#281 Dena Crowder: Discover Your Flow of Power

May 30, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Our guest today, Dena Crowder, is on a mission to revolutionize the world’s relationship to Power.  As a speaker, writer, and transformational leader, she helps spiritually connected and highly creative game changers align their skills with their souls, uplift projects, and answer their Higher Calling… to shift the status quo. 

We talk today about Dena’s brilliant observation of the two kinds of power: The Power Over and the Power To, the first is about Control while the other is all about Service. Her work is paradigm shifting! 

When it comes to understanding Power, Dena Crowder is the go-to resource. Her 2020 TEDx talk “The Power Is You” went viral and has had almost one million views. Yikes!


Visit Dena Crowder’s website here

Catch Dena’s amazing TEDx talk here.



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Build Character to Enhance Relationships

May 27, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

The Gospel is ultimately calling us to simplicity, vulnerability, dialogue, powerlessness, and humility. These are the only virtues that make… intimacy possible.Richard Rohr

I am wondering: Is character building better understood as relationship building than it is merely some lofty ideal state of being? Until I read Richard Rohr’s comment above, I don’ think I have ever considered virtue to be a critical component of meaningful personal relationships.
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#280 Caitlin Doemner Pt 2: Dancing with Your Masculine and Feminine Energies

May 23, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Today we continue with Part 2 of our conversation with Caitlin Cogan Doemner. 

Last week Caitlin and I become so engrossed discussing her upcoming book The Ecstatic Way, that we had to close the show without chatting about the subject I really wanted to talk about: The Dance of Masculine and Feminine Energies

In today’s show we discuss important lessons about one aspect of our deepest existential nature: that is, inside of each of us exists a binary truth that we all possess masculine and feminine energies.

It’s not unlike the ancient Chinese philosophy of the yin and the yang, which is closely related to masculine and feminine energies. I found this definition which I think will be helpful: 

Yin and yang is a concept originated in ancient Chinese philosophy that describes how obviously opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world.

In today’s conversation Caitlin and I talk about the idea of “energies” that drive our actions, our beliefs, and the ways by which we understand our own personal world. 


Visit Caitlin Cogan Doemner’s website Ecstatic Way

Follow their world-travel adventures on Instagram here. 

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#279 Caitlin Doemner Pt 1: The Ecstatic Way

May 16, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes

NOTE: Because Caitlin and I become so engrossed discussing The Ecstatic Way, we had to close the show without discussing The Dance of Masculine and Feminine Energies. Look for Pt 2 coming up next week!


Our guest, Caitlin Doemner, wrote a special introduction just for today’s episode. She writes…

Caitlin Doemner spent three decades trying to make her life perfect — building several successful companies, publishing several books, and traveling the world for 18 months visiting 25 counties in 5 continents with her husband and three kids… But discovered that no matter what she did, Caitlin couldn’t outrun her demons.

After studying ancient spiritual teachings and modern scientific principles, she developed a mental framework that allowed her to overcome chronic anxiety, depression and overwhelm, and secure inner peace and joy.

Using a blend of metaphysics and neuroscience, her methodology, which she calls “The Ecstatic Way”, is an easy and practical way to navigate and optimize one’s emotional landscape to achieve greater personal freedom, creative flow, and productivity.


Visit Caitlin Cogan Doemner’s website Ecstatic Way.

Follow their world-travel adventures on Instagram here.

Enjoy their podcast here.

Our Deep Need for Critical Perspective

May 13, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“Where there is no critical perspective, no detached observation, no time to ask the pertinent questions, how can one avoid being deluded and confused?Thomas Merton from Bill Britton P 173

Earlier this week I was visiting my son in Pittsburgh where he plays for the Pirates. When Austin and I are together, we talk much less about baseball than we do about philosophies of what Douglas Adams calls “life, the universe, and everything.”

We were walking the streets after breakfast when Austin proclaimed that all our positions on subjects is based on Perspective.
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