There are a few things I reference on the show a lot that I’ve been wanting to get guests on to take us a bit deeper with for those who are interested and Astrology is one of those topics. Today’s guest, Jenn Racciopi is one of my favorite astrologers to follow for daily doses of what’s going on in the cosmos, how it may be affecting us personally, and how we can work with these energies. We took the “skeptic question” head on, and I love the way Jenn addresses this for those who aren’t sure whether or not they resonate with Astrology. She shared the personal health challenges that originally led her into the study and practice when she was 19 years old, and she defined the significance of three basic aspects - the Sun, Moon, and Rising signs. Aside from signs and planets, she talked about following the moon cycle and how to use it as a manifestation tool through understanding the different qualities and potentials of each phase. This is a fun and informative interview - and she also loaded us up with resources if you want to take your study deeper. Enjoy!
About Jenn Racioppi:
Jennifer Racioppi is an Astrologer, a Holistic Health Counselor (AADP), a Behavior Change Specialist, a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach and a Registered Yoga Teacher who blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology and women's health to coach high achieving women in reaching their next level of success. Her Lunar Logic philosophy integrates the deep wisdom of both science and astrology, helping women build a foundation of resilience, step into their authentic selves, and stay faithful to their dreams. Her motto: Success isn’t a race, it’s a rhythm. You can find Jenn on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
In this episode, Jenn shares:
1. What is the Sun Sign?
2. What is the Moon Sign?
3. What is the Rising Sign?
4. How to use astrology in a practical way to inform your everyday life without being obsessive or giving your power away to it
In light of some recent events in the online coaching, spirituality, and self-help worlds, as well as some deep and important conversations I’ve been observing and participating in both online and offline, I am dedicating today’s Sermon to being crystal clear about the values I hold, and therefore that are also held by my team and my company across the board.
This is not about proving anything, it is about setting clear and proper expectations. Because even though we may not know each other personally, if you listen to my podcast, follow me on social media, or participate in any of my programs, events, or workshops, we are in a relationship, and I value you as an individual human being.
In this episode I’m letting you know how specifically I "do sacred activism," and also what I do on an ongoing basis to continue improving how I show up in this realm, so if or when I mess up, and I might, you can hold me accountable in a way that is kind and loving, and therefore useful and productive. This way we can grow closer as a community and create healing, transformation and change, rather than drama, turmoil, further injustice, or separation and disconnection. And I want you to know you are always welcome to come directly to me and the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will listen, you will not be dismissed, and if appropriate, I will respond personally, if not, please treat my team as extensions of me.
It's rare that I feel intimidated by anyone, but I remember coming across today's guest for the first time a few years back and feeling that unfamiliar feeling. I now know the reason why is because she was embodying something I had only just begun to take a look at - shadow work, and willingness to embrace our darkness and love others, and ourselves, anyway. This is a deep and powerful interview where we talk about diving through the shadows to the center of your soul. We discuss what L'Erin calls "shatter points," and the strength available there. We also got into trusting your intuition over your intellect, real-deal healing, the five bodies, and taking responsibility for your projections. This is another "listen more than once" type of episode. I hope you enjoy it thoroughly.
About L'Erin Alta:
L'Erin Alta is a soul guide, shadow diver and spiritual teacher known for burning down the stale, fluffy, boring "self-help" formulas and helping women ignite true personal liberation. Her workshops, retreats and 1-on-1 intensives have been called, "transformation temples for unruly, soulful women".
She believes loss, grief and pain are healing initiations and if honored, they will fortify you, bringing you through the shadows into the light of your soul. Using movement, meditation, ritual, art and ancient practices, L’Erin guides women on a spiritual journey, helping them surrender their facades, shed their fears and finally come home to themselves.
If you were to read her resume, it would include Microsoft, non-profits large and small, as well as a 5-year stint as a MAC makeup artist. But what should really be there are the 23 countries where she's studied healing in backwater ashrams, jungle temples and mountain monasteries, working with spiritual teachers, medicine women and shamans from many faiths and spiritual paths to learn about trauma, healing and transformation.
The essence of her work is distilled to freedom - supporting you in finding it, cultivating it, living it.
Because your power is in this moment. In this breath. In this one courageous, against-all-odds, bravely true...Yes.
In this episode, L'Erin shares:
1. Returning to wholeness
3. Work as a devotional practice
For many years I denied anger I'd been holding on to practically my whole life, which allowed it to silently and not so silently impede my progress in a few different life areas. It caused me and others a lot of pain and suffering. Once I learned how to connect with my anger I realized it's a holy emotion - so today I'm reflecting on how that can be. I'm sharing a personal story, a related blog post from Danielle LaPorte and a poem. My prayer is that this one can help us all connect with, and use our anger for healing, connection and discernment, rather than destruction, disconnection and to perpetuate pain. Enjoy and share with those you know could use it. Big Love, E
You know I love every interview, but sometimes, a favorite emerges and this week was an ALL TIME FAVORITE. Sonya Renee Taylor, founder of The Body Is Not An Apology is about radical self-love for everybody and every body. This woman honors all of the humans at all of the intersections better than anyone I’ve ever seen. She is wildly inspiring, compassionate, intelligent, focused, diligent, and strong. This is an interview to share with friends, gather around, listen together and discuss what you learned afterwards. We talk about what she calls, “Body Terrorism” - a structural, systemic apparatus that informs how we think about our bodies, and how the information of the world around us forms our language. She shares the origin story of her movement and the RUCHUS Project with us (you’re going to LOVE this!), AND her definition and practice of radical self-love. We explore a lot of relevant things throughout this conversation that many of us are impacted by and likely don’t even realize. It’s so juicy and illuminating down to her description of womanhood in the 21st century as a container whose walls are threatening to burst. Listen to this one more than once and share it up, wild ones!
This is episode #200!! Such an exciting milestone, I want to take a moment to thank all of our listeners. We very literally could not do this without you! At the end of the episode, I share with you how we’re going to celebrate that this week - some of you will be super jazzed about it. And part of it is a surprise to one of our guests which is why I'm not writing it in the description here ;)
Today I'm talking about being "on the way" as a better way to view your journey than, "I'm not there yet." Not there yet opens the gateway for judgement, self-comparison and criticism, beating yourself up and being disappointed. Reframing that to acknowledging that you're on the way and reaching your destination (or goal, dream, etc), is inevitable, opens the gateway for possibility, opportunity, collaboration, plot twists, growth, and more. Enjoy the episode, and many many blessings for whatever you're on the way to!
I enjoyed this conversation with today's guest, Laura Coe so much. We talked about some really practical things and laughed a lot at ourselves and how humans behave in today's interesting world. We explored how in every moment there's an infinite number of ways to interpret what happens and reclaiming the word "authenticity" which is both overused and misused in our content-heavy society. And we dove into some "big" topics like existentialism, self-regulation, and how suffering happens when we try to hold onto pleasure and push pain away. It's a very illuminating discussion, can't wait to hear what you get out of it! xo, E
About Laura Coe:
Laura co-founded Litholink Corporation, a healthcare company serving over 350,000 patients per month nationally. When Litholink sold to a Fortune 500 company, she left corporate America to pursue lifelong passions.
Even while working in corporate healthcare, Laura always specialized in breaking down complex concepts for to make them easy to digest, understand, and apply. Now she channels that unique skill into “translating” philosophy and ancient wisdom – breaking down monumental, life-changing wisdom in a way that everyone can apply to their own lives.
Laura currently devotes her energy toward writing, coaching, helping others implement spiritual teachings in their everyday lives. Her first book, Emotional Obesity, is available for purchase. And now she is the host of the popular podcast, The Art of Authenticity.
In this episode, Laura shares:
1. Navigating the difference between resistance and dissonance
2. Reclaiming the word “authenticity” and living in your truth
3. Letting go of keeping up with the Joneses
Today's topic addresses something I get asked about a lot and it was top of mind for me as I just spent a week visiting my family on the East Coast. For me it was the most fun and enjoyable visit I've had with them since I moved out of my parents' home after college and more significantly, decided to leave the religion I was raised in, and decided to pursue a very different and non-traditional path both personally and professionally. All of this has required some real healing, adjusting and re-orienting of things. That's what I'm focusing on in today's Sermon.
I also want to add that we recently surveyed our audience and one question I asked was if people listen to the sermons, and then why or why not. Many people who said no mentioned being triggered by the word Sermon - which makes sense. So I want to remind you all that everything I do and create is centered around the belief that everything you’ve ever needed has always been inside of YOU - and even these sermons are for that purpose. To spark your own truth, power, wisdom, and right action. Sometimes they’ll land for you, other times they won’t. Always trust your own discernment.
That said, I hope today's topic is useful for you - and if you know anyone else who would benefit from it, please share. xo, E
We've got another throwback guest on the show today - my dear friend Christine Hassler. What's cool is the last time I interviewed Christine, we'd only met in passing. Over the last year we've gotten to know each other really well, which always makes for deeper conversation! In this episode we explore inner and outer chaos, consciousness in action - not just theory, empathy vs. sympathy, giving people the dignity of their process and more. What I love about Christine is that she's been in the coaching industry since well before it morphed into what it is now. Her perspectives and methods are solid, grounded and time tested in her own life and with clients. This is good stuff people. Enjoy!
About Christine Hassler:
Christine Hassler is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, master coach, podcast and TV host who is committed to guiding people and organizations into their highest potential. She left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination.
In 2005, she wrote her first book 20-Something, 20-Everything and then 20 Something Manifesto in 2008. Her latest best-selling book Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself from Your Past, Change Your Present and Get What You Really Want is the guidebook for how to treat disappointment on the emotional, mental, behavioral and spiritual levels.
Today, she supports individuals in answering the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?” Christine is a master coach who combines life coaching with the principles of spiritual psychology. She is passionate about supporting people out of suffering and limitation and into fulfillment. Bottom line: she helps people get “over it and on with it!”
Christine’s passion for coaching was born at the age of 23 when she met her first life coach, Mona. She thought she was just going to get some advice about the challenges she was having with her boyfriend and questions she had about her career, but she ended up seeing and studying with Mona for over a decade. The work they did together was life-changing. Most notably, Christine was able to get through her massive quarter-life crisis when she lost everything (job, engagement, money and health) and off anti-depressants and other medications after being on them for 20 years.
Christine Hassler Author, Speaker, Coach
Her thirst for personal development continued as she dived into self-help books, attended seminars and retreats, got trained in NLP and eventually pursued her master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing from the University of Santa Monica. As a student and eventually faculty member, the principles of USM are foundational to Christine’s life and work.
Christine knows we are always consistently growing and evolving. There is no “there” and we are never “done”. However, with the right tools and teachers, the journey is a lot easier! This is why Christine has her own coach and always will.
In 2006 Christine began speaking professionally to colleges. After writing books and spending so much time with 20-Something’s, she became a millennial expert and was mentored to begin speaking about generational diversity in the corporate market. Today Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country. She has spoken to over 100,000 people at colleges, personal growth events, conferences, and corporations. Christine has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows, speaking about generation diversity, millennials, resilience, leadership, life balance and “Expectation Hangovers®” – a phenomenon she identified and trademarked. She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Cosmo.
Currently she hosts a top-rated podcast on the Podcast One Network “Over it and On with it” where she coaches callers live on the air. She is also the co-host and relationship expert on TLC’s The Spouse House. Christine leads four retreats per year, runs a yearly Personal Mastery online course, hosts a membership community, and works privately with clients.
For more information on any of these things, please go here.
Christine grew up in Dallas, graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and received her master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Christine loves living a healthy lifestyle and is obsessed with human optimization. She currently resides in San Diego and loves spending time with her family and friends in Austin, Texas.
In this episode, Christine shares:
1. How to deal with feelings we don't want to feel in a way that releases it rather than recycles it
2. Identifying the "pay off" to uncomfortable experiences
3. Willpower and awareness aren't enough to change
Today the Sunday Sermon is about The Courage to Transform Doubt. Moving to Malibu has had me thinking a lot about the energetic intersections between social and cultural impact and prosperity mindset. Some of the conversations I am engaging in these days aren’t the “highest vibration” - which is not a judgement, it simply means the energy is heavy, the topics are super charged, there are negative elements. This is no reason to be afraid of them or avoid them though, because they are also valid and important topics. So today I've got a really beautiful and demonstrative story from Edwene Gaines' Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity to address utmost courage, and how to alleviate doubt in your life. Whether your doubts arise from your own life experience, paying attention to the experiences of others' or somewhere else. Have a listen and let me know what you think! xo