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The Healing Waterfall
8 minutes | Dec 20, 2014
We all have our own stuff that other people can see, and we can’t.
8 minutes | Dec 13, 2014
Tree Hugging Made Easy
I had a conversation with a friend yesterday, and she said that whenever she visits her friends in the country, she has a favorite tree she always sits under for a while. Last week, as she was sitting under this tree, she had the thought to have a conversation with the tree, and began speaking to it. She said that she could feel the presence of the tree embracing her, as she opened up to it more and more…
8 minutes | Dec 6, 2014
Max Highstein isn’t a big fan of the holiday season. Here are a few strategies he uses to avoid the traps.
9 minutes | Nov 29, 2014
Love From Above
How can you become more open to receive love, right now? Try this.
6 minutes | Nov 22, 2014
What exactly is arrogance, and why would we entertain it in the first place? The main thing to know about arrogance, is that it’s the flip side of insecurity. And insecurity is just a subset of fear. Our ego is responsible for manufacturing arrogance, and it does this to help us feel safe, whenever insecurity threatens to make us feel weak. Intuitive counselor and author Max Highstein discusses how we get into arrogance, and how we can get out of it.
8 minutes | Nov 15, 2014
What Do You Need To Know?
Hey smartypants! All the knowledge in the world won’t help you get free of pain. Intuitive Counselor and author Max Highstein tells you what you do need to know.
10 minutes | Nov 8, 2014
Why I Like AA & Other 12-Step Programs
Although I’ve never been a member of AA, the 12-Step program called Alcoholics Anonymous, I’ve got opinions about it. Through my intuitive counseling practice and other venues I’ve been exposed to many people whose lives have been effected positively by AA. I also know a number of people who have connected with AA and quickly decided it wasn’t for them. A while back I took a particular interest in AA, and wanted to learn more about it, so I did some research. Everything I learned made me feel more connected with the work, and more positive about it. And eventually I developed a series of guided meditation programs called 12-Step Guided Meditations, one for each of the 12 steps. Today I’m going to talk more about why I like the 12-Step programs, in part because I think they are underappreciated, often most by many people who actually could benefit from them. For some reason I tend to be a champion of misunderstood causes, perhaps because I feel like I am one myself. Maybe I should look into that little corner of my own psyche and find out if it’s true. I think I’ll do that later.
7 minutes | Nov 1, 2014
It's A Whack-A-Mole World Afterall
What, you don’t know whack-a-mole? It’s that carnival game where a mole pops up from one hole, you whack it, and another mole pops up from another hole. It might get a bit frustrating, but that’s just part of the game, so it’s fun. And because it’s a game, when you’re done, you’re done, and you can have a hot dog. Or a tofurky dog, if you prefer. In real life, I suppose if you’re a professional exterminator, you can also go about your mole whacking without getting upset. It’s nothing personal, and after all, a job’s a job, and when it’s done, it’s done. You can have a beer. Or an ale. Or some water. But in the game of life, we all tend to get attached to things. Things like our relationships, our children, our bank account, our possessions, and our reputation. When we care about something, and have an investment in how it may or may not change, things get sticky. And when things get sticky, we get stressed. And by stressed, I mean worried, angry, fearful, sad, or otherwise upset. What about detachment, or non-attachment – wouldn’t that be a good idea, as a way of life? Well it looks good on paper, but simply put, we care about what we care about. If you spend your life meditating by yourself in a cave, maybe once you get over the poor accommodations, eventually you won’t care about anything, and will achieve true detachment. But you’ll also have no life. If you’re out and about, and have normal brain function, you’re going to care about stuff, and before you know it, life will get sticky. That’s just the way it is, but that’s not all there is to it. Anyway, back to my story. This morning, when I checked in at work, I had website issues that were out of my control. I had some people issues that had been weighing on me for a few days. And when I went for a dog walk, I had some dog issues. What are dog issues? Let me put it this way. My dog, a black lab named Mojo, has an appetite for things on the trail that you and I might not find so appealing. Let’s just leave it at that. So there I was taking my morning dog walk, and several things I cared about were not going the way I wanted them to. I want to tell you the technical term for what was going on inside me at that point, and here it is. I had stuff coming up. Not, I was angry, or afraid, or worried, or anything else. Just, I had stuff coming up. If you could have looked inside my mind, you would have seen a lot of activity, none of it particularly helpful
9 minutes | Oct 11, 2014
Why You Lie
It’s nearly impossible to be honest with ourselves. Self honesty is one of the most helpful, yet difficult things for those of us on a path of personal growth. Intuitive Counselor and author Max Highstein talks about why that is.
5 minutes | Sep 27, 2014
Why is there so much human suffering? Because without it, we tend to be slow learners. Max Highstein explains.
4 minutes | Sep 6, 2014
World Peace Movie
The popular guided meditation, Meditation for World Peace, has been downloaded over 36,000 times. This is a movie by author Max Highstein about where world peace begins, and what you can do to make it happen.
4 minutes | Aug 23, 2014
Top 12 Angel Reasons
You have a Guardian Angel. They're right there with you, right now. Find out why you should care!
8 minutes | Aug 16, 2014
What's Your Motivation?
If you want to change the way you live your life -- letting go of fear, anger, sadness, moving into love -- there's a simple, powerful, and yes difficult technique that can be your ally. In this episode, intuitive counselor and guide Max Highstein explains how paying close attention to the motivation behind your actions can make a big difference in your rate of change.
7 minutes | Aug 9, 2014
Loosing My Religion
I was raised in a relatively orthodox Jewish family in the 1950’s, and had a bar mitzvah at 13. But if you had asked me about the meaning of the words I read from the Torah, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. If you’d asked me how I felt about God, I would have said “I don’t know”, and “who cares”. By the time I was 14 I wanted nothing more to do with religion, and thought that God was a meaningless concept. But just three years later I had a direct intervention from Spirit that left me no doubt whatsoever about the existence of God. My experience was as real to me as my own hands, but had no apparent connection to any religion.
7 minutes | Aug 2, 2014
Sticky Thoughts? Change Your Mind
You’re not responsible for all the thoughts that go through your mind. But you are responsible for the thoughts you keep there. Each of has a mind, and we all have emotions. What happens in our mind and emotions determines our inner climate. It’s not as if our inner climate was entirely the result of random weather patterns moving in from the far north. What goes on inside of us is very much up to us. Learning about how to manage our inner climate is part of the process of becoming a more conscious human being. It also tends to make us a lot happier. So let me ask you, how’s the weather in there? I’ve spoken about clearing the emotions in various ways in previous podcast episodes. Today I’m going to talk about changing your thoughts, and I’ll suggest a simple technique you can use for doing that. There is a mechanical device used on various kinds of engines called a flywheel. I mention it because the mind is a lot like a flywheel. A flywheel is, as you might imagine, a wheel that spins around, and its main characteristic is that once you get it to start spinning, it tends to keep spinning. Our mind has that same characteristic. Once we get started thinking about something, it’s often hard to stop thinking about it. This is especially true of certain kinds of thoughts – thoughts connected to any fear or anger we might be holding inside. We may not like thinking about that stuff, but that doesn’t keep it from being sticky, and that flywheel mind of ours can seem to take forever to wind down…
27 minutes | Jul 25, 2014
What Men Live By
When I was about 10 years old, I inherited my brother’s room when he went off to college. And on the bookshelf above the bed was this slim little book. I read it then, and have kept it with me ever since. Over the years it’s grown more and more meaningful to me. I loved the process of recording the narration and writing music for this project, and carried it out over a period of many months. And throughout that time I found more and more in the story to appreciate. As I’m sure you know, Tolstoy was a masterful storyteller, and all his skills are in evidence here. A little background. Best known as the author of his fiction masterpieces, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy also did quite a bit of spiritual writing late in life. Although he was perhaps the most famous person in Russia at the time, he came to feel that his life was devoid of meaning, and had something of a crisis of faith. He got disillusioned with the Church, and set upon a spiritual path of his own, in which he tried to follow the teachings of Jesus as directly as possible. A whole movement sprung up around him called “Tolstoyism”. This period of his life was depicted beautifully in the movie The Last Station, which is definitely worth watching if you’d like to learn more, or are just looking for a good movie. Tolstoy wrote both non-fiction and fiction during this period, and What Men Live By is a fictional tale that’s as engrossing as it is inspiring. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it as much as I did making it. Here is the first part of my reading. If you like it and want to hear more, you can find it at TheHealingWaterfall dot com.
7 minutes | Jul 18, 2014
Mind Your Own Business
I am the soul survivor of a family of “know it all”s. In our tribe, we took a kind of dark pride in thinking we knew more than other people, and we didn’t hesitate to provide information at any opportunity. We were always helpful with sage advice, asked for or not, no charge! We knew how things should be, and we knew what you should do. And in the odd instance where we didn’t know, we made something up, so we could act like we did know. We’d never miss an opportunity to assist from a lofty perch. Also we tended to be passionate about what we knew, because it was important, and other people needed to know! If only the whole world would ask our opinion, before doing anything, it would be a much better place.
7 minutes | Jul 12, 2014
Want A Psychic Reading?
I know of lots of people who think there’s no such thing as a real “psychic”, and that all readings are nothing more than a sham and a waste of time and money. I even know people who think anything to do with psychic readings is the devil’s work. On the other hand, I know a lot of people who rely on readings, and make it a point to go to astrologers, tarot readers, intuitives, channels, numerologists, and psychics of all kinds. I used to do that myself. It’s true. I’ve been to psychics, psychic healers, and channels. I’ve had my palm read, my chart done, and my numbers crunched. Don’t get your numbers crunched. It’s painful, especially if you’re a guy…
9 minutes | Jul 5, 2014
The Truth About Bach Flower Remedies
Have you ever tried to get to sleep, but you couldn’t because your brain was spinning like a hamster wheel? There’s a Bach Flower Remedy for that, and it works almost instantly, with no side effects. But most people don’t know about these amazing flower essences, or vastly underestimate their effectiveness. If you’re new to Bach Flower Remedies, or you happen to think they don’t work, you’ll definitely want to hear what Max Highstein has to say.
5 minutes | Jun 28, 2014
What Exactly is Clearing?
Clearing is a new idea for most people, and new ideas often seem strange. People used to feel strange about things like proper diet, flossing, and exercise. Over time we’ve learned that these things drastically improve our quality of life. As many of us are discovering, clearing offers the same advantage. So, what is clearing, and what is it that’s so important for us to clear?
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