The Cam Kashani Show is redefining beauty, body and Self. The purpose and vision of this show is to help everyone feel beautiful, powerful, and enough. To heal the definition of beauty, body and Self that you currently have, to allow you to feel more empowered and self-aware, and as result, love yourself at an unwavering, unconditional, and unapologetic level. In this podcast, I break down societal conditioning and programming (i.e. lies) to help you build up the truth about yourSelf. If you want to learn how to love yourself more, while creating an empowered mindset that will help you thrive in all aspects of life, this is the show for you. I speak with vulnerability, authenticity and truth, to help inspire you, so you can elevate and become the best version of yourSelf.
From Harvard To Spirituality & Plant Medicine (Interview)
*TW: Mention of suicide
I have been so honored to share details of my journey through life on this podcast. Now, I feel inspired to begin sharing other peoples’ transformative journeys to hopefully inspire you upon your path.
The first story I want to share is Kaizen’s.
I met Kaizen on my recent plant medicine retreat in Peru, which you can hear all about on my last podcast episode.
Kaizen is a Mindset Coach from New York, where he was born to Ghanaian immigrants. His parents were extremely invested in his success and as their oldest son, Kaizen himself began to feel the pressure to strive for perfection. Though raised around religion, spirituality, mental wellness, and holistic wellbeing weren’t a focus - life was about taking logical steps to success.
After years of excellent grades and setting high standards, Kaizen was accepted into Harvard, where he attended college. Despite being a high achiever with all the qualifications to study amongst his peers, Kaizen began to feel like he was floundering. In his mind, he had achieved his goal and reached Harvard, so he should be happy. In his heart, he felt anxiety, depression, and discomfort surrounded by so many over-stress, type-A, high-expectation people.
Eventually, the stress became more unbearable and turned into darker thoughts of self-harm and suicide. Kaizen knew he needed to take time off.
After Harvard, exercise and fitness became Kaizen’s outlet for keeping his anxiety and depression under control. He took on an exciting job planning e-sporting events, and for all intents and purposes, was successful. However, Kaizen spent most of his 20s simply getting by, that stress and anxiety kept at bay but never truly going away.
In 2020, at age 30 and faced with a looming global pandemic, Kaizen quit his job to become a pro gamer. Instead, Kaizen found himself on a journey of Self-discovery, fueled by spirituality and plant medicine.
In this interview with Kaizen Asiedu - who you can follow on Instagram @ThatsKaizen - we go in-depth on how transformational work, plant medicine and psychedelics have changed Kaizen’s life, and what truly knowing your Self can do for your life’s purpose.
My Peruvian Plant Medicine Journey
As you know, I recently took a trip to Peru to embark on a Sacred voyage thanks to plant medicine.
I have worked with plant medicine for about two years now, and it has been an immensely powerful part of my healing journey.
Plant medicine has helped me remember the sexual abuse my mind had hidden away and helped me to heal from that trauma as well. Plant medicine has helped me clear out limiting beliefs and thoughts that no longer serve me while expanding my consciousness. Of course, you could achieve this without plant medicine, but plant medicine serves as a teacher, an accelerator, a guide towards healing and truth.
Over the last two years, I have been using plant medicine here and there, always with intention and with people I trust, that respect the Sacredness of plant medicine in the way I do. Now on my trip to Peru, I tried something new: Ayahuasca - the Grandmother - and San Pedro - the Grandfather.
Before I left for Peru, I recorded an episode called “Surrendering to the Unknown”. Strangely enough, as I walked away from my profound plant medicine experience, I felt the greatest sense of surrender throughout my entire body. I felt fully open and surrendered to the present moment, the Universe, and in return, the Universe told me that I was loved, and made me feel safe and protected.
What Ayahuasca and San Pedro gave me is the ability to release the need for control, and bask instead in the glory of the present moment, trusting that the Universe is there to guide me.
I went into this journey wanting to let go of whatever blocks may still have existed in my heart from past pain. As I took these plant medicines, I began to be able to engage with the pain and learn from it, and I came upon a profound awareness: There is no pain when you are just Love. And that even the pain is God.
When you vibrate on a loving frequency, when you embody, see, and know love, you feel no pain, you feel only love. When you are open to understanding yourself, the pain empowers and emboldens you.
When we ignore, push down, and look away from the pain, it only builds. When you begin to engage with it, you can start to purge that pain and find the deeper lesson.
For me, plant medicine has made a tremendous difference in my healing. The magnitude of my experiences can never truly be put into words, but I feel liberated and freer than I have in years thanks to this healing journey.
Whether or not you feel called to explore plant medicine doesn't matter, but be sure to give yourself another avenue to explore your pain, whether that be therapy, meditation, or whatever helps you feel most at peace with yourself and the Universe.
Listen to the full episode to learn more.
Surrendering to the Unkown
I’m writing this to you from the Sacred Valley in Peru. I’m here for the next couple weeks to do some deep healing work, so you won’t be hearing from me for a few weeks. I’m here to let go of the old, and allow the new. To surrender to the unknown.
Exactly what I speak of in this episode.
Surrendering to the unknown.
Humanity is going through a collective awakening, and as with all awakenings, there’s A LOT coming to the surface. Much of it very heavy. Much of it things many of us may not want to see.
The unknown has all of us feeling out of control, but it’s important to remember that control is an illusion. Control is a coping mechanism and without it, our egos are terrified.
Your ego, which I define as anything separate from your authentic Self, is scared. Your ego is afraid of losing the familiar. Your ego is afraid to lose control. The ego is the part of you that believes in owning or controlling in the first place.
In truth, we own nothing. We are as temporary as our belongings, but the ego clings to material things and theoretical control. Your soul, however, knows that the unknown is where we grow and evolve most, and embraces it.
In this time of the unknown, how can you detach yourself from your ego to feel more centered and at peace? How do you tap into your soul consciousness and step out of your ego consciousness?
Let Go and Let God.
We can only control ourselves, and in times of chaos, the most empowering thing you can do is to trust the process and surrender to the unknown. As scary as that may sound.
Take control of the one thing you can control: you. Anything outside of you will happen the way it is meant to happen. Everything else will fall into place as it needs to for you, and for all of us, to grow and evolve.
When you learn to surrender, you connect with your true, authentic self and your authentic needs, and you are able to allow yourself to focus on your life without fear and worry.
Surrender and allow, and observe how your life shifts.
Sending you all love.
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How to Navigate & Grow in Hard Times
We are living in a very interesting and defining time in history. There’s massive division, separation, and darkness in the world right now, which is most likely going to get worse before it gets better, and it is very easy to get sucked into the stress and worry of it all, despite the fact that much of it is beyond our control.
So, how do we navigate through this unprecedented time without allowing it to throw us for a loop? How do we stay centered, grounded, and committed to our authentic selves? What can we do to help ourselves, and of course, others?
If there’s ever a time to heal, it’s now. If there’s ever a time to go within and explore your triggers, this is it. If there’s ever a time where your inner work will not only help you, but will help propel humanity forward, this is that time.
The world’s traumas are being exacerbated by fear and separation, and now is the time to tune in and protect your energy.
All of the world’s darkest shadows are coming out right now. The shadows we have been trained to drown out, the secrets we have been told not to look at, the heavy stuff we’ve been conditioned to push away, it’s all coming to the surface. Add the impact of the shadows to our already stressful lives, and that trauma is amplified.
This is why we see so much division. So much agitation. So much pain. Our traumas are being activated, and it’s pushing us apart.
It’s important to remember that much of what’s happening is beyond our control, so surrender is an essential component, but it’s also important to protect yourSelf and your energy to ensure you remain grounded and whole through the chaos, while healing the trauma triggers.
Here are a few strategies you can use to begin to heal, protect and connect with your true Self:
Create a daily ritual or spiritual practice to center yourself (yoga, prayer, meditation...)
Move every day (go for a hike, take a walk, dance...)
Build/find/join a community (talk to friends, join an online club, have dinner with family…)
Try to eat as clean as you can (get rid of the foods that don’t make you feel good after you eat them...)
Do your inner work and peel back layers of your trauma to empower and heal yourSelfAnd finally... turn off the news. That shit is toxic, it’s fear-inducing, and it lowers your vibration. What are you actually gaining by watching it every day? Curb the addiction to fear, and work on what you can control -- you.
This is the time to HEAL. You deserve to live a life that is healed and empowered. You deserve to live as your true Self.
Sending you all love.
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Powerful, Healing Inner Child Meditation to Connect with and Love on Your Little One 3
Inner child work has been supremely healing and life-changing for me. I have learned to love myself, built my own power, and healed from trauma that affected me for decades. Simply by connecting to, and loving on, my little one inside.
All of us have this inner child who, at some point, was told that they were not enough, not lovable, not worthy. The damage done to your inner child is real, but with that being said, the damage is also reversible.
In this meditation, I’ll guide you through a process to help make your inner child feel loved, accepted, heard, and understood. My encouragement is to do this meditation as often as you can, so that you can cultivate a profound relationship with your inner child, and over time, you two can become an unstoppable force together. 3
Before you begin, I have one small piece of advice: Be open. Be willing.
Meditation is a practice, and it takes practice, so don’t be frustrated if it is hard or unnatural at first. That being said, the first time you practice this inner child meditation can be a profound and healing experience. Either way, be open and willing to receive whatever comes to you without self-judgment or shame.
Now, find a comfortable position in a quiet place, and let’s begin...
How To Fall In Love With YourSelf
If there is anyone in this life that is absolutely worth loving unconditionally, it is you.
When you go through life without a sense of true Self-love, you miss out on a lot. You miss out on opportunities to fully know and understand yourSelf.
You are deserving of knowing and loving yourSelf in full. You are worthy. No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, every part of you is worth loving. Any other idea is a lie.
Conditional love is the programming we all have, but true love is unconditional.
So, how do you tap into Self-love? How do you begin the process of falling in love with yourSelf?
First, you must understand that all of the reasons you have for not loving yourSelf are lies. They are programmed, taught, and conditioned lies fed to you by a society that does not want you to love yourSelf. Any excuse you find to withhold Self-love is a lie, and you need to start by unlearning those lies and discovering the beautiful truth.
Next, you need to take a look at the underlying reasons you have not begun to grant yourSelf Self-love. Most of the time, the reason is trauma. The reason we stay in addiction is usually trauma. The reason we avoid eating healthy foods is usually trauma. The reason we don’t take care of ourselves is, you got it, trauma. Unfortunately, that trauma is often hidden, or so deeply buried that we can’t look at it.
It took me until last year to remember a severe trauma that I had repressed and had suffered as a young child. It took years of intensive inner work to uncover the pain I had been hiding from mySelf that had inevitably prevented me from loving my entire true Self. Once it came forward though, everything shifted.
True, authentic Self love starts with yourSelf and the Universe. You must access your innermost Self, your inner child, your inner soul to be able to fully heal and begin loving yourSelf for who you truly are.
So ask yourSelf: Where am I not honoring mySelf right now?
What do you need to do, what do you need to acknowledge, how do you need to be open with yourSelf to begin the process of falling in love with the most important person there is... you?
Sending you all love,
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