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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