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Sara Maria on Body Image

How did we come to this place in our collective psychology in which we value image more than authenticity? What do we fear our bodies can do to us—in terms of our social value? Are other people’s images of us so very important that we will kill ourselves to maintain a higher image in their eyes? How did they get to be more important than we are? Our guest today has lived through and overcome her own body image issues and now lives a happy and fulfilling life. In her book, “Love Your Body, Love Your Life, Sarah Maria outlines a five-step process designed to help people break free from Negative Body Obsession and discover the beauty that they already have inside of them. From there, they can learn to create the life and the body they want. Don’t miss this important opportunity to learn how to put an end to body image issues.

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Be Your SELF!

Mike Robbins is the author of “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken: Transform Your Life with the Power of Authenticity” and our guest today as we explore what it really means to be yourself, because, trust me, it means much more than wearing blue jeans to work because you want to. A sought after speaker who has empowered and inspired tens of thousands through his speaking, workshops, coaching and writing, Mike is also the author of “Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation,” and is a contributing author to “Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul” and “Thirty Things to Do When You Turn Thirty.” Mike had a professional baseball career until his arm injuries ended it. But then he began to study various disciplines for personal and professional development and began to teach us how. He has offered training to some of America’s top organizations and has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah and Friends Radio Network and several national magazines.

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Authenticity, the Mother of Your Complaints

Ever accuse yourself of whining? Then kick yourself back into gear and get back into the same old rut, only to end up whining again later? Our parents all taught us not to whine. And, frankly, nobody else wants to hear it. But underneath that whine may be the voice of your authenticity, trying to inform you of your soul’s longings. So, instead of kicking yourself back into gear, maybe it’s time to stop and listen awhile. But how does one begin to listen? And how does one listen without falling into a puddle of pitiful? Typically we think that the terms authenticity and complaint are oxymorons. But every emotion is informative. Feel like whining? Tune in to Authentic Living this week. Maybe you’ll find out what you are trying to tell yourself.

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The Mandate to Fear

Most of us are not even fully aware of the number of times a day when we operate out of fear. It compels our beliefs, our thoughts, our emotions and our actions like an underground river moves and shifts the earth. We don’t just protect ourselves, which is our right; we overprotect ourselves, and in so doing we create so many security blankets that our authenticity has to break through as a crisis in order to be heard! All the while, we are euphemistically changing its terms to anxiety and stress. But it’s really just fear, folks; fear that is so familiar that we don’t realize its daily influence. In fact, in our world, to not be afraid is to betray social mores, social constructs that mandate us all to stay in the same mindset. But fear is produced by duality—the belief that we are here alone on this planet with no one to tend us but random luck, or worse yet, we are left to our own devices. Are you afraid? Tune in—you may be surprised at the remedy to fear.

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Crisis—the Mother of Authenticity

Now, I know we don’t want to think of it this way. We want to think of crises as the enemy. But really a crisis is an opportunity to expand awareness, to resolve issues that have been hanging around for a long time waiting for resolution and finally, to come to know and accept your authenticity at a whole new level. Crises usually create pain of some type, physical, mental, spiritual and/or emotional pain. And a true crisis usually cannot be solved by using the same old methods we’ve used before—methods that typically only forestall a resolution and even may mire us deeper in the problem. So, crises challenge us to be creative. They push us to go down into deeper parts of ourselves to find new answers, new meaning, even new paths. Are you having a crisis? Tune in to find out how you can make this crisis into a new creative endeavor to build the life you want from the roots up.

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Me and I AM

Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. is a nationally renowned psychiatrist, physician, researcher, and lecturer. He co-authored the ground-breaking work, Orthomolecular Psychiatry with Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, which helped revolutionize psychiatry. He is the founder and cofounder of several mental health organizations and journals. But he is best known in the spiritual world for his authorship of the trilogy on the transition from the normal ego state of mind to consciousness of the Presence: Power versus Force, which won praise even from Mother Teresa; The Eye of the I; and I: Reality and Subjectivity. These books are but three in a seven book series that provide a clear and understandable pathway to spiritual enlightenment, also including: I: Reality and Subjectivity, Truth vs. Falsehood, Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, Discovering the Presence of God and Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man. If you hunger for the truth of authenticity do NOT miss this special show!

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Authenticity and Dream Interpretation

Our guest today is Kevin Todeschi, the Executive Director and CEO of the Edgar Cayce organization, Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E) and Atlantic University. He is the author of twenty books, many on Edgar Cayce’s work, including his most popular book, Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, which has been translated into seven languages. Kevin is an expert on dream interpretation, having taught thousands of students the art of dream interpretation, and having authored two books on the subject: Dream Images and Symbols and Dream Interpretation (and More!) Made Easy. Kevin is known for his ability to explain complex subjects in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner. And today, on the subject of dream interpretation, he’ll be doing just that. Have you a dream that confounds you? Listen to see if you can get some clues to its meaning. Or, if you are ready, call in and ask Kevin to help you interpret your dream. Don’t miss this eye-opening show.

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Astrology and Your Authentic Self

Demetra George, our guest for today was one of the first Astrologers to publish an astrology book that included the asteroids into the configuration of the natal chart. Demetra always loved the great myths of the Greek gods and goddess, told to her by her Greek grandparents as bedtime stories. As she started using the asteroids in people’s charts, she would tell them the myths of a particular asteroid significant in their charts and hear, “You just told me the story of my life!” Her book, “Asteroid Goddesses” offered a significant change in thinking with regard to astrology, moving the feminine into the forefront of any reading. Her latest book, just out in November, and our topic of discussion today, is “Astrology and the Authentic Self.” If you are even mildly interested in astrology, Demetra George’s work can help you learn to use it as a tool to find your own authenticity. Don’t miss this one!

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Opening the Door to Authenticity

Joyce Rupp, author of Open the Door: A Journey to your True Self, is well known for her work as a writer, a spiritual “midwife,” and retreat and conference speaker. She has led retreats throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. With a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology, Joyce is a member of the “Servites” a Servants of Mary Community, the mission of which is to manifest compassion in the spirit of Mary, the mother of Jesus, which she manifests in part through her volunteer work with hospice. She has authored 18 books, including such titles as: Prayer and May I have this Dance, a book about the dance of life, and Fresh Bread and Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment. Joyce offers us a true example of walking, talking spirituality. Her soothing and poignant message about the path to authenticity opens doors everywhere. Don’t miss it.

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Your Health and Authenticity

Even those of us in the mind/body field still struggle with old beliefs that tell us that the body and mind are not united. But Dr. Bernie Siegel, one of our spiritual leaders in the field of medicine, sees it differently. Through his advocacy for patient empowerment and his powerful, poignant stand on living life fully and dying in peace, he teaches that the body responds positively to authentic living. His first bestselling book, Love, Medicine and Miracles, led to several other self-help books on healing by learning to live authentically. More recently he’s written a children’s book, Smudge Bunny, a parenting book, Love, Magic and Mud Pies, and a book for anyone struggling with loss, Buddy’s Candle. Currently he is working on a book of cancer survivor stories entitled Faith Hope and Healing. As a witness to thousands of personal stories Bernie has a story of his own to tell about authenticity and health. Don’t miss it.