This week’s show is with Ryan Simbai Jenkins, who was born and raised in Papua New Guinea to a medical anthropologist mother and professional musician and photographer father. He’s a U.S citizen but has lived in France, Bangladesh, Australia, The U.S.A, Cambodia, Thailand, The Netherlands and Spain
He attended the Duke Ellington High School for the Arts in Washington D.C and later the Rotterdam Conservatory (CODARTS) in The Netherlands to study music. During a particularly stressful period in his studies, he injured his hand while performing. After a long period of attempting to heal the injury through more conventional therapies, he learned self-hypnosis and almost instantly totally recovered his ability to play music!
This led to an intense fascination and deep study and practice of meditation and self-hypnosis, NLP, coaching, different psychological modalities and diverse fields of personal development.
His love of this field comes from the profound personal transformations he has experienced in his own life and those of his clients.
He currently runs a hypnotherapy/change work practice in Barcelona Spain where he has lived for the last 7 years and is explores the boundaries of performance, therapy and coaching with people from all walks of life.
In this conversation, we spoke about the incredibly fascinating topic of ‘innate wellbeing’. It’s something that’s spoken about a lot in various spiritual and rewilding communities I’ve been part of and of course, is very much something that we’re pointing to with our work at Primal Happiness. So Ryan and I dived deep into what ‘innate wellbeing’ really means, what’s true about it, and what’s not.
This was such an interesting show – with so much food for thought!
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What you’ll learn from this episode:
- Ryan’s upbringing allowed him a rare insight into how humans live, behave and feel when they’re living in more ‘natural ways’. Whilst there absolutely was the full range of human emotions and behaviour, including anger, sadness and violence, there was s a lack of the common mental health issues that we consider normal in today’s world, there was no chronic anxiety for instance. There was a resting state of presence, joy and connection.
- The other way that innate wellbeing is spoken about is our spiritual nature – that’s sometimes as the observer, the witness, and the stillness behind our thoughts. As Ryan said, whether it’s always there or not, is it always accessible?
- When we become good stewards of our lives we can begin to access both the human and spiritual aspects of wellbeing. When our primal needs are taken care of that leads a lot of space for self enquiry into our spiritual nature.
Resources and stuff that we spoke about
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