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Living from the Soul with Sam Torode

Living from the Soul with Sam Torode

By Sam Torode
How do you create a life filled with passion and purpose? How do you navigate through challenging times? This ad-free podcast features conversations with artists, thinkers, healers, and seekers of all sorts. "Living from the soul means thinking, speaking, and acting in accordance with your truth. When you connect with the soul and allow it to shine through all that you say and do, you’ll become fully and truly yourself" (from the book "Living from the Soul" by Sam Torode). www.samtorode.com
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Tracey Owens Lowd — Remember Your Truth
This week I’m happy to be speaking with Tracey Owens Lowd. Tracey combines the skills of life coach, spiritual counselor, and energy healer. She leads retreats and works with individuals at her office in Atlanta or anywhere in the world through online sessions. In this interview, Tracey talks about growing up as a highly intuitive, spiritually-aware child, and the challenges she had to overcome in order to put her gifts to use as a healer. I ask her about the different modalities she uses to work with mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Questions include: What are “limiting beliefs” and how can we unlearn them? How can we change negative thought patterns? What is energy healing? How can we find our purpose in life? We also discuss manifestation—getting clear on what you want, and bringing more of it into your life. And the vital role of struggle—not always getting what you want—in sparking growth.  Visit Tracey’s website: rememberyourtruth.com Follow Tracey on social media: instagram.com/traceyowens1 instagram.com/rememberyourtruthatl facebook.com/traceyowensEC facebook.com/RememberYourTruth This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s Torode’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at samtorode.com.
01:17:35
February 22, 2021
Victoria Wyeth — Art & Emotion
Today I’m honored to be speaking with Victoria Browning Wyeth. Victoria is the only granddaughter of artist Andrew Wyeth. Her great-grandfather, N. C. Wyeth, was a celebrated illustrator, and her uncle, Jamie Wyeth, continues to expand the family's artistic legacy.  After graduating from Bates College in Maine, Victoria studied the history of psychiatry at Harvard and then earned her masters degree in psychology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.  Victoria has lectured at Wyeth exhibits from Paris to Tokyo, and frequently leads gallery talks at the Brandywine River Museum (Chadds Ford, PA) and the Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, ME). In Covid times, she’s reaching new audiences online.  Victoria has curated art shows and exhibited her own photography. A book of her photographs and accompanying essays, "My Andy," was published by the Greenville Museum of Art in 2017.  In this interview, Victoria shares many stories and insights, including this advice from N.C. Wyeth: “Paint what you know. Paint what’s in your heart. Paint with emotion. Paint with intensity.”  Visit Victoria’s website: victoriawyeth.com Follow Victoria on Instagram: instagram.com/victoriabrowningwyeth Watch Victoria’s tribute to Betsy Wyeth mentioned in the episode: brandywine.org/museum/betsy-james-wyeth Watch Victoria’s last interview with Andrew Wyeth: youtu.be/Teoei9XGrrg View works by Andrew Wyeth: andrewwyeth.com/gallery Victoria Wyeth photo credit: Jim Graham  This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s Torode’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at http://www.samtorode.com.
56:38
February 15, 2021
Aaron Zenz — The Saga of the Hiccupotamus
This week I’m excited to share a conversation with a bestselling author/illustrator who also happens to be my former college roommate—Aaron Zenz.  Aaron reveals the hidden history behind his smash hit, “The Hiccupotamus.” It involves a case of hiccups, a college assignment, bankruptcy, embezzlement, a publishing executive’s daughter, and Jeff Bezos.  Aaron also tells the stories behind his amazing collaborative projects—creating a popular book review blog with his kids; setting off a global scavenger hunt for painted rocks; and drawing hundreds of monsters with schoolchildren. The latter two projects were finalists for the Grand Rapids Art Prize, one of the world’s largest art competitions.  Describing all the ups and downs of life as a freelance artist, Aaron’s humor, humility, and faith come shining through.  Buy Aaron’s books on Amazon: amazon.com/Aaron-Zenz/e/B0039ALVL0 Follow Aaron on Instagram: instagram.com/aaronzenz and Facebook: facebook.com/aaronzenz Visit Bookie Woogie: bookiewoogie.blogspot.com Watch Sam & Aaron’s silent movie “At the Ball”: youtu.be/6qdOOcVwy1U This episode opens with a clip from Maya Gasper reading “The Hiccupotamus”: youtu.be/pinbYoYgDYw
01:16:17
February 8, 2021
Anita Ashland — Experiments with Truth
In our 5th episode, Sam Torode converses with Anita Ashland, writer and spiritual seeker. First, they talk about their shared history joining the Eastern Orthodox Church in early adulthood, and their reasons for leaving. They discuss the paradigm shift from a literal reading of religious language to a metaphorical, symbolic understanding. Anita then delves into Jungian psychology, the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator, and Hellenistic astrology. This quote from Jason E. Smith summarizes her theme: “Religious institutions should not be seen as repositories of truth, but instead as opportunities for the individual’s own experiments with truth.”  Follow Anita on Instagram: instagram.com/anita.ashland Facebook: facebook.com/MysticalAnalytics Twitter: twitter.com/AnitaAshland And visit her website: mysticalanalytics.com  This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s Torode’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at samtorode.com.
57:57
February 5, 2021
Lisa’Anne Ivey — The Healing Power of Art
In our 4th episode, Sam Torode talks with Lisa’Anne Ivey, actress, poet, and all-around artist. Lisa’Anne grew up in Jamaica and initially pursued a career as a medical doctor, studying biology and psychology. But partway through medical school, she dropped out to pursue her true love—the performing arts. Lisa’Anne talks about the challenges of defying family expectations and finding her footing in Hollywood. She also reads two of her poems and chats with Sam about writing, singing, the relationship between sensuality and spirituality, and more. Follow Lisa’Anne on Instagram: instagram.com/lisaanneivey and Twitter: twitter.com/tweetleese Read Lisa’Anne’s blog: goldenhitchhiker.wordpress.com This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s Torode’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at samtorode.com.
57:32
February 1, 2021
Sam Weller — Lessons from Ray Bradbury
Imagine learning about creativity & the craft of writing from the master himself, Ray Bradbury! In our 3rd episode, Sam Torode speaks with Sam Weller, Ray Bradbury's authorized biographer. In addition to “The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury,” Sam collaborated with Ray on “Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews,” and “Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury.” Sam’s newest book is a beautiful collection of short stories, “Dark Black” (Hat & Beard Press, 2020).  Visit Sam Weller’s website: samweller.net Watch Sam’s “Creativity 451” series on YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UC1NKlnSslQsc7x78GB0wyvQ Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/sam__weller And Instagram: instagram.com/samtweller This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s Torode’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at samtorode.com.
01:21:01
January 25, 2021
Nicole J. Butler — Acting Is a Spiritual Practice
In our 2nd episode, Sam Torode speaks with actress Nicole J. Butler. Nicole has appeared in TV shows from “ER” and “CSI” to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Space Force.” She’s perhaps best known as “She-Shed Cheryl” from a viral State Farm commercial. Recently she wrote, produced, and starred in her own comedy series, “Sister President,” free to watch on YouTube. Her production company is called the Live True Project.  In this interview, Nicole discusses how she came to love the theater; the art of embodying a character; scripting her own series; her spiritual journey; the importance of on-screen diversity; politics and the pandemic; and more. Visit Nicole’s website: nicolejbutler.com  Watch “Sister President”: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAoubP1sR8LYB9ygNP7o3PihC76pTv1z0  Follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/nicolejbutler  And Instagram: instagram.com/nicolejbutler  This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at samtorode.com.
44:09
January 18, 2021
Trevor Clark — A Passion for Plants
In our inaugural episode, Sam interviews Trevor Clark, botanist and herbalist. Trevor tells the amazing story of how he became “obsessed” with plants and herbs after they helped him recover from debilitating illness stemming from a spinal injury. He explains how plants are scientifically analyzed, and discusses the use of medicinal herbs in treating a variety of conditions, including Covid-19.  Specific supplements mentioned include: Pau D’arco (fibromyalgia); Berberine (blood sugar); Crossvine (fatigue); Cordyceps mushroom, Vitamins C and D, Zinc, and Niacin (Covid-19); Mimosa tree, Rhodiola, and St. John’s Wort (depression).  Visit Trevor’s website: www.clarksherbs.com, and connect with him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/trevor.clark.752.  This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s books, including Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson, available at www.samtorode.com.
43:48
January 3, 2021