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103. Living AS IF: The Power of Choice, Radical Ownership and Being Your Own Biggest Cheerleader With Ryan Sprague (Part II)

When Ryan and I press that “record” button and get to talking, you can rest assured that the conversation will be rich with personal insights, beautiful realizations of collective and individual development and a deep well of inspiration for manifesting the life of your dreams. Looking back on the popularity and richness of our last conversation, Episode 94: Using Plant Medicine And Cannabis For Increased Consciousness, Connection And Lifestyle Balance With Ryan Sprague Part I, there was absolutely no WAY I wasn’t going to invite Ryan back to Awakening Aphrodite. Besides, we had so much more to talk about!

Ryan’s mission in life is helping his fellow brothers and sisters become empowered in their experience of being alive through men’s coaching, plant medicine integration coaching and retreat experiences. Ryan is the founder and co-owner of Highly Optimized, which includes a podcast that he hosts in addition to his other show, This One Time On Psychedelics. I highly encourage you to check out Ryan’s programs and podcasts! He is truly a wealth of wisdom and compassion.

We begin this episode with a discussion on learning styles, which quickly evolves into an exploration of human design, numerology and the tarot archetypes. We hear Ryan’s take on the dysfunctional balance of feminine and masculine energies at work in society and his thoughts on how their dynamic affects our collective imagination and the dogmatic science of today. I ask Ryan about the yin (archetypal feminine) nature of cannabis and he delves into the idea of taking radical ownership given the choice of living the dream or the victim mentality. He shares his key process for personal development, which he calls “living as if” to guide life and identity transitions for himself and his clients. We also cover the topics of burnout, self-worth, people pleasing, the “coach” paradigm within us all and why Ryan believes that being your biggest cheerleader is our life’s main requirement.

Your downloads, views, shares and reviews of Awakening Aphrodite mean the world to me– thank you so much for joining me on this journey of exploring great minds, ideas and the feminine archetype within us all. See you next time!

00:06:58 Learning Styles

00:11:10 Human Design & Archetypes

00:14:35 Episode 92

00:20:20 Imagination & Dogmatic Science

00:25:45 The Yin Energy Of Cannabis

00:30:30 Learning From The Shadow Self

00:33:43 “Nothing In This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are”

00:39:36 Living “As If”

00:46:16 Work-Life Balance

00:55:34 Do I Have To “Earn” My Rest?

01:03:37 Episode 91 With Aleks Rybchinski

01:05:30 Ryan’s One “Have To” In Life

01:08:46 The Coach Paradigm

01:14:46 Ryan’s Programs And Offerings

01:18:03 How To Find Ryan

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Amy Fournier® is a former People-Pleaser turned Healthy Lifestyle Entrepreneur who specializes in developing self-awareness and total mind-body transformation. She is a fitness and health expert, host of the Awakening Aphrodite podcast, author, inspirational speaker, artist, international cover model and a powerhouse of inspiration for looking and feeling your best no matter what your age, background or ability. With over 30 years of experience in fitness, health and personal development, Amy’s mission is to help YOU realize the power you have to control the way you look and feel and do it in a way that you enjoy and to optimize your ENERGY and life! Amy considers herself to be a student of life and a work in progress and most importantly, she also loves to nap and is a lucky Mom to cute little fur-baby, Charlotte.:)

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