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Inner Monster Podcast

Inner Monster Podcast

By Rick Kitagawa
A monstrous mashup of flash fiction, mythology, and personal development.

If you’ve ever wondered how demons can segue into a conversation about value, how a Japanese ghost can inspire a conversation about the stories we tell ourselves, or how the mythology behind vampires can teach you about procrastination, this is the podcast for you.

Your host is Rick Kitagawa, Inner Monster Wrangler at: kaijucoaching.com.

You can also read his daily blog over at: rickkitagawa.com/blog

Rick also is the co-host of In Trust, a podcast that's all about the most important asset of our time - trust.
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The Sphinx - Curiosity - EP 04

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Hydra - Sustainability - EP 06
While doing some contract labor, a seemingly unkillable serpent rears its ugly heads, much to my dismay... In this episode, I'll bring you on an exploration into the history of the Lernaean Hydra from Greek mythology. We'll also dive into sustainability, why so many of us lean into unsustainability, and how focusing on long-term, process-based goals might be the key to living a long life. Also! Trying out music with the entire podcast this time.  PLEASE let me know what you think!  
15:22
October 26, 2020
Sasquatch - Being Seen - EP 05
Large, hairy feet?  Check.  Alone in the forest and encountering a giant creature who could rip you in half?  Check. In this episode, I'll bring you on a cross-continental exploration of large, hairy hominids, from Nepal to Washington state. We'll look at what it means to be seen and we'll touch on my own story of being bullied as a kid.  Fun stuff!  Don't worry, we'll end with some practical advice on how to build spaces of belonging where people can truly feel like they're accepted and even celebrated for who they are.   Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays for new episodes every week! ------------ Show notes: Brene Brown A.O.R.T.A. Theme music by Al Gilliom. Other music by Divider Line via a Creative Commons license. ------------------- Sponsored by: My Patrons! - First listens without ads, creepy art, and more!  Join today! Anchor.fm - Making this podcast happen, like, via the logistics of it all
12:49
October 19, 2020
The Sphinx - Curiosity - EP 04
When archaeologists go missing, and you hear the growl of a lion and the flap of giant wings, I hope you're really good at riddles... In this episode, we'll look into the cross-cultural mythology behind the sphinx and the connection to a certain mother-loving king from high school English classes. We'll dive into how being curious can positively impact your life and a time-honored way to self-coach yourself to the root cause of your problems. Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays for new episodes every week! ------------------- Sponsored by: My Patrons! - First listens, creepy art, and more!  Join today! Anchor.fm - Making this podcast happen, like, via the logistics of it all
11:42
October 12, 2020
EP 03 - Kuchisake Onna - Narratives
I hope you never walk into a woman covering her mouth and holding  a pair of giant scissors, as you probably won't like what happens next.. In this episode, we'll dive into some of the socio-political origins of this modern Japanese ghost, and explore what we can learn from her tale of vengeance and hatred.  We'll talk about the narratives we tell ourselves, and the power that they have over ourselves, and look at this through the lens of me making a stupid mistake and what I've learned from it.   Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays for new episodes every week! ------------------- Sponsored by: Kaiju Coaching - Helping you wrangle your inner monsters The Evil Pin Club - Bringing dark artwork to life
13:23
October 5, 2020
EP 0 - New Listener Trailer
Interested in what's going on here at the Inner Monster Podcast? Get a sweet, delicious bite of what we're all about here, and don't forget to leave a review, share, subscribe, and all that stuff that helps us out tremendously.   Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays when a new episode drops every week. Thanks for listening and enjoy! -Rick Background music by Divider Line via a Creative Commons license.
00:59
September 28, 2020
EP 02 - Demonic Pacts - Value
Deals with the devil are all fun and games and lifetimes of wealth and power, but eventually he'll come to collect... In this episode, we'll look into the origins behind making deals with the demonic forces, from the oldest to the most famous.  And of course I'm going to work the film Crossroads in there as well.   I'll also take you through a quick fun little experiment to get you thinking about value, how it impacts our success, the forms value take, and ways to think about how others perceive the value that you bring.   Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays for new episodes every week! Sponsored by: Kaiju Coaching The Evil Pin Club Background music by Divider Line via a Creative Commons license.
15:34
September 28, 2020
EP 01 - Doppelgangers - Impostor Syndrome
What happens when you run into a copy of yourself? Doppelgangers are creatures who can take on the form of another. In the first episode of the Inner Monster Podcast, we'll dive into the mythology of doppelgangers including their literary Germanic origins in the 18th century.  I then explore the analogues of impostor syndrome to the doppelganger, and offers some ways of rethinking about our relationship to impostor syndrome that might turn these inner monsters from foes to friends. Mark your calendars for Inner Monster Mondays for new episodes every week!   Sponsored by: You (via Patreon!) - Join for early listens, sneak peeks, art, coaching, and more! The Evil Pin Club - The creepy, affordable art that inspires the monsters
09:04
September 28, 2020
Inner Monster Podcast - Trailer 1
A quick overview of what's in store for the Inner Monster Podcast, as well as the launch date (psst - It's 9/28/2020) Background music by Divider Line via a Creative Commons license.
01:18
September 17, 2020
Inner Monster Podcast - Trailer 00
Learn what the Inner Monster Podcast will be all about, and save the date for it's launch on Sept. 28, 2020. Background music by Divider Line via a Creative Commons license.
00:48
September 14, 2020