The Conscious Fire Culture is about alternative mental health for wildland firefighters. Every episode we break the stigma about mental health with the intent of saving as many wildland firefighters from suicide as possible. We want to help you connect with alternative ways of healing by interviewing a network of practitioners that want to serve the wildland fire community.
Forgiveness Gratitude and Love with Kevin Conley jr
I interview Kevin Conley Jr., @backcountryninjas, the author of Above the Ashes. The book, the man, the legend, graces us with his presence, and we go deep into his journey across the southern tier on his bike with his dog rocky. Kevin shares wisdom from his voyage of forgiveness, gratitude, and love.
Kevin is an open book, and we talk in-depth about the night that he wanted to end it all and what changed his mind. Kevin shares the dark, the ugly, and the love he found on his journey. We discuss the synchronicities that followed him across the country, including a group of Apache natives singing him a sacred song at a truck stop. Then, of course, we talked about Rocky and how he was Kevin’s anchor and support companion that made it all possible.
Kevin speaks his truth and will inspire you to share your challenges with others too. The more we talk about mental health in wildland fire, the more lives we save from suicide. You need to listen to this episode if you are a wildland firefighter struggling with mental health this off-season.
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If you don’t have a copy of the book yet, go to
KevinTheAuthor.com and get your copy. or go to @backcountryninjas
The Mystic Danny Verdad
I interview a true mystic!
This episode is so special because this may be Danny’s one and only appearance.
I interview our sacrament practitioner Danny Verdad. We talk about his upbringing in traditional ways on the mountain in a small village in central Mexico. The benefits of retreat for wildland firefighters and why you should or shouldn’t come. Danny speaks about how the retreat is not about changing or losing your identity but helping your soul remember the truth about love.
We explore deep philosophical questions and different perspectives of humanity. And every time I speak to Danny, I learn something new and see him for what he is. A true mystic that has changed my life in so many beautiful ways.
Don’t miss this episode. Listening to Danny speak is always a blessing.
Destiny DeHaven: The Pattern Breaker and BS Detector
Today we have Destiny DeHaven, a pattern breaker, professional bull shit detector, speaker and SRT (subconscious response therapy), and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner.
We dive into what NLP is and how neurons fire. We discuss how you can rewire a neurological pattern and how it can benefit you. We talk about how to utilize emotions like anger and recognize how they can hurt or help you. Understand how your “bullshit” can hold trauma in your body and how the energy from emotions is held in your body after an event that may have been traumatic. Destiny runs Anne through an incredible example of her SRT process and we work through tough emotions live! Follow along in the process and see if you can move through a situation in your life.
Contact Destiny if you’re interested in moving past your bullshit excuses that are in the way of your future and if you’re interested in any of her techniques!
Weathering First Responder Relationships with Cheri Timko
Today, Thomas and Anne are joined by Cheri Timko, a Couples Coach, Couples Psychotherapist, and Gottman Certified Therapist. She provides 1:1 coaching as well as 1:2 coaching and psychotherapy for people located in West Virginia. She discusses using relationship habits to build relationships, transition rituals that de-escalate the comings and goings in the relationship, and communication tools that lead to problem-solving. Cheri also tells us how to safeguard your relationship while also having a great career.
Cheri drops the best information to build a relationship’s core techniques and concepts that you can use TODAY in your relationship to stay connected, diffuse tension, solve arguments, understand love languages, and build communication. If you’re in a relationship or want to be in a healthy relationship, this episode is for you!
Cheri has also developed a FREE workbook specifically created with the wildland firefighter in mind. It will give you the tools you need to manage the stress that the job creates with time away, understanding needs, and communication that can occur around your job. It’s listed on her website in the first link below.
Synergy Coaching with Cheri Timko: www.cheritimko.com https://www.facebook.com/synergycouplescoaching/
Date Night Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/datenightcommunity
Wildland Firefighter Mental Health with Close the Gap Wellness
Join Thomas, Anne, and Dani Shedden as we discuss what it takes to be healthy in wildland fire.
Dani explores the CISM, CBT therapy, and why mental health is physical too. We talk about gut health, PT, bodywork, acupuncture, and meditation. We discuss the grief process and why acceptance and surrender can create powerful healing. We go deep into why building your team of supporters is so important.
”Yeah, and you know there’s no real answer or timeframe of how someone’s gonna handle grief or how it’s gonna impact them, and what I will say is when we go through something traumatic or we have a loss and we’re grieving that. As clinicians, the biggest thing that we do is listen and support and understand the grief cycle. There’s no real order in how we grieve. I think that some losses we have we will feel for our whole lives. It’s how we handle that loss and how we allow ourselves some space to grieve and then how we seek treatment.”
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The Huna Experience
Anne Interviews Thomas about his recent Huna Level 2 experience.
Thomas takes us straight to the weird magic of Huna and explains how intense the energy was during class. We take you on a ride through Hogwarts in Hawaii. We talk about why Ho’oku’u may be more powerful than Mental-Emotional Release because we are working with the spiritual, and mental, emotional bodies.
We discuss the law of mentalism, quantum mechanics, and why everything is in your mind. We really go down a rabbit hole of what reality is.
Warning: if you don’t have a strong sense of reality you may not want to listen to this podcast.
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I have been tuning into this podcast for awhile now and I am consistently impressed with the guests and the wonderful conversations Thomas engages in. Sacred Ancestry is now my go to podcast. Thank you Thomas for all you do.