Transpersonal Psychology

auras-rainbow2Ostrolenk answers a question from @Coachkiki on transpersonal psychology, specifically detailing two classifications: non-ordinary states of consciousness, and stages of development. Through various interventions, individuals can enter non-ordinary states of consciousness and access information from times and entities not available during traditional consciousness. In stages of development, as described by Kohlberg, an individual transcends through a state of being egocentric, to ethnocentric, and finally to worldcentric. Ostrolenk provides details and examples of each classification, further noting that these are just two of many ways to conceive of transpersonal psychology.

The Future of the Quantified Self and Wearable Technology

images (1)Ostrolenk answers a question from @Coachkikia on the quantified self movement, and relevant technology currently available. Noting that although technological devices are still immature, great advancements will be seen in the coming years. Alongside these future developments, there will be gains in the measurement of physiological functions and subsequent health and wellness interventions. However, gains will need to be balanced with privacy rights, as information from this technology becomes available to numerous audiences.

#FeinWisdom: The Inevitable War with China

chinaOstrolenk speaks with Bruce Fein on US-China relations following a spokesman for the Defense Ministry in China stating that war is inevitable if the US insists on preventing China from expanding its presence in the South China Islands. Under the guise of preventing China from “destabilizing the region,” the United States is again seeking to fight another country’s war. The United States should, Bruce insists, ask itself if it is truly in our national interest to risk our men and women for Japan’s interests.

To learn more about Bruce and his work, check out his website at:, and his books: American Empire Before the Fall; Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, or follow him on Twitter: @BruceFeinEsq

Women’s Self Defense Seminar by Otis Berry

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 12.34.59 PMOstrolenk speaks to Otis Berry, Krav Maga instructor at Martial Arts Academy, who has an upcoming Women’s Self Defense and Car Jacking Seminar. Otis’ training focuses on what actions a woman can take, without victimizing or blaming. The seminar takes place on June 7th in Springfield, VA. To learn more about Otis Berry, visit his website.

Otis Berry, Krav Maga Instructor

IMG_2702Ostrolenk speaks with Otis Berry, his personal Krav Maga instructor. Otis describes how he came to be a Krav Maga instructor, his time in the military, and how he earned both his blackbelts. In addition to participating in numerous specialized classes and training under Bas Rutten, Otis has instructed several trainings himself, for both the U.S. Park Police Swat Team and military forces at Fort Hood.

To learn more about Otis Berry and his classes visit his website.

#MentalMusings: Float Tanks

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Ostrolenk answers a question from @Coachkiki regarding his experience in float tanks, a process he describes for those that are not familiar. Ostrolenk classifies the process as both contemplative and meditative. During a contemplative experience, without modern-day distractions, the mind focuses internally, leading to new insights on various topics. During a meditative experience, the process is without intention and the brain seeks information from within the body; for many this may reach a hypnagogic state. Lastly, Ostrolenk describes the benefits floating provides to both the body and the mind.
For more information on floating in Washington, D.C. check out <em>Hope Floats</em>, as mentioned during this mental musing: <a href=”“></a>, or listen to <a href=”“>Kimberly Boone’s</a> interview on the Ostrolenk Show.

Ben Parr on Captivology

IMG_3425 (1)Ostrolenk interviews Ben Parr, the cofounder and managing partner of DominateFund, and previous columnist for CNET, as well as co-editor and editor-at-large of Mashable. In discussing his book Captivology, Parr explains the science behind obtaining someone’s attention. Attention is the fundamental currency of the modern economy, Parr argues, and most professions value highly the ability to capture it. Captivology teaches these techniques, including our various levels of attention and what triggers them.

To learn more about Ben Parr and Captivology go to, and follow him on twitter at @BenParr.

#FeinWisdom: Abolishing the Federal Reserve

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 11.07.47 AMOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the establishment, current role, and practicality of the Federal Reserve. Contrasting the real-life consequences of the Fed’s actions with that of free market outcomes, Fein elaborates on how a central bank can actually be disruptive to an economy’s growth. Ultimately, Bruce concludes, the Federal Reserve should be abolished.

To learn more about Bruce and his work, check out his website at:, and his books: American Empire Before the FallConstitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, or follow him on Twitter: @BruceFein

Sacred Medicines

sacred-medicine-herbsOstrolenk answers a question from @CoachKiki on conventional versus sacred medications. The current-day paradigm of using conventional medications, Ostrolenk argues, simply seeks to manage the symptoms of a chemical imbalance. A more beneficial model is a sacred medicines paradigm, which gives recognition to the fact that health and wellness are part of a larger system. Rather than an individualistic approach that works to alter personal chemistry, utilizing sacred medicines allows an individual to take a deep-dive in to the root causes of various troubles, and explore cures.

#FeinWisdom: Using the Criminal Model to Fight Terrorism

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 11.02.12 AM (1)Ostrolenk talks to Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the recent rising of the US security threat level, and why America should be using a criminal model, rather than a war model, to fight terrorism. While the criminal model is not flawless, and issues of state sovereignty must be acknowledged, it is far superior to the war model. The war model, in contrast, seeks to scorch the earth as a means of protection, yet Fein argues this ultimately breeds resentment and make us less safe.

To learn more about Bruce and his work, check out his website at:, and his books: American Empire Before the FallConstitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, or follow him on Twitter: @BruceFeinEsq