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Turning Inward with Dr. Vivian Carrasco

This podcast explores what it means to turn inward and find the answers within you instead of seeking external approval or validation. It helps you listen to your silent voice within and let that be your guide. I’m a teacher and mentor who works with women to help them make space for what really matters and learn to Love.Being.Human. I’m your guide to learning how to embrace your life, relationships and meaning with beautiful, inspired action. We can work together through group programs, 1:1 mentoring or in my learning community, Within (U)niversity. Join the Within (U)niversity Community and connect with other mindful leaders and creatives forging their own personal path. It’s where you learn to cultivate new levels of peace within yourself and realize what’s possible for your life.
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Now displaying: April, 2017
Apr 23, 2017

Have you ever asked yourself if there's a better way to live? Have you ever wondered if you could be better? Do better? If you have, then Vivian has a hunch that you're ready to wake up and change. Listen in to find out why she thinks so and what you can do to assist the process.

This episode is a conversation with you, to give you a nudge and find out if you're ready to wake up and begin the process of transforming yourself. Vivian explains that the reason for wondering about a better way to live is because the act of bringing something into your awareness, allows for a choice, or a change. It's a way for you to become aware and design a different way for yourself and you already have everything you need, in order to do that. She points out that you can't avoid pain in your life, however, it is within your control to lessen your suffering. Listen in as Vivian explains how you can use your attention to change your brain so that you can begin to wake up and see things more clearly.

Today, Vivian discusses:

  • That the thread throughout this episode is whether you're above or below the line.
  • A visual aid to help you help you to find out whether you're above or below the line and what it means.
  • What Twenty-First Century Training is all about.
  • That wherever you rest your attention, you're going to take in information.
  • Becoming aware of where you place your attention because it shapes who you are.
  • Why you need to pause before you take action.
  • Accessing the part of your brain where all the juice of life is- in the pre-frontal cortex.
  • Creating a choice for yourself, above the line.
  • What expanded awareness (above the line) looks like.
  • An explanation of Michael Beckwith, of the Agape International Spiritual Centre's model of the template on the evolution of our consciousness, or the different ways of being.
  • How you can bring more awareness to your natural wiring.
  • Books that Vivian recommends, by Dr. Dan Siegel, about using your awareness to change your brain.
  • No matter what your specific default state is, you really can change it.
  • That there is nothing holding you back, but yourself.
  • How to know when you've been hijacked by your brain.
  • Moving from surviving to thriving.

Resources:

Recommended books: Life Visioning by Michael Beckwith

                                 Mind and Brainstorm by Dr. Dan Siegel

Apr 9, 2017

Today's show is inspired by one of Vivian's favorite mystics, Anthony de Mello. His last book, The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello, The Way To Love, is a book that she keeps very close at hand and refers to often, as she resonates so closely with his writings. Listen to today's show and learn how to really love and accept yourself and develop your awareness, through the teachings of Anthony de Mello.

 

Vivian explains that the premise of his writing is that love springs from awareness- and awareness is really her thing! She points out that in order for us to truly begin to love, we have to awaken that awareness and it's really not that easy. In fact, it's painful - as de Mello says, “The most painful act is the act of seeing, but in that act of seeing, love is born.” Vivian explains that most of us are really not content to be ourselves because we are programmed from birth to be dissatisfied- or to be anything other than what we really are! She points out that any change that you make is always accompanied by inner conflict. She talks about how people suffer from seeing the achievements of others that they believe not to be possible for themselves. She also talks about how difficult it is for most people to be kind to themselves and what a challenge it is for people to simply accept who they are. Listen in today, as Vivian shares more of her wisdom, as inspired by the mystical writing of Anthony de Mello.

 

Today, Vivian discusses:

 

  • Why most people really tend to disregard their own gifts.
  • The Way of Self-Understanding.
  • Why everything that she does is around awakening and awareness.
  • Observing and studying yourself, without judgment, rather than trying to change yourself.
  • What will happen to you from observing yourself, rather than trying to change?
  • What happens to people, as a result of the transforming light of awareness.
  • The difference between ego violence and nature violence.
  • The amazing effect of awareness on your neurological system.
  • Why you need to notice what enlivens you and really brings you to life.
  • Noticing where your life becomes drained from you.
  • Risking failure and really not knowing.
  • Chiseling away at the layers that cover your soul.
  • How you can touch your own heart- be still, wait patiently and watch closely.
  • Allow the discomfort- don't push it away and wait patiently.

 

 

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