Episodes

March 01, 2021

Beyond: Welcome the Liminal and Rumi

In this Beyond story, we revisit one of our earlier conversations with master healer Artie Wu to help us bring to life the liminal stage in our personal transformation pattern. I know this stage well, and I was able to recogn...

January 30, 2021

Beyond: The Gift of Listening and Thich Nhat Hanh

In this very personal Beyond story, I wanted to share why it's so important to me that this podcast is not for sale. Why it matters that you, dear listeners and neighbors of the world, have a safe, judgement free space to lis...

December 28, 2020

Beyond: Remember Auld Lang Syne and Robert Burns

In this special New Year's Beyond story, David All looks deeper into the meaning of that sweet, familiar song, Auld Lang Syne , a poem attributed to Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns. Before you turn the page and burn th...

November 23, 2020

Becoming a Better Man with Corey Cepeda

Corey Cepeda's transformation to become a better man didn't happen overnight, but that journey did begin one night in a jail cell long ago. That night, on his knees on the coldest concrete floor in an intimate jail cell, he c...

November 11, 2020

Gifted this Moment to Begin with Christian Long

At first glance, you might wonder why Christian Long, a man with multiple fathers, would be featured in a series on fatherlessness. Good question. It’s true that Christian has a biological father, but he was out of the pictur...

October 29, 2020

The Quest for Purpose with L.T. Bourne

As with so many children in the world today, Leonardo Lightbourne (L.T. Bourne) grew up with an absent father. Watching from the window as his father drove away left L.T. feeling confused and heartbroken. As he grew, he becam...

October 24, 2020

Beyond: Fatherfullness and Joe Biden

In this Beyond story, David All brings to life the concept of fatherfullness by telling Joe Biden’s personal story of choosing the role and responsibility of fatherhood over all else, including his own ambitions in his career...

September 29, 2020

Fatherlessness, Stories of Men

Welcome to our third season of Belly of the Beast Life Stories. Growing up with an absent biological father has a particular impact on men. In Fatherlessness, I’ll tell you stories of men that share this experience. A golden ...

August 25, 2020

Show Update: Calibrating Our Story

This informational bonus episode covers a few key adjustments we're making: 1. Originally our theme for Season 3 focused on exploring the transformations in personal stories of folks that have faced the criminal justice syste...

May 26, 2020

Blind Mother Raises Blind Children with Ashley Wayne

Ashley Wayne shares her story of facing down her fear of being blind and becoming a mother. And now, she has two blind children and a newborn. EPISODE SUMMARY Part I The gift of sight was always seen as a luxury to Ashley up ...

May 19, 2020

The Responsibility of Fatherhood with Mathew Passy

Mathew Passy’s 4-month old daughter was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, a rare but treatable disease, bringing immediacy to the role and responsibility of fatherhood. EPISODE SUMMARY Part I •The story opens with Mathew a...

May 12, 2020

Facing Miscarriage with Lorna Rose

Lorna Rose was three-months pregnant when a routine blood test revealed a genetic disorder in her unborn child which carried a high risk of miscarriage at any point in the pregnancy. The daily grieving led to finding her voic...

May 05, 2020

Down Syndrome, Autism and Peace with Kip Morse

Kip Morse's first daughter, Allison, was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth and later, autism. Tremendous behavioral issues forced him into being the family's peacekeeper. Now he's finally finding peace as his daughter rea...

April 28, 2020

Two Children with Rare Diseases with Rachel Poysky

Rachel Poysky shares her Belly story of raising two children with rare diseases. Her greatest fears about the health of her son, Joel, were affirmed when she pulled into the driveway and her husband was waiting for her with n...

April 21, 2020

Three Children with Special Needs with Laura Hernandez

Now a mama to 10 kiddos, Laura Hernandez faced and met the overwhelming challenges when her family added three adopted children that would all eventually be diagnosed with intellectual delay (mental retardation) and fetal alc...

April 14, 2020

Being A Mother with Sharon Eisenhauer

Sharon Eisenhauer had to heal the wound of her relationship with her own mother before she could break out of the mold of motherhood to find joy in her relationship with her adopted daughter. Sharon and her wife adopted their...

April 07, 2020

Two Children Murdered with Charlotte Austin-Jordan

The day after Mother’s Day in 1988, Charlotte's only daughter, Ja’Mee, was murdered at the age of 13 in a case of mistaken identity by five gang members. Then again in 1996, Charlotte’s 25 year-old son Corey was also killed b...

March 24, 2020

Season 2: For Love of My Child

Each Belly of the Beast Life Story illustrates the nature of transformation through the story of a real person. Season 2 is curated by the theme - For Love of My Child. All stories are by parents who have faced and overcome t...

February 24, 2020

Beyond: Finding Your Bliss with Artie Wu

Artie Wu dives into his personal transformation to become a a master healer to more than 120,000 folks around the world. In one of the clearest examples I've heard, Artie describes what 'healing' is, why it helps folks live a...

February 20, 2020

Beyond: Transformation Pattern with Artie Wu

This story reveals the overall pattern of transformation — the secret recipe of each personal Belly of the Beast Life Story . Once you hear the pattern - you’ll see it coming up in our podcast and with those around you. Wisdo...

February 19, 2020

Beyond: Origin story of Belly of the Beast Life Stories with Artie Wu

This story is a discussion about the origin story of Belly of the Beast Life Stories with our advisor, Artie Wu. Wisdom for our Soul, Courage for your Journey. In Belly , we share our extraordinary life stories of personal tr...

February 17, 2020

Confronting Suicide with Chip Conley

New York Times Best Selling author Chip Conley describes the period of his life between the ages of 45 and 49 as his ‘dark, gooey stage’ of life. A pattern of events led Chip to believe the entire world was conspiring against...

February 10, 2020

Childhood Drama with Maximilian Acevedo

At 21, actor Maximilian Acevedo's story of growing up in a difficult childhood and surviving it is what has made him who he is today. He first pulled himself up and took control of his own life to become a fitness model. Now ...

February 03, 2020

Breaking Your Neck with Jobi Manson

At the age of 24, Jobi Manson made a decision that would forever change the course of her life. An experienced surfer, she misjudged the location of a sandbar when she dove headfirst into the ocean, breaking her neck and spen...