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Radical Resilience with Gregg Braden

Meet Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a six-time New York Times best-selling author, researcher, educator, lecturer and is internationally renowned as a pioneer bridging modern science, spirituality, and human potential. From 1979 to 1991 Gregg worked as a problem solver during times of crisis for Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco Systems, where he became the first Technical Operations Manager in 1991. He continues problem-solving today as he merges modern science and the wisdom of our past to reveal real-world solutions to the issues that challenge our lives. His research has led to 15 film credits and 12 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages. Gregg is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is active with visionary organizations, including the HeartMath Global Coherence Initiative and The Arlington Institute. He has presented his discoveries in over 30 countries on six continents and has been invited to speak to The United Nations, Fortune 500 companies, and the U. S. military. 

The United Kingdom’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 6th consecutive year. He is a 2020 nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award, established to honor “outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality.” 

This is the third time (be sure to also check out Thrive Now) I gratefully had Gregg on as a guest. In this episode, he spoke on his course Radical Resilience and answered many of your questions (thank you, You-est You soul seekers for sending in your inquiries). I think you’ll find this conversation extremely powerful, informative, hopeful, and empowering about your innate human design and ways to reclaim your sovereignty and well-being. Gregg Braden has become a mentor, inspiration, friend, and someone who is steeped in science and the facts, yet is here to remind us that we are wired for health, well-being, goodness, kindness, and resilience. You might want to read that again. This is such hopeful and uplifting news. We all have incredible inner power and healing abilities. This is a time to go deep within and reconnect to our divine nature and inner workings.


The Secret of a Long Life and Your Powerful Soft Technology

You’re going to love this way of looking at longevity. The research we do have is substantial in supporting the power of our mind, body, and the way we live our lives as it affects our health, vitality, and sense of youth. Gregg Braden shared the secret to a long life is to constantly go through a healing process. There are two ways we typically look at this: 1) traditional linear aging: this is where you are born with a certain amount of life force, and every day you lose some of that life force. In this model, we’re conditioned to believe that aging equals deterioration, but it doesn’t have to be that way at all. 2) Cyclic aging: you are always moving forward in chronological time and still reversing the aging process through lifestyle choices and factors, such as the way you treat your body, your mindset, what you envision, and how you’re managing stress because of epigenetics (which has found that 99% of your health and well-being is dependent on lifestyle factors, with only 1% due to actual genetics). Epigenetics is excellent news, and when you manage your health through excellent nutrition, clean water, supplements, breath, movement, and mind the way you think, you can upgrade your biology and DNA. Our neurons in our brain respond to the image we see of ourselves. These neurochemicals match our picture, which hopefully reminds you of the power you have to envision yourself healthy, fit, full of vitality, and well. 


It All Comes Down to This Question

I love Gregg Braden’s teachings and work because of the greater positive forces surrounding us and our ability to tap into our own consciousness, heart intelligence, and field of intelligence to create the results we desire. The central question to really ask yourself is this; “Do you love yourself enough to allow this love to work in your life, to give yourself what you need and what is most loving?” In the end, it all comes down to love. This is an important question to ponder and can be used with any situation at any time. The litmus test becomes based on a loving framework where you are asking yourself what is most loving. The choice to take action is, of course, up to you. 


Your Innate Healing Abilities and Aging

Gregg Braden shared about a nun he had met in Tibet who was extraordinarily wise with incredible energy. She looked like she could be in her 70’s and still remembered events over a century ago. He later found out that this woman was 120 years old. Did she hold the secret to a long life? Her vitality had nothing to do with age and everything to do with the way she lived her life. In addition to neuroplasticity, which is the ability to fire and rewire our neuronal patterns and change beliefs and thought patterns, we also have what’s called biological plasticity. Our biology can change and regrow for the better. We’re conditioned to believe that age means disease and decline, but in Gregg’s travels around the globe, he has seen firsthand that it doesn’t have to at all.  


Plant Medicine and Deeper Awareness

One of our listeners (and a very dear friend) asked about Gregg’s view on plant medicine. Plant medicine is a code word for hallucinogenic products such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, peyote, etc. Scientifically, he shared that DMT is only produced naturally in the body two times; when you’re born and when you die. What he’s found in researching the effects is that over time, high usage does thicken the tissue in the brain and can impact everyday function. You can achieve high levels of consciousness without any substance, as shown with the Tibetan monks, who have achieved 80 cycles of gamma brain waves and even 200 cycles, which is considered a hyper gamma brain state. Do an inner check and ask yourself these important questions before using any plant medicine: What is the purpose? What is your intent? Be sure if it does feel like a calling that you choose a medically certified place where the source of brew is known.


The Questions That Can Change Your Life

Gregg Braden shared about his vulnerable Mt. Sinai moments years ago when reviewing life choices such as where he wanted to live, whether to stay in his earlier partnership, changing career, etc. He ended up hiking Mt. Sinai in Egypt, and it was at that sunrise he asked himself this question: if I knew today was my last day, would I feel complete? Before he could answer the question, his inner wisdom immediately shouted “no!” The next question that followed was, what would it take to say yes? That answer became his guiding stone and is the force that helps him with every decision as he asks, “does this get me closer to my yes?” It’s a wonderful decision-making process based on your full yes, and that can be deep, fun, and all about your life purpose and life energy.  

After contemplating these deeper questions, he made some major life changes after this experience that forever changed the trajectory of his life. Our surroundings influence us, and it’s good to get out of our everyday surroundings to assess our choices, as Gregg did on this hike in Egypt. Perhaps see where you can take time in a new surrounding, even if it’s for the day, to really assess and ask yourself these questions. Each of us will have our own inner truth. Joy, meaning, and beauty are different for everyone. Rather than judging others for anything else, follow your own inner calling and desire for joy.  


Our Strength Is Our Diversity and the Covid Vaccine 

We had a few questions about this current Covid vaccine, and Gregg Braden shared both scientific findings and had a real openness around supporting differing beliefs. This is not a one size fits all situation. As this is a heated topic for some, the reminder is that our strength is in our diversity and our different ways of thinking. Even as it applies to the Covid vaccine, this diversity is actually an asset, not the other way around. Do be sure to read the manufacturer fact sheet as that is the best way to know and understand all of the ingredients in the variety of vaccine offerings. Do whatever feels right for you, as you have the right to care for your body in the most aligned way. We are powerful beings with powerful innate healing abilities. Let’s honor the diversity of beliefs and decisions, knowing that it is in the variance that is the strength and highest good for all. 


Final Thoughts

Gregg Braden always brings a wealth of knowledge. His Radical Resilience touches on the secret to a long life which isn’t what we all desire? A long and happy life? You can learn more about your innate resilience through Gregg’s course “Radical Resilience” at  


Sacred Connection

As always, this community is a sacred, safe place built on love and acceptance. It was created to help you evolve and expand into your highest self. Please share your wisdom, comments, thoughts. I love hearing from you and learning how you are being your truest, you-est you. Please join us in our Facebook group The You-est You Community for Soul Seekers

Join host Julie Reisler, author and multi-time TEDx speaker, each week to learn how you can tap into your best self and become your You-est You to achieve inner peace, happiness, and success at a deeper level! Tune in to hear powerful, inspirational stories and expert insights from entrepreneurs, industry thought leaders, and extraordinary human beings that will help to transform your life. Julie also shares a-ha moments that have shaped her life and career and discusses key concepts from her book Get a PhD in YOU

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