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Lucid Cafe

Author: Wendy Halley

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What's on the menu at Lucid Cafe? Stories of transformation; healing journeys; thought-provoking conversations about consciousness, shamanism, psychology, ethics. Hosted by Wendy Halley of Lucid Path Wellness & Healing Arts.
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What a perfect time to be having a conversation with John Perkins. As this episode reveals, not only is his new book Touching the Jaguar timely, but he’s led a fascinating life that’s reminiscent of a Hollywood film filled with global intrigue and adventure. John’s perspective about perception and fear is powerful and accessible.
Quinn Caya truly is a jack-of-many-healing-trades. He’s passionate about bringing natural healing techniques and approaches to the people he works with so that they can take their health into their own hands. In this episode, Quinn shares how his unique upbringing influenced and inspired his desire to be in the healing profession and what his experiences have taught him about the importance of treating the “whole person.”
In this episode, author and psychiatrist Dr. Bernie Beitman (aka Dr Coincidence) discusses his research on coincidences - those unusual, attention-getting, seemingly meaningful experiences we all occasionally have - why they happen, what they might mean, and ways to increase the likelihood of having more of them.
In this special “quarantine edition” of Lucid Cafe (subtitled: “…so don’t be an asshole”), I have a particularly thought-provoking conversation with my husband John Halley. We discuss the ethics of honesty, the state of the world, the power of kindness, and the assumptions we can’t afford to make about consciousness. In this candid conversation, John opens up about how allowing himself to feel sad has been the key to living a happy life.
In the throes of heartbreaking loss, my guest Sharon Prentice had a profound experience that transformed her. She refers to this expansive transpersonal encounter as a Shared Death Experience, or SDE, and in her book Becoming Starlight (and this episode) she shares the intimate details of her experience to help us understand that death is nothing to be afraid of.
My guest Eva Goulette has created an amazing summer program for kids that combines ancient wisdom practices with modern holistic techniques. Dancing Jaguar’s Spirit Camp teaches children a wide variety of fun and engaging techniques, like shamanic journeying and how to work with energy, to help them take care of themselves and cope with life’s challenges.
Can the prophets of the Old Testament serve as models for the DMT experience? This is what Dr Rick Strassman examines in this episode and in his book DMT and The Soul of Prophecy. This episode is also an exploration into what happens when a heathen podcast host has a conversation with a well-respected scholar and psychedelic researcher.
In this episode Career Coach Mayda Poc joins me for another honest, candid and thought-provoking conversation; this time focusing on how the workplace landscape is changing for women. We talk about our experiences working in male-dominated industries and share our thoughts on the challenges of learning to communicate and work together in a healthy way, and the possibility of moving away from gender stereotypes.
Heidi Schmidt refers to herself as an “Herbal Librarian.” She has a wonderfully accessible and intuitive way of working with plant medicines. Heidi brings to our conversation a wealth of knowledge and wisdom born out of her extensive study and experience working with plant medicines over the last four decades.
Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge Is Power

2019-12-2001:12:10

Dr. Suzy Harris is as passionate about wellness as she is about empowering her patients to make informed decisions about their health. Her chiropractic practice has broadened over the years to include a spectrum of modalities like applied kinesiology, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, and high tech stress assessment. In this episode, Suzy talks about her practice, philosophy, and what she’s learned about healing and wellness over the span of her career.
My guest Susan Loynd describes herself as jaded, cynical and self-absorbed, and wants others to know that if someone like her can turn things around, then anyone can. Susan is a trip. And as you’ll find out in this episode, she was born to be in front of a microphone under a giant spotlight. She talks about her unlikely introduction to shamanic healing (with yours truly) and how this perspective helped get her through a very scary cancer diagnosis….with humor.
“Future medicine will be the medicine of frequencies.” - Albert Einstein; The future is here! Before recording this episode, I invited my friend Marie Frohlich in for a session in the Energy Genesis healing chamber. The Energy Genesis or EG (informally referred to as the “spaceship lounge”) is a non-invasive state-of-the-art vibrational medicine technology that creates an environment that’s optimal for self-healing.
My guest Levi Barker can speak to Iboga’s effectiveness. After ingesting a dose of the African psychedelic about 10 years ago, Levi said he no longer craved opiates. He went on to become an Iboga provider at a Costa Rican clinic where people from all over the world come to take part in traditional psycho-spiritual ceremonies that, for many, resolve the challenges that haunt their interior worlds.
It wasn’t until my guest Mitch Pauley’s young wife Rae was diagnosed with breast cancer, and he became her caretaker, that he embarked on a healing journey of his own. In this powerfully honest episode Mitch shares how his past traumas came back to haunt him in the midst of his wife’s health crisis and the ways in which he pulled himself out of his own darkness to get to what he refers to as “the other side of the veil.” In sharing his story, Mitch wants others to know that there’s hope for anyone who feels stuck in trauma.
Mayda Poc is the embodiment of Resilience. She seems to have lived many lives in the span of one lifetime...and she’s still young. Mayda brings to her career coaching practice a wealth of wisdom that has been informed by living her early life in Syria under the constraints of a dictatorship, hanging with the boys on Wall Street as an executive in investment banking and finance, and surviving the 2008 financial crisis. But it wasn’t until she received the news that she had advanced stage cancer that Mayda turned her life and career around in order to pursue her passion for being of service to others, particularly overachievers like herself.
If the eyes are the window to the soul then your hands are the handbook. My guest Kim Fuller is a physical therapist who ended up studying hand print analysis after suffering a work-related injury. She now interprets the rich language of your hands for people who are interested in learning more about their life purpose, life lessons, communication style, gifts and challenges.
My guest Kimberly Pierce is a medical provider whose life was changed, both personally and professionally, after attending a conference on the damaging effects of childhood trauma and how these experiences predict health issues later in life. She talks about how incorporating a simple screening tool known as ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience), into her practice has dramatically impacted the lives of her patients and inspired her to create the documentary film “The Faces of ACE’s.”
Connecting with the spirit of an animal is ancient medicine and is one of the universal practices of shamanic cultures. To help those of us interested in rekindling this ancient connection and “enter the soul of the animal kingdom,” my guest Lori Morrison wrote the book The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals - an accessible guide to help us manage life’s challenges.
In this powerful episode, my guest Rae Carter shares the intimate details of her healing journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. She candidly talks about the challenges and the triumphs she faced on the road to becoming cancer free. Through it all, Rae discovered the importance of looking at each person facing a health crisis, like cancer, as a unique individual rather than with a “one size fits all” approach.
The Reluctant Yogi

The Reluctant Yogi

2019-04-1837:22

My guest Teri O’Connor never would have guessed that she would leave her job as a dental hygienist to become a personal trainer and yoga teacher. In this episode, Teri shares her unexpected journey to becoming a yoga teacher and starting her highly successful travelling yoga studio, NJ Beach Yoga. Teri makes yoga accessible and fun and loves to introduce the practice to reluctant yogis, just like she once was.
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