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Podcast by Michael Ostrolenk

    Stuart Sovatsky & Victoria Rose on Re-sacralizing Conception, Pregnancy, Birth & Family Life

    Stuart Sovatsky & Victoria Rose on Re-sacralizing Conception, Pregnancy, Birth & Family Life

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health, Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living. I am Michael Ostrolenk, a therapist, coach and educator and I am your host.

    Today’s guests are Dr Stuart Sovatsky and Victoria Rose. Today is a trialogue on re-sacralizing conception, pregnancy, birth and family life.

    BIOS & LINKS
    Victoria is a pre- and perinatal psychology and health educator, birth visionary and traditional birth witness, registered massage therapist, Reiki Master for fertility, pregnancy, birth and postpartum, ceremonialist, contemporary vegetalista, and ayahuasca preparation and integration guide.

    She has apprenticed with elder and birth pioneer Barbara Essman, founder and director of The Sacred Birthing School on Kaua’i Hawaii - with whom she’s completed several trainings and certifications in conscious conception, pregnancy and birth, birthing the next generations, and conscious death.

    She’s an active member and student of APPPAH, the Association of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health.

    Victoria has been studying ancient tradition amazonian medicine for nearly a decade, which has included spending extensive periods of time living and working alongside her beloved master teachers and their families in the Peruvian jungle. Among her vast experience sharing the healing of this wisdom tradition around the world, she’s had the privilege of working as a ceremony and retreat facilitator at Riosbo Research and Healing Center located in the heart of the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve along the bank of the Nanay River in the Amazon rainforest, where the first-ever government-funded scientific research studies looking at the impacts of Ayahuasca on mental health and DNA expression are being hosted.

    Victoria is the founder of Luminous Birth - a living transmission that directly supports the highly sophisticated beings that are currently incarnating on planet earth. Luminous Birth an authentic weaving of modern scientific discovery and ancient wisdom and exploration of the prenatal origins of human and societal health.

    Victoria works predominantly online, supporting women and couples all over the world to navigate the psycho-spiritual dimensions of birth. She provides radical birth preparation and education that equips them to conceive, grow, and birth their babies IN LOVE, free of industrial obstetrical mediation and intervention.

    One of her main areas of work is guiding adults back to transcribe the living memories of their own birth and pre-birth, conception and pre- conception experiences, in order to reclaim the energetic excellence of their own true essence, remember their power and purpose, and revitalize their health, life, work, and relationships. She believes this is the work of our time: coming back into right-relationship with nature, and consciously engaging as active participants in our lives.

    • Website: https://luminousbirth.earth
    • IG: @luminousbirth
    • Facebook: www.facebook.com/birthingluminousbeings
    • Email address: birthingluminousbeings@gmail.com
    • Riosbo Ayahuasca Retreat and Research Centre: https://www.ayahuascafoundation.org/riosbo-ayahuasca-research-center
    • Sacred Birthing School: https://sacredbirthingschool.weebly.com
    • APPPAH: https://birthpsychology.com

    We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/song writers Stuart Davis and his song “Nothing in Between”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRqCc3LfDI

    • 53 min
    Roger Jahnke on healing with Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Roger Jahnke on healing with Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health, Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living.

    Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today. https://somaticpsychotherapytoday.com/

    Dr. Roger Jahnke , OMD, is one of the most respected luminaries in the fields of evidence-based mind-body practice, wellness, integrative medicine, and Chinese medicine for self-transformation. He has dedicated his professional life to sharing the ancient holistic empowerment and healing traditions of China, distilled for contemporary times. As the director and chief instructor of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) in Santa Barbara, California, Dr. Jahnke and his IIQTC colleagues have trained over 3000 Tai Chi and Qigong Teachers and Practice Leaders internationally. With 35 years of clinical practice as a physician of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and 10 research tours to China’s temples and sacred mountain sites, Dr. Jahnke has emerged as a key spokesperson for and master teacher of Tai Chi, Qigong, and mind-body practice. His first book, The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release Your Body’s Own Medicine, delivered a revolutionary guide to self-care with simple medical Qigong practices, adaptable for every lifestyle. His second book, the groundbreaking The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi, distills the best practices drawn from 25 traditional and modern forms of Tai Chi and Qigong, and offers guidelines to tailor a personal wellness and empowerment regimen to each individual's unique needs.

    INTERVIEW CONTENT:
    00:00 Intro
    01:50 Life history/Background
    08:30 Subjectivity/Objectivity and Science
    10:55 Childhood/Upbringing
    14:00 Influence of Alan Watts, Yin/Yang, Duality, Integration, Acceptance
    20:43 History & Corruption of Chinese Medicine; The Three Treasures (Physical Self, Mental/Emotional Self, Transcendental Presence); Mind & Heart are One
    32:35 Channels and Organs; Mapping organs and associations; Consciousness; Choices, Cultivation and Trauma; Integrating Body/Mind/Spirit
    37:55 Easiest first thing is Breath Practice; Breath as Biohacking
    41:00 Where to follow Roger and find more info

    LIST OF RESOURCES FOR DR. JAHNKE AND THE INSTITUTE OF INTEGRAL QIGONG AND TAI CHI (IIQTC) – Both free and fee….

    Free Resources
    Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi - http://instituteofintegralqigongandtaichi.org/
    Facebook Community - https://www.facebook.com/TaiChiAndQiGongWay/
    Facebook Interactive Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/taichiqigongway
    Qigong Library (videos, keynotes, articles) online - https://healthaction.infusionsoft.app/app/page/the-tai-chi-and-qigong-way
    YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/TaiChiAndQigongWay/videos

    For Fee
    Discounted for Podcast Audience - Healer Within Medical Qigong Video Library - https://healthaction.infusionsoft.app/app/page/medical-qigong-video
    Discounted for Podcast Audience - Breath Medicine Video Library - https://9mm4bsz2.pages.infusionsoft.net/
    Amazon.com The Healer Within Kindle & Paperback - https://www.amazon.com/Healer-Within-Traditional-Techniques-Meditation/dp/0062514776
    Amazon.com The Healing Promise of Qi Hardcover - https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Promise-Qi-Creating-Extraordinary/dp/0809295288

    We close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/song writers Stuart Davis and his song “Nothing in Between”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRqCc3LfDI

    • 47 min
    Christos Galanis on Ritual, Ceremony, and the Sacredness of life

    Christos Galanis on Ritual, Ceremony, and the Sacredness of life

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health, Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living. I am Michael Ostrolenk, a therapist, coach and educator and I am your host

    Today’s show is brought to you by Cosper Scafidi, an amazing body worker in the Northern Virginia area who has integrated different somatic practices into his work. To learn more about his work, visit his website: www.cosperscafidi.com/.

    A shoutout to my mentor, colleague and friend Stuart Sovatsky, a scholar of kundalini Yoga and author of “Advanced Spiritual Intimacy: The Yoga of Deep Tantric Sensuality”

    Ostrolenk speaks to Christos Galanis (MFA) who is an interdisciplinary artist and human geographer who has spent the past 15 years or so tracking, and making visible, the various ’spells’ through which colonialism, human-supremacism, and narcissism inhabit and inhibit relationships - both individually and culturally. His recently launched business - Kairos - helps clients to integrate more meaning and beauty into their lives through individualised ceremonies and rituals. In addition to his academic publishing, lecturing, and ethnographic field-work, he also brings years of experience teaching workshops on walking, play, performance, kink, and eco-sexuality. A practicing Animist, he is a graduate of Stephen Jenkinson’s Orphan Wisdom School, and is completing a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

    LINKS:
    Website: www.christosgalanis.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christmas7

    We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/song writers Stuart Davis and his song “Nothing in Between”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRqCc3LfDI

    BOOKMARKS:
    00:00 Intro

    01:30 Christos' life-path, describing a spiritual awakening in his early 20s and a moment of grace one morning

    06:30 What led from there to working with ceremony and ritual through Kairos, focusing on humans' capacity for creating beauty

    10:30 Describing temporality as medicine and the meaning of time as Kairos, Chronos, and Aion in Greek.

    15:15 Christos describes contexts where tuning into Kairos supports significant beginnings, endings, and transitions in life. How to slow down and allow your being to 'catch up' with what has already transpired in your life, where perhaps you didn't have the time and space to properly mark it

    22:55 Christos shares the story of a significant rite of passage that he undertook, travelling to Spain to walk a pilgrimage to support the transition of a close family member's spirit who died tragically

    26:40 Christos describes how his walking and movement practice is central to his maintaining a link to receiving input from Creation, which then serves as a source for the seeds of ceremonies and rituals.

    30:30 Christos uses an example from Michael's own life to walk through what it might look like to work with Kairos with a prospective client. He describes how he supports the client to 'tune-in' to the un-rational, embodied intelligence that is Kairos in order to discover what the proper way to proceed might be. Christos also describes the importance of community and gathering together to witness, and to share stories.

    36:40 Michael asks Christos to describe his relationship with beauty and how it's central to his work with ceremony and ritual. Christos then recounts a youtube video which documents a chimpanzee in a state of awe and exuberance as he interacts with a waterfall.

    43:02 Michael and Christos discuss how important it is to bring more ceremony and ritual into our lives, especially for those who are not connected to any of the major world religions or ancestral traditions. Christos describes how ceremonies also ground us in place and connect us to our corners of the world and also to our non-human neighbours.

    49:03 Christos gives info for how to reach him and work with him

    #EmergentHuman

    • 51 min
    Frederic Lowen on Bioenergetic Analysis

    Frederic Lowen on Bioenergetic Analysis

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health,
    Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living. I am Michael
    Ostrolenk, a therapist, coach and educator and I am your host.

    Ostrolenk speaks with Frederic Lowen, who is a psychotherapist, Bioenergetic therapist and Executive Director of The Alexander Lowen Foundation. He also is manager of Lowen copyrights and son of Alexander Lowen, M.D. the creator of Bioenergetic Analysis.

    Frederic talks about his path to become a bioenergetic therapist which included a thirty year or so break from the somatic therapy world to purpose business interests including solar energy.

    Mr. Lowen discusses the history of Bioenergetic therapy which goes all the way back to Dr Wilhelm Reich who provided therapy and instruction to his father Dr. Alexander Lowen in the 1940’s in the United States.

    Frederic explains the Bioenergetic model and how it is implemented in the therapeutic setting to include assessing character structure, the clients biography and working with the energy of the body as well as its physical structure. He concludes with a discussion of the Alexander Lowen Foundation and its various educational and therapeutic offerings

    You can learn more about the Alexander Lower Foundation-

    https://www.lowenfoundation.org/


    Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today
    https://somaticpsychotherapytoday.com/

    • 1 hr 21 min
    The 5 Personality Patterns with Steven Kessler

    The 5 Personality Patterns with Steven Kessler

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health,
    Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living. I am Michael
    Ostrolenk, a therapist, coach and educator and I am your host.

    Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today.
    https://somaticpsychotherapytoday.com/

    Ostrolenk speaks with Steven Kessler, a psychotherapist who has studied many different healing modalities and maps of personality, including the Enneagram (with Helen Palmer), NLP, energy work, Thought Field Therapy, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques or tapping). For 20 years he has been a student of Lynda Caesara, studying Character Structure, the direct perception of energy, and shamanism in the lineage of Grandfather Two Bears and the Southern Seers tradition. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Personality Patterns: Your Guide to Understanding Yourself and Others and Developing Emotional Maturity.

    - https://www.amazon.com/Personality-Patterns-Understanding-Developing-Emotional/dp/B08T42G1S7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1Z4TXVZ1KTYCB&keywords=steven+kessler+the+5+personality+patterns&qid=1655469985&sprefix=steven+kessl%2Caps%2C106&sr=8-1 )

    During the interview Steven takes us through the developmental tasks a person needs to master, both in utero and during childhood, and the consequences of failing to master each of those tasks. He outlines the safety strategies we adopt to try to feel safer during that time and how each safety strategy develops into a pattern which becomes part of our personality. He then discusses how our personality patterns shape our interactions with others and the value of getting out of our personality patterns and returning to simply being present in the moment.

    The 5 Personality Patterns
    https://the5personalitypatterns.com/

    A shout out to my colleague Abby Kreitler Hand, an epigenetics coach who does Preconception health coaching which focuses on optimizing the health of both parents, before becoming pregnant. This may involve improving sleep, correcting nutrient deficiencies, balancing body systems, managing stress, increasing fitness level, reducing inflammation, and even
    removing exposure to chemicals, medications and other substances that may impede health and fertility. Check out her work at handwellness.com


    We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/songwriters
    Stuart Davis and his song “Nothing in Between”.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRqCc3LfDI

    • 54 min
    Becoming Safely Embodied with Deirdre Fay

    Becoming Safely Embodied with Deirdre Fay

    Welcome to “The Emergent Human where we explore Optimizing Health, Embodied Spirituality and Post Conventional Living.

    Ostrolenk speaks to Deirdre Fay who is the author of “ Becoming Safely Embodied: A Guide to Organize Your Mind, Body, and Heart to Feel Secure in the World” And “Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery: Simple, Safe, and Effective Practices for Therapy. “They discuss the importance of being embodied, some of the cultural and psychological obstacles to doing so and how to overcome them. Deidre also discusses her story, her training and experiences and what led her into the field. You can learn more about Deirdre’s work below


    www.Dfay.com

    www.dfay.com/safeguide (free safe guide access)

    "Becoming Safely Embodied: A Guide to Organize Your Mind, Body and Heart to Feel Secure in the World"

    https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Safely-Embodied-Organize-Secure/dp/B095QWH1S6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Deirdre+Fay&qid=1651761278&s=audible&sr=1-1 (Amazon book link)

    "Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery: Simple, Safe, and Effective Practices for Therapy"

    https://www.amazon.com/Attachment-Based-Yoga-Meditation-Trauma-Recovery/dp/0393709906/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Deirdre+Fay&qid=1651761278&s=audible&sr=1-2-catcorr (amazon book link)

    Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today. https://somaticpsychotherapytoday.com/

    We will close out today’s show with one of my favorite singer/song writer Stuart Davis and his song “Nothing in Between”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRqCc3LfDI

    • 40 min

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