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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.

Dec 7, 2021

Animals are present to us all of the time trying to get our attention; even when we're dreaming. You'll just hear of one or see one over and over again; take note of that when it happens. They are trying to work with you. Go into Animal Power, do the practice, and find out why they're here in your life now. They are the kind of spiritual allies who really do appreciate a good invitation into your life. Animals are such great teachers of not taking for granted the information and healing capabilities and medicines that are always around us but we have to return back to that presence and that honoring reverence of them. - Alyson Charles

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Wellness Force Radio Episode 425

Internationally renowned Shaman, Best-Selling Author, and Host of Ceremony Circle Podcast, Alyson Charles, shares how you can unleash your Animal Power with her upcoming book, unpacks her journey to becoming the Rock-Star Shaman, explains what shamanism actually is - the truths and the myths, and explores the meditative practice of candle gazing to connect with your heart center.

What if I told you that every person on this planet has a direct connection to the power of animals?

Discover how to use the wisdom and guidance of power animals over time to help you navigate your journey towards wellness, wholeness, and behavior change.


Discover Your Animal Power

Alyson Charles | What Is Your Spirit Animal? Shamanism, Sacred Nature & How To Awaken Your SoulBrimming with 100 different vibrant animal illustrations, transformative practices, and captivating stories from around the world, Animal Power is an enlightening guide to the power of the animal realm and how they bring peace, healing and empowerment to your life.

In this luxe compendium, get ready to discover rituals, meditations, and visualizations to connect with 100 remarkable animals and their specific messages to share with you. Learn how to connect with the animal power of the bear for comfort and protection, the leopard for confidence, the seal for healthy relationships, and the peacock for creative inspiration, and many others.

The practices are paired with illuminating stories from spiritual teachers around the world, plus sidebars with fascinating details on ancient traditions, global mythology, and scientific trivia. Delivered in an enchanting package overflowing with insight and magic, Animal Power is a celebration of the natural world and an inspiring companion for modern mystics, nature and animal lovers, and the spiritually curious.

Listen To Episode 425 As Alyson Charles Uncovers:

[1:30] Alyson's Rock-Star Shaman Origins

  • Alyson Charles
  • Animal Power by Alyson Charles
  • Ceremony Circle Podcast
  • Alyson's life journey and how it has shifted along the way.
  • What the "Rock-Star Shaman" name means and why Alyson took it on after a lot of deliberation.
  • 285 Luke Storey | Plants & Breathwork: Welcome To The Jungle
  • 361 Luke Storey: Relationships, Consciousness, & Coming Home To Yourself
  • Why Alyson believes integrity checks are important to make sure we are in alignment with ourselves.
  • The reality that there is spiritual bypassing happening in our world and the different challenges Josh has been faced because of this.
  • Josh's poor experience with Ayahuasca that led him on a path of intense healing.
  • Alyson's advice for finding a trusted spiritual mentor and how she maintains integrity as a shaman and spiritual teacher.
  • How to lean into your intuition and what you feel like you're called to do.
  • The vertical line that Alyson lives from: Mother Earth (Rock), Great Spirit (Star), and from her Heart (Shaman).
  • Power that comes from being open and willing for the Divine to guide you.
  • Why it's easier to trust in the Divine as it takes time for us to build great trust within ourselves.
  • The fact that you don't necessarily need plant medicine to go inwards and heal yourself.
  • How to decide which type of medicine is going to be the most beneficial for where you're at on your wellness journey.


[21:00] How to Follow Your Internal Guiding System

  • Abraham Hicks
  • What the internal guiding system is and how we can stop thought loops to really tune into it.
  • Simple practices including a hand to heart morning ritual you can do every day to check-in and focus on yourself.
  • How you can build a better relationship with yourself to build greater trust within.
  • What Alyson did to help connect the dots and understand the truth of her traumas: being willing to do the work.
  • Why doing the work, no matter how hard it is, is always worth it because you learn how to navigate the full spectrum of your emotions and feelings.
  • Her Seer abilities and mentality that would turn on while she trained for long-distance running when she was young but she didn't know what to do with it with pressure from her dad.
  • The ability she has to see people's blind spots, shadows, limitations, and how they're holding themselves back.


[26:00] The Most Powerful Teachers In Life

  • Alyson's process for really honing in and listening to her divine intuition.
  • Why facing challenges and knowing who you are will help build your intuitive skills.
  • How to know if past projections or experiences are clouding your judgment.
  • Why pain isn't the only teacher that can help us; joy can also provide us with many life lessons.
  • The Hero's Journey we all face and why we're always students for life while on this planet.
  • How Alyson helps people tune in and find their purpose.
  • The practice of candle gazing meditation and how she uses it to connect with her heart center and connect with Sacred Grand Fire.
  • How Alyson's experience as a competitive runner, athletics trainer, and talk show co-host were all part of her journey to where she is today.
  • The moment she willingly opened herself up to the path The Universe wanted her to go on to serve her purpose.


[49:30] What is Shamanism?

  • The fact that no one knows what they're doing and that's completely okay; it's all about doing your best.
  • What steps you can take when you get trapped in a pain body or several at once.
  • How you can view difficult situations as a teaching moment for yourself and those involved.
  • Different definitions of shamanism including a direct translation of "I don't know" in a foreign language.
  • How to make sense of shamanism and what it means to Alyson.
  • Why she believes shamanism is a planetary practice that connects us with Gaia and one another.
  • Soul Callings & Earthly Initiations: The Path of the Woman Shaman with Marie Mbouni
  • Different forms of shamanism and why each shaman is completely unique.
  • The importance of each shaman to go into that place of allness and totality with themselves in order to hold a sacred, pure safe space for others.
  • What Alyson does before performing a shaman journey with people.
  • The powerful transcendence and clearing that happens during a journey including one specific event she recently experienced.
  • What people should know about the beautiful wisdom of shamanism if they truly feel called to work with someone like Alyson.


[1:11:00] Animal Power: 100 Animals to Energize Your Life and Awaken Your Soul

  • Honoring the artist, Willian Santiago, who created the artwork for her book, Animal Power, and why finding the right person was so important for her.
  • Why they decided to put the black panther on the cover of Animal Power and the fact that it is actually Alyson's core power animal.
  • The training that Alyson has done with her aunt and how her power animals revealed themselves during that time: the black panther, frog, bear, and deer.
  • Specific examples of how her power animals help guide Alyson.
  • The moment the black panther revealed itself to Alyson and what it symbolizes in one's life.
  • Why Alyson chose 100 power animals to feature in her book when there are more.
  • How her personal clothing style has evolved with the upcoming release of Animal Power.
  • Her thoughts on someday putting out a second volume of Animal Power.


[1:28:00] What's Your Animal Power?

  • How we can decipher what our power animals are and how they specifically help.
  • Alyson's gift to you when you pre-order her book: A guided shamanic journey she facilitates to help you find out your animal animal.
  • Other ways to speak to your core power animal: sit in meditation and call to the animal that wants to speak to you now in your life.
  • How Animal Power works as a reference guidebook to help you learn more about your animal including power practices and energy medicine messages.
  • The importance of being present to the animals that come into your life frequently while you're both awake and asleep.
  • Why these spiritual allies do appreciate an invitation into your life on Earth.
  • The fact that the power animals that are present in our lives will shift over the course of our lifetime.
  • How this book can be used to help you check in with your alignment.
  • Alyson's invitation to shamans and spiritual teachers from all over the world to share a story in the book of how an animal has changed their life.
  • Boyd Varty
  • The powerful lesson that the snake taught Alyson one day when she found herself struggling.


[1:34:30] How to Transcend Your Personal Limitations

  • What guidance Alyson and these animals can give you if you're holding yourself back from something like a career change or just stepping into your personal power.
  • How we can become victimized by our own intellect at times.
  • Solocast | A Victim of Intellectualization & The Wisdom of The Heart
  • How we can sometimes become addicted to the process.
  • Why we are our own teachers and people like Alyson are just there to guide us and bring us back to ourselves.
  • How we can get easily hooked into cycles of seeking programs of personal development one after the next without really sitting and integrating with what we're taking in.
  • Why it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks about our journeys; we are following them and listening to Great Spirit for ourselves.
  • The importance of actually taking the time to do the real inner work instead of looking for a quick answer.


[1:43:00] What Trauma and Obstacles Can Teach Us

  • How Alyson navigates difficult situations in her own life.
  • Unexpected challenging conversations and relationship dynamics that recently came into her life.
  • The space and support Luke and her friends gave her during this difficult moment.
  • What Alyson had to let go of and allow to die off during a shamanic transition process.
  • Difficult moments and feelings of sadness both Alyson and Josh sometimes face because of what is happening in the collective in this moment.
  • Why Alyson sometimes feels alone with the unique gifts that she has been given.
  • The power of facing our traumas, teachings, and initiations so that we can hold a stronger, all-encompassing space.
  • Why she believes that willingness and vulnerability play an important key in the wellness journey.
  • How to tune in and return back to yourself to change the world rather than focusing on what others are doing.
  • Sacred Fire, Savanna Supernuts & Getting Down to Earth with Zac Efron with Darin Olien


Power Quotes From The Show

The Beauty of Divine Intervention

"When you go through the divine intervention where you have been resisting the truth of your being, the truth of your traumas, and you have been living with the veil over your head so tightly covering your third eye and living so tightly shrouded in ego and denial - once all of those systems get obliterated and you are forced to see the truth of yourself, you can't ever go back to untruth and denial any more. It can be uncomfortable but it's worth it because now you can navigate that whole spectrum of emotions and feelings. You also learn that once you get yourself through that portal of initiation, it is a magnificent process. I cannot go back to denial because it put me on a path of being unaligned with my purpose and everything else in my life." - Alyson Charles


The Planetary Practice of Shamanism

"Shamanism holds within it the truths across all time and all ways of both planet and all of the universes. It truly is a planetary practice that is about oneness and acceptance and unconditional love. Thus, it is an invitation for all beings." - Alyson Charles


How to Reveal Your Core Animal Power & Guides

"To call upon your core animal, the one that has been assigned to you for your entire life, it's a very sacred meeting and if you haven't done that yet my recommendation is to do a true shamanic journey which comes with Animal Power. You can do the journey at different times in your life depending on what you are going through and if you need a certain type of guidance, another animal will come into your life for however long you need it. If you have a meditation practice already, you can simply sit in meditation and call for the animal that wants to most serve you in your life right now but everyone receives the message differently. You might visualize or hear its name spoken in your ear. Then go to Animal Power and use it as your reference guidebook." - Alyson Charles

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About Alyson Charles

Alyson Charles | What Is Your Spirit Animal? Shamanism, Sacred Nature & How To Awaken Your SoulInternationally renowned Shaman, Best-Selling Author and Host of Ceremony Circle Podcast, Alyson Charles, went from being a national champion athlete, top-rated radio host and national daytime television talk show host, to aligning with her calling as a Shaman after a traumatic moment provided her awakening.

Since then, her ability to share ancient sacred wisdom and divine energy and be a powerful catalyst for change ignited a global phenomenon. Forbes has called her both “a leading Shaman for expanding others into their full gifts and power” and “a full-fledged guide into your psyche,” Oprah Magazine named Alyson’s guided Shamanic journey "a top meditation to try," Huffington Post championed her as “a top limit-breaking female founder,” Dazed Magazine named her “one of the top seven wellness accounts on Instagram” and Marie Claire Magazine selected her as the cover story and "the next big thing."

Alyson's Connection to Source & Great Mother Earth

Alyson devotes her life to living by the calls and directives of Source, spiritual immersions and expansions. She preserves the ancient wisdom practices and traditions. All while simultaneously honoring the precise way her Earth mission is to work in these modern times.

Alyson’s shamanic medicine and calling works directly with the wisdoms of Great Mother Earth and Great Spirit/Source (where the name she was instructed to use, Rock-Star Shaman, comes from). She honos the sacred truths of our planet and supporting the preservation of cultures and rituals (from astral and Earth) that unite humans more deeply with their Divine power within, oneness with all that is, our planet and the unseen realms.

Alyson is often called to share these teachings and transmission to very large, mass audiences, through various media channels and to the mainstream in powerfully creative ways. This allows the energies to go to places that perhaps need it the most. She has been a leading pioneer in this work, taking it to places it has never been before.