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Humbly sitting and assisting others in healing from severe trauma, Ernie Vecchio has spent his career understanding the human psyche and its response to suffering. His clients say: “It is sad that we have to sever a spinal cord or be amputated to realize that our inner life matters!” Today, Vecchio offers evidence that our shared inner journeys have a common theme—everyone experiences division. He suggests that people have to heal their inner division before such repair appears in the cultur ...
 
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Most of us know that peace is freedom from disturbance or a place of tranquility. What if it is stopping the repetitive thought of your inner critic or bully? A decision to seek a sensation that only comes through the open window in the center of your chest...the heart's intent. Making such a decision activates the two other voices inside you that …
 
There are several forces that we use to construct our reality. These include spiritual gravity, weak, electromagnetic, and strong. The ego is rooted in the unconscious psychological logic of the rational or irrational and attempts to interpret life through a two-dimensional objective lens. In contrast, our heart or body consciousness (i.e., presenc…
 
Life begins as a reverberating, intelligent, observing burst of light I’ve come to know as your signature expression. This quality that many would call “soul” is a unified field of subjective consciousness that predates ego and “who am I?” by more than two years. Why should we care about this? Because this unique reverberating signature assumes (li…
 
Teachers will tell you that spiritual intelligence is the capacity to conduct your life in such a way that it reflects a deep understanding of reality and yourself. A depth that is discovered through personal experiences and systematic spiritual pursuit. While this is true it is an ‘after what happened first’ definition. You are born out of a consc…
 
Find on Audible -> https://adbl.co/3oGJBQh Learn from a trauma psychologist the wisdom of real people challenged with the task of overcoming severe adversity. Integrating their insights into a complete picture of the human experience, Ernie L. Vecchio reveals a developmental understanding of how adversity becomes an opportunity for self-correction,…
 
Listen to Ernie L. Vecchio, a Licensed Clinical & Rehabilitation Psychologist who has written four books including his latest release, Feelings & Reason: Activating Your Heart as Compass Despite the Ego’s Interference. Vecchio is an international best-seller in four self-help categories and now joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Mental Hea…
 
Nothing is more important to mental wellness than a physical sense of ‘where’ someone is in their life and circumstances. There is a specific degree of coordination required with one’s above observer, spirited motivation, and adapting function before the heart can provide the balance it brings. Our full ability to navigate this existence requires t…
 
“The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.” -Jung-…
 
Did you know that more than half of all bottled water comes from the tap. Meanwhile, a million bottles are bought around the world every minute. That’s roughly 20,000 bottles every second. These mind-blowing figures are driven by concerns over contaminated water. Most of us can’t tell the difference. Many of us feel the present is contaminated in t…
 
Humanistic and existential philosophy assumes that people want to live better lives. In the humanistic view, the assumption is that we strive to be our best selves. In the existential view, the assumption is that we strive to live meaningful lives. While these two concepts are similar and may lead to identical results, capturing an image in our hea…
 
Did you know that depression has a history that’s as old as civilization itself. In fact, we can find descriptions of depression in the hieroglyphics, paintings, and statues of ancient Egypt. The idea of a depression well is actually that old. Though we begin this podcast talking about depression a new idea comes through - disturbing presence. As m…
 
Ernie Vecchio is a mentor, spiritual teacher and trauma psychologist. During his 30+ years career he has treated over 10,000+ patients who suffered severe trauma that ranged from amputation, head injury, sexual assault, and paralysis. Ernie is a Licensed Clinical & Rehabilitation Psychologist who has written four books including his latest release,…
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyBookBIGQuestionsThere is a difference between managing our outward behavior and managing our inward emotions, and both affect our signature expression (i.e. soul). While cognitive behavioral therapies (and religion) help provide a set of rules to guide our actions, it is spirituality that offers ways to manage our emot…
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyBookBIGQuestionsHas life ever punched you in the nose? If you’re normal, it absolutely has. While you were standing there bleeding, how did you interpret the experience? Let me help. You come into the world (before the punch) thinking “This is how it FEELS to be what I am.” Then…as life would have it (after the punch) …
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyBookBIGQuestionsPart of the reason we remember an egoless place is because we come from an egoless place. So, were not discovering this dimension we’re actually remembering it. This suggests that truly spiritual people have a pre-thought memory of being there and want to return. In contrast, religious people define the…
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyBookBIGQuestionsTune in as Barrett Self and I discuss ‘the work’ and thoughts about meditation, self-development, and recovering one’s authenticity. Are you more than your thoughts? If so, 'what' is the more so many people refer to? In my estimation, the cognitive-behavioral movement has SO taken over the mental health…
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyBookBIGQuestionsThe transcendent quality of our current suffering is hard to ignore. I often have these feelings in nature. Today’s was no different. In my chest (not my head), I held the ramifications of what is happening to everyone around the world. In doing so, I felt hope. I know this is hard to imagine in these u…
 
It’s been said that the mind is not a container to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. Nobody fuels this fire better than those who choose to guide us along our journey. Mentoring is an archetypal activity that’s as timeless as life itself. The old and young coming together as opposites, often while secretly identifying with the other. This Innerl…
 
The peace and contentment most of us seek is obtained when our inner world is congruent with the external, not the reverse. The genius of the human psyche is that when it is out of alignment, it sends a signal to the heart. If you didn’t know, this disturbance is because the ego is mistakenly viewing itself as our compass. Medication of such emotio…
 
Intuitively, it certainly seems like a contemplative life in stressful times is a good thing. But, like any practice, it takes a certain level of commitment and is, of course, a process. Many would argue that there is no panacea or a “one size fits all” which I would agree. But, in my experience with trauma there is, at a minimum, an 'orientation t…
 
It has been my experience that spiritual growth is an endless process of suffering the ego awake. Said differently, healing the past so the we can fully live in the present. There are very specific moments of adversity that will slowly melt the ego’s defenses. Dissolving the ego is necessary because most of us are unaware that 'the way’ we chose to…
 
Research shows that another person’s moods are as easy to catch as their germs. Spiritual folks tend to call this ‘negative energy’ which is a little inaccurate. It is only negative if you are unprepared to 'catch’ or absorb it. There are ways to insulate yourself but, this takes practice. Importantly, the protection is grounded in ‘where’ you are …
 
Did you know that 1 in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee. That means that 44,000 people are displaced every day, or one person every three seconds. UNICEF reported in 2016 that nearly 50 million children were uprooted that year. The stress that accompanies being displaced or relocated is social isolation. Loneliness and reintegration …
 
Young people need to learn that a person’s inner life forms the foundation for their external journey NOT the reverse. It dictates the choices they make and determines their direction. Essentially, the relationship they’re having with themselves influences their connection with others. Despite this important truth, the culture is still not helping …
 
Kirsten Powers, USA Today: Depressed and suicidal - something is wrong with our culture. What if the truth is that our culture is ill-prepared for the dis-ease of what it means to be human. The people that are taking their lives, just like the shooters in our schools, are the extreme of an undercurrent that has gotten worse in the past three decade…
 
What is the definition of evil? Typically, it is considered profoundly immoral behavior with other synonyms like wicked, bad, wrong, and sinful. The opposite or antonym for evil is, of course, good or virtuous. So, there it is… evil is a moral judgment that labels behavior as wicked or sinful. But, what about ethics. It turns out that ethics refer …
 
Most of us were taught in school that metaphors were poetic or rhetorical tools. Our innerlivesmatter because metaphor is how the soul observes and teaches us context. It does this by helping us to see the larger picture, something the ego is usually incapable of doing until it awakens—if ever. Everyone knows that a picture is worth 1000 words, met…
 
Individuals suffering with addiction are more than their demons or wounds. In other words, they are more than their egos. A psychospiritual context espouses this absolute: addicts (just like you and I) are spiritual beings forced to resolve a psychological existence. Perfect in their imperfections, they have yet to learn that their dis-ease is self…
 
I think it’s safe to say that to be connected to one’s inner life doesn’t begin to capture the depth of a lifetime commitment to spiritual growth. But...there is a single focus one can use as a beginning. By that I mean, living an ethical or compassionate existence versus one that is ego-driven. This would be no small deal. You can wait for a wake-…
 
We’re being reminded here lately that when the rule of law decays in the culture, it’s usually because there are insufficient corrective measures to keep it in place. The implication is that we (especially the young) need to be aware of this decay when its occurring. It is the language of this discussion that made me want to add it to my Camino min…
 
Distraction is anything that puts us in our heads. The problem of course is that most of us are already there. Experts say in fact, 60,000 thoughts a day. Individuals on a different speed than the world around them can be challenging. Imagine ‘shame’ for speeding on the highway (as silly as that sounds) and you understand the anxiety, rapid speech,…
 
I couldn’t help but wonder what the western world was doing the other day with the Pope’s reprieve from hell. If you missed it, the timing was interesting – it was just before Easter. The relief from hell only lasted a few hours. If you didn’t see it the headline read ‘Pope says Hell doesn’t exist.’ I had to laugh and thought could you imagine…righ…
 
If anyone is connected to Oprah, I strongly encourage you to have her people seek me out. Her recent quote on GMA captures the core of Intentional Guided Evolution a psychospiritual model of the human condition born out of my work with severe trauma. Though her words are beautifully valid, the culture lacks a context for the internal GPS she speaks…
 
Inner lives matter becasuse this dimension can be known. We need to remember that our inner world can be influenced by the ego but NOT controlled. The human heart knows our past but can still live in the present. Because of this gift, the heart demands to be heard! Ironically, the ego has more supporters because we’re asleep to the choices availabl…
 
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