The Inner Alchemy Podcast
Experiences of burnout, exhaustion, and disconnection are at an all time high, and people
desperately need to “be the change they are seeking.” Join me in conversations with some
of my favorite healers and helpers as we discuss emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
Using the magic within each of us, we will seek to restore balance together.
Alchemy is defined as the seemingly magical process of transformation and creation.
But what if it doesn’t take magic to become the person you’ve always wanted to be?
What if finding your clarity and purpose is perfectly within your reach?
We exist in a culture that values crammed calendars and multitasking rather than connecting with ourselves. We want to be everywhere at once instead of fully present in one place. We are exhausted, and we crave rest and balance. We yearn to remember what it feels like to be a human being instead of drudging through life as a human doing.
The Inner Alchemy Podcast with author, speaker, and psychotherapist Becca Clegg seeks to restore that balance through conversations with some of her favorite healers and helpers. Each episode explores a different method of personal development and healing: Everything from the empirically validated modes of therapy, to the ancient + mysterious metaphysical methods of healing. We cover the basics and then some, all in pursuit of balance… and a little bit of magic.
In this episode of The Inner Alchemy Podcast, we are joined by Human Spirit Guide and good friend, Jennifer Blumenthal, to talk about the healing power of oracle cards. Jennifer shares with us her own transformative journey to her field of work, some of the misconceptions surrounding her work, and how she has witnessed oracle cards reveal the magic within herself and her clients firsthand.
Our culture ascribes shame to vulnerability, but there is power in saying “no more!” to pretending. As the adage goes: “It’s okay not to be okay,” and it’s even more okay to pursue your healing wholeheartedly. Join us as we chat about Rachel Elise’s journey, The Wizard of Oz, and more!
S1, E3: The Healing Power of Metaphor & Storytelling
In this episode, Dr. Anita Johnston, Ph.D. and I talk about the power that metaphor and storytelling can have in the healing process. Think about the number of times that you hear something framed in a way you’ve never thought of before, likening something entirely different to your situation. With any luck, a lightbulb flips on, and all of a sudden, you have a new perspective!
Carrie VanWinkle is a social responsive investment advisor, and we are so pleased to have her on this episode of the Inner Alchemy Podcast. Not only does Carrie have some incredible insights about her 14 year old self, but her understanding of the prominence of money in our world is unparalleled. She shares the four pillars of her approach to investing, as well as how imperative it is to comprehensively heal how we think about it.
Lisa shares her eye-opening perspective on how obstructed we, as humans, are from our own intuition. We are taught to listen to everything but ourselves when making decisions or reevaluating goals, but Lisa invites us to question why this is and how to get back to our own inner wisdom.
We are joined by nutrition expert, Robyn Goldberg, on this episode of the Inner Alchemy Podcast to talk about how crucial it is to prioritize a healthy relationship with food. Whether baking cornbread or cycling across a foreign country, Robyn’s dedication to a scheduled lunch break is only a small portion of the wisdom she offers us in this episode.
We are joined by Jennifer Hnat, registered dietitian nutritionist, on this episode of the Inner Alchemy Podcast. Jennifer shares with us her “funky food story,” as well as how to reject the BS that our culture tells us about food. Tune in to hear how changing your mindset is everything when it comes to changing your relationship with food.
This episode couldn’t come at a better time. In a time of uncertainty and anxiety, we, as humans, are getting a crash course in surrendering. Crystal Bowlby joins us on The Inner Alchemy Podcast to discuss how transformative it can be to choose surrender, rather than use it as a last resort when we don’t know what else to do.
Mazi Robinson joins us on this episode of The Inner Alchemy Podcast to talk about shame and vulnerability and just how powerful both of these things can be in our lives. We talk about the small steps and big leaps to becoming more unabashedly vulnerable, the “no shame” behind Mazi still using hot rollers, and just saying “no” if you don’t want to go to Chili’s.
Diane Hilleary and I dial in on self-compassion, which is a little something we could all use a lot more of. Diane is a psychotherapist and mindfulness therapist, and she shares with us a number of insights and mantras that can reframe how we interact with ourselves on a daily basis. We have to spend a lot of time with ourselves; we might as well be just as kind to ourselves as we would to other people.
Our bodies hold such a wealth of wisdom, but we are conditioned to ignore it entirely. This episode explores the burning question: What can we learn from our bodies, and what can we do with that information once we know it?
Amy Jaynes joins us on the Inner Alchemy Podcast to discuss the unique approach of emotionally focused therapy to the healing process. Emotionally focused therapy, or EFT as you might hear it referred to, has become the “gold standard” of therapy, and it’s easy to tell why after hearing Amy’s insight into the process.
Archetypes are symbols that, whether you know it or not, have become engrained in your own life and ways of communication. Katie dives into just how powerful archetypes can be as a gateway to self-understanding, as well as how aligning to nature can allow us to rest the many facets of ourselves.
As humans, we are really skilled at adapting mentally, but our nervous systems are still feeling the effects of a pretty traumatic year. In this episode of the Inner Alchemy Podcast, we’ll talk about self-judgment, finding support, and adopting a new mantra: “It’s not you, it’s the pandemic.”.
S1, E16: Jamie Singleteary on Finding Support in a Post COVID World
S1, E17: Imposter Syndrome, Reprogramming the Strive and Drive Mindset, and the Beauty of Failure
Barbara imparts incredible wisdom about the critical mindset shift needed to overcome imposter syndrome, the fun in failure, and Glennon Doyle’s cheetah quote in Untamed. If you have perfectionist tendencies, identify as a workaholic, or feel like you’re always chasing more, more, more, you’re going to want to tune into this one.
Maureen educates us on the significant differences between Career with a capital ‘C’ and purpose work, as well as a few tips to assessing if the career you’re in is truly in alignment with what you want out of your life. Her valuable insight about the decisions we make at eighteen versus how we grow into ourselves over time is sure to have you thinking about your own career and happiness choices.
Kate shares valuable insights on a topic that is often glossed over in our culture– the lifespan of motherhood. We talk about the expectations of motherhood, perinatal mood disorders, postpartum depression, and so much more. Kate also addresses the stigma associated with just wanting to be a “rich auntie” of the world and the utter BS that that stigma is.
The body is such an inherent tool to healing, but we often ignore it for the cognitive instead. Rachel and Paula’s purpose work is to show others how to get back in touch with this healing resource, especially as treatment for eating disorders.
Mary and I take a deep dive into the shame surrounding sensuality and eroticism and what it means to fully embrace your own sensuality. We discuss becoming more present in your body so that you can become more present in your daily life, giving some predictability to our own self-expression, and the steps to sensuality that come before upgrading your lingerie collection.
S1, E22: Relationship with Movement, Joyful Exercise and Fitness, and Hip Hop Yoga
Shauna joins us to chat about how the cultural relationship with movement has become distorted and motivated by self-loathing, and Shauna shares her own thoughts on how to get back to a place of joyful movement. We learn about Shauna’s personal path to healing her relationship with movement, what it’s been like to teach free online courses during COVID, and the art to a carefully curated workout playlist.
Unless you’re an artist in a professional capacity, odds are good that you stopped drawing and doodling somewhere around middle school. Lauren Fabrizio joins me on this episode to talk about bringing that tool back as a way to process emotions and experiences when there are no words.
Amy Harman joins us to discuss the toxic cycle of perfection and how normalized it has become in today’s perfection-chasing culture. Amy is a licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as the author of Perfectly Imperfect: Compassionate Strategies to Cultivate a Positive Body Image, and she has made it her life’s work to defeat the notion that in order to be our best we have to be the best.
Francie joins us on the Inner Alchemy Podcast to discuss what’s really going on in our psyche when our lack of motivation to exercise falls by the wayside. We discuss the danger of results-based motivation, the she-wolf archetype that lies inside each and every one of us, and the a-ha moments that can help us heal our relationships with our bodies.