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Wellness + Wisdom with Josh Trent

The Wellness + Wisdom Podcast is a global collective dedicated to mastering physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world.

In this podcast together we gather, apply and embody the wisdom needed for authentic well-being in the 21st century.

Each episode is artfully crafted to go an inch wide and a mile deep into the Pentagon of Wellness: Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual & Financial.

Your host Josh Trent asks the questions no one else will ask to garner the truth about how to live a life of confidence, freedom, and optimal wellness—this is where together we walk the path of courage to cross the gap between knowing and doing.

Learn from world class leaders in the fields of physical intelligence, breathwork, emotional intelligence, behavior change, wellness, nutrition, behavioral psychology, habits, mindset, fitness, health, strength training, organic supplementation, biohacking, body transformation, psychedelics, mindfulness, meditation, neuroscience, mental health, spirituality, consciousness, the (7) pillars of wellness to live life well and (EI²)™ Emotional Intelligence + Inventory.

Apr 27, 2021

There are 3 Pillars to what I personally believe will shift someone's life and what I stand for which are Consciousness, Creativity, and Community. Consciousness brings you to the awareness of new ideas, ways of thinking, and ways of being. Consciousness makes us aware of the choices that are available to us. Creativity is the thing that isn't attached to the result. Creativity is the purest expression of your soul. It is the most healing frequency that you can bring through your body. It's your unadulterated, unfiltered expression and it doesn't have to be tied to how you earn your living but it gets to be part of your life. The third one is community and I think that it's very important for us to have a community that supports us along the way. - Adam Roa 


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Wellness Force Radio Episode 394

Host of the The Deep Dive Podcast as well as Founder of both The C.R.E.A.T.E Community and Surrendered Artists, Adam Roa, explores the masks we wore before COVID-19, the 3 Pillars to being yourself, how to integrate the ego using creative arts, and how he has used his own trauma to propel him forward in life. 


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Listen To Episode 394 As Adam Roa Uncovers:


[1:30] The Masks We Wore Before COVID-19


[17:30] Is The Life We're "Supposed" To Live A Lie?

  • Why Adam began questioning if everything else in life is a lie (college, career, money, things) if reaching his goal of popularity in high school didn't subdue his insecurities.
  • How he helps people when they get stuck on their own mountaintop of achievement and still feel unfulfilled.
  • Why we're not allowing ourselves, as a society, to even have a moment to give ourselves permission to take off our masks.
  • Society's expectations of men and why you're not "truly a man" if you let your guard down, fail, or show your emotions.
  • The toxicity in telling someone to "man up" and we need to be having more conversations about emotional intelligence, inner work, and just be more vulnerable.
  • Why Adam openly puts himself out there with his insecurities and vulnerability to help other people.
  • Struggles he has faced with depression, being molested at a young age, and being late to puberty.
  • The power of setting an intent and embracing a side of yourself that you don't give enough love and attention to every day.


[22:00] The 3 Pillars To Being Yourself

  • How we can begin the process of choosing to give ourselves permission to be ourselves.
  • Adam's 3 Pillars to changing your life: Consciousness, Creativity, and Community.
  • How community and having a tribe has changed Adam's life drastically.
  • Why the "game" of life hasn't been designed for us to do it alone but with the support of others.
  • The moment he sold everything he owned to go in a new direction and the challenges he faced in that transition in January 2013.
  • Abraham Hicks
  • What happened when he took a deep dive into studying spirituality.
  • The fact that we are the sum of the 5 people that we spend the most of our time with in life.
  • Unpacking the 1/3 rule: Why you want 1/3 of the people that you spend time with to be those who look up to you, 1/3 to be peers, and 1/3 to be people that you look up to.


[29:30] The Power Of Free Will & Manifestation In Difficult Times

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  • His and his former partner's mission for greater self development and how they teamed up with Preston Smiles and Alexi Panos to help facilitate their trainings.
  • The choice he and his former partner made to give away or sell 75% of their belongings as they surrendered to divine intervention and a new way of living life.
  • Why we will always have the choice in how we respond to our circumstances and environment.
  • What steps you can take to move forward, respond, and be resilient when sudden change impacts your life.
  • How to use other examples of people overcoming difficult obstacles to manifest positive energy in your own life.
  • Why how you respond now to a challenge will create the energetics of your next opportunities.
  • How we can embody bad habits just like we do with good habits even if we have a beneficial goal in mind.
  • Adam's own inner work journey which led him to an Ayahuasca circle and spiritual awakening.


[40:00] How To Integrate The Ego With The Creative Arts

  • The beauty of humility and accepting that maybe you don't have things figured out and this is an opportunity to grow.
  • The fact that we embody all of our current limiting beliefs until we work on them and grow.
  • Why it's so important to integrate your ego because if you don't, the ego blocks the conscious repetition of embodying love, belief in oneself, and beyond.
  • Steps you can take to healthily dissolve and integrate the ego without plant medicine.
  • Why Adam believes that anything that can happen in a plant medicine ceremony can also happen without it.
  • Exploring altered states of consciousness in and outside of plant medicine ceremonies and why these states are a necessity.
  • Breaking down how 98% of our thoughts are ones that we have unconsciously had before and the vast majority come from a space of negativity.
  • Other things you can do to get to a state of altered consciousness such as breatwork, meditation, yoga, or a hard workout.
  • How music, art, and spoken word help us integrate our egos.
  • The fact that true, sustainable change and shifts happen at the emotional level.
  • Why art can bypass so much of the ego mind because we've given it the permission to do that already.


[48:00] The Healing Starts With You

  • About his non-profit, Surrendered Artists, and their mission to teach young people how to use art as a healing technology.
  • How we stop hurt people, especially younger generations, from hurting people by equipping humans to deal with the inevitable hurt.
  • Why his mind suppressed his memory of being sexually molested at the age of 5 years old until he was ready and in an environment to help him heal from it.
  • How art creates a safe space for people to process and share their trauma and how you can equip your children with this tool.
  • Why, unless you're leading with compassion, you won't change a thing on your healing journey.
  • How Adam sees compassion as a way for us to externalize our self love.
  • Why some people including his ex-girlfriend feel that they cannot be as open about their thoughts, beliefs, and emotions like Adam can.
  • His empathy for people who feel like they cannot express themselves and how much they must be hurting because of it.
  • Why we cannot truly have compassion for others until we have compassion for ourselves first.
  • Why you have to feel worthy of the thing you want to call into your life from a place of self-love.
  • The fact that sometimes we have to unlearn things that cut us off from self-love and compassion.


[58:30] Understanding Our Karmic Patterns, Purpose, and Desires

  • Programmed life expectations that Josh learned at an early age that he had to learn to let go of: expect the worst to happen, money causes pain, and people can't be trusted.
  • Why Adam believes that we never actually conquer programmed thoughts, beliefs, and feelings.
  • How Adam views karma not as a cosmic scorecard but what your soul has agreed to including the particular limiting beliefs and wounds that you will take on in this lifetime that will become the edges of your comfort zone.
  • Exploring God's love for us and how we are expressions of that love as we exercise our desires by being in alignment through our work on earth.
  • Why writing has become one of the biggest ways for Adam to process his thoughts and emotions.
  • A writing practice for you by answering this question: What is the absolute worst case scenario that you are afraid of right now? Can I be okay with that reality?
  • Adam's own worst case scenario and why he has those fears because he was concerned with how people would view him.
  • How we can change our energy towards what fears frighten us the most by making peace with that possibility and run towards the vision that we want to create for ourselves.


[1:13:30] How Trauma Reveals Our Strength

  • Exploring capital 'T' trauma and Adam's own suppressed memories.
  • Why we might not be 50, 60 years old until possible suppressed memories come back to the surface for us.
  • What it was like for Josh growing up and not knowing what it means to truly love yourself.
  • How to integrate either lower 't' or capital 'T' trauma if and when they come up.
  • The difference between turning your breakdown into a breakthrough and assigning your breakthrough to your breakdown.
  • How we create even more trauma by believing that's how we create our strength.
  • What it means to fully accept and love your trauma compared to tethering it to your strength to create a storyline of victimhood and give it value.
  • Why constant breakdowns and breakthroughs are not the right way to grow and be strong souls.
  • The power of choice we all have in how we respond to our trauma and past abuse.
  • How trauma does not give us strength but reveals our strength.
  • Law of Attraction: How it works and why it does not bring us trauma and abuse.


[1:26:30] How To Properly Process Trauma & Emotions

  • How a person can begin to process their trauma alone or with the help of someone else.
  • Why so many "coaches" and "mentors" out there are just great at recycling content and at marketing their business.
  • His belief that our bodies and souls will heal on their own in direct correlation with how safe they feel.
  • Why facilitation is incredibly beneficial to help someone heal and why he doesn't overvalue his role in the process.
  • How to find a safe place for you to heal whether that is by yourself at home, out in nature, or somewhere else with a group.
  • The fact that so many people are not in safe place at home during lockdown with their abusers.
  • Why we will be dealing with the mental and emotional health damages of COVID-19 for a very long time.
  • What to do if you're so uncomfortable with being left alone with your emotions.
  • Why the goal is not to move through all of your emotions in one moment but over time.
  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine
  • Come to terms that healing is actually a lifelong job; there's no fast pass or quick fix for it.
  • What would happen if we switched our focus from healing to learning, being creative, and playing?



[1:47:00] Tools To Cultivate A Healthy Mind

  • His words of advice for people struggling with mental health and mental illness.
  • Different practices for journaling where you call in your ancestors or the cosmos and allow yourself to write as a vessel for that.
  • The three different ways that Adam enjoys journaling: factual, philosophical exploration, and opening yourself up to be a vessel.
  • Cosmic Philosophy: A Month In The Light by Adam Roa
  • How Adam as opened himself up as a vessel for writing and has shared that experience in his book, Cosmic Philosophy.
  • The power of giving your thoughts and emotions a voice to help you process them and how that was one of the deepest ways that Adam was able to manage his depression.
  • How it took Josh two years to work through and heal the PTSD and OCD he received from a plant medicine ceremony.
  • Why so many people ask him what self-love really is and his thoughts on it today.
  • How to start investing in a relationship with yourself to help you create greater self-love and attract the life that you want from the universe.
  • Why heartbreak can be one of the most impactful experiences that keeps us from greater awareness, consciousness, and personal growth.


Power Quotes From The Show

Are You Being True To You?


"The day that everyone started face masks I asked myself, 'How much do we really see someone?' Even if they're walking down the street and I notice them, do I really see them? In society, people are craving authenticity and yet at the same time putting up their own walls around the truth of how they're feeling with themselves. So many people are not being honest with themselves about the fact that they're unhappy in their marriage or their job or where they live or they feel really lonely or whatever it is." - Adam Roa


You Don't Need A Breakdown For A Breakthrough


"You're not strong because of your trauma. You're strong because of how you responded to the trauma which was your inherit birthright of divine strength and spirit. The human spirit is unbelievable! So, why would I tether my strength to that trauma? I'm going to say, 'No.' I brought my strength to respond to that trauma and that is what turned me into this person. Because I used my spirit. I used my strength. I used my courage. I used all of me to work through that trauma and it shaped me in this way but I didn't need that. That didn't have to happen for me to be inherently strong and capable and worthy. If that were the case, we would be intentionally inflicting it upon everyone because it would be a necessity but it's not. The breakdown isn't the only way we to grow and get the breakthrough. You can find the breakthrough differently and we need to stop assigning our strengths to our traumas and woundings." - Adam Roa


What You Resist Persists

"If you really go into your worst case scenario of what could happen and just make peace with that possibility - what we resists persists - and so you're no longer in resistance to that scenario. If it happens, it happens and you can still do everything you can to not go in that direction. That's not going to change but the energy changes. You're now not running away from your worst case scenario but running towards the vision you have for yourself." - Adam Roa

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About Adam Roa

Adam Roa is an internationally touring artist and speaker who was listed by Goalcast as one of the “Top 33 Gamechangers to Watch in 2019″. His viral poem, “You Are Who You’ve Been Looking For” has been viewed more than 180 million times.



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