066 – Esther Goodhart – Standing: Up and In Technicolor

Esther Goodhart

Esther GoodhartKorean-Jewish comedienne Esther Goodhart discusses overcoming disability and challenging parents, changing religions in rebellion, living like tomorrow is the last day, not accepting the negative, why she’s not afraid to die, taking on comedy, seeing the world in Technicolor, responding to adversity with love, why Mr. Rogers was a genius, and an intuitive reading inspired discussion about her remarkable outlook on a very recent and sobering health diagnosis.

She joins Julie Chan in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • Rebelling against holy-roller Christian parents and converting to Judaism
  • Being born with a disability, how she needed a push
  • How Esther was in wheelchair all her life with disability, and her family felt humiliated that she was in a wheelchair, wondering why she couldn’t shake it off
  • Her whole life is to not burden others with her burden
  • Proud, embarrassed
  • Need to release and receive the love people want to give
  • How Esther’s kids inspired her to get out of her wheelchair
  • She needed to be available for kids, go where they needed to goEsther Goodhart
  • Wheelchair gets her places, electric scooter is btter
  • Suffering from familial dystonia, and how Esther can fall standing up
  • Parents didn’t think it was a miracle, but doctors couldn’t believe her fortitude
  • Walking is choreography to Esther, has to memorize the ground
  • Esther reveals how her parents were terrible to her, she channeled energy to do things great.
  • Esther believes she will die better than God put her on the planet, so she focuses on how can she work to leave the world better because she was here
  • Teaching kids, and when people are mean she kills them with love
  • Everyone’s story is biblical
  • Living life like tomorrow is the last day
  • Thinking outside the box, not accepting the negative, and how the Bible embodies that
  • An intuitivereaidng — it is about a book with beautiful images reflect the soul
  • Not photo realistic, abstract and which emote feeling, a shift in perspective and transformation
  • Like looking at a cure and absorbing it that was instead of ingesting
  • The superficial and small things to take over how Esther views the world
  • Everything can be a potential cure or trigger
  • Focus on the cure, shift by seeing
  • Image: each page large filled with abstract, vibrant images holding the power to transform, when Esther puts the page closer she feels transformed to another world connected but separate, transformation, mystery and discovery
  • Reflecting on life and focus
  • Love and lack of love is the cause of everything, why Mr. Rogers was a genius
  • The importance of seeing that nothing is superficial and mundane
  • Why Esther says she is not afraid to die
  • Why worst enemies are now her closest friends
  • A serious medical diagnosis and a remarkable attitude and perspective, cheerleaders and why any outcome is great
  • Seeing everything in technicolor

057 – Myq Kaplan – The Universe and Laughter

Myq Kaplan

An atheist transforms into a standup comedian after a chance encounter at a music festival leads to a fifteen-year spiritual journey…

Myq KaplanMyq Kaplan, 2010 Last Comic Standing Finalist and a standup comedian who has appeared on the Late Night with David Letterman, the The Tonight Show, and Louie, and his CD “Vegan Mind Meld” was one of iTunes top ten best-selling comedy albums in 2010, joins guest host Jessica Brodkin (Episode 11) in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • Myq Kaplan on growing up without spiritual practices, despite his parents being JewishMyq Kaplan
  • Both parents were music teachers, and he was made to participate in music which was almost like a religious education
  • How music led him to comedy, and then to spirituality with a chance encounter
  • Meditation, and feeling it is between science and magic
  • Drinking Ayahuasca, and the DMT in it
  • Being everything and nothing, and being the center of the universe and being but dust, and how elements are little when alone and have color when in mass
  • Our world has lost touch with mysticism, imagine a planet without laughter
  • Coming to an understanding of enlightenment with mushrooms
  • Mushrooms vs. Ayahuasca
  • The book “Ishmael” about a psychic gorilla who teaches someone about history of society and agricultureMyq Kaplan
  • How we are a part of everything else
  • On a spiritual journey, how does this inform rest of life, including as a comedian
  • How his spiritual journey has changed him, and what he talks about on stage
  • Course in Miracles
  • How religions are about doing good deeds for others and the Universe
  • Love is the only thing that is real that makes sense, that doing that is better for the world and oneself

051 – Brooke Arnold – Healing Laughter

Brooke Arnold

Surviving a cult, the cycles of life and nature, transforming pain into art, and finding the light when you’ve hit rock bottom…

Brooke ArnoldHow’s this for a movie pitch — Imagine a woman who was a member of cult from childhood that denied her a normal education, she ran away and was homeless for seven years, then miraculously nearly completed a PhD and then—wait for it—became a standup comedian. Sounds like an Oscar winner, right? The thing is — this isn’t fiction. It is the true story of Brooke Arnold.

Brooke ArnoldArnold shares her truly extraordinary journey, and discusses cycles of life and nature, transforming pain into art, and finding the light when you’ve hit rock bottom. Plus, a shocking Reiki healing moment, and Arnold’s night in the psych ward where she heard a voice that guided her to do something that changed her life forever. Comedian Brooke Arnold joins guest host Jessica Brodkin in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennhieser. Arnold is scheduled to perform on the Equinox at Carolines on Broadway in New York City March 21, 2018, showcased as a headliner.

In this episode:

  • Arnold discusses a Buzzfeed video about growing up in a cult that she says took a lot from her, didn’t pay her, and didn’t give her credit
  • How Arnold was in a cult from a young age, her parents home schooled her, she had to stay home and use home school curriculum including The Wisdom Booklets
  • How Arnold got out of the cult
  • What led to change of vocation from Creative Director of a startup to dog walker,
  • The nature of comedy, like magic, an inexplicable force, and a kind of telekinesis
  • Being homeless, dealing with likely PTSD, and working to heal and get into a normal space
  • How our pain is not who we are, and how talking about one’s experiences can be healing
  • How Arnold spent ten years negating everything she had known
  • When she was in a psych ward and made deal with herself, giving herself one year to feel better
  • How Arnold heard a voice say to start meditating, and she began discovering new depths and filling herself up with kindness and goodness, and living life while letting go
  • Arnold’s belief and focus in the Goddess
  • The belief that the greatest ill done by our world is the focus on the masculine divine, and much bad has been done by this
  • The realities of the moon cycle, and the ebbs and flows of the cyclic aspects of nature
  • The most spiritual thing we can do is ask for help
  • How Arnold’s cult experience made its way into her art, including a one-woman show at the Fringe Festival that was sold out, opened a wound, allowed an energy release, and how Arnold then went into a “dark place”
  • A remarkable Reiki healing moment
  • And how psychedelics can play into shaking someone up and helping to inspire the right path?

015 – Mini Intuitive Reading with Jillian Richardson of The Joy List – Joy and Jelly Beans

Spreading joy and being present in its discovery…

Jillian Richardson, freelance comedic writer and founder of The Joy List (bio), joins Julie Chan for a mini-intuitive reading and discussion on spreading joy and living a live of purpose. Recorded at the MouthMedia Network Studios.

Funny copywriting, mindful entrepreneurs, and creating The Joy List

Richardson reviews her background as a freelance writer, working with companies who want to make their companies laugh, the life of a funny copywriter, and how and why she created The Joy List when she moved to NYC to find and participate in great communities. Mindful entrepreneurs meetups, ways to meet people and deeply connect, eye gazing and connections and messages, balancing the emotions of looking for the next paycheck, and the contrast of being around people vs. the solitude of being a freelancer.

Jelly beans, trying everything, and relishing each moment

Chan shares a mini intuitive reading, aligning with one is on a soul level, the metaphor of jelly beans different flavors with colors so similar, life like a jar of jellybeans, each with own flavor, eating a handful, combining into a new singular flavor, or eat one and savor, tripped up by the hunt for the one best jellybean, which doesn’t exist. Being in the state of discovery, reflecting on when Richardson might assume she’d react a certain way without knowing the actual result, and being open. A child telling others what to do and being bossy as a child, being perceived as very smart. How the reading reinforced that the way she’s leading her life is not wrong. Being brought up being a very good job candidate, now working for herself. Jelly beans as things on her life that she could be doing, not shunning anything, trying everything and seeing what resonates best. Relating this to a romantic life, if jelly beans were men, her experiences in summer camp for adults, when the brain and heart connect, and relishing each moment that does exist.

Being present in discovery, being the happiest, and stepping away from technology

The image of a small child methodically lining up jelly beans, how that influences the people around Richardson on the choices she makes, doing new things while living in the moment while doing them, instead of doing something and thinking about the next one. Being present in the discovery, and what is joy for Richardson, the idea of community and who she surrounds herself with, and what makes her the happiest she’s ever been — and how The Joy List relates to this. Stepping away from technology and bring present with whom you’re with, and the joy found without technology.

011 – Jessica Brodkin of Love and Light Reiki – From WMD’s to Love and Light

Reiki energy healing with Jessica Brodkin…

Jessica Brodkin, Founder of Love and Light Reiki (bio), joins Julie Chan for a journey through the CIA, WMD’s, MIT science labs, stand-up comedy, and energy healing. Recorded at the MouthMedia Network studios.

Discovering Reiki, science vs. spirituality, and the human energy field

Brodkin reviews her atheist roots, migraines and pseudo seizures at age 26, how a medical issue led her to discover Reiki, and seeing spirits. How science hasn’t caught up with spirituality, and how they are not fundamentally different. Everything is one. What Reiki is, what the mechanics are, how the human energy field doesn’t end where physical body ends, adjusting energy fields, releasing chakras, being intuitive, and releasing one’s mind.

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