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High Level Narcissists – Beyond the Flawless Image – Manipulations and Deceits

Your marital relationship with a high level narcissist is expendable. They are incapable of being loyal to anyone but themselves. 

Authentic feelings are not part of the high level narcissist’s psychological vocabulary. They tell great stories about their devotion to their spouse and children but this makes for great drama and image enhancement. 

The high level narcissistic spouse is always looking for new sources of psychological supply that will keep his ego fully inflated. 

High level narcissists always move on when things get difficult. They are not disposed to work on their marriage. They simply replace their spouses with others.

Pay attention to your needs and gifts. Don’t blame yourself for becoming involved in a marriage with a narcissist. 

Focus on your talents, well being and unique creative gifts. Give yourself tremendous credit for your insights, great character and the rediscovery of your true self.

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On Alchemy: Deep Dive on Liberation

What happens when one realizes one show alone, The Ascension Show, cannot possibly address the week’s topic  “Liberation”, especially during Black History Month?  Well, you produce another show on your platform that does, a show that addresses the feelings, triggers and questions around that word. This week, on the On Alchemy show, Dr Denise and […] Continue reading…

Episode 58: This Week's Digest

On This Week’s Digest, Catherine and Francis explore themes that were relatable from their conversation with Kristina Bruce, Certified Body Trust Provider. Francis reflected on how it is important for folx experiencing body image dissatisfaction to meet themselves where they are, and to take a more neutral approach towards their body image. He discusses how, for him, body image dissatisfaction was present before, during, and after his eating disorder experience. Catherine shares how her lived experience with body image dissatisfaction was different, and that during the throes of her eating disorder experience, the behaviors were more related to control than hating her body. Still, the co-hosts both recognize that recovery is made harder by external forces that contribute to the narrative that a certain body is “good”, “healthy”, or “ideal”. Every body is good. Health is individualized and is not an epidemic. And the ideal body image mentality is a scam aimed to profit off of individual’s low self-esteem. You are allowed to love the body you have. And if that feels like too much right now, you are allowed to take care — and be neutral towards — the body you have. Nourish it. Begin to respect it. Your happiness does not have to be tied to your physical appearance. In fact, life can feel more free when it’s not.

151 – Shawna Murray-Browne – Anti-oppressive and Liberation-focused

“So, here’s the thing: liberation work is about imagination.” ~Shawna Murray-Browne

What a treat this episode is (IMHO), and what a gift Shawna Murray-Browne is! That exclamation point is not hyperbole, as you’ll soon hear. As founder and executive director of Kindred Community Healing, Shawna is a liberation-focused practitioner whose forward-thinking mental health care has the power to restore generations past, present, and future. I first came to know Shawna through her brilliant class Decolonizing Therapy for Black Folks, a program so influential that I took it a second time alongside my entire staff.

Liberation is the work of reconnection, a reweaving of generational threads so that the holes left by trauma are finally, wholly addressed. 

“I do think that connecting to our pre-colonial history helps us to understand some of our karmic sort of energy,” Shawna says, holding space for my inquiry about white expressions of pre-colonial wholeness as well. She ends our mind-bending, heart-opening discussion with this gem: “Our only way forward is together.” 

Remember how I said that I’d taken Shawna’s course twice now? Yeah, well, this is one of those episodes that I’m going to return to again and again. The gift is so good. Listen in, you’ll see.

Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C, is an award-winning community healer, national speaker, and Liberation-Focused, Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Kindred Community Healing and the Principal Consultant at Kindred Wellness LLC. Trained as an integrative psychotherapist, Shawna has created life-changing, community-based sacred spaces, honoring culture, to equip Black women, youth, and change-makers with the tools to heal themselves.

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#1: Conversations with a Wounded Healer by Sarah Buino, LCSW, RDDP, CADC, CDWF Friday, March 5, 2021 – 9:30am – 12:30pm CST

In this field, we are encouraged to practice self-care, but not often encouraged to take a deeper look at what comprises “wellness” and what gets in the way. This is not a fluffy self-care seminar, but rather a call to action designed to challenge participants to step into their own healing with courage. In order to thrive in this field, it’s crucial we shine a light on what really matters when it comes to caring for ourselves and the barriers that get in the way of being our best selves.

#2: Friday, May 7, 2021 – Trauma from the Individual to the Collective by Rayell Grayson, LCPC, CADC and Sarah Buino, LCSW, RDDP, CADC, CDWF #3: Friday, September 17, 2021 – Body Language by Joanna Taubeneck, LCPC, R-DMT, GL-CMA, E-RYT #4: Friday, November 19, 2021 – Queering our Conversations by Benji Marton, LCSW

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Narcissistic Spiritual Gurus

For some time there have been a growing number of  Spiritual Teachers who are Narcissistic Personalities. The are among the most magnetic and charismatic individuals. 

There are many individuals who have been through very difficult and traumatic childhoods and deprivations. Some are going through divorce, shifts in their psychological and emotional well being.  Coming to the rescue are “narcissistic Gurus” who have all the answers. Charismatic, charming, excellent communicators and story tellers, these individuals offer courses that calm you down and that can make you rich. 

Often physically attractive with excellent communication skills, tey can captivate any audience.  Many travel the world, peddling their packages for thousands of dollars.  I have seen their self entitled over the top lifestyles, born out of the money that they extract from psychologically vulnerable people. 

I share my experience with a very “gifted” high level narcissistic guru. 

Pay attention to your intuitive gifts. You know the truth. Discover your own spiritual practice that has special meaning to you. Be kind, patient and understanding with yourself.

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MMA, Mental Health & Love | Mavrick & Gwen

A pioneer in MMA, Mavrick is also an entrepreneur. Mavrick also has a background as a movie and TV personality. Mavrick’s career took off after becoming the bodyguard for Janet Jackson.

Mavrick launched a successful MMA career with 32 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw, including 5 World Titles.

Mavrick still wanted more. He went on a spiritual journey before eventually finding his wife Gwen, who has her own impressive resume.

Listen as the two discuss their lives along with their own perspective on the issues of mental health & addiction.

For more, visit www.timkrass.com and be on the lookout for my upcoming book “You Don’t Have To Swallow Your Gun.”

Why ADHD Brains Crave Sugar and Carbs

Becca King, a dietitian with ADHD who specializes in help others with ADHD develop health eating habits, shares the role dopamine plays in binge eating and explains the idea of “conscious eating” and why it’s important.  She also offers up advice to several questions Ned poses like, “How do I stop myself from eating the whole pint of ice cream?” and “How can I break the pattern of binging on carbs when I love eating them?”

Learn more about Becca King, MS, RDN, LDN on Instagram. You can find her with the username @adhd.nutritionist or click THIS LINK to schedule a call with Becca. 

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