Sam LaCrosse, author of “Value Economics,” joins this episode to discuss his worldview and how our values inform our behavior.
In this episode:
Boxing and Not Getting Punched
Giving Kids Mythological Names
Sam’s Dating Troubles
The Positive Side of Adversity
The Dangers of Porn
Paying You Dues
His Publishing Journey
Putting One’s Value in One’s Job
The Impact of Past Experiences on Present Behavior
“I think that even with this whole thing of doing all this, all this kind of stuff, I’ve kind of settled into that mindset of really earning my way in, no matter what it is. And I think I’m comfortable going that route.” ~Sam LaCrosse
“It was like 95 degrees out with Ohio humidity, so it was probably over a hundred degrees. I did that for 13 hours, and I got a cold shower and a can of Sprite and a thanks. And that was it.” ~Sam LaCrosse
“It’s about persuasion. It’s not about everything else. So if we just go and we just try to drop nukes on one another left and right and all these conversations without even considering their side of the argument. I think that’s a very, very big mistake.” ~Sam LaCrosse
“It really puts a very unfair burden on young women in particular, but women in general, because you know, one, you objectify them, and two, you treat them as objects.” ~Sam LaCrosse
According to Sam, Sam LaCrosse is a nobody. He hasn’t done anything amazing. He is not extraordinary or impressive. He doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. He’s just an ordinary guy from Cleveland, Ohio, who now lives an ordinary life in Austin, Texas. But if you want to check him out, he’s the author of “Value Economics: The Study of Identity, writes blogs on dontreadthisblog.com, and hosts Don’t Listen to This Podcast. Sam is the CEO and founder of Don’t Do This, LLC, a company that makes no money. He is also a board member of Thrive Living Corporation and an ambassador for RallyCap Sports.
The psychic lawyer returns! In this episode, Mark Anthony, author of The Afterlife Frequency, joins Gary to discuss hauntings, the soul, and his encounters with icons who have passed on to the other side.
In This Episode:
Mark’s admiration of Nicola Tesla
Mark’s latest book, The Afterlife Frequency
The 3 schools of thought around hauntings.
Mark’s near-death experience.
Mark explains how the story of Jonah and the whale in the Bible may have been about a near-death experience.
Does time exist?
“So I developed the term the electromagnetic soul to describe what we really are, which is pure consciousness.” ~Mark Anthony
“The sixth sense is the ability to perceive beyond the seen world. That’s essentially what the word psychic means.” ~Mark Anthony
“And also when people say, oh, reincarnation, no, that’s evil. They gotta stop it with the evil. Alright? We’re talking about God here. There are no limitations on energy, on eternity.” ~Mark Anthony
“The Electromagnetic spectrum moves at the speed of light, 186,282 miles per second.” ~Mark Anthony
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Mark Anthony, JD, Psychic Explorer (aka The Psychic Lawyer® Psychic Attorney and Psychic Adventurer), is a world-renowned fourth-generation science-based evidential psychic medium who communicates with spirits. He is the author of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed spiritual bestsellers The Afterlife Frequency, Evidence of Eternity, and Never Letting Go.
Mark’s credentials and experience are unparalleled in the paranormal world. He is an Oxford-educated trial attorney licensed to practice in Florida, Washington D.C., and before the United States Supreme Court. In England, he studied Mediumship at the prestigious Arthur Findlay College for the Advancement of Psychic Science.
Dr. Gary Schwartz, Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona and Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health is one of the foremost experts on the Survival of Consciousness and After Death Communication in the world. Dr. Schwartz studies psychic mediums and has ranked Mark as one of the top mediums in the United States.
Mark is a recurring guest on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX Television, Gaia TV, and on major talk radio shows such as Coast to Coast AM, Darkness Radio, and Sirius XM as a psychic medium, paranormal and after-death communication expert, and legal analyst in high profile cases.
Mark was featured on the covers of OMTimes Magazine, and Best Holistic Life Magazine-which was the top-selling and most popular edition of Best Holistic Life to date.
He has also been featured in The Hollywood Times, The Huffington Post, The New York Post, Publisher’s Weekly, Writer’s Digest, Soeleish Magazines, Authority Magazine, Entrepreneurs Magazine, Conscious Community Magazine, Elephant Journal, LifeStyle Magazine, New Spirit Journal,Horizon’s Magazine, The Inquisitr, Staten Island Today, Sedona Red Rock News, Elite Man Magazine, Natural Awakenings, Verde Independent,Infinity Magazine (Canada), Spirituality Today (UK), Soul & Spirit (UK) and Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America.
A charismatic, intelligent, and humorous accomplished public speaker, Mark headlines at conventions, expos, and spiritual organizations such as the Edgar Cayce A.R.E., IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies), Afterlife Research Education Institute (AREI), The Theosophical Society, Spiritual Awakenings International, Helping Parents Heal, Sedona Spirit Symposium, Vail Symposium and universities including Brown, Columbia, Harvard and Yale
Matthew has traveled the world in pursuit of universal truths that all religions seem to point toward. Hypnotherapy, when performed in safe environments with medical supervision, can guide humans to a sense of peace that Matthew strives daily to share with the world. Take comfort in the years of research he is willing to bring to the table and offer free to anyone who takes the challenge to look deeper inside themselves and simply sit.
In this episode:
Matthew’s Spiritual Awakening: His Doorway to Hypnotherapy
Guiding Ourselves Out of Fear and Back to Love
Samyak Darshan: The Soul’s First Glimpse of Itself
Meditation: The Universal Truth of Just Sitting
Living in India: A Spiritual Center of Humanity
Medical Miracles and the Importance of Willingness
Matthew’s Spiritual Mission
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“Our childhood is a huge part of those blockages. So, if we’re not willing to look and acknowledge that we have a personal self that needs work like we need some healing to occur- If we don’t want to look at that, all we’re really doing is delaying something that I believe inevitably needs to occur, which is eventually we’re gonna let go of what we’re not, find out who we really are, let go of all that fear, and return to love. It’s really a simple model.” – Matthew Brownstein
“And the more I stay in the present moment, I realize: There’s love right here! There’s joy right here! It doesn’t require actions. It doesn’t require getting new things. It doesn’t require anything but being immensely present in the moment.” – Matthew Brownstein
“One of the things I do is even these conversations. The centerpiece of this entire podcast is that sharing our stories unlocks the essence of being alive for all of us.” – Gary Scott Thomas
“Literally, the simplest teachings which can lead you to the most profound realizations and the most profound experiences is Sit Still. Five Minutes. Morning and Evening. Sit with a straight spine. Watch your breath. You can count your breaths from 1-10 and then start again at 1. And if all you did were that, you’d be doing what some of the most advanced Zen Monks are doing all around the world: Just sitting. So, In Zen practice, (…) one of the most refined versions of Buddhism is Zen Buddhism. And that’s not theistic in any way. It doesn’t go against Christianity because a Zen Meditator just sits down and sits. And actually, that’s just, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’” – Matthew Brownstein
“I realized the mind is the cause of human suffering. Like, we are just causing so much pain and distress unnecessarily because we have these untrained minds that don’t know how to tap into peace. So for me, instead of just focusing on the problem, I decided to focus on the solution, which, really, again, is the mind. So, as long as I know that I’m doing something to relieve suffering, then it’s nowhere near as devastating.” – Matthew Brownstein
“Miracles absolutely do occur. Yet what you’re talking about is the essence of it. We need to be in a state of miracle-mindedness and miracle-readiness. So the attitude is everything.” – Matthew Brownstein
“I’ll be on the meditation cushion, and God is like, ‘Alright, go write that book.’ I’m like, No! I just want to meditate. ‘Nope. Go write the book.’ Eventually, you just have to listen.” – Matthew Brownstein
CEO and Founder, Anahat Education Group, Inc.
Executive Director, Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy
President, International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy
Founder, Interpersonal NLP Society
Co-Founder, Illuminated Mind Podcast
Founder, IGE Networking Groups
Founder, Anahat Education Group’s Life Mastery Course
Founder, The Anahat Meditation System, and OnlineMonastery.com
Publisher, Silent Light Publishers
Author, The Sacred Geometry of Meditation
Author, Interpersonal Hypnotherapy
Author, The Sutras on Healing and Enlightenment
Author, The Anahat Meditation System
Author, Peace Under All Circumstances
Former Member, The Starchild Project
Teacher, A Course in Miracles
Master NLP Practitioner and Trainer
Certified Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist
Reiki Practitioner – Levels I and II
Attended University of Florida – Religion and Philosophy
Attended Florida School of Acupuncture
Attended Southwest Acupuncture College
Over 25,000 Hours of Hypnotherapy Classroom Training and Private Practice since 1997
Matthew J. Brownstein’s journey into spirituality, health, and healing began in 1992 with a profound spiritual awakening that made him seek the truths of all the world’s great wisdom traditions. This sudden shift into a spiritual view of life led Matthew to change his major in college to Philosophy. Yet, in time it became clear to him that Philosophy was too intellectual and did not offer the direct experiences that he sought for. Changing his major to Religion, Matthew soon discovered Mysticism and the more esoteric branches, which led to his increased spiritual experiences. Not knowing what to do with this knowledge, he went to his first Acupuncture College to learn more about how energy blockages keep us from health, wholeness, and spiritual realization.
Matthew also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Southwest College of Acupuncture, yet soon found Hypnotherapy and NLP and became fascinated with the mind’s ability to heal the body, clear emotional blocks, and restore one to their true self as Spirit. This led to a journey into Hypnotherapy which became a huge foundation of Matthew’s Life’s Work. Matthew’s primary inspiration and mentor for Hypnotherapy has been the late great Mr. Gil Boyne.
Matthew has in-depth training in Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage, Nutrition, Shiatsu, Reiki Levels I & II, Herbology, Homeopathy, Hypnotherapy, Breathwork, NLP, Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Tai Chi Chih, Meditation, Past-Life Regression, Life-Between-Life Regression, Analytical Hypnotherapy, Hypnoanalysis, Gestalt, Ho’oponopono, and Radical Forgiveness.
Matthew is a monk at heart. He has lived for over five years in spiritual settings, such as The Temple of the Universe with Michael “Mickey” A. Singer, Zen Mountain Monastery with John Daido Loori, and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Matthew has studied and practiced Yoga, specifically Ashtanga and Kripalu. He has practiced Tai Chi and Chi Kung through the teachings of Cheng Man Ching with the Yang Style Short Form. Today, however, Matthew’s primary form of meditation is The Anahat Meditation System and A Course in Miracles.
Matthew opened his first Hypnotherapy practice in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1997 and has since logged over 25,000 hours in the classroom and private practice. He opened the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy in 2007, with the help of Mr. Gil Boyne, and became the first licensed Hypnotherapy School in Florida. Around 2011, the school moved to Tampa, Florida, and has now grown to become The Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy, with teachers and practitioners that now span the globe. Matthew has taught hypnotherapy in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, California, Washington State, Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica.
Worth noting about Matthew is his involvement with the late Lloyd Pye and The Starchild Project. The Project attempted to prove or disprove the theory that a 900-year-old carbon-dated bone skull was of extraterrestrial origin. Matthew was considered by Lloyd Pye to be the “Businessman” for the team, as Matthew formed the legal and corporate structure for the massive fundraising endeavor. When Lloyd Pye passed, Matthew began more radio interviews, scientific experiments, lectures, and fundraising efforts. Within two years, with the help of other team members, the Project succeeded, yet the scientific report which concluded the Project said that the skull was indeed human. The Project was a success even though we were all hoping that the skull was otherworldly. The skulls (Starchild and Female Companion) were returned to Mexico, where they originated from, and The Starchild Project team was dismantled. For the final results, please visit https://thefieldreportscom.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/final-results-determining-if-the-starchild-skull-is-part-alien/.
Matthew always considered himself a monk, yet his mission kept calling him back into the world. He, therefore, established OnlineMonastery.com to support himself and others in a monastic path that is lived in the world. The Anahat Meditation System has become the foundation for Online Monastery, along with Matthew’s Meditations on Higher Consciousness, Peace Under All Circumstances, Out-of-Body Travel Teachings, Tantric Sexuality Teachings, and Advanced Teachings on Samadhi Meditation.
For 2022, Matthew’s projects include:
Basic and Master NLP Training through the Interpersonal NLP Society
Online Life Mastery Course Training
Online A Course in Miracles Training
Online Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Training
Continued growth of the Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy
Rebranding all books and products, including new graphics for The Sacred Geometry of Meditation
An awesome May 2022 IAIH Online Conference called Synthesis
Matthew is available for private Hypnotherapy, Coaching, Mentoring, or Life Mastery sessions online through Zoom at $500 per hour. Sessions usually run for two hours. Please reach out to the Institute to inquire.
Ghostwriting is its own form of literary mastery. In his efforts to expand on the profession, Josh Bains invites listeners to consider the stories in their lives. Through vulnerability and open-mindedness, Josh elaborates on the various adventures of himself and others that ultimately led to priceless lessons, life-changing morals, and new growth paths.
In this episode:
Bagpipes and a bicycle: A journey to Scotland
Searching for roots in Auschwitz
Hong Kong & the surprise synagogue
India, Thailand, Israel, and California: a search for living Jews
Finding an international family in the Jewish Community
Christian and Jewish Spirituality
Josh Bain’s path into ghostwriting
Finding the Elixir in a story (River Town by Peter Hessler)
Using literary concepts to delve into impactful writing
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“I was crying at some point, and it was a moving experience so that when I left, I tended to think, ‘Well, how do I solidify this? How do I turn this into something going forward?’ And I thought, ‘I’ve met a lot of dead Jews. I’d like to meet some living ones.’ And that’s the thought that I took away, that I need to do something. I need to go out and meet somebody because up until then; I hadn’t really.” – Josh Bains
“I’m seeing all of this woodwork and this incredible architecture, the thought that struck me was, ‘Oh, this is me!’ I don’t think I would’ve had that thought if I hadn’t been surrounded by so much alien activity to me in Hong Kong. But because I was steeped in the villages and all this stuff that I really didn’t understand or necessarily have any business being in it, it gave me this- um what’s the word? (…) There’s a literary term for when there are opposites. A Foil. It was a foil to what I really am. It was able- it showed me that, like, ‘No, this is actually you.’” – Josh Bains
“As you become part of families, you make friends, and it becomes your world, and you get to revisit it every single week. So suddenly, I just had a whole group of friends in Los Angeles, and I realized, ‘Wait, any place in the world that has a Jewish Community, I’ve got a family. I can go. I’ll be at home and accepted, and I can ask for help. I can stay with people. I can get food. I can be part of something, and it’s everywhere.’ And so that just opened up the world to me in a completely different way. It transformed the way I view the world.” – Josh Bains
“I think that what Judaism comes in and says (…) is that the physical is actually spiritual. And if you want a relationship with God, then go change the diaper, get your hands dirty, because that’s it. That ‘giving’, that ’being tied to reality’ is in a certain way what it’s all about. You’re learning about something that is, let’s say, transcendental with the purpose of bringing it down into the world and working on what’s here. And through that, you are working on yourself, and you’re connecting yourself to other people.” – Josh Bains
“I think that if you take all of the events in a story, and you kind of shake them, then eventually the most important thing- it either arises out of it or drops down deep to the bottom, and you kind of pull it out. But there is a point, and the best memoirs will have some deep points that the journey was leading to. And you might not have known it at the beginning. You probably didn’t. It probably comes from that journeying. And when you go through that process, then things come out, and you learn things. (…) That’s where it can really help to have a ghostwriter.” – Josh Bains
“In other words, when you think, ‘Well, do I have a book in me?’ Yeah, you have a book in you. The question is, which book? Or which story? And somewhere, there’s this arc in your life. And you’ve got to figure out, ‘Where is it?’ What’s the story you want to tell, and what’s going to have the most meaning and the most depth? And that’s what you should tell. And it’s probably going to be something that’s the hardest thing to tell.” – Josh Bains
“After the story’s over, after the climax, now you’re going to have this ebbing away period of tying up the loose ends, and that’s just part of life too.” – Josh Bains
Josh Bains is a New York Times Bestselling Ghostwriter, Author Coach, and World Traveler. A SoCal native, after receiving his journalism degree from the University of Hong Kong, Josh began exploring his Jewish roots–eventually spending three years in Israel, where he reported on the Middle East conflict, as he learned in a traditional yeshiva for Jewish learning in the Old City of Jerusalem. Today, Josh helps people tell their stories and speaks about self-development.