Each week Founder and Host, Bryn Edwards, has a deep dive conversation with fascinating people who either live, or are visiting, Western Australia to have a real and authentic conversation.These aren’t your standard feel good interviews that’s served up on mainstream media, each week Bryn goes deep into the human journey behind the story, going to the heart of where people came from to achieve what they achieved and what makes them tick.It’s a space where guests openly and honestly share their highs and lows, their unique learnings and perspectives, their vulnerabilities and their journey. It’s a space that captures the human journey in a way that we can resonate and connect with covering the 4 main games of life - health and wellbeing, relationships, business and connection to something bigger than ourselves.
#170 Navigating a Spiritual Emergency – Jules Evans
While more of us are becoming aware of the idea of spiritual awakening, the arising question is what is the actual experience of a spiritual awakening actually like?Many may have a preconception that this is a lovely serene experience, however the truth of the matter is often something very different and scary, which is where the term ‘Spiritual Emergency has come from’.This week had the great privilege of exploring the topic of spiritual emergencies with Jules Evans, practical philosopher and co-editor of the book Breaking Open, which documents real cases of individual spiritual emergencies.In this conversation, Jules provides some of the characteristics and surrounding mechanics and dynamics of spiritual emergencies, as well as the impacts.In an uncertain and rapidly changing world that can so easily trigger a deep change within us set against a noticeable increase in an uptake of differing healing modalities, this is an important conversation to normalise and map out what exactly is happening during these deeply subjective experiences.FURTHER NOTE: - If you listen to this podcast, and you resonate with the contents based on your own experience, and would be willing to share and participate in a WA based research study to deepen our understanding of these experiences - then please, reach out because we'd like to hear about your spiritual emergency experience.
#169 The Greater Power of Sound – Christine Morrison
This week, I had the great pleasure of speaking to Christine Morrison, WA based musician, composer, music alchemist and sound healer.While I featured guests of a similar ilk previously on the podcast, what makes this really different is the fact that over the last four months I myself have been working with Christine to explore sound for myself. So rather than this being a theoretical discussion, it's very much starts off as an experiential discussion with Christine providing deeper context. This includes how I’ve myself now use sound to connect into my body and how that has led to a number of experiences which I could say rival certain psychedelic experiences.From that Christine talks about how her work with sound came into her life – which is something she didn't really want to start with but she shares her process of letting go and answering the call.Christine is a super grounded lady with a deep history of working with sounds that includes indigenous links which really sets the tone for this discussion about using sound as a modality to really bring us back into our body at a time when it's easy to be just swept up and swept away by our minds.
#168 The Nordic Secret and Sense Making in an Uncertain and Complex World – Tomas Bjorkman
This week I had the absolute privilege of speaking to Thomas Bjorkman, entrepreneur, businessman, author and also the founder of the Oak Island retreat in Sweden.Tomas explains how Oak Island is modelled on the original retreats that were state funded across the Nordic Countries at the turn of the last century - also captured in his book ‘The Nordic Secret’. It was these retreats that helped instil the human capabilities within the population to face adversity and uncertainty at that time, and which saw those Nordic countries turn around and flourish socially and economically.Tomas then introduces the 5 clusters of human capabilities that are key to facing the unknown, complex and volatile world we’re faced with – Openness, Perceptive Taking, Sense Making, Inner Compass and Compassion.In this conversation, we go on to explore the depths of the shifts that we're experiencing right now to our collective imaginary in an interconnected world and how this can only be facilitated, it cannot be managedThe focus of this conversation will be challenging to your own sense making and aspects of how you construct reality for yourself. Yet despite this Tomas points to a way forward that is beautifully grounded and human.
#167 Transformation of Human Consciousness – Darpan
This week I had a very illuminating discussion with Darpan, musician, healer and general explorer of human consciousness.In this conversation Darpan spoke very eloquently about just how the current chaotic conditions are actually the perfect settings for a transformation in human consciousness.While it would be very easy for the conversation to depart into light, nebulous and mystical realms, Darpan stressed the need to ground in this 3D reality, feeling into the darkness to bring in higher frequencies rather than trying to avoid this necessary step through dissociating into a form of ‘spiritual bypassing’. To really feel into what you stand for and your sovereignty.Darpan is a great storyteller and he uses some fantastic metaphors to get his point across, which makes this a very engaging conversation.
#166 The only way forwards is into the Darkness – through the lens of Jung with Brittain Garett
This week I continue the exploration into the depths of psyche with Brittain Garrett, one of the few Jungian analysts in Western Australia.In this conversation we explore her perspective of the world through the lens of Jungian depth psychology.Within this conversation, Britt shares a pertinent throw from the I Ching and Jung’s equation for realising God. We also discussed the tension of opposites and the link to cancel culture, as well as legitimate suffering.What shines through in this is that all systems move towards wholeness – particularly psyche - and that the way forward is not through spiritual bypassing, playing on social media or just burying your head in the sand hoping that it'll all go away. The way forward is actually being in your self, your body and dropping into the darkness.While this is scary, it's only in the depths of the darkness that potentially we will find the light.Ultimately, this is a process in which psyche is on a journey, and we are part of it.
#165 Co-Dependency: Why you accept Narcissism in the world – Richard Grannon
This week, I follow the line of inquiry into just how we accept and enable narcissism in our society with Richard Grannon.Richard puts forward that co-dependency, or people pleasing, is a master-slave dynamic that has been deeply in trained and entranced within culture and society at large. That this is an unseen issue that is more pervasive than narcissism. Richard asserts that if we're to crack the puzzle of the pervasive presence of narcissism in society, then we need to bring our perspective closer to home and have an honest look at how we’re actively accepting and enabling it.Through the conversation, we go into the dynamics and mechanics of co-dependency in depth across a variety of areas of life providing a number of clear examples including how you’re governed, consumerist capitalism, slave morality and many more.Through all of this, you will begin to gain a deeper understanding of your own co-dependency, or people pleasing, tendencies and why you’ve become so conflict adverse and unable to say no leaving you in very much an infantilised state.This is a fascinating conversation and it was a real privilege and honour to speak to Richard. What is most impressive is his ability to articulate, with a great humour, much of why you have such an deep uneasy feeling about life currently.I can't say it is easy listening because much of what Richard has to say is very triggering, but when you do find yourself arguing and strongly disagreeing with him then I would suggest X marks the spot for greater personal inquiry.