We are all looking for connection with others and more importantly with a higher power. The Next Level Soul Podcast is a self-help & spirituality podcast that asks the big questions about living and thriving in the world today by having candid and inspiring conversations with thought leaders from every walk of life. The show covers inspirational, motivational, spiritual, health-oriented, yoga, meditation, wellness, and many more topics. New episodes of Next Level Soul air every Saturday anywhere you listen to podcasts. Let's take your SOUL to the next level.
NLS 011: How to Defeat Self Sabotage, Depression, and Your Ego with Music Icon Moby
Global icon, musician, and animal rights activist, Moby (né, Richard Melville Hall) has lived many lives right before the gazes and judgment of the world.
Self-discovery is a continual process that each time, when done right, unravels a new purpose and even newer challenges. This conversation is about the rise and fall of ego, fame, fortune, self-destruction and eventually self-rediscovery and redemption.
Moby came onto the entertainment scene with his 1991 single, ‘Go’ — the start of a remarkable critical and commercial success. He went on to sell over 20 million records globally; especially with his 1999 album ‘Play’. In the interview, Moby describes the success of the PLAY album as unanticipated. Each track on the record was licensed to films, television shows, and commercials making it one of the most licensed albums in history.
The accomplishments brought in a wave, and he rode it. Alcohol and drugs became part of that wave, even missing his mother’s funeral because he was passed out drunk in bed.
Moby’s journey to healing, self-peace, and sobriety has not been all unicorns and rainbows. In spite of living the dream life and having the world at his feet, the peak of his career was a period when he suffered deep depression. He sought to turn the course of his fears into a vision of purpose. By, regaining control of his life – sobering up since 2008, finding spirituality that works for him, and crystalizing his imperfect, yet extraordinary life and career in his new documentary, Moby Doc.
Moby doc is the creative, offbeat, wry, music-filled chronicle of an eventful life examined. filled with existential discussions, extraordinary concert footage, deep cuts from 30 years of moby’s music, unconventional narrative, quirky animation, rare clips, and thoughts from moby’s friend David Lynch, it’s a vibrant, eclectic conversation between a man and his past. as music and a commitment to veganism and animal rights guide him, moby delves into himself to share honestly what he’s gone through, what it might mean to others, how he turned confusion about life into the beauty of art…and why the answers to some of the deepest questions we can ask as human beings may not be found in the way we’re actually living.
It was an honor to have this conversation with this remarkable artist and human being. Please, enjoy my sit-down with the iconic, Moby.
NLS 010: How Conscious Content Can Change the World with Kia Kiso
Just over two decades ago, media influencing was an exclusive privilege. There is no denying the irrepressible nature the media has morphed into. The media’s accessible interactions, technology, and information have taken on a persuasive essence, thus the need for a more conscious media.
That’s why I brought on Kia Kiso today. She’s a founding member of the Producers Guild of America Social Impact Entertainment Task Force. An expert at teaching and creating content across various media streams, that impact awareness and have a purpose.
Kia is a multiple award-winning television, documentary, commercial, and film executive producer and entrepreneur, with a deep passion for uplifting the entertainment world by creating systemic change through her storytelling and helping others to do the same.
Having spent decades in the industry, she’s witnessed firsthand, the glorification of drama-filled and negative entertainment that hinder many from experiencing higher consciousness and being agents of change.
So, she took up the mantle.
In 2014, Kia founded Conscious Media Visionaries, a consortium of individuals and companies joining together to promote and create entertainment that has a positive impact on the world. It provides the industry with the necessary data and resources it needs so impactful entertainment projects are financed and distributed to those who are eager to see them.
She’s also the CEO of Zaza Productions, a company that aims at entertaining and inspiring through its work, in ways that will create more well-being for our audiences, and ultimately the world.
The added value Kia brings to the industry is consistently mindfulness-oriented and in a quest for positive outcomes.
Our conversation analyzes the realities we all face in our interactions with social media, films, or broadcast media.
It was a pleasure speaking to Kia. Enjoy!
NLS 009: Life and Near Death Experiences (NDE) with Dannion Brinkley
“Lightning never strikes the same place twice” is a common phrase of reassurance. But the odds of lightning striking the same place or person twice, in reality, is very likely. Be it years apart or not. And in the case of our guest, today life has struck him a couple of times harder than most.
Dannion Brinkley's near-death experiences being struck by lightning first at just 25 years old, which subjected him to unendurable pain and endless surgeries that affected his brain, heart, nerve endings, and tissues, is still able to support others today and share his journey at 71 years old.
This ordeal transformed his life. Dannion has been working as a hospice volunteer across the country for the last 40 plus years.
In 1994, Dannion co-wrote and published his autobiographic record-breaking 25 weeks New York Times bestseller book, Saved by the Light: The True Story of a Man Who Died Twice and the Profound Revelations.
He describes his purported near-death experience and the aftermath of being clinically dead for approximately twenty-eight minutes. He eventually told a tale of a dark tunnel, a crystal city, and a "cathedral of knowledge" where thirteen "angels" shared with him over a hundred revelations about the future, some of which he claims have come true.
In our interview, Dannion talks about his unintentional out-of-body that had just been shot through with himself and watching his loved over 180,000 volts of electricity as he watched his loved ones and paramedics try to save him.
You can also find his 2009 publication, co-written with Paul Perry, Secrets of The Light, Lesson from Heaven in the show notes below.
In this one, Dannion offers an accessible spiritual guide for empowering your life based on his own experiences in the afterlife. A survivor of three near-death experiences, Brinkley presents us with profound “Lessons from Heaven”—the Seven Truths revealed to him in the afterlife—to help readers find their personal paths to happiness, enlightenment, health, and prosperity.
This is a conversation about discovering one’s inner knowing.
Please enjoy my conversation with Dannion Brinkley.
NLS 008: How to Discover the Meaning of Your Life with Connie H. Deutsch
There are moments in your life where you run into people who will forever change your life. Today's guest was that person for me. Connie H. Deutsch is an internationally known business consultant and personal advisor who has a keen understanding of human nature and is a natural problem-solver.
She is known throughout the world for helping clients find workable solutions to complex problems. Her depth of experience lends itself to both corporate consulting and individual counseling. Perhaps Connie is best known for her “homework” assignments which serve as virtual road maps for moving clients through problems into living solutions.
In addition to her consulting and counseling practice, Connie has hosted her own weekly radio show and has been a weekly guest on a morning radio show. She has appeared as a guest on numerous radio shows around the country and on a cable television show. She also wrote the scripts for a weekly financial show on cable television.
She is also the author of Round and Round Goes the Merry-Go-Round: Drugless Therapy for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), Here and There, Purple Days and Starry Nights, Whispers of the Soul®, Whispers of the Soul® for the Rest of Your Life, View from the Sidelines, And That’s How it Goes, Are You Listening, From Where I’m Sitting, Reaching for the Brass Ring of Life, A Slice ofLife, The Counseling Effect, and the co-author of Getting Rich While the World Falls Apart.
Connie and I discuss the big questions of life.
Why are we here?
Is this all there is?
What is my soul's mission?
We also discuss how famed Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda life's work impacted both our our lives.
It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Connie. Her insights and wisdom truly rocked me to the core of my soul. She has not publicly spoken for over a decade so I was extremely humbled that she agreed to be on the show. Enjoy!
NLS 007: How Your Ego Can Destroy Your from the Inside with Sacha Gervasi
One of the greatest challenges we have in this life is our battle with ego. Other people's egos and specifically your own. Ego needs to be balanced. You need to have enough ego to believe you can do something but not so big that you are out of control. Today's guest has a story that will take us down the road of ego going out of control and the aftermath of that destruction.
I had the honor of speaking to a fascinating storyteller, writer, and director Sacha Gervasi. In one of our past episodes with Bruce Dickinson, we talked a bit about his relationship with Sacha and the new project they are working on Scream for Me Sarajevo .
The start of his career began on the path of journalism, and for a while, it seemed definite. Not until a life-changing assignment to interview Hervé Villechaize did Gervasi found a new purpose and direction in his storytelling. Producing his first and most transformative script, My Dinner with Hervé (2018) is as much a tribute to the extraordinary life of Hervé Villechaize as it is a crossroad and a journey to finding his life's purpose and truth.
A look at the life of French actor Hervé Villechaize, co-star of the hit '70s TV series Fantasy Island (1977), who took his own life in 1993 at the age of 50.
Sacha's life has been one hell of a journey so far. You never know where your life's journey will lead you and Sacha story on how he went from journalist to top Hollywood screenwriter and director is remarkable.
I hope this episode help you examine your relationship with your ego. Enjoy!
NLS 006: How to Level Up Your Mind and Body with Tony Horton
We are all guilty of exaggerated proclamations to start our fitness journey as a new year resolution, and we don’t always follow through. Over the last decade, the concept of self-care, especially the fitness competent, has become a selling point for Influencers all over America. Today on the show, we a fitness legend, celebrity personal trainer, and author, Tony Horton. He is the wildly popular creator of the best-selling fitness series: P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, and Ten Minute Trainer®, and most recently his 22-Minute military inspired workout, 22 Minute Hard Corps®.
Tony is a world-class motivational speaker and the author of top-selling books “Bring It”, Crush It!” and his latest motivational book, “The Big Picture” 11 Laws that will change your life. He has appeared on countless television programs as a fitness and lifestyle expert to promote healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition.
Tony believes that real and lasting change can happen when we commit to health as a lifestyle. Exercise, whole foods, and the right mindset is the formula that leads to a vibrant, productive and full life for anyone who focuses on being the best they can be.
He has also create Power Life by Tony Horton. These formulas are carefully designed to naturally boost your energy levels, support lean muscle development, and streamline your digestion. That way, nothing can hold you back from being your best self. If you want to get 30% OFF your order just use the coupon code: TONY30.
Tony is a force of nature. He has impacted my life in many ways and I hope he helps you level up you mind and body.
Alex Ferrari continues to be an inspirational force in the podcast world.
His wildly successful INDIE FILM HUSTLE podcasts as well as his FILMTREPRENEUR and BULLETPROOF SCREENWRITING podcasts are nothing short of phenomenal and he’s bringing the same amount of commitment to excellence to NEXT LEVEL SOUL.
Ferrari isn’t pushing any particular type of ideology, but an opportunity for people regardless of their station in life to address the issues in life that may be holding them back, spiritually, physically, financially, intellectually or emotionally and provides comfort and hope and crush the barriers to walk into a happier journey in this life.