Stephen James is founder of Raw Attraction Magazine, the Heart Initiation Academy, and The Steve Experience. Experience an ecstatic brain orgasm is the title of the episode. Stephen tells about his journey towards healing his heart and aligning with his divine plan. This conversation covers topics such as the definition of mindfulness, the role of God in his life, and his experiences with psychedelics and trauma healing. Steve emphasizes the importance of being mindful of the connection to one's higher self, heart, soul, and God, and shares his experiences with body-based and somatic-based practices, stand-up comedy, and sacred sexuality. He also recommends book and music resources for mindfulness.
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- Website: www.Heartinitiationacademy.com
- Podcast: The Steve Experience Podcast
- Book: My Ecstatic Rebirth: The 10 Keys To Unleash Your Power, Purpose, & Pleasure by Stephen James
What is Mindfulness?
[00:00:57] Steve James defines mindfulness as an integrated version of oneself, cultivating a deep embodied present awareness of what is going on in the body and reality, and being mindful of the connection to the higher self, heart, soul, and God.
Aligning with Divine Plan[00:03:24] Steve James talks about how he discovered the concept of divine plan and divine self when he was around 28-29 years old, after experiencing consecutive heartbreaks and going down a broken path. He also shares how God plays a role in his divine plan.
Healing Trauma[00:09:42] Steve James talks about how he felt the need to heal the trauma trapped inside his body, which he learned from Dr. Peter Levine's book, “Waking the Tiger”. He also shares how he worked through his traumas and hasn't had any experience with substances since 2018.
Healing Journey[00:10:45] Steve James talks about his journey towards healing his psychological and nervous system through body-based and somatic-based practices.
True Divine Self[00:11:43] Steve James explains the concept of the True Divine Self, which involves healing the inner child, inner masculine, and inner feminine, and how it can help navigate gender issues and achieve balance.
Living in Prague[00:17:20] Steve James shares his reasons for moving to Prague, including financial and personal reasons, and how he finds the city to be architecturally and culturally balanced.
Standup Comedy[00:20:53] Steve James talks about his experience with standup comedy, the nerves that come with it, and his style of comedy.
Ecstatic Rebirth[00:24:09] Steve James discusses his ongoing journey towards his ecstatic rebirth, which involves sacred sexuality, shamanism, and letting go of wounds.
Bullying and Mindfulness[00:29:15] Steve James shares his childhood experience of being bullied and how mindfulness could have made a difference. He also talks about a collective bullying situation.
Justice and Truth[00:30:12 – 00:34:03] Steve James talks about the importance of justice and truth from a mindful perspective, including the need to speak out against abuse and bullying, and to push for healing and justice on a societal level.
Influence and Emotions[00:34:18 – 00:35:25] Steve James discusses the influence of his father on his mindfulness journey, and how mindfulness helps him deal with his emotions by navigating the map of consciousness and getting to neutral.
Extreme Mindfulness[00:36:41 – 00:39:54] Steve James recommends two books related to mindfulness: “Man's Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl and “The Gospel of Thomas,” and suggests using music apps to help with mindfulness and creativity. He also emphasizes the importance of self-care, self-love, and compassion during the current “great awakening” and chaotic times.
Effect on Emotions
(00:34:43) – Well, when you have the mindful structure that we mentioned about the map of consciousness, and you're aware of that map of consciousness, right? Then you can navigate your emotions much easier because you are going to get to neutral and then love more quickly because you know where they are. And the scary, like, okay, I'm angry now and let's get to neutral as quickly as possible so I can at least look at the circumstance in a different way. Um, and it's fine to be angry even if we're the most enlightened being in the, the universe. I mean, Christ was still angry at the money changes and everything else that was going on on this planet. You, you still can be angry, but get to neutral and then make a decision.
Thoughts on Breathing
(00:35:37) – Regarding breathing, I will mention the neurologist, Andrew Huberman. He was talking about it on a video, and this double breath in with the nose and then out. with the mouth when you are slightly stressed. He talks about it from a neurological perspective, but, it essentially decreases the stress in whatever situations. You are having a heated conversation with someone, and you want to calm down a little bit. They don't even particularly know you're doing it, or maybe they do notice, but it doesn't really matter. It deregulates your system and makes you calm, and calms the nervous system.
- Book: Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl
- Book: Bible – The Gospel of Thomas
- App: Spotify / Youtube
(00:29:15) – Well, I was thinking about this question cause you put it on the email before and it depends which situation. I'll probably give you two situations. One from my childhood and then one collective one. Uh, so the childhood, my, I think every kid at my school was bullied in, in some sense by just looking back, it seemed like even the big guys, which I was sort of probably a middle rung, had my humor. People kind of liked me quite, uh, most people were like me cuz of my humor and, and, um, my sporting abilities. But there were still a group who were so-called friends who decided to write a book of hate about me and got everyone to sign it, which was my whipping against the wall as most other, some of my other guys were thrown into trash cans and got, and like, you know, had worse dealings than me.
Words of Wisdom
(00:39:54) – Well, as we step deeper into this, I think we're, as collectively going through a great awakening at the moment in, in 2023, and this is a great thing that Bruce is doing, is this a mindfulness podcast that because we, we need to take more self-care, we need to take more self-loving actions to us as we go through this great awakening. As things unfold, the truth unfolds more and more. We have to become more self-loving and, uh, compassionate to our fellow humans. So every moment that we spend taking care of ourselves means that we are overflowing our cup to, uh, fill others. So I think that's, uh, probably the most mindful way I could end this, because there, I think I see more chaos coming on the horizon and, uh, it's gonna be a time to, uh, navigate your ship, uh, to the, the shores of calm waters, um, and calm land, uh, via self-awareness, self-love, self-responsibility, and mindfulness.
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