What A World Podcast

What A World Podcast

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By Randall Thomas
Exploring life through stories of individuals. As above so below. Randall Thomas hosts whataworldpocast.com asking What shaped you into who you are? And what wisdom can you share?
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Element Songs- Water and Fire
Randall Thomas and What A World Podcast present the first part of the elements series Water and Fire. All music and sounds on this podcast are made exclusively by Randall Thomas. Hire Randall Thomas at randallthomasmusic.com for #vocals
09:11
October 11, 2019
Bobby Exodus pt 2 Psychedelics, Consciousness, Zero
Writer, artist and forever kitty Bobby Exodus is a wordsmith and priest in the figurative Temple of Zero. In this episode we pontificate upon the divine and etherial in order to confuse ourselves and laugh a bit. Bobby touches on the danger of over extending yourself in practices and getting lost in meditation. The use of psychedelics in finding emotional release, flushing energy, finding stuck trauma and accessing emotion. To find research on the use of psychedelic compounds for depression, anxiety, mood disorders and addiction see Johns Hopkins research partly funded by fellow podcaster @timferriss find the research page here. https://hopkinspsychedelic.org/publications Find Tim at https://tim.blog I feel that that our ultimate goal in life should be to reduce suffering on the individual and universal level. If we are not trying to reduce suffering for ourselves we should at least try to reduce the suffering of human kind. Bobby and I touch on the archetype of Christ and consciousness as the One. “Consciousness is what is” Bobby says. Christ consciousness can be explored through Richard Rohr’s Universal Christ. Rohr says “Christ is more than Jesus’ last name” see article here: https://cac.org/another-name-for-every-thing-the-universal-christ/ Bobby says he is nibbling his cosmic fruit and is waiting till death (most likely) to have a full mystical experience. This is good because I believe once we are absorbed back into the Pleroma, there is no coming back. We converse on the concept of Zero. (I talk a little crazy divine number theory.) The concept of Zero was a popular theme among native philosophers in the early 21’st century. The exploration of which would take more than this article. We talk about the Ouroboros. What happens when the snake finishes its self? Bobby recalls a Ren and Stimpy episode dealing with a belly button fairy. Zero yourself by singing up for the 3 minute meditation at whataworldpodcast.com Lesson: What comes first the chicken or the egg? The snake. The snake eats its body until it becomes an egg again and reincarnates. Be open to what people are saying and give them the respect of exploring their ideas through active listening. Learn to be fluid like water. This is an old Taoist philosophy I try to embody as much as possible. Water can be fluid and easy but erode the rocks away just the same. Bobby reminds us to Not give negativity any energy and to let it bounce off your “plasma shield”. Overusing logic- sounds like thinking your feelings Having health problems lead to an inward journey of healing and learning for Bobby. It made him come to terms with death. Developing a tumor in the stomach, losing most of his blood, getting a transfusion, all of that never got him down. With a positive attitude, practice and dedication, he is as healthy as a redhead horse. Bobby is living happy and having a baby soon. #babyexodus Bobby exodus.bandcamp.com whataworldpodcast.com Randall Thomas RandallThomasMusic.com
1:04:47
September 18, 2019
Toxic Clothing and Sustainable Couture with Jeff Garner
Jeff Garner is concerned about all the waste, chemicals, and pollutions of every day industrial consumerist life. His vision is to create sustainable lifestyle fashion using non-toxic and long lasting clothing.  Jeff designs and produces each piece to last for generations. He admits that this is a comparatively poor business model. The big clothing companies design their clothing to be produced cheap and deteriorate fast. Got a rip or a hole? No problem, it was $7 anyway- throw it out.  This allows for higher volume of sales. The demand has become cheap, throw away fashion perpetuated by a culture numb to waste and toxins. We see it every day. All Day. Another leaky nuclear reactor? Eh, we already have 2. Another widespread fire in Siberia? It’s just trees… we cut those down all day.  “Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth- don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.” — Aesop Jeff lives a life pursuing beauty and to achieve beauty there has to be harmony. This also means avoiding and (where possible) do away with toxic things all together. From clothing to food, (he mainly only eats yogurt and açaí berries for every meal) and even to the things he allows inside of his head. (He hates horror films)  Any question of his authenticity was immediately put to rest after my very first inquiry in our interview. Jeff is obviously passionate about spreading awareness and creating a new paradigm in eco friendly fashion. ..." Find the whole blog post at whataworldpodcast.com/blog/jeff-garner  -- Support at Patreon.com/whataworldpodcast -- Visit Prophetik.com to see Jeff's work -- Randall Thomas, What A World Podcast, Eco Friendly Fashion, Conscious Design, Jeff Garner, Prophetik, What A World Podcast, Nashville, Malibu, Tennessee, California, randallthomasmusic@gmail.com #fashion 
44:45
August 15, 2019
#10 Bobby Exodus- Hiphop, Meditation, Sexual Energy
This episode is featuring the quick witted rap master Bobby Exodus. Bobby is a musician, artist, lyricist and philosopher. I love talking to him because he can speak on every level very intentionally. He is a master of words and a devious little redhead with the kind of sense of humor that wins over most people given enough time. In this first part we talk about his music and some of the struggles growing up trying to do the right things and fighting natural instincts. Bobby is another one of my favorite people in the world so first I wanted to share some of his music and lyrics before we get into the interview. So I play Cloud Noise and Matter Batter by Magic of Science and Bobby Exodus. I talk with Bobby about doing music and one of his projects Magic of Science with Bobby Exodus. Bobby talks about learning how to program beats on cakewalk and rap on cheap computer mics. We talk about how music helped curb his appetites for earthly pleasures.  Coming up in hiphop with Maurice Barret and Maurice Bishop with a group called Royalty. He talks about feeling like you’re doing something worth while through creating music. Bobby tells us that writing and surrounding yourself with the right people is crucial for growth.  We talk a bit about battle raps with Spoken Nerd (Nathan Conrad), rapping on the streets as promos for shows, and learning to hold your own lyrically in a cypher. Bobby says writing rap helped to identify questions which drove him towards God and the church, becoming involved in church and preaching through his music.  Instead of talking about belief systems Bobby asks himself “What is a belief? Is a belief even important?” Christianity became an identity and a way to belong to a community for him.  Bobby eventually broke away from the church feeling unfulfilled.  He talks about how abstinence affected his walk with God. Replacing sex with unhealthy ways to exercise pent up sexual energy like drinking. Feeling like he was being cheated by being abstinent. Not knowing how to talk to girls, expecting the wrong things from women because of the poison of pornography.  He talks about finally giving up and giving himself permission to experience the sexual part of life he stayed away from. Bobby speaks about feeling a need to play catch up on being social and sexual with women. Wanting an ultimate love, to feel close to someone.  Bobby tells us about calming sexual energy through meditation, cultivating feminine energy, and personal mystic work.  Experimenting with meditation- “I felt like I had a new toy.” He walks us through the microcosmic orbit meditation introduced by Thomas Anderson and his experiments with manipulating his experiences during meditation.  Randall Thomas 2019 randallthomasmusic@gmail.com What A World Podcast whataworldpocast.com randallthomasmusic.com Bobby Exodus Solomon 
48:50
August 8, 2019
#9 Randallramblings and some songs- Patreon.com/whataworldpodcast
Lucky number 9... I don't have anyone to interview this week!  I, Randall Thomas made a promise to entertain and enlighten... well maybe just entertain.  In this episode I present a couple more songs for you guys and entertain myself (and you) with my mouth. I also tell you I set up a page at Patreon.com/whataworldpodcast  I have more T-shirt designs and blog posts at the site!  whataworldpodcast.com
14:54
July 14, 2019
#8 Grady Walker the Last Cowboy
Grady walker We talk about PRCA, Hollywood, music industry, Developing the I-Can-Do-It mentality as well as skill and persistent “If you don’t think you can ride that horse or ride that bull, you’re not going to” We talk about how he met his wife and working at Michael McDonald’s studio.  Triggering the Universal Studio’s flood. Working in western films. Grady admits to being a sperm in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex with Woody Allen. Working on newsies.  Moving from Hollywood to Nashville and switching from the film to the music industry.  Working on stages around Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire, Charles Bronson Working on sets in Hollywood - Working with David Carradine in music and film. Working on Kung Fu with Carradine and the Kung Fu Masters who would work on set, staying away from witches, being mistaken for police.  Writing with and working for Michael McDonald in the music industry.  Randall Thomas What A World Podcast whataworldpodcast.com #michaelmcdonald #fredastaire #davidcarradine #hollywood #losangeles #universalstudios #music #musicindustry #proaudio #producer #engineer #gradywalker #randallthomas #whataworldpodcast #kungfu #western #horses #dannykaye #charlesbronson #inspirational #cowboy #acting #actor #musician 
39:58
June 24, 2019
#7 Randall Thomas Introduction and Vocal Showcase
I am Randall Thomas-  I moved to Southern California from Nashville Tennessee.  In this episode I Introduce myself and what I do as a writer and singer. I speak on how I became a musician and session vocalist, How I Learned guitar with Evan Carlisle, son of Bob Carlisle. (Bob Carlisle was the co-writer of “Butterfly Kisses” with my father Randy Thomas in the 90’s.) I speak on playing in a band with Josh and Zach Farro who ended up forming Paramore.  I also touch on learning how to sing rock and choir simultaneously while growing up.  Developing high end vocals and different vocal techniques I also talk about my party trick of Tuvan Throat Singing and how I love to learn all different styles of singing.  I talk a little about the art of session singing. Working with awesome producers and engineers. Then I play some clips showcasing my vocal reel to get a feel for my vocal diversity.  I show off my Tuvan Throat singing technique and then play a song written with Josh Farro called Over Overwhelmed.  I also showcase a song from my old band Mesas - "On A Cloud" which I always loved. “It’s a long track, crossing Jordan, over land and the sea. Don’t delay me, don’t repay me, I’m a champion of the meek. Downed in hell and crowned in wealth cant save yourself from me. Just.a moment, just a wink, theres no one quite like a thief.” - On A Cloud More music to come with Grady Walker who will be the interviewee for next week’s episode.  whataworldpodcast.com Randallthomasmusic.com Randall Thomas randallthomasmusic@gmail.com
24:41
June 13, 2019
WAW #6 Addiction and Redemption with David Hall pt. 3/3
In this episode David and I talk about how he came to get sober and regaining trust from his family.  We learn that the consequences of numbing consequences result in larger consequences.  Recovery treatment taught David how to find the center of himself.  “You can not forget about home because now you know about it” David reveals the big secret that trying to get sober for everyone else fails until the pain has to become so bad that the individual wants to make a change. Going from addict to fanatic- David experienced emotional distancing instead of enabling from family and intensified using substances.  Taking the path less traveled to his home, David took the last minute chance decision to take the long road home and ended up driving himself into a psychic epiphany. - Gaining a new perspective on life after realizing his decisions have been affecting his life and family.  This ended up with him calling his sponsor and making a deal to get sober.  He speaks on keeping his promise of delving into the 12 step program with private meetings a few times a week to study about sobriety. How his sponsor was a preacher who could help him in learning how to study and cross reference the recovery literature.  David talks about the importance of knowing where the center of yourself is and releasing secrets to a trusted confidant without judgement or worry of confidence being broken. He talks about the importance of having a trust built relationship with your sponsor- having a reliable person for your secrets and having developed trust with that person.  David says you can not be sober until you decide to be sober.  Finding the catalyst for a paradigm shift.  “The secrets will make you sick” David speaks about having to divulge his deepest secrets to his wife and parents.  He ends on the importance of acknowledging the good things in life. 
49:29
June 3, 2019
#5 David Hall- why he left music, psychological manipulation and finding your own worth
Whataworldpodcast.com - This is the story of David taking a sabbatical from music and the struggles of breaking back into the industry he left.  In this part he speaks on having to leave the music industry to take care of family situations especially with his daughter being psychologically manipulated by a sociopath.  How gaslighting is a psychological control technique.  How triangulation is used in a family dynamic.  The pains that come from holding boundaries.  How the psychological and physical abuse was not enough to have a psychopath arrested without solid proof.  How a white man with the right look was arrested multiple times just to get out on bail for all kinds of unlawful activities.  David talks about working his “Big Boy Job”- Working in a whole different industry managing and selling billboards and working his way down to becoming a worker clearing the line of site and putting up billboards on the side of the road. Changing vocations out of needing a sense of purpose and trying to maintain his family.  In the aftermath of needing to take time off from music, David lost 7 years of momentum. After 4 years of taking a break David is back in the music industry and ready for a new beginning.  David talks about learning the value of being vulnerable and not being prideful. He also speaks on learning to lean on your relationships- being a giver and a taker and being comfortable becoming the taker in times of need.  He touches on breaking the family dynamic cycles and his hopes for his son. The lesson he has learned from the past few years is understanding that his self worth used to be wrapped up in what he did and finding a new center to fully realize his true worth. 
1:32:55
May 26, 2019
#4 What A World Podcast - Music and Mentorship with David Hall part 1/3
Whataworldpodcast.com - I met David when he was working for Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN as he was the engineer for a project I was hired for to do session vocals. Ever since then I have worked with David and kept in contact because he is one of the nicest and funniest men I have met in the industry. David Hall is a music engineer and producer who has worked with world famous artists from across the globe and was mentored under Csaba Petocz. In this episode we talk about his start in the music industry in the 90's and how he met his mentor. This is the first part of a 3 part conversation I had with David about his story and his eventual break from music. David is back in the game though and has a very dramatic and tragic story to tell. He opened up to tell his story to me and I am so grateful. . . Podcoin
31:03
May 20, 2019
#3 What A World Podcast- Tranceformation Training with Ernest Chapman
Whataworldpodcast.com - In this episode we cover Ernest Chapman’s 5 M’s: Music Magick Masonry / Freemasonry Marketing Martial Arts Ernest has built a career with his ability for connecting dots. The real transformation is what you do with the system you receive. Martial arts is one way to test the system you have learned in the real world- Training for a black and white reality- cut or be cut. Find the pain that makes you want to change and manage the emotional and psychological resources you have. “You can create a lot of the elements of your reality with your mindset.” A paradigm shift is going from theory to practical. A paradigm shift is when your whole world is transformed. The importance of mentors - someone who will throw you off balance. Find teachers who make you uncomfortable and push you off the cliff. Mentor is someone who has gone through the heroes journey. You have to be able to follow the leader. Master the fundamentals to be able to learn at a higher level. So when you’re with the grand master they don’t have to waste time teaching you the fundamentals. m25suj5w
51:48
May 13, 2019
#2 What A World Podcast Conversation with Thomas Orr Anderson- Qigong and Attention
whataworldpodcast.com - Thomas Orr Anderson is a trained physicist, writer, musician and healer. He is a scientifically minded mystic and waterfall enthusiast. Thomas is a prolific writer with his last book being “Master Handbook of Sound Healing”. He also designs and builds hi fidelity sound immersion tables and is a student and innovator in sound therapy and healing.  In this episode (Episode #2 of What A World Podcast) Thomas speaks on the way of Qigong and attention, his studies under a 105 year old medicine man in Mexico and a 4 day dance ritual.  Thomas talks about the importance of teachers and especially teachers who teach without words. “The most important knowledge is precisely the knowledge that cant be said” He has learned challenging lessons through synchronicity and altered states of consciousness. We touch on Qigong and the healing effects of attention.  He tells us about moving attention to find where you need to heal and using awareness to achieve this.  Thomas is a student of Zen and the Tao. He talks about his passion for having a positive influence in the world.  “You’re especially suited in a unique way for doing something good for somebody” “Genius is making ones imbalances useful” He touches upon Neurofeedback and the importance of imbalance, the uses of deficiencies and excess and how being an individual is good for the world.  Presented and produced by Whataworldpodcast.com find Thomas at phisonics.com and siriuscolors.com or thomasorranderson.com
1:05:13
May 6, 2019
#1 What A World Podcast Conversation with Sifu David Stephens
Looking for a way to train your mind, body and soul? Master David Stephens owner and headmaster of Shaolin Kung Fu School of Martial Arts may have exactly what you are looking for. Based out of Hendersonville, TN - Sifu Stephens teaches martial arts with a focus on community, personal development, and has cultivated a safe space for anyone of any creed, color or age to come and learn the ancient way of the east. He is currently enrolling new students and offers the first class as a free offering to those interested. He will not disappoint you if you are looking to train your body, mind or soul.  Sifu David Stephens is a martial arts teacher and headmaster of Shaolin Concepts School of Martial Arts in Hendersonville Tennessee. He is a 6th generation disciple of Kwong Sai Jook Lum Southern Mantis Kung Fu as well as a teacher of Ng Family Style Kung Fu, Kenpo Karate, and Filipino Martial arts. FIRST CLASS IS FREE. Master Stephens is also a philosopher and mystic practicing ancient Chinese spirit work as well as a devout Christian man. He practices Qigong, healing and fighting. He is a perfect example of the interplay and relationship between Yin and Yang. Hard and soft.  In this episode we explore Southern Mantis Kung Fu and some of the theory behind the art. Master Stephens talks about his experiences in life including his encounter and discipleship under Master Gin Foon Mark in learning the art of Southern Mantis Kung Fu.  On the show you will hear how Southern Mantis Kung Fu was developed and some of the principles of the technique. We talk about Master Stephens’ kundalini awakening, spirit work (Shengong), Taoism, and the death of ego. He also speaks on coping with the death of loved ones, developing your inner self, chi gong (qigong) and Christian mysticism. We discuss mastering feeling, harnessing anger, acceptance, enlightenment and change. Developing mind body and soul is the business of Master Stephens and he is eager to teach anyone willing to take the next step.  Books recommended by the master: Power Vs. Force - David Hawkins  The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
1:18:56
April 30, 2019
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