Guest: JP Sears
“When I was a kid, I read comics. But when I saw how funny it was, and how wonderfully absurd, I said ‘You know, I gotta do this.” – Adam West
Aside from his legendary role as Batman in the 1960’s ABC series, the late Adam West voiced an exaggerated version of himself as Quahog Mayor Adam West in the animated comedy series, The Family Guy. He could have gone out on top as one of the most iconic television superheroes and stopped there. But he stepped outside his celebrated role and exposed a different side of himself for the world to not only see but to laugh at. And it made him more memorable than ever.
He was clearly a fan of approaching life from a playful and satirical place. Mr. West saw the value in levity…
Laughing relaxes you and triggers the release of feel good chemicals like endorphins and dopamine. It’s considered meditative as it elevates vibrations and demands your full presence. Jokes have the unparalleled power to break the ice and melt away tension — sometimes a saving grace for a public speaker. Humor delivers at so many levels.
Deadly Serious and Ultra Spiritual
Playfulness is a language that humans inherently know how to speak. And laughing at our wounds and imperfections is a common thread that unites us. But levity has been demonized with the ousting of laughter in places of worship. Some have gone off the deep end by getting deadly serious and ultra spiritual — putting on a facade of perfection by denying flaws. And ultimately creating more divide between ego and authentic self.
Playing the ultra spiritual character is often a distraction from facing your dragons and past wounds. Do you stay in that comfort zone of seriousness to avoid the fear of trying something new? Does the thought of unraveling to your core create feelings of shame or fear? It’s time to dissolve the ego, explore your shadow and experience healing with levity.
The Face Your Dragon podcast opens up the concept that what you are most afraid of and most resisting are the very things that will set you free.
The Power of Levity
The energy of playfulness is exemplified in this week’s episode through comical banter between Brad and guest, JP Sears aka, “Ultra Spiritual Guy.” JP is an emotional healing coach and author of the book, “How to Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 ½ Steps to Spiritual Superiority” but most widely known for his hilarious and ultra spiritual videos boasting over 250,000,000 views (that’s 250 million). JP doesn’t parody the divine connection of spirituality itself. But explains being ultra spiritual as “denying the beautiful flawed amazingness that is being human,” — a refreshing perspective in a religious world pursuing unrealistic perfection.
JP discusses why levity is the ultimate tool to “soften the shell we all have around our hearts.” Throughout the episode, you can observe firsthand the possibilities of how humor makes it easier to process and release old wounds with an open lightheartedness.
It’s crucial that you find the courage to face your dragons and heal your heart. Because denying the world your unique gift is the true sin.
- Why levity is the ultimate tool to soften the shell around our hearts
Taoism, buddhism, quantum physics
- Exploring spirituality through 5-MeO-DMT
- Finding comfort through discomfort
- Why it feels good to not feel good and attachment to misery
- The arrogance of ultra spirituality
- Encountering more meaning by facing your dragons
- Living in pollyanna and missing out on the full spectrum of life
- Why being fixated on one role in life may be the greatest sin
- How thinking you know everything about yourself is a convenient delusion
- The dragon of feeling like you’re not enough
- Feeling safe enough to be emotionally vulnerable
- Using emotional disconnect as a survival mechanism
- 5 stages of grief
- Making the unconscious, conscious
- The opposing forces of self-preservation and self-realization
- The dichotomy of control versus surrender
- Self-victimization through faults in your upbringing
- How self-victimization leads to the avoidance of taking responsibility for your life
- Using projection as an emotional weapon
- Why people like to be controlled
- Integrating our shadow
- Dominating through active polarity and passive polarity
- Passive aggressive criticism vs. direct insult in relationships
- Spreading emotional poison to deal with personal pain
- How to use the energy of playfulness with challenges and pain
- There’s a time and a place for humor and playfulness
- Earning love by perpetual pleasing
- How power positions are weaponized
- Letting your yes’s and no’s be dictated by your heart to find your passion
- The mind can only measure loss but not potential gain that will materialize
- Feeling fear and willing to say yes to what your heart is saying and honor it
- How to prioritize between heart and mind’s desires
- Work addiction or fear of losing momentum due to other priorities
- Learn how humor makes it easier to process and release old wounds with an open lightheartedness.
- Discover how to get playful with challenges and pain.
- Why you should let your yes’s and no’s be dictated by your heart to truly find your passion
- Listen in as this episode illuminates the path to awareness and provides valuable guidance on how to find, face, and ride your dragon.
Here’s the thing.
1 of the 5 dragons is chaining you down from taking the leap and breaking free.