This is the final part of my Ben Richards interview. See part 1 for more info.
This is a continuation of episode 1 with Ben Richards, owner of the Seeds of Life raw food restaurant and elixir bar in Ubud, Bali. See part 1 for more info.
In this episode, I caught up with Ben Richards, owner of the Seeds of Life raw food restaurant and elixir bar in Ubud, Bali. Ben Richards has been living the Raw Food lifestyle to the fullest for over 11 years, completing over 70 fasts and vision quests from 1 day to 30 days. He's a student of life, educator, holographic kinetics facilitator, body worker, practicing yogi, chocolatier, Taoist tonic herbalist, certified tea master and certified at E Cornell for nutrition.
This long form interview is broken into 3 parts. We cover a gambit of topics such as:
Blood type diets
Health and wellness
Plant based diets
Raw food diets
Having a sixth sense
Systems of control
Traditional Chinese Medicine
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[0:00-4:45]: Intro. Who is Ben and what is he up to?
[5:00-11:00]: General discussion about health, coffee, sugar, metabolism
[11:00-23:50]: Health, healing, fasting and fruit based diets, pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), yogic practices, human biological characteristics, Darkrooms
[23:50-29:30]: deeper dive into pratyahara and withdrawing the senses in everyday life. More on fruit based diets.
[29:30-36:10]: Spiritual health of a diet versus physical health. Eating what your "body needs" versus what your spirit and mind need. The creation of life and the omniscient spirit. Biophotonic light and how to get life-force out of food.
[36:10-39:00]: How to ask the right questions to make the right food choices. How certain "health choices" involve the suffering of others. Eating based on blood type.
[39:00-52:00]: Spiritual links between us and the food we eat. Further discussion of plant based diets. Human nature and the goodness of people. Removing the veil. Feminist who drink milk and call themselves feminists. The path of growth and potentiation for humanity. What is knowing.
[52:00-59:00]: The collective responsibility of humanity and other humans and how to draw the line when someone's choices are effecting the well-being of others. How to suggest change to others gently to enable a better planet.
[59:00-62:00]: The key to reconnecting humanity to Source Consciousness through biophotonic reconnection and communication.
[62:00-66:00]: Effects of chemically and genetically manipulated food on our consciousness. High vibration food as a means to increase internal awareness leading to different lifestyle habits. Basic needs versus subsequent needs and why we have useless needs that occupy our time and energy.
[66:00-75:20]: The veil of beliefs and limitations. How humans are being controlled by the powers that be. How trauma remains in a being. Discussion of evolution.
[75:20-END]: Holographic Kinetics
Part of being human is forgetting who we truly are and forgetting our divine purpose on this planet. This "forgetting" starts early and continues throughout adulthood until we are so far from our essential Truth that we have no clue how to navigate back to our center. If we're lucky, we are able to recall a semblance of who we once were before the layers and layers of story, expectation, and false narratives were laid upon us. If we're even more lucky, we begin to call forth the core of who we are and re-member the dismembered parts of our whole being. This can be a lifelong feat of back and forth motions between our masks and costumes and our pure self. In this talk I dig deep into this "forgetting" and how to come through on the other side, awakened and aware.
[0:30] - Explaining what the mother of all cons is and how it affects us.
[2:45] - The forgetting of who we are and why we are here.
[4:30] - IMO everything comes from the single unknown source. Everything has a certain level of connection to that source, therefore everything has relevance.
[6:00] - Windows into our essential selves and the proximity of it to our everyday selves and when that self comes out.
[8:32] - The importance of "stories" to help us transcend and grow as humanity.
[9:20] - We are up against so many opportunities to forget who we truly are. We are running the con upon ourselves. There is no one else who can awaken us out of the con.
[15:00] - You have to realize you're asleep before you can awaken.
[20:15] - How the con of forgetting gets started, continues and is made more complex as time goes on.
[23:30] - Carefully using "story" as a tool to awaken.
[27:10] - Why do we forget our truth or divinity? Why is the con part of our existence?
[29:30] - The mechanisms that divide versus those that connect us an discerning between mechanisms that serve or ones that imprison us.
[39:40] - Navigating through our self-imposed prison.
[40:35] - Truth has no agenda. The process of awakening.
[41:00] - Navigating through victimhood.
[4:30] How do you know when to listen to the voice in your head? How do you know it's not your ego? How does your voice affect you and your outcomes.
[6:00] How do you know when you out of your own way?
[7:30] Where does judgement come from?
[10:50] How are you hearing the voice in your head and is the way you're hearing it aligned with your higher ideals?
[15:15] Where the voice comes from and when to listen to it.
[18:15] You're the only one who can create change in your life.
[21:50] Using your inner voice to get through hardship.
[22:50] How to regain control when others have negatively influenced the voice in your head.
[26:10] Stop giving your power away.
[26:50] Reprogramming the voice in your head.
[28:00] Bringing it all together.
What motivates our desire to serve others? Does the measurement of the outcome of our service really matter in the grand scheme of things? Will we judge ourselves at the end of our lives for how much we did or did not contribute? How do our egos come into this equation of serving others and does this serve a purpose?
In this episode we dive into the mechanics of service. We talk about having clarity, consent, and clear communication when serving others and how this sets the foundation for both parties to benefit from the service provided. I talk about having a healthy dialog with yourself and being honest with any needs that might arise when giving service. The more you understand the reasons you serve, the clearer the energy with which you serve becomes.
[0:00] A question was sent in related to selfless service and the ego and the desire to have measurable outcomes to things we do to help.
[1:00] How I connect to a deeper wisdom by not preparing for my episodes.
[4:50] The struggle of wanting to do "good" in the world and the subtle outcomes we hope for within these endeavors.
[6:00] - People ultimately want to do good. This is heavily evidenced in times of crisis when there's no time to prepare and people just jump into action.
[7:30] Where to goals related to service come from? Ego? Deeper in our psyche? Does it really matter? You get to decide.
[17:00] Consensual service. Is the being that you're serving actually requesting the service? Is the result of the service potentially disrupting? Without the consent to serve, is it service at that point, or is it a one-sided act meant to fulfill the needs of the one giving the service?
[19:40] What is true service?
[25:50] Service as an aid to move past your own issues.
[27:00] Is absolute altruism actually attainable? What is the ideal form of serving others? Is it okay to get our needs met when we are serving others?
[30:00] Making sure your needs are met (as the one giving the service) so that you can give your service fully to the one in need.
[33:40] True service starts with serving yourself.
[36:10] Service and the laws of karma and reciprocation.
[38:00] The immense inter-connectivity of beings on this planet.
[40:38] Closing statements.
The process of healing is delicately complex. One of the components of healing that goes unmentioned in the western world is that of "envisioning" one's healing. This goes beyond merely the power of positive thinking. This isn't about false belief. It's about calling in a possibility that lives in the myriad of potential outcomes; one of those outcomes is to be completely healed of your affliction. The more we can connect with this possibility, the more clear our vision becomes of us in a healed state. The more clarity we hold of us in a healed state, the more we call in the subtle energies that promote healing. The power of this vision can sometimes be the one tipping point, the one toggle switch to bring us back to stasis, back to our whole selves.
[2:50] - The power of vision as it relates to healing ourselves.
[4:30] - Envisioning your future outcome and how it relates to your healing journey.
[6:00] - How envisioning an outcome plays a role in the future manifestation of said outcome. How healing and our envisioning minds are interrelated.
[8:47] - Seeing and feeling yourself completely healed as a supporting energy in the healing process.
[11:15] - The envisioning process further explained.
[22:22] - Challenge: Exploring your destiny to be healed.
[24:38] - Closing points.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to rocket through their goals and projects enabling them to manifest whatever they envision? While others can't seem to complete what they started due to quitting their projects as soon as they hit a speed-bump or have to do something they don't want to do? Some of us only want to do the fun stuff and aren't willing to push through the boring and tedious parts of our passions and pursuits.
Does it take a "special" kind of person to accomplish what to many seems unreachable? Or is there a more fundamental approach which we might be overlooking that could enable us to do anything we set out to do? In this episode we take a closer look at a new way to see our projects…a way that can empower us to push through those difficult parts in order to reach the other side.
[0:50] - What makes it possible for some to achieve greatness or success, and some to not? Discussing people that see a goal and directly towards it, and people that quit and jump ship as soon as they hit a bump.
[4:45] - My thoughts on what the missing thing is for some people that stands in their way of achieving greatness. The self-centric and selfless ways of being explained.
[9:50] - Switching our way of thinking to stoke the fire of motivation towards our greater visions.
[14:00] - Connecting a greater purpose to what you're already doing in life in order to bring more of your gifts to the rest of the world.
[15:50] - Why are you stuck? Do you know? Let me know.
[17:50] - How is not executing on your passions shorting the world and creating a negative opportunity cost for others who would benefit had you stuck with those things you loved?
[20:20] - What's your story of why you can't get to the heights of which you're capable?
[21:30] - Challenge: Look into your past and ask if the things you've done in the past had a greater purpose driving them. Before you start your next project, connect a greater purpose to it and see how it changes your ability to stick through the tough spots and achieve your vision.
[22:50] - What's moved our society forward in the past? Selfishness, or people acting out of a greater purpose to effect the world?
[27:49] - Closing.
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Questions, Comments, Ideas for Future Shows, or Guest Suggestions
Can harnessing a skillful command over our perceptions help us grow and become more advanced beings? There was a point where you were completely pure and empty…"perceptionless". Your perceptions were taught to you, learned, and conditioned from your environmental influences. How do your early formed perceptions affect your life today? Expanding the capacity of our perceptions is a means of personal growth and increased awareness. In this episode, we take a deep dive into the mechanics of perception and how to retrain and re-tune your perceptive capacities to serve your higher self.
The first part of this episode I start out with a quick disclaimer about sound issues with my natural surroundings. Then I talk a bit about reactivity and working to subdue instinctual reactions while using our natural environment to work on fears and reactivity.
[7:50] - What is perception and how does it affect our lives? Can harnessing control over our perceptions help us grow? Where did our current perceptions of the world come from?
Do the serve us, or serve to limit us? Why is it important to understand the perceptions of others? What if we could truly see from another's standpoint and how could that could contribute to world peace?
[10:26] - Where did our perceptions of the world come from?
Our perceptions are unique. Cultivating the knowledge that others' perceptions are unique and relevant will help us to be less attached to ours and more understanding of others.
[12:00] - Understanding the perceptions of others as a means towards world peace.
[13:40] - Again, what is perception? A deeper dive.
[15:20] - Growing the scope of our perceptions is a means of personal growth and expanded awareness.
What comes first, our perceptions, or the thing that grows out of the perceptive space?
Does the thing have to be there before we perceive it, or do we have to perceive the thing in order to manifest it?
[17:51] - How are you expanding your perceptive abilities? What are you doing to expand your view of the world and your view of others? What are you doing to create more space in your perceptive realm to allow for more possibilities in your life?
[20:00] - Practices to expand our perceptive abilities. This exercise breaks down the solidity of our rigid structures of perception.
[24:51] - Practicing "re-remembering" something for the first time to renew the joy of a past experience.
[30:56] - How are your perceptions freeing you or imprisoning you? Discussing self-limiting perceptions as stories that can be retold.
[33:05] - The cost of not unwinding limiting perceptions.
[35:20] - What lies on the other side of a perception?
[37:40] - You weren't born with perceptions. At some point you were completely pure and empty. You perceptions were taught, learned, fabricated and conditioned.
[40:00] - Challenge - Do an inventory of your perceptions. Contemplate how they affect your actions and reactions. Contemplate how they influence others' perceptions of you.
[43:43] - Closing comments. Please leave a review and let's connect. Let me know what you think about this talk.
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Questions, Comments, Ideas for Future Shows, or Guest Suggestions
Have you ever heard something or read a passage in a book that changed your life’s path forever? Have you ever had an epiphany after which you never saw a situation the same way again? At times do you reflect on the fact that you are capable of much more than you are currently being, doing, and having? Do you hear a deep calling inside whereby if answered you’d be living life to its fullest?
The New Perspectives podcast is a compilation of talks, interviews and conversations that I’ve created with the intent to help you remember your beauty and possibility, while inspiring you to live proactively from your highest potential. My hope is that the words you hear will light a spark in you from which a tipping point can occur in your life. Topics are wide ranging and meant to touch places deep in you from which new contemplations can take place. Out of these contemplations exists possibilities for new ways of thinking, being and showing up in the world.
This time on our planet is a critical one. We are pushing into new territory as a humanity and are being called to step up our efforts by moving from self-centricism and isolation to a more selfless and inclusive way of living. To this end, we will need to form new patterns of thinking and doing and build a more expanded awareness with an increased capacity to intake, transform and express the intelligent energy that flows through us.
We can no longer afford wasted efforts, fruitless pursuits and monotonous, habitual lives. This is the time we’ve been hearing about and we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. The place is here and the time is now.
Thank you for showing up and doing the work.
In this episode I talk about my reasons for creating this podcast and what I'd like the audience to get out of listening to it. My main intention is to inspire new ways of thinking about the world and its phenomena, the self, and one's purpose while here.
Why are we doing what we're doing? Why do we put more effort into helping other things reaching their potential (like companies), yet we don't work near as hard to help ourselves reach our own potential? Hopefully the words and content in this podcast will remind you of your potential and inspire you to live within it.
We all have our gifts and something to offer the world, whether that be our skills, our wisdom, or our artistic expressions. Everyone's gift is relevant to the rest of the world and the more we express those gifts, the better the world becomes.
I didn't always know what I wanted to do in life or know what my life's purpose was. When I figured it out, I realized that it wasn't about "what" I did, but rather "how" I did what I did. Eventually my "purpose" became more about "being" and less about "doing". More about how I was showing up, and less about what I was showing up for.
What underlies your purpose in life and how are you executing on it?