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Next Level Soul Podcast with Alex Ferrari
53 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
NLS 010: How Conscious Content Can Change the World with Kia Kiso
Just over two decades ago, media influencing was an exclusive privilege. There is no denying the irrepressible nature the media has morphed into. The media’s accessible interactions, technology, and information have taken on a persuasive essence, thus the need for a more conscious media. That’s why I brought on Kia Kiso today. She’s a founding member of the Producers Guild of America Social Impact Entertainment Task Force. An expert at teaching and creating content across various media streams, that impact awareness and have a purpose.Kia is a multiple award-winning television, documentary, commercial, and film executive producer and entrepreneur, with a deep passion for uplifting the entertainment world by creating systemic change through her storytelling and helping others to do the same. Having spent decades in the industry, she’s witnessed firsthand, the glorification of drama-filled and negative entertainment that hinder many from experiencing higher consciousness and being agents of change. So, she took up the mantle.In 2014, Kia founded Conscious Media Visionaries, a consortium of individuals and companies joining together to promote and create entertainment that has a positive impact on the world. It provides the industry with the necessary data and resources it needs so impactful entertainment projects are financed and distributed to those who are eager to see them.She’s also the CEO of Zaza Productions, a company that aims at entertaining and inspiring through its work, in ways that will create more well-being for our audiences, and ultimately the world.The added value Kia brings to the industry is consistently mindfulness-oriented and in a quest for positive outcomes. Our conversation analyzes the realities we all face in our interactions with social media, films, or broadcast media.It was a pleasure speaking to Kia. Enjoy!
66 minutes | May 29, 2021
NLS 009: Life and Near Death Experiences (NDE) with Dannion Brinkley
“Lightning never strikes the same place twice” is a common phrase of reassurance. But the odds of lightning striking the same place or person twice, in reality, is very likely. Be it years apart or not. And in the case of our guest, today life has struck him a couple of times harder than most.Dannion Brinkley's near-death experiences being struck by lightning first at just 25 years old, which subjected him to unendurable pain and endless surgeries that affected his brain, heart, nerve endings, and tissues, is still able to support others today and share his journey at 71 years old.This ordeal transformed his life. Dannion has been working as a hospice volunteer across the country for the last 40 plus years.In 1994, Dannion co-wrote and published his autobiographic record-breaking 25 weeks New York Times bestseller book, Saved by the Light: The True Story of a Man Who Died Twice and the Profound Revelations. He describes his purported near-death experience and the aftermath of being clinically dead for approximately twenty-eight minutes. He eventually told a tale of a dark tunnel, a crystal city, and a "cathedral of knowledge" where thirteen "angels" shared with him over a hundred revelations about the future, some of which he claims have come true.In our interview, Dannion talks about his unintentional out-of-body that had just been shot through with himself and watching his loved over 180,000 volts of electricity as he watched his loved ones and paramedics try to save him.You can also find his 2009 publication, co-written with Paul Perry, Secrets of The Light, Lesson from Heaven in the show notes below.In this one, Dannion offers an accessible spiritual guide for empowering your life based on his own experiences in the afterlife. A survivor of three near-death experiences, Brinkley presents us with profound “Lessons from Heaven”—the Seven Truths revealed to him in the afterlife—to help readers find their personal paths to happiness, enlightenment, health, and prosperity.This is a conversation about discovering one’s inner knowing.Please enjoy my conversation with Dannion Brinkley.
61 minutes | May 21, 2021
NLS 008: How to Discover the Meaning of Your Life with Connie H. Deutsch
There are moments in your life where you run into people who will forever change your life. Today's guest was that person for me. Connie H. Deutsch is an internationally known business consultant and personal advisor who has a keen understanding of human nature and is a natural problem-solver.She is known throughout the world for helping clients find workable solutions to complex problems. Her depth of experience lends itself to both corporate consulting and individual counseling. Perhaps Connie is best known for her “homework” assignments which serve as virtual road maps for moving clients through problems into living solutions.In addition to her consulting and counseling practice, Connie has hosted her own weekly radio show and has been a weekly guest on a morning radio show. She has appeared as a guest on numerous radio shows around the country and on a cable television show. She also wrote the scripts for a weekly financial show on cable television.She is also the author of Round and Round Goes the Merry-Go-Round: Drugless Therapy for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), Here and There, Purple Days and Starry Nights, Whispers of the Soul®, Whispers of the Soul® for the Rest of Your Life, View from the Sidelines, And That’s How it Goes, Are You Listening, From Where I’m Sitting, Reaching for the Brass Ring of Life, A Slice ofLife, The Counseling Effect, and the co-author of Getting Rich While the World Falls Apart.Connie and I discuss the big questions of life.Why are we here?Is this all there is?What is my soul's mission?We also discuss how famed Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda life's work impacted both our our lives.It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Connie. Her insights and wisdom truly rocked me to the core of my soul. She has not publicly spoken for over a decade so I was extremely humbled that she agreed to be on the show. Enjoy!
44 minutes | May 15, 2021
NLS 007: How Your Ego Can Destroy Your from the Inside with Sacha Gervasi
One of the greatest challenges we have in this life is our battle with ego. Other people's egos and specifically your own. Ego needs to be balanced. You need to have enough ego to believe you can do something but not so big that you are out of control. Today's guest has a story that will take us down the road of ego going out of control and the aftermath of that destruction.I had the honor of speaking to a fascinating storyteller, writer, and director Sacha Gervasi. In one of our past episodes with Bruce Dickinson, we talked a bit about his relationship with Sacha and the new project they are working on Scream for Me Sarajevo .The start of his career began on the path of journalism, and for a while, it seemed definite. Not until a life-changing assignment to interview Hervé Villechaize did Gervasi found a new purpose and direction in his storytelling. Producing his first and most transformative script, My Dinner with Hervé (2018) is as much a tribute to the extraordinary life of Hervé Villechaize as it is a crossroad and a journey to finding his life's purpose and truth. A look at the life of French actor Hervé Villechaize, co-star of the hit '70s TV series Fantasy Island (1977), who took his own life in 1993 at the age of 50.Sacha's life has been one hell of a journey so far. You never know where your life's journey will lead you and Sacha story on how he went from journalist to top Hollywood screenwriter and director is remarkable.I hope this episode help you examine your relationship with your ego. Enjoy!
86 minutes | May 8, 2021
NLS 006: How to Level Up Your Mind and Body with Tony Horton
We are all guilty of exaggerated proclamations to start our fitness journey as a new year resolution, and we don’t always follow through. Over the last decade, the concept of self-care, especially the fitness competent, has become a selling point for Influencers all over America. Today on the show, we a fitness legend, celebrity personal trainer, and author, Tony Horton. He is the wildly popular creator of the best-selling fitness series: P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, and Ten Minute Trainer®, and most recently his 22-Minute military inspired workout, 22 Minute Hard Corps®.Tony is a world-class motivational speaker and the author of top-selling books “Bring It”, Crush It!” and his latest motivational book, “The Big Picture” 11 Laws that will change your life. He has appeared on countless television programs as a fitness and lifestyle expert to promote healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition.Tony believes that real and lasting change can happen when we commit to health as a lifestyle. Exercise, whole foods, and the right mindset is the formula that leads to a vibrant, productive and full life for anyone who focuses on being the best they can be.He has also create Power Life by Tony Horton. These formulas are carefully designed to naturally boost your energy levels, support lean muscle development, and streamline your digestion. That way, nothing can hold you back from being your best self. If you want to get 30% OFF your order just use the coupon code: TONY30.Tony is a force of nature. He has impacted my life in many ways and I hope he helps you level up you mind and body.
96 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
NLS 005: Feel the Feat and Do It Anyway with Bruce Dickinson and Sacha Gervasi
Fear is responsible for more unfulfilled lives than anything else. Feat stops us from moving forward, taking chances, and taking risks. Fear causes you to look back on your life when you are older and regret not opening that business or following your dream or walking up to that pretty girl at the party.Today's guests also deal with fear on a daily basis but they don't allow it to stop them from evolving and moving forward in life. We have on the show today the legendary lead singer Bruce Dickinson of the iconic band Iron Maiden and if that wasn't enough we are also joined Sacha Gervasi, the screenwriter behind Steven Spielberg's The Terminal and director behind the remarkable film Anvil! The Story of Anvil. Bruce is a renaissance man. In addition being a world class singer he is also an accomplished airline pilot, olympic caliber fencer, radio and television host, best-selling author, beer entrepreneur, and the list goes and on. Fear never stopped Bruce from following his curiosities or evolution in this life.Sacha and Bruce are currently working on a exciting feature film based on his documentary Scream for Me Sarajevo.The story of hope in a time of war. Scream for Me Sarajevo is the amazing and astonishing story of the most unlikely of rock concerts, performed by Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks in 1994, in the midst of the Siege of Sarajevo. This is a film about extraordinary people defying the horrors of war, and the musicians who risked their lives to play a show for them.Bruce, Sacha and I had an amazing conversation about breaking through fear, where does inspiration and art come from and how they both continue to grow as people, artists and souls. BTW, we will be doing a deep dive into Sacha's amazing life in a future episode as well. Enjoy and rock on!
70 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
NLS 004: The Key to Understanding Your Purpose with Whitley Strieber
I had the honor of speaking to renowned and New York Times best-selling author Whitley Strieber. He began his writing career with a pair of modern-Gothic horror novels, The Wolfen (1981) and The Hunger (1983), which was turned into a feature film by the late great filmmaker Tony Scott.He is perhaps best known for the third phase of his career, which began with Communion (1989), an autobiographical account of his experiences with strange "visitors" who he says came to his cabin in the New York countryside. This #1 New York Times Non-Fiction Bestseller (on the list for 15 weeks) was also turned into a film starring Christopher Walken.Whitley has written several other thrillers, and two novels about environmental apocalypse, Nature's End and The Coming Global Superstorm. Superstorm served as an inspiration for Fox's The Day After Tomorrow (2004), and Strieber later penned the novelization of that film."Hate is like coal, it burns out. Love is like heat, it doesn't." - The Master of the KeyIn this episode, we will be discussing one of Whitley's most profound books, The Key: A True Encounter.At two-thirty in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Streiber was awakened by somebody knocking on his hotel room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering.This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this strange and knowing visitor was--a "Master of Wisdom"? A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He called him the Master of the Key. The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real.The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save each of us from self-imprisonment. "Mankind is trapped," the stranger tells Strieber. "I want to help you spring the trap." In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger--which takes the form of a classical student- teacher dialogue in pursuit of inner understanding--the unknown man presents a lesson in human potential, esoteric psychology, and man's fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction--and the slender, but very real, possibility for release.In its breadth and intimacy, The Key is on par with contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A Course in Miracles, or even with the dialogues of modern wisdom teachers, such as D.T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.It was a pleasure speaking to Whitley. Enjoy!
66 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
NLS 003: Minimalism - How to Focus on What's Really Important with Matt D'Avella
We are are here today to discuss the concept of minimalism defined as:Minimalism is all about living with less. This includes less financial burdens such as debt and unnecessary expenses. ... For many minimalists, the philosophy is about getting rid of excess stuff and living life based on experiences rather than worldly possessions. - Christopher MurrayToday on the show we have minimalist Matt D'Avella. Matt directed an amazing documentary called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. He has also built a massive fanbase of 3.15 million followers interested in minimalism on YouTube.The film examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.In so many ways we are binging on all the wrong things and dying of hunger for the things that really matter. We as a society need to stop looking outward for happiness and being to look inward. Material things won't make you happy. Did chasing and sacrificing your precious time and energy trying to obtain "stuff" make you truly happy while you were here? If you die tomorrow does ANY of the material stuff you have matter at all?Matt also directed the new Netflix series The Minimalists: Less Is Now. The series is about how minimalism movement founders and longtime friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus share how people's lives can be better with less stuff.Matt and I discuss the power of decluttering your life, using minimalism to help you focus on the important stuff and how material things become owners of us and not the other way around.Beware, this conversation might change the way you look at your life. Enjoy!
52 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
NLS 002: How to Believe in Yourself with Eric Thomas Ph.D
Today on the show we have critically acclaimed author, World-renowned speaker, educator, pastor, and audible.com Audie Awards Finalist Eric Thomas, Ph.D.ET, as he is better known, has taken the world by storm, with his creative, common-sense approach to living a successful, satisfying professional and personal life. Through a significant social media presence and regular domestic and international tours, "ET, The Hip Hop Preacher" has become a global phenomenon!Eric's spiritual walk, tenacity, and drive are the perfect example of his quote,"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful."Drawing from his personal experiences: homelessness, the absence of his biological father, academic struggles, and various other obstacles, ET's life story allows him to connect with others fighting for greatness. Millions of followers have been able to apply the principles revealed in his award-nominated autobiography, The Secret to Success and, equally successful subsequent releases: Greatness is Upon You and, Average Skill, Phenomenal WIll.ET's passion is never more evident than when he's in a school, changing the lives of students forever. Whether he's meeting and greeting students with warm hugs and a bite to eat on bitterly cold Michigan winter mornings or helping them to recognize their superpowers in a district-wide assembly, where ET goes, greatness follows.ET believes that Every kid has the promise of greatness within them — every single one. The key to nurturing that greatness is knowing each child's unique approach to learning. By identifying that unique approach to learning, their "superpower," teachers are better able to coach their students to greatness!Unfortunately, most kids don't even know that they have a superpower and, that's where "You Ain't The Boss Of Me" comes in. Every student CAN succeed! They just need the right tools to make that happen. Every child wants to achieve greatness; it's our job to teach them how."I firmly believe if you don't know you can fly, you'll always think you can't." - Eric ThomasGet ready to be inspired. Enjoy!
63 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
NLS 001: Healing Your Body with the Power of Your Mind with Gary Buckmann
Welcome to the first conversation of the Next Level Soul Podcast. I want this episode to be special and I couldn't be more excited to bring you today's remarkable guest. On the show we have speaker, executive coach, and author Gary Buckmann. His comeback story is one for the ages.While in college, Gary Buckmann went from being a top-level gymnast to lying in a hospital bed paralyzed from a broken neck. By using the techniques he now teaches to clients, he went on to achieve a full recovery. Within 3 short years of his catastrophic injury he was able to compete again.In record time, Gary was asked to be on the National USA coaching staff for women’s gymnastics. He worked with 5 Olympic Gold Medal winners and traveled the world with the USA team. His new book Broken to Brilliant: Overcome Obstacles to Create Opportunities & Achieve the Impossible chronicles his miraculous story."For anyone looking for a wise and powerful story full of inspiration, this book is a must!"As a speaker, executive coach, and author, Gary is passionate about sharing his techniques and experiences with athletes, business executives, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. His unique ability to inspire and motivate helped thousands of people to adopt new ways of thinking and in the process achieve national championship success.I hope Gary's story is an example to you that anything is possible. Enjoy!
7 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
NLS 000: Introductions | What to Expect
I would like to welcome you to the Next Level Soul Podcast. My name is Alex Ferrari. Here a bit about me. I'm a best-selling author, speaker, serial entrepreneur, award-winning filmmaker and podcaster. His industry leading podcasts, the Webby award-winning Indie Film Hustle, Bulletproof Screenwriting, Filmtrepreneur, and Filmmaking Motivation have been download almost 10 million times.I have had the honor and been blessed to speak to some of the most iconic and larger than life personalities on my shows, including icons like Oliver Stone, actor and filmmaker Edward Burns, and legendary musician Bruce Dickinson, just to name a few. After recording almost 600 podcast episodes, I kept wanting to ask the bigger questions, the deeper questions about life.I wanted to put together a raw and inspirational platform to help people who have found themselves at a crossroads in their lives, to find direction on where to go, how to evolve their soul, and their souls journey in this life, how to break through fear, how to look inward for the answers.Throughout this show I'm going to be interviewing some of the most interesting and thought provoking guests on the planet today. And I'll be asking the big questions.- Why are we here?- Is this all there is?- What is my soul's purpose here?Those are just some of the questions that we will be tackling on this show. The show will air every Saturday and you'll be able to listen to it wherever you listen to your podcast.I want the show to be a beacon of light in your life. I want you to be able to come back to this show anytime you want to gain inspiration to spark something inside of you, that will take you to the next level of evolution not only for yourself, but more importantly, for your soul. I'll see you soon.
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