Addiction To Freedom
Are you conscious of your addictions, refuse to be defined by it, not satisfied with living your life on the surface? Are you drawn to a deeper meaning and purpose and believe that it's possible to grow through your addiction, to experience real freedom? If this is you.. Welcome Home! This podcast is dedicated to you.
Exploring Emotions & Freedom
November 13, 2021 • 67 MIN
In this episode, Michael talks with Patrick Murphy, Patrick is an avid Addiction To Freedom listener, philosopher, and student of life. Michael and Patrick discuss a range of fascinating topics, for example, emotions and what they are, who is experiencing and observing those emotions, who we are, and what we are? They also explore different aspects of life and freedom. What freedom really means and how being in flow can change everything.
Identity Beyond The Personality
September 13, 2021 • 54 MIN
In this episode, Michael has an interesting conversation about identity and how one size does not fit all with Moe Ari a therapist and mindset coach. This in-depth conversation covers different levels of identity and finding wholeness by just being. We also learn about how Moe flipped his life around by choosing authenticity over belonging to find his own true identity.
Alistair Moes shares his profound journey of emotional healing and transformation
August 6, 2021 • 67 MIN
Welcome back to another episode of Addiction to Freedom. This episode is an interesting conversation with someone called Alistair Moes also known as the Angerman. Alistair is an International Anger Management Expert and Author, who has been working with people worldwide, and professionally since 1989 and as an anger management specialist in private practice since 1995. Alistair has worked with those with enormous challenges in the world: high-performance business leaders, gold medal-winning Olympic and professional athletes, and people close to being homeless. In this episode, we talked a lot about the importance of anger and noticing what’s going on in the body, as the intelligence of the body is a rich source of feedback. We can use this feedback in relationships as an understanding of when things are appropriate or when boundaries have been overstepped. I think you will find this episode insightful and gain a better understanding of the importance of acknowledging anger and how it can lead to great insights.
Buddhist Based Addiction Recovery Rebel, Noah Levine, Shares His Story From Addiction To Freedom
July 23, 2021 • 68 MIN
Welcome to the Addiction to Freedom podcast, today’s episode is a very special interview with a radical Buddhist Teacher, Noah Levine. Noah is the author of Refuge Recovery, Heart of the Revolution, Against the Stream, and Dharma Punx and is also an addiction recovery advocate. Noah is not your typical hippie spiritual teacher, he brings in a radical and revolutionary sense in the Buddhist teaching. In this interview, he also shares his own addiction journey and discusses what the solution to addiction and craving looks like.
An Understanding of Freedom - Part 1
July 21, 2021 • 19 MIN
In this episode, Michael shares his thoughts about the common understanding of Freedom, and how this approach actually prevents Freedom. He ends the episode by suggesting a different approach to experiencing Freedom that overcomes these problems.
Exploring The Healing, Transformative Power Of Loving Anger, With Alejandra Proaño
July 9, 2021 • 77 MIN
Welcome to Addiction to Freedom, today’s episode is a very special interview with Alejandra Proaño. Alejandra is a therapist and anger management specialist and is the co-owner of Moose Anger Management. She directs Healing Anger, a program for women that runs online and worldwide. She and her team of counsellors specialise in individual, couple, and group counselling work on anger and addictions. In this interview, we talk about the richness of anger and how important it is to reframe and incorporate it into our personal work. Alejandra also shares some of her profound personal journeys. So go grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy this episode.
What is Addiction?
July 3, 2021 • 17 MIN
In this episode, Michael explores his thoughts about a definition of addiction and how this relates to the body-mind, pain, pleasure, and free will, which result in being held in addiction. He also shares some thoughts and perspectives that he is exploring as a way to transform and grow out of this addictive way of operating.
Social Worker of 20 Years, Roeland Jaspers, Shares Insights From His Work In Drug Rehabilitation Programs
June 25, 2021 • 50 MIN
In today's episode, I've just had a really interesting conversation with Roland Jasper's, he's a social worker with over 20 years of experience. He developed a particular interest in helping young people and particularly young people recovering from addiction. We talked about what rehabilitation looks like and what experience is it for people. We also went on a bit of a journey where we realized that we're kind of all in rehab, even though we may not be in a specialist facility, because the process of rehabilitation is about learning new skills and learning new skills specifically to create better outcomes and better decisions to problems in our life.
Unpacking How Our Beliefs Limit Our Freedom
June 18, 2021 • 20 MIN
In this episode, Michael focuses on our beliefs: How our beliefs are created, what root beliefs are, the connection with fight, flight, & cravings. Most importantly, how our beliefs can serve us or limit our freedom, depending on their truth or falsehood.
Author & Former Diplomat, Charlotte Dune, Shares Her Journey of Discovering How Micro-dosing Psychedelics Cured Her of Depression & Addiction
June 11, 2021 • 69 MIN
This episode is about Charlotte Dune, Charlotte is an author and an extremely fascinating person. She has an amazing story that totally surprised me. It blew me away that as a very young diplomat she came out of a hippie hillbilly family, which was really a massive contrast. She has a journey that is not the ordinary kind of struggle we face in life. She lived in an environment where she had many challenges to do with her work, relationships, and addiction. She found a solution to her struggles a solution that has been around for thousands of years, she started using plant medicine in a therapeutic way. We also touched on some fundamentally deep and human places of love and peace that we are all looking for. And so I have to say this episode's a real journey.
Addiction: Thoughts on The Root Cause, Ultimate Solution, & Pathway Overview
June 8, 2021 • 29 MIN
In this episode, Michael summarizes his understanding up to date on the root cause of all addictions. He shares some personal experiences that lead to his glimpses of the deeper and ultimate solution and tell's his listeners about his goal to be free of all addictions, and where he's at on this pathway.
Addicted at the Age of 8! Alex Shares How His Life Fell Apart, & The Healing Power Of Connection & Being Understood.
May 21, 2021 • 69 MIN
This episode is a conversation with Alex, he runs the Cold Turkey podcast and I just want to say that the journey he took us on was a journey of how he accidentally became addicted to being high at a very young age.  You could say it happened by accident. As a result, this crept into his life and became disruptive and destructive, continued over many years until he came to what he calls The Cold Turkey moment, which was quite traumatic. You will discover how he began to experience his healing, which really came through the camaraderie of others and being able to share mutual experiences in conversation through the 12 step program. Alex also shares how learning more healthy emotional skills create real freedom and deeper healing. 
Unpacking Our Addiction To The Way We Perceive Ourselves, Space and The World.
April 30, 2021 • 16 MIN
In this episode Michael unpacks our default way of perceiving space, ourselves and the world. This is compared to the way we actually experience it in our lived experience. The result of experiencing the truth is a profound peace that is freely available to all right now.
Author & Addiction Specialist, JF Benoist, Shares How Feelings and the Observing Mind Are Keys to Freedom From Addiction.
April 26, 2021 • 60 MIN
So today's episode is with a special guest, JF Benoist.  We have discussed that a lot of our addictions and lack of freedom is really coming from pre-programmed ways of operating he calls this the monkey mind.  We then further explores a way of becoming free from our monkey mind and actually having real choices about how we respond. This starts with taking notice of the body, becoming aware of the act of the body and the feelings and the body. It is kind of like a portal into understanding what our deeper motivations are or perhaps some of our mistaken beliefs about a situation or ourselves. This can actually cause us to react in ways that really aren't appropriate to the situation and cause suffering in our lives for ourselves and others. So J.F. suggests you start with the body, become aware of that, and in that process, he calls it the observing mind. By strengthening and developing this ability to work with the observing mind, we can develop real freedom where you get to accept yourself. You get to see the truth of yourself. You get to actually be present for others and not resist or hide or be victim to feelings of shame or guilt and fear allowing you to really develop. This is a step-by-step way to develop more freedom in your life and I guess a richer life because you become more open to the richness of what's already present within yourself and around us. So I really recommend that you take the time to listen to this whole episode and you will also hear where he gives an example of an exercise that you can do and experience the reality of what he's talking about.
Unpacking Our Addiction To Time & Thinking
April 2, 2021 • 30 MIN
In this episode, Michael explores our default way of dealing with time, and how this is created by the mind as part of our addiction to thinking. We become aware of how useful this is, and yet how trapped we become, as well as the suffering it creates. The beauty is, that we can find a path out of this trap, simply by experiencing the truth of our own experiencing.
NY Times Best Selling Author, Professor Susan Shapiro's Freedom From 25 Years Of Addiction
March 5, 2021 • 42 MIN
Professor Susan Shapiro was smoking two packs of cigarettes a day at the age of thirteen. Her addictions multiplied over the next 25 years, while she established a successful career as a journalist and university professor. This episode explores Susan's journey out of addiction with the help of long term one on one therapy.
Mossy's Story of Divine Intervention & Freedom From Addiction
February 19, 2021 • 62 MIN
Mossy's story takes us on a journey through a challenging childhood, into young adult emptiness and addiction. He describes a divine encounter that ultimately changes the course of his life. Hear the warmth, love and maturity of a man who is continuing his journey on the path of the authentic man.
Karen's Story From Addiction To Deeper Connection With Herself & Others
February 12, 2021 • 74 MIN
In this episode our guest, Karen, generously takes us on a journey from her longing for connection. This starts as a young girl and leads into a relationship and early adult life that has many challenges, including addiction. I'll leave for you to discover how this became fertile ground for her own inner growth, which has blossomed into a vocation of assistanting others.
A Young Man's Journey With Addiction & Search For Meaning
February 5, 2021 • 51 MIN
In this interview we meet an intelligent young man who is searching for truth, meaning and purpose. This journey begun when his family immigrated to the United States from India when he was a young boy, and continued through addiction, formal education, and now as he steps out into the world.
Finding The Gold In Our Mistakes
January 14, 2021 • 53 MIN
In this episode I talk with Cat Bailey, a well known Australian Artist, about approaches to dealing with "mistakes" or so called "failures". So often addiction is judged as a mistake, as if a person just made a wrong choice and could have acted differently. As you will hear, we see this as a narrow and incomplete view, which can be unfairly damaging. We end up opening our our understanding to a much wider context, one that feels more real and compassionate. I hope you find this inspirational.
Ways We Are All Addicted, That We May Not Realise
December 12, 2020 • 44 MIN
Here we discuss many possible addictions that we may live with that we may not realise. This opens up the question of how we think about people experiencing addiction, and whether we unfairly judge or categorise this experience, particularly when we start to become aware of our own addictions.
The Biggest False Belief About Addiction
November 25, 2020 • 25 MIN
In this episode we explore some of the most common false beliefs that get in the way of dealing with our addictions, and which prevent us from feeling a deep sense of peace.
The #1 Thing Preventing Us From Facing Our Addictions
November 14, 2020 • 22 MIN
Here we explore the #1 misconception that prevents us from facing our addictions. However, once we become aware of this, we enter a pathway to freedom from our addictions.
Becoming Aware Of Our Everyday Addictions
November 3, 2020 • 13 MIN
We explore the vision for the Addiction To Freedom podcast, that we all have addiction, and becoming aware of our addictions is the first step toward freedom.
The Addiction To Freedom Personal Journey
November 3, 2020 • 17 MIN
Deborah discusses with Michael his own very personal journey behind the Addiction to Freedom podcast, which has lead him to the understanding of how we are all addicted and why we lack true freedom
October 30, 2020 • 7 MIN
In this episode Deborah discusses with Michael how he developed his Vision for the Addiction to Freedom.