - HSPs - INFs Struggles of HSPs and INFs Expansion and contraction cycles Subscribe to Lauren's newsletter and get a gift! Two free chapters from The INFJ Revolution, one all about the recurring pattern INFJs and INFPs have with toxic narcissists in their lives. WEBSITE LAUREN'S BOOKS INFJ Writer INFJ Revolution Firefly Magic SOCIAL MEDIA Twitter Facebook  
What's the "best" that could happen? That's the mindset of Jae Hermann and the question she asks whenever she's dealing with situations in her life. It wasn't always that way. Just like many people, Jae focused on what's the "worst" that could happen. As a young woman, she was determined to build a career in her chosen field, strategizing, and planning the details to increase her opportunity for success. That all changed one day after being physically assaulted, which then proceeded to derail her beliefs about her choice in career and nearly ruining her emotionally - leading to a massive identity crisis. It took a while for Jae to find herself. Soon she learned to embrace life with curiosity even when fears and doubts surfaced. This approach has allowed life to unfold, leading her to an incredible career as a marketer and business owner, which laid the groundwork for an international wholesale jewelry design business, running an online magazine, building a media production company, and pursuing an award-winning acting career on stage. There was no big plan. Instead, life blossomed into a series of synchronistic opportunities that she sought when presented. Show Notes Jae believes that everything happens for a reason. Listen in to this episode as she shares her story and how she lives in the present, is grateful for potential and possibility, and how the Law of Attraction works in our lives. Key insights include: Heart-focused intention "It's not about you!" Overcoming or adapting to OCD Life as a series of synchronous events Realizing one's gifts - being self-aware Being realistic and prepared Losing identity Growth - step by step Say "Yes, and" Step into Life Uses of adversity in changing life's course Don't let bad things define who we are or who we're meant to be On being highly sensitive and being an introvert Need for solitude The gift of high sensitivity Self-care = Grateful in the moment Awareness as self-care Gratitude is the key to manifesting Focus on what you truly desire Capture fleeting thoughts by writing them down! Know what you want; write it down. We can be critical of ourselves with our internal self-talk, but we rarely write down the negative thoughts. Tip - come up with 3 to 5 statements of what you want, then write affirmation statements about each one. When faced with a crisis - embrace it.   Final words - The importance of Acceptance and Gratitude Website Instagram Twitter Biography Jae is a storyteller, motivator, creative entrepreneur and brand consultant. She’s also been a marketing gal, a media producer, and an award-winning actress, model, and a long list of other roles. Truly a woman of remarkable talents and interests. Jae publishes a Substack weekly, called #RealTalk which is a collection of motivational essays and curated personal development resources.    
As a shy introvert, disconnected from her true self, Alie Harwood was fraught for years in her teens and early adult life with a fear-driven mind of negative and self-conscious thoughts. She mostly relied on external attention and approval to feel comfortable in her own skin. These patterns created a variety of suppressed emotions and feelings, making it very difficult to function with confidence and clarity in the world. It wasn't until a significant turning point that shifted her perspective and life path. Eventually, this led to a gradual unfoldment of other shifts transforming her into a confident introvert empowered to take responsibility for her self-esteem and happiness. Today, based on her own experience and process, Alie coaches other shy women introverts to break free from self-limiting beliefs and behaviors. She helps them empower themselves to discover their potential so they can be true to their authentic selves. As a Holistic Wellness and Confidence Coach, she believes there is no greater fulfillment than KNOWING your true self and no greater freedom than OWNING your true self. In this episode, Alie shares her own story of transformation, and how she helps others in her 6-step process to living in their authentic self for personal growth and happiness. She also offers our listeners a free guide, THE CONFIDENT INTROVERT'S PATHWAY: 6 Steps to Go From Shy & Insecure to Confident & Empowered.  SHOW NOTES Key highlights include: Alie's path to being a coach: Low points as a teen and while in college. Starting over calls for being proactive Focus on Influences for Good Life Decisions and Gifts The turning point during a low period Learning to release anger Taking responsibility for the happiness Navigating our lives Be tender with yourself Alie's process with clients Alie's mantra Amplification of your ego-mind Vision for helping women with the power of creative expression Tips: Choose to see challenges as something for us not done to us. Remember: Create time and space for yourself and make it a priority. INFLUENTIAL BOOKS Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle  INFLUENCER Melissa Ambrosini - Podcast WEBSITE  FREE GIFT: THE CONFIDENT INTROVERT'S PATHWAY: 6 Steps to Go From Shy & Insecure to Confident & Empowered. Alie can be found on Facebook at Wellness with Alie and Confident Introvert Tribe (a private FB group). She's also on Instagram. BIOGRAPHY Alie Harwood is a Holistic Wellness & Confidence Coach helping shy women introverts to break free from overthinking, self-judgment and holding back so they can finally feel happy in their own skin and express their true authentic selves in the world. She believes that there is no greater fulfillment than knowing your true self and no greater freedom than owning your true self as this is how we find our peace, our passion, and our purpose! Alie is a lover of all things personal and spiritual development, healthy living, nature, dancing, and wise words.
From incarceration on his birthday at age 19 to University to fast-tracking the corporate ladder, Tommy Breedlove had achieved what few people have done given the humble beginnings and violence in his earlier years. He had a great job, a beautiful wife, fancy car, corner office, and was a senior partner and member of the Board of Directors of a major financial consulting firm. He was also set for life financially. On the outside, he had achieved everything. On the inside, things were crumbling around him, and he almost lost everything. After several days of complete chaos and hitting rock bottom, he committed to making "life his full-time job" and never looked back. He knew he had to save himself and be the person he was born to be. From that point forward, he doubled down and invested the next seven years in working on himself --  emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. The work shifted his mindset and gave him a whole new perspective on life, transforming his way of thinking and being in the world. SHOW NOTES Now as a business, career and mindset coach, a keynote speaker, and author he helps others empower themselves to build a legendary life. Listen in on how to make your life your full-time job as he shares his life-changing story and wisdom: Rising to life's challenges Refined by the Fire Have you been called to your profession? Not dealing with the demons from the past "Man, I have got to change something!" How to build your emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical fortress Tips and Techniques to be the Master of your Mindset Every Single Day Serve yourself first so you can serve others We all have a purpose Purpose changes based on the seasons and changes in our life  What is important to you? Benefits of an Accountability Partner "Burn the Boat" concept Mentors and Coaches vs. Psychologists Ambition, Drive, and Desire to make an impact on the world Choose! To do the hard work Build a legendary life! Life Tips from others: Live your life or Live your story Participate in your own rescue WEBSITE TOMMY'S BOOK Legendary: A simple playbook for building and living a legendary life, and being remembered as a legend SOCIAL MEDIA Tommy Breedlove – Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram BIOGRAPHY Tommy's purpose is to empower humans to build a legendary life. He guides his clients and audiences to discover a life of significance while creating a legacy. The tools he shares shows them how to work in their zone of brilliance, obtain financial freedom, and live with meaning and balance. And importantly, become the person they've always wanted to be. From overcoming incarceration as a young man to working at the largest financial consulting firm in the world, he gained business notoriety and financial success. He became Senior Partner, International Practice Leader and Member of the Board of Directors. He looked successful on the outside, but was crumbling on the inside and almost lost everything. Tommy chose to transform his life and follow his true calling. He now works as a Featured Keynote Speaker, Author, and Business, Relationship, and Mindset Coach. Join Tommy on this journey if you are ready to live a "Legendary Life," "Obtain True Freedom," and "Participate in Your Own Rescue." 
After years of fundamentalist evangelical Christian practice, Eva Live only felt disillusioned with religion. She was feeling aloneness, disconnection, and isolation — an inner sort of torture. She spent years deconstructing her life. Never feeling good enough or a real sense of belonging or spiritually connected until a significant turning point that set her on a course of awakening and beginning with one of her deepest spiritual experiences. From that point, she began reconstructing a new life based on a sense of openness to mystery. She sought out tools and teachers that took her on an inner journey of exploration of what is right for her — opening the doors to trusting her inner voice and wisdom.Today she knows what it takes to make life work on her terms from a place of inner strength and power. She helps others untangle spirituality from religion by inviting them to experience their connection to Self and align with their divine essence – their Soul. When you embrace conscious choice from within and align with your Soul you feel a sense of purpose that fuels and guides your journey forward in life. SHOW NOTES Join us for the pearls of wisdom from Eva as she shares the tapestry of her journey to include: Shifts and changes along the way The role of isolation and disconnection in opening new doorways Isolation vs. community Diving into spirituality after religion Living in "flow mode." Purpose - where does it come from Ways to discover purpose Souls journey Eva's philosophy/mantra - "observe what is, and do what works." Using your "inner compass of joy" Connect with your power source Practices to lift one up Ecstatic dance How to connect with and trust your intuition The value of saying no!  FREE DOWNLOAD & OTHER RESOURCES "The Soul Resonance Method for Discovering Your Life Vision " If you’re looking to connect in person around spirituality, embodiment, and conscious awakening, here are some ideas of keywords to Google or search on Facebook — just add your city name to the end of each one. A lot of things tend to be listed on Facebook and not Google, Eva recommends looking in both places. Ecstatic Dance, 5 Rhythms Dance, Meditation group, Conscious movement, Tantra, Authentic relating, Intuitive jam, Contact improv, Singing circle, Moon circle, Spiritual awakening group, Sexual awakening group, Sacred embodiment community, Yoga. HOW TO CONNECT WITH EVA Facebook Group: Spirituality After Religion A space to share and connect on spirituality that’s outside of religious frameworks, especially for those who have also left a dogmatic religion and are reconstructing their life outside of it. BIOGRAPHY Eva Live is a writer, poet, and coach who is passionate about helping those who have become disillusioned by the aspects of religion that seek to dominate human spirituality. After healing long-term traumatic effects of her religious past and letting go of the beliefs that held her back, she has discovered an ecstatic spiritual life lived in alignment with her inner soul calling. She started Ecstatic Soul Calling to help you discover your own ecstatic soul calling — so you can feel fully alive, in tune with the life force that flows through all things. BONUS: EVA's FUTURE STATE (not shared in the interview) She has a poetry book that’s almost complete. It’s been on hold for a while as she's focused on other aspects of her creative life, but she's excited to get that out there. It is a poetic journey of coming into her own energy and being and as she says, "becoming who I am." She likes to help more and more humans to discover and connect with our own innate human spirituality and become empowered by reconnecting with our inner core. Particularly for people who’ve been wounded by religion, she's really excited to share the things that have worked for her to get deep healing and come into a sense of purpose as she aligns with what feels like her ecstatic soul calling. Long term, she'd love to see the type of religion that’s been artificially holding humanity down being transmuted. She once had a vision of all religions turning into gold beneath our feet, becoming a beautiful foundation for us to move forward from. It’s when we get to space where we’re no longer feeling victim to our past, but able to see it as foundational with gratitude but also consciously choosing another path, that we really start coming into our power as humans.
As a child, Jas Hothi thought everyone was like him. It wasn't until his teens that he realized he was different from others. And it became even more apparent when his career took off while in the corporate world. His big "AHA" came when he had the best year ever in sales recruitment, having made "Employee of the Year." Most people would love to have that kind of accolade. But for Jas, something wasn't right. He was unfilled and just kept wondering why he wasn't happier.  Discovering that he was a highly sensitive introvert was a powerful realization for Jas. Sensitive introverts don't always know they're different because, as he puts it, "we become used to our own reality." Also, when you become used to what you know, anything different is frightening. It turns out, for Jas, the Universe was nudging him in another direction, and he knew he had to trust his intuition.   Show Notes This episode is a real down-to-earth conversation with Jas as he shares his courageous journey to step out of his comfort zone (without a plan) to recalibrate his life. He learned to trust his intuition, honor, and accept who he was and allow that to guide him to make new and positive choices. Although he has many interests and passions, he's committed to sharing what he's learned to help other highly sensitive introverts acknowledge and understand their unique gifts so they can better navigate the world. Listen in to learn more of his experience: Growing up Turning points Empathy is huge Sensitive introverts Introvert uprising Highly sensitive self-test Not just an introvert Myers Briggs - INF trends Visceral reactions of sensitive people Trends in the workplace Highly Sensitive Refuge Introvert Dear Live Your Legend Intuitives Positive Psychology Escape the City National Novel Writing Month (November) The value of community   Mentions/References Susan Caine - Ted Talk Dr. Elaine Aron Scott Dinsmore   Facebook Groups for Highly Sensitives Introvert Dear Highly Sensitive Refuge   Websites/Blog INF club For info on Jas' upcoming novel "What Happened to Scott Andrews?"    Biography Jasraj Hothi is a multi-passionate blogger, writer & entrepreneur. After dropping out of university, he previously worked in sales, before leaving the city in 2015 to study a Masters in Positive Psychology and he hasn't worked in an office since. Alongside his Masters, he started his first entrepreneurial venture Thriva in 2016 – an alternative higher education program for 18-24-year-olds. He has also run various blogs for introverts, including his latest introvert blog INF club - for INFP & INFJ personality types, many of whom identify as 'highly sensitive introverts' aka HSPs He is currently learning about investing & trading and is also publishing his 1st novel this year. Jas also writes poetry from time-to-time and journals daily, and he has been fortunate to visit 5 continents - though he calls SW London, England home.
For years Mandara Cromwell has been on an incredible journey marrying science and spirit. She grew up in the farmlands of Kansas in a devout catholic family. Her divine quest began as a child with mystical experiences of angels and saints, the sounds of Latin masses, pipe organs and choirs in the Gothic architecture of a Catholic Church. Studies of art and philosophy led Mandara to follow a spiritual path to India, where she learned about sacred sound. Later after much investigation, she discovered that science confirmed her spiritual experiences. One of the most profound spiritual experiences came to her from science in the form of sound made visible. This experience led her on an intense quest to create a new paradigm for healing through sound therapy. Mandara is the CEO of Cyma Technologies and is the inventor and manufacturer of AMI Acoustic Meridian Intelligence Devices. The AMI 750 was nominated for the Thomas Edison Award for Innovation in the Field’s of Science and Medicine in 2013. She’s the author of Soundflower: The Journey To Marry Science and Spirit 2019.   Show Notes:  Listen in to hear Mandara’s story of being at the forefront of new science and her journey to follow the heart and inner wisdom to include: Sound - the Medicine of the Future Feeling sound - human physiology Early architectural influences Path changing dream Journey to India Powerful dreams that stand out Scintillating diamonds of the universe Getting caught in a cycle Seeds planted in our hearts Courage, perseverance, and love of self Importance of meditation - taking the time to go within Chinese medicine breaking ground Entrainment perspective Path to sound therapy Five frequencies, five bodies How sound can help people Master Pitch Pipe Pioneers of Sound Science in this area  Sound as specific support for the body AMI 750 Protocols Challenges of bringing this technology to the world Mandara's vision Tips on helpful sound in your environment Meditation - "ease on in" The visual expression of a healing code Advice when challenged or stuck - take a break, sleep on it, volunteer, pay attention to what is around you   References: John Kabat-Zinn Soundflower – by Mandara Cromwell John Stuart Reid, Acoustics Physics Researcher, United Kingdom 2017 Dr. Hans Jenny, a Swiss Medical Doctor, and Natural Scientist Dr. Peter Guy Manners, British Osteopath ISTA (International Sound Therapy Association)   Website Free Download from Website to download free Soundflower  (Free Cyma Glyph PDF)   Biography Mandara Cromwell D.C.M. (Doctorate of Cymatic Medicine), an American woman entrepreneur and inventor, who is the CEO and President of Cyma Technologies. Her company also manufactures her inventions – the AMI Acoustic Meridian Intelligence devices. The AMI 750, an advanced sound technology device, was nominated for the Thomas Edison Award for Innovation in the Fields of Science and Medicine in 2013. In 2002, she coined the term "Cymatherapy" to refer to wave therapy based on the work of Dr. Peter Guy Manners, with whom she studied extensively. She continues to promote sound as a healing modality throughout the world. As a way of forwarding the field of vibrational medicine (specifically sound therapy), Ms. Cromwell founded (ISTA) the International Sound Therapy Association. Since 2006, the organization has been producing conferences to bring new voices together in the field of "sound science." ISTA and Cyma Technologies offer ongoing classes, training, and programs in numerous cities throughout the US.  In 2017, Mandara produced the Atlanta conference "Cymatics: The Art and Science of Making Sound Visible." This event featured never before seen sound-made-visible images of the healing frequencies found in her own sound therapy devices. She acted as co-producer on two short films created at the University of Florida utilizing cymatic images: "dance divine" featuring dance, yoga, and sound images. She also co-produced "Full of Stars," a short film showing three-dimensional views of the healing frequencies. In 2019, she released her first book, "Soundflower: The Journey to Marry Science and Spirit," which includes many stunning cyma glyph illustrations.
In this episode, Concetta and Carol talk about what it means to be a Human Doing vs. a Human Being in today’s world. It’s a question all of us must ask ourselves as we live in an increasingly complex, fast-paced and ever-changing world that involves so much doing. Most everyone’s day appears to be externally driven involving so much doing.  Show Notes: Concetta and Carol explore a variety of things that impact and influence the amount of Human Doing vs. Being and what we can do create more of a balance between the two, such as: Balancing action and rest What is it to be a Human “BEing” (as a verb)? Stillness in being "Indulging" in the present moment Healing from burnout – the power of Nature Decision points  What is human "DOing"? Balance achievement and being busy with self-nurturing The continuum of doing and being Living life on purpose Benefits of balance Role of meditation and self-reflection How to address hindrances for balance Time and Trust Power of choice Tips and Techniques Being = Nourishment of mind and body Being in tune with the cycles of life Book Mentioned: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren "The Sensitivity Cycle" Mentioned  As referenced in Hearts Rise Up Blog post The Wisdom of a Pause For Clarity To Act Music by Jonn Serrie Intro and Outro music composed and recorded by Jonn Serrie. Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music
In this episode, Rebecca Boskovic shares her perspective on the achievement of beauty. It’s an inside job by walking the path of truth and courage. Ever since she was 5 years old, Rebecca was very aware of her “own thinking”. Being very self-aware she learned how to process her feelings at a young age. But then as she grew older, especially when she hit adolescence, self-consciousness crept in. She started questioning herself. Stopped looking inward. And in high school, as is the case with many teens, the need for approval from others became prominent in Rebecca’s life. She was more worried about what people thought of her. Everything was outside in and she found herself trying to appease the world, giving up who she was for others. She found herself in a pitched cacophony. Rebecca’s big “Aha” occurred early on in college when her therapist asked a pointed question that shifted her whole perspective on herself, life, and the world. From that point onward she approached life and decisions as to what she wanted from the inside out with greater clarity.   Show Notes: Listen in to hear about her philosophy on fitness and whole-body health. What’s involved in the achievement of wholeness and beauty. How to love the body you have while simultaneously seeking the body you desire and much more such as: 1.  Her perspective on Truth, Courage, Beauty 2.  Optimal health is not about what you look like, but rather how you feel 3.  Achievement of beauty - learn to love yourself and tend to your soul 4.  Beauty is dynamic – slightly imperfect 5.  Our life stories inform our path and purpose 6.  Confidence leads to beauty and strength 7.  The impact of adolescence 8.  Importance of awareness regarding our "Self Talk" 9. What to do when you have reached all your physical goals and still feel empty 10. Important questions to ask yourself:       - Do I really want this?       - How do you know what other people think of you?" 11. AHA Moments that cause us to pivot 12. We’re all part of a great human body 13. "You were born perfect" 14. Be the tortoise and just show up every day   Favorite Book: Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford   Website and Contact Info: Strength for Life Podcast:   More Info: Rebecca lives a life infused by the love of…and in loving…her husband and four children ages 15, 12, 8, and 5. Her happiest moments are spent on picnics with her family, in watching her children grow and mature, and when a client discovers they’re stronger than they’d ever imagined they’d be. A lifelong seeker of truth, beauty, and courage . . . Rebecca believes that the best things in life include all three. In her current endeavor to launch her personal training studio in Suwanee, GA, she helps clients who are looking for that personal touch in achieving their fitness goals. She understands that for lasting change to take place in someone’s fitness goals, we also need to tend to how we see and feel about ourselves. Her ultimate goal for her clients is for them to see transformations at not only the physical level but the mental and emotional as well. Rebecca is the founder and CEO of The Fittest Me – a personal training and nutrition studio and digital site focused on whole-body health. She also has a podcast called Strength for Life.   Music by Jonn Serrie Intro and Outro music composed and recorded by Jonn Serrie. Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music
Sacred space. It’s a personal expression of our need as human beings for spiritual nurturing. A place to tap into the deeper recesses of our soul. Sacred Space is a place that has special meaning for us and it’s up to each of us to decide what we want from the space and what we practice for personal nourishment within the space. Whether for meditation, quiet time, journaling, ritual, yoga, etc. There are many ways to enjoy the space to include considerations for who and for how many, how you want to be with it, and what it might contain – altar, incense, candles, crystals, divine symbols, and other special objects. In this episode, Ann and Carol expand the discussion on a recent blog post "How to Create Sacred Space In Your Home Or Anywhere" written by Ann. They share their own experiences and insights on creating sacred space within the home and enjoying the serenity of spaces outside the home, and how the sacred space should be a personal expression of the intention we set for it. SHOW NOTES Episode highlights include: Early experiences with Sacred Space - Grandmother Tree, Mountains, etc. Power spots in the natural world Observation inspires awareness of the sacred Bringing qualities of nature into your home Purpose of creating Sacred Space at home Build energy in the sacred spot  Mini alters throughout your space Creating a "Story House" Use your intuition In your garden Animals tune in to energy - use them to help you find your space Make your own transporter room You can find Sacred Space anywhere you go Clear the space - Shake up the energy Rituals enhance Sacred Space Techniques for meditation Focusing on the "still points" Tips for meditation Create your own sacred space: Set the intention, choose a spot, get creative Find the sacred in every moment Music by Jonn Serrie Intro and Outro + Special bonus for tuning into today’s episode at the end. Listen in to hear a meditative piece of music called “Breath of the Valley” composed and recorded by Jonn Serrie. Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music
Ann and Carol expand the discussion on “Make Every Moment Count” - a previous blog post authored by Ann. They talk about what it means to “Be in The Moment”. They share insights from each other’s experience on why it’s important to practice more mindfulness in our daily lives, and what are the obvious and not so obvious reasons to do so. Other takeaways include what makes being in the moment so difficult these days and when you do it, it’s like a form of meditation which research has shown has demonstrably positive effects on our overall well-being. They share tips, tools, and techniques on how to practice present moment awareness and how doing so expands time and can actually pause the linear flow. SHOW NOTES Listen to find out more about: Expanding time Slowing down Experiencing the gifts life's little things bring The power of our mind How to take a photograph - the power of observation Mindfulness for creativity Mindfulness for stress relief The physiology of control and mindfulness The multiple functions of our cells How meditation is helpful for pain control Being more conscious Finding your reset button The Oasis of being in the present Role of letting go and acceptance Serving others by being present Gratitude Mindful moments - reminders Silence is golden Creating a balance SOME OF THE AUTHORS AND BOOKS Present Moment Awareness: A Better Way to Stay in Control by Deepak Chopra, M.D.Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing by Andrew WeilDigital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal NewportLazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment by Thaddeus Golas Music by Jonn Serrie Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music
Being a gifted intuitive and clairvoyant is something that Carol Neustadt came into this world as. As a young child, she thought everyone had the ability to hear the voice within. And that everyone had an inner cheerleader or self-helper of a sort. One day, she realized, that was not the case after accidentally being hit in the head by a rock and having to go to the emergency room. Carol had never talked about her ability as an intuitive and clairvoyant until that accident. What’s most striking is that she knew in advance that she was going to have some sort of accident. She often had advance warnings. When she shared this in the hospital, she realized she was different and that not everyone had that ability. That scared her so much that she shut it down for a while. The gift, however, was always there and just dormant for just a short time. Over the year’s her use of intuition and clairvoyance evolved becoming beneficial in her work and life. She began doing volunteer work at a Hospice in Atlanta, GA using her abilities to help patients near death. Over time, her work grew in demand by doctors and staff, and she decided to go all in and get her certification as an End-of-Life Specialist and Death Doula. In this episode, Carol shares her passion along with with amazing stories of work with patients, many straddling consciousness between the worlds and how she helps them lovingly move on. Listen in to hear more about: “All is Well” and what it means to her Helping others is a joy “Doesn't everyone experience this?” What a doula is How to ‘Be the Observer’ It's “Not Your Story” Unconditional love washes away the fear Meditation is key  Many forms of meditation Joys of intuition More accurate than the weatherman Feel the pull toward something and follow it Exercise your intuition by playing games The powerful world of dreaming The role of visualization and feeling Changing the way, we think about death and dying   Music by Jonn Serrie Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music
Rejection was a big cloud over Brenda’s life for a long time. It was like a pillar from the time she was born. As the youngest of 5 children, for years she allowed rejection to shape the way she saw people and things, how she interacted with others, and even the attitudes she held onto. And for a time, all this culminated into leading a promiscuous and risky life. She eventually realized that she had to get to a place where she wasn’t seeing herself through the eyes of her critics. She realized that weaknesses do not define us. Everybody has pluses and minuses. She eventually turned her life around by first letting go, and then trusting a higher power, her faith, and herself. Brenda believes that “When people are able to discover their purpose and walk in their destiny, their happy factor increases.” She’s a testament to that. It took years to discover her purpose, but when she did she was able to live life authentically and rise up to her best self every day. She’s on a mission to help others do the same. Show Notes In this episode, you won’t want to miss Brenda's story. Listen in to what she’s learned on the journey to live her purpose. Key takeaways include: Intentionality vs. "Life Happens" The need to let go to have a winning life Create yourself vs. find yourself Who defines you? What defines you? Paying attention to a higher power or Kisses from Heaven We are all multi-faceted diamonds Plan your work and work your plan Use your tapestry of talents Have a Dream Party Who is your reference group? You hold the pen to your life and you get to define you Books She Recommends: If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat by John Ortberg Influencers In Her Life: Maya Angelou Colin Powell Warren Buffett Life Coaches: Tony Robbins and Lisa Nichols Contact Info: Website: YouTube Channel: Breakthrough With Brenda More Info: After 25 years of corporate level management for companies like Unisource Worldwide, Mitchell Williams Law Firm, and Toshiba America, Brenda founded Breakthrough for Life, a life coaching business committed to reaching out to help others break through to their next level of living. As the founder of Breakthrough for Life, Brenda Underwood is a Certified Growth Coach trained by Jennie Turton via Lifeforming Leadership Coaching and Professional Coach trained by Lifeforming Leadership Coaching.  She has spent the last decade mentoring and coaching people from every walk of life, helping them to win at life. Educated in both accounting and biblical studies, Brenda has a worldview that touches hearts and balances budgets, literally!  Through her corporate career and ministry service, she has a unique understanding of the dynamics of both corporate and personal breakthroughs. She understands, that the most successful businesses require successful people. The reality is the two are intertwined and happy people make happy employees.  When people are able to discover their purpose and walk in their destiny their happy factor increases. Brenda has the capabilities necessary to coach individuals into personal breakthroughs that lead to successful lives. She has an astonishing knack for helping individuals reach to the heart of the barriers they face every day. By tearing down the roadblocks and breaking through the blind spots her clients are able to win at life. Music by Jonn Serrie Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music
Known worldwide as the“Hottest Disabled Speaker in America”, our featured guest for this episode is Terry Moorer. As a person with Cerebral Palsy, Terry has known first-hand what it takes to Rise Up to his best and greater self. He has 30+ years of experience working in the entertainment industry. He’s worked with NBA Entertainment, Queen Latifah, Walt Disney, MTV, Atlantic Records, and many others. In this interview, Terry takes us from his early years as an adolescent on up to adulthood and to where he is today. He shares how he broke into the music industry through sheer hard work during a time that was unheard of for people with disabilities. What’s interesting is that Terry didn’t realize he had a disability until he entered middle school. During that time, he experienced some tough times; not feeling accepted, rebelling and getting into trouble. But that didn’t last. That’s not the kind of person he was. Finally, over time his peers started to accept him. And since then he’s put one step in front of the other, always asking “What If”? In this interview with Terry, he shares insights on how to make the most of your life despite disabilities, struggles, or setbacks. Listen in to hear more on: Elevated moments in life Being on Hallowed ground - the White House experience Thoughts on control Disability is not an excuse Opening doors into a career The role of courage and persistence Building relationships everywhere you go Keys to success: Write everything down, have a schedule, follow-up with people and ideas The "advantage" of disability Gratitude throughout the day Always learning Ask yourself "What if..." as a motivator The biggest secret Don't take anything personally   Contact Info:   Website:   More info on Terry: As a person with Cerebral Palsy, Terence has been blessed to have over 30 years in the entertainment industry (sports/music). Terry received a community citation for his participation in the gold selling song entitled "Self Destruction." The project produced by the National Urban League raised awareness of black on black crime. The project Included rap music top stars, Heavy D., Public Enemy, MC Lyte, and Doug E. Fresh. In addition, his duties have included assisting location manager for MTV and coordinating talent celebrity basketball games hosted by TNT sports commentator Kenny Smith. He has also penned stories for several top entertainment and regional magazines including Right On, Billboard Magazine and Atlanta Business Journal. In the past, he has interviewed Gospel sensation Kirk Franklin, Actor Will Smith, Bull's Bill Cartwright, and Hawk's Tyrone Corbin, The Braxton’s (Toni Braxton siblings) and Singer Aaliyah to name a few. He has worked with the New York Knicks, NBA Entertainment (1992 NBA All-Star), jazz sensation Bob Baldwin, Denver Nuggets, Queen Latifah, Quincy Jones, Denver Nuggets, Special Olympics and Walt Disney World. For eight years he held the title as a personal publicist for MC Lyte, one of rap music’s most prominent female artist. In 1996 he increased membership and created awareness for the National Black Golfers Association, as Director of National Publicity. As an entertainment publicist, he has had the opportunity to travel worldwide and meet various people including Magic Johnson, Madonna, Paula Abdul, Dekembe Mutombo, Cyndi Lauper, Wesley Snipes, Jessie Jackson, Whitney Houston, Karl Malone, Janet Jackson, Sean Combs and Tupac Shakur. A new site is coming soon. He is the author of two books: How to Launch Your Music Career in 21 Days and Fearless Dreams (URL coming soon).   Music by Jonn Serrie Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music
In this episode, Jess shares his perspective on "what gets in the way becomes the way". He illustrates how mental models, habits, and assumptions can limit our view of the possibilities in our life. He shares some of his most impressionable life experiences (as a parent, a leader, an entrepreneur, and a CEO) and how these experiences have shaped his thinking and way of being in the world. Jess’ keeps in mind two things that reflect his personal philosophy. 1) A quote by Marcus Aurelius, "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” , and 2) His personal mantra - Release, Receive and Deliver. When we learn to release and detach from assumptions we hold about ourselves and life, we can allow ourselves to receive what serves the greater good. It is then we can choose and own what we deliver and bring our best self to the world. Listen in to hear Jess’ story and the pearls of wisdom he shares to include: Leading for the rest of us His anchoring principles or What would Marcus Aurelius Say?  Effect of "Story" through the years - What we tell ourselves and others Key roles of adapting and/or adopting a culture Success Key - treat every moment as a "Sacred Event" Paying attention to life's triggers for change Overcoming malaise or getting past obstacles Tools for intentional living for Jess: Meditation Yoga A mantra of Release, Receive and Deliver Remembering that everything is temporal Book recommendations from Jess: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey Healing the Heart of Democracy - Parker J. Palmer The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz A Mindful Nation - Tim Ryan Seeing Systems by Barry Oshry  Ervin Lazlo books on Systems Thinking Jess’ Blog post mentioned on the show:  Jess’ Blog post – How Clearly Can You See Your Moonshot? Contact Info: Linked in - Jess Villegas Website - More Info: Jess Villegas is the Principal of Leading Concepts Group a, business consulting firm assisting small and medium-sized businesses in the areas of strategy, leadership, and management development.  He is also the CEO of Clowe & Cowan, a water infrastructure and technology company based in the southwest.  Jess leverages personal, leadership, financial and operational skills and philosophies to drive individual and organizational success. He’s the architect of a unique organizational leadership application called “Leading For The Rest of Us”, which is designed to elevate the influence of individuals who seek to be impactful in their organizations, but who do not necessarily have a formal title.   Jess' business philosophy is to raise awareness of mental processes and habits that limit organizational growth, facilitate more constructive patterns of thinking, and champion the concepts that how we are being in a business fundamentally impact how we are acting in a business. Music by Jonn Serrie Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music
In this episode, as he was growing up in the south, Larry had lots of questions around many things in life. Many of the answers he received from others were inadequate in his mind which led to a lot of confusion. The harder he tried to understand, the more questions he had and the answers were never satisfactory. Life was a bit awkward as he was growing up. Having started school a year early, he was smaller than his peers, and a target for bullying. Eventually, he was able to internalize his own sense of self-worth in his musical abilities. He found his calling as a Band and Orchestra Director. It wasn’t until he hit his early 50’s, that he was able to make sense of a lot of things. He learned that it’s never too late to raise your awareness and consciousness. Show Notes:  Listen in to hear Larry’s story, what he learned and how he applies it in his life today. There are many nuggets of wisdom to include: 1.  What you feed grows 2.  How to dispel anger and resentment 3.  Making time to reflect 4.  Egocentricity and transcendence - the Zen of it all 5.  The dynamics of growth through relationships 6.  The power of neutral observation - the downside of going from observation to analysis 7.  Acceptance and patience 8.  Spirit "Body-building" tips - moving from learning to practicing via discipline 9.  Finding what works for you10. Don't ask “Why” - Ask "What is the opportunity for growth?" (Advice from Dr. Steven Hairfield) 11. Resist the urge to control others - a Lilliputian tale   Books he recommends: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself - Joe Dispenza When Everything Changes, Change Everything by Neale Donald Walsch Power vs. Force - Dr. David Hawkins Gulliver's Travels – by Jonathan Swift   People who’ve influenced his life: Wayne Dyer Marianne Williamson Dr. Steven Hairfield   More Info: Larry was born in Jackson, MS as a post-war baby boomer and into a Christian household via Southern Baptist orthodoxy. Bullied through the early years, he finally found refuge when discovering his musical abilities. After receiving undergrad and graduate degrees in Music Education, taught for 30 years as high school band and orchestra director. Retired from teaching and worked in retail for a decade before fully retiring. If you wish to contact Larry, feel free to reach out to Hearts Rise Up at for details. Music by Jonn Serrie Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn’s Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music                  
In this episode, Christopher shares how life can be a long and uphill road. Stress in his life was very common. He grew up in an area where public education was on the level of private schools and 90% of peers went to college. It was expected.  For Christopher, it was "butt-kicking" from the very beginning, and he wouldn’t change it for anything. He’s no stranger to Rising up to his ‘best self’. It’s taken hours upon hours of hard work and commitment. That’s been his life journey. He shows us all how following our true path involves looking deeply at what we want, not concerning ourselves with what others think, and just doing the work.   Show Notes In this interview, we share Christopher's journey to include: Navigating life's long and bumpy road The power of early childhood influencers Setting benchmarks Overcoming disbelief Perfection can be an illusion "Health is wealth" The value and power of silence Contact Info Website: More Info Christopher Drummond is a recording and audio mix engineer, music producer, composer, sound designer, violinist, and Grammy Award voting member.  He has composed and produced original musical scores for radio, television, and film including collaborations with Fulvio Valsangiacomo (Eddie-winning/Oscar-nominated editing team for Gladiator) and Ralph Farris (Grammy-nominated arranger of The Lion King NYC, Roger Daltrey, and Depeche Mode).  His engineering and production style are influenced by a decade-long mentorship with renowned Grammy-nominated, Emmy-winning classical engineer, Edward Kelly, an electronic music pioneer, and IMAX scoring veteran, Michael Stearns and space-music visionary, Jonn Serrie. Christopher operates in Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA and is the Technical Director for Robert Aubry Davis’s Millennium of Music, a weekly radio program celebrating the mainstreams of European music for the thousand years preceding the birth of J. S. Bach. Millennium of Music airs on Sirius XM Radio Symphony Hall, XM Public Radio and over 250 National Public Radio affiliates. Christopher has produced feature programming for XM Satellite Radio, National Public Radio and Public Radio International featuring Paul McCartney, Sting, Billy Joel, Jon Anderson, The National Symphony Orchestra, Kiri TeKanawa, Bryn Terfel, Anonymous 4, the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz and many others.
In this episode, Jonn Serrie shares how he combines the timeless depths of space with music vision spanning the universe. A dominant force and pioneer in the space music category, Jonn's goal with his music, is to "dissolve the veil between source and destination, so his audience feels the music the way he does".   A composer, musician, and inspirational performer, Jonn is at the forefront of the electronic music industry with 25 recorded albums on two international records labels with millions in unit sales. His new album expected to be released in Summer 2019 is called Azurae.     In this interview, we'll share how he's elevated his life and the world through his musical talents to include:  What genetic and experiential influences from childhood drove his creative talents Where his inspiration comes from and the secret to creating his music The role of silence and meditation in his work and life The magic of making music visual How titles matter, choose wisely How to find your niche How pulling it all together is really an "inside job" His advice and tips for others to rise up to their greater self Contact Info Website: Record Labels and Links to Jonn's Music: Valley Entertainment and New World Music More Info Briefly, some highlights of his career include having been featured in award-winning World’s Fair exhibits and he was commissioned to compose the music for the world’s first interactive planetarium production with Star Wars creator George Lucas and the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.                                           He composed the IMAX film score for “Galaxies Across Space and Time” which won first place at the Large Format Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Jonn has contributed music to numerous television and media productions, including the award-winning movie "What The Bleep Do We Know?", and the PBS production “John Glenn: An American Hero.” He has written music for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and collaborated with famed NASA astronaut Story Musgrave to produce a unique program of educational narrative and live music called “Space Stories.” Lastly, Jonn is an FAA licensed pilot. He’s flown for the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary as a search and rescue mission pilot. Jonn also holds the coveted disaster relief Presidential Award With Valor for his flying in the Deep Water Horizon Gulf oil spill.  
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