#FeinWisdom: Human Virtue, Vice and Power

VirtueMichael Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein, who discuss his theory of man – what motivates us to think and act the way we do – as well as the less commonly asked question: are these actions virtuous? Through a lifetime’s literature review on the topic, Bruce addresses how these basic motivations are influencing events in today’s world. He concludes with advice on how we can become a “Learn-Thrill,” better distribute power, and unify for virtue to improve ourselves and our country.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

Part 2: Dee Coulter on the Original Mind

 Michael and Dee Coulter, author of Original Mind, follow up with their previous gab session.  Coulter explains the importance of sleep and water consumption, and other things we can do from a physical and physiological perspective to lead more balanced and calmer lives.

Turns out that if we don’t carve out calming time and get enough sleep, we have a bias against new activities.  What we do to our bodies with respect to food and nutrition, water consumption, and even relaxation exercises, has an impact on how we perceive and interact with the world.  Since we spend so much time indoors and in front of screens, we should take a break from technology for a while and just go outdoors to give our minds a change of scene.  (Seems like poet Walt Whitman had that idea.)

Coulter emphasizes the importance of language and cognition with respect to impulse control and delayed gratification.  Children have a different relationship with language than adults which often leads to parental inference relating to defiance whereas the child doesn’t fully understand a negative imperative.

Coulter advocates a morning meditation ritual to cleanse ourselves of yesterday’s stress.

Learn more at Dee Coulter’s site.

Tina M. Benson, SoulWhisperer and Transpersonal/Jungian-oriented coach

Tina M. Benson, M.A., is a modern-day SoulWhisperer and Transpersonal/Jungian-oriented coach. She has over 30 years experience teaching, leading, and facilitating individuals, couples, large and small groups in the United States and abroad in consciousness explorations, chakra initiation/meditation retreats, couples and women’s retreats, ecstatic dancing, Voice Dialogue, Enneagram, chanting, ritual, and travel to sacred sites around the world.

She is the founder and creater of the SoulSpeaks Project, and is also a non-denominational ordained minister, officiating at weddings, birth, death and other life-passages and celebrations.

on the show we discuss:

  • Tina’s spiritual awakenings
  • What is a SoulWhisperer
  • Working with couples
  • Using ecstatic dance, meditation, chanting and rituals to help the soul’s voice be heard
  • Spiritual travels; India, Bali, & Mexico

Mark Forman Ph.D. on Integral Psychotherapy

Mark Forman, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Clinical Director of Life Design Centre, an innovative psychotherapy studio dedicated to changing the lives of individuals, couples, children, and families. His text— A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy: Complexity, Integration, and Spirituality in Practice — is one of the seminal works in the field on Integral Psychotherapy. He is also currently co-editing his second text which applies Integral principles to diversity issues. It will be published in 2014.

On the show we discuss:

  • From Transpersonal psychology to integral via “Sex Ecology and Spirituality” by Ken Wilber
  • Bert Parlee as integral mentor
  • Quadrants, levels, lines, states and traits
  • Integral psychotherapy in practice
  • Kundalini , transpersonal and cultural norms
  • Integral psychotherapy certification program

Rob McNamara on Creating the Elegant Self

Rob McNamara is the author of The Elegant Self and Strength to Awaken. He specializes in helping people resolve their persistent painful limitations to become more powerful, proficient and aligned with what matters most in life.

Rob is a skilled Psychotherapist, leading Performance Coach, Psychology Professor at Naropa University and an Integral Zen Practitioner. He runs his private practice in Boulder Colorado serving clients world wide. Rob works with a broad range of executives and professionals, undergraduate and graduate students and athletes ranging from high school to Olympic and professional world champions.

On the show we discuss:

  • From Astronaut to Neuronaut
  • From conventional psychology to higher reaches of human development
  • Transpersonal and developmental psychology
  • Adult psychological development
  • Socialized Mind
  • Self-Authoring Mind
  • Self-Transforming Mind
  • Meditation as tool for self-transformation
  • States and Stages of Consciousness

Josette Luvmour, PhD on Natural Learning Relationships (NLR)

Josette Luvmour, PhD is a an educator in human development and consultant who specializes in child development, adult development, and sustainable family relationships.

She serves in the non-profit sector as Director of Family and Professional Development at Summa Institute (www.summainstitute.org), a nonprofit organization that provides Natural Learning Relationships™ programs to students, families, and professionals. In addition to her26-year consulting practice at Luvmour Consulting, LLC (www.luvmourconsulting.com), she is author of five books and numerous journal articles and chapters that focus on building positive relationships with children.

In her doctoral work, Josette specialized in the developmental experiences of adults meeting children’s developmental imperatives. Josette lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband of 32 years and close to their children and grandchildren.

Together, Josette Luvmour, PhD and Ba Luvmour, MA created and developed Natural Learning Relationships (NLR) – a whole-child understanding of child development that supports optimal well-being in children. NLR is the basis and philosophical foundation of all programs at Summa Institute. They have been using NLR with children, families, educators, and therapists since 1993. Educators, consultants, and seminar leaders, Josette and Ba are advisors to public and private schools as well as authors specializing in whole-child development, education, and family dynamics.

Links related to Josette’s work:

Summa Institute website: http://summainstitute.org/

Natural Learning Relationships: There are many links from the Summa webpage

Books & Free Articles: http://summainstitute.org/books-articles/

Article: Education and the Consciousness of the Developing Child (2011) Encounter magazine: Education for meaning and social justice

Article: Nurturing Children’s Well-Being: A developmental response to trends of over-diagnosis and over-medication (write to summa for a copy: info@summainstitute.org)

Summa Brand Book: (in PDF form): http://summainstitute.org/docs/Summa_Institute_Changing_The_World.pdf

Understanding Happiness and Human Well-Being at the Center for Consciousness and Transformation

with Nance Lucas, PhD and Sara Oliveri, BA, MAPP

Nance Lucas, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Center for Consciousness & Transformation, Associate Professor, and former Associate Dean of New Century College, at George Mason University.  Her teaching and scholarship interests focus on positive psychology and leadership, well-being, and ethics.  She is co-author of, Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want To Make A Difference (1st , 2nd, and 3rd  editions)

Sara Oliveri, BA, MAPP, is a life coach, speaker, and business owner. She is one of fewer than 300 people in the world to earn a master’s degree in positive psychology. Sara is the founder of a coaching & consulting firm in Washington, D.C. where she offers life coaching and organizational training. As a life coach Sara works one-on-one with individuals to help them maximize joy and fulfillment in their lives.

On the show we discuss;

  • Positive psychology- from an illness paradigm to thriving paradigm
  • The Center for Consciousness & Transformation at George Mason University
  • George Mason University as the Well-Being U.
  • Creation a culture of well-being
  • Understanding Happiness and Human Well-Being: an informative and experiential class
  • Social and economic benefits of implementing positive psychology in the work place

Tripp Lanier on the New Man

Tripp Lanier is a men’s coach and host of The New Man Podcast: Beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp.

As a host, he has interviewed experts from all walks of life including Tim Ferriss, Laird Hamilton, Ken Wilber, Dan Millman, Marcus Buckingham, Bill Harris, Steve Pavlina, Chip Conley, Shawn Phillips, Dr. Robert Glover, and Vernon Reid.

As a coach, Tripp has helped men and women all over the world break out of mediocre lives, do what they love, and navigate the challenging world of relationships. The New Man Life online course  and The New Manual: The Best Tools & Tips To Live A KickAss Life brings his teachings to an even broader audience.

On the show we discuss:

  • What’s wrong with the old man and what do we need a new man?
  • Men need both ‘balls’ and ‘heart’
  • Tripp’s trip of spiritual development
  • Calling men on their bullshit
  • Helping men create their own lives
  • Embodying new ways of being and thinking
  • Diet, exercise and stress management
  • Challenging one’s limiting beliefs and living LARGE

Kimberly Boone on Floatation Tanks and Healing the Soul

 Kimberly Keller Boone found her life in ruins from years of alcholol and drug abuse. Her family and community were devastated as well as her health and well-being. This set her on a spiritual path which included discovering the sensory deprivation tank (float tank) and its benefits on healing mind, body and spirit. Seeing the benefits on her own life, she decided she wanted to be of service to others and opened up a floatation tank company in the DC Metro Area. Her story is one of healing and service.

On the show we cover:

  • Addiction and self-healing
  • Joe Rogan and floating
  • muscle relaxation and healing
  • stress reduction and peace of mind
  • Fibromyalgia and ADDHD
  • Combat Stress and PTSD
  • What is a sensory deprivation tank?
  • Healing body, mind and spirit
  • Meditation and deep contemplation



Seven Theories of Floating