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It is often through pain and suffering that we learn our most profound lessons. It is often through courageously exploring the inner landscapes of our lives and seeking healing that we transform, because much like the immortal words of Robert Frost, “The best way out is always through.”

How I Made It Through is offered as a survival guide of sorts; both as inspiration and encouragement to speak our truth, feel our feelings and share our unique and unifying stories “making it through” something challenging.

This season, I am thrilled to introduce Ray Catania, an esteemed author, metaphysical teacher, and coach, as my cohost. Together, we delve into the profound realms of spirituality, human experience, and the neuroscience behind metaphysics. This season is an invitation to expand your consciousness, embrace healing, and forge a deep connection with love. Join us as we discuss topics such as life after death, the essence of the 'I', and how to transcend the limitations imposed by fear. Get ready to unlock a new level of freedom, peace, and spiritual connection. If you are either curious or even consumed with delving deeper into what happens when we die, and how we can become more fully alive, then this is the show for you.

How I Made It Through Kristin Taylor and Ray Catania

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

It is often through pain and suffering that we learn our most profound lessons. It is often through courageously exploring the inner landscapes of our lives and seeking healing that we transform, because much like the immortal words of Robert Frost, “The best way out is always through.”

How I Made It Through is offered as a survival guide of sorts; both as inspiration and encouragement to speak our truth, feel our feelings and share our unique and unifying stories “making it through” something challenging.

This season, I am thrilled to introduce Ray Catania, an esteemed author, metaphysical teacher, and coach, as my cohost. Together, we delve into the profound realms of spirituality, human experience, and the neuroscience behind metaphysics. This season is an invitation to expand your consciousness, embrace healing, and forge a deep connection with love. Join us as we discuss topics such as life after death, the essence of the 'I', and how to transcend the limitations imposed by fear. Get ready to unlock a new level of freedom, peace, and spiritual connection. If you are either curious or even consumed with delving deeper into what happens when we die, and how we can become more fully alive, then this is the show for you.

    S5E8: Intuitive Medium tells NDE story of being LOCKED IN UNPLUGGED FREEZER at 4 years old

    S5E8: Intuitive Medium tells NDE story of being LOCKED IN UNPLUGGED FREEZER at 4 years old

    Welcome to Season 5, Episode 8 of "How I Made It Through," hosted by Kristin Taylor and Ray Catania. In this enlightening episode, we sit down with Susan Grau, an acclaimed author, inspirational speaker, soul healer, grief expert, and globally recognized intuitive medium. Susan shares her extraordinary journey, beginning with a near-death experience (NDE) at the tender age of four and a half, which opened her to the spirit world and set the stage for her life's work. Susan delves into her early experiences with spirit communication, the profound insights she received during her NDE, and how trauma often serves as a gateway to heightened spiritual awareness. She also discusses the evolution of human consciousness, the role of mediums in grief work, and the unbreakable connection between the living and the spirit world. This episode is a treasure trove of wisdom for anyone interested in spirituality, mediumship, and personal growth.**[00:00] Introduction**- Kristin Taylor welcomes listeners to Season 5, Episode 8, introduces co-host Ray Catania, and sets the stage for the episode's focus on spirituality and metaphysics.**[03:00] Meet Susan Grau**- Introduction to Susan Grau, her background, and her impressive credentials as an author, speaker, and intuitive medium.**[06:30] Early Spiritual Experiences**- Susan shares her first spiritual experiences, including seeing floating animals at age three and her near-death experience at four and a half.**[10:00] The Near-Death Experience**- Susan recounts her NDE in detail, describing the spiritual realms she visited and the profound lessons she learned.**[14:00] Communicating with Spirits**- Discussion on how Susan's ability to communicate with spirits evolved and how she initially struggled with these experiences.**[18:00] The Role of Trauma**- Susan and Ray discuss the relationship between trauma and mediumship, and how overcoming trauma can lead to spiritual growth.**[21:00] Evolution of Consciousness**- Insights into how human consciousness is evolving and the increasing acceptance of mediumship and spiritual practices.**[24:00] Practical Mediumship**- Susan explains the practical aspects of mediumship, including the use of the "Clairs" (clairvoyance, claircognizance, clairsentience) and how anyone can develop these abilities.**[28:00] Connecting with Loved Ones**- Tips and advice on how listeners can connect with their own loved ones in the spirit world and the importance of being present.**[32:00] Susan's Upcoming Book**- Susan talks about her upcoming book "Infinite Life Infinite Lessons," its contents, and the special pre-order offer, including monthly Zoom sessions.**[36:00] Final Thoughts**- Susan shares her final thoughts on living a life well-lived and the importance of courage and bravery in our spiritual journeys.
    Learn more about Susan Grau:
    www.susangrau.comNew Book: Infinite Life, Infinite Lessons: Wisdom from the Spirit World on Living, Dying, and the In-Between (Release Date: July 16, 2024 - PRE-ORDER NOW & get access to EXCLUSIVE 13-Month author-led Zoom Series)Contact Info: www.susangrau.com/contact/YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/@SusanGrauOfficialInstagram: @susangrauofficial**Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this episode if it resonated with you. Have questions or topics you'd like us to explore? Leave us a comment or email socialmedia@eiqmediallc.com. 
    👉 How I Made It Through Instagram: @howimadeitthroughpodcast_ 
    👉 Kristin Taylor's Website: www.KristinTaylorConsulting.com
    👉 Ray Catania's Website: www.RayCatania.com 
    Produced & Distributed by EIQ Media Group, LLC.

    • 34 min
    S5E7: Connect to your ANCESTORS and understand your own TRAUMA

    S5E7: Connect to your ANCESTORS and understand your own TRAUMA

    Host Kristin Taylor welcomes Bernadette Thompson, a gifted intuitive, ancestral healer, and grief coach. Bernadette takes us on a profound journey through her personal story of spiritual awakening and the transformative power of ancestral healing. She shares how her connection with her ancestors provided guidance and support during her husband's battle with alcoholism and subsequent passing. Bernadette explains the importance of understanding our ancestral stories and traumas, and how they shape our current experiences and behaviors. She also delves into the practical aspects of her work, including the use of genealogy tools and spiritual practices to facilitate healing and growth. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in spirituality, healing, and the profound connections we share with our ancestors.**[00:00] Introduction**- Welcome to Season 5 of "How I Made It Through"- Introduction of co-host Ray Catania- Overview of the season's focus on spirituality, neuroscience of metaphysics, and expanding consciousness**[03:00] Guest Introduction**- Kristin introduces Bernadette Thompson- Bernadette's background as an intuitive, ancestral healer, and grief coach- Bernadette shares her journey into genealogy and spiritual awakening**[06:00] Spiritual Awakening and Ancestral Connection**- Bernadette discusses her husband's battle with alcoholism and its impact on her spiritual journey- The role of her ancestors in providing guidance and support- Differences between dreams and visitations**[09:00] Experiences with Ancestral Visitations**- Bernadette's first visitation experience with her great-aunt- Subsequent experiences and the profound impact on her life- Kristin and Bernadette discuss the importance of these connections**[12:00] Identifying Spirit Guides**- Bernadette explains how she identified her spirit guide using a pendulum- The process and significance of connecting with spirit guides**[15:00] Trauma and Intuitive Abilities**- The link between trauma and the development of intuitive abilities- Kristin and Bernadette discuss the role of trauma in opening up spiritual capabilities**[18:00] Ancestral Healing Business**- Bernadette's business focusing on genealogy and ancestral healing- The process of uncovering ancestral stories and their impact on current experiences- The scientific basis of trauma being passed down through generations**[21:00] Practical Aspects of Ancestral Healing**- Using genealogy tools like Ancestry.com- The importance of understanding and healing ancestral trauma- Bernadette's approach to working with clients**[24:00] Case Study: Kristin's Ancestry**- Bernadette shares insights from researching Kristin's family history- The story of Kristin's grandmother and the impact of generational trauma- The healing power of understanding and compassion**[27:00] Connecting with Ancestors and Spirit Guides**- Techniques for connecting with ancestors and spirit guides- The role of compassion, wisdom, forgiveness, and resilience in healing- The joyful aspects of discovering ancestral stories**[30:00] End-of-Life Doula Work**- Bernadette's certification as an end-of-life doula- Helping families through the process of passing and maintaining connections- The importance of understanding and supporting grief and trauma**[33:00] Final Thoughts and Call to Action**- Kristin and Bernadette discuss the impact of ancestral healing on personal growth and spiritual awakening- Encouragement to explore ancestral stories and seek healing- How to connect with Bernadette for further guidance 
    Learn more about Bernadette Thompson:
    Website: www.TellMeOurStory.com
    Instagram: @tellmeourstoryancestralhealing
    Facebook: Tell Me Our Story-Genealogy/Ancestral Healing 
    YouTube Channel: Tell Me Our Story Genealogy & Ancestral Healing
    **Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this episode if it resonated with you. Have questions or topics you'd like us to explore? Leave us a comment or email socialmedia@eiqmediallc.com. 

    • 30 min
    S5E6: Man discovers EXTRAORDINARY gift of UPSIGHT VISION

    S5E6: Man discovers EXTRAORDINARY gift of UPSIGHT VISION

    Hosts Kristin Taylor and Ray Catania delve into the extraordinary journey of Tom Matte, a man who embarked on a profound consciousness exploration following a traumatic experience. Tom's unique ability, known as "Upsight," allows him to perceive and interact with three-dimensional holographic images with his eyes closed. This episode unravels the neuroscience behind metaphysics, discusses the implications of Upsight, and explores the hidden biosphere accessible to humans.Tom shares his compelling story, from a psychotic break induced by drug use to working with leading scientists like Dean Radin at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). The conversation covers the scientific validation of Upsight, the potential evolutionary significance of this ability, and the broader implications for human consciousness. Tom also touches on his upcoming projects and the importance of connecting people to these hidden dimensions.- **[00:00] - Introduction**- Hosts Kristin Taylor and Ray Catania introduce the episode and guest Tom Matte.- **[03:00] - What is Upsight?**- Tom explains the difference between Upsight and a vivid mind's eye, including the scientific methods used to validate his experiences.- **[06:00] - The Neuroscience of Upsight**- Discussion on the EEG studies conducted with Dean Radin and the unexpected findings related to alpha brain waves.- **[09:00] - Real-life Applications and Experiences**- Tom shares real-life scenarios and experiences of using Upsight, including its synchronicity element.- **[12:00] - Scientific and Spiritual Implications**- The conversation shifts to the broader implications of Upsight for human consciousness and spirituality.- **[15:00] - Listener Engagement and Validation**- Tom discusses the emails and feedback he receives from people who have similar experiences and the importance of validation.- **[18:00] - Potential for Psychic Development**- Kristin and Ray explore the idea of Tom further developing his abilities through psychic training or guidance.- **[21:00] - Upcoming Projects and Future Directions**- Tom talks about his upcoming speaking engagements and experiments, including a potential trip to Barcelona.- **[24:00] - Call-to-Action and Closing Remarks**- Hosts wrap up the episode with a call-to-action for listeners to engage with the show and explore the resources provided.Learn more about Tom Matte and Upsight Vision: 
    Website: Tom-Matte.com 
    TikTok: @upsightvision_tommatte 
    Facebook: Upsight Vision 
    Instagram: @tommatte_iseethingsyoudont 
    Book on Amazon: Jesus Goes To Hollywood: A Memoir Of Madness 
    👉 How I Made It Through Instagram: @howimadeitthroughpodcast_ 
    👉 Kristin Taylor's Website: www.KristinTaylorConsulting.com. 
    👉 Ray Catania's Website: www.RayCatania.com Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this episode if it resonated with you. Have questions or topics you'd like us to explore? Leave us a comment or email socialmedia@eiqmediallc.com. 
    Produced & Distributed by EIQ Media Group, LLC.

    • 39 min
    S5E5: You don't know WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW.

    S5E5: You don't know WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW.

    In this enlightening episode of "How I Made It Through," hosts Kristin Taylor and Ray Catania are joined by Seth Lyon, a somatic trauma specialist based in Vancouver, BC. Seth delves into the intricacies of somatic experiencing and its profound impact on healing trauma at a core level. With a rich background in somatic practice, energy work, shamanism, and sound healing, Seth offers a holistic approach to trauma recovery.Throughout the conversation, Seth shares his personal journey of overcoming complex PTSD, emphasizing the importance of understanding the nervous system and the various survival responses that shape our experiences. He highlights the significance of early developmental trauma and the normalized stressors that many individuals face from a young age. The discussion also touches on the dangers of spiritual bypassing, the role of hypervigilance in trauma survivors, and the transformative power of reconnecting with one's authentic self.Listeners will gain valuable insights into the foundational elements of trauma work, including the importance of education, recognizing resources, and building supportive relationships. Seth also provides practical guidance on how to start the healing journey and introduces various programs and resources available through his and his wife Irene Lyon's work.- **[00:00] Introduction**- Kristin Taylor introduces the new season and co-host Ray Catania. They set the stage for exploring the neuroscience of metaphysics and practices to expand consciousness and healing.- **[03:00] Guest Introduction**- Seth Lyon's background and expertise in somatic trauma work are introduced, including his training and practice in Vancouver, BC.- **[06:00] Seth's Personal Journey**- Seth shares his journey growing up in the Bay Area, experiencing complex PTSD, and discovering the healing power of somatic experiencing and spirituality.- **[09:00] The Role of the Nervous System**- Discussion on the importance of the nervous system in trauma recovery and the different paths to healing.- **[12:00] Early Developmental Trauma**- Seth explains the impact of early developmental trauma and the normalized stressors that affect many individuals from a young age.- **[15:00] The Freeze Response**- In-depth explanation of the freeze response and its implications for trauma survivors.- **[18:00] Recognizing and Addressing Trauma**- Seth discusses the importance of recognizing trauma symptoms and the foundational steps to begin the healing process.- **[21:00] Practical Tools for Healing**- Introduction to practical tools and resources for trauma recovery, including the significance of self-compassion and understanding one's survival adaptations.- **[24:00] Spiritual Bypassing and Hypervigilance**- The dangers of spiritual bypassing and the role of hypervigilance in trauma survivors.- **[27:00] Reconnecting with Authenticity**- Seth shares his personal revelations about reconnecting with his authentic self and the transformative power of trauma work.- **[30:00] Resources and Programs**- Information on various programs and resources available through Seth and Irene Lyon's work, including online courses and support systems.- Seth Lyon's Website: www.sethlyon.com 
    - Irene Lyon's Website: www.irenelyon.com 
    - Irene Lyon's YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/@IreneLyon 
    - 21-Day Nervous System Tune-Up and 12-Week Smart Body Smart Mind Program: https://irenelyon.com/programs/ 
    👉 How I Made It Through Instagram: @howimadeitthroughpodcast_ 
    👉 Kristin Taylor's Website: www.KristinTaylorConsulting.com. 
    👉 Ray Catania's Website: www.RayCatania.com 
    Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this episode if it resonated with you. Have questions or topics you'd like us to explore? Leave us a comment or email socialmedia@eiqmediallc.com. 
    Produced & Distributed by EIQ Media Group, LLC.

    • 32 min
    S5E4: This truth will SET YOU FREE.

    S5E4: This truth will SET YOU FREE.

    Welcome to another enlightening episode of  @HowIMadeItThroughPodcast , where your hosts Kristin Taylor and Ray Catania delve into the depths of spirituality, consciousness, and personal transformation. Today, we're joined by special guest Brian Bogert, a human behavior and performance coach, speaker, and business strategist who has overcome immense physical and emotional pain to help others unlock their true potential.
    In this episode, we explore the journey of self-discovery and healing with Brian Bogert. From a life-altering accident at the young age of seven to his profound awakening at 32, Brian shares his insights on embracing pain to avoid suffering and the importance of connecting with our authentic selves. Listen as we discuss the neuroscience of metaphysics, the power of emotions, and the practice of expanding consciousness. This is an episode that promises to challenge your perceptions and inspire you to break free from the chains of fear.
     Chapter Markers 
    - **[0:00:00 - 0:03:00]** Introduction to the show and hosts Kristin Taylor and Ray Catania. 
    - **[0:03:01 - 0:06:00]** Ray shares his background in metaphysics and personal transformation journey. 
    - **[0:06:01 - 0:09:00]** Brian Bogert's introduction and the impact of his traumatic childhood accident. 
    - **[0:09:01 - 0:12:00]** The emotional breakthrough with Brian's daughter and the realization of suppressed emotions. 
    - **[0:12:01 - 0:15:00]** Unpacking the source of emotional narratives and beliefs with Kristin's personal story. 
    - **[0:15:01 - 0:18:00]** The physiological patterns linked to past experiences and how they shape our reactions. 
    - **[0:18:01 - 0:21:00]** How to reconnect the head and heart for healing and growth. 
    - **[0:21:01 - 0:24:00]** The role of shame and blame in personal development and the Hawkins scale of frequency. 
    - **[0:24:01 - 0:27:00]** Strategies for managing anger and the importance of vulnerability. 
    - **[0:27:01 - 0:30:00]** Ray's insights on becoming the director of your own life and navigating the nervous system. 
    Learn more about Brian Bogert: 
    - **Brian Bogert's Official Website: www.BrianBogert.com 
    - **Social Media Handle: @bogertbrian 
    Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this episode if it resonated with you. Have questions or topics you'd like us to explore? Leave us a comment or email socialmedia@eiqmediallc.com. 
    Learn more about Ray Catania at www.RayCatania.com and Kristin Taylor at www.KristinTaylorConsulting.com. 
    Remember, we're here to support you on your journey of spiritual growth and personal development. Thank you for listening, and we look forward to having you with us in the next episode of How I Made It Through. 
    Produced & Distributed by EIQ Media Group, LLC.

    • 43 min
    S5E3: When the trees beckon, LISTEN

    S5E3: When the trees beckon, LISTEN

    In this profound episode of "How I Made It Through," hosts Kristin Taylor and Ray Catania welcome Matthew Kessi, a travel writer, nature photographer, and practical mystic. Matthew shares his transformative journey from the corporate world to a deeper connection with nature's intelligence. Through his story, listeners will discover the art of grounding, the neuroscience of metaphysics, and the power of liminal spaces in facilitating healing, wellness, and spiritual awakening. Join us as we delve into the practices that can expand consciousness and help us navigate our spiritual existence within the human experience.**[0:00] Introduction to Season 5 and Guest Matthew Kessi** - Kristin Taylor introduces the new season and co-host Ray Catania. - Matthew Kessi's background as a travel writer, nature photographer, and practical mystic is highlighted.**[3:00] Matthew's Early Connection with Nature** - Matthew reflects on his childhood bond with nature and how it provided strength during challenging times.**[6:00] Transition from Corporate Life to Shamanic Practice** - The shift from a corporate career to seeking shamanic guidance and the importance of grounding and intuition.**[9:00] Reconnecting with Nature Post-Corporate Life** - Matthew discusses the pivotal moment post-layoff and the decision to chart his own path aligned with nature.**[12:00] The Role of a Shamanic Practitioner** - Clarification of the difference between a shaman and a shamanic practitioner and their roles in personal development.**[15:00] Awakening and the Practical Mystic** - Definition of a practical mystic and how awakening is experienced through nature.**[18:00] The Liminal Space and Nature's Intelligence** - Exploring the concept of liminal spaces and how they contribute to a sense of belonging and resilience.**[21:00] Matthew's Work and Spiritually Transformative Experiences** - How Matthew facilitates others' connection to nature and their intuition through retreats and personalized experiences.**[24:00] Six Questions to Deepen Nature Connection** - Matthew introduces a framework of six questions to help individuals engage more deeply with nature.**[27:00] Spiritually Transformative Experiences and Ancestral Connections** - Personal anecdotes and observations of spiritual awakenings and healing facilitated by nature and ancestral spirits.**[30:00] The Retreat Experience and Practical Application** - Details on the structure of the retreats, the importance of disruption for growth, and how participants are transformed.**[33:00] Learning More About Matthew Kessi and His Work** - Ways to connect with Matthew Kessi, follow his journey, and learn from his insights on nature and spirituality.- Matthew Kessi's Website: www.kessiworld.com- Instagram: kessiworld_Are you ready to awaken your intuition and connect with nature's healing power? Visit Matthew Kessi's website and follow him on social media for inspiring content and updates on his retreats. Don't forget to sign up for his newsletter to receive exclusive insights and tips on cultivating your relationship with the natural world. Join us on this journey to awakening and let nature's intelligence guide you to a more fulfilling life.
    Don't forget to LIKE, SUBSCRIBE, and SHARE this episode if it resonated with you. @HowIMadeItThroughPodcast 
    Learn more about Ray Catania at www.RayCatania.com and Kristin Taylor at www.KristinTaylorConsulting.com. 
    Have questions or topics you'd like us to explore? Leave us a comment or email socialmedia@eiqmediallc.com. Remember, we're here to support you on your journey of spiritual growth and personal development. Thank you for listening, and we look forward to having you with us in the next episode of How I Made It Through. 
    Produced & Distributed by EIQ Media Group, LLC.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

starfishmama ,

Addicted!

This is a wonderful podcast for those in any stage of their spiritual awakening. Kristin is a talented and intentional interviewer - many podcasters could learn a thing or two from her style and talent. I’ve learned so much about the afterlife from her guests and their conversations. Worth a listen!

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Love This Show!

Kristin is such a thoughtful and engaging host…Approaching each topic with empathic curiosity and thoughtful intention. Grateful you’re telling these stories.

Love listening to HIMIT! ,

Amazing podcast

How I Made It Through has become a real outlet for me. It has opened up my eyes to the idea that there is much more to life than our time spent here on earth. HIMIT is a comforting podcast that gives me a sense of pace for the loved ones I have lost. Even if you are not spiritual or a believer in past lives/the afterlife, I truly believe this podcast can provide healing and comfort for you in times of difficulty.

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