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A monstrous mashup of flash fiction, mythology, and personal development.

If you’ve ever wondered how demons can segue into a conversation about value, how a Japanese ghost can inspire a conversation about the stories we tell ourselves, or how the mythology behind vampires can teach you about procrastination, this is the podcast for you.

Your host is Rick Kitagawa, Inner Monster Wrangler at: kaijucoaching.com.

You can also read his daily blog over at: rickkitagawa.com/blog

Rick also is the co-host of In Trust, a podcast that's all about the most important asset of our time - trust. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innermonsterpodcast/support

Inner Monster Podcast Rick Kitagawa

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

A monstrous mashup of flash fiction, mythology, and personal development.

If you’ve ever wondered how demons can segue into a conversation about value, how a Japanese ghost can inspire a conversation about the stories we tell ourselves, or how the mythology behind vampires can teach you about procrastination, this is the podcast for you.

Your host is Rick Kitagawa, Inner Monster Wrangler at: kaijucoaching.com.

You can also read his daily blog over at: rickkitagawa.com/blog

Rick also is the co-host of In Trust, a podcast that's all about the most important asset of our time - trust. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innermonsterpodcast/support

    Satan - Education vs. Learning

    Satan - Education vs. Learning

    When a trip goes awry, something demonic emerges and convinces someone to make a fatal choice..

    To celebrate the 50th episode(!) as well as mark the end of Season 1 of the Inner Monster Podcast, I take a look at Satan himself. I dive into both his etymological origins, as well as his role around tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden. This leads me to talking about knowledge and learning, and I dive into my issues with the current educational system as well as some ideas on how to make it better. 

    Sign up here for email notifications for when Season 2 will drop!

    PS - I wrote another book! This time, it's all short horror stories. You can get your copy here!

    Show notes:

    Want a topic or creature covered in the podcast along with a shout-out?  Let me know: innermonsterpodcast@gmail.com

    "The Inner Monster Podcast theme v.2," "IV. Joy," and  "The (Un)Caged Butterfly,"  by Al Gilliom.

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    • 18 min
    Frankenstein's Monster - Making Better Decisions - EP 49

    Frankenstein's Monster - Making Better Decisions - EP 49

    I'm hiking through a foggy forest, when I encounter a patchwork creature that is very angry at humanity...

    We go literary this episode and dive into Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, the origin for the pop culture icon of Frankenstein's Monster. I clear up some common misperceptions about Frankenstein, and then we dive into the decision that the good doctor makes that changes his life forever - reanimating a giant humanoid with secret science. We'll then dive into both the evaluation of decisions, as well as how to get better at making decisions. 

    Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays for new episodes every week, or sign up here for email notifications!

    PS - I wrote another book! This time, it's all short horror stories. You can get your copy here!

    Show notes:

    Want a topic or creature covered in the podcast along with a shout-out?  Let me know: innermonsterpodcast@gmail.com

    "The Inner Monster Podcast theme v.2," "The (Un)Caged Butterfly," and "IV. Joy" by Al Gilliom.

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    • 14 min
    Matau the Giant - Building Resilience Towards Failure and Rejection - EP 48

    Matau the Giant - Building Resilience Towards Failure and Rejection - EP 48

    I find myself bruised and battered, in a place altogether unfamiliar to me. And then a shocking discovery is made...

    This week's episode explores the Maori mythology of Matau, a giant, kidnapping, supernatural jerk and the aftermath of his murder. This somehow turns into an exploration of resilience towards failure and rejection, and I dive into some practical tips on building more of it. Fun for the whole family!

    Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays for new episodes every week, or sign up here for email notifications!

    PS - I wrote another book! This time, it's all short horror stories. You can get your copy here!

    Show notes:

    Want a topic or creature covered in the podcast along with a shout-out?  Let me know: innermonsterpodcast@gmail.com

    "The Inner Monster Podcast theme v.2," "The (Un)Caged Butterfly," and "IV. Joy" by Al Gilliom.

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    • 17 min
    Lusca - Diving into Deep Conversations - EP 47

    Lusca - Diving into Deep Conversations - EP 47

    I'm finally on vacation, when a scuba adventure goes horribly, horribly wrong...

    This episode we're diving into deep underwater holes to explore the Caribbean mythological dragon-octopus creature known as the Lusca. I then explore the need for deep conversations, and why they're sometimes to difficult to have. Finally, I'll leave you with some propelling questions to explore how you might create more connection in your life in a way that doesn't set you up for failure.

    Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays for new episodes every week, or sign up here for email notifications!

    PS - I wrote another book! This time, it's all short horror stories. You can get your copy here!

    Show notes: 

    Cthulhu

    Want a topic or creature covered in the podcast along with a shout-out?  Let me know: innermonsterpodcast@gmail.com

    "The Inner Monster Podcast theme v.2," "The (Un)Caged Butterfly," and "IV. Joy" by Al Gilliom.

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    My Patrons and the Order of the Dark Wheel - First listens without ads, creepy art, raffles, and more!  Join today!

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    • 14 min
    The Hydra (replay) - Art announcement edition - EP 46

    The Hydra (replay) - Art announcement edition - EP 46

    In order to preserve any shreds of sanity I have left, I've recorded a bit of a new intro regarding why I'm taking a break from releasing a new episode this week, and also announcing my Friday the 13th art extravaganza.

    After the intro, dive back in (or discover for the first time) the Hydra and my take on sustainability. Fitting, I hope, for a bit of a break week.

    Show notes:

    Rick on Instagram

    Rick's patreon

    Theme music, "The (Un)Chained Butterfly," and "IV. Joy"  by Al Gilliom.

    Other music by Divider Line via a Creative Commons license.

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    • 18 min
    Banshee - Ineffective Postures of Leadership - EP 45

    Banshee - Ineffective Postures of Leadership - EP 45

    I'm visiting a friend in Dublin, when I come across a woman in a green dress with bloodshot eyes, and she begins to wail...

    This week, we jump across the pond to the rolling green hills of Ireland and its own keening ghost, the banshee. I dive into the background of his very sad spirit, and then we'll go into the ineffective postures that leaders might take, even if well-intentioned. This episode covers four ineffective postures of leadership, and is the third part of a three-part series about leadership.

    Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays for new episodes every week, or sign up here for email notifications!

    PS - I co-authored a book on building trust! You can get your copy here!

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    Show notes:
    Part 1 in the leadership series: Garuda
    Part 2 in the leadership series: Naga

    Want a topic or creature covered in the podcast along with a shout-out?  Let me know: innermonsterpodcast@gmail.com

    "The Inner Monster Podcast theme v.2," "The (Un)Caged Butterfly," "IV. Joy," and "Reprise - The Blue Healer" by Al Gilliom.

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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

SallyFNDakota ,

WOW!

To start, I was excited upon reading the title being an avid monster story connoisseur. But to my delightful surprise Rick flips the script & uses his vast intellect, unwavering compassion to shine light where most only see dark, he gives encouragement & Hope when all seems lost. He uses his platform for good, that is genuine art & true representation of humanity. A must listen! (PLUS ALL HIS STORIES ARE AMAZING!)

AdventureTreehouseKid ,

Niche, but surprisingly great

Super fun podcast that’s also informative. It somehow manages to mix monster stories with personal development - don’t know how it works but it does.